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.

USA’s Cook, Mancuso Keep Surging Toward Sochi

Stacey CookIf peaking at the right time is any indication – and it usually is – surging USA speed racers Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso are making noise with the Sochi Olympics around the corner.

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American Julia Mancuso Ups Her Game As Sochi Nears

Julia MancusoOlympic gold medalist Julie Mancuso from Squaw Valley, Calif. continues to pick up the pace just a few weeks before she heads to Sochi. Mancuso, gold medalist in giant slalom (2006) and silver medalist in downhill and combined (2010), finished seventh in an Audi FIS World Cup super G Thursday at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

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Bohannon Freestyle FIS Rookie Of Year; Little News Out Of Alpine Cups

Mac BohannonMac Bohannon from Madison, Ct. picked up International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Rookie of the Year honors, after finishing 13th in men’s aerial competition at Lake Placid, N.Y. Saturday night. American veteran Emily Cook was fifth for the women.

The alpine World Cups were not much to write home about in Europe. Bode Miller did pick up his first slalom points since 2011 with a 26th place finish Sunday. Ted Ligety did not qualify for the second run.

The women’s World Cup downhill postponed to Sunday from Saturday because of weather was cancelled again.

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Bode Miller Getting Closer; Fifth In Lauberhorn Downhill

Bode Miller at Beaver Creek 2013Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, from Franconia, N.H. finished fifth, just .35 behind the winner Patrick Kueng of Switzerland in a wind-shortened 85th running of the Lauberhorn downhill World Cup in Wengen, Switzerland.

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USA’s Ted Ligety Wins Lauberhorn Super Combined: ‘Confidence Booster’

Ted Ligety at Beaver CreekJust a few weeks before Sochi, it appears American Ted Ligety is back in form. Ligety won the super combined Audi FIS World Cup (one downhill run, two slalom runs) at Wengen, Switzerland Friday.

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Holiday Lodging Up; Bookings Look Strong Through Season

Hearthstone at Stratton

The upward trend of in occupancy and revenue experienced so far this season by western lodges looks to be carrying into the rest of the season, according to the monthly Mountain Market Briefing from DestiMetrics.


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America’s Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Second World Cup Slalom In Row Heading To Sochi

Mikaela Shiffrin 2012Nightime, daytime, anytime. That seems to be the modus operendi of American teen sensation and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin as she won her second World Cup slalom in a row, this time under the lights at Flachau, Austria Tuesday.

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Kearney, Cook Sochi Sendoff At Lake Placid This Week; More East Competition On Tap

Hannah Kearney at Sochi Moguls testEastern stars Hannah Kearney of Vermont and Emily Cook from Belmont, Mass., join with the best freestylers in the world this week at Lake Placid, N.Y., for the USANA Health Services Freestyle World Cup. It’s the last chance for Americans to give its favorites a send-off before the Sochi Olympics next month.

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Hannah Kearney Wins Again At Deer Valley Freestyle; Another Downhiller Out Of Sochi

Hannah Kearney at Lake Placid World CupDefending Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney made the best of her 100th World Cup start at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup Thursday (Jan. 9) at Deer Valley, Utah. She picked up her sixth career victory.

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Avalanche Outside Vail Kills Resort Co-Founder’s Grandson

East Vail slide Anthony “Tony” Seibert, grandson of Vail Resort co-founder Pete Seibert Sr., died Tuesday (Jan. 7) in an avalanche in the backcountry outside the Colorado ski area’s boundaries. Three others were temporarily trapped and were rescued without injury. Two were on skis and two were on snowboards.

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Lindsey’s Olympic Comeback Over; American Superstar Withdraws From Sochi Games

Lindsey VonnIt would have carried drama over the top had America’s superstar speed racer Lindsey Vonn rushed out of the gate in the Olympic Downhill next month in Russia. But, it’s not going to happen.

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U.S. Teen Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Bormio Slalom With Olympics A Month Away

Mikaela Shiffrin (US Nationals '13)American teenage star Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. didn’t let sloppy snow, rain, and ruts in Bormio, Italy hinder her third straight trip to the Audi FIS World Cup podium. This time is the top step just 33 days before the start of the Sochi Olympics.

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Mikaela Shiffrin Second In Lienz Slalom; Travis Ganong 10th In Bormio Downhill

Marlies SchildAmerica’s teen star, Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo., enjoyed a podium filled World Cup weekend in Lienz, Austria. She was ahead of the pack after the first slalom run Sunday, but couldn’t hold off hard-charging Marlies Schild in the foggy, rutted finale.

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Shiffrin Back On Podium At Austrian Giant Slalom Saturday

Lienz, AustriaWorld Champion slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. was back on the podium in Lienz, Austria Saturday, showing once again she is a threat in the Giant Slalom as well. She finished third. It was her second GS podium appearance.

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Ligety Pockets $103,000 In Italy’s Rockfest Exhibition Race

Aline RickfestAmerica’s Ted Ligety won a unique exhibition Sprint Giant Slalom at Paganella Ski Resort in the Italian Dolomites Monday, pocketing $103,000 (€75,000). He has now won two of the four Alpine Rockfests, winning in 2011.

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Ligety Third, Jitloff Fifth; Shiffrin Eighth In World Cup Races Sunday

Tim JitloffIt hasn’t been a December to remember for American Ted Ligety was had been dominating Giant Slalom races until recently. But, he took a solid step forward Sunday, finishing third in the Audi FIS World Cup GS at Alta Badia, Italy. It was his 33rd podium appearance.

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Miller Just Misses Italian Podium; Vonn Skis Off Course In France

Bode Miller at Beaver CreekThe news for Bode Miller, who is racing toward a Sochi Olympic comeback after taking a year off after injury, keeps getting better. The U.S. star finished the 46th Saslong Classic downhill in Val Gardena, Italy just .15 off the podium in a race that showed promise for the American men’s speed team.

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Bode Miller 8th In Foggy Italian super G; Ligety Fails To Finish

Val Gardena World CupAmerican Bode Miller from Franconia, N.H. continued his comeback from injury with an eighth place finish in a foggy super G at Val Gardena, Italy. The fog created a warm blanket over the snow causing problems for many racers, including the USA’s Ted Ligety.

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Off Day In France For USA’s Shiffrin; Austria’s Schild Wins 34th World Cup

Schild, Hansdotter, B. Schild The slower than expected start for the U.S. women as they move ever-closer to February’s date with the Winter Olympics continued Tuesday in Courcheval, France. Mikaela Shiffrin skied to an uncharacteristic 15th spot in her specialty slalom.

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‘It’s The Snowmaking’ And More New At Wachusett

Wachusett MountainWhere does one million dollars go when a ski area makes improvements? Some you see; some you don’t says Wachusett Mountain General Manager David Crowley.

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