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  • Snowboarder Found Guilty for Breckenridge Crash

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    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Breckenridge, CO - A Colorado man has been found guilty of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors, over a snowboard collision with a child at Breckenridge Resort last April. Snowboarder Matt Grannell was riding on Breckenridge’s intermediate Pioneer trail on Peak 7 when he collided with the six-year-old female victim. A caution sign in […]
  • LAAX Countdown: Burton European Open 2015

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    29 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Im Schweizer Wintersportgebiet Laax steht mit den 16. Burton European Open presented by MINI (BEO) ein Snowboard-Event der Extraklasse bevor. Der Wettbewerb, der als wichtigster seiner Art in Europa gilt, lockt vom 29. Januar bis 1. Februar 2015 die besten Snowboard-Profis aus aller Welt nach Laax ...
  • Wednesday's Postcard from the Super Bowl

    Olympic Alpine Skiing News
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:27 am
    Before we get to Wednesday, let's pick up where we left off last night with the media party, an always wonderful event because it includes free food and drinks. As was the case last year, going late to the party meant riding a charter bus with all of three people on it: me and two ASU students working for Cronkite News.
  • Methods Available, But Rarely Used, to See Doping Prevalence; Current Estimates Alarming

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    FasterSkier
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    A recent report by Olivier de Hon, Harm Kuipers, and Maarten van Bottenburg gathers four different kinds of data in on elite sports and attempts to combine them into one single estimate of the prevalence of doping. One study they draw on is research by Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen and his colleagues about the doping-marred 2001 World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. Stray-Gundersen found, based on analysis of blood parameters rather than analytical testing for banned substances, that doping was “prevalent and effective” in cross-country skiing. One of six Finnish athletes banned at…
  • Ski Industry Veterans Remain Bullish on the Future

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    29 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Denver, CO - Mountain lodging activity and snow sports retail equipment sales are up, while skier and snowboarder visits for the 2014-15 ski season are on pace to match last season’s tally of 56. 2 million, according to industry executives who convened as part of The Assembly 2015 presented on Wednesday at Snowsports Industries America’s (SIA) […]
 
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  • Wednesday's Postcard from the Super Bowl

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:27 am
    Before we get to Wednesday, let's pick up where we left off last night with the media party, an always wonderful event because it includes free food and drinks. As was the case last year, going late to the party meant riding a charter bus with all of three people on it: me and two ASU students working for Cronkite News.
  • Tiger Woods Explains Ski Slope Tooth Injuries After Lindsey Vonn's Historic Race

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Tiger Woods smiled broadly Tuesday as he met reporters with a full set of pearly whites after his teeth-damaging ski slope incident in Italy. Back in Phoenix, where he is set to play his first 2015 tournament, Woods told reporters that "the story is about Lindsey breaking the record," turning attention on his girlfriend , pro skier Lindsey Vonn , 30, whom he surprised on the slopes after she won a major Super-G comeback race on Jan. 19 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, ESPN reported.
  • Alice McKennis "psyched" to take on the worlds

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:04 am
    Alice McKennis of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on January 18, 2015 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. When the Sochi Olympics were on TV a year ago, Alice McKennis couldn't bring herself to watch women's ski racing, because it would have sharpened the sadness she was feeling about not being there.
  • Russia's Khoroshilov wins World Cup slalom

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Alexander Khoroshilov won a night slalom by a huge margin Tuesday, the first Russian World Cup victory in more than three decades. Khoroshilov built on his commanding first-run lead to finish in a total time of 1 minute, 46.39 seconds.
  • Sensational super-G at 1999 world meet at Beaver Creek still stirs awe

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    At left, Austrian superstar Hermann Maier roars to a first-place tie in super-G at the 1999 world championships at Beaver Creek. Above, from left, Maier, co-champion Lasse Kjus of Norway and third-place finisher Hans Knauss of Austria pose on the podium.
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  • Methods Available, But Rarely Used, to See Doping Prevalence; Current Estimates Alarming

    FasterSkier
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    A recent report by Olivier de Hon, Harm Kuipers, and Maarten van Bottenburg gathers four different kinds of data in on elite sports and attempts to combine them into one single estimate of the prevalence of doping. One study they draw on is research by Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen and his colleagues about the doping-marred 2001 World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. Stray-Gundersen found, based on analysis of blood parameters rather than analytical testing for banned substances, that doping was “prevalent and effective” in cross-country skiing. One of six Finnish athletes banned at…
  • 70th Annual Stowe Derby, the Legendary Downhill Cross-Country Ski Race, Set for Sunday, February 22

    Stowe Derby
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Stowe, Vermont – January 23, 2015 – The legendary Stowe Derby, a unique downhill cross-country ski race, will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Sunday, February 22 in Stowe, Vermont. Skiers from across North America race for the prestige of participating in and possibly winning this historic event, while recreational skiers and spectators enjoy a day of winter sports revelry. New this year, skiers schussing down Mt. Mansfield and into Stowe Village will be followed by fatbike riders pedalling towards victory. “Seventy years in and this event continues to be something people look forward…
  • A Visual Celebration of Winter and Snowsports By Toko

