Bootleg Instructors Now In Crosshairs Of Many Resorts

Breckenridge

There’s an apparent increase in certified ski and snowboard instructors getting paid for lessons outside of normal working hours, a trend that has prompted resorts to take action. 

 

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There’s Gold In North Carolina’s Hills; Only 100 Cards Available

NC Ski Area Association

North Carolina Ski Areas Association’s 2012-13 Gold Card is worth its weight in gold for skiers and riders.

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You Can Ski With The Ski Team At Copper Mt. – Contest On Facebook

Copper Mt. Speed Center

So, you want to free ski with members of the U.S. Ski Team at Copper Mountain prior to opening? Copper Mountain season pass holders can enter a contest on Facebook to do just that.

 

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BC Resorts Add New Packages, On Hill Improvements

Mount Washington Alpine Resort BC

Several British Columbia ski resorts – Big White, Silver Star, Whistler Blackcomb, Fernie, Mount Washington, Panorama – have been busy with new offerings for skiers and boarders this season. Here are some of those offerings. 

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Snowmaking Underway At Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain
The first dusting of snow has graced the Colorado High Country, and even the first turns of the season have already taken place in Breckenridge. But this season’s opening act kicks off in earnest this week – snowmaking!

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Major Project Accelerates in Northern Vermont As Similar Effort Stalls In N.Y.

Jay Peak Village rendering

As the crow flies, not much separates major initiatives in the upper reaches of Vermont and New York. Although similar in nature, a massive project in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is already off the ground, while a comparable development in New York’s Adirondack Mountains is being slowed by an environmental lawsuit. (See related story).

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PCSkiGal: Get Ready; Here’s A Training Schedule

Park City Resort training

Less than 50 days to opening day at Park City Mountain Resort and even less time to get in shape if you're planning to ski SolitudeBrighton.

 

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What's New For Boyne Country? Snowmaking, Lifts, More

Nubs Nob

Northwestern Lower Michigan around the Lake Michigan villages of Petoskey and Harbor Springs is known to snowsport’s enthusiasts as Boyne Country, home to Boyne Mountain and Highlands and Nubs Nob. There have been plenty of improvements. 

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Sugar Bowl Signs Lease To Operate Royal Gorge XC; Truckee Donner Land Trust Will Own

Royal Gorge XC

 

Sugar Bowl Resort on storied Donner Pass in the California High Sierra signed an agreement Oct. 1 to lease and operate neighboring and expansive Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Area, which is being purchased by the Tahoe Donner Land Trust.

 

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Cochrans Bike Races Raise Funds For Local Kids To Ski; Mountain Bikes Added

Cochran's Bike Ride

All funds raised at an Oct. 14 Century Ride bike race at Cochran’s, the nonprofit ski area in Richmond, Vt., will go toward providing affordable skiing and riding for local kids.

 

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Skiers, Snowboarders Get Snowshoe ‘Snow Guarantee’

Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe Mountain Resort is offering a “Snow Guarantee” this season. They are guaranteeing delivery of the most open terrain in the Southeast Region – which includes 15 ski areas in W.Va., Va., Md., and N.C. – or your next day of skiing is free. 

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Colorado’s Monarch Mountain Keeps Growing At Home And Abroad

Monarch Mountain

Southern Colorado’s Monarch Mountain continues to embrace resort partners, not only in the United States, but all over the world. In addition, the owners of the resort outside Salida, Colo., have ponied up $2.3 million to expand and renovate the base lodge.

 

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A Weighty Event At Sunday River

Sunday River Wife Carrying Championship

The 2012 North American Wife Carrying Championship event is Sat., Oct. 6 at Sunday River, Maine. Fifty couples compete on the slopes of the resort for the title and prizes. 

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Volunteers Toss In Towel – New York’s Big Tupper Won’t Open

Big Tupper Ski Area

Volunteers who re-opened Big Tupper Ski Area in the New York Adirondack Mountains in 2009 threw in the proverbial towel this week. The ski area will not open this winter.

 

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Snowbird Welcomes Early Taste Of Winter

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The forecast was calling for a dusting ... just a minor tasting, right? But Mother Nature served up an early buffet of snow - 2-4 inches of it - at Utah's Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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PCSkiGal: Jill Heads To Photo Workshop Day Two – Shooting Macro

Jill Adler Macro Photography

The next day we rose slightly later, whew, leisurely conferenced over coffee and bagels from Einstein's and carpooled back to the 5-mile pullout. Today, we delved into macro photography. 

 

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UPDATE 9/25: Glen Plake Survives Weekend Nepal Avalanche; Lecluse, Costa Still Missing

Lecluse, Plake, Costa

UPDATE 9/25: A press conference was held in Chamonix, France with officials explaining the search for survivors has ended. Among the missing are Rémy Lecluse and Greg Costa, Glen Plake’s teammates. Plake survived the avalanche.

 

“The rescue teams feel they did all they could to find further victims, but they have now given up all hope of finding any more survivors. The search has been called off for good,” they said. 

 

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Montana Ski Areas Have Season Pass Price Increases Coming; Act Now

Ski Discovery, Mont.

Five top Montana ski areas have season pass price increases coming over the next few weeks. Now is the time to act if you’re thinking of purchasing a season pass before prices increases start taking place.

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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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