Skiing and snowboarding stories shared from various sources around the world to our SnoCountry readers.

Colorado’s Independent Ski Areas Thriving In Shadow Of dueling, Consolidating Resort Giants

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In the shadow of battling behemoths, smaller, independent ski areas are thriving.  Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Granby, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek all report record visits, and revenues in the last two seasons.

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Amid Controversy, Dream Continues For Chairlift At Former Ski Area In Southern Colorado

Chuchara

It was a contentious winter in the effort to return lift-served skiing to a southern Colorado mountain. But proponents are moving forward with their plans to put passengers on a chairlift at the base of what was decades ago Panadero Ski Area, now publicly owned Cuchara Mountain Park.

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New initiative From Ski Utah Aims To Increase Diversity In Winter Sports

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Hawa and Ahmed Dahir spent most of their lives in Salt Lake City, their parents moved from Somalia to the U.S. in 1998, when they were both toddlers.

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Summit County Resorts Record A Combined 200 Inches Of March Snow

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March is typically the snowiest month in the state of Colorado, and this year, Summit County ski areas are recording over 200 inches combined.

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Saudi Crown Prince Unveils Plans For Country's First Ski Resort

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced plans for the kingdom's first ski resort - fitted with its own village, luxury and wellness resorts and an 'interactive nature reserve' - and expects to attract 700,000 visitors by 2030.

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Lake Tahoe's Homewood To Become Semi-Private Resort

Homewood

JMA Ventures President Art Chapman remembers the days when Homewood Mountain Resort had six or eight ticket windows open with lines leading up to each window.

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Why Spring Is A Terrific Time To Visit Montana’s Big Sky Resort

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No wonder why skiers flock to Montana’s Big Sky Resort year after year. The snow is downright plentiful, as the resort sees an average annual snowfall of about 400 inches. And since Big Sky opens on Thanksgiving Day and closes the season mid-April, it’s easy to schedule in world-class skiing when your schedule permits.

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Massanutten Mountain Expands With New Trails

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The expanse of east Rockingham County spread out below Massanutten Mountain — the quiet of the solitary ridge disturbed only by the churning and groaning of heaving machinery and the movement of earth.

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Is This The End Of The Trail Map?

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At ski resorts around the country, the familiar paper map is disappearing, as mountains push skiers to use apps and other digital resources. But some skiers are pushing back.

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America’s Chairlift Savant Finishes 22-Year Quest To Ride Every Lift In The U.S.

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Peter Landsman fell in love with chairlifts when he first started skiing as a toddler in Washington. 

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California’s Original Ski Resort Is One of the Sierras’ Best Kept Secrets

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When it comes to classic California ski trips, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain are the big two — but nestled among towering red fir and lodgepole pines above the Yosemite Valley floor, Badger Pass has been a local “in the know” spot for generations.

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From The Catskills To Vermont: Steam Things Up In A Cozy Local Resort

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Mid-winter in the Northeast doesn’t have to be all shivery gloom.

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Five Affordable Ski Resorts To Visit In The West This Season

Palisades

Skiing and snowboarding are one of the best aspects of the winter months, and the West Coast, including the coastal areas, has numerous world-class resorts to choose from.

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5 Ski Resorts That Has Something for Everyone – Even Non-Skiers

Keystone

There’s something to be said about the magical feeling you get when you look outside and everything is coated in fluffy white snow. To the people who live in ski resort towns, it’s just another wintery day, but to those who come from warmer climates, it’s a winter wonderland! 

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In Vermont, Après-Ski Is All About Beer

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Ski towns in America tend to have good beer, but Vermont might be the state to pair powder and brews best. The Green Mountain State has more than 60 operating breweries and approximately two dozen ski areas — the most per capita for each category.

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Plan To Develop Abandoned Colorado Ski Area Rejected

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Those hoping new life would be brought to the abandoned ski area in southern Colorado's Huerfano County will have to keep waiting.

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Check Out These Five Independently Owned Ski Resorts

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This winter, large ski resorts owned by parent companies have been uber crowded. Because Vail resorts decided to decrease their season pass price by 20%, people from across the world flocked to the mountains. According to Vail Resorts’ annual report, the company sold 67% more epic passes in 2021 compared to 2020. 

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Loon Mountain Offers A Peek At Innovations Coming To Maine Resorts

Kank

I was about halfway up Loon Mountain, hanging from a cable 50 feet in the air, when I realized I was locked in.

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5 Great Resorts For A Cross Country Ski Vacation This Winter

Lone-Mountain

The sport of cross country skiing really took off last winter. That’s not surprising, given that it’s an activity that is all about fresh air and social distancing, prime considerations during the pandemic.

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Ski Resorts Aim For More Efficient Snowmaking Amid Drought

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With decreasing snowpack due to drought and climate change, the ski industry has invested millions of dollars in more efficient snowmaking systems.

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