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  1. The Case for the Local Ski Area

    So It’s Not The Rockies.  But What Makes Mom-And-Pop Special? Ski Butternut in the Berkshires: All you need for a fun day with friends at a typical local area. Credit: Ski Butternut [Editor Note: As we are seeing in a month of startling industry news, the ski business is rapidly consolidating.  Big corporations are buying […]

  2. How Will Consolidations and Collaborations Impact Senior Skiers?

    Bigger Better? With the Aspen KSL Capital Partners acquisition of Stratton VT and Mt. Tremblant, PQ, and Vail buying the iconic Stowe VT resort, it appears the ski industry has passed a tipping point. The trend is now toward nation-wide reach, corporate management and marketing, multi-resort passes that can be used from coast to coast, […]

  3. Will Squaw have a 2016/17/18 season?

    Squaw Valley ski resort in California has so much snow that they are considering staying open all spring, summer, and fall right into the start of next season!  “I’m actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 16/17/18 season.  We’re taking a hard look at that.  Maybe we spin Shirley […]

  4. The Best U.S. Ski Resorts For Families

    Photo by Daniel Milchev, Keystone Last winter I wrote a feature here on why Colorado’s Keystone Resort was “The Best Family Friendly Ski Vacation Value,” citing wallet friendly touches such as free skiing for all kids 12 and under, all the time – even at Christmas and other peak holidays. The resort still offers great […]

  5. Millennials – an understanding

    Each time a new generation transitions from adolescence into adulthood, the other generations often struggle to understand why they do what they do and like what they like.  How do we convince more of them to give skiing snowboarding a try? Are you trying to reach out to the millennials?  The NSAA Journal, Winter 2016 […]

  6. Squaw Valley mourns loss of ‘best of the best,’ killed in accident

    Joe Zuiches, 42, was killed after an explosive device used for avalanche control detonated at the resort. The investigation into the death of a ski patroller at Squaw Valley will focus on the hand-held devices commonly used to trigger controlled avalanches at ski resorts, officials said. Joe Zuiches, 42, died Tuesday in what officials […]

  7. Six-passenger chair lifts coming to Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail ski resorts

      Vail Resorts is reporting that the six-place chairlifts at its ski areas are working well to ease crowding. The company will install three more six-place lifts in Colorado this summer, one each at Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone.   EAGLE COUNTY — Before sliding down a hill, it’s first necessary to go up that hill. […]

  8. Ski resorts woo millennials to replace baby boomers on slopes

    Credit: AP/ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid This Jan. 14, 2015 photo provided by ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid, shows Megan Gardner, right, as she teaches participants in a lesson at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y., near Lake Placid.   By JOHN KEKIS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted: January 15, 2017 at 1:48 a.m. WILMINGTON, N.Y. — When Aaron Kellett peers […]

  9. Small town, big thrills await skiers in Telluride

      Ski season kicks off November 24, 2016, at Telluride Ski Resort, where there is something for everyone to enjoy both on and off the snow. ( Ben Eng/Telluride Ski Resort/TNS) TELLURIDE, Colo. — A sapphire sky on a sunny day. The aroma of rich, creamy mushroom soup. Larmandier-Bernier Champagne chilling. Bon Vivant restaurant puts […]

  10. Summit County ski areas offer new perks for 2016-17 season

        In the ever-competitive ski market, the county’s resorts invest millions of dollars every off season to make improvements and keep the crowds of skiers and snowboarders coming. Although three of the region’s five resorts aren’t scheduled to open until this Friday, following historically dry Octobers and starts to November, fresh offerings and upgrades […]

  11. New 5-Star Ski Resorts in U.S. and Abroad

    Opening Jan. 20, the remodeled Vail Cascade Resort is now Hotel Talisa, with 285 rooms and a spa. Photo Credit: Hotel Talisa    This winter will welcome a crop of five-star hotel openings in major ski resort towns around the world. Here are some of the ones that stand out.  1. HUUS HOTEL, GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND […]

  12. National Ski Club Newsletter Editor Retiring By Bob Wilbanks, NSCN

    After 29 years of publishing The National Ski Club Newsletter, I’ve had a lot of fun meeting, partying, and skiing with many club and council officers in club and council meetings, trade shows, and on the world’s ski slopes but, due to continuing health issues, I am retiring as editor of The National Ski Club […]

  13. Skiing Generated 4.8 Billion Dollars For Colorado’s Growing Economy

    National Ski Council Federation

    Colorado Ski Country U.S.A. and Vail Resorts, Inc. announced the findings of a comprehensive economic impact study of Colorado’s ski industry, the first of its kind in nearly two decades. Colorado’s ski industry generated a $4.8 billion annual economic impact during the 2013-2014 ski season, comprising a significant portion of the state’s tourism and recreation […]

  14. Vail Resorts Launches EpicPromise Foundation And Commits $30 Million to Employee Housing

    National Ski Council Federation

    EpicPromise Foundation Vail Resorts has formed the EpicPromise Foundation, a public charity designed to support the employees of the company in times of need and offer educational scholarships to both employees and their families. To fund the Foundation, Vail Resorts intends to contribute $500,000 per year and Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz will make a […]

  15. Lake Tahoe ski resort to get makeover thanks to new government regulations

    It was a tough winter for Lake Tahoe ski resorts due to the drought, but one of them is getting a multi-million dollar summer makeover. The Blue Streak Zip Line travels up to 50 miles an hour. Some riders scream and others calmly take in the scenery. “Pretty excited. The view is beautiful. Yeah you […]

  16. Hakuba Valley, Japan’s premier snow resort located in the Japanese Alps has joined The Mountain Collective™ as a global affiliate for the 2015-2016 season

    NAGANO, Japan, THREDBO, Australia, SUN VALLEY, Idaho, BANFF, Alberta, WHISTLER, BC, ASPEN, Colo., JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., ALTA, Utah, SNOWBIRD, Utah, SQUAW VALLEY, Calif., MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. and VALLE NEVADO, Chile – May 27, 2015 – Hakuba Valley, Japan’s premier snow resort located in the Japanese Alps has joined The Mountain Collective™ as a global affiliate […]

  17. Snowboard Big Air Lands in 2018 Winter Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee on Monday adopted four new sports for the   Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. The IOC also approved a mass start in speedskating, mixed doubles in curling and a team skiing event that will pair men and women ski racers. To make room for snowboard big air, the IOC […]

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