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Success At Sunday River World Pro Ski Tour

Success At Sunday River World Pro Ski Tour

Mark Engel (L) and Robby Kelley (R) fly off the first jump during the finals of the Pro Ski Challenge at Sunday River. (Lisa Mutz-Nelson)

The Pro Ski Challenge launched its comeback event at Maine's Sunday River March 11, the start of a full tour in 2018 that will include four to six stops across the U.S. and Canada.


 

The event was part of the rebirth of the World Pro Ski Tour, which has been dormant for 17 years. Racers from across the U.S. and Canada attended, with athletes coming from as far away as Argentina and France. 

David Chodounsky of the U.S. Ski Team skied through zero degree temperatures and high winds on Sunday River's Monday Morning Trail to win the $10,000 grand prize of a total $31,000 purse.

Sponsors, athletes, and fans bonded throughout the weekend during the Ski with the Pros Day and at parties in the area. Fans had the opportunity to mingle with Olympians, NCAA champions, and World Cup competitors.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to win this race," Chodounsky recalled. "It was amazing to race against these guys, I had a blast, so it feels tremendous to win. It was a good old-fashioned drag race."

Max Hall and Kieffer Christianson Pro Ski Challenge Sunday River

AJ Ginnis, who is ranked sixth in the U.S. in slalom, qualified in the top position for Saturday's final slightly ahead of first ranked Chodounsky, second ranked Mark Engel, third ranked Robby Kelley, and fifth ranked Michael Ankeny. Ginnis experienced a heartbreaking defeat as he slid on his hip past the final gates, shocking the spectators on the deck of the Sunday River base lodge. Despite the agony, he treasured the experience, "It was still an unbelievable event and I'll remember it forever."

The World Pro Ski Tour will immediately begin planning a calendar for the 2018 season, including Sunday River and other potential sites such as Vail, Colorado; Sun Valley, Idaho; Stowe Mountain, Vermont; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Bretton Woods, New Hampshire; and Boyne Highlands, Michigan.


 

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Officially Spring; Winter Weather Hangs On

SnoCountry SnoCast: Officially Spring; Winter Weather Hangs On

Breckenridge Ski Resort has been loving the spring-like conditions this past week, but more winter-like weather makes a quick return in the forecast. (Breckenridge/Facebook).

It’s officially spring time on the calendar, so we can now expect the weather to be even more “fickle” than in the winter. This week’s SnoCast will proves that winter weather is fighting to hang on as long as possible despite what the calendar says.

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Stella Drops Epic Powder Across Northeast

Stella Drops Epic Powder Across Northeast

Sunday River enjoyed a bluebird day in the wake of Stella. (Sunday River/Facebook) 

Northeast skiers and riders got their snorkels out in force this week, with Winter Storm Stella dropping as much as four feet of snow on the slopes. Winter is back and there’s going to be plenty of snow still to be found as we head in to the second half of March.


Here’s the rundown of snow totals from Stella as of 4 p.m. Wednesday for resorts that received two feet or more of new snow. Be sure to check SnoCountry’s latest snow totals to find the goods.

Jay Peak powder

Bolton Valley, Vermont picked up a whopping 45

Hunter Mountain, New York: 43”

Whiteface Stella

McCauley Mountain, New York: 36”

Stowe Stella

Belleayre, New York: 32”

Windham Stella

Big Boulder, Pennsylvania: 30”

Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania: 30”

Jack Frost, Pennsylvania: 30”

Middlebury Snow Bowl, Vermont: 28”

Smugglers' Notch Stella

Sugarloaf Stella

Sugarbush, Vermont: 27”

Mad River Glen, Vermont: 26"

Killington, Vermont: 26”

Mountain Creek, New Jersey powder seekers find 26” of new snow.

Pico Mountain, Vermont: 26”

Camelback, Pennsylvania: 24"

Woods Valley, New York: 24”

Bretton Woods Stella



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Buy Next Year’s Northeast Season Pass, Ski Now For Free

Buy Next Year’s Northeast Season Pass, Ski Now For Free

Ski now with your next year's season pass at Loon Mountain. (Loon/Facebook)

With Winter Storm Stella bringing March snow across the Northeast, skiers and riders aren’t ready to put away those boards just yet. Many resorts are now offering 2017-18 season passes at their lowest prices, and each of these resorts are also throwing in free lift access for the rest of the season.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Snow Keeps Falling!

SnoCountry SnoCast: Snow Keeps Falling!

Loon Mountain picks up another 5-7 inches Wednesday. (Loon Mountain/Facebook)

Looks like more snow will fall for many North American ski areas in this week’s SnoCast. With Presidents’ Day weekend and an influx of people hitting the slopes, read on to find out where best conditions will be.


