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Five Die In Colorado Avalanche On Loveland Pass; Vermont Ski Personality Included

Avalanche Area, Loveland Pass

A deadly avalanche near Loveland Pass in Colorado claimed the lives of one skier and four snowboarders Saturday (April 20). It was the deadliest such event since 1950, the year documentation of avalanches began.

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Aspen Highlands Extends Ski Season To April 28

Highlands

The Aspen Skiing Co. announced that Aspen Highlands will reopen for the weekend of April 27 and April 28. Aspen Highlands was originally scheduled to shut down for the season on April 21 but SkiCo brass said they are going to reopen the mountain the following weekend "in appreciation of skiers and riders for a great season."

 

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Vail, Breckenridge To Reopen For Bonus Weekend

Vail

Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail officials announced today they will extend the two resorts’ ski seasons one additional weekend, April 19-21, due to the large amounts of snow the resorts have received in recent days.

 

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Boyne Mountain To Hold May 4 Ski Race, Golf Event; Crystal Upgrades

Boyne Hemlock Cup

Ever wanted to ski into a Michigan May? Now’s your chance with the Boyne Mountain Hemlock Open coming Saturday, May 4.

 

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Sunday River Season Ends April 20-21; Improvement Plans Announced

Sunday River

The curtain drops on the 2012-2013 season April 20-21 at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, but not before announcing  $5.7 million in capital improvements for next season.

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Aspen Skiing Company Joins Starbucks, Nike, Others In Push For Climate Laws

Aspen

As President Barack Obama unveils his budget for the coming year, 33 major U.S. companies, including the Aspen Skiing Company, signed a “climate declaration,” urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change.

 

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Feds To Consider Summer Sports Smorgasbord At Breckenridge

Breckenridge

Vail Resorts has submitted a second proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for Epic Discovery, a comprehensive summer activities plan, this time at Breckenridge Ski Resort

 

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Real Estate Developers To Save SnoMountain, Pa.; Name Is Montage Again

Sno Mountain

The tenuous future of Sno Mountain just south of Scranton, Pa., appears to have solidified. The ski and ride area that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year is to be purchased by a group that has no experience in snowsports. 

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Sunburst Under New Ownership; Spring Jam April 13-14

Sunburst Park at Sunrise

The popular ski area between Madison and Milwaukee, Sunburst, where thousands of Badger-staters learned to ski and ride over the years, has been sold.  The area was founded in 1961.

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Mountain Resort Travel Industry Has Eye On ‘Next Big Thing’

Snowmass Conference Center

The 38th Mountain Travel Symposium returns to Snowmass, Colo. April 6-13, where industry leaders will examine how social media has impacted travel in recent years and will look ahead at what they believe to be the “next big thing.” 

 

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Aspen Conditions Holding Up Despite Balmy Temperatures

Aspen

Skiers and riders are enjoying some of the best conditions of the season this week as warm daily temperatures are tempered by clouds that keep the snowpack from dwindling away too quickly, according to the AspenBusinessJournal.com

 

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Vonn To Award Six Youth Ski Racers Scholarships To Local Race Programs

Vonn

Olympic champion skier and EpicMix Race pacesetter Lindsey Vonn announced she is awarding six youth ski racers scholarships to local race programs at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar.

 

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Grand Prize Winners For 2013 Bring A Friend Challenge Announced

Bring A Friend

Three of the nearly 175 Bring a Friend Challenge (BAF) participants won Grand Prize trips to resorts around the country to be redeemed in the 2013-14 season. 

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Eastern Resorts Can’t Let Go Of The Season

Okemo April '13

Many ski areas across the eastern seaboard set closing dates.Now, they continue to extend them and are offering special events to round out the season.

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Midwest Skiing And Riding Continue Into April

Nub's Nob

It’s been one of the best finishes to the ski season in decades across the Heartland, and it’s not done yet.  A number of ski resorts across the upper Great Lakes remain plan to be open into mid-April.

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Spring 2013: The Gift That Keeps On Giving In East

Pat's Peak powder

It’s difficult to imagine two more opposite springs than 2012 and 2013. With little natural snow all winter and an early burst of summer a year ago, most everyone in the east had packed it in by mid-March. Fast forward to 2013.

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Season Drawing To End In Montana; Excellent Late Season Conditions

Whitefish Mt. (Karen Van Seters)

It’s hard to believe the season will be ending in a couple of weeks at many Montana ski areas. The snow is still falling. Enjoy some good late season skiing, riding and affordable lift and lodging packages. 

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Vail’s Alpine Racers Compete Into Their Late 70s

Jim Glendining master racer Vail

Oscar Wilde once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” Trying something new at an old age is a daunting task for some. Especially when that new activity is competitive alpine racing. 

 

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Colorado Resorts Jam Packed With Spring Events, Deals

Arapahoe Basin

The Colorado ski and ride season lasts well into spring with ample events and activities. This spring is no exception as resorts are offering a jam-packed lineup of celebrations, concerts, and contests with various types of on-snow and slope-side activities.

 

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Lost? Proposed Vermont Law Puts Onus On Guests, Resorts

Mad River Glen

Eastern ski resorts are preparing for the very small percentage of skiers and boarders who may feel the necessity to duck under the ropes and plunge through the pow that no one else has seen. The trouble with that, however, is that in some cases no one will see them.

 

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