Checking In On El Niño As Western Season Winds Down

Grand Targhee powThe Pacific Ocean warming phenomenon known as El Niño came roaring into the West this winter with great promise of above-average snowfall for all. For some resorts, that was true -- but not for all.

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Ski, Snowboard Ambassadors Of The Year Named

Ski Ambassador of YearAri Gutman, a physician from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, has been named the Ski Ambassador of the Year for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard (Month)/Bring a Friend initiative. Dr. Gutman took his two sons, Jonathan (14) and Matthew (13) to Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania for lessons and entered the Bring a Friend Challenge.

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Shiffrin, Steigler End Season On High Notes; 1-2 In National GS At Sun Valley

Resi Steigler at NationalsIn the final day of action at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in front of a big crowd of ski racing fans at Sun Valley, Idaho, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO – U.S. Ski Team) wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday.

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Good First Year For Idaho Nonprofit Soldier Mountain

Soldier Mt.The new owners of Soldier Mountain have had a nice first year at the central Idaho day-trip mountain – and now local charities will join in the good fortune.

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Bogus Basin Forced To Ditch $199 Season Pass Sale

Bogus BasinSales for next year’s season passes are beginning earlier and earlier, with competition slicing prices to the bone. But one Idaho resort has decided that enough is enough.

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Back To Normal: Snow Keeps On Falling All Over Idaho

TamarackSnow storms both big and small have been rolling into the mountains of Idaho since Thanksgiving, giving skiers and snowboarders what they want for the holidays and beyond – and erasing memories of a couple of lean years on the slopes.

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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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Idaho Resorts Welcome New Season With Upgrades; New Triple At Pomerelle

New chair at PomerelleSki and snowboard resorts all over Idaho have lifted the ropes on the 2015-2016 season as timely snow and low temps have produced solid bases at most of the state’s 17 mountains.

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Idaho Resorts Forge Into New Season; New And Improved Lodges, Terrain

Sun Valley LodgeLast year’s tough winter in Idaho hasn’t deterred projects at a number of resorts that aim to upgrade everything from mountain terrain to on-mountain lodges to overnight accommodations.

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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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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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High and Dry: All Of SnoCountry Waiting For Late-Season Largesse

ElderThe old adage has held true this winter,: The more things change, the more they stay the same. So it is with the snow forecasts for this week across SnoCountry, as a persistent jet stream and high pressure ridge keeps any precipitation to the far north.

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Idaho's Tamarack Continues To Work Its Way Back; New Management In Place

Tamarack ResortUpgrades to snowmaking and grooming will be top priorities this summer at Tamarack Resort, as a new resort management firm takes over operations at the central Idaho ski and snowboard mountain.

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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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Late-Season Deals Blossom To Entice Skiers, Riders On West Coast, Despite Low Snow Totals

Mt. Bachelor halfpipeMany resorts along the West Coast are sweetening ticket and lodging deals to entice skiers and snowboarders into the mountains. The deals are prompted by a winter season that hasn’t come close to even delivering an average snowfall. 

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Western Resorts Reach Out To Newbies For January Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month

Learning at Brian HeadAfter all the hoopla around Christmas and New Year’s, it’s time to get down to the business of learning how to ski or snowboard.

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It’s A Western White Christmas; Double Digit Dumps In Northern Cal, Utah's Wasatch, Colorado's I-70 Resorts

Winter Park powderThis past weekend’s storm dropped double-digit snow dumps on northern California mountains and then stayed north with a pre-Christmas gift for the Wasatch in Utah and Colorado resorts along I-70.

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Idaho Resorts Get Summer Tweakings In Preparation For New Season

Powder at TamarackThis summer in Idaho saw crews working on trails, lodges and terrain parks at mountain resorts, and the fruits of those labors are now ready for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Eight resorts announced improvements and upgrades that were completed during the offseason, and one, Tamarack Resort, is back to a full-week schedule under new ownership.

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Free Fifth, Sixth Grade Passes Aim To Promote Long-term Skiing, Riding In West, NW

Keystone Kids Ski School

In an ongoing effort to attract youngsters to the slopes – and keep them coming back – resorts in the West and Northwest will once again offer ski and snowboarding passes that are virtually free.

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Idaho Begins To ‘Think Snow’ With Early Deals

Silver Mountain

Hardly a flake of snow has yet to fall in the state of Idaho, but skiers and snowboarders already can get set up for the new season.

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