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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

SnoCountry SnoCast: Active Forecast from Coast to Coast

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Several large storms will develop across the country in this week’s SnoCast. Great news as the ski season ramps up following the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are the latest details.

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Colleges Close To Skiing And Riding

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While you may not want to commit to the full ski bum lifestyle, plan your course schedule correctly and the student life can still accommodate plenty of slope time, especially if there’s a mountain resort nearby. While some just want to head to the mountains for spring break, living within easy reach of a resort means you can take full advantage of the many college-age season passes out there.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Janu-BURIED Comes To A Close

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It’s been an incredible January for so many ski areas across North America. January will be one to remember with snow-packed storms, keeping soft turn after soft turn.

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RealSkiers: The Best Of Times

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Just one corner of the boundless playground. (RealSkiers)

Every day I get the chance to ski is better than a day I don't.

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Insider’s Guide To Alta

Insider’s Guide To Alta

Nighttime in Alta, with Salt Lake City down the canyon. (Alta/Facebook)

Just by its name -- Alta Ski Area – you can tell that you’re skiing “old school.” The famed powder mountain is one of the oldest in the country, opening in 1939, and much is the same today. Don’t bring your snowboard: Alta’s one of three resorts that prohibit knuckle-draggers. But do bring goggles, powder suits and perhaps a snorkel for, typically, the Alta gets 500-plus inches. 


Terrain. Alta is two cirques side by side. The front under 11,000-foot Mt. Baldy rolls gently down the middle. But get up on the sides, and that’s where Alta really speaks to you. Be ready for lots of traversing to get to iconic Sunspot or High Rustler skier’s right or Ballroom to the left off Collins high-speed. Take Wildcat chair for a trip up into Alta’s original trail – and peek over into Snowbird. Or traverse over to the backside for an array of wide-open slopes in Greeley Bowl, the gnarly drops off Supreme lift, or the only greens on the hill -- gentle long cruisers all the way to the base.

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Tickets. Used to be cheapest day ticket around, but now at full retail of $96. Online, reloads and multi-days cut prices. Alta is in the Mountain Collective, also has combo with Snowbird. Beginners get late-afternoon deal for novice-only tickets for Albion lift.

Ski School. Alf Engen Ski School among nation’s best, especially for powder skiing. Alta Lodge hosts renowned multi-day “performance ski camps.”

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Eat. Basic skier’s fare on the hill at Watson’s Shelter on the front, and Alf’s Lodge on the back. Down below, the same during the day, but the fondu flames fire up every evening at lodges.

Lodging. Three classics await -- Alta Lodge, Peruvian Lodge, Rustler Lodge – with European cuisine, cozy rooms and steins of beer. Goldminer’s and Snowpine a bit newer but also compact. A limited number of condos and townhouses up near the mountain. Down below, town of Sandy is full of VRBO’s and motels.

Transportation. The airport-to-lift trip is the quickest in country. Utah encourages taking a bus up Little Cottonwood rather than fight the traffic, which can be monumental if it’s snowing. Shuttles run regularly back down to town and nonstop to the airport. Parking’s cheek-to-jowl around the base (no lot shuttles).

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Insider Tips: You want challenge? Head skier’s left off Wildcat and stick near the boundary rope. All it does is get steeper, cliff-ier and longer the farther you go. Want to miss crowds? Stay overnight and hope the access road is closed by avalanche.

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Appeals Court Keeps Alta’s Snowboarding Ban In Place

Appeals Court Keeps Alta’s Snowboarding Ban In Place

It'll be skiers only at Alta Ski Area after latest ruling from federal court. (Alta)

A final round of appeals by a group seeking to force Alta Ski Area to admit snowboarders has failed, leaving the Utah resort as one of three U.S. mountains that only skiers can enjoy.

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Utah Resorts Entice Kids, Newbies To Come Back With Ticket, Lesson Deals

Kids at BrightonAll across ski nation, winter mountain resorts are devising ways to grow the sport by keeping kids and beginners coming back to the slopes. Utah is no exception.

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Utah's Iconic Alta Lodge Celebrates 75 Years; Ski Camps Ready To Go Again

Alta Lodge 1940The pre-World War II years were halcyon days for the ski industry in the American West, with more than two dozen iconic ski areas firing up their lifts for the first time – including Alta Ski Area in 1938.

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PCSkiGal: Alta Party April 24 To Cap Utah's Warmest, Driest Season On Record

Alta season-ending partyIt's official. The season - at least in Utah - is going down as the warmest and driest on record. According to the National Weather Service, temps were consistently 7 to 13 degrees above normal from December to March; and that news comes on top of the reports that our nation’s winter overall was the 19th-warmest in the last 120 years. 

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Latest Storm Delivers 'Epic' Conditions To Northeast Resorts

Sunday RiverMad River Glen is calling it "Epic!" Sunday River claims "this is unbelievable!"

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Trains, Tunnels And Buses: Plan To Overhaul Wasatch Transportation Hits Utah Spotlight

Wasatch MountainsConversations have begun in earnest to figure out how to more efficiently connect Salt Lake City with seven of Utah’s ski and snowboard resorts -- and reduce environmental impact at the same time.

 

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PCSkiGal: Those 'Duh!' Moments You Should Know About

Alta Wildcat BaseAs I sat in in Alf’s watching the world ski by, including my daughter’s AYC (Alta Youth Club) class, I overheard a woman behind me. “Did you know you can ask them to slow down a lift for you?” she said incredulously to her husband. 

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Alta Raises The Bar For Experienced Skiers With Adult Camps

Alta ski campsBecause of its renowned ski school and equally famed terrain, Utah's Alta Ski Area has become a center for adult ski camps aimed at giving the experienced skier a way to get better. The lodges at the base of the Utah resort play a critical role in bringing comfort and convenience to these multi-day sessions.

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PCSkiGal: Alta Delivers Early Season Sweet Spots

Alta early seasonI heard they were opening the backside. We’re talking Alta Ski Area — steeps, lots of rocks, known for serious powder. 

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Western Resorts Getting Aggressive To Combat Climate Change

Alta snowcat using biodieselClimate change – and its threat to snow-dependent ski and snowboard resorts -- has become a priority for many resort owners, and a large number in the West are taking steps to reduce emissions and energy use.

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Judge Rules Tosses Out Snowboarders' Suit Against Alta; Fight Will Likely Continue

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“We are not at all dissuaded,” said Rick Alden about yesterday’s ruling in U.S. District Court. The legal war against Alta Ski Area last season for refusing to allow snowboarders on its lifts came to a head when Wasatch Equality (Alden, Drew Hicken, Bjorn Leines, Richard Varga) had their day in court.

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Judge Tosses Out Snowboarders' Suit Against Alta; Fight Will Likely Continue

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“We are not at all dissuaded,” said Rick Alden about yesterday’s ruling in U.S. District Court. The legal war against Alta Ski Area last season for refusing to allow snowboarders on its lifts came to a head when Wasatch Equality (Alden, Drew Hicken, Bjorn Leines, Richard Varga) had their day in court.

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Alta Introduces Mid-Season Passes At Bargain Prices; Good Through April 20

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Just as the winter has gotten serious in the Utah Wasatch, Alta Ski Area has returned the favor with an unusual mid-season pass sale.

 

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Snowboarders Sue Alta; Do They Have A Case?

Alta Utah It appears snowboarders have finally decided they can’t take it anymore. Citing protection under the 14th Amendment, four boarders and a Utah nonprofit corporation calling itself Wasatch Equality Utah, claim Alta has no right to ban them. 

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