In The Spotlight
Vermont’s Killington Resort will spin the Superstar Express lift on Saturday, May 26 for one final day of skiing and snowboarding to close out the 2017-18 season. Plus, the Snowshed Express will be open for downhill mountain bike access all weekend.
“Killington was the first to open and the last to close in the East with 187 days of skiing and riding and it wouldn’t be possible without our snowmaking and grooming teams,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort.
The grooming team will continue to work hard for top to bottom skiing through closing day – but it is not guaranteed. Visit killington.com for the conditions report.
For Bike Park opening weekend, the Snowshed trails, with the exception of Coaster Trail, will be open, served by the Snowshed Express Quad.
Using all-American materials, manufacturing and workers, Farm to Feet offers skiers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts merino wool socks that are made with as little impact on the environment as possible and a supply chain completely within the US.
Merino wool is a durable fiber that keeps us warm and breathes well to keep us dry. The socks also use nylon and spandex - nylon for structure, durability, and reinforcing high impact areas like the heel and toe; spandex for stretch and fit from the welt through the toe.
Farm to Feet’s wool is supplied from American Sheep Industry Association member ranches, who promote and encourage the training of proper sheep handling and shearing.
A benefit of sourcing textiles from the U.S. is the federal and local regulations that help protect company employees and the environment. Most industrial manufacturers that are dyeing textiles are required to have their own wastewater treatment plants to clean any outputs before it enters a municipality’s system.
Not only are the materials for Farm to Feet socks sourced entirely from its U.S. supply chain, but they go one step further and source all of their packaging and point-of-sale displays domestically – making Farm to Feet 100 percent American.
Over the past five years, Farm to Feet has reduced its water and energy usage through the implementation of steam tumblers (reduced washing and drying steps, time, water, and energy), dumpster dive initiatives and their own software to track materials, processes, manufacturing, and shipping.
Farm to Feet uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper for its packaging. Smaller packaging allows cases to be packed more efficiently, which helps reduce transportation emissions, while also using less paper. Farm to Feet requires all packaging suppliers to use vegetable-based inks.
Farm to Feet understands that in order to fully appreciate the world’s best American-made socks one must have outdoor places to use them in and supports and funds organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.
Biking and hiking, zip lines and coasters, climbing walls and disc golf, concerts and festivals and the old-fav, a ride up the lift: ski and snowboard resorts in the West are changing gears as warm weather arrives.
To keep the people coming up to the mountain after the lifts close, most major resorts host summer events, like music concerts and beer festivals, mountain biking competitions, and summer camps of all varieties. Many have on-hill “adventure parks” packed with rides, games and activities.
Restaurants put out the deck chairs and umbrellas, shops hawk their wares with sidewalk sales, and generally everyone heads outside for the warm sun and fun.
SnoCountry.com took a look around the West and came up with some highlights for the 2018 summer in the mountains.
At Purgatory the resort, for the first time, will crank up the high-speed Village Express to get mountain bike enthusiasts onto the mountain much quicker – or give sightseers more time to wander at altitude.
After 80 years, Alta will finally run a chairlift during the summer. Sunnyside Lift will get folks into Albion Basin, and a $6 vehicle fee will be charged for access to a Forest road to Catherine’s Pass. Shuttle service has been shut down.
Up in the Northwest, the famed wild flowers at Crystal Mountain are a heavy draw, particularly with a gondola ride to get into the alpine meadows. And speaking of high rides, the Whistler-Blackcomb peak-to-peak tram is a summertime must-do.
Utah’s Park City Mountain maintains a kids-only park that has zipline, ropes course and tubing hill for ages 2-11. Over the hill at Snowbird, it’s all about the adrenaline rush with vertical drop, alpine slide and mountain coaster hitting top speeds. Farther south, Eagle Point boasts top ATV trails and a network of 275 miles.
Kirkwood may sit by big Lake Tahoe, but the summer attraction is a trio of small lakes within 10 miles of the California mountain. Swim, paddle a canoe, or toss in a fishing line to get a true outdoor experience.
In northern New Mexico, Angel Fire has built a reputation for top-notch downhill biking. The trail system is extensive and, each summer, the resort hosts a number of top regional and national races that attract some of the top mountain bikers in North America.
Fifty years ago, a bunch of ski areas in New England had the idea to provide a consistent platform to serve up snow conditions information so that you, the skier and snowboarder, would know exactly what the conditions were at the mountain.
What started in 1968 as the New England Ski Areas Council, soon became SnoCountry, and began by collecting and distributing snow conditions information all over the radio. Over the past 50 years, SnoCountry expanded its media landscape, and now reaches more than 550 radio stations, 37 television markets, and millions of skiers and snowboarders through its digital channels as they plan their next on-mountain adventure.
SnoCountry continues to expand its digital and broadcast reach as the leading source of current, credible and unbiased ski and mountain resort information to promote the on-mountain experience for ski resorts throughout North America.
Here is a quick look back at how it all started 50 years ago in Woodstock, Vermont, and a peek at what the future holds for SnoCountry.