Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and...
Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association. He lives in the mountains of New Mexico.
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Pennsylvania’s Camelback Sold To Investors; Operators Remain

Camelback

EPR Properties has acquired Camelback Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains from Spirit Realty Capital for a reported $69.25 million, according to the Pocono Record newspaper.

 

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Early Snows In West Fuel Optimism For Season; Bookings Up 9.7 Percent

Canyon Creek at Steamboat

Maybe it’s those photos of early snowstorms across the West, but whatever the reason, the most recent data from DestiMetrics shows an increase of 9.7 percent in bookings for arrivals from September through February compared to last year at the same time.

 

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New York's Titus Mountain Improves Experience For New Season

Titus Mountain

“Continuous improvements” highlight the winter readiness season at Titus Mountain in Malone, N.Y.

 

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Vail Resorts, Canyons Grant $500,000 To Park City Nonprofits

Kimball Art Center

Vail Resorts is the newcomer on the block in Park City, Utah with the Canyons, but the Colorado-based company is looking to make a good impression on the local citizenry.

 

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Beaver Creek Homeowners Sue Vail Resorts Over ‘Amusement Complex’

Beaver Creek summer

There’s no joy among Beaver Creek, Colo. homeowners when it comes to Vail Resorts’ plan to develop what they term an “amusement complex” at the privately-owned base area of the Vail Valley resort.

 

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New Hampshire’s Gunstock Builds Learning Center, Adds Lighting, Snowmaking

Gunstock

The first Terrain Based Learning Center in New Hampshire, complete with rollers, sluice, dish, spine, and mini-park, is being installed at Gunstock Mountain Resort near Gilford. Other improvements add up to a $1 million investment for this winter.

 

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No Bidders For New Jersey’s Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley NJ

An auction Oct. 1 for Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Vernon, N.J. was a bust. The search for a new owner goes on.

 

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Liftopia Raises $5 Million; Will Grow Team, Increase Tech Products

Liftopia logo

Liftopia, Inc. announced Friday it had raised $5 million in financing. The new round of financing brings Liftopia’s total capital raised to $7.5 million.

 

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Vail Looks To Add 24 Surveillance Cameras Before Hosting Worlds; Cite 'Boston'

Vail Worlds Logo

The Town of Vail, Colo. is looking for 2014 budget approval to install at least 24 surveillance cameras in the Village and in Lionshead for use at special events such as the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Champions, according to a report in the Vail Daily newspaper.

 

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Powdr Corp. Receives EPA ‘Green Power Leadership Award’

EPA Green Power

Powdr Corp., based in Park City, Utah has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Agency. Powdr purchases renewable energy certificates from Renewable Choice Energy.

 

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Tyler Palmer To Receive N.E. Ski Museum's ‘Spirit Of Skiing’ Award

Tyler PalmerTyler Palmer, 63, a former U.S. Ski Team World Cup and professional skier and longtime coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), will receive the “Spirit of Skiing” award from the New England Ski Museum.

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MTS Issues White Paper On Ski Travel Research; We’re Wired

Ski Travel Report

A White Paper – The Ski Traveler Snapshot -- just issued by the Mountain Travel Symposium makes it very clear to those working to lure skiers and snowboarders to their resorts and lodging properties that their prey is literally well-connected.

 

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New York's Big Tupper To Try Again; Plans To Open When Enough Snow Falls

Big Tupper

Big Tupper, at Tupper Lake, N.Y., which ceased operations last year, is ready to give it another go. It will be run by all volunteers – though reportedly knowledgeable about the ski industry – say officials of ARISE (Adirondack Residents Intent On Saving Their Economy).

 

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Powderhorn Improvements Focus On Guest Experience

Powderhorn

A new Master Development Plan (MDP) and some improvements all around Powderhorn Resort in Mesa, Colo. are the focus of capital projects for the new season.

 

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Eldora, I-70 Spared From Damage By Colorado Floods

Eldora

Eldora Mountain Resort, the ski area about 20 miles west of Boulder in Nederland, did not sustain any damages from the devastating floods that have hit Colorado.

 

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Vail Resorts Donates $100,000 To Flood Relief; More Funding To Come

Dry Creek Bridge, Broomfield, Colo.
An immediate contribution for flood relief of $100,000 plus the potential of doubling that total with allocation of $1 for every season pass sold in Colorado has been announced by Vail Resorts.

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Former Amex Executive To Head Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Marketing

Cara Whitely, SV/AM

Cara Whitley has been appointed chief marketing officer for Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts in California.

 

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Warren Miller’s ‘Ticket To Ride’ Movie Tour Begins Oct. 11

Warren Miller Ticket To Ride movie

It’s the 64th season for a new Warren Miller film. “Ticket To Ride,” from Warren Miller Entertainment opens its 2013 tour Oct. 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah and rolls east and west across the country, finishing up in Austin, Texas Dec. 13. Click for tour calendar 

 

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Ski NH Reports Summer Business Was Strong

Loon Mt. Zipline

Summer business at New Hampshire ski resorts was strong, despite getting off to a weather-dampened start in May June. 

 

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Inventor Burt Weinstein Dead At 87; BURT Bindings

BURT Binding Ad 1970s

Burt Weinstein, 87, best known throughout the ski industry for his invention of the iconic BURT Bindings, retractable cable devices, died of cancer in August. 

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