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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New Lifts, Possible Lighting For Aspen's Buttermilk

A lift serving the superpipe and lower jumps at Aspen’s Buttermilk, and maybe lighting for early evening feature use, are part of the Aspen Skiing Company’s master plan.

 

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Here Comes Jumbo. B.C. Government Gives Green Light

Jumbo Glacier Alpine Resort, B.C.

It’s taken 20 years of talks, comprehensive and, some would say, exhaustive reviews, but the British Columbia government has finally cleared the way for development of the uber controversial Jumbo Glacier Alpine Resort. 

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Four Tahoe Resorts Extend Season Well Into April

Heavenly

Just when you thought it was time to say good night to Lake Tahoe skiing comes the word… “not so fast.” 

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Spring Silliness Turns Into Accident At Wisp

Cardboard Box Derby at Wisp

Sooner or later, it seemed bound to happen. Some 5-7 people, including at least two children, were injured when a “Dragon Wagon,” reportedly carrying 14 people went off course during a Cardboard Box Derby and struck snowmaking equipment.

 

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Season Just ‘Warming Up’ At Whistler Blackcomb: Two Months To Go

Whistler

 

News of warm weather in our ski world isn’t ever heartening. But, the silver lining comes in good news that Whistler Blackcomb is truly “warming up,” in terms of readying for another two months of action.

 

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Ogden Newspaper Says Powder Mountain In Play With California Company

Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain in East Eden, Utah, 19 miles northeast of Ogden, is reportedly in play as Summit Series, a company based in Malibu, Calif. is apparently in the due diligence process. The report surfaced in the Ogden Standard-Examiner. 

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Town Of Mammoth Lakes Could Be Facing Mammoth Debt; On To Mediation

Mammoth Yosemite Airport

Mammoth Lakes, Calif., just down the road from the Mammoth Mountain Resort, is facing payment of a potential $30 million judgment brought by Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA), a developer, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Note this is a town issue, not a ski resort company issue.

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Warren Miller: My Movie Tour

Bad Gastein

After my first filming trip to Europe that Merrill Hastings publisher of Skiing News Magazine promoted for me in 1953, the only way to convince the airline to send me the second time was to promote a ski tour to the Alps via Scandinavian Airlines. 

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Canadian Racer Nick Zoricic Dies After World Cup Skicross Crash

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Canadian racer Nick Zoricic, 29, died from head injuries after crashing in a World Cup skicross event in Grindelwald, Switzerland Saturday, according to a report from the International Ski Federation released by Associated Press.

 

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Updated: Park City Mountain Resort Sues Canyons Owner Talisker; ‘May Be Forced To Close’

Park City Mountain Resort

A significant dispute between Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort owner Talisker Land Holdings, LLC, has bubbled over the top. So much so that PCMR General Manager Jenni Smith said an agreement must be reached or settled or “we may be forced to close.”

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Vonn Clinches Fourth World Cup Overall Title In Sweden

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn went where no American woman before her had ever been. She stood atop a podium in Are, Sweden with her fourth overall World Cup all locked up.

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Feds Must Respond To Ski Areas Water Rights Lawsuit By Monday

Snowmaking

The federal government has until Monday, March 12 to respond to a lawsuit filed by the National Ski Areas Association that challenges a new directive that requires resorts operating on U.S. Forest Service lands to transfer water rights to the feds.

 

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Utah SkiLink Possibility Advances With Legislative Resolution

Wasatch backcountry

The Utah State Senate voted 22-7 Monday to advance a resolution that promotes connecting the four ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons with the three Park City area resorts.

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U.S. Open Snowboarding At Stratton ‘Where It All Began’

U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships Poster

“We look forward to hosting the U.S. Open each March, welcoming a ‘Who’s Who’ of snowboarding as they return to where it all began,” Stratton Mountain, Vermont’s Myra Foster told SnoCountry.com. 

 

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Four Skiing Legends Headed For New Waterville HOF

Four people who have left an indelible mark on the development of Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire will be inducted into a new resort Hall of Fame March 31, 2012.

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Equipment Purchases Down 12 Percent; But Sales Are A Silver Lining

Patagonia Ski Shop Breckenridge

“Manufacturers of ski, snowboard and outdoor gear and accessories haven’t done as well as years past, but that is good news for consumers,” Kat Jobanputra, COO of the Colorado-based Specialty Sports Venture retail stores told SnoCountry.com. 

 

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Spring Sets Up Just Right In Michigan: ‘Longer Days, Softer Snow’

Shanty Creek

"Spring is my favorite time of the year to ski," says Steve Kershner, chairman of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) and director of skiing at Shanty Creek in Bellaire. 

 

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Ajax And Champagne: The Just Go Together

Aspen champagne bar

An observant wag once wrote, “Only in Aspen.” Well, here we go again. The good commissioners who run Pitken County in Colorado have approved a “portable sled” bar from which thirsty guests can down some bubbly for $15.

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