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Two Central Wisconsin Ski Areas Offer Family Weekend Getaways; Lift, Lodging Deals

Cascade Mountain kidsChicago and Milwaukee families looking for places to enjoy a weekend winter getaway should check out Granite Peak and Cascade Mountain, both easily accessed by major interstate highways for an easy drive. Both are very family friendly.

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SnoCountry Snapshot: Hit The Slopes For Some Adventure This Weekend

 

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David Ingemie To Step Down As SIA President In 2016; 34 Years In Post

David Ingemie To Step DownDavid Ingemie, President of  SnowSports Industries America (SIA) for the past 34 years, will step down as president following the 2016 SIA Snow Show. The announcement was made by the SIA Board of Directors as this year’s show was opening in Denver.

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Classic Events Coming to Montana’s Whitefish, Big Sky In Early February; Winter Carnival And Bluegrass Fest

Whitefish Winter CarnivalA couple of classic events, one has been around for a decade and the other nearly six decades, are happening at Whitefish and Big Sky early next month. And, of course, there’s always great skiing and riding at both plus some attractive lift and lodging packages.

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Introducing The 'Snowy Awards' Nominations Open For The Best Of The Best

Snowy Awards logoHere's your chance to nominate and vote for your favorite ski and snowboard resort in the categories you care most about. It's the inaugural Snowy Awards presented by SnoCountry.com.

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Vonn Heads Home To World Championships With Win Number 64 In Kitz Super G

Lindsey Vonn after win 63 at KitzLindsey Vonn  will wing her way home to Vail/Beaver Creek and the upcoming World Alpine Skiing Championships with a 64th career victory, taking a strong win Sunday over Austria's Anna Fenninger in an Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in St. Moritz, Switzerland. 

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University Of Michigan Frat, Sorority Members Allegedly Trash Rooms At Treetops, Boyne Highlands

Trashed rooms at TreetopsUPDATE (Jan. 27, 2015) Six University of Michigan fraternities and sororities have now been suspended by their national offices after causing thousands of dollars worth of damage at two ski resorts, according to university officials.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fraternity and sorority members from the University of Michigan were allegedly involved in causing extensive damage at Treetops Resort and Boyne Highlands in Michigan.

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Nyman Top American At Hahnenkamm As 70,000 Watch; Ross Leads USA Women At St. Moritz DH

Travis Ganong at Hahnenkamm TrainingAfter two hours of weather delays, the famed Hahnenkamm was shortened—with the fastest times coming in at under a minute. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) was the top American downhiller on Saturday, taking fifth place—his best ever result in Kitzbuehel.

After winning both training runs, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway stepped on top of the podium again. Paris Dominik of Italy was second, just missing first place by .02 seconds, and Guillermo Fayed of France took third.

"This is a good step forward and confidence builder going into Beaver Creek," Nyman said after his downhill run. "I want to give it everything and see what I got. Hopefully I can win or get a medal. I’m stoked."

The racers could hear the 60-70,000-person crowd in the start gate and even with massive delays and falling snow, the audience was electric. The spectators lined the finish of ski racing’s Super Bowl—a right-of-passage race for so many skiers. As Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) said after the super G, “Every ski racer has two goals: an Olympic medal and a podium or a win in Kitzbuehel.”

The racers still got up to almost 80 mph, but on such a short track, there was very little room for error. Both Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) noted that, making a couple quick mistakes, which put them down in 41st and 44th, respectively.

Meanwhile at St. Moritz, Switzerland, Lauren Ross led the USA in 12th spot at the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s downhill before World Championships. Alice McKennis was 22nd while a late-race error send Lindsey Vonn down to 23rd. She retained her World Cup downhill lead. Super G set for Sunday before the team heads back to America for World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek.

Photos: Top -- USA's Travis Ganong takes the famed Streif course during Hahnenkamm weekend training runs (Mitch Gunn/USST); Below -- Crowds upwards of 70,000 make the Hahnenkamm Austria's version of the Super Bowl (Kitzbuehel)

Hahnenkamm crowds nearly 70,000

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Ski Club Vail Leader Joins U.S. Women's Team As Interim Tech Coach

Brandon DyksterhouseThe U.S. Ski Team has announced the addition of Brandon Dyksterhouse to its women’s technical team as part of a unique partnership with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. 

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Okemo Again Picked As One Of Vermont's Best Places To Work

OkemoOkemo Mountain Resort was once again named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Vermont. 

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SnoCountry Snapshot: Get Out And Play This Weekend

Halley O'Brien brings us the latest snow conditions, resort events and activities to get you out on the slopes this weekend.

 

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Midwest Resorts To Host Special Women's Clinics

Lisa Densmore clinicWomen are taking center stage at several ski areas around the Heartland over the next few weeks as seven resorts are hosting female specific events and clinics this coming weekend and next month. Leading off are a couple Indiana ski areas, Perfect North Slopes and Paoli Peaks, which are hosting events this weekend.

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Hannah Kearney Wins Eighth Career Freestyle World Championships Medal; Most Ever

Hannah Kearney at Deer ValleyOlympic champion Hannah Kearney from Norwich, Vt. stepped it up another notch, taking gold in dual moguls in a thrilling finals matchup with Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe. It was Kearney's eighth career World Championships medal, the most ever of any freestyle skier.

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Trip Report: Shanty Creek Makes Big Improvements Including New Slopeside Lodging

Cedar River Lodge at Shanty CreekOne of the better ski hills in northern Michigan has always been Shanty Creek's Schuss Mountain slopes, but you really didn’t have slopeside accommodations unless you stayed in the aging village.

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Lindsey Breaks All-Time World Cup Win Record; Wins Super-G In Cortina

Vonn Breaks All-Time RecordAfter equalling the record of World Cup victories Sunday, Lindsey Vonn didn't have to wait long to break it. The American superstar mastered the super-G race Monday to earn career win number 63 surpassing Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell as the all-time leader. With bib number 22, Vonn clocked 1:27.03 down the Olympia delle Tofane course.

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Lindsey Matches All-Time World Cup Record At 62; Wins Cortina Downhill

Lindsey Vonn Wins No. 62 in CortinaWith a powerful run through sunshine and fog, Vail, Colorado’s Lindsey Vonn etched her name into the ski racing history book, winning her 62nd career Audi FIS Ski World Cup at the Cortina downhill by .32 over Austria's Elisabeth Goergl. The win by Vonn matched the seemingly unbeatable record of 62 World Cup wins set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell that had stood for 35 years.

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Vonn Still Waits For Downhill Record In Cortina; Ligety Fifth At Wengen

CortinaA shortened Cortina downhill became more of a sprint course Friday, with Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) leading the USA. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, Calif.) was eighth and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) tenth, having to wait again for record win number 62 in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.

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Foodies Head To Michigan’s Treetops Resort For New Events In Jan., Feb.

Treetops Ice BarFood lovers who also enjoy getting out in the snow, take note. Treetops Resort is hosting two new dinner outings this month and next combining cross country skiing and sleigh rides. Over the river and through the woods, off to a cabin we go to enjoy a Skiable Feast or a Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinner. Eat all you want and burn calories along the way.

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SnoCountry Snapshot: Snow, More Snow, Events And Activities For MLK Weekend

Halley O'Brien dishes out the latest conditions, events and activities for the three-day Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend.

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Brooke McAffee Named VP/Finance At USSA

Brooke McAfee USSA CFOThe U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, has announced the appointment of Brooke McAffee as vice president and chief financial officer, according to USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. 

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