SnoCountry’s Best 'Still Room At The Inn' Bets

Pine Lodge Beaver CreekAfter all the great early snowfall this season, right now is the time to plan your last-minute holiday getaway.  Although many lodging options may have been booked up months in advance, there’s still room at the inn for that perfect mountain winter retreat.

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U.S. Men, Women Off To Strong World Cup Weekend Starts; Vonn Back On The Course

Birds of Prey Beaver Creek world CupU.S. Ski Team men and women speed racers got their respective North American World Cup weekends off to strong starts Friday (Dec. 5). 

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Lutsen Mountains Makes Unique Top Five Travel List; Plans To Open Nov. 15

Lutsen MountainsSome of the best skiing in the U.S. is found in some of the least discovered locations, according to Travel Blue Book co-founder Greg Johnson, and the Heartland’s Lutsen Mountains is on that list.

 

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Inside Or Out? Beaver Creek Installs First-Ever Combo Lift In The Rockies

Doppelmayr combo lift (Photo courtesy Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH)

In the ski industry these days, it’s all about choice. And now, at Beaver Creek Resort, skiers and snowboarders can choose a chair or gondola – on the same lift.

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High-Speed, High-Mountain Action Keeps Coming In the Colorado Rockies

Disc Golf at Durango

Nearly half of Colorado’s two dozen resorts have reopened for the summer, cranking up chair lifts, mountain biking trails and base-area entertainment through the Labor Day weekend.

 

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Vail Resorts To Roll Out $85 Million In Improvements; Chairs, Lodging, More

Beaver Creek

New chairlifts, lodging renovations, “re-imagined” food service and a “one-of-a-kind” snowmaking upgrade highlights an announcement from Vail Resorts President and CEO Rob Katz that the company is spending $85 million for 2014-15.

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Record Live Coverage Slated For Vail’s 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships

2015 World Alpine Ski Championships Logo

American ski racing fans will have unprecedented coverage of the International Ski Federation’s 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek as the result of a media partnership announced by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports.

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Late Season Kings Of Snow, Sun: Undoing The Myths

Mont Ste. Anne spring

My Denver-based brother and I used to have a running bet In the 1980s on which area would be last to close – Colorado’s A-Basin or my neighbor Killington in Vermont. 

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Colorado Resorts Begin Advance Sales For 2014-2015 Season Passes; Deals Now

Steamboat

Flush from a powder-filled winter this season, a number of resorts in the Colorado Rockies are rewarding forward thinkers with deals on season passes for 2014-2015.

 

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Early Birds Get Guaranteed First Tracks At Six Colorado Resorts

Steamboat Powder

The storms have been pounding the Colorado Rockies lately, putting powderhounds on high alert to carve up the freshies before anyone else.

 

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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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It’s The Ted And Bode Show At Beaver Creek; Americans 1-2 In World Cup GS

World Cup racer at Beaver CreekIt was a day at Beaver Creek, Colo. that may well have set the stage for Olympic drama in February. American champion Ted Ligety won his fourth straight Audi FIS World Cup Giant Slalom pushed by the USA’s Bode Miller coming back from a year off recovering from injury.

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Vonn Pushes Way Up Ladder; U.S. Women Fare Better; Ligety Just Misses

Stacey Cook Lake LouiseThe Lindsey Vonn recovery watch continues and it looks better every day for the American champion as she rebounds from injury and pushes toward Sochi. Vonn finished 11th in the second weekend downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, leaping 29 spots from Friday’s 40th place result on her more cautious first race day back.

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Lindsey’s Back - Completes Downhill At Lake Louise; Svindal Wins Birds Of Prey

Lindsey Vonn At Lake Louise (file photo)America’s Lindsey Vonn finally began what she hopes will be a two-month return to glory in February in the Sochi Winter Olympics. Vonn finished 40th at Lake Louise, Canada on a course she has dominated. But, all that mattered this time was she’s back.

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Vonn Looks To Race At Lake Louise; Ligety, World Cup Men To Beaver Creek

Lake Louise World Cup venueUPDATE 12/5: Lindsey Vonn will definitely return to the race course Friday (Dec. 6) for the first of two downhills at Lake Louise. She skipped the second training run, saying she has the course “dialed in.”

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USA’s Shiffrin Lone Bright Light As World Cup Concludes At Beaver Creek

BC GS PodiumThere was, finally, an exception to the rule. Mikaela Shiffrin, the teen star of the U.S. Ski team from Eagle-Vail, Colo. delighted hometown fans at the FIS Audi World Cup at Beaver Creek, with a second place finish in the Giant Slalom. It has been Shiffrin’s goal to bring her GS skiing up to her World Championship slalom level and that first podium felt great.

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‘Gut Check:’ Swiss Standout Wins Super G at Beaver Creek; Two In A Row

Swiss racer Lara GutLara Gut, the Swiss racer who won Friday’s World Cup downhill on the new Raptor course at Beaver Creek, Colo., repeated the effort in Saturday’s super G in a time of one minute 18.42. The American ladies were back in the pack again with Leanne Smith, Stacey Cook and Julie Mancuso 23rd, 28th and 29th respectively.

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Swiss Star Lara Gut Wins World Cup Downhill At Beaver Creek; Americans Struggle

Lara Gut wings Beaver Creek downhillIt was Switzerland’s Lara Gut winning the first downhill of the season on the new Raptor course at Beaver Creek, Colo., Friday. The American speed team and, in fact, others among the world’s stars, struggled on what will be the World Alpine Ski Championships course in 2015.

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World Cup Fever Rises At Beaver Creek Sans Lindsey: Extensive TV

Beaver Creek WC signU.S. Ski Team superstar Lindsey Vonn will not make her return on the new downhill course at Beaver Creek, Colo. this weekend as she had hoped. But, that should not take too much oxygen out of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup field as the globe’s speediest ladies test what will be the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championship downhill course on Raptor.

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Vail Looks To Add 24 Surveillance Cameras Before Hosting Worlds; Cite 'Boston'

Vail Worlds Logo

The Town of Vail, Colo. is looking for 2014 budget approval to install at least 24 surveillance cameras in the Village and in Lionshead for use at special events such as the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Champions, according to a report in the Vail Daily newspaper.

 

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