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Midwest Season A Mixed Bag; Great Start, Then Roller Coaster Ride

Perfect North Nov 2014The 2014/15 season got off to a great start when one of the snowiest Novembers on record roared into the Midwest, but from there on it was a bit of a roller coaster ride.

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Ski Teams Renew Educational Partnership With Westminster College

Westminster College SLC

Athletes of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding will continue to have access to educational opportunities with the renewal of the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association’s partnership with Salt Lake City’s Westminster College. 

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Deer Valley, Stein Eriksen Receive Utah Sports Commission Honors

Stein Eriksen at Governor's AwardsDeer Valley Resort and Stein Eriksen, its director of skiing, both received awards at the fourth annual Governor's State of Sport Awards Dinner, hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank.

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Jackson Hole Achieves Resort-wide 10 Percent Reduction In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jackson HoleJackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) has announced further positive results relating to environmental goals and initiatives. The resort received its third ISO 14001 re-registration and exceeded its environmental goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions resort-wide by over 10 percent.

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Junior Ski Racers O'Brien, Duffy Honored With Journalists' Golden Ski Award

Nina O'Brien USST at Sugarloaf NationalsNina O’Brien and Drew Duffy were selected by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association - East Region, (NASJA-East), as this year’s winners of the Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award.  

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Three-Time Olympian Chip Knight To Head U.S. Alpine Development Program

Chip KnightThe U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will welcome three-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Team alum Chip Knight to its staff as its new alpine development director. 

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Summit House Renovation, New Patrol Building Top Plans For Whitefish Improvements

Summit House at WhitefishWhitefish Mountain Resort plans to invest more than $1.2 million to renovate the Summit House and build a new ski patrol headquarters building; pending U.S. Forest Service approval. If approved, which the resort expects it to be, this marks the third consecutive summer for major construction at the resort. Past projects included the new Flower Point chairlift, new terrain, and renovation of the base lodge.

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Former Italian Men's Coach To Lead U.S. Women's Speed Team; Vail's Dyksterhouse Now Head Tech Coach

Brandon Dyskerhouse and Mikaela ShiffrinFormer Italian Men’s Speed Coach Alberto Senigagliesi has joined the U.S. Ski Team women’s alpine speed team staff as head coach, while interim coach Brandon Dyksterhouse will head up the women’s alpine tech team.

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Double-Digit Lodging Revenue Increases Posted In Rockies, Far West

Big Foot Lodge Mt. Hood MeadowsA strong and steady economy combined with "snow equity" allowed the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season to post double digit increases in revenue for the third straight winter with summer tracking similarly in the Rocky Mountain and Far West regions. 

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Gondola Set To Link Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows; Base To Base

Base to Base gondola Squaw/AlpineSquaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC announced it has reached an agreement with the owner of private land located between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to create a base-to-base gondola connection between the two mountains. 

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Ski, Play Golf At Boyne Mountain; Ski Brule Still Open

Boyne Hemlock OpenIt’s not often that you get to ski and golf on the same day, but Boyne Mountain has the Hemlock Open slated for Saturday, April 18. This is the third year in a row that they have held the competition. The last few years the event was held the first Saturday in May.

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Women's Speed Coach, Team Part Ways After One Season; Led 12 Podium Resurgence

Stefan AbplanalpU.S. Ski Team Women’s Speed Head Coach Stefan Abplanalp is leaving the team after one season. Abplanalp oversaw the women’s speed team this past year, leading it to a resurgence with 12 podiums including a sweep in Lake Louise, eight wins from Lindsey Vonn, a World Championships medal and two World Cup titles.

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Chamber Names Tahoe Donner 'Best Place To Work'

Tahoe DonnerThe North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce/CVB/Resort Association recently awarded Tahoe Donner Association as the 2014 Best Place to Work, an honor presented at the Annual Community Awards dinner in March. The community awards are an opportunity to showcase businesses, volunteers and employees who went above and beyond in 2014.

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Granite Peak, Lutsen Plan To Be Open Weekends Into Early May

Lutsen MountainsTwo upper Great Lakes ski resorts plan on stretching the season out a little longer, an encore from last season. It’s some of the best skiing and riding of the season; warming days, long runs and corn snow.    

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It's Not Over: Several Michigan Resorts To Stay Open Well Into April

Bumps at BlackjackAs the old saying goes, “It ain’t over until the large lady sings,” applies to the Michigan ski season. A handful of resorts, both peninsulas, plan on staying open through April 12 and some on weekends into May if the snow lasts.

 

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Sugar Bowl President/CEO Rob Kautz To Retire After Four Decades At California Resort

Rob Kautz Sugar BowlRob Kautz, Sugar Bowl Resort president and CEO, has announced his retirement after nearly four decades at the resort’s helm, It is one of the longest careers in the history of the Tahoe ski industry,

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Epic Adventure! Eight Colorado Resorts In A Day

Eight ResortsSporting an Epic Pass, a Copper/Winter Park Patriots Pass and a Loveland lift ticket, Disabled American Veteran Jerry Eller of Canon City, Colorado recently conquered an eight-resort solo adventure.

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Vail Resorts Acquires Perisher, Australia's Largest Resort; Passholders Go 'Epic'

Perisher AustraliaPerisher Ski Resort in New South Wales, Australia, is the first international resort to be acquired by Vail Resorts. The Colorado-based company said Monday it had acquired Perisher for total cash consideration of AU $176.6 million (approximately US $136 million), subject to certain adjustments. 

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Montana Ski Resorts Hosting Season Ending Events; Lift/Lodging Deals

Whitefish pond skimThe ski season is winding down across Montana with the last day taking place at some resorts this weekend. Get out and enjoy some of the last skiing and riding of the season.

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David Chodounsky Ends On High Note; Wins National Slalom, Combined Titles At Sugarloaf

Tim Kelley finishes third in National SlalomWith a come-from-behind second run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) confirmed his status as a slalom star by winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom. The win also gave him the combined victory—adding up both the slalom and the super G races. 

 

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