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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Snowboard Superstar Shaun White Arrested For Vandalism, Public Intoxication

Shaun White Mug Shot

It wasn’t a pretty picture in Nashville, Tenn. at 2 a.m. Sunday morning when police were called to the Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White, 26, was arrested for vandalism and public intoxication.


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Boyne, Boston Mills, Mad River Mountain Hosting Early Fall Events

Boyne Mt. Fall Golf

Three Heartland ski areas are hosting early October open houses, festivals, rail jams and a chance to preview new gear for the coming season. 

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Mad River Glen On Register Of Historic Places; Dedication Ceremony Oct. 6

Opening Day, Mad River Glen, 1949

Dedication of the Mad River Glen Historic District will be the highlight of the Cooperative’s annual informational meeting Oct. 6 at the Basebox Lodge. A plaque placing the classic Vermont ski area on the National Register of Historic Places will be unveiled.


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Western Destinations See Summer Lodging Uptick; Early Winter Data Mixed

MTRiP logo

Occupancy this summer at 16 western destination resorts moved ahead of the previous two summers with increases in both occupancy and nightly revenue. That’s the verdict from the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) monthy report.


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Book Early And Get Sugar Mountain Thanksgiving Skiing, Riding Deal

Sugar Mt.

Thanksgiving and the new ski and ride season is just a matter of weeks away. Sugar Mountain, N.C. is offering a “Thanksgiving Turkey Treat” of skiing at riding for less than $24 per day. But, you’ll need to act by Oct. 17 to get it.


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Nation’s Ski Areas Continue To Unite On Addressing Climate Change

Canyons Resort

A report just released by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) details more progress on implementing the principles of its Environmental Charter during the 2011-12 season. 

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Bernie Weichsel Will Receive Museum’s Spirit Award

Bernie Weichsel

Ski show entrepreneur Bernie Weichsel has been named the 2012 recipient of the New England Ski Museum’s seventh Spirit of Skiing Award for his influence in popularizing the sport. 


The award will be presented Nov. 17, 2012 at the museum’s 35th Annual Meeting and Dinner at Wachusett Mountain Resort in Princeton, Mass. Tickets are $75. A limited number of rooms are available at the Wachusett Village Inn. Call 978-874-2000.


Weichsel, who serves as Chairman of the Board of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Ishpeming, Mich., is no stranger to awards. He is the founder of BEWI Productions and, as such, has presented the BEWI Award to honor pioneers in the industry at an annual luncheon during his Ski & Snowboard Expo in Boston. Now, it’s his turn to receive a major award.


The Spirit of Skiing Award is given annually to a person “who embodies the adage put forth by ski pioneer Otto Schneibs that ‘skiing is not just a sport, it is a way of life,” according museum officials. Previous Spirit honorees include Tom Corcoran, Stein Eriksen, Herbert Schneider, SE Group, Penny Pitou, and Georg Capaul.


BEWI Productions was formed in 1979 to produce events modeled on the ski shows of the time run by Harry Leonard and Jerry Simon. He had worked at the Leonard-Simon shows while attending the Colorado School of Mines. BEWI currently produces fall consumer ski expos in Denver, Minneapolis, and Boston.


Weichsel is currently working on an initiative that will combine the Beekley Collection of Skiing Art and Literature with snowsports exhibits from several museums into a visitor attraction in Downtown Denver, Colo.




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Ski Swaps Let You Buy, Sell Used Equipment; Here's SnoCountry's Nationwide Sampling

SkiFever & Snowboard Show, Portland, Ore.

Many ski swaps across the nation begin in September and peak in November. Ski swaps can offer a convenient and inexpensive way to fill in your current ski and snowboarding equipment or accessories. 

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Two-Year Passes Highlight Pre-Season Sales At Angel Fire, A-Basin

Angel Fire, NM/Isaiah Trujillo

If you have a crystal ball and it says the next two seasons will be outstanding snow years, Angel Fire, N.M. and Arapahoe Basin, Colo. have a deal for you.

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Shanty Creek Resort Offers Colorful Fall Golf; Big Air Park Coming For Winter

Legends Golf Course, Shanty Creek

One of the best reasons to visit Shanty Creek Resort this time of year is the spectacular fall color. Known for its variety of winter slopes, the resort’s 4,500 wooded acres turn brilliant shades of red, gold and yellow.

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Honors For Sugarbush Owner Smith; Kauff To Head Ski/Ride School

Win Smith, Sugarbush owner

Champlain College has named Sugarbush Resort Owner and President Winthrop Smith its 2012 Distinguished Citizen, while the resort has picked Russell Kauth to head the Vermont resort’s Ski and Ride School.


The Champlain honor stems from Smith's and Sugarbush's commitment to civic engagement and philanthropy in Vermont.


Sugarbush, under Smith's leadership, has provided support for a number of cultural and civic organizations including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington City Arts, Vermont Foodbank, Mad River Valley Rotary, Quench Art Space, Mad Marathon, and the Green Mountain Opera Festival.


Kauff, the new school chief, has spent the past 11 years “chasing an endless winter” between Vermont and Wanaka, New Zealand. He has taught at Cardona and Treble Cone, NZ. He has held numerous positions in Vermont as a staff trainer, a supervisor, and an instructor at Okemo and Stratton resorts. 


Kauff holds a PSIA Level III and a PSIA Children's Specialist 1 certification and is a USSA/USSCA Licensed Alpine Race Coach.


Photo: Win Smith, Sugarbush President 

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UPDATED 9/16: Two Wildfires Blazing In Wyoming; Close To Snow King, Hogadon

Horsethief Canyon Fire Jackson Hole

UPDATE: 9/16: The Horsethief Canyon Fire by Snow King and the town of Jackson, Wyo. is still being fought while fuel conditions are extremely dry, but it is reported to be 42 percent contained as of Sunday morning. Total burned acreage is now at 3,353, a slight jump over the weekend.


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