Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of 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 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.

Winter Bookings Top Last Season In West; Summer Is Promising Says Report

Secrets Inn Lake Tahoe

An early Easter was the likely culprit for April bookings taking a hit, but overall, lodging numbers were solidly ahead of last season in the West. That’s according to the monthly report issued by Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP).


“The 2012-13 winter season is finishing up solidly ahead of last year with continued momentum delivering a strong March aided by Easter week moving into March,” said Ralf Garrison, MTRiP director. The strong March was likely at the expense of April which, he said, was down “a sharp 9.8 percent.”


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Hidden Valley, Pa. Golf Course Is Open For Season; Early Bird Savings

Hidden Valley Junior Golf

The ski slopes have barely shuttered, but it’s time for golf at Hidden Valley Resort, in Pennsylvania. The course opened for the season today (April 17).


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Blackcomb Extends Spring Season Through May 27


Blackcomb will continue operating for more than a month after Whistler closes April 21. You will be able to ski and ride Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia until May 27.


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Jackson Hole Tops Half-Million Visits; Sets Record

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming officials say the resort ended the season with approximately 502,222 visits, surpassing the previous record season of 2008. The record was set despite in-season snowfall being 100 inches below average.


“Grooming and snowmaking assisted Mother Nature this year for sure,” said Jackson President Jerry Blann. “To achieve a record in a year like this is quite an accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work by all our employees.”


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75 Winter Athletes Send Letter To President Urging Climate, Energy Action

Julia Mancuso

A wide-ranging group of winter sports athletes including Olympians, X-Games and world champions have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging action on his promise of climate change efforts.


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Don’t Hang ‘Em Up Yet: Spring Skiing Rolls On In New England

Sugarloaf Maine

Forget those golf clubs for a little while longer. Skiers and riders still have plenty of opportunities for raccoon eye tans in New England even into May. Here are a few options.


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Mark Hendrickson To Manage Vail Mountain Adventure Center

Vail Mountain Biking

Mark Hendrickson has moved to Colorado from Mammoth Mountain to take over the Vail Mountain Adventure Center and the overall summer guest experience. He previously ran the Mammoth summer operations.


“Mark’s experience in a variety of mountain operations roles – particularly during the summer – will be a great asset to Vail, particularly as we look to expand our summer offerings for guests of all ages and abilities,” said Paul Fillion, senior director of Vail Mountain operations.


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Bode’s Brother ‘Chilly’ Miller Dies From Apparent Seizure

Chelone Miller

Chelone “Chilly” Miller, the snowboarding younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, died Sunday of “an apparent seizure” in a van where he was living near Mammoth Mountain, Calif.


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Finalists Named For NSAA Conversion Cup

Conversion Cup

Camelback Mountain Resort, Pa.; Mt. Bachelor, Ore.; and Mountain Creek, N.J. have been named finalist in the third annual National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Conversion Cup Challenge.


The Challenge was created as an innovative way to pique competition among ski areas and recognize those who make significant efforts to boost skier and snowboarder conversion rates.


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Nine Resorts Honored For Environmental Efforts

Golden Eagle Awards logo

Nine ski areas across North America have been named finalists for Golden Eagle Awards by the National Ski Areas Association. Three winners will be named at the NSAA convention April 30-May 3 in California.


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Park City To Honor World Champ Ted Ligety Saturday

Ted Ligety

It will be a “Welcome Home” celebration Saturday, April 6 at Park City Mountain Resort as the community celebrates Ted Ligety’s World Championship gold and World Cup giant slalom crowns. The free event begins at 1 p.m. at the resort plaza.

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Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Pat’s Peak Aid Environmental Causes

Craney Pond To Pats Peak

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Calif. and Pats Peak, N.H. may be about 3,000 miles apart by geography, but they are connected by their responses to environmental causes.


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Season Extensions Roll Out Into April; Seven Springs, Brundage Mountain

Seven Springs

UPDATE March 29: Hunter Mountain, N.Y. announced it will remain open every day through April 7 and then re-open for the weekend of April 13-14. Vermont's Okemo will turn its lifts through April 21 each day -- a week later than planned.  


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Two Feet Of Freshies Extends Snowshoe’s Season Another Week

Snowshoe extends season

The season started early in November when Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia picked up the “good side” of Hurricane Sandy. Now, the latest storms and two feet of fresh powder mean it’s not over yet.


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Park City Mountain Resort Names Matt Gebo Marketing Chief

Matt Gebo

Matt Gebo has been named Director of Marketing and Communications at Park City Mountain Resort, responsible for all brand-marketing efforts. Gebo heads west for a return trip after a stint as marketing director at Mount Snow, Vt.


“Matt’s breadth of experience within the ski industry and passion for the sport made him the perfect fit for this position,” said Jenni Smith, president and general manager. Gebo succeeds Krista Parry, who became senior vice president and innovation officer for Powdr Enterprises, a division of the resort’s parent company.


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Disabled Skiing Pioneer Jack Benedick Dies Of Heart Attack

Jack Benedict skiing

Jack Benedick, 70, died Wednesday in Denver, Colo. after suffering a heart attack. Benedick, a former disabled ski racer and tireless advocate for adaptive skiing, inspired countless U.S. disabled athletes to Paralympic and World Championship medals.


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Mount Snow Workers Get ‘Conflict Of Interest’ Memo; ‘Business Decision’

Mount Snow

A memo to Mount Snow, Vt., employees from Thorin Magbie, director of human relations, tells workers who also are employed or volunteering at nearby Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain, they run the risk of not being re-hired. 


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Canadian Anna Goodman Bests Shiffrin for U.S. National Slalom Crown

Mikaela Shiffrin and fans

Canadian and Westminster College student Anna Goodman parlayed her NorAm slalom crown to the top of the podium as the Nature Valley U.S. National Championships closed out the racing season at Squaw Valley, Calif.


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Ted Ligety Caps Season With Slalom Title At U.S. Nationals

Ted Ligety US Nationals

Ted Ligety from Park City, Utah put an exclamation point on his championship season by winning the slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. National Championships at Squaw Valley Saturday.


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Laurenne Ross Grabs First U.S. Title; Travis Ganong Wins Men's Race

Laurenne Ross

Laurenne Ross from Bend, Ore. picked up the first U.S. title of her career with a slim .01 second super G victory over Stacey Cook from Mammoth Mountain, Calif. Friday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, Calif. 


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