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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PCSkiGal: Day Trip From Brigham City to Logan

Polenta at Cafe Ibis

It makes sense when you think about it. A town has to explode in population before those mean old fast-food joints and giant, big box stores invade every nook and cranny, pushing out the mom and pop establishments. 

 

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On Again, Off Again Black Mountain Of Maine, Is Back On

Black Mountain of Maine

The saga of Black Mountain of Maine is turning to the good news side. The Maine Winter Sports Center, which abruptly closed the community ski area a month ago, seems to have found a solution.

 

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12 Western Resorts Unite With New ‘Powder Alliance’ Pass

Schweitzer powder

Twelve ski resorts throughout the West – many with prodigious pow stashes – have united to offer skiers and riders the opportunity to broaden their powdery horizons with a brand new “Powder Alliance” pass.

 

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Utah Congressional Reps Drop Land Sale Legislation For Utah SkiLink

SkiLink

The Utah Congressional delegation has abandoned its push to link Canyons and Solitude ski resorts across the Wasatch backcountry on National Forest land, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

 

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Warm Western Temps Put Summer Mountain Travel On Record Pace

Stein Eriksen Lodge

A combo of warm temperatures in western cities, increasing activities and special events, and a steadily improving economy keep summer occupancy rates growing throughout the western states.

 

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Bob Looper Named Brundage Mountain President

Bob Looper

Current board member Bob Looper has been named President and Managing Director of Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall, Idaho.

 

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Cool Off: Ski Dubai In The Spirit Of Ramadan

Ski Dubai

Looking for some unusual summertime skiing? Head for Ski Dubai, the world’s largest indoor ski palace covering 33,000 square feet with real snow year round. Ski Dubai is located in the United Arab Emigrates and is part of a large mall complex. 

 

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It’s Amaze’n: New Laser Maze, High Ropes Open In Colorado

Laser Maze Heritage Park

The first human maze was installed at Winter Park Resort by Amaze ’n Mazes and now these customized interactive attractions can be found at ski resorts and fun parks across North America. The newest installation is at Golden, Colorado’s Heritage Square Family Entertainment Village. 

 

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NH Resorts Add Lifts, More Snowmaking, Year-Round Attractions

Mount Sunapee

“A lot of resorts in the Northeast have been investing capital in new snowmaking technology,” Mount Sunapee’s Bruce McCloy told SnoCountry.com.  “This is a win, win, win proposition.  

 

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SoCal’s Snow Summit, Bear Mountain Post ‘For Sale’ Sign

Bear Mt.

Snow Summit Ski Corp, owners of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski areas in Southern California’s San Bernardino mountains says it has retained investment bank Houlihan Lokey to market the resorts to potential buyers.

 

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Maine’s Black Mountain Loses Funding; Closes Immediately

Black Mt. of Maine

UPDATE: 6/28: Brian Gagnon, CEO of Boston-based BMG Partners, a "problem-solving company," said at a public meeting of about 100 people last night he had launched the "Friends of Black Mountain of Maine Fund" at Crowdrise, an online fundraising platform. The fund had raised nearly $5,000 of it's $55,000 goal the first day. That money, if raised, will keep the resort functioning until ski season.

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Exclusive: Proposed Snowsport History, Art Museum In Denver Lands Temporary Exhibit Space

Beekley collection

A plan to develop the International Center for Snowsport History and Art (SCSHA) in Downtown Denver, Colo., has taken on new life at a temporary location expected to open this fall. 

 

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Squaw-Alpine Owners Sell Off Five Resorts, Including Virginia’s Homestead

Homestead Resort

KSL Capital Partners, LLC, the parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts near Lake Tahoe, Calif. announced it is selling off five of its high-profile resorts in California, Texas, and Virginia to Omni Hotels & Resorts.

 

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Western Destinations See Good News For Early Summer

Gant Hotel Aspen

Lodging properties in 17 western communities could be heading for a record breaking warm season. That’s based on recent data released by DestiMetrics (the new name for the former Mountain Travel Research Program).

 

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Ski NH Names Ben Wilcox As Chair; Whitney Award To Patanaudes

Cranmore

Ski NH, a statewide trade association, has named Ben Wilcox, president and general manager of Cranmore Mountain Resort as chair of its board of directors for the 2013/2014 season.

 

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Three Peak Resort Executives Take New Roles

Wildcat

Josh Boyd, John Lowell, and Brian Heon have received promotions from Peak Resorts and will start their new roles this summer. Peak is based in St. Louis, Mo. and operates 13 ski areas in Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

 

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Senate Bill Could Open Door For Foreign Ski Instructors

Aspen

It might just become easier for certified ski instructors who speak Brazilian (Portuguese), Korean, German, and other languages to get jobs at U.S. ski resorts on temporary work visas should the Senate version of the proposed immigration bill hold up.

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New Hampshire Ski Resorts Welcomed 2.5 Million Visitors

Waterville Valley

With excellent skiing and riding conditions for most of the 2012-13 season, New Hampshire ski areas recorded a total of 2.5 million alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing visitors.

 

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Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Awards Employee Scholarships

Whitetail

Nine employees at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa., have received scholarships totaling $5,000. It’s the 11th annual program.

 

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Utah's Skier Days Up By 5.4 Percent

Alta Powder Day 5/29/13

A total of 4,031,621 skiers and snowboarders enjoyed Utah’s slopes during the 2012-13 season, which ended Memorial Day Weekend. It’s the sixth time in eight years the state’s skier numbers passed the four million mark.

 

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