Heavy Snow A Boost For Western Resorts, Bust For World Cup Ski Racers

Stevens Pass

The first major snowstorm of the season sent ski racers packing, and powder hounds reaching for fat skis.

 

“It’s the first powder storm of the season, and the crowd is going wild,” said Emily Moench, communications manager for Snowbird on Wednesday morning. “Powder hounds are chomping at the bit.”

 

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Michigan’s Mt. Bohemia Offers Heartland Powder; One Day Pass Sale Saturday For $99

Bohemia powder

If you like backcountry, ungroomed slopes and tons of natural snow, choices are very limited around the Heartland. Mt. Bohemia has been dubbed the Great Lakes version of Jackson Hole.

 

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Colorado Resorts Set Record Straight On Marijuana Legalization: No Smoking In ‘Public Places’

Legal At Last logoPossession of small amounts of marijuana in Colorado is now legal, but smoking pot at a ski resort remains against the law.

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Crested Butte Entices Visitors With Airline Discounts Up To $400; Buy By Oct. 15

Crested Butte

If Crested Butte-lovers book the right flight and place to stay, they can get up to $400 off the price of an airline ticket.

 

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United Express Adds New Chicago Flight To Crested Butte

Crested Butte, Colo. (Facebook)

A new non-stop, direct United Express flight from Chicago O’Hare to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport will be available for 10 Saturdays throughout the winter beginning Dec. 21. Sky West Airlines will operate the 66-seat regional jet aircraft.

 

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12 Western Resorts Unite With New ‘Powder Alliance’ Pass

Schweitzer powder

Twelve ski resorts throughout the West – many with prodigious pow stashes – have united to offer skiers and riders the opportunity to broaden their powdery horizons with a brand new “Powder Alliance” pass.

 

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Colorado Slopes See 3.8 Percent Increase In Visits For 12-13 Season

CSCUSA Map

More than 6.4 million skiers and snowboarders flocked to the slopes of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts for the 2012-13 season. 

 

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NatGeo Picks Top 25 Classic Ski Towns: Aspen To Stowe To Wanaka

Stowe

Just what makes a classic ski town? National Geographic has chosen what it considers the 25 best in the world. Agree? Disagree? We at SnoCountry.com did a little bit of both. Here’s the NatGeo list in no particular order. 

 

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Colorado Resorts Jam Packed With Spring Events, Deals

Arapahoe Basin

The Colorado ski and ride season lasts well into spring with ample events and activities. This spring is no exception as resorts are offering a jam-packed lineup of celebrations, concerts, and contests with various types of on-snow and slope-side activities.

 

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Colorado Resorts Continue To Be Blessed With Snow

Wolf Creek

Mother Nature continues to bless Colorado Resorts with up to 20 inches of new snow this week.

 

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Still Time Left On Colorado Passholder Deal At Crested Butte

Crested Butte

The folks at Crested Butte Mountain Resort want all Coloradans to feel at home in the East River Valley.

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Love Is In The Mountains For Valentine’s Day/Weekend

Mt. Snow, Vt.

You just might fall in love with some of the deals awaiting you and your loved one in the mountains all across America. Here’s a sampling:

 

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It’s New Year’s Eve For Kids At Nation’s Ski Resorts

Beaver Creek, Colo.

It’s almost 2013. Time to bring out the party favors and noisemakers to welcome in the new and usher out the old. Ski resorts nationwide are celebrating and inviting you and your family to join in. 

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Have Yourself A Merry Christmas At Nation’s Ski Resorts

Park City Mountain Resort/Snowmammas

Ski resorts nationwide are hosting a multitude of Christmas events for the whole family to enjoy.  

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Pacific Northwest Best Bet For Holiday Powder

Mt Bachelor

Is Saint Nicholas delivering fat skis for Christmas? If so, then you may want to point them toward the Pacific Northwest where Mother Nature has been delivering tons of early-season snow.

 

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Rocky Mountain Resorts Pay More For Airline Seats

Montrose Airport

A partnership between Crested Butte and Telluride to share the cost of jet service to Montrose Airport is one among several efforts to attract visitors despite rising airline costs.

 

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Give Thanks For Holiday Meals, Fun Family Events And Snow

Red River, N.M.

Get ready to celebrate the beginning of the 2012 holiday season at many of your favorite ski resorts and towns. Thanksgiving day, Nov. 22, starts it all.  

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Colorado Resorts Invest In Modest Improvements

Alberta Bowl, Wolf Creek

Most Colorado resorts had to scale back off-season upgrades in the face of an 11 percent drop in skier-days in 2011-2012, but regulars at a number of mountains will notice some welcome enhancements.

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It’s Early, But Time To Scratch The ‘First Snow’ Itch

Some say those early snowfalls are meaningless. Ha! They have a distinct purpose. They fire up our inner juices and begin to get us psyched for the new season.

 

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Colorado Resorts Kick Into Full Family Summer Mode

The respite from winter is over at most Colorado mountain resorts, and it’s time to fire up the zip-lines, mountain bikes, and barbecues.

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