January Is Month For Raising Awareness Of Slope Safety In West

Tahoe rescue dogResorts in the West believe skiers and snowboarders should be able to enjoy the inherent excitement, exhilaration and thrills on the slopes – and feel safe while doing them.For nearly two decades, the National Ski Areas Association has designated January as the time to focus on how to activity on the slopes and trails safer for everyone. And, in the past several seasons, the issue has been in the spotlight with high-profile accidents and lawsuits. 

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Dry And Warm Across West; Storms Loom Late Next Week

Sunny at Bear Mt.It’s January and while there’s a pause in big powder dumps across the West, it’s a good time to take stock of what skiers and snowboarders have after the holidays.

 

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Deer Valley To Host FIS Freestyle World Cup Jan. 7-10

Deer Valley freestyleDeer Valley, Utah will host the FIS Freestyle World Cup Jan. 7-10, 2015 under the lights kicking off with men’s and women’s aerials on White Owl run Thursday.

 

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SnoCountry's Picks For Biggest News Stories Of 2014

Park City powderLet's start at the top. The biggest news story of 2014 rolled out of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. No other news story across the nation matched it for continuing drama. It began rumbling in the spring, resonated in the courts all summer, and didn't culminate until shortly before the snow flew. Here's how SnoCountry.com's West Editor Andy Dennison describes it:

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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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Deer Valley-Town Gondola Concept Moves Into Final Planning Stages

Deer Valley gondolaJust when we thought things would finally quiet down in Park City, Utah, Deer Valley reasserts its plan to run a gondola right into town. Never a dull moment.

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PCSkiGal: Ladies Get After It At International Women's Ski Day At Solitude

Ski instructors at SolitudeI'm going to be bold and call it a powder day at Solitude Saturday. It wasn’t epic in the way Utah prides itself but we take what we can get right now. 

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PCSkiGal: Alta Delivers Early Season Sweet Spots

Alta early seasonI heard they were opening the backside. We’re talking Alta Ski Area — steeps, lots of rocks, known for serious powder. 

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Largest Owner of U.S. Ski Areas Assesses Ownership Options; Resorts' Long-Term Leases Not Affected

Bretton WoodsCNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., owner of the largest number of ski resorts in the country, is currently assessing how best to liquefy its assets as the end of the real estate investment trust (REIT) term draws near. CNL is a non-traded REIT that invests in a diverse collection of lifestyle and other income‐producing assets, including ski and mountain lifestyle properties, attractions, senior housing and marinas.

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Vail Resorts Unveils $50 Million Plan To Link Canyons, Park City Mountain Terrain Next Summer

Link of PCMR and Canyons

An eight-passenger gondola will be the centerpiece of Vail Resorts’ strategy for connecting Canyons Resort with Park City Mountain ResortThe Colorado-based resort group revealed its plans for bringing the two neighboring mountains together – and solidifies Vail’s intention to create the largest ski and snowboarding area in the United States since acquiring Park City Mountain this offseason.

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PCSkiGal: Deer Valley Opens With Annual Celebrity Fest

Deer Valley food at Celeb Ski festI did ski today. Day three. I got out at the crack of noon for Deer Valley's opening day. It was an honest mistake. Because it hadn't snowed in more than a week, and we’ve had record highs for this time of year, I didn't see the point in getting there for opening bell. 

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Western Resorts Getting Aggressive To Combat Climate Change

Alta snowcat using biodieselClimate change – and its threat to snow-dependent ski and snowboard resorts -- has become a priority for many resort owners, and a large number in the West are taking steps to reduce emissions and energy use.

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PCSkiGal: Brews On The Mountain

Snow King Brews on mountainNot a lot can top a cold brew after a killer day on the hill. Last year, we celebrated Park City Mountain Resort’s 50th anniversary with a Golden Ale and Alta’s 75th with the Anniversary American Amber. 

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Utah's Deer Valley Wins 'Best In U.S.' From World Travel Awards

Deer ValleyDeer Valley Resort, for the second consecutive year, has been awarded United States' Best Ski Resort by the World Ski Awards. Following a year-long voting process from leading ski tourism professionals worldwide, as well hundreds of thousands of ski consumers from 127 countries. Deer Valley Resort won the distinction among a short list of USA finalists during the 2014 World Ski Awards the weekend of Nov. 21-23, 2014, in Kitzbühel, Austria.

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SnoCountry's Best Season-Long Kids' Programs

Mad River Glen kids programLooking to share a passion for the mountains with your kids? The country’s next generation of rippers can probably be found in one of many season-long kids’ programs. Whether they’ve got Olympic dreams or just want to become a confident all-mountain skier, these programs provide a solid base for wherever the mountains take them.

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New Resort, New Names, New Lifts Highlight What's New In Utah This Season

Alta powderWith an off-season in Utah dominated by news of ownership changes and mergers, it’s a relief for skiers and snowboarders to finally strap ‘em on and get back to what’s important: racking up the runs.

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Bill Rock Named Chief Operating Officer For Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort

Bill Rock

Vail Resorts, Inc. has appointed Bill Rock, the current chief operating officer of Northstar California Resort, as the new chief operating officer of Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, effective November 1, 2014.

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Utah’s Wolf Mountain Gets New Owners, New Name, New Life

Wolf Mountain Utah

After three uncertain years in bankruptcy court, Wolf Mountain has been purchased by an investment group that promises a solid future for the family-focused mountain outside Eden, Utah in the Ogden Valley.

 

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PCSkiGal: Here’s Who’s Coming To Sundance 2014 -- But, Will they Ride?

Sundance Oakley EventIt’s true what they say. No one skis or rides during Sundance. But by ‘no one.’ we don’t mean ‘anyone’ or ‘someone.’

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PCSkiGal: January Skiers Get Lucky With Lesson Deals

PCMR Ski SchoolHere’s an awesome reason to stop slacking if you put “learn to ski” on your New Year’s Resolution list -- Utah’s 14 resorts have joined 33 other states and more than 300 resorts nationwide to promote Learn to Ski and Snowboard month.

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