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Burton, Mt. Hood Meadows To Offer Year-Round Learn To Ride Programs

Riglet Park Mt. Hood Meadows

Burton Snowboards and Mt. Hood Meadows have entered into a partnership that will bring year-round, youth-focused learn to ride programs to Oregon. The package includes a Snowboarding physical education program for elementary school kids and a permanent Riglet Park.

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Light Up The Night With Whistler’s AlpenGlow Fun Run May 17

Whistler Alpen Glow Fun Run

Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest) features AlpenGlow, a family-friendly fun run Sat., May 17, 8 p.m. Runners are encouraged to light up the night with brightly colored clothing, face paint, anything that glows in the dark.This is the inaugural year of the spring fest.

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Long Trail Century Ride June 21 To Benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski And Sports

Long Trail Century Ride

The fourth annual Long Trail Century Ride returns to Vermont Sat., June 21. Cyclists of all abilities can ride a 100-, 60-, or 20-mile course that begins and ends at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners.

 

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Ski New Hampshire Hires Jessyca Keeler As Executive Director

Keeler

Conway, NH resident Jessyca Keeler has been selected by Ski New Hampshire's board of directors to serve as Executive Director for Ski New Hampshire. 

 

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Stowe’s Golf Courses Ready To Open For May Play

STowe Country Club

The Stowe Country Club opens May 10 for their summer/fall season. The country club is located in the Village of Stowe and is only half of the 36 holes of golf offered by Stowe Mountain Resort. 

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North America’s Oldest Triple Chair To Be Replaced At Gore; N.Y. Areas Announce Plans

Windham Endless Winter Jam pileupGore Mountain in New York’s southern Adirondacks, managed by the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority, will retire North America’s oldest triple chair. The Adirondack Express will give way this summer to a new, $6 million high-speed detachable quadruple lift.

The Adirondack Express II is not the only ORDA upgrade on the docket, as the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo said that an Albany construction firm will soon start rebuilding the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, near Lake Placid.

The eight-mile road from the Town of Wilmington, open from May to October, brings visitors to the summit of the state’s fifth highest peak. The highway has fallen into disrepair over the years, but an expenditure of $11 million is expected to fix that, as well as related infrastructure.

On the other side of New York, Holiday Valley, near Buffalo, has opened the front nine holes of its golf course, and is just waiting for the rest of the layout to dry before offering all 18 holes.
Also, Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park opens May 2; the three-pool complex welcomes guests beginning May 24; a multitude of events dot the calendar from June to November, which can be found on their website.

While visitors are enjoying all these activities, summer improvements will take place, such as snowmaking enhancements, trail work and upgrades to the Inn at Holiday Valley.

Windham Mountain, in the Catskills, opened their golf course, the Windham Country Club, April 25 after rebuilding four holes that were ruined by Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

Windham is offering a combination pass for 2014-2015, which includes an unlimited membership at the country club and Mountaineer Series.

Stock-piled snow will be used for Windham’s Endless Winter Rail Jam May 24. There will be an Independence Day party July 4; the UCI Windham (mountain biking) World Cup Aug. 9-10; Oktoberfest Sept. 6; and the Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival Oct. 4-5.

Photo: Windham Mt. piles up snow for May 24 Endless Winter Rail Jam (Windham/Facebook)

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Audubon Continues Stowe’s Spruce Peak Sustainable Community Certification

Spruce Peak at StoweSpruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Sustainable Community" through the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program.
 
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Sugarbush Re-Opens May 3-4 For Skiing, Golf; Lifts Also Spin At Killington, Jay, Sugarloaf

Sugarbush springSugarbush Resort will re-open this weekend Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. The resort expects to have 18 trails to ski via the Super Bravo and Heaven’s Gate lifts. But, Sugarbush is not alone. Both Killington and Jay Peak in Vermont continue to spin lifts as does Sugarloaf in Maine.
 
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Bill Marolt Receives Recognition Award From SIA

Bill MaroltBill Marolt, recently retired president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association received the Snow Sports Recognition Award from SnowSports Industries America (SIA).
 
