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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Steamboat’s Chris Diamond Receives NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award

Chris Diamond, Steamboat

Chris Diamond, president and COO of Colorado’s Steamboat Resort has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) at its annual convention in Palm Springs, Calif. last week.

 

Diamond is credited with playing a lead role in establishing the Yampa County Airport Commission, which oversaw a $30 million expansion and renovation of the regional airport. He also oversaw an Urban Renewal Authority for the resort base area totaling more than $20 million.

 

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Steamboat Tests Night Skiing Option

Steamboat light test

A test of lower slope lighting earlier in April could lead to night skiing and riding at Steamboat Resort in Colorado.

 

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Brian Krill To Lead Club Development At USSA

Brian Krill USSA

Brian Krill has been named Club Development Manager in the Sports Education Department of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

 

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Free Skiing At Sugarbush Saturday, Maybe Sunday

Sugarbush 5-3

Anybody in the area not ready to hang ‘em up will want to be at Sugarbush, Vt. tomorrow (May 4) when skiing and riding will be free. Same deal Sunday if the snow holds up.

 

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'Mountain Movers’ To Debut May 9 On NatGeo TV

Mountain Movers NatGeo

The team responsible for building those innovative courses and projects on snow that send the likes of Shaun White, Louie Vito, and Mark McMorris soaring will show us how it’s done on National Geographic Channel's  “Mountain Movers.” 

 

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CNL Resorts Gain In Skier Visits, Revenues

Okemo

The 17 ski resorts owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties saw significant increases in revenues and skier visits over the 2012-13 season. Revenues rose 16 percent, while skier visits jumped 10.4 percent.

 

“We have made substantial investments in our resorts to boost snowmaking capacity, add lifts, open up new terrain and enhance base area facilities,” said Steve Rice, CNL Lifestyle Properties senior managing director. “We believe these investments, as well as the strong snowfall we’re had this year, have helped our resorts perform as well or better than the industry over the past three seasons.”

 

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NSAA Honors Seven Resorts With Golden Eagles; 13 With Safety Awards

Golden Eagle Awards

The award season is in full force at the National Ski Areas Association annual convention in Palm Springs, Calif. Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence and the National Ski Area Safety Awards took center stage. 

 

The Golden Eagle Awards, now in their 20th year, recognize ski area environmental programs and projects.

 

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Keep On Sliding; Late Spring Action Continues

Mammoth Mt. spring

It’s not over ‘til the Fat Lady rides, so to speak. A number of resorts across the North American alpine snowbelt are doing their best to offer skiing and riding as long as the snow and weather holds out. 

 

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Ski Industry Rebounds In 2012-13; Posts 11 Percent Gains

Breckenridge

What a difference a year makes. Leaders of the ski industry were told today at the National Ski Areas Association Convention and Trade Show in Palm Springs, Calif. that skier and snowboarder visits jumped by 11 percent year-over-year. 

 

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Mountain Creek Wins NSAA Conversion Cup

Bill Benneyan Mountain Creek

The name of the game today for resorts is to do everything they can to create lifelong skiers and riders. Mountain Creek, in New Jersey, has been declared winner of the 2013 NSAA Conversion Cup for doing just that.

 

The announcement was made during NSAA’s National Convention and Trade Show currently underway in Palm Springs, Calif. Finalists were Mt. Bachelor, Ore., last year’s winner, and Camelback in Pa.

 

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SKI, Skiing Magazines, Warren Miller Entertainment, Reclaimed In Sale

Ski Magazine

Andy Clurman, Andy Bigford, and Alan Crolius, the core of a team that used to run Boulder-based Ski and Skiing magazines have reclaimed those titles and more in a sale of certain publishing assets of the Bonnier Mountain Group. No price was disclosed.

 

The three top executives and 86 employees of Active Interest Media (AIM) preside over a stable of publications that include Backpacker and Climbing, American Cowboy, Yoga Journal, Log Home Living, and Power & Motoryacht Magazines. Plans call for adding 35 employees with the acquisitions.

 

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Get Your Summer News Fix Right Here At SnoCountry.com

Park City Mountain Resort summer

The ski season, with a few exceptions, is waning. A good one at that. But, now it’s time to turn to summer in the mountains. SnoCountry.com has you covered.

 

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U.S. Alpine Championships Will Return To Squaw Valley In 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin US Alpine Champs

The success of this spring’s Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley resort in California that brought thousands of spectators to the slopes has led to a return engagement March 19-23, 2014.

 

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Holiday Valley To Add Snowguns, 3-D Climbing Forest, More

Holiday Valley Aerial Adventure Park

A $1.3 million re-investment is on tap at Holiday Valley Ski Area in Ellicottville, N.Y. with snowmaking firepower topping the list.

 

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Skier Visits Up 5.5 Percent At Seven Vail Resorts

Breckenridge

Skier visits at seven Vail Resorts properties rose 5.5 percent this season compared to 2011-2012 numbers, the company announced on Monday. This report is by Troy Hooper from our partners at Mountain i Journals

 

The publicly traded company (NYSE: MTN) did not break down the visits for each ski resort; it instead released the cumulative total for Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail in Colorado, along with Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region that spans a section of California and Nevada.

 

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Flower Point Project To Begin At Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Flower Point Plan

A $1.4 million investment signals the go-ahead for what’s known as the Flower Point Project on the north side of Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. The project calls for a new lift, runs, and glades.

 

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Rice, Lithgow, Bell Promoted At CNL Ski, Lifestyle Group

Steve RiceSteve Rice, Tom Lithgow, and Ryan Bell have all received promotions in the group that oversees CNL’s widespread ski and mountain lifestyle portfolio.

 

Rice has been named managing senior director of ski/mountain lifestyle and lodging properties, responsible for leading those sectors. His previous title was managing director and he has overseen the REIT’s ski portfolio since joining the company in 2007. He previously managed East Coast properties for Intrawest.

 

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Sun Valley, Snowbasin Owner Earl Holding Dies At 86

Earl Holding

Billionaire Robert Earl Holding, owner of Sun Valley Resort in Idaho and Snowbasin in Utah died Friday (April 19) from complications of a 2002 stroke. He was 86. Holding was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

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Ski Resorts Across U.S. Support Climate Declaration

NSAA Sustainable Slopes

Some 108 ski resorts across 24 states have written a letter expressing support for a “climate declaration” by Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP).

 

The resorts, through the Sustainable Slopes environmental charter of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) wrote to BICEP, saying the ski areas “stand behind your strong message to policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate change legislation now.”

 

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Hunter Mountain Co-Founder Orville Slutzky Dies At 96; 'Industry Giant'

Orville Slutzky

UPDATE (April 22, 2013): Ski journalist Dick Healy reported to SnoCountry.com that, while some 600 chairs were set up in Colonel's Hall in the Hunter Mountain Base Lodge for Orville Slutzky's funeral and celebration of iife Sunday (April 21), more than 1,000 people came to pay tribute.

 

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