People And Pets Ride Together In Crystal Mountain Gondola

Crystal Mountain, Wash.

This summer, Crystal Mountain Resort has officially gone to the dogs.

 

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Season Pass Deals Still Available

Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W.Va.

Season pass deals at many resorts are still out there, but dates for discounted deals vary. Here are a few areas where you still can grab those special rates. 

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Greek Peak Needs Fast FDIC Action To Survive; Sen. Schumer Makes Appeal

Greek Peak

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, visited Greek Peak, the Cortland, NY resort last week, appealing for fast approval of a $1.4 million loan from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. 

 

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United Airlines Begins Direct Service To Sun Peaks in BC

Sun Peaks

United Airlines will begin daily non-stop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and BC’s Kelowna International Airport, the largest airport in the region in time for the new ski season. Service starts Dec. 19, 2012. 

 

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Celebrate ‘The Blues’ At Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain

BlueFest

Combine the Pennsylvania Blues Festival and Blue Mountain July 27-29 and you get 21 years of celebrating the blues in the Poconos.   

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Vermont Military Families Get Free Access To Stowe’s Summer Fun

Stowe

All Vermont members of the military and their families, including Guard and Reserves, have been offered complimentary access to Stowe Resort’s summer attractions July 29 and Aug. 26.

 

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White, Anderson Earn ESPY Awards

Jamie Anderson

Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Carlsbad, Calif., and Jamie Anderson, 3-time X Games gold medalist from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., took home ESPN’s 2012 Espy Awards this week. 

 

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Killington Rebuilding Peak Lodge, Cites $20 Million In Recent Upgrades

Killington Peak Lodge

A new $5 million multi-story facility at the 4,100 foot level of Killington Peak will become the highest gondola-served restaurant and meeting space in the eastern United States as Vermont’s Killington Resort adds to its upgrades.

 

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Try Island Hopping On The Great Lakes

Mackinac Island

It was immortalized by the wonderful period movie "Somewhere In Time" with Christopher Reeves. Mackinac Island has long been one of the Great Lakes most recognized vacation destinations. Conde Nest Traveler calls it “One of the top 10 islands in the world.” 

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Cool It This Summer With Sun Valley Ice Shows

 

Sun Valley On Ice

The next Olympic Winter Games are a year and a half away, but you might get a glimpse of the next ice skating world champion at Sun Valley this summer.

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Race Camps, Clinics Plentiful At Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo, Chile

Chile’s 2012 Ski Portillo season is underway through Oct. 6, and crammed with a variety of ski clinics and camps  

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Free Summer Concert Series Begins At Stratton

Stratton concerts

It’s “Saturdays Under The Stars” at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain this summer as a series of family-friendly weekly concerts are underway.

 

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Park City Mountain Resort Will Open But Land Lease Dispute Continues

Park City Mountain Resort

The good news is that Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) will operate for the 2012-13 ski season. That cloud has lifted. But, the storm over the resort’s renewable land lease with Talisker Corp., owners of Canyons Resort, continues unresolved.

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Newly Aligned Jay Peak, Burke Mt. To Offer Joint Passes, Improvements

Burke Mountain

Combination season passes valid at Vermont’s Jay Peak and Burke Mountain are available for purchase July 9. Jay Peak acquired its Northeast Kingdom neighbor last month.

 

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Hold Off On 2022 Olympic Vacation; USOC Won’t Bid

Olympic Rings

Just in case you’d penciled in a vacation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in the USA, grab the eraser. But, maybe 2026?

 

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Wild Mountain, Afton Alps Stay Busy Throughout Summer

Wild Mountain

Winter sports aren't the only games in town for a couple of the Twin Cities' most popular ski areas.

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Town – Not Ski Resort – Of Mammoth Lakes Files For Bankruptcy

Mammoth Lakes

Another California city – Mammoth Lakes – has filed for bankruptcy protection. The reason: The town can’t pay a $43 million breach of contract judgment. Note this is the adjacent town – not Mammoth, the famed ski resort.

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Angel Fire Zippin’; New Mexico’s Mountains Boast Summertime Specialties

Angel Fire

Just as the summer heat gets serious down below, the four northern New Mexico resorts have fired up some cool action. 

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Ski Resort Industry Consortium MTN.XML Launches Open Data Reporting Standard

MTN.XML, a consortium of leading ski industry partners, suppliers and resorts, has announced an open xml standard for snow data reporting across the globe.

 

Incubated by Treeline Interactive, with support from SnoCountry Ski Areas Association and Resorts Interactive, the initiative now has more than 15 organizations working together to implement reporting standards. These organizations include resorts, point of sales providers, industry associations and a range of other service providers including Siriusware, aRes Travel, TrailTap, Snow Park Technologies, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Sierra-at-Tahoe and many more.

 

Why is an open standard for snow data reporting so important? Ski resorts across the world provide data feeds of their mountain conditions and other related details, but many have their own unique format. This makes aggregating conditions and integrating them with media partners, including websites and mobile apps, an arduous process.

 

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Pennsylvania’s Snö Mountain On Auction Block July 17

Sno Mountain

Financially troubled Snö Mountain (formerly Montage) http://www.snomtn.com in Scranton goes on the auction block July 17, 2012 in what’s called a “Sheriff’s Sale” as National Penn Bank of Boyertown has reportedly foreclosed on the ski area.

 

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