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Passport To Adventure: Kids Ski Free

Passport To Adventure: Kids Ski Free

You don't need to be a Michigander to take part in the Cold is Cool program. (Ski Snowboard Michigan/Facebook)

The “Passport” Program is a tried and true, and often free, method to introduce school children to snowsports in 10 different states. These Passports vary, but typically parents pay a small administrative fee for the "passport" booklet that includes many free offers at ski areas across each state.

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Make The Swap: Affordable Gear Finds At Ski Swaps

Make The Swap: Affordable Gear Finds At Ski Swaps

You'll find gear to put a smile on your face at the Vail Ski Swap. (Vail Ski and Snowboard Club)

As we’re preparing for ski and board season, it’s time to think about upgrading our gear or selling some of your old stuff, and fall ski swaps are a great way to make that happen.

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Word Is Out: Whisper Ridge To Open For Backcountry Powder

Word Is Out: Whisper Ridge To Open For Backcountry Powder

Powderhound cuts a fresh line through trees at Whisper Ridge in northern Utah. (Whisper Ridge/Facebook)

The Wasatch Front above Salt Lake City has long been a backcountry paradise for skiers and snowboarders willing to take a hike beyond the trams, gondolas and lifts at a dozen of Utah’s winter resorts. Now, there’s something in between.

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Farm To Table Restaurants: Good, Clean Food At The Mountain

Farm To Table Restaurants: Good, Clean Food At The Mountain

Waiter at The Farm in Park City serves up plates from fresh, local produce (The Farm/Facebook)

The idea that local restaurants can hook up with nearby farms, ranches and food producers to create truly sustainable, “local” cuisine has caught fire not only in towns around the country, but also at ski and snowboard resorts.


 

Nowadays, it’s a common sight to see a chef checking out the veggies or baked bread at a local farmers market -- or on the organic produce aisle at the neighborhood grocery store – to stock up for the day’s menu.

More and more, they come from the fine dining rooms at mountain resorts. Here’s SnoCountry’s sampling of where to eat fresh at ski and snowboard resorts this season:

Canyons. Located right on the Ski Beach at the base of the Park City, Utah, resort, The Farm Restaurant lives up to its name by sourcing ingredients from local farms, cattle ranches and vineyards. A regularly revolving menu coincides with seasonally available foods. Taste treat: Utah corn soup.

Harrimans Mount snow

Mount Snow. Harriman’s sits just up from the main base of the southern Vermont area. It combines classicly trained chefs with fresh food grown, raised and produced at 20 farms in the Green Mountain state. Taste treat: Aged cheddar from Jasper Hill Farms.



Solstice at Stowe

Stowe. In the heart of the base area, Solstice serves artisan-inspired plates inside Stowe Mountain Lodge, relying upon a partnership with farmers, cheesemakers and producers from the northern Vermont region for the freshest ingredients. Taste treat: Angus braised short ribs with Cabot Creamery grits.


Truffle Pig Steamboat

Steamboat. Unbuckle your boots and stride into the Truffle Pig for apres-ski snacks, dinners and to-die-for desserts. Ingredients from pastures and gardens of northern Colorado valley inspire truly local menu. Taste treat: Truffle pig fries.


 

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Appeals Court Keeps Alta’s Snowboarding Ban In Place

Appeals Court Keeps Alta’s Snowboarding Ban In Place

It'll be skiers only at Alta Ski Area after latest ruling from federal court. (Alta)

A final round of appeals by a group seeking to force Alta Ski Area to admit snowboarders has failed, leaving the Utah resort as one of three U.S. mountains that only skiers can enjoy.

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PCSkiGal: Skiing At Snowbird Still 'Unreal'

Snowbird springThe skiing at Snowbird has been unreal. Yes, skiing. While the rest of the Wasatch is hunkered down, sitting out the back-to-back storm cycles because closing days have come and gone, diehard locals are rejoicing. Nineteen inches in the last 48 hours and more on the way.

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Utah Resorts Set Summer Openings For Zips, Mountain Biking, Fun

Snowbasin mountain bikingIt’s time to buy a tube of sunscreen and floppy hat, tune up the mountain bike and dig out the Birkenstocks: Summer in the Utah mountains is just around the corner.

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Alta Snowboard Ban Upheld By Federal Court

Alta skierJust three skiers-only resorts still remain, after a federal appeals court confirmed that Alta Ski Area could prohibit snowboarding on land it leases from the U.S. Forest Service.

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Utah's Snowbasin Eyes New Lifts, Trail Work For Future

Snowbasin powder houndAfter celebrating its 75th birthday this season, Snowbasin Resort is planning its next era with on-mountain projects designed to make it easier for skiers and snowboarders to get where they want to go.

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Legacy Mining Site Restoration Effort Begins At Park City Mountain

Park City mine restorationsAnyone who has skied or snowboarded on the slopes above Park City has likely run across remnants of the city’s silver mining history in the form of dilapidated mills, head frames, trams and ore bins.

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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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PCSkiGal: You're Never Alone At Alta

Skiers at AltaIf you hate skiing alone, you can't be shy. I had the ultimate dilemma today. None of my friends could come out to play. It was a Tuesday; a work day for most and forecasters had called Wednesday the day to catch the Powder Flu. Not today. 

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Utah Resorts Reluctantly Set Closing Dates; Most In April

Spring skiing in UtahDespite some serious dumps in March, all good things must come to an end. In Utah, that means a pretty good season will mostly wind up by mid-April.

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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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Expanded Park City Mountain Settles In With New Gondola

New Park City gondolaThe hoopla, the ribbon-cutting and the champagne bottle-smashing are long over with at Park City Mountain, and the new Quicksilver gondola has gotten down to doing its job: Connecting Park City and Canyons Resort.

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Take A Day Off The Slopes And Explore

Wheeler Opera House AspenVacationers often take a day off from skiing or snowboarding during their vacation to check out what’s happening off the slopes.

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Visa International Freestyle World Cup Returns To Deer Valley Feb. 4-6

Visa Intl Freestyle at Deer Valley courseThe U.S. Freestyle Ski Team returns home this week to Deer Valley Resort for the 2016 Visa Freestyle International Feb. 4-6. The biggest stop on the World Cup tour, the Visa Freestyle International draws thousands of fans to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games venues, the White Owl aerial hill and the Champion mogul course, to watch the world’s best compete.

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Tahoe's Homewood To Run Snowcat Tours; Colorado, Utah Tours Flush With Powder

Homewood snort toursA number of Rocky Mountain resorts and companies run off-piste snowcat powder tours, and now Homewood Mountain Resort will become the first in California to haul powderhounds to their heaven.

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February Weather Flop Coming Up

ForecastFor the first part of winter, Western mountains have received abundant snowfall, while areas in the Midwest and Northeast have seen warm temperatures and little snowfall.

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Storm Track To Deliver Big Snow To West, Upper Midwest

ForecastGroundhog Day (Feb. 2) may be one that skiers and snowboarders would like to relive day after day as an active storm track is set to move a pair of systems out of the Rockies and into the Upper Midwest, delivering potentially huge snowfall totals.

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