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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USSA Designates Cannon Mountain As Official Training Site

Cannon Mt.U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) ski racers from across the east will benefit from a newly designated USSA Training Site with the Mittersill race and training venue at Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia, N.H. 

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Jackson Hole Resort Completes New Employee Housing Units

Jackson Hole employee housingJackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) has completed its new employee housing units in the town of Jackson. The three building complex, housing 94 workers is the first of its kind for the Jackson Hole community.

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Albany Ski Show Producer, Public Relations Pro Ed Lewi Dies At 81

Ed LewiPublic relations industry leader Ed Lewi, founder of the New York Capital Region public relations agency that managed media relations for the XIII Olympic Winter Games, media relations and marketing efforts for The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) since the late 1970s, and produced the annual Albany Ski Show, has died. He was 81.

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Survey Finds Pennsylvania Skiing Is A Hit With Millennials

Camelback WaterparkPennsylvania may well be on its way to establishing itself as a formidable "ski state" particularly among Millennials, according to a new research study conducted for SkiPA by RRC Associates. A contributing factor is Pennsylvania's close proximity to several major metropolitan areas including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, Baltimore and even the Harrisburg-York-Lancaster corridor.

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Storms To Zip North Of Colorado While Utah Warms Up; ‘R’ Word In New England

Cloudy day at SugarbushA few storms in Colorado over the weekend and early next week likely won’t have any effect on the state’s ski resorts, says OpenSnow.com’s Joel Gratz. “Yup, back to spring conditions with harder snow in the morning, softening by the midday and afternoon hours.”

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RealSkiers: The Eternal Stickiness Of Skiing

Dudes At SnowbirdI’ve just returned from a five-day re-baptism in the gravity streams that cascade from the crown of Hidden Peak at Snowbird, Utah. It's an annual pilgrimage that re-stokes my passion, reaffirms my place in the world and reminds me of every reason why I ski. 

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$309 Million Extreme Sports Complex With 14-Story Indoor Ski Mountain Planned For Central Florida

Zero Gravity Extreme Sports FloridaPlans were unveiled this week for a proposed $309 million extreme sports resort, including a 14-story indoor ski hill, in Kissimmee, Fla. near Orlando's other major tourist attractions. Approval is needed from the Osceola County officials. If approved in this tourism/business-friendly county, the facility could open by early 2018.

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A-Mazing Tina Maze Mines More Gold At Worlds In Alpine Combined; Spoils Austrian Party

Tina MazeAnother day at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Beaver Creek, Colo. and a third medal for Slovenia’s Tina Maze who once again spoiled the Austrian party. American Lindsey Vonn was seventh in the downhill portion of the women’s Alpine Combined event but straddled a gate atop the slalom course and did not finish.

 

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Northstar Names Glenn Cademartori Marketing Director

Glen Cademargori NorthstarNorthstar California Resort announced the appointment of Glenn Cademartori as  marketing director.  Cademartori will oversee all aspects of marketing for Northstar – including strategic planning and resort branding, development and management of e-commerce, advertising, events marketing, strategic partnerships, and act as a key liaison between Northstar and its community stakeholders.

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SnoCountry's Picks For Biggest News Stories Of 2014

Park City powderLet's start at the top. The biggest news story of 2014 rolled out of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. No other news story across the nation matched it for continuing drama. It began rumbling in the spring, resonated in the courts all summer, and didn't culminate until shortly before the snow flew. Here's how SnoCountry.com's West Editor Andy Dennison describes it:

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Lindsey Vonn's Comeback In High Gear In France; One Win From Tying All-Time Record

Lindsey Vonn and Winnie at Val d'sereThe stunningly successful comeback of American superstar ski racer Lindsey Vonn kept rolling as she won the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill at Val d'Isere, France Saturday. The win put her just one victory away from matching Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for the all-time World Cup win record of 62. This was Vonn's 61st World Cup win and her fifth at the famed French resort.

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America's Steven Nyman Wins Brutal Val Gardena World Cup Downhill For Third Time

Steven Nyman (Facebook)America's Stephen Nyman (Sundance, Utah) got the best of what could only be described as a course in Val Gardena, Italy marked by extreme conditions. He won his third career World Cup downhill on the famous Saslong course by a .31 second margin over World Cup downhill leader Kjetil Jansrudof Norway.

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It's Lake Lindsey Again: Vonn Leads American Sweep In Canada

Lindsey Vonn wins at Lake Louis 2014

Update Sunday, Dec. 7: Lindsey Vonn finished second in a World Cup super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, Sunday, completing her first weekend of races this year with two podium results. Vonn was .37 of a second slower than Swiss winner Lara Gut, one day after Vonn won her first race in nearly two years in a downhill. Slovenia’s Tina Maze finished third, increasing her World Cup overall lead. American Julia Mancuso was sixth. Vonn will race next Dec. at Val d’Isere, France.

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U.S. Men, Women Off To Strong World Cup Weekend Starts; Vonn Back On The Course

Birds of Prey Beaver Creek world CupU.S. Ski Team men and women speed racers got their respective North American World Cup weekends off to strong starts Friday (Dec. 5). 

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Shiffrin Close To World Cup Podiums At Aspen; Sullivan, Weibrecht Top Americans At Lake Louise

Mikaela Shiffrin at Aspen slalom 2014Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) skied a gutsy second run to salvage a sixth place finish in the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational World Cup Giant Slalom Saturday won by Austrian Eva-Maria Brem. Sunday saw the American champion winning the first run. But she over-skied the second run and dropped to fifth. 

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It's A Turkey Treat Across North America With Nearly 200 Resorts Ready For Holiday Action

Jay Peak Opening 2014There’s plenty of Thanksgiving weekend skiing and riding at nearly 200 resorts all across North America, whether you’re heading for the mountains after filling up at Grandma’s house or enjoying that high altitude turkey by the slopes. 

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World Cup: Shiffrin, Ligety Have Rough Slalom Starts In Finland

Tina Maze at Levi

There’s no new reindeer to add to American slalom star Mikaela Shiffrin’s herd. Shiffrin had an uncharacteristically bad day at Levi, Finland where first prize is a reindeer. At least she could visit the reindeer she won last year and named Rudolph. Meanwhile, Sunday, Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety finished 18th, 3.33 seconds out on the men's first slalom of the season.

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10 Athletes, Sportbuilders Named To 2014 U.S. Ski & Snowboarding Hall Of Fame Class

Kristina KoznickTen athletes and sports builders have been named to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and make up the Class of 2014. Induction is set for April 11, 2015 in Steamboat, Colo. at the conclusion of Skiing History Week, with a second ceremony planned Sept. 18 at the Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich.

 

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TV's 'Jersey Shore' May Be Heading To An Eastern Ski Resort Near You

Jersey Shore cast

The New York Daily News is breathlessly reporting (or warning) that the creators of the once immensely popular “Jersey Shore” TV-er may be heading to a mountain resort near you.

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October Is Ski Show Month In Midwest; Chicago, Minnesota, Toronto

Windy City Ski Show

It’s already snowed in the upper Midwest and ski and snowboard shows are taking place in Minneapolis, Chicago and Ontario this month. Winter can’t be far behind. People in this electronic age still love to come to the shows. They can often find some great ticket or vacation deals through the resorts.
 
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