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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U.S. World Cup Sites In Dec., Jan. Include Olympic Selection Events

Ted Ligety at BC

World Cup schedules for U.S. stops have been approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and each one will have implications for selections to U.S. Olympic teams in alpine and freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Sochi Olympics in February.

 

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Deer Valley Staffers Receive Intermountain Awards

Chuck English

Two Deer Valley Resort mountain operations staff members have been honored by the Intermountain Ski Areas Association (ISAA) during its annual convention held this year at the Utah Resort.

 

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Guardian Lists 10 Top Summer Vacations In European Alps

Eiger Village, Switzerland

Once the snow is gone, the Alps remain magnificent. The Guardian newspaper in the UK has 10 picks for you to try this summer. Here are travel writer Sean Thomas’s choices and comments.

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North Korea To Bid For Joint Hosting Of Olympic Events? Well, Maybe

North Korean ski area

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un isn’t happy with either progress on his new “Masik Pass Skiing Ground” or the fact the South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

 

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Adaptive Ski Innovator, Pioneer, TV Host Bert Fischer Dies At 87

Bert Fischer

Norbert “Bert” Fischer, one of the most enthusiastic promoters of skisports and a pioneer in teaching persons with disabilities how to ski, died in Cleveland, Ohio, last month at 87 after a long illness.

 

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Vermont Ski Areas Have Near Record Season; Best Since 2001

Stowe

With Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA) holding its annual meeting at Stowe Mountain Resort comes the announcement that the 2012-13 season was one of the best on record.

 

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Snow Sports Industry Distributes 5,000 Pounds Of Winter Clothing To Sandy Relief

KIDS

More than 5,000 pounds of winter apparel were distributed to victims of last winter’s Hurricane Sandy by Snow Sports Industries America (SIA). The ski retail trade association partnered with Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), a New York City charity.

 

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Erik Forsell Tabbed As Mammoth Marketing Chief

Erik Forsell

Erik Forsell has been named Chief Marketing Officer for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, responsible for all aspects of marketing, including strategy, brand, product development, pricing, distribution, and advertising.

 

Forsell comes to Mammoth from ASICS America where he oversaw the company’s marketing efforts in the U.S. Canada, and South America and brought the brand to it’s most successful year ever in 2012. His work was recognized with the Cannes Lions Festival and One Show Interactive awards for digital and outdoor marketing campaigns.

 

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Far West Ski Association Convention Set For Reno June 6-9

FWSA

The 81st Annual Convention of the volunteer, nonprofit Far West Ski Association (FWSA) is set for June 6-9 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino on Reno, Nev. The group represents 180 affiliated ski clubs in 13 states.

 

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Vail Resorts Finally Lands Canyons Resort In 50-Year Lease Deal

Canyons Resort

Vail Resorts has announced it has signed a long-term, 50-year lease, to operate Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. It’s Vail’s second attempt to gain a big Utah foothold and this one worked out.

 

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Long Trail Century Ride To Benefit Vermont Adaptive June 22

Long Trail Century RideMore than 500 cyclists of all abilities are expected to participate in the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive ski and sports programs June 22. 

 

The ride’s plus-60 and 20-mile routes will start and end at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners. The routes travel trough Killington, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Bethel, Woodstock, and Ludlow.

 

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Strong Start, Finish Benefits Eastern Lodgers

Alpenrose Inn near Stratton

A final tally of mountain lodging has been released by the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) with eastern lodging properties benefitting from a solid start and finish to the season, unlike their slower-starting western counterparts.

 

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Taylor Ogilvie Named General Manager At Mt. Brighton

Taylor Ogilvie
Taylor Ogilvie, who most recently oversaw the Vail Mountain Children and Teen Ski and Ride School at Lionshead, has been named general manager of Mt. Brighton Ski Area in Michigan. Vail Resorts acquired the ski area last year.

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Deer Valley Music Festival To Feature Steve Martin, Mandy Patinkin, More

Deer Valley Music Festival

The Utah Symphony returns to Deer Valley Resort for its 10th Anniversary Season with plenty of performances under the stars from late June through Aug. 10.

 

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Squaw, Alpine To Add $8 Million In 2013-14 Improvements

Squaw Valley

Significant snowmaking improvements at both Lake Tahoe sister resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and much more have been announced.

 

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‘Mountain Mucker’ Race Set At Mount Sunapee June 1

Mountain Mucker Sunapee

Slop into the challenge of the second annual Mountain Mucker 5K Obstacle Race at New Hampshire’s Mount Sunapee Saturday, June 1.

 

Competitors will negotiate 14 obstacles along the course that winds up and down the mountain slopes. 83 teams have already registered.

 

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Moon Valley Maple Syrup Comes Direct From Titus Mountain Slopes

Moon Valley Maple

Things were mighty sweet this spring at Titus Mountain in Malone, N.Y. The mountain is home to the brand new Moon Valley Maple Syrup operation.

 

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Forest Carey Named World Cup Multi Team Coach; Men’s Coaches Picked

Forest Carey

Veteran U.S. Ski Team coach Forest Carey has been tabbed to leads a new World Cup Multi-Team of Ted Ligety and Bode Miller during the coming Olympic season, according to men’s alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick.

 

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Vail Resorts Adds Arlberg To Epic Pass Lineup

Lech-Zurs

Vail Resorts has announced an epic partnership with the one of the most famous ski regions in the world, Arlberg, Austria, home to legendary mountain resorts of St. Anton, Lech-Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben. 

 

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Eric Harlow To Direct USSA Eastern Development Programs

Eric Harlow

Former National Team Coach Eric Harlow has been tapped to direct the Eastern Alpine Regional Program for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

 

Harlow has extensive coaching experience, having served as FIS head coach at Burke Mountain Academy, women’s head coach at both Stratton Mountain School, both in Vermont and Rowmark Ski Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

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