As the season winds down for Montana’s Big Sky Resort, two April events are still on the calendar: Whiskey-A-Go-Go and Pond Skim. The area is scheduled to close April 19.
Spring is in full swing at New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain Resort with several events on tap April 4-5.
Return to the past with ‘80s Day April 4. Neon dominates the slopes as Loon celebrates a decade of big hair and bold fashion choices. Helping with the celebration is an outdoor DJ, on-snow bar, photo booth, costume contest and more. The band Fast Times will be performing in the Bunyan Room later in the day.
The Red Bull All Snow also will be at the area April 4. Free skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will challenge competitors to throw down various tricks that emphasize flow and rhythm. Don’t look for rails, boxes or wall rides, only snow features. Registration is from 10–11:30 a.m. in the Slopeside Deli; event begins at noon.
Easter Sunday begins with a nondenominational Easter Sunrise Service at the summit of Loon Peak April 5. The gondola loads between 5-5:45 a.m., with the 30-minute service beginning at 6 a.m. Breakfast and refreshments will be available at the Summit Café following the service.
Kids 4-7 years of age can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 9 a.m. Kids 8 and up begin their candy-filled egg hunt at 9:30 a.m.
What: ‘80s Day, All Snow, Easter activities
When: April 4-5
Where: Loon Mountain Resort, N.H.
Photo: The time machine transports you back to the ‘80s. (Facebook/Loon Mountain Resort)
With a come-from-behind second run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) confirmed his status as a slalom star by winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom. The win also gave him the combined victory—adding up both the slalom and the super G races.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) cleaned up Saturday at Sugarloaf, winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs slalom by more than four seconds over Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN). Megan McJames (Park City, UT) was third.
Giant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) threw down on bumpy snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take his third national title in a row ahead of first run leader Tommy Ford (Bend, OR). Former University of Utah racer Nick Cohee (Gardnerville, NV) – took third.
We didn’t have to wait all ski season long for those 30 degree days to warm to 40 and 50 but there’s just a different vibe when it’s April versus February. “Spring is in the air!”
Another day, another young, rising star at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs. In Thursday’s giant slalom, USSA National Training Group (NTG) skier Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – NTG; Burke Mountain Academy) threw down the fastest time of the day to take the win. World Cup skiers Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN – U.S. Ski Team) and Megan McJames (Park City, UT – Park City Ski Ed Foundation) were second and third, respectively.
“We are in the business of making people smile,” Gunstock Mountain Resort’s Bill Quigley told SnoCountry.com. Quigley says people who aren’t skiers and riders miss out on an amazing element of living in the Northeast: the ability to love being outside in the winter, whether they ski, ride, bike, snowshoe or tube on the snow.
Top athletes in North America competed at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf, Maine for the title of the nation’s best super G skier. The USA's young guns took center snow. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) triumphed in the women’s field with Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) taking third. On the men’s side, Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School) took the win over Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA).