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The North Face Honored By USSA, SIA For Freeskiing Campaign

North Face Tom WallischThe North Face, one of the most recognized global outdoor brands, has been honored by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) for its work with the new Olympic sport of freeskiing.

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Intrawest Resort Holdings Announces IPO Pricing; Proceeds For Acquisitions?

Winter ParkAn initial public offering of 15,625,000 shares of its common stock at $12 per share has been announced by Intrawest Resort Holdings.

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Catch The Olympic Spirit At Lake Placid During Games; Plenty Of Events

Olympic Cauldron Lake Placid

A visit to Lake Placid, N.Y. can certainly put you in the Olympic spirit. The vibe is alive every day at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. 

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Big Sky’s Big Grass Concert Feb. 6-9; Enjoy Yellowstone, Too

Big Sky, Big Grass Concer

Big Sky's eighth annual Big Grass Concert is set for Feb 6-9, and includes some of the top blue grass acts in the country; The Sam Bush Band, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Emmit-Nershi Band, Travelin’ McCoury's, Special Consensus, and more.

 

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Two Nicks - Goepper And Baumgartner - To Represent Heartland At Sochi

Nick Baumgartner
Midwesterners are sending congratulations to Nick Baumgartner, from Michigan’s UP, for making his second Olympic appearance, and 19-year-old Nick Goepper from Indiana for making his first.

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Powder Days On Tap This Week

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It's nice to talk about powder days within the 5-day forecast! 

 

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N.J. To Host Super Bowl But Mountain Creek Has Game -- $10,000 For Kicks

Mountain Creek Super Bowl

It will literally be the coolest Super Bowl ever. Set in the N.J. Meadowlands, Denver and Seattle will battle for football supremacy on Feb. 2 in a championship game that the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee is calling “the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl”. The NFL’s feature event has never been played outdoors this far north.

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Burton U.S. Open Qualifier At Seven Springs, Pa. Jan 31-Feb. 2

Jeff Gold

To be a Burton U.S. Open Champion in snowboarding you must first qualify. Seven Springs in Pa., with its Olympic-sized half pipe, will stage the Burton U.S. Open Qualifier Jan. 31-Feb. 2 for the second year.

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Cold Continues In The East; Snow Returns To The West

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I grew up near Philadelphia and loved winters like this one. Multiple cold snaps, snow storms (not rain storms), and snow on the ground giving the landscape that wintertime feel. So it warms my heart to see cold air and snow continue to be in the forecast for the east.

 

But what about the dry ridge of high pressure over the west? Will it move away anytime soon? Yes! Multiple storms later next week will begin to break down the ridge, and powder will return to the northern Rockies. There's even a chance that California and the southern Rockies will see appreciable snow starting in early February. 

 

For all the good news, check in with your local forecaster.


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Okemo To Host NASTAR Eastern Championships Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Okemo NASTARRecreational ski racers from throughout the east will converge on Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort Jan. 31-Feb. 2 for the Nature Valley NASTAR Eastern Championships.

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Boyne Highlands Turns 50; Treetops, Shanty Creek Offer Special Packages

Boyne Highlands At 50
One of the Heartland’s iconic ski resorts, Boyne Highlands, turns 50 this season, and a special anniversary weekend takes place Jan. 31-Feb.2.

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Beaver Creek To Replace Centennial Express With Combination Six-Pack, Gondola

Beaver Creek Lift

Beaver Creek Resort will replace the existing Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6) with a new high-speed, state-of-the-art combination lift this summer.

 

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Sipapu Founder Lloyd Bolander Dies At 86 Years Old

Lloyd Bolander Sipapu founderLloyd Bolander, founder of New Mexico’s Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, has died, 62 years after he opened northern New Mexico’s oldest ski area.
 
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Nashoba Valley Toasts 50 Years With Deals, Giveaways, Events

Vintage Nashoba Valley

The New Year started with a party at Nashoba Valley Ski Area and it hasn’t stopped. That’s how New Englanders celebrate birthdays as the resort less than 20 miles from Boston, Mass. is in the midst of noting 50 years in the snow sports business.

 

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Michigan’s Pine Mountain Hosts World FIS Jumping Feb. 6; 'Biggest Tailgate Party'

Ski jumping

It’s one of the more unusual ski weekends in the Midwest. Pine Mountain, Michigan’s UP, hosts an FIS sanctioned Continental Cup jumping event Feb. 7-9, often referred to as the “Midwest’s biggest winter tailgate party.” 

 

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Opensnow.com - Where Can You Find Fresh Snow This Weekend?

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The northern Rockies have the most snow in the country. 

 

Over the last week, Jackson Hole, Wyoming measured 44 inches of fresh pow, and they have 18 feet (216 inches) on the season. See more photos of the recent snow.

 

For the next 7-10 days, the atmosphere will take some time off across the west. Sunny skies will cover the area while the east turns colder. Then snow will return to the Rockies (and maybe west coast?) during the last days of January and into early February as the ridge moves away and a cool trough takes its place. 

 

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Minnesota Ski Resorts Offer Good Mid-Winter Deals On Lifts, Lodging

Buena Vista Ski Area

The snow just keeps falling across the Great Lakes as Alberta, Canada pumps one Clipper after another into the region. Minnesota resorts are offering some enticing packages. Get out and enjoy one of best winters in recent memory.

 

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Natural, Man-Made Features Remove Fear, Create Fun; Terrain Based Learning

TV's Richard Wiese and family at Jiminy Peak

The newest concept in teaching newcomers to ski and snowboard saw its debut this month at three New England resorts operated by The Fairbank Group. The techniques and methodology developed by Snow Operating, LLC, a snowsports instruction consulting company based in Vail, Colo., is being viewed by these resort operators as a sure-fire means of accelerating the learning curve for newbies.

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All Aboard Heartlanders, Hop The Ski Train To Whitefish

Whitefish Winter Carnival

Midwesterners can climb on board for a unique ski vacation by taking Amtrak across the Heartland to Whitefish, Montana, and Big Mountain with over 3,000 acres to ski and ride, and Glacier National Park is only 35 miles away.

 

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Let’s See Some ID - Killington Rolls Out Formal Uphill Policy

Uphill
In a move that is likely to impact the evolution of on-resort uphill skinning throughout the East, Killington Resort (and by association Pico Mountain) has formalized its ongoing relationship with folks that like to earn turns on their nicely produced and manicured product.

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