Maryland’s Wisp Acquired Out Of Bankruptcy; Plans To Open Dec. 14

Wisp Resort

A bankruptcy court judge in Greenbelt, Md., approved the sale of Wisp, the state’s only ski resort, for $23.5 million. The buyer was Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT) Ski Properties. Wisp plans a Dec. 14 opening.

 

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Ski Areas Take Action To Fight Climate Change

Wild Mt.

Ski areas across the U.S. are hardly standing by on the sidelines when it comes to climate change. They are taking action to combat it by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through significant investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

 

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New Adaptive Skiing Lodge At Pico To Be Named For Andrea Mead Lawrence

Andrea Mead Lawrence (AP)

A ceremony at Pico Mountain Dec. 15 at noon will mark the official announcement that the new $1.3 million home for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports will be named in honor of the late skiing icon Andrea Mead Lawrence. 

 

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The Power Of The Kid Posse

Do you ever feel like you need a little inspiration to get the kids motivated to ski?

 

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Nashoba Valley Festival Of Lights Is Home For The Holidays

Nashoba Valley Festival of Lights

More and more ski areas are becoming venues for activities appealing to a cross-section of the populace, not just skiers and riders. Nashoba Valley  has a Holiday Festival of Lights, where nothing is needed other than an appreciation of the season.

 

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Free Shuttle Joins Transportation Options To Tahoe Resorts

Squaw Valley

Visitors to Lake Tahoe area resorts know that traffic jams and high gas prices can put a crimp in making the trip to the mountains. Lake Tahoe has fostered a number of shuttle services around the lake that allow skiers and riders to share a seat. 

 

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Midwest Ski Season Off To Best Start In Several Years

Indianhead

Many ski resorts across the Midwest were able to open this past weekend, even as far south as southern Indiana where Perfect North Slopes was open.

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Large Early Season Avalanche Hits Sun Valley; Slide Area Was Closed

Sun Valley avalanche (James Catchpole/Facebook)

“It was a big slide, it was pretty impressive,” Sun Valley, Idaho’s ski safety director Rich Bingham told Boise TV station KBOI. “Slides that big don’t happen often here.” The slide occurred over the past weekend in Lookout Bowl.

 

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Young Entrepreneurs To Buy Utah’s Powder Mountain; Will Remain Open To Public

Powder Mountain

Consider it a “private camp” for like-minded, mostly 20-something entrepreneurs. Summit Series plans to close on the transaction to purchase Utah's Powder Mountain in early 2013. However, the public won’t be shut out.

 

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Eagle Point, Brian Head Luring Visitors With Free, Discounted Tickets

Eagle Point, Utah

Gaining wider exposure among skiers and ‘boarders seems to be the marketing focus this season for southern Utah resorts.

 

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Melissa Etheridge To Headline Waterkeeper Alliance Benefit Concert

Melissa Etheridge

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance will be the beneficiary of a celebrity ski event at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort Dec. 8-9. Saturday evening’s highlight will be a private concert by Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge. 

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Skiing, Rock ‘n Roll Highlight Alpine Rockfest

Alpine Rockfest, Italy

Paganella Ski Resort in the Italian Dolomites is the site for the Alpine Rockfest  Dec. 20, 2012, featuring some of the world’s best skiers in an exhibition race followed by a rock concert. 

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Le Massif Could Be Site Of Canada’s First Club Med

Le Massif de Charlevoix

There was more good news from Le Massif de Charlevoix last week than just the announcement that the Quebec ski and ride area would be open for bonus days on Dec. 8-9.

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Colorado Lodges Top Condé Nast Readers’ Poll With Half Of Top 50

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Colo.

Colorado was the overall state favorite in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2012 “Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America” readers’ poll. The Rocky Mountain state scored almost half of the readers’ preferred resorts. 

 

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Peak Resorts Acquires Alpine Valley; New Owners Bring Back Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland, Opening Day '12

Midwest-based Peak Resorts has purchased Ohio’s Alpine Valley Ski Area, and in Wisconsin Little Switzerland Ski Area has reopened this season under new ownership after having been closed since 2007.

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Vonn Sweeps Louise World Cup Sunday; Ligety Wins Beaver Creek GS

Ted Ligety, Beaver Creek (Eric Schramm)

American superstar Lindsey Vonn pulled off the hat trick by sweeping World Cup races at Lake Louise for the second straight year. She won Sunday's super-G in a time of 1 minute, 22.82 seconds. She also won both downhill races on Saturday. 

 

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Vonn Wins DH Again In Canada; Ligety Fourth For Men In Colorado

Lindsey Vonn, Lake Louise

The ever-amazing Lindsey Vonn did it again Saturday for her second Audi World Cup downhill win in as many days at Lake Louise, Alberta. America’s Stacey Cook, again was second. 

 

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Lindsey’s Back, Wins Louise Downhill, Stacey Cook Second; U.S. Men Blanked At Beaver Creek

Stacey Cook (Mammoth)

American star Lindsey Vonn collapsed in exhaustion at Aspen’s finish line last week in her recovery attempt from intestinal illness. A week later, Friday (Nov. 30) she wins the World Cup downhill on a foggy day at Lake Louise, Canada. 

 

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Wild Mountain First To Be Fully Open

Wild Mt. fully open

Wild Mountain, Minn. appears to be the first ski area in America to be fully, 100 percent open for the new season. That’s on top of being the very first area to open for sliders earlier this fall.

 

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‘Welcome Card’ Gets New XC Skiers On Trails After Equipment Purchase

Cross Country Skiing, LL Bean

There won’t be an economic reason to wait to get on the cross country ski trails after purchasing new equipment. Cross Country Ski Areas Association is offering a Welcome Card good for three free visits to any of its 91 member ski areas.

 

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