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Whiteface Mountain Just Got A Little More Expert

Hoyt's High Whiteface

The Hoyt’s High Trail on Whiteface Mountain, near Lake Placid, N.Y., has sat mostly dormant since it was cut in 2008. It’s the latest addition to a resort already known for possessing the greatest vertical drop in the east. 

 

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SnoCountry Reports: It’s ‘All Hands On Deck’ When Emergencies Strike Ski Resorts

Magic Mountain Red Chair load test

Big ski areas and small suffer emergencies. Some drag their feet; others call “all hands on deck” (or the snowy equivalent), and everyone pitches in.

 

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Ohio Resorts Offer Incentives To Entice Buckeye Skiers

Snow Trails

Typically Buckeye skiers and riders have about a month left to get out on Ohio’s slopes. Ohio ski resorts are offering numerous incentives right now to get out and enjoy some of the best conditions of the season.

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Maine Classic To Benefit Ski Museum Feb. 16 At Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf

Now in its sixth year, the Maine Ski Heritage Classic will ring nostalgic on Saturday (Feb. 16) at Sugarloaf as attendees can learn about the past while enjoying the conditions of the present. 

 

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Lincoln’s Missing, But Fun’s Not During Presidents Week

WinterFest Snowcano, Bethel, Maine

Despite the popularity of the recent movie “Lincoln,” U.S. presidents don't seem to be a big feature at ski and snowboard areas across the country for Presidents Week. But, fun tops the agenda everywhere.

 

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Trip Report: Shanty Creek Offers Taste Of Europe

Shanty Creek

Skiers in Europe are used to skiing from village to village. Outside of Quebec, you find few places in North America where you can do that. It’s a tradition that European skiers have enjoyed for years. 

 

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Baseball And Boarding: Take Me Out To Riglet Park At Seven Springs

Pirates Riglet Park 7 Speings

Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania is calling it the cutest thing to hit boarding since little bitty boards and boots. It’s the just-opened Pittsburgh Pirates Riglet Park at Seven Springs.

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Ski NH Offers February 4-Packs For Use All Month; Limited Quantities

Waterville Valley

Timing is everything, and if you have considered a New Hampshire ski and ride vacation this month, your timing is corduroy perfect. Ski New Hampshire is offering substantial ticket savings that can be used during the Presidents’ Week holiday and beyond.

 

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Dine On A Midwest Mountaintop

Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner Boyne Highlands

Mountaintop dining is popular at ski resorts out west.  While there aren't a lot of opportunities in the Midwest, there are a handful of ski resorts scattered around the Heartland that offer mountain top diners both great food and great views. 

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Big Sky, Big Grass And Beyond

Big Ski Big Grass Concert

The West Yellowstone, Gallatin National Forest area of southern Montana, which includes Big Sky Resort, offers plenty of winter adventures to choose from. It ranks high among western trip choices for skiers/riders from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. 

 

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Empire State Games To Feature Adaptive Disciplines Feb. 7-10

Adaptive skiing

When the torch is lit at the Opening Ceremony Feb. 7 at the Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) in Lake Placid, N.Y., it will be witnessed by some 1,000 athletes who will converge on the Adirondack region for the four-day winter sports festival.

 

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Midwest Olympians, Newcomer Score Points

Nick Goepper

Midwest Olympians held their own at the X Games in Aspen and the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Stoneham, Canada.  

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Eastern Ski/Ride Season Hitting Peak; Wisp Masters Mountain

Subaru Master The Mountain

We are reaching the crescendo of the ski and ride season as late January turns into February and the popular Presidents Week holiday in mid-month. Resorts are multi-tasking as operation departments continue to pile up the snow and events departments nail down logistics.

 

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Lots Of Romantic Getaways For Midwest Skiing, Riding

Homestead and couples

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner here are some of my favorite Heartland spots to combine snowsports and romance.

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Super Bowl Sunday: Super Day To Ski, Ride The East

Cannon Mt.

One of the best kept secrets in skiing and riding is the relative emptiness of the slopes on Super Bowl Sunday. What are you waiting for?

 

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Minnesota Skiers/Riders Enticed By Sweet Lift Ticket Deals

Spirit Mountain (David Bloomquist)

Conditions are some of the best the Heartland has seen in the last few years, and Minnesota ski areas are enticing skiers and riders with some sweet lift ticket deals to get out and enjoy the great snow.

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East-based Athletes Tune For 2014 Winter Olympics On 'Russian Riviera'

Kranaya, Russia

Eastern-based athletes in the snow and ice sports are now channeling their efforts on the next Winter Olympics, which are less than 13 months away.

 

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Eastern Skiers On The Podium At Lake Placid Freestyle Events

Freestyle Aerials Lake Placid

The United States freestyle ski team couldn’t wait for mogul skier Hannah Kearney to get healthy and re-join the team on the World Cup tour. She did last Thursday (Jan. 17), and didn’t disappoint at Whiteface Mountain, N.Y. 10 miles from Lake Placid.

 

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Lutsen Mountains Family Festival Feb. 1-3; Snow Sculptures, Fireworks

Lutsen Family Festival snow sculpture

With an adaption of the old adage, “the family that plays together stays together,” Lutsen Mountains hosts its annual Family Festival the weekend of Feb. 1-3. 

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Indiana Skiing Possible Thanks To Two Southern Belles

Perfect North Slopes

In a state known more for basketball, corn fields and race cars, it’s a bit of a surprise to find a couple of ski areas in southern Indiana catering to not only Hoosier snow sports enthusiasts but Kentucky and Tennessee as well.

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