Sugar Bowl Signs Lease To Operate Royal Gorge XC; Truckee Donner Land Trust Will Own

Royal Gorge XC


Sugar Bowl Resort on storied Donner Pass in the California High Sierra signed an agreement Oct. 1 to lease and operate neighboring and expansive Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Area, which is being purchased by the Tahoe Donner Land Trust.


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Cochrans Bike Races Raise Funds For Local Kids To Ski; Mountain Bikes Added

Cochran's Bike Ride

All funds raised at an Oct. 14 Century Ride bike race at Cochran’s, the nonprofit ski area in Richmond, Vt., will go toward providing affordable skiing and riding for local kids.


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Skiers, Snowboarders Get Snowshoe ‘Snow Guarantee’

Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe Mountain Resort is offering a “Snow Guarantee” this season. They are guaranteeing delivery of the most open terrain in the Southeast Region – which includes 15 ski areas in W.Va., Va., Md., and N.C. – or your next day of skiing is free. 

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Wachusett’s Tom Meyers Receives Meehan Award At Mass. Governor’s Conference

Betsy Wall, Tom Meyers

Wachusett Mountain Marketing Director Tom Meyers was a recipient of a Larry D. Meehan Award for his contributions “to the expansion and vitality of the Massachusetts’ tourism industry.”


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Colorado’s Monarch Mountain Keeps Growing At Home And Abroad

Monarch Mountain

Southern Colorado’s Monarch Mountain continues to embrace resort partners, not only in the United States, but all over the world. In addition, the owners of the resort outside Salida, Colo., have ponied up $2.3 million to expand and renovate the base lodge.


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A Weighty Event At Sunday River

Sunday River Wife Carrying Championship

The 2012 North American Wife Carrying Championship event is Sat., Oct. 6 at Sunday River, Maine. Fifty couples compete on the slopes of the resort for the title and prizes. 

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Volunteers Toss In Towel – New York’s Big Tupper Won’t Open

Big Tupper Ski Area

Volunteers who re-opened Big Tupper Ski Area in the New York Adirondack Mountains in 2009 threw in the proverbial towel this week. The ski area will not open this winter.


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Michael J. Pierson, Inc. Takes Over Sole Ownership of Mountain Travel Symposium

Michael J. Pierson

The largest annual gathering of mountain travel professionals in North America– the Mountain Travel Symposium – has announced that Michael J. Pierson, Inc. has taken over sole ownership of MTS. 


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Snowbird Welcomes Early Taste Of Winter


The forecast was calling for a dusting ... just a minor tasting, right? But Mother Nature served up an early buffet of snow - 2-4 inches of it - at Utah's Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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PCSkiGal: Jill Heads To Photo Workshop Day Two – Shooting Macro

Jill Adler Macro Photography

The next day we rose slightly later, whew, leisurely conferenced over coffee and bagels from Einstein's and carpooled back to the 5-mile pullout. Today, we delved into macro photography. 


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UPDATE 9/25: Glen Plake Survives Weekend Nepal Avalanche; Lecluse, Costa Still Missing

Lecluse, Plake, Costa

UPDATE 9/25: A press conference was held in Chamonix, France with officials explaining the search for survivors has ended. Among the missing are Rémy Lecluse and Greg Costa, Glen Plake’s teammates. Plake survived the avalanche.


“The rescue teams feel they did all they could to find further victims, but they have now given up all hope of finding any more survivors. The search has been called off for good,” they said. 


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Montana Ski Areas Have Season Pass Price Increases Coming; Act Now

Ski Discovery, Mont.

Five top Montana ski areas have season pass price increases coming over the next few weeks. Now is the time to act if you’re thinking of purchasing a season pass before prices increases start taking place.

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SnoCountry’s Guide To Fall Ski Shows: October

Toronto Ski Show

Skiers and riders look to the fall ski shows to decide on their ski vacation and getaway plans, discover improvements ski areas have made over the off-season, get deals on swapped or new equipment, talk with manufacturers reps, and live entertainment.


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It’s Early, But Time To Scratch The ‘First Snow’ Itch

Some say those early snowfalls are meaningless. Ha! They have a distinct purpose. They fire up our inner juices and begin to get us psyched for the new season.


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Big Savings On New Gear At Annual Butternut Sale; Starts Sept. 28

Butternut Ski Shop saleIf you live anywhere within range, make plans to get in on the early days of the annual Butternut Fall Sale starting up Sept. 28. The sale, run by the Butternut Ski and Snowboard Shop, will overflow the entire Lower Lodge and runs until Nov. 4.


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PCSkiGal: Jill Takes You To A Fall Photo Workshop

Jill's photo workshop

“Stop it!” I want to shout inside my head. Everywhere I look is a photo opp. It’s one thing when everything I see is a potential story. But when thoughts become images there’s no room for anything else.


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Inland Northwest Resorts Add Lifts, Amenities For New Season

Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

Visitors and locals to inland Pacific Northwest resorts will find improvements – big, small and in between -- when they buckle up for the new season.

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Color Northeast Ski Resorts ‘Picture Perfect’ This Fall; Plan Getaways

Gore Mt. Gondola, fall foliage

That special time of year – fall – is beginning to pop its annual display of colors and a getaway to many of New England’s ski resorts will make family memories “picture perfect.”


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Aaron Kellet Named General Manager At Whiteface

Aaron Kellet, Whiteface GM


 Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has named Aaron Kellet as the new General Manager for Whiteface Ski Center in Wilmington, NY near Lake Placid. Kellet replaces Bruce McCulley who leaves to become pastor of his church.


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Mountain High Premieres ‘Los Angeles’ Flick Sept. 28; Free Lift Ticket

Los Angeles movie, Mountain High

The first feature-length snowboard movie – titled “Los Angeles” – to be produced by Mountain High Resort in Southern California will be shown Sept. 18 at the Downtown Independent Theater. Each moviegoer will receive a free Mountain High lift ticket.


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