    Toko
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    A Visual Celebration of Winter and Snowsports Winter…Our Playground!
  • Wednesday Workout: Rosie Brennan’s Secret to Success

    Lander Karath
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Rosie Brennan leading her quarterfinal in the 1.5 k classic sprint at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. (Photo: Christopher Schmidt) This week’s Wednesday Workout comes from Rosie Brennan, a 26-year-old Park City native who skis for Alaska Pacific University. Described by USST Head Coach Chris Grover as “the number one athlete in the U.S. to beat,” Brennan has dominated the domestic circuit, winning three of four races at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. She is also fresh off her best World Cup results in Rybinsk, Russia where she earned 13th…
  • National Nordic Foundation Pledges $8,000 of Support for World Championships Team

    National Nordic Foundation
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Kyle Bratrud competing at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. (Photo: NNF) (Press release) SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- The National Nordic Foundation announced today $8,000 of support the Falun World Championship team named yesterday. Originally, proposed as a pillar project, one of the funded skiing development projects key to American skiing, by Yuriy Gusev, the NNF support for World Championships ensures that no skier is stuck with a bill to attend the event in Falun. The team was named yesterday by the USSA and will attend an NNF supported pre-Worlds team camp in…
 
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  • Ski Industry Veterans Remain Bullish on the Future

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    29 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Denver, CO - Mountain lodging activity and snow sports retail equipment sales are up, while skier and snowboarder visits for the 2014-15 ski season are on pace to match last season’s tally of 56. 2 million, according to industry executives who convened as part of The Assembly 2015 presented on Wednesday at Snowsports Industries America’s (SIA) […]
  • Sugarbush and Mad River Glen to Co-host Ski Mountaineering Race

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    29 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Waitsfield, VT - Vermont’s Sugarbush and Mad River Glen will be co-hosting the Mad River Valley Ski Mountaineering Race this Sunday. The race starts at the base of Mad River Glen with participants climbing the mountain via the Lower Antelope and Upper Antelope trails before turning onto the Long Trail. The Long Trail traverses across the […]
  • Snowboarder Found Guilty for Breckenridge Crash

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    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Breckenridge, CO - A Colorado man has been found guilty of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors, over a snowboard collision with a child at Breckenridge Resort last April. Snowboarder Matt Grannell was riding on Breckenridge’s intermediate Pioneer trail on Peak 7 when he collided with the six-year-old female victim. A caution sign in […]
  • Alaska’s Ryan Stassel Wins World Championships Slopestyle Title

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    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Kreischberg, Austria - Olympian Ryan Stassel of Anchorage dominated the slopestyle field to take home his first ever FIS World Championship title in Kreischberg on Wednesday, while teammate Kyle Mack, of West Bloomfield, Mich., earned bronze. The two were separated by 2013 World Champion Roppe Tonterri of Finland, who took the silver. In a three run best-of format, […]
  • Maddie Bowman Repeats X Games Win

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    22 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Aspen, CO - The first day of X Games 2015 in Aspen is in the books, and the women’s superpipe gold medal is in familiar territory. In a field stocked full of eight world-class freeskiers from countries spanning the world, South Lake Tahoe’s Maddie Bowman stomped her first run through Buttermilk’s halfpipe to win another gold […]
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  • Mont Sainte Anne Opens New Expert Trail

    AlpineZone News
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Beaupré, January 22, 2015 – On January 24, the Olympic mogul’s skier Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau and Mont-Sainte-Anne celebrated the official opening of the new expert slope named after the athlete. This new addition bumps up the trail count at Mont Saint Anne to 71 trails. Mont Sainte Anne states that this addition to the mountain’s infrastructures represents took quite a bit of work - How long? 6 weeks; from mid-October to late November. How many people? About 25 specialized workers took part in this important project. What has been done? Excavation: reduces the need of snow. The track…
  • HKD Snowmakers Joins Snowmaking Efficiency Program to Support Ski Vermont’s Learn to Turn Initiative

    AlpineZone News
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    When Vermont ski resorts swapped out old snow guns for efficiency upgrades this season in the Great Snow Gun Round Up in order to make more snow with less energy, they also elevated Vermont’s ski industry and created more opportunities for new skiers and riders to learn the sport. After Efficiency Vermont pledged the nearly $7,000 in scrap metal proceeds from the 27,420 lbs of metal from recycled snowguns to Ski Vermont’s Learn to Turn programs, HKD Snowmakers, the preeminent snowgun supplier for Vermont resorts, generously matched that amount with another $10,000 to help promote Ski…
  • Karl Strand replaces John Diller as Sugarloaf GM

