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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

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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Nate Lee Named Solitude Mountain Operations Director

Nate Lee SolitudeNate Lee has been appointed Solitude Mountain Resort’s new director of mountain operations. He is currently entering his 21st year of employment at Solitude, and has held the positions of lift operator, lift maintenance mechanic, lift maintenance manager and most recently,senior mountain operations manager.

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Utah Resorts Spread Out Season Pass Smorgasbord, Multi-Day Options

Utah powder houndThe first dustings are on the highest peaks, and resorts across the West are in the midst of early season ticket discounts. In Utah, the mélange of choices for multi-day tickets -- local, regional and national -- is greater than ever.

 

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Can’t Wait For Snow? Hit Brighton’s Preseason BoneZone

Brighton pre season park railThe urge to hit the slopes comes early this time of year, so Brighton Resort’s pre-season terrain park in Utah might be just the antidote for those with a preseason jones for a kicker or a rail.

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Western Resorts Rush To Ban Camera Drones As Their Popularity Rises

Go Pro DroneTrying to get ahead of the popularity of videoing from remote-controlled drones, many Western resorts have banned their use – citing safety issues and both FAA and U.S. Forest Service concerns.

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Snowbird’s New Summit Lodge Affords Warm-Ups, Good Eats, Vista Views

Summit Lodge SnowbirdThe summit of Hidden Peak at Snowbird can be a cold spot, but this season there’s an oasis for tramway riders to warm their toes and get a bite to eat before heading downhill.The new Summit Lodge -- all 23,000 square feet of floor space and seemingly acres of glass windows -- will be ready once the Snowbird Tramway starts running for the new ski and snowboard season.

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Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton Epic Passes Offer Plenty Of Choices

Aston AlpsMinnesota’s Afton Alps and Michigan’s Mr. Brighton are both part of the Epic Pass, which offers unlimited access to all of Vail Resorts western ski areas as well as both Midwest resorts. It offers as much slope time for diehard Heartland skiers and riders as they want.

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PCSkiGal: Utah Resorts Pump In Cash Hoping For Payoff

Construction in Utah 2015The irony isn’t lost on locals. Four comparatively miserable winters and yet Utah ski resorts spent millions on “improvements” this summer, raising the cost of lift tickets and season passes yet again, all in the hopes of attracting more visitors.

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Strudel To Steins: Octoberfests Are Ski Resort Fall Staple

October fest at SnowbirdMany American towns adopted the popular Munich festival of Oktoberfest due to their German immigrant populations. Ski resorts have followed, offering celebrations with traditional Bavarian music, dancing, beer, food, and activities. Most offer free admission and lodging specials. 

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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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PCSkiGal: Summer's Almost Done In Utah -- Get It While It Lasts

Park City Alpine SlideThe snow's coming in less than 100 days. The colors are about to turn, so it's your last hurrah to jump in a mountain lake, hike high peaks with the pooch, cycle amid the wildflowers. 

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PCSkiGal: Get Utah Season Passes As Deadlines Loom

Powder MountainTalk about time sneaking up on you. If you’re close enough to consider a season pass to Utah resorts, it feels like just a few months ago we were debating whether the Mountain Collective should be the only pass you purchase. 

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PCSkiGal: Five Things To Do On A Park City Summer's Day

Park City Alpine SlideAs the summer wanes here in Park City, Utah, here are five things to do before the snow flies. 

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Strong El Niño Winter Bodes Well For Western Skiers, Riders

Powder at Wolf CreekThe waters are warming in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean, signaling that El Niño is on his way – and so should above-average snowfall across the West and Southwest.

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New ‘Park City’ Abuzz With Construction; Gondola To Open This Winter

Park City gondola constructionThe sounds of $50 million in on-mountain upgrades echo across Park City this summer, as new owner Vail Resorts gets down to the business of creating the largest winter resort on American soil.

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PCSkiGal: Outdoor Retailer Show Demo Day; Solar Chargers, Kayaks Dominate

OR Show 2015I swear one of these summers I’m going to get in the water and spend all day there. The 2015 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City  kicked off with the annual demo day at Pineview Reservoir near Ogden, Utah, and once again I looked longingly at all the bodies paddling but kept my distance.

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SnoCountry’s Best Offbeat Summer Fun At Western Resort Bases

Mountain Coaster at SnowbirdThe scenic chairlift ride, the downhill mountain bike run and the alpine hiking trek have long been standard fare at summer mountain resorts – but the focus has moved off-mountain lately.

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Snowbird Co-Founder Dick Bass Dies

Dick Bass SnowbirdRichard "Dick" Bass, co-founder of Snowbird Resort in s largest ski resorts has died. Resort spokesman Brian Brown says died of pulmonary fibrosis Sunday at his home in Dallas. He was 85.

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PCSkiGal: High West Saloon Opens New Whiskey Distillery For Park City Spirits

National Garage now High West SaloonPark City celebrated Utah’s Pioneer Day or (Pie and Beer day as non-Mormons call it) a bit differently this year. Christening the new High West Whiskey distillery July 24 not only toasted the historic arrival of Mormon settlers but the tasty beverages they brought with them.

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No Doz? USSA Opens Tempur-Pedic Sleep Center In Park City

USSA Sleep CenterBetter sleep could mean better performance for the athletes of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), say team officials. 

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