Watch this week's SnoCast video here: 

Read about what to expect by region for Feb. 15 - 21.

East/Midwest: Yet another round of big snow will impact the far Northeast Wednesday through Thursday (Feb 15-16). Expect fresh snow and great conditions across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine these days with many ski areas getting at least 4-8 inches of new powder; some peaks may see as much as 12-16 inches.

Get out and enjoy, because it looks like accumulating snowfall takes a break for a while after this. No other “big” storms are expected through mid next week. Temperatures will climb for much of the Midwest beginning Friday, before the warmth heads to the Northeast over the holiday weekend. Expect daytime temps above freezing each. Should keep the snow soft and pleasant for the weekend, and maybe even allow you to ditch a layer or two.

National Weather Service forecast snowfall amounts through Friday, Feb 17, 2017.

 

West: Three juicy storms are in store for the Western U.S. in this week’s outlook. Snow depth remains above normal for most of the Sierra Nevadas and Cascades, and we will add to that this week.  

Storm #1 is an area of Low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska, pumping in snow to the higher elevations of California, Washington and Oregon later Thursday (Feb. 16), then spreading into the mountains of Idaho Thursday night-Friday. With lower elevations seeing rainfall, look to the higher mountain peaks for best conditions.

Storm #2 will be a little farther south and more potent, pushing into California Friday with snow levels (again) a little higher than we’d like, with most snow accumulating over 6000-foot elevation, but potential for more than a foot for the central and southern Sierra range. This system will eventually spread inland to the interior Rockies over the weekend- should bring some new snow to the slopes of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Colorado.

Finally, storm #3 plows into the far Pacific Northwest/British Columbia on Monday (Feb. 20) which will bring moderate to heavy snow to the higher terrain from the Washington/Oregon Cascades and Sierra Nevada first, before spreading into the interior Rockies through the early part of the week.

Tough to blanket a total snowfall amount through the weekend, due to the range in snow levels with multiple systems. Look to your local NWS office to seek the best time frame for your nearest mountain. Also, given recent heavy snow and changes in temps, be sure to check avalanche conditions in your local area.

National Weather Service forecast snowfall amounts through Friday, Feb 17, 2017.

Weather model (GFS) straight output of expected snowfall amounts for the Western U.S. through the weekend.

 

Canada: Active weather for Western Canada this week with multiple Pacific origin storms. Look for a big shot of accumulating snow to the coastal and interior ranges of British Columbia on Thursday and tapering off Friday (Feb. 16-17). A lighter round of snow showers overspreads British Columbia and Alberta’s peaks late Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 18-19). Another very potent storm brings accumulating snow to the same areas by early next week- watch Monday-Tuesday for great conditions and fresh snowfall.

Meanwhile, Eastern Canada has really packed on the snow over the past week.  With Low pressure wrapping in snow to the ski hills of Quebec Wednesday-Thursday, I’d expect decent conditions into the upcoming weekend. Expect temperatures to build over the weekend, with temperatures at or above 0C through early next week.

Weather model (GFS) straight output of expected snowfall amounts for Western Canada through the weekend.

'Til next week's SnoCast...happy skiing and riding, SnoCountry readers!

As always, a big shout-out and 'thanks' to Lyndon State College students Amanda Stone, Christopher Kurdek, and Scott Myerson for their weekly contributions and forecasts for SnoCast.

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Maine Hitting The Snow Jackpot

Maine Hitting The Snow Jackpot

Don't fill up on leftovers; there's a second helping coming tonight to Sugarloaf. (Sugarloaf/Facebook)

Although they say there are no friends on a powder day, you can bet friends will be rejoicing at the snowfall jackpot that has hit Maine’s Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Shawnee Peak.

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World Pro Ski Tour To Launch With Sunday River Event

World Pro Ski Tour To Launch With Sunday River Event

Competitor Robby Kelley from Burlington, Vermont. (WPST)

The World Pro Ski Tour will make its official return March 10-12, 2017, with the Pro Ski Challenge at Sunday River.

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With Deepest Snow Pack In New England, Sugarloaf Opens Snowfields

With Deepest Snow Pack In New England, Sugarloaf Opens Snowfields

High fives for the most terrain in the East, including Sugarloaf's Snowfields.(Sugarloaf)

Thanks to the deepest snowpack in New England, Maine's Sugarloaf opened its Snowfields, the only lift-serviced above tree line skiing in the East, first time in two years. With skiing and riding available on more than 1100 acres, Sugarloaf now offers the most open terrain in the East.