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Former Olympian Set To Be Hall Of Fame Development Director

Stacey WooleyStacey Wooley, a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team in the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan has been named development director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
 
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Vermont Resorts Announce Summer, Winter Improvements; New Amphitheater At Jay

New Amphitheater at Jay

Ski Vermont reports Jay Peak will debut the new Stateside Amphitheater, a 1,500-person outdoor music venue offering seated and lawn options this summer. It will open July 25-26 with the Jeezum Crow festival, featuring nine acts.

Magic Mountain comes off its second consecutive record year. Upgrades will continue this summer and fall with more snowmaking investments. That capital will come, uniquely, from Magic’s skiers and riders. The funding will be directed toward new equipment enabling more man-made snow earlier and more efficiently than in years past.

At Okemo Mountain Resort, the Haulback Challenge Course offers a self-guided treetop adventure. Monkey Crawl, Bridge to Nowhere and Tarzan Swing are just a few of its 27 features.

Smugglers’ Notch, an award-winning ski and ride area for families, continues that theme in the summer with new offerings that include soap-making, green tea skin care and stand-up paddleboard yoga.

Stowe Mountain Resort and Spruce Peak Realty has begun construction to improve and expand the heart of Spruce Peak. Amenities will be built around a new ice rink that will double as a community plaza and green in the summer. 

Stratton Mountain will bring the kids into the kitchen. Kids Culinary Classes, Aug. 4-7, will explore how to make fresh Italian-American favorites from scratch. Taught by the Stratton Mountain Club Chef Ralph Capalupo, kids will learn kitchen safety, sanitation, nutrition and how to make cooking fun.

Investments of over $1 million will be made this off-season at Sugarbush Resort. Mechanical and electrical upgrades will occur to several of the resorts lifts, with additional upgrades in snowmaking. Permitting and construction of additional parking will also begin.

Poster: Jezzum Crow Featival will be held in new Stateside Amphitheater at Jay Peak in July (Jay Peak/Facebook) 

 
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Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Honor Toney, Weise, Lane

PNW AwardsThe Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) has awarded honors to three resort managers.
 
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Attitash Mountain Resort Building The Longest Zip Line In The U.S.

Attitash zip constructionGoing long in New England usually has something to do with Tom Brady and one of his favorite receivers. However, New Hampshire’s Attitash Resort is adding a new meaning to the term this summer!

 

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More Ski Areas Commit To Climate Challenge

NSAA Climate ChallengeThe National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) announced that 10 new ski areas have signed on to the snowsports industry’s Climate Challenge, an environmental initiative that targets carbon emission reductions.
 
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Northern Michigan’s Golf Season Underway With Early Season Specials

Treetops Golf Course, Boyne area

It’s been one of the longest Midwest winters in history, but spring and northern Michigan’s golf season is underway. Long known as America’s Summer Golf Capital, several of the regions resorts rank among the top 100 golf resorts in the country, and most are offering early season stay and play specials.      

 

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Eldora Added To Rocky Mountain Super Pass For 2014-15

Eldora Mt. Resort

New to the Rocky Mountain Super Pass is Eldora Mountain Resort. Eldora joins Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte and Steamboat in the offer. Eldora was part of Vail Resorts Epic Pass last season.

 

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U.S. Ski Team Fires Men’s Head Speed Coach After Conviction In Austria

Andreas EversAndreas Evers, head speed coach for the U.S. Ski Team, has been fired after he was convicted and sentenced to four months in prison, plus 20 months probation Thursday (April 24) in Austria on money laundering charges. Evers was hired by the U.S. team in 2012 and served two seasons.
 
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New Hampshire's Tuckerman Ravine Remains A Rite Of Spring

Tuckerman Ravine

It's sometimes known as the holy ground. Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire is the iconic backcountry experience in the East.

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Midwest Season Not Over 'Til It's Over; Four Still Going

Mt. Bohemia

A Heartland ski season for the record books, and it’s not over yet. Now heading into its sixth month, many Midwest areas started skiing in mid-November, there are still four ski areas that plan on remaining open weekends into May, assuming the weather hang in.

 

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Squaw’s Andy Wirth Named Disabled Sports USA Far West Citizen Of Year

Andy WirthAndy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has been named Far West Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA.
 
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