Ski Apache Will Open Thanksgiving; New Gondola, Two Lifts Added After Fire

Ski Apache, Little Bear Fire

The Little Bear Fire surrounding Ruidoso, N.M., took out nearly 250 homes and structures in June. But, it certainly scared, if largely spared, Ski Apache . The ski area, extremely popular in the West Texas market, still plans its regular Thanksgiving opening and will debut three new lifts and $15 million in improvements.

 

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Two New High-Speed Lifts Being Installed In Midwest

Terry Peak

The Heartland’s newest high-speed lifts are being installed at Wisconsin’s Granite Peak Ski Area and Terry Peak Ski Area in the Black Hills of South Dakota. 

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Taos Expansion Plans OK’d, Pending Final Appeal

Taos

Officials at Taos Ski Valley  will spend the next three months prioritizing improvements to the resort, following a U.S. Forest Service “record of decision.”

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Vermont’s Magic Mountain Holds To ’09 Prices; ‘Keeping It Simple’

Magic Mt. snowmaking

"Magic prides itself in keeping it simple,” says Magic Mountain Ski Area President Jim Sullivan. Newly announced lift ticket prices reflect that mantra, holding steady since 2009.

 

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Ski Team, NBC Partner For Live U.S. World Cups; Lead-up To Sochi

Aspen Winternational 2011

The cameras have barely switched off from the London summer Olympics, but the U.S. Ski Team and NBC have announced a partnership for first-ever live coverage of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup from Aspen and Beaver Creek, Colo.

 

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PCSkiGal: Hurry To Enter Park City Snowfall Contest

Park City first 6-inch snowfall 2011

Quick, quick, quick. You have until Sept. 4 to win a pair of tickets to Park City Mountain Resort this season. The annual Snowfall Contest is underway. 

 

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Colorado’s Echo Mountain Sold At Auction; Will Become Alpine Training Center

Echo Mt.

Echo Mountain, off I-70 at Idaho Springs, Colo. has been sold at auction to Pykkonen Capital LLC. New owners plan to transform the ski area into the Front Range Ski Club and have plans to reopen for the new season.

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TGR Flick ‘The Dream Factory’ Maine, N.H. Tour Hosted By Sunday River, Sugarloaf

The Dream Factory TGR

Attendees at screenings of the new Teton Gravity Research (TGR) film, ‘The Dream Factory,” will receive a free early season lift ticket valid at either Sunday River or Sugarloaf.

 

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Sun Valley Resort Spearheads Effort For Tax To Market Air Flights

Sun Valley region aerial

Regional air flights into isolated Rocky Mountain valleys are the “lifeblood” of mountain resorts in the winter. So says Jack Sibbach, director of marketing at Sun Valley Resort, who is part of a campaign to approve a five-year, 1 percent tax to expand air service into the Wood River Valley.

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Ski Brule Early Lift Ticket Sale

Ski Brule

Now may not seem like the time to worry about next season’s lift ticket deals, but if you like skiing and boarding at Ski Brule, the best prices of the coming season are now available.

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‘Boarders Without Borders’ Seeks Support For Iran Venture; Teter Leads Way

Mountains above Tehran

Iran might not be high on your ski vacation bucket list, but it has the top spot on agendas of Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter and Pro Rider Gabi Viteri in February 2013. Now, they need your support. Here’s why:

 

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Chile Welcomes New Snow Dump; Swatch Cup Sept. 1-9

Parts of Chile have received some welcome snowfall since Aug. 24, particularly the southern resort of Nevados de Chillan

 

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Olympic ‘Rings’ Back At Lake Placid: Weibrecht-Rand Marriage Sept. 2

Weibrecht-Rand wedding

The Olympics are never far from the surface at Lake Placid, N.Y. That will be especially evident Sept. 2 as 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht weds Denja Rand on the Whiteface Club and Resort golf course. 

 

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PCSkiGal: High West For SkyWest

High West Distillery Park City

Whiskey and eggs, anyone? Park City’s High West Distillery is now open at Salt Lake International. When you’ve got that 7 a.m. layover or want a good, stiff one after your ski vacay to arm yourself for the return to civilization, you can now step into Concourse E for breakfast, lunch or dinner, western and whiskey style.

 

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Peak 6 Expansion Gets ‘Go’ At Breckenridge; High Alpine Terrain

Breckenridge Peak 6

An expansion at Breckenridge Resort, Colo., to include Peak 6 – in the active pipeline for six years and talked about for decades – has received the green light from U.S. Forest Service. Look to ski or ride it during the 2013-14 season.

 

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Labor Day Weekend Sales Mean Big Savings

Wachusett Mountain Labor Day Sale

Labor Day 2012 weekend (Sept. 1-3) means one very important thing to skiers and riders: sales 

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Idaho Begins To ‘Think Snow’ With Early Deals

Silver Mountain

Hardly a flake of snow has yet to fall in the state of Idaho, but skiers and snowboarders already can get set up for the new season.

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Alberta’s ‘Big 3’ Add New Lifts, Play Zone, Food Options

Lake Louise

Canada’s “Big 3” – Mt. NorquayThe Lake Louise Ski Area, and Sunshine Village – have  new offerings for  this ski season in Banff, Alberta. 

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Boyne Country Offers Heartland's Only Zipline Tours


Boyne ZiplineZipline tours are popular pursuits at numerous ski resorts along the east coast and in the western mountains. Around the Great Lakes, you head to Michigan’s Boyne Country to find the Heartland’s only zipline tours. 

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Strong VT 5K At Bolton Valley To Benefit ‘Rebuild Waterbury’ Sept. 1

Bolton Valley Strong 5K

A benefit fundraiser on Bolton Valley’s Nordic ski trails will benefit the effort to continue rebuilding the Waterbury, Vt. community following destruction from last summer’s disastrous Tropical Storm Irene.

 

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