Chile’s Ski Portillo is putting a freeze on ski week prices for its 2015 season that runs June 20-Oct. 3, keeping 2014 costs. They’ve also added new mini ski week options and complimentary ski rental and group lessons in July packages.
Freeskiers will take on the double-black-diamond Madonna Liftline, the most challenging lift-accessed terrain at Smugglers’ in the open Extreme Skiing Challenge freeskiing competition at Smugglers’ Notch March 8. Now in its third year, competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique and style.
Utah’s slopes have claimed their first avalanche victim of the 2014/15 season. A snowboarder was swept away after he and his buddy triggered a slide in Hells Canyon near Snowbasin Resort, accessed from the Mt Allen Tram gates.
Many eastern resorts are now offering their best prices on next year’s season passes. Buy now, and many come with free skiing for the rest of the the current season. The snowpack is deep and many ski areas could still be open for another two months.
Cindy Rust, a science teacher at Post Falls High School in Post Falls, ID (and a snowboarder), has been named the 2015 Snow Sports Ambassador of the Year by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard (Month)/Bring a Friend initiative. Rust was the first runner up to last year’s winner Scott Kolts of Dahlgren, IL.