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Ski And Ride With Lift Tickets Under $60

Ski And Ride With Lift Tickets Under $60

Stunning views at Pebble Creek. (Pebble Creek/Facebook)

Savvy skiers and riders know there are great deals to be found out there to get you on the snow. Buying online ahead of time is often the easiest way to cut costs, but even if you wait until you arrive at the mountain to get your tickets, there are still affordable options at resorts across the country.

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Maine Resorts Revel In Holiday Snowfall

Maine Resorts Revel In Holiday Snowfall

Sunday River skier finds his happy place in the powder. (Sunday River/Facebook)

Maine’s Sugarloaf and Sunday River are reaping the benefits of a holiday week storm and the start to a very happy new year.

 

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SnoCountry SnoCast: New Year, New Snow!

SnoCountry SnoCast: New Year, New Snow!

More snow on the way turning the corner to 2017. Read on to see what's cookin' in this week's SnoCast with meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin. (National Weather Service)

We’re saying “peace out, 2016”, and hello to a beautiful new (hopefully snow-filled) 2017. Our resolution to ski and ride more in 2017 will be no problem with a Nor’easter in the East to finish this week, and a more active pattern digging into the West after the turn of the new year.

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180 Sliding Santas Spread Cheer At Sunday River

180 Sliding Santas Spread Cheer At Sunday River

Skiing Saint Nicks raised $2,845 during Santa Sunday. (Sunday River)

Sunday River Resort in Maine got into the holiday spirit Dec. 4 with its 17th Annual Santa Sunday. In the name of charity, 180 skiing and snowboarding Santas rode the Barker Mountain Express to join together in an epic group schuss down the resort's Ecstasy and Sunday Punch trails, raising some cheer and $2,845 for the Sunday River Community Fund (SRCF).

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SnoCountry SnoCast: December Arrives, Cold Not Far Behind

SnoCountry SnoCast: December Arrives, Cold Not Far Behind

Over 100" have already fallen at the higher mountains of British Columbia this season--including Whistler.  (Whistler Blackcomb/Facebook)

While there will be some temp swings in the days ahead, there will be opportunities for snow in many areas. Looking in the longer term, it looks like the coldest air of the season will settle in to some of the country in the not too distant future.

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Saddleback Community Rallies To Buy Maine Ski Resort

Saddleback Community Rallies To Buy Maine Ski Resort

Saddleback, Maine's third largest resort, overlooks the Rangeley Lakes. (Saddelabck/Facebook)

After an idle 2015-16 season, Maine’s Saddleback may have new owners in its future.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Treats, No Tricks In This Week's Forecast

SnoCountry SnoCast: Treats, No Tricks In This Week's Forecast

At least 100 guns on top to bottom Northern Lights, Borealis, Aludra, Lights Out, Lower Downdraft, and Paradigm at Maine's Sunday River. (Sunday River/Facebook)

As we transition into November in this week’s SnoCast, winter weather is making a more frequent appearance at our mountain tops. We’ll get shots of chilly air and snow at many mountains, both in the east and the west, so let’s dig in.

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Where To Go To Get Very First Turns Of Season

Where To Go To Get Very First Turns Of Season

Snowmaking at Killington begins at the top. (Killington/Facebook)

Opening day is on the minds of skiers and snowboarders already, and brace of resorts have turned on snow guns – and turned eyes to the skies -- in hopes of being the first to open in 2016-2017.

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When Snow Melts, Watery Thrills Await With Whitewater Rafting

When Snow Melts, Watery Thrills Await With Whitewater Rafting

Browns Canyon along Arkansas River is not for the faint of heart (AVA Rafting/Facebook)

Every spring, the high country sends cascades of frigid cold, roaring water down mountain rivers. While the runoff signals the end of the ski and snowboard season, it also means that it’s time to hop into a raft and keep the thrills coming.

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Sugarloaf, Sunday River Make Snow In April; Prolong Season

Sunday River snowmakersSugarloaf and Sunday River have brought out the big guns once more. Just when we thought winter had made its last stand, cold temperatures have returned and snowmakers are taking advantage.

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XC Areas With Snowmaking Had A Pretty Good Winter

Rickert XCWest Coast ski resorts had seen a lack of snow for a few years and in the winter of 2015-16, it was the east and central regions’ turn. Alpine ski areas have been making snow for decades but it is relatively new for cross country ski areas.

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Sunday River Firing Guns Up Again; Hoping For May

Sunday River snowmakingMaine’s Sunday River was one of the first to open in the country last October, and they’re not throwing in the towel any time soon. With snowmaking temperatures forecast overnight for Friday, Saturday, and perhaps Sunday, they’ll be firing up the guns on Barker and White Cap this weekend.

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