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Ski Portillo Keeps 2014 Ski Week Prices; Adds Mini Ski Weeks

Ski Portillo (skiportillo.com)Chile’s Ski Portillo is putting a freeze on ski week prices for its 2015 season that runs June 20-Oct. 3, keeping 2014 costs. They’ve also added new mini ski week options and complimentary ski rental and group lessons in July packages.

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It's Spring Break Time In Minnesota’s Arrowhead

Giants RidgeMarch is spring break season for many school districts throughout the Midwest. If you’re looking for variety of terrain, reliable snow and some attractive lift and lodging packages, check out two resorts in Minnesota’s Arrowhead: Both Lutsen Mountains and Giants Ridge are an easy drive from most Heartland locations.

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Idaho Science Teacher Named Snow Sports Ambassador Of Year

Cindy Rust Snow Sports AmbassadorCindy Rust, a science teacher at Post Falls High School in Post Falls, ID (and a snowboarder), has been named the 2015 Snow Sports Ambassador of the Year by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard (Month)/Bring a Friend initiative. Rust was the first runner up to last year’s winner Scott Kolts of Dahlgren, IL.

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Austria's Hirscher Wins World Cup GS By Huge Margin; Fenninger Takes Super Combined In Bulgaria Fog

Marcel Hirscher at GarmischMarcel Hirscher’s runs was all anyone could talk about after Sunday’s giant slalom race on the Kandahar at Garmisch, Germany. After dominating the first run and clocking a time 1.99 seconds faster than everyone else’s, Hirscher was far from done for the day. 

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USA's Sullivan Top American In Foggy Garmisch World Cup Downhill; Women Fogged Out In Bulgaria

Marco SullivanAfter over two hours of delays, FIS race officials were finally able to squeak one last downhill into February. Fighting flat light and typical thick fog on the Garmisch Kandahar, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, Calif.) was the top American downhiller of the day, finishing in sixth place.

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SnoCountry's Best Silly Season Events; Duct Tape Derby To Flauschink Partying

Kayaking in spring at Crystal Mt.Looking for some spring fun on the slopes? Spring brings out “the silly season,” and for good reason according to Crystal Mountain’s Brian Lawson.  

 

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SnoCountry Snapshot: The Cure For Cabin Fever

Got Cabin Fever? It's time to get out of the house and onto the slopes ... because the conditions are OUTSTANDING!!!

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Trip Report: Skiing New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle At Taos Ski Valley, Red River

Taos Ski Valley steepsContinuing my exploration of skiing northern New Mexico, aka the Land of Enchantment, I headed north of Santa Fe up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range to legendary Taos Ski Valley and Red River. The landscape varies from red rock desert to steep mountain terrain as sapphire blue skies hang overhead and uncrowded slopes beckon. (See Mike's Trip Report -- "Santa Fe and New Mexico Are A World Apart From Everyday American Skiing" here).

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Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Again; Takes Top Spot In Rainy Maribor World Cup Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin at MariborWorld Champion Mikaela Shiffrin admits she likes skiing in the rain. That’s a good thing as the 19-year old from Eagle-Vail, Colo. won the FIS Audi World Cup slalom in rainy Maribor, Slovenia Sunday, moving into first position in the overall slalom standings. 

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Join The Midwest Snow Carnivals; Mardi Gras, Pond Skims, Fun Into March

Mardi Gras Crystal MountainStarting this weekend into early March, several ski areas across the Midwest are hosting fun- filled spring carnivals, pond skimming, and classic cardboard downhills. Here are some of the best:

 

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Austrians Hot As World Cup Resumes In Europe; No Americans On Podiums

Anna Fenninger at MariborAustria's Anna Fenninger claimed her second World Cup victory of the season in the 51st edition of the Golden Fox in Maribor, Slovenia Saturday. 

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SnoCountry Snapshot: Get Off The Couch And Get On The Slopes

Get off the couch kids! It's winter and the conditions are outstanding. Here is what's happening on the slopes near you this weekend.

 

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Dinner Sleigh Rides Now Part Of Northern Michigan Scene

Eunuch MorWhile mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, three northern Michigan resorts are now embracing the tradition with their own signature style.  Offering interesting cuisine and breathtaking views along the way, Ski Brule, Boyne Highlands and Treetops tender a truly unique experience.

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Western Destination Lodging Moving Toward Record Says DestiMetrics Report

Lexington Hotel Jackson HoleAggregated mountain lodging revenues at participating western mountain destinations are moving into record-setting territory based on booking patterns and economic indicators for the 2014-15 winter season, according to the monthly Market Briefing, by DestiMetrics.

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Boyne Mt. 'Bring A Friend' Lesson Promo Includes Free Ski Boots You Can Keep

Bring A Friend To Boyne Mt.It may be the best lesson program that I’ve seen come along in all my years of covering snowsports. Boyne Mountain has come up with a first class lesson--Introduce A Friend To Skiing promotion that includes a pair of boots, rentals for the rest of this season and a Frequent Skier Card.

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Mikaela Shiffrin Defends Gold In World Championship Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin at WorldsMikaela Shiffrin, 19, from Eagle-Vail, Colo., wasn't to be denied defense of her slalom title on her home turf as the FIS Alpine World Championships wind down at Beaver Creek. But, it took a burst of energy near the end of the course. 

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More Snow For the Northeast; West To Warm Up Again

Jet StreamMuch of the heart of this season has been a classic case of the "haves" and the "have-nots" with respect to natural snow across the country. This jet stream tells the story with a significant ridge in the west and dip in the east.

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Ted Ligety Wins First American Gold Medal at World Championships Giant Slalom; Flawless Second Run

Ted Ligety Beaver Creek 2013Ted Ligety made it a flawless second run in the Giant Slalom at the FIS Alpine World Championships at Beaver Creek, Colo. Friday to snag the first gold medal for the USA so far in this two-week event with only a weekend to go. 

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You Can Become Host Of Swiss TV Special

St. Moritz, Switzerland (St. Moritz/Facebook)Switzerland Tourism, in partnership with ©Kinson Entertainment, is offering entrants from the U.S. and Canada an opportunity to audition online to be the host of the one-hour TV special, “The Grand Tour of Switzerland,” set to air nationwide next fall. The winner also will receive a $10,000 hosting fee. 

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Trip Report: Santa Fe And New Mexico Are A World Apart From Everyday American Skiing

Ski Santa FeNew Mexico may not be another country, but it’s definitely a world apart from the normal everyday skiing and riding found in the rest of these United States.

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