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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Olympians, X Games Champions Launch Ski Nation; Seek Crowdfunding

Ski Nation logo

Ski Nation is a mobile application and independent skier network that will debut in the 2013-14 season in time for the Winter Olympics in Russia. Organizers are seeking $300,000 for final development of the app through crowdfunding.

 

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Thom Norton Named Ski School Director At Wachusett; Bruce McDonald Steps Down

Thom Norton Wachusett

Thom Norton, coach and program director for the Wachusett Mountain junior race team for the past eight years, has been tapped to head the resort’s Ski & Snowboard School. He replaces Bruce McDonald, who steps down after overseeing the school for some 40 years.

 

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Road To Sochi: Lindsey Vonn Back On Snow

Lindsey Vonn back on snow

She was smiling and pain free. Nobody could ask for more as America’s Lindsey Vonn returned to the snow well ahead of schedule Saturday (Aug. 31) in Portillo, Chile.

 

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Former Ski Team Racer Tiger Shaw Tabbed To Head USSA

Tiger Shaw USST

Two-time Olympian and nine-time U.S. champion Gale H. “Tiger” Shaw, who retired from the U.S. Ski Team in 1991 to become a successful businessman, has been named to replace retiring USSA CEO and President Bill Marolt.

 

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Mt. Bachelor Will Launch Downhill Bike Park Sept. 13

Bachelor Bike Park map

The first phase of a the “long dreamed of” Mt. Bachelor Downhill Bike Park in Oregon will open to the public Friday, Sept. 13 from the top of the Pine Marten Express in the West Village. Current terrain is for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers. Opening day tickets are limited and must be booked in advance online.

 

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Clark Kicks Off Sochi Olympic Season With World Cup Win; Bleier Third

Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleier NZ

Vermont’s Kelly Clark jump-started the 2013-14 World Cup season by surviving a fall and still winning the Audi Quattro New Zealand Winter Games snowboard halfpipe Saturday in Cadrona. The event kicked off the Sochi Olympic season.

 

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Sunday River Adds 75 Acres Of Double Black Glades, Terrain Park

Simon Dumont Sunday River

For all those who want to venture off the trail into double black diamond glades or into a new terrain park, Maine's Sunday River has added 75 acres of terrain just for you for the new season.

 

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California’s Sugar Bowl Sweetens Winter With $20 Million In Upgrades

Crows Nest at Sugar Bowl

As if the skiing and riding wasn’t sweet enough for Sugar Bowl Resort at Donner Summit in the California High Sierra, resort officials announced it was investing $20 million in upgrades to Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge, the adjacent cross country ski area it manages.

 

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Western Lodge Bookings On Track Toward Summer Record

Seventh Mountain Inn, Oregon

It looks to be the busiest summer ever for lodging properties in western mountain destinations, assuming steady crowds stay on pace.

 

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Wildfire Threatens Sun Valley Resort, Nearby Towns; Many Homes Evacuated

Snow guns atop Seattle Ridge at SV wildfire

UPDATE 8/21: More than 1,700 firefighting personnel have tamed the so-called Beaver Creek wildfire that threatened mountain communities around Sun Valley resort to 30 percent, according to InciWeb.org. The resort itself remains untouched, according to InciWeb.org. This will be our final update unless the situation worsens. 

 

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Wildfire North Of Park City Threatens Homes, Not Ski Resorts

Fire Map Park City

A wildfire north of the resort town of Park City, Utah remains a threat to hundreds of homes in the area. “It’s about 10 miles north of the town and is heading north and not toward the ski areas,” SnoCountry.com’s Jill Adler, a Park City resident, reports.

 

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Outdoor Retailer Summer Show Embraces 2014

Outdoor Retailer Show

Five days, miles of aisles, a hundred handshakes and a thousand innovations. The Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah, brings millions of dollars and thousands of people into the state for a short showcase of what's to come in outdoor gear. 

 

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Former Olympian Erik Schlopy Joins U.S. Ski Team Alpine Staff

Erik Schlopy USST

Erik Schlopy has been named an assistant coach on the U.S. Ski Team’s alpine technical staff. He has joined the team for training in New Zealand.

 

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Still Another Joint Pass Lets Big Cottonwood Fans Have It All

Solitude Ski Area

Sometimes you just can’t keep track of all the multi-resort season pass deals without a scorecard. Now you can add the Big Cottonwood Pass to the list, offering Solitude and Brighton every day of the season, plus nights at Brighton. 

 

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Jack Filiault Transitions To Retirement; Jiminy Peak Makes Staff Changes

Jack Filiault

Chief Financial Officer Jack Filiault of Jiminy Peak will transition toward a 2015 retirement. Filiault has been with the Berkshires ski resort since 1974 and in his present capacity since 1987.

 

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Snowboarder Buried Under Mt. Hood Ice; Body Recovered

Mt. Hood Ice Tunnel

A snowboarder missing since Saturday was found dead, buried under a large piece of ice as an ice tunnel on Mt. Hood, Ore. collapsed around him. He was identified as Collin Backowski, 25, of Pines, Colo, according to various news reports. 

 

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Season Passholders At Four Wasatch Resorts To Get Free Days At Others

Alta

Qualifying season passholders at Alta Ski AreaDeer Valley ResortPark City Mountain Resort (PCMR), and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort  are offering three free ski days of lift access at each of the other resorts for the 2013-14 season.

 

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SIA Study Shows Slow Early Snow Had Effect; Alpine Participants Drop 19 Percent

SIA Study

The 2012-13 ski season didn’t really start to roar until after the Christmas holidays, so the lack of early season snow seemed to affect all snowsports except freeskiing and telemarketing says a new study.

 

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Dave Kulis Returns ‘Home’ To Market Okemo

Dave Kulis, Okemo

Dave Kulis has been named marketing vice president for Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, returning to what he calls his “old stomping grounds.” Kulis, most recently, was sales and marketing director for Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho.

 

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Loryn Kasten To Head Northstar Communications

Loryn Kasten

Loryn Kasten, a 13-year public relations professional, will move from Steamboat to head communications efforts for Northstar California Resort.

 

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