As A Ski Town Emerges From Lockdown, What Comes Next?

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It’s quiet here. Granted, on most days, it’s quieter here than in cities, but this is different. Like closing your eyes in a dark room and finding that what you would have called darkness a moment earlier was a cheap imitation. As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, I’ve found myself absorbed in frequent waves of an emotion that is not quite guilt, but something very much like it.

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Utah Resorts Emphasizing Insurance In 2020-21 Season Pass Plans

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Snowbird and Snowbasin Resort on Wednesday unveiled their compensation plans for season passholders whose spring skiing and snowboarding was cut short by COVID-19.

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The 10 Best Ski Area Mascots, Ranked

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We’re not here to split hairs about chair placements and tap choices. The selection of a mascot is the single most important choice a ski area can make. Some say a good pick can make or break a resort. To that end, we’ve created a list of the very best ski area mascots and ranked them. If you didn’t make the cut, sorry—this list is extremely selective. Ivy League who?

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COVID Powder: Isolation In Montana Mountain Town Offers Solitary Snowboarding

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Social isolation that began in March has been a blessing for Jessica Jane Hart and Reed Youngbar.

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Arapahoe Basin Is Not Giving Up On Reopening

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Gov. Jared Polis offered some hope to skiers with Monday’s announcement that camping can resume in the state, saying he would have a decision regarding skiing on May 25.

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Big White Prepares for Big Summer, Still Set to Open Amid Pandemic

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Big White is ready to open for its summer season, full of physically distant biking and hiking.

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Timberline Lodge, Ski Area to Reopen Friday With Limited Operations

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Ski season has been resuscitated in Oregon, with the reopening of one of the most popular ski areas in the state.

 

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Keystone Resort Proposes Lift to Provide Access to New Beginner, Intermediate Trails

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U.S. Forest Service documentation released Thursday shed light on Keystone Resort’s plans to bring an unprecedented lift-served terrain expansion for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders above the resort’s tree line.

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Executive Order Will Allow Mount Hood Ski Resorts to Reopen. Will They?

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Skiers may soon return to the snowy southern flank of Mount Hood, which has been all but vacant for more than a month because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Will Ski Resorts Reopen? How Coronavirus Will Affect Season Passes, Capacity

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March is the second-highest revenue-generating month of the ski season after December. It makes sense; many schools are on spring break during that month, and skiers and snowboarders gravitate to the good conditions and sunny skies.

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When Skiing Stopped, So Did Pooping - Wastewater Workers in Aspen and Vail Faced a Pile of Problems

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The science of keeping the flora in a sewage treatment system balanced was knocked out of kilter when coronavirus shut skiing down and water use dropped 50% in two of Colorado’s most popular ski communities.

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U.S. Forest Service OKs Mt. Rose Expansion, Skier Bridge

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The U.S. Forest Service has approved the expansion of a ski resort on a national forest between Reno and Lake Tahoe, including a skier bridge over a highway as part of a package that also bans commercial development in areas cherished by conservationists and back-country enthusiasts.

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Lutsen Mountains Expansion On Track as Feds Launch Environmental Study

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The U.S. Forest Service is collecting public input on Lutsen Mountains’ plans to roughly double its North Shore ski area overlooking Lake Superior.

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The End of Après-Ski? Norwegian Resort is First in Europe to Reopen – With Closed Bars and Social Distancing

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Dancing in ski boots on a high-altitude terrace could be a thing of the past as the future of booze-fuelled ski holidays hangs in the balance. The first ski resort in Europe has reopened without lifting the shutters on its après-ski bars – sparking speculation that many will follow suit in the future.

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New Zealand Ski Areas Look to Snow Season Operations with Restrictions

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With New Zealand’s Coronavirus lockdown having been eased, ski resorts are cautiously optimistic they will be able to open for a locals’ season, albeit under tight restrictions.

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All But One Colorado Ski Area Abandon Hope of Reopening This Season After Latest Closure Extension

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At Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado, with plenty of snow still clinging to the mountain, they were hoping to roll out what skiing looks like in the pandemic age.

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Winter Blast Gives Australian Ski Resorts Plenty of Reasons to Hope

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Snow fell across the Victorian high country on Thursday as a wet and windy cold snap swept across Australia’s south-east.

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With Skiing Out, Inline Skating is Surging

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The demand for inline skates has increased 300 percent since the beginning of March.

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Ikon, Western Resorts Extend Preseason Pass Deals

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The effect of the coronavirus has rippled across the U.S., and the domestic ski and snowboard industry is no exception.

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Colorado’s Downhill Skiing Ban Extended Into Late May

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On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis extended a statewide ban on downhill ski operations until May 23 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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