Massive storm buries Northwest, Rockies

Stevens Pass

A massive winter storm that blew through the Northwest dropped a historic amount of snow on Stevens Pass, Wa. – 39 inches in 12 hours.

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Vonn ‘Perfect’ In Switzerland For 57th World Cup Win

Lindsey Vonn, St. Moritz

What was described as a tactically perfect run in the weather-shortened super G at St. Moritz, Switzerland brought American Lindsey Vonn her 57th Audi World Cup victory – her fourth this season. 

 

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Vail Resorts Acquires Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton In Midwest; 'Good For Our Area' Say Competitors

Afton Alps

Vail Resorts announced Thursday they are expanding into the Heartland with the purchase of Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton near Detroit. The news caught many Midwest ski industry people by surprise.

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Slovenia’s Tina Maze Extends World Cup Lead at St. Moritz; Vonn, Cook Skis Out Of Slalom

Tina Maze

Flat light in St. Moritz, Switzerland failed to bother Slovenia’s Tina Maze as she pulled off a super combined victory Friday. It was her third win of the season. Austrians Nicole Hosp and Kathryn Zettel finished second and third.

 

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Maryland’s Wisp Acquired Out Of Bankruptcy; Plans To Open Dec. 14

Wisp Resort

A bankruptcy court judge in Greenbelt, Md., approved the sale of Wisp, the state’s only ski resort, for $23.5 million. The buyer was Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT) Ski Properties. Wisp plans a Dec. 14 opening.

 

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Ski Areas Take Action To Fight Climate Change

Wild Mt.

Ski areas across the U.S. are hardly standing by on the sidelines when it comes to climate change. They are taking action to combat it by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through significant investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

 

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New Adaptive Skiing Lodge At Pico To Be Named For Andrea Mead Lawrence

Andrea Mead Lawrence (AP)

A ceremony at Pico Mountain Dec. 15 at noon will mark the official announcement that the new $1.3 million home for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports will be named in honor of the late skiing icon Andrea Mead Lawrence. 

 

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The Power Of The Kid Posse

Do you ever feel like you need a little inspiration to get the kids motivated to ski?

 

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Nashoba Valley Festival Of Lights Is Home For The Holidays

Nashoba Valley Festival of Lights

More and more ski areas are becoming venues for activities appealing to a cross-section of the populace, not just skiers and riders. Nashoba Valley  has a Holiday Festival of Lights, where nothing is needed other than an appreciation of the season.

 

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Free Shuttle Joins Transportation Options To Tahoe Resorts

Squaw Valley

Visitors to Lake Tahoe area resorts know that traffic jams and high gas prices can put a crimp in making the trip to the mountains. Lake Tahoe has fostered a number of shuttle services around the lake that allow skiers and riders to share a seat. 

 

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KSL Capital Acquires 24 Percent Of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings

Whistler Blackcomb Nov. '12

KSL affiliate KSL Capital Partners has acquired 24 percent of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. by purchasing 9,092,500 common shares of the corporation for $12.75 each. 

 

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Midwest Ski Season Off To Best Start In Several Years

Indianhead

Many ski resorts across the Midwest were able to open this past weekend, even as far south as southern Indiana where Perfect North Slopes was open.

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Large Early Season Avalanche Hits Sun Valley; Slide Area Was Closed

Sun Valley avalanche (James Catchpole/Facebook)

“It was a big slide, it was pretty impressive,” Sun Valley, Idaho’s ski safety director Rich Bingham told Boise TV station KBOI. “Slides that big don’t happen often here.” The slide occurred over the past weekend in Lookout Bowl.

 

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Young Entrepreneurs To Buy Utah’s Powder Mountain; Will Remain Open To Public

Powder Mountain

Consider it a “private camp” for like-minded, mostly 20-something entrepreneurs. Summit Series plans to close on the transaction to purchase Utah's Powder Mountain in early 2013. However, the public won’t be shut out.

 

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Eagle Point, Brian Head Luring Visitors With Free, Discounted Tickets

Eagle Point, Utah

Gaining wider exposure among skiers and ‘boarders seems to be the marketing focus this season for southern Utah resorts.

 

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Melissa Etheridge To Headline Waterkeeper Alliance Benefit Concert

Melissa Etheridge

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance will be the beneficiary of a celebrity ski event at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort Dec. 8-9. Saturday evening’s highlight will be a private concert by Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge. 

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Skiing, Rock ‘n Roll Highlight Alpine Rockfest

Alpine Rockfest, Italy

Paganella Ski Resort in the Italian Dolomites is the site for the Alpine Rockfest  Dec. 20, 2012, featuring some of the world’s best skiers in an exhibition race followed by a rock concert. 

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Le Massif Could Be Site Of Canada’s First Club Med

Le Massif de Charlevoix

There was more good news from Le Massif de Charlevoix last week than just the announcement that the Quebec ski and ride area would be open for bonus days on Dec. 8-9.

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Colorado Lodges Top Condé Nast Readers’ Poll With Half Of Top 50

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Colo.

Colorado was the overall state favorite in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2012 “Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America” readers’ poll. The Rocky Mountain state scored almost half of the readers’ preferred resorts. 

 

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Peak Resorts Acquires Alpine Valley; New Owners Bring Back Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland, Opening Day '12

Midwest-based Peak Resorts has purchased Ohio’s Alpine Valley Ski Area, and in Wisconsin Little Switzerland Ski Area has reopened this season under new ownership after having been closed since 2007.

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