Winter, Ski Season, Return To The Northeast

Killington

Snow, cold temperatures and the hiss of snowmaking have returned to the Northeast this week as two of the largest resorts in New England have opened for the season.

 

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Washington’s Stevens Pass Wins Green Business Award

Stevens Pass

Seattle Business magazine named Stevens Pass the winner in its Recreation Category and a member of its exclusive Green 50 List of “outstanding, sustainable organizations.”

 

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Skiers, Riders Exposed To Deals, Neighborliness At Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo

Rail Show, Boston Ski Show

With so much to see and absorb, skiers and riders will have a difficult time knowing where to start and when to stop.

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PCSkiGal: Ski Areas In Utah Not Immune to Politics

SkiLink map

This election is not just about healthcare and the economy in Utah. SkiLink and the wildly successful Outdoor Retailer Show (OR) are both in the crosshairs. 

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Midwest Resorts Plan Thanksgiving Opening; Some Already Open

Boyne Mt. snowmaking

Thanksgiving is typically when many Midwest ski resorts hope to open for the season. A few have already opened, and several are offering discounted overnight packages for early season snowsports enthusiasts ready to kick-start the season. 

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Vonn Won’t Be Able To ‘Male It In’ – FIS Turns Down Request

Lindsey Vonn

The response from the International Ski Federation (FIS) to American superstar racer Lindsey Vonn and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s request to allow Vonn to compete against the men in a World Cup downhill came swiftly. “Forget about it.”

 

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PCSkiGal: Toasty Winter Toes With Snoozies

Snoozies (Jill's blog)

Where are my Snoozies? The temps went from 70 yesterday to 50 today. My toes are cold. Snoozies are like fleece socks with the tops lopped off and they are oh so cozy. 

 

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Vermont Adaptive, Pico Ski Education Break Ground On New Facility

Vermont Adaptive groundbreaking Pico

A new state headquarters and home to the Pico Ski Education Foundation got a jump on winter when the first “shovel” dug into the ground at Pico Mountain this week. The $1.3 million state-of-the-art facility is set to open by the end of summer 2013.

 

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More Access, Newbie Instruction Center Opening Up In Alaska

EaglecrestA new high-speed chairlift at Alyeska Resort and a new Learning School at Eaglecrest Ski Area highlights the latest skiing and snowboarding news in the north country. 

 

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Travelbite Offers Tips On What’s New In The Alps This Winter

Ready for season (Travelbite)

The snow’s starting to fall over the Alps and skiers and riders across North America are making their plans to cross the pond this winter. Travelbite, a UK-based international agency, just issued a “what’s new” list for 2012-13.

 

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Copper To Celebrate Season Number 40 Friday Nov. 2

Copper Mt.

Want to feel a bit older? Well, when Copper Mt. cranks up the American Eagle chairlift Woodward Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. it marks the beginning of the Colorado ski resort’s season number 40.

 

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Sandy Brings Ample Snow To NC, WV; Sugar, Cataloochee Open For Halloween

Sandy Snows (Weather Channel)

New employees at Sugar Mountain never expected to get ramped up so quickly for their new jobs. On Saturday, they were recruited at the resort’s job fair; snowmaking began on Sunday; the lifts will churn for the first day Wednesday (Oct. 31). 

 

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MICE Exchange To Debut At Mountain Travel Symposium

Mountain Travel Symposium

A new component will bring fresh tracks to the Mountain Travel Symposium March 7-14, 2013 in Snowmass, Colo. It’s the MICE Exchange for professional meetings incentives, conference, and exposition planners.

 

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Ski Dazzle 2012 Dazzles In Los Angeles

Ski Dazzle, Los Angeles

Ski Dazzle’s Ski Show & Snowboard Expo, Nov. 16-18, offers skiers and riders a jam-packed, fun weekend, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 

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Sugar Mountain Opens Halloween Thanks To One Of Sandy’s Few Treats

Sugar Mountain, N.C.

Sugar Mountain, N.C., opens its winter skiing and snowboarding season Halloween, Oct. 31. It’s the earliest opening in the 43-year history of the area, beating out the Nov. 5, 1976 record. 

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Ski Areas Still Looking For A Few Good People

Job Fair (Ledger Transcript)

Many ski areas/resorts still have job openings for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Some still are operating job fairs, while other are taking resumes online. Here are a few with upcoming job fairs. 

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One Midwest Ski Area Calls It Quits, Two Get A Reprieve, Another Hopeful

Porcupine Mt.

Some good news for a couple of Michigan ski areas – Porcupine Mountain and Otsego Ski Club – that won’t be closed for the 2012/13 season. Minnesota’s Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is looking to reopen after an eight year hiatus.

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A Month Before Opening, But Whistler Blackcomb’s Piling On The Snow

Whistler Early Snow
We won’t get to sample it until Nov. 22, but there are few worries. Whistler Blackcomb, BC, has taken big time advantage of cooler than normal temperatures and two natural snowfalls get thing rolling in earnest.

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Rough Season Start For U.S. Women; Ligety Wins In Austria

Tina Maze

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season headed into the gates in Soelden, Austria, but it was not a memorable start for American ladies. That all turned around, however, when the men took the field. Ted Ligety won by an historic 2.75 margin.

 

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Retail Tracking Pioneer Jim Spring Dies At 75

Jim Spring

Jim Spring, the man universally respected and known as “the smartest man in the specialty retail business” died this week of throat cancer. His wife and business partner, Joy, and his three children and two grandchildren survive him.

 

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