The 2014-2015 Nordic Partnership Program was introduced by Garnet Hill Lodge, whereby season pass holder skiers are encouraged to visit "Partner Centers" while traveling this winter. This is one of the largest programs (12 ski areas) that gives skiers such a reciprocal discount among ski areas.
Smuggler's Notch Resort, known as a prime Vermont family destination has one of the most comprehensive mixes of snowshoe programs available this winter. There's snowshoe treks for families with young kids, and outings for adults or families with older kids who want a bit more in terms of the length of the trek, the topography covered, and the insights shared about the natural world and outdoor skills.
Ski Cubs is an educational program of the Catamount Trail Association (CTA) focused on introducing youth to cross-country skiing as a means to promote healthy lifestyles for Vermont families and communities. Ski Cubs collaborates with local organizations and schools to serve participants with limited resources and limited access to winter sports opportunities.
Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, Canada had a late summer snowstorm in early September, and at the same time it was announced that they expected to be open for cross country (XC) skiing Oct. 18. This is a very early date for XC skiing in the northern hemisphere and they were able to do it because they have snowmaking on the trails, a legacy from the 1988 Olympics in Alberta.
California mountains suffered a terrible drought last winter with very little snow. That translated to excessively low water levels.
Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vt., has joined with Tubbs Snowshoes to offer new outdoor activities for their guests with the opening of the Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center this winter.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation in Jackson, N.H. has announced that Breanne Torrey has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Torrey has been with the organization for six years and has held the positions of Head of Ski Patrol and Director of Operations.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont has announced the opening of a new facility to house it's Touring Center, as well as a café, fitness room, waxing room, meeting space and more.
Canadian gold-medal Olympian in cross country skiing Chandra Crawford has entered the MBA program at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business according to an article in The Globe and Mail. Crawford founded Fast and Female, an international program to develop initiatives that will entice more girls to get into and stay involved in sports.
If a hiker or cross country skier acts negligently and requires a search and rescue, who foots the bill of that search and rescue? Currently there are eight states with search and rescue billing laws on the books.