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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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Marcie Bradley Will Lead Communications Efforts At Northstar

Marcie Bradley NorthstarNorthstar California Resort appointed Marcie Bradley as the resort’s senior manager of communications. Bradley will oversee all aspects of communications and public relations at Northstar – including strategic planning and resort messaging, development and management of media relations and will act as a key liaison between Northstar and community stakeholders.

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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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Better-Late-Than-Never Snows In Far West While Northern New England Keeps On Going

Wildcat spring skiingBits and pieces of winter will sprinkle across the country for the next week, with Front Range Colorado getting the bulk of new stuff while New England’s winter weather gods just don’t seem to want to let go.

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SnoCountry's Favorite Spring Concerts; A Whole Lotta Music Goin' On

Spring concert at Copper MountainMountain folk know how to party, and if there’s a time when things go truly uncorked, it’s the spring. Who’s not ready to shake their rumpus under in the sun after a long winter stretch of short days, cold nights, and heavy snow. There’s a lot of music set to go off in the mountains this spring, here’s five of our favorite springtime ski area concerts where you’re sure to see some freak flags flying.

 

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Storms Clear Out Of The West; Leave Sun-Splashed Spring Skiing In Wake

Wolf CreekA couple of weeks of serious storms brought 100 inches to Wolf Creek and a welcome three feet to the Tahoe area. But they are done with, and it appears that spring skiing will be the order of the day for the near future.

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Spring-Like Weather Brightens Up West Before Next Storms Arrive

Northstar sun and powThe last of a quartet of storms will roll across – and out of -- the West this week, bringing in warmer and sunnier weather for the first weekend of the spring break season.

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SnoCountry's Best Silly Season Events; Duct Tape Derby To Flauschink Partying

Kayaking in spring at Crystal Mt.Looking for some spring fun on the slopes? Spring brings out “the silly season,” and for good reason according to Crystal Mountain’s Brian Lawson.  

 

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Powder Days In Southern Rockies To Continue; Colder Temps May Help in PNW, California

Powder Day at Taos Ski ValleyThe southern Rockies got the bulk of this latest snow blast, and snow is expected to continue – in varying degrees of intensity – into next week in Colorado and Utah. Skiers and snowboarders at other areas of the West are still looking longingly to the skies.

 

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SnoCountry's Best College Spring Break Destinations

Crested Butte College BreakYou’ve got a whole summer of warm weather around the corner, but just a precious few weeks left of winter skiing and riding, so why not head for the hills this college spring break and work on that goggle tan? SnoCountry.com has gathered up the country’s best spring break destinations for you and your buds, where there’s no danger of getting sand in your margarita.

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