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  1. Like It or Not, Snowmaking Is The Future

    Like It or Not, Snowmaking Is The Future Snowmaking has become energy efficient and essential to ski resort operations. But is it a necessary evil or a savior? August 29, 2017 By Julie Brown Snowmaking, as everybody knows, is Plan B. We’d all rather ski on natural, God-given powder that falls from stormy clouds. The real stuff […]

  2. Lake Tahoe Water Level Approaches Max Limit After Heat Wave

    Lake Tahoe water level approaches max limit after heat wave June 26, 2017 By Robert Pursell Californians and Nevadans who watched Lake Tahoe’s water levels recede during the historic drought experienced in the states over the past few years are dealing with a completely different situation now, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports that a recent heat wave poured […]


    HERE’S WHAT 5 POW AMBASSADORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH By: Jill Sanford May 2, 2017 On April 29th, over 200,000 people showed up in Washington, D.C. to march on behalf of climate action. The People’s Climate March in our nation’s capitol was sweltering, but dedicated activists took on the heat and […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. Passing on the Passion – Exploration of a woman’s journey through mountain town motherhood

     By Paddy O’Connell The logs in the potbelly stove crack and hiss with heat. Jess McLaughlin sits in front of the roaring cast iron beast rubbing her hands together. She can see her breath inside the house this morning. It’s November 1981. Jess is 10 years old. Her father has taken a job in Telluride, […]

  6. 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. […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. Taos Ski Valley gets a lift, including a new hotel–The Blake

    By Thomas Korosec – Special to the American-Statesman Austinite Peter Rauch vowed he would never buy a second home at a ski area because he didn’t want to limit himself to skiing just one mountain. Shortly afterward, he recalls, he bought a house in Taos. “It’s just a great ski area,” he says. “You have […]

  11. The Mountain Collective Pass got Sweeter

    This year, the Mountain Collective Pass got sweeter. New Zealand’s Coronet Peak and The Remarkables join Australia’s Thredbo to double South Pacific destinations. The Mountain Collective Pass is the largest worldwide ski pass with destinations in the most countries. It has 12-full partner destinations. In North America, Stowe is the only ski resort on the […]

  12. A Bird’s Eye View of Ski Resorts from Space

    By Brad Ressler Ski hills are major landforms, not just vertical playgrounds. New tools like Google Earth allow us to glimpse the entirety of the mountains on which ski resorts reside, and even zoom in, tilt, and twirl to experience the pitch and roll of these areas. Big Sky, Montana What began as a gleam […]

  13. Skiing & Snowboarding On Sale Now – The Best Lift Ticket Deals For Next Winter

    The past few years have seen a total revolution in the way lift tickets for skiing and snowboarding are sold. This paradigm shift is so extreme that anteing up full price is like paying top rack rate for a hotel room – something that can almost always be avoided. For daily tickets there are a […]

  14. Bill in Oregon Senate aims to protect ski resorts. Recent Mt. Bachelor waiver ruling prompts legislation

    MT. BACHELOR, Ore. –Oregon ski resorts want more protection from liability lawsuits, and a Senate committee is considering a bill to do just that. Senate Bill 849 stems from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving a paralyzed skier at Mt. Bachelor.It covers risks involved with terrain parks, avalanches and falling into tree wells. Proponents say the bill […]

  15. Vail Resorts Chases After Australian Skier

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    SYDNEY, Australia — When the self-confessed snowboarding addict Risma Utami planned ski trips from her hometown of Sydney, Australia, conspicuously absent from the wish list of destinations were the slopes in the nearby Snowy Mountains. “Europe, Japan and New Zealand are cheaper, you have better quality snow there, more challenging slopes, great accommodation, less waiting […]

  16. Copper Season Passes Add Free Days at Taos and Targhee.

    In step with the trend toward multi-area pass privileges, Copper Mountain is sweetening its 2014-15 season pass deals, offering passholders three free days at Taos, N.M., and free skiing at Grand Targhee with a purchase of accommodations through Grand Targhee Lodging. Those benefits are in addition to Powdr Perks, which give Copper passholders free skiing […]

  17. Mountain Collective Adds Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine

    SAM Magazine—Banff, Alberta, Aug. 14, 2014—The Mountain Collective has added Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine to its roster for the 2014-15 winter season. The Canadian group joins Alta/Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb. ; (more) A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale now for $389. That includes […]

  18. Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah

    Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that the Company has acquired Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) from Powdr Corp. for $182.5 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The acquisition includes all of the assets of Greater Park City Company (GPCC), the land used for ski terrain at the resort held by Ian […]

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