Fall Events Have Clock Running On Start Of Ski/Ride Season

Grim Reaper Bretton Woods

With the countdown underway to the start of the new ski and ride season, at least several New Hampshire resorts are still in fall mode around the Northeast.    

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It’s Fright Time At Resorts’ Halloween Events

Nashoba Valley Witch's Woods

Halloween gets us closer and closer to the opening of the ski and ride season. Many resorts or nearby towns are planning Halloween events. Here are a few to check out.

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Chicago, Minneapolis Host Ski Shows Oct. 19-21; Fun, Info

Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show

Midwest ski shows are a sure sign that the winter season is not far away, and two of the Heartland’s top shows take place this weekend: The Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show and the Minnesota Ski and Snowboard Expo. 

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Michigan White Gold Card Is Now Available

Caberfae

How would you like to ski 31 of Michigan’s top ski areas for less than $6.50 per visit this winter? 

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Fly To London – Ride Eurostar To Swiss Alps Under New Rail Partnership

Eurostar

Now there’s a new way to combine a bit of city and mountain winter vacationing. Eurostar has forged a partnership with the international high-speed train service, “TGV Lyria” for weekly service between London and several popular Swiss resorts.

 

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Colorado Resorts Invest In Modest Improvements

Alberta Bowl, Wolf Creek

Most Colorado resorts had to scale back off-season upgrades in the face of an 11 percent drop in skier-days in 2011-2012, but regulars at a number of mountains will notice some welcome enhancements.

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Sugarbush, Mad River Glen Form Partnership Merging 3 Ski Mountains; Détente Is Here

Sugarbush

Picture the Yankees and the Red Sox burying the hatchet. Imagine NBC and Conan kissing and making up. Now you know how unlikely it is that a Sugarbush-Mad River Glen partnership would develop. 

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Lindsey Vonn Asks Permission To Race In Men’s Downhill At Lake Louise

Lindsey Vonn

Shades of Billie Jean King (if you’re old enough to remember the tennis “battle of the sexes”). Now, American superstar Lindsey Vonn – who already has won on the Lake Louise women’s downhill course 10 times – wants a shot at the men.

 

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Northeast Gets First Tease Of Winter Snows

Stratton 10812

Pick your location across the Northeast and a number of ski resorts were admiring the first snows of the 2012-13 season.

 

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Wild Mountain First Ski Area In Nation To Open; Earliest Ever In Midwest

Wild Mt. Opening Day '12

Ski area opening bragging rights go to the Midwest for the 2012/13 season.  Wild Mountain, east of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, opened today (10/7/12).

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49 Degrees North Adds Only New Chair In Washington

Angel Peak Chair, 49 Degrees North

Guests at 49 Degrees North, 49 miles from Spokane, Wash., will be riding a new double chairlift on Angel Peak this winter and enjoying a Mid Mountain Lodge by 2014.

 

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Bootleg Instructors Now In Crosshairs Of Many Resorts

Breckenridge

There’s an apparent increase in certified ski and snowboard instructors getting paid for lessons outside of normal working hours, a trend that has prompted resorts to take action. 

 

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There’s Gold In North Carolina’s Hills; Only 100 Cards Available

NC Ski Area Association

North Carolina Ski Areas Association’s 2012-13 Gold Card is worth its weight in gold for skiers and riders.

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You Can Ski With The Ski Team At Copper Mt. – Contest On Facebook

Copper Mt. Speed Center

So, you want to free ski with members of the U.S. Ski Team at Copper Mountain prior to opening? Copper Mountain season pass holders can enter a contest on Facebook to do just that.

 

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BC Resorts Add New Packages, On Hill Improvements

Mount Washington Alpine Resort BC

Several British Columbia ski resorts – Big White, Silver Star, Whistler Blackcomb, Fernie, Mount Washington, Panorama – have been busy with new offerings for skiers and boarders this season. Here are some of those offerings. 

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Snowmaking Underway At Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain
The first dusting of snow has graced the Colorado High Country, and even the first turns of the season have already taken place in Breckenridge. But this season’s opening act kicks off in earnest this week – snowmaking!

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Major Project Accelerates in Northern Vermont As Similar Effort Stalls In N.Y.

Jay Peak Village rendering

As the crow flies, not much separates major initiatives in the upper reaches of Vermont and New York. Although similar in nature, a massive project in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is already off the ground, while a comparable development in New York’s Adirondack Mountains is being slowed by an environmental lawsuit. (See related story).

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PCSkiGal: Get Ready; Here’s A Training Schedule

Park City Resort training

Less than 50 days to opening day at Park City Mountain Resort and even less time to get in shape if you're planning to ski SolitudeBrighton.

 

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New Ski Utah Magazine, Revamped Website Launched

Ski Utah Magazine cover

The inaugural version of Ski Utah Magazine has launched taking the Beehive State’s ski trade association in a new direction. 

 

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What's New For Boyne Country? Snowmaking, Lifts, More

Nubs Nob

Northwestern Lower Michigan around the Lake Michigan villages of Petoskey and Harbor Springs is known to snowsport’s enthusiasts as Boyne Country, home to Boyne Mountain and Highlands and Nubs Nob. There have been plenty of improvements. 

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