COVID-19 Derails Winter Park Ski Train

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The Winter Park ski train that takes skiers and snowboarders from downtown Denver's Union Station to Winter Park Resort won’t run this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reservations, Parking Limits, Grab 'n' Go New Normal at Utah Resorts

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A ski and snowboard season like no other is coming to us all, including locals and visitors to the major Utah resorts.

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SnoCast is Back for the 2020-21 Winter Season

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The leaves are changing, the air is turning colder, and that means ski season isn’t far away. We’re excited to kick off another season of SnoCountry SnoCast. Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin breaks down the weather forecast around North America each week so you know where to find the best conditions on the slopes.

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Your Car Is Going to be Your Lockerroom Now

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Car booting. Trunk slamming. There are many names for those who boot up in the parking lot and never set foot in a ski lodge or club. But this year, we'll all be trunk slammers and car booters!

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With Winter Travel to Colorado Resorts Very Unclear, Airlines Are Showing “Unprecedented” Flexibility

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What is usually a set-in-stone schedule of flights is an Etch-a-Sketch this fall as Colorado resorts struggle to gauge demand for skiing and airlines work to accommodate coronavirus-wary travelers.

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Reno-Tahoe Resorts Prepping for Unique Season Ahead in Age of COVID

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Back on Aug. 24, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe posted to Instagram a photo of sunbeams breaking through the clouds and splashing its terrain that overlooks Lake Tahoe.

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Covid-Related Innovation Reigns As Colorado Resorts Roll Out Plans

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Colorado resort officials acknowledge that brainstorming for the 2020-21 season has stretched their minds more than ever. With Epic and Ikon pass protocols in place, the more independent mountains are rolling out their plans.

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Most Ikon Pass Skiers Won't Need Advance Reservations This Winter

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Most skiers who buy the Ikon Pass for the 2020–21 season won't need advance reservations to hit the slopes, according to Alterra Mountain Company, which operates the pass. 

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Retailers Are Seeing A Spike in Backcountry Gear Sales

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As ski resorts announce plans to manage crowds, avalanche equipment sales are soaring, leaving search and rescue teams and land managers bracing for record crowds exploring snowy mountains.

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Back To School: Ski Area Management Programs Offer Lifetime Ski Bum Opportunities

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Many of us love the mountain lifestyle but doubt we can stay in the high country year-round and make a living beyond ski-bum subsistence. The answer? Go back to college.

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Vermont Resorts To Skiers: Be Flexible, Be Patient, And Maybe Bring A Sandwich

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Vermont's ski resorts employ about 13,000 people, a quarter of them year-round, and the $1.6 billion industry typically brings in $925 million in direct spending, plus the $675 million resorts spend on vendors according to Ski Vermont. The current pandemic, however, has been anything but typical, and across Vermont, ski resorts are taking different approaches for how to open for the upcoming season.

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How to Choose the Best Ski Pass This Season

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A flurry of new considerations makes the decision a lot more complicated this year. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Mikaela Shiffrin, Staggered by 2020, Wants to Enjoy Ski Racing Again

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Her father’s death, pandemic-caused cancellations and a wildfire evacuation gave the World Cup champion a new view on competing: “I want to enjoy it, the way I have enjoyed it in the past.”

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Indy and Mountain Collective Passes Offer Alternative to Epic/Ikon

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Epic and Ikon mega season passes may get a lot of attention, as they provide the ability to ski at dozens of popular ski resorts across North America, but they’re not the only passes in town. Two other passes worthy of consideration include the Mountain Collective pass and the Indy Pass. In particular, these passes are good for skiers and snowboarders who wish to sample a wide variety of ski areas.

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Behind The Scenes Of North America’s Hottest New Bike Park

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Since it opened in 2007, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has held a reputation for its monster vertical (at 5,620 feet of lift-accessed terrain, it’s the longest descent in North America), alpine bowls, rainforest glades, record snowfall and near-ridiculous scenery. But where most resorts also boast thriving summer operations to complement winter skiing, RMR had largely stayed relatively quiet on the summer front, with most warm-season activities centralized on the bottom of the mountain.

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Bluebird Backcountry Is Expanding As Uphill Skiing Is Expected To Explode During Coronavirus

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The uphill-only ski area outside Kremmling, Colorado, is expanding to 1,200 acres for its second season with an emphasis on providing a safer experience and avalanche education.

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Colorado Front Range Resorts Sort Out Parking, Ticketing

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Most Colorado Front Range skiers and riders typically don't think much about hopping in the car and heading west. However, this season is different and will require a bit more prep before the ride up I-70, U.S. 24 or Highway 119.

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Sugar Bowl 'Pauses' Season Pass Sales

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After a "brisk" preseason for season pass sales at Sugar Bowl, the northern California resort has hit the pause button to assure safe distancing this season.

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Inland Northwest Resorts Set Out Polices For Season

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The half-dozen ski and snowboard resorts that sit east of the Cascade divide and on the western edge of the Rockies have begun to announce ticket policies for the upcoming season to comply with local and state Covid-related capacity caps in place.

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What Will A Mid-Pandemic Ski Season Look Like? Just Ask Australia

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The scheduled start of the Colorado ski season is only about three months away – and with snow falling on the tops of nearby peaks just this week, it’s hard not to wonder what a winter on the slopes is going to look like during a pandemic. 

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