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

Vail Runs Women-Only Programs Later In Day; More Time To Hit The Slopes

Vail women programsAdult women constitute a prime demographic for growth the ski and snowboard industry so, in the past few seasons, Vail has fine-tuned its ski school offerings to coincide with the schedules and desires of the females on the mountain.

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'Uphillers' At Western Resorts Grow In Popularity, Rules, Regulations

A-Basin upholdersOn any given day at winter resorts in the West, dozens of people on skis, snowshoes or foot can be seen heading out of the base area to get in a run within resort boundaries without riding the lift.

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Thanksgiving Snow To Fall Across Rockies; Snowmaking Continues In Midwest, Northeast

Loveland Ski AreaIf Thanksgiving freshies are on your menu, you’re in luck as yet another series of storms will deliver more than a foot of snow to some resorts through the Holiday weekend.

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Stoked Out West: Freshies Roll In Early To California, Colorado

ASquaw Valley opening dayFrom British Columbia to Arizona – and most everywhere in between – you can hear the yips and yelps as the 2015-2016 western skiing and snowboarding season begins with a bang.

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Stick Around: Seniors Get Free Tickets To Ski, Ride

Seniors at AltaOver the years, the free lift ticket has been a rite of passage for skiers and snowboarders who still hit the slopes in their golden years.

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More Resorts, More Terrain Open In California, Colorado

Wolf CreekThe first storm cycle of the season has brought much-need precipitation to California and the Pacific Northwest, and enough snow to open a few more resorts, and expanded terrain offerings in Colorado.

 

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Lake Tahoe Resorts Shrug Off Pessimism, Ready For A New Season

Glades at Diamond PeakBuoyed by talk of El Niño and eternal optimism, the 14 alpine resorts around Lake Tahoe can’t wait to drop the ropes on the 2015-16 season.

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Western Resorts Rush To Ban Camera Drones As Their Popularity Rises

Go Pro DroneTrying to get ahead of the popularity of videoing from remote-controlled drones, many Western resorts have banned their use – citing safety issues and both FAA and U.S. Forest Service concerns.

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Strudel To Steins: Octoberfests Are Ski Resort Fall Staple

October fest at SnowbirdMany American towns adopted the popular Munich festival of Oktoberfest due to their German immigrant populations. Ski resorts have followed, offering celebrations with traditional Bavarian music, dancing, beer, food, and activities. Most offer free admission and lodging specials. 

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Western Resorts Dodge Wildfires So Far; Firefighters Getting Upper Hand At SoCal's Big Bear

Big Bear firesMore than a hundred wildfires in the mountains of the moisture-starved Pacific Coast have yet to cause any damage to ski and snowboard resorts, although a small fire near Snow Summit and Bear Mountain forced temporary evacuations and closures around the Southern California slopes.

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Heavenly To Unveil Epic Discovery Facilities Throughout Summer, Fall

Heavenly GondoaThe commitment to making Heavenly Mountain a year-round activity center is solidifying this summer with the initial phase of the Epic Discovery program.

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Heavenly Gets OK For Summertime Improvements; Zip Line First

Heavenly summerOver the next couple of summers, visitors to Heavenly Valley will find more and more warm-weather things to do as the resort, owned by Vail Resorts, develops its Epic Discovery program.

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Squaw Valley To Replace Siberia Express Quad With Six-Seater For Next Season

New lift at Squaw Valley comingThe Siberia Express chairlift at Squaw Valley Resort in California will be upgraded this summer in time for the 2015-16 winter season. Plans include replacing the current high-speed quad, with a high-speed six-passenger chairlift designed to improve reliability, efficiency, and operational effectiveness. 

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Mammoth Making Summer Upgrades At Snow Summit Bike Park

Snow Summit Bike ParkThe first evidence of what Mammoth Mountain, the new ownership, wants to do for its resorts at Southern California’s Big Bear Lake will be an upgrade of the mountain biking trails at Snow Summit, including a top-to-bottom beginner trail.

 

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Woodward Camps Keep Terrain Parks Hoppin’ During Summer At Copper And Boreal

Woodward CampsFor terrain parkers, the end of the winter ski and snowboard season means more than six long months of life without a jib, jump or butter box – unless you got the bread for some time at Woodward.

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SnoCountry's Best Resorts For Early-Season Golf

Stratton Mountain golfWhen the chairlifts no longer turn and bare ground shows up on the trails, it’s time for winter resorts to shift into summertime mode – specifically, golf.

 

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Gondola Set To Link Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows; Base To Base

Base to Base gondola Squaw/AlpineSquaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC announced it has reached an agreement with the owner of private land located between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to create a base-to-base gondola connection between the two mountains. 

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Chamber Names Tahoe Donner 'Best Place To Work'

Tahoe DonnerThe North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce/CVB/Resort Association recently awarded Tahoe Donner Association as the 2014 Best Place to Work, an honor presented at the Annual Community Awards dinner in March. The community awards are an opportunity to showcase businesses, volunteers and employees who went above and beyond in 2014.

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PCSkiGal: Ski Instructors Go Public With Pay Issues

Vail Ski Instructors

My jaw dropped as I eavesdropped on a table of ski instructors last week. They were on a break and sharing a cartoon video poking fun at what it considered to be a disparity between what resorts charge for lessons and what ski instructors are paid for giving them. 

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Sugar Bowl President/CEO Rob Kautz To Retire After Four Decades At California Resort

Rob Kautz Sugar BowlRob Kautz, Sugar Bowl Resort president and CEO, has announced his retirement after nearly four decades at the resort’s helm, It is one of the longest careers in the history of the Tahoe ski industry,

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