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

SnoCountry's Best College Spring Break Destinations

Crested Butte College BreakYou’ve got a whole summer of warm weather around the corner, but just a precious few weeks left of winter skiing and riding, so why not head for the hills this college spring break and work on that goggle tan? SnoCountry.com has gathered up the country’s best spring break destinations for you and your buds, where there’s no danger of getting sand in your margarita.

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SnoCountry's Best Spas: Skiers Need Their 'Me' Time

Relaxation Lounge Crystal Mountain, Mich. (crystal mountain.com)Many ski resorts across North America have realized the importance of offering spa services to their guests. It’s the epitome of “me” time for women, men, couples and, increasingly, kids. The reasons: time off from skiing or boarding, a way to work off sore muscles or “just 'cause it's there.”

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The Snurfer Is Back; Vermont Firm Re-Introduces Snowboard Prequel

Brew Muscarello with SnurfersThe Snurfer, a precursor to the snowboard, has been revived by Vermont's Brew Moscarello for low-tech, back-to-basics backyard fun.

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SnoCountry's Best Mountain Top Restaurants

Yurt at killingtonLocally sourced ingredients and stunning views make for some of SnoCountry.com’s best mountain top dining destinations. Many offer unique modes of transportation to the restaurant, including sleigh or snowcat rides, making getting there part of the experience, and intimate gatherings that create the opportunity for guests to mingle with other diners and compare notes after a day on the slopes.

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Okemo Again Picked As One Of Vermont's Best Places To Work

OkemoOkemo Mountain Resort was once again named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Vermont. 

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Pico Hosts 'Downhill For Diabetes' Feb. 21; Benefits Research

Pratt Family -- Pico Downhill for DiabetesPico Mountain Resort in Killington, Vt. will host the 5th Annual Downhill for Diabetes Ski and Snowboard Event Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

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Sugarbush Offers Programs For First-Timers Through Life-Timers

Sugarbush instructionThe First-Timer-to-Life-Timer program at Sugarbush, Vt. is part of the resort’s continuum of programs that allows them to custom tailor each guest’s learning experiences to meet their needs and goals.

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Smugglers' Notch Snowmaking Operations Interrupted By Fire; Quickly Resumed, Terrain Doubled

Snowmaking building fire at Smugglers' NotchA snowmaking utility building and former pump house at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont burned down last week.

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Fire Destroys Former Ascutney Base Lodge; Town Will Move Forward On Rec Area

Ascent Base Lodge fireA fire destroyed the former Ascutney Mountain base lodge in West Windsor, Vt., Jan. 8. Fire crews from West Windsor and several local towns fought the blaze in temperatures as low as 10 below zero after the first call came in at 5:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Governor's Council Sponsors $10 Beginner Ski/Snowboard Packages For Vermont Kids

Learn To Ski VermontWhat can $10 get you these days? How about a beginner ski or snowboard lesson for a Vermont child, including rentals and a lift ticket?

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Develop Technique, Confidence At Stratton's Girls' Time Out Snowboard Camps In January

Girls Time Out at StrattonTake a Girls’ Time Out and hit the slopes at Stratton. The Girls’ Time Out Snowboard Camp, January 2-4, 2015 and January 30 - February 1, 2015, is a women-only, two-day camp designed by Stratton’s female riders to make fearless riders of every woman.

 

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New Slopeside Condo Project Moves Forward At Sugarbush

Sugarbush ResortGadd Brook Slopeside, Sugarbush Resort’s next development project at Lincoln Peak, is moving forward. Resort officials expect to submit an ACT 250 permit by the end of December, and anticipate presenting the plan before the ACT 250 Board and the Warren Development Review Board in January, 2015.

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Naughty Or Nice, Treat Yourself To Christmas On New England Slopes

Hannah Kearney and kids at Waterville ValleyHopefully there’s going to be some new ski gear waiting for you under the tree this year, and if you are lucky enough to be able to celebrate Christmas on the slopes this year, you’ll find some great deals and fun activities as well a some quieter runs before the vacation week starts.

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Need For Speed? Join Adult Alpine Racing Leagues At Northeast Resorts

Wachusett racing leaguesFind yourself in the need for speed this winter? Adult race leagues can be found at resorts across the Northeast, and you don’t have to wear a race suit, unless you want to. In addition to some fun competition and potential bragging rights at your local mountain, race leagues offer camaraderie as well as affordable skiing, prizes, and some great après-ski parties.

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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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Thanksgiving Feast! First Storm Of The Season Rolls Through Northeast

LoonSkiers and snowboarders are rejoicing as the first major snowstorm of the season rolled through the Northeast delivering a Thanksgiving feast.

 

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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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Northeast Skiers Can Be Grateful For Thanksgiving Deals And Events

Okemo Turkey TrotCold weather and turning lifts are on the list of what skiers and riders are thankful for this time of year, and the Northeast’s resorts are showing their gratitude by offering deals and events that will make sliding on snow much more appealing than standing in line at the mall. 

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SnoCountry's Best Bets For Thanksgiving Turns

Bretton Woods snowmakingOn Thanksgiving Day, there are always plenty of things to be thankful for – including the opportunity to carve out a few arcs at a nearby ski and snowboard resort before carving up the turkey. Early-season snow conditions can be an iffy affair, dependent as they are on a stretch of below-freezing temperatures for snowmaking and a couple of late autumn snowstorms to lay down a solid base.

 

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Killington Founder Pres Smith Receives Spirit Of Skiing Award; Tells Meteorologists 'Stop Creating Wussies'

Pre Smith, Bo Adams Spirit of Skiing AwardPreston Leete Smith, 84, was honored with the Spirit of Skiing Award at aNew England Ski Museum banquet Nov. 1 at the Grand Hotel in Killington.

 

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