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.

Decision Delayed In Park City Lawsuit; New Court Hearing Set Sept. 3

Park City Mountain Resort

No decision was reached today (Aug. 27) at a court hearing where a bond amount was expected to be set in the ongoing legal dispute between Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings/Vail Resorts. Instead, the hearing will resume next Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. 

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Wisconsin's Norway Mountain Plans To Reopen This Winter

Norway Mt., wisc.Good news for skiers and riders in Michigan’s UP and northern Wisconsin, Norway Mountain is again selling season passes and plans on reopening after being closed the past two seasons.

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Spencer Weimar To Head Marketing At Mt. Bachelor

Spencer weimar Mt. Bachelor

Spencer Weimar has been named  director of sales, marketing and reservations at Mt. Bachelor Resort in Oregon.  

Weimar has spent the last seven years working in the lodging, central reservations, group sales, and marketing department at whitefish Mountain in Montana. He previously served as marketing manager for Village Properties in Sunriver, Oregon. 

Weimar has been a member of the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing committee, a board member of the Whitefish Housing Authority, and he currently sits on the board of directors of the Central Reservations Association of Destination Resorts (CRADR). 

Weimar recently completed his MBA from Washington State University and holds a BS degree in Business from Linfield College. 

“I'm really excited to be on the Mt. Bachelor team and can't wait to start working with such a talented and fun group of people to continue the success of this incredible resort,” says Weimar.  “The fact that this marks a return home to Central Oregon and the mountain I learned to ski and snowboard on makes this all the more special.”

“Spencer brings valuable sales, reservations and marketing experience and a proven track record of success which will be instrumental in meeting our goal to return Mt. Bachelor to national prominence in the mountain resort industry,” said Dave Rathbun, Mt. Bachelor president and general manager. 

Photo: Spencer Weimar (Mt. Bachelor) 


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Summer Lodging Continues To Grow In West; Could Break Record

Sun Valley Lodge

Aggregated occupancy and revenue at Western mountain resorts for the month of June are continuing to post steady increases in year-over-year comparison to the same period as last year. 

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Skiing In Gay Paree? Oui! (Well, Maybe)

Snow Hall FranceSo, how’s this for a plan? Take a vacation any time of the year to Paris, France and go skiing or riding while you are there. Tres Bon, oui?

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Anderson, Kotsenburg Win ESPY Awards; USSA Gets Nine Nominations

Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe was named Best Female Action Sports Athlete and Best Female Olympian at the 2014 ESPY Awards. The USSA was the most represented sports organization at the annual ESPN-sponsored ceremony.

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Ski Club Of Great Britain Pulls Guides Out Of France; Dispute At Val d'Isere

Ski Club of GB Guide

The Ski Club of Great Britain, which provides guiding services for its members in multiple countries, has pulled its 11 guiding programs out of France. The club is among the largest in the world.


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Switzerland's Largest Ski Area Breaks Up; 4 Vallees On One Ticket Is No More

Verbier, Switz.

Sometimes, it seems, you just have to agree to disagree. At least that’s what’s happening in Switzerland as 4 Vallees, the country’s largest ski area and the third largest in Europe, is breaking up over a disagreement among its lift operators on revenue sharing.

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Summer Occupancy Rates Continue To Build; May Business Boost

Escale Resorts Park City

Occupancy and revenues at mountain resorts in the Far West and Rocky Mountains continue to trend positive for the third consecutive year, according to the Mountain Market Briefing by DestiMetrics.


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N.H. Ski Areas Host 2.5 Million Skiers, Riders; 'Impressive Business Levels'

Mount Sunapee

Numbers are in for New Hampshire ski resorts for the 2013-14 season and, as Ski New Hampshire’s Karl Stone puts it, “it was a success for skiers and ski area operators alike… resulting in impressive business levels.”

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Aspen Wins Out; Will Host 2017 Alpine World Cup Finals

Aspen Winternationals 2011

The International Ski Federation Aspen has awarded the 2017 Alpine World Cup Finals. This marks the first time the event has been held in the U.S. in 20 years. Aspen was selected over Lenzerheide, Switzerland and the mountain nation of Andorra.

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2019 World Freestyle, Freeskiing, Snowboarding Championships Awarded To Park City

Worlds Awarded for freestyle

An innovative bid that featured a partnership between Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort has resulted in the Utah community being awarded the International Ski Federation World Championships for freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding in 2019.

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Vail Resorts To Roll Out $85 Million In Improvements; Chairs, Lodging, More

Beaver Creek

New chairlifts, lodging renovations, “re-imagined” food service and a “one-of-a-kind” snowmaking upgrade highlights an announcement from Vail Resorts President and CEO Rob Katz that the company is spending $85 million for 2014-15.

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Les Otten Outlines Ambitious Plan For Restoring Balsams; ‘No Red Flags’

Balsams Resort

Resort developer Les Otten previewed an ambitious plan for re-developing the now-shuttered 150-year-old Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, N.H. Otten spoke to some 300 members of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

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Winter Lodging Tallies Up; Summer Looking Good

Wilderness Inn Loon Mt.

Winter lodging books have closed according to DestiMetrics latest Mountain Market Briefing and summer’s early look is good. 

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Alex Hoedlmoser Will Lead U.S. Men’s Speed Team; Longtime Women’s Coach

Alex Hoedlmoser (right)

The coaching situation on the U.S. Ski Team seems to have cleared following the team’s release of former men’s head coach Andreas Evers who is facing money laundering charges in Austria. Longtime women’s speed coach Alex Hoedlmoser will close the gender gap and lead the men’s speed team.

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There’s Spring Skiing/Riding In Six States This Weekend

Mt. Bachelor spring

No need to hang ‘em up quite yet, but the list is indeed getting shorter. There’s skiing and riding in six states. Several resorts have stayed open continuously, while some others have closed during the week, but plan to re-open for the weekend. Here’s the rundown:

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Swiss Tourism’s Ad Campaign Wins ‘Online Best’ Award

Swiss Tourism ad

An ad campaign for Swiss Tourism, dubbed “Pure White” and created by LIQWID, has won the “Best Travel Online Award” presented by the Web Marketing Association. The ad campaign was specifically created for delivery on this winter.

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New Freshies Keep Skiing, Riding Strong In West

Spring at Loveland

New snow in the West is keeping the season alive and well every day at several resorts in California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Several other ski areas are playing the “re-open” card on weekends.


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Family Acquires Pennsylvania’s Alpine Mountain; Major Projects Planned

Alpine Mountain, Pa.Alpine Mountain Resort in Analomink, Pa. has been acquired by Kevin Fabiano Sr. and Kevin (Achilles) Fabiano, Jr. after a high bid auction purchase last September fell apart. Alpine Mountain is among the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the Pocono Mountains.

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