It’s National Safety Awareness Week Across U.S. Jan. 19-27

Okemo Helmet Head

From a “Helmet Hair” contest in Vermont, to discounts on helmet purchases for anyone who trades in a bruised or battered one in Oregon, ski and snowboard resorts across the country will mark the 14th annual National Safety Awareness Week, Jan. 19-27.

 

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Trip Report: Alpine Village, Skiing With Elk, Downhill Choices At Gaylord, Mich.

Treetops Resort Ice Bar

If you like cross country skiing laced with nice amenities, downhill choices, an appealing village dressed for winter, and a touch of nearby wilderness boasting the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi, check out Gaylord, Michigan. 

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Lodge At Base Of Schweitzer To Expand

White Pine Lodge, Schweitzxer

The attraction of a ski-in ski-out lodge remains one of the staples of the overnight accommodations business at Western resorts.

 

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Homewood Transformation Goes Back To Drawing Board

Homewood

Proposed plans for the expansion of Homewood Mountain Resort have been put on hold by a federal court ruling. 

 

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PCSkiGal: Too Cold To Snow

Wasatch

Man, it’s cold. Perhaps it’s the coldest stretch Utah has seen in decades? I’m no weather dude so I can’t speak to records but for the first time EVER I’ve run out of my stash of handwarmers.

 

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Big Wins In Alps For U.S. Alpine Racers

Alice McKennis

One semi-surprise and one no surprise equals a very nice weekend for members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team in the Alps. 

 

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Big Snowstorms At Greek Peak Bury Financial Issues For Guests

Greek Peak resortHow does a ski area overcome last winter’s dry season in the east, coupled with the failure of its chief lender in January, followed by filing Chapter 11 re-organization bankruptcy in August? Apparently in this industry, a good snowstorm or two cures all. 

 

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Specialized, One-Day Instruction All Winter At Squaw, Alpine

Squaw Valley instruction

Most everyone who hits the slopes and trails of the West this season would like to get a little bit better at some phase of skiing or snowboarding. Here's one way to do it.

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Eastern Resorts Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21

Sunday River, Maine

Every third Monday in January is a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. His “day” is usually part of a weekend celebration at many ski areas with special events, lodging, and ski/snowboard packages.  

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The Little League Of Cross Country Skiing

Bretton Woods Nordic

For a family that loves outdoor activities, Nordic skiing is an essential part of our quiver of winter fun choices.  Introductory cross-country ski programs for kids provide a fun way to get outside and enjoy playing in the snow.

 

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World Class Ski Jumping At Pine Mountain Feb. 9-10

Pine Mountain Ski Jump

It’s one of the more unusual ski weekends in the Midwest. Pine Mountain Resort, near Iron Mountain in Michigan’s remote UP, offers a scenic winter getaway for skiers and snowboarders coupled with an FIS sanctioned Continental Cup jumping event that takes place Feb. 9-10.

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New Medjet Ski Plan Offers Trip Home After Injuries

MedJetAssist

Ski accidents are not something that’s fun to discuss. But they happen. MedjetAssist has just launched a new program for skiers and snowboarders protecting those injured on ski slopes away from home. 

 

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Olympic Champ Ted Ligety Debuts ‘36 Hours’ On NBC Jan. 13

Ted Ligety

Ever wondered about the countdown done by elite skiers leading up to big races? Wonder no more. Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety takes you on a 36-hour ride to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Giant Slalom Sunday Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

 

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PCSkiGal: Learn To Ski In Utah This Month

Instruction (Shari Harkin)

If you haven’t heard that January is National Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month then you obviously need to learn to ski or snowboard. Just about every resort in the country is participating on some level in this coordinated effort to get people out sliding on sticks.

 

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Arizona Snowbowl Cranks Up For Diamond Anniversary

Arizona Snow Bowl

It’s been 75 years since a car engine-powered rope tow pulled the first skiers up a meadow known as Hart Prairie on the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks.  

 

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Backcountry Growth Accentuates Risks, Rewards

Ski Area Boundary

There’s little doubt that there are more people skiing and riding beyond the traditional boundaries of mountain resorts.An unfortunate yet unfailing offshoot of this activity is the heightened risk of injury or fatality -- due to avalanche force.

 

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Pats Peak Still Making It Personal After 50 Years

Pat's Peak 50th

A noteworthy milestone was passed Saturday (Jan. 5) when Pats Peak in southern N.H. celebrated its 50th birthday before some 200 who regaled in the history of the ski and ride area. 

 

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Michigan Deal: Fill Your Tank, Get Free Lift Ticket

Perfect morning at Boyne Mt.

How would you like to get a free lift ticket to your favorite ski resort every time you fill your gas tank? Well, you can. Here's how:

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USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Snow Queen Slalom In Zagreb

Mikaela Shiffrin, Zagreb

Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, became the first American to win two World Cup races before turning 18. The teen won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Zagreb, Croatia before an overflow crowd and millions watching on TV Friday (Jan.4).

 

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Calling In the Experts

Bretton Woods Lesson

What a relief to be getting in to the groove of winter!  After a month of relying on our trusted snowmakers for our white fix, we got the one thing we really wanted for Christmas: a big fat snowstorm, followed by several days of the beloved Bretton Woods flurries.  Now that more and more terrain was opening and the winter habits of gathering our gear and heading to the hill were becoming routine, we decided it was time to try to bust out of one habit: it was time to get Bridget into a lesson and work on getting her out of the wedge and into some parallel turns.

 

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