Beaver Creek Instructors To Set Landmark Union Vote; First Ski School To Potentially Organize

Beaver Creek instructorsSki and snowboard instructors at Beaver Creek are set to schedule a vote on unionizing, after garnering the requisite number of signatures for an election.

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Spring Highlights Top Bump Runs In Rocky Mountains

Bump skier TellurideAs spring skiing season arrives, you usually find more VW-size moguls than snorkel-deep powder at Rocky Mountain resorts. Combine with warm bluebird days, and you’ve got prime time for bump-a-holics.

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Taos Ski Valley Patrollers Narrowly Reject Union Amid Management, Operations Overhaul

TSV patrollerA single blank ballot spelled the difference in a vote by Taos Ski Valley ski patrollers to organize a union, which failed. 

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SnoCountry's Best Heli Skiing/Riding In Lower 48

Telluride Heli-SkiMany skiers and snowboarders dream of hopping into a helicopter and heading into the deep backcountry for a day far outside the ropes. Alaska and western Canada remain the premier locales for heli-skiing, but the Lower 48 has its own quality selection.

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Mountain Flights In Colorado More Frequent, Convenient This Winter

Aspen AirportWinter travelers to Colorado resorts have a choice: Take advantage of convenient flying into Denver International Airport and make the two-hour drive to Summit County, Winter Park or beyond.

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More Water Storage Upgrades Snowbasin’s Ability To Make Snow

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5660/20875840660_e879550c3d_z.jpgConstruction crews at Utah's Snowbasin have built a new reservoir on the mountain this summer to solidify snowmaking at the northern Wasatch resort.

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Telluride Ski Patrol Overwhelmingly Votes To Unionize; Want Voice In Pay, Schedule, Benefits

Telluride Ski PatrolSki patrollers at Colorado's Telluride Ski Resort will now have the legal authority to negotiate terms of employment with the parent company, following a 47-1 vote to create a bargaining unit.

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Brrrr! Arctic Cold Descends Onto The West; Northwest Finally Opening, More Snow For Southern Rockies

Mt. BachelorYou could hear the audible sigh of relief from skiers and snowboarders in the Great Northwest this last week who finally can hit the slopes after a way-too-warm December.

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Save On Season Passes At Southern Colorado Resorts

Wolf Creek

Yes, the sun is still high in the sky and the temps can still get into the 90s, but that doesn’t stop Rocky Mountain resorts from rolling out season pass deals. 
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Early Birds Get Guaranteed First Tracks At Six Colorado Resorts

Steamboat Powder

The storms have been pounding the Colorado Rockies lately, putting powderhounds on high alert to carve up the freshies before anyone else.

 

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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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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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Late January Storms Blanket Colorado Resorts

Telluride / Brett Schreckengost photo

Old Man Winter made a significant powder play this week giving the Colorado ski season a major boost. 

 

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Colorado Resorts Buried In Light, Fluffy, Holiday Delight

Aspen / Jeremy Swanson photo

Following a slow, dry start to the season, the Pacific moisture express has arrived in Colorado, dropping fresh inches of fluffy powder at locations across the state. 

 

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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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Bootleg Instructors Now In Crosshairs Of Many Resorts

Breckenridge

There’s an apparent increase in certified ski and snowboard instructors getting paid for lessons outside of normal working hours, a trend that has prompted resorts to take action. 

 

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Nation’s Ski Areas Continue To Unite On Addressing Climate Change

Canyons Resort

A report just released by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) details more progress on implementing the principles of its Environmental Charter during the 2011-12 season. 

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