SO-GNAR Snowboard Camps Hit Midwest; Tyrol Basin Airbag

So-GNAR Midwest Snowboard Camps

Get your shred on, Midwest snowboarders. The seventh annual SO-GNAR Snowboard Camp Tour is hitting seven Heartland ski areas over the next few weeks. Five of the stops are scheduled over the holidays.

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Americans Shine Around Racing World: Nyman Wins Downhill, Ligety Bags GS

Steven Nyman, USST

Updated 12/16/12: Americans showed up big time in competitions around the globe. Utah’s Steven Nyman who picked up his second career first place finish in the downhill at Val Gardena, Italy. Ted Ligety won another GS at Alta Badia. 

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‘Sidecountry’ Is A Myth, Say Industry Experts; ‘Backcountry’ Is ‘Backcountry’

Sidecountry or Backcountry?

When you hear the exhortation to “Ski The Sidecountry”, think twice about it, says the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), leading avalanche and snow science experts, the U.S. Forest Service, ski area risk managers, patrollers, and others. 

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Snowshoe, West Virginia Is A Southeast 'Secret'

snowshoe mountain west virginia
In late October, Snowshoe, West Virginia got a lot of snow. When 28 inches fell in 48 hours, this popular regional ski resort was headlining The Weather Channel.
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Schedule Change Brings Snowboard, Freestyle World Cup Events Together in Park City Midwinter

Park City Mountain Resort

Things just got a bit more interesting for World Cup freestylers and their fans, as now, athletes in halfpipe, moguls and aerials will be vying for victory on the same mid-winter weekend in the Park City area.

 

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NY Ski Areas Offer 10,000 Tickets For $10 Each; Use ‘Em Jan. 10

NY promo

Ski resorts from throughout New York’s 11 vacation regions have teamed with Ski Areas of New York (SANY), a trade association, on a promotion making 10,000 lift tickets available for $10 each. The tickets are good for use Friday, Jan. 10.

 

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PCSkiGal: Last Minute Gifts For Mountain Folk

Alta 75

Try these: Alta's 75th Anniversary Ale will help you kick off the New Year with a special toast to Alta Ski Resort. In fact, they're helping you celebrate 75 years of skiing with their own special brew. The beer is bottled and packaged by the award-winning Wasatch Brewery and it goes down as smoothly as any of Wasatch's popular ales.

 

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Sugarfest This Weekend; K2 High Ollie Contest At Ober Gatlinburg Dec. 20

Sugar Mt.

The Southeast lights up for the holidays with two major events on tap. Sugar Mt. in Avery County, N.C., hosts its Sugarfest, while Ober Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, Tenn., tests your mettle with a K2 High Ollie Contest.

 

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Heartland Ski Resorts Ready To Celebrate The Holidays

Christmas Snow Monsters Crystal Mt.

The long-range forecast looks good for a snowy Christmas across the Heartland, and that good news couldn’t come at a better time as Midwest ski resorts get ready to celebrate the holiday season.

 

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There’s Nothing Goofy About New Disney-Burton-Jay Peak Partnership

Toy Story Jay Peak Burton

Snow sports industry leaders and resort executives have said it for years: instead of competing for the same customers, we need to grow the pool. That’s what Burton Snowboards and Jay Peak plan in their new partnership with the Disney Corporation.

 

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PCSkiGal: Ortovox Avalanche Beacons Recalled

Ortovox

The last thing you need when frantically searching for your best bud in an avalanche is for your beacon to switch out of search mode. Ortovox is recalling a small group of its brand new 3+ beacons when testing revealed that they switched to transmit mode after two minutes.

 

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Ski, Snowboardcross Cup At Telluride Dec. 12-15; Westcott, Holland To Lead Field

Telluride SBX Cup Seth Westcott

USANA Health Services is presenting the Ski and Snowboardcross Cup at Telluride, Colo. starting Wednesday, Dec. 12 with Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup qualifiers and running through Sunday, Dec. 15, with USANA Snowboardcross Team SBX finals.

 

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Airline-Resort Hookup, Off-Season Upgrades Among Idaho Highlights

Schweitzer Mountain

Much has been made of the rising cost of airline flights to the mountains this winter, so three Idaho resorts have linked with Alaska Airlines to ease the cost of that seat.

 

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Midwest Standbys Wilmot, Caberfae Turn 75 This Winter

Caberfae

A couple of old Midwest standbys, Wilmot Mountain in southern Wisconsin, and Caberfae Peaks in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, celebrate turning 75 this winter.

 

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It’s An Event-Filled Christmas In Canada

Fire and Ice Show, Whistler Blackcomb, BC

Ski resorts across Canada are planning a number of fun-filled events for every member of the family. Here is just a sampling. 

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Hendrickson Wins World Cup Jumping Saturday; Ligety Third In GS; Vonn Falters

Sarah Hendrickson

The name changed at the top of the U.S. Ski Team headlines from Lindsey Vonn to Sarah Hendrickson as the reigning overall champ won the first FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on the 2014 Olympic jumps in Krasnaya Polyana outside Sochi Saturday. 

 

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Massive storm buries Northwest, Rockies

Stevens Pass

A massive winter storm that blew through the Northwest dropped a historic amount of snow on Stevens Pass, Wa. – 39 inches in 12 hours.

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Vonn ‘Perfect’ In Switzerland For 57th World Cup Win

Lindsey Vonn, St. Moritz

What was described as a tactically perfect run in the weather-shortened super G at St. Moritz, Switzerland brought American Lindsey Vonn her 57th Audi World Cup victory – her fourth this season. 

 

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Vail Resorts Acquires Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton In Midwest; 'Good For Our Area' Say Competitors

Afton Alps

Vail Resorts announced Thursday they are expanding into the Heartland with the purchase of Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton near Detroit. The news caught many Midwest ski industry people by surprise.

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Slovenia’s Tina Maze Extends World Cup Lead at St. Moritz; Vonn, Cook Skis Out Of Slalom

Tina Maze

Flat light in St. Moritz, Switzerland failed to bother Slovenia’s Tina Maze as she pulled off a super combined victory Friday. It was her third win of the season. Austrians Nicole Hosp and Kathryn Zettel finished second and third.

 

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