Record Heat Scorches Northeast Ski Season

Killington Spring

Record heat in the Northeast has put the skids on the 2011-12 ski and snowboard season, with just a handful or resorts hanging on to trails buried in snowmaking over the past few months. But some resorts are wrapping up the season with big events, live music, and smiles well into April.

 

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PCSkiGal: ‘Interlodge’ And the Mystique Of Utah’s Little Cottonwood

Canyon Traffic

"I'm over it," my friend Susan said to me as I described my day at Alta.. "The traffic, the scene, the waiting in line everywhere. I don't need it. I can go to Solitude." She's right I thought as I paced myself through the last 24 hours. A storm had just raged over Tahoe and was headed our way.

 

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Ski Whisperer: Get It Straight

How the racers ski

My last column, Boots 101, surveys boot fitting, including defining characteristics of an effective boot fit process to help identify true boot pros, but space did not allow discussion of one of the most important and least considered performance requirements.


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Spring Silliness Turns Into Accident At Wisp

Cardboard Box Derby at Wisp

Sooner or later, it seemed bound to happen. Some 5-7 people, including at least two children, were injured when a “Dragon Wagon,” reportedly carrying 14 people went off course during a Cardboard Box Derby and struck snowmaking equipment.

 

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Season Just ‘Warming Up’ At Whistler Blackcomb: Two Months To Go

Whistler

 

News of warm weather in our ski world isn’t ever heartening. But, the silver lining comes in good news that Whistler Blackcomb is truly “warming up,” in terms of readying for another two months of action.

 

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U.S. Ski Team Update: Taking Norway By Storm

Kikkan Randall

Downhill has the Hahnenkamm, snowboarding and freeskiing have the X Games – prestigious events where victories become career landmarks. 

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Oldest Double Chair In New England Retiring At New Hampshire's Cranmore

Cranmore

Cranmore Mountain’s East Double Chair, the oldest operating double in New England, will be retired at the end of this season and replaced with a new fixed-grip triple.  

 

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Spring Vibe Rocks The Slopes With Live Music, Sunshine, Soft Snow

SunSation

Springtime is music time in the mountains and from coast to coast, resorts are rocking in the festive vibe with sunshine, soft snow, warm temperatures, live on-snow concerts, events and festivals.

 

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Ogden Newspaper Says Powder Mountain In Play With California Company

Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain in East Eden, Utah, 19 miles northeast of Ogden, is reportedly in play as Summit Series, a company based in Malibu, Calif. is apparently in the due diligence process. The report surfaced in the Ogden Standard-Examiner. 

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Town Of Mammoth Lakes Could Be Facing Mammoth Debt; On To Mediation

Mammoth Yosemite Airport

Mammoth Lakes, Calif., just down the road from the Mammoth Mountain Resort, is facing payment of a potential $30 million judgment brought by Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA), a developer, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Note this is a town issue, not a ski resort company issue.

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Warren Miller: My Movie Tour

Bad Gastein

After my first filming trip to Europe that Merrill Hastings publisher of Skiing News Magazine promoted for me in 1953, the only way to convince the airline to send me the second time was to promote a ski tour to the Alps via Scandinavian Airlines. 

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Canadian Racer Nick Zoricic Dies After World Cup Skicross Crash

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Canadian racer Nick Zoricic, 29, died from head injuries after crashing in a World Cup skicross event in Grindelwald, Switzerland Saturday, according to a report from the International Ski Federation released by Associated Press.

 

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Updated: Park City Mountain Resort Sues Canyons Owner Talisker; ‘May Be Forced To Close’

Park City Mountain Resort

A significant dispute between Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort owner Talisker Land Holdings, LLC, has bubbled over the top. So much so that PCMR General Manager Jenni Smith said an agreement must be reached or settled or “we may be forced to close.”

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Vonn Clinches Fourth World Cup Overall Title In Sweden

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn went where no American woman before her had ever been. She stood atop a podium in Are, Sweden with her fourth overall World Cup all locked up.

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Feds Must Respond To Ski Areas Water Rights Lawsuit By Monday

Snowmaking

The federal government has until Monday, March 12 to respond to a lawsuit filed by the National Ski Areas Association that challenges a new directive that requires resorts operating on U.S. Forest Service lands to transfer water rights to the feds.

 

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Utah SkiLink Possibility Advances With Legislative Resolution

Wasatch backcountry

The Utah State Senate voted 22-7 Monday to advance a resolution that promotes connecting the four ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons with the three Park City area resorts.

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Magical Londonderry: Vermont’s Magic Mountain Sells Out Ownership Shares

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain, in Londonderry, Vt., recently “sold” its 333th ownership share. That was the, well, “magic number” needed to begin a new skier-based ownership entity. 

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PCSkiGal Finds Elegance In The Middle Of Nowhere: Three Forks (Ski) Ranch

Two hundred thousand acres. A working cattle ranch near the border of Wyoming and Colorado, owned by St. Louis Cardinals co-owner David Pratt. The Three Forks Ranch puts the ‘X’ in extreme luxury.

 

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U.S. Ski Team Update: Freeskiing Wins Bring Smiles To Wise, Sigourney, Wallisch

Brita Sigourney

There were big smiles across the faces of U.S. Freeskiing athletes David Wise, Brita Sigourney and Tom Wallisch last weekend at Mammoth Mountain. The trio brought home big wins in the finale of the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.

 

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U.S. Open Snowboarding At Stratton ‘Where It All Began’

U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships Poster

“We look forward to hosting the U.S. Open each March, welcoming a ‘Who’s Who’ of snowboarding as they return to where it all began,” Stratton Mountain, Vermont’s Myra Foster told SnoCountry.com. 

 

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