    AlpineZone News
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME  – Sugarloaf announced the appointment today of Karl Strand as the resort’s President and General Manager. He will succeed the resort’s current leader, John Diller, who will retire in April 2015. Strand will oversee all winter and summer operations of Sugarloaf, the largest ski resort east of the Rockies and the home of Maine’s #1 golf course. Strand has held a leading role in managing key segments of Sugarloaf’s operations, as well as those of its sister resort, Sunday River, for the past ten years. He began his career at the resorts in 2004, when he was…
  • Pats Peak Hosts Vertical Challenge on February 1st

    AlpineZone News
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Henniker, NH  – Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination, announces its participation in the Vertical Challenge Race Series sponsored by Mountain Dew on Sunday, February 1, 2015. It’s a fun, all day event for the whole family with a slalom race, prizes, giveaways, awards party and more. This fun race takes place on the Downdraft trail. The race is free of charge to all who have purchased a Pats Peak lift ticket for that day or have a Pats Peak Season Pass. The race is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities with over 30 race categories. The top…
  • Sugarbush Revises Uphill Travel Policy – Free Pass Available

    AlpineZone News
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Warren, VT  – Sugarbush Resort has made significant changes to its uphill travel policy this season. This winter, skiers and riders are permitted to hike or skin before and after operating hours at both mountains on designated trails. Those interested will be required to pick up a free uphill travel pass from Guest Services prior to the first time they skin or hike. The pass will be valid all season. On Saturday, January 11, Sugarbush will host a community forum in Castlerock Pub to share the policy with the community, answer any questions about the new policy, and to issue uphill travel…
 
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  • Banned of Brothers

    Andrew McLean
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Historically, those with authority, guns and money tend to get their way, so when the Utah Department of Transportation starts hinting about closing areas in the Wasatch for backcountry skiing, it is probably worth listening to them.  UDOT is responsible for keeping the Little Cottonwood Canyon road open and safe from avalanches, and one of their main tools is a 105mm howitzer which does not mix well with poor visibility and gaggles of Dawn Patrollers booting up the chutes they are trying to shoot.  The short term solution to this is to sign up for their canyon alerts (twitter @UDOTavy,…
  • 2015 Winter OR Show Review

    Andrew McLean
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    While there was an overwhelming amount of new stuff in store for 2015/16 at the Outdoor Retailer Show, I have to admit to having a weakness for hard goods, especially those made out of exotic steels, sexy plastics and carbon fiber.  I was not disappointed. Odds and Pointy Ends Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampon Since most crampons are asymmetrical anyways, it makes sense to have an asymmetrical front points as well.  While this has been done with technical crampons, the BD Snaggletooth now offers it in a 10 point mountaineering model as well.  According to Bill Belcourt at BD, the crux…
  • State of the Wasatch – Jan 11, 2015

    Andrew McLean
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:38 pm
    In the comments from my last post I was called out as “an elitist blowhard,” so I’ll try to live up to that reputation by now kvetching about the Wasatch snowpack.  It is okay… but we really need more snow, especially as this is going on the fourth sub par year in a row.  We’ve been robbed. Even this was almost too steep for today’s conditions. Today was great fun, and unusual as it was completely opposite of what I usually do, which is start with a mellow run, then work my way up into steeper terrain as the day and my confidence wears on.  Instead,…
  • Top Ten Bad BC Ski Habits that Must Go for 2015

    Andrew McLean
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    1) Half Lapping It is one thing to break trail up the side of a big beautiful bowl and look back to see multiple groups coming up behind you.  It is a totally different story however to see people making it halfway up the climb, ripping their skins and snagging first half-tracks.  Totally lame. Remedy:  Public shaming.  Bad karma.  Social media call-out.  Ass camp the mofo’s if they take another (half)lap. Peace, love, harmony and no half-lapping. This is how you do it. 2) Ass Camping Backcountry skiing is not a peloton in the Tour du France and 2mm does not count as…
  • Outdoor Alliance trip to Washington, DC

    Andrew McLean
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    This was one of the more interested and unusual trips I’ve been on, and although it had everything to do with backcountry skiing, not a turn was had. We did however summit “The Hill” at 9:46am on December 10th with no supplemental oxygen or porters and by fair means. The trip was put together by the Outdoor Alliance, which is an organization based out of Washington DC to lobby on behalf of a variety of outdoor organizations and causes. That such a group even exists nowadays says something about the growth of the human powered outdoor industry over the last decade.  Twenty…
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  • snowshoeing : no such thing as bad weather

    Ian
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. John Ruskin We’ve been having some interesting weather recently, very little snow until boxing day followed a few days later by a thaw and rain. Last week I was up on the col du Grand Saint Bernard and it was fine, cold and sunny but really the snowpack wasn’t at the usual depth for this time of year. The conditions for the ski stations have been challenging to put it mildly,…
  • L’Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard & current snow

    Ian
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader This is a handful of photo’s from a quick overnight trip L’Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard on snowshoes with three great guys from the USA. I’d picked the last couple of days to make the trip since the weather looked the best of the week. It was sunny and dry, at the top if was around -6°C in the shade but really warm in the sun. The snow is good enough for snowshoeing but there’s not a lot of depth and the stability is best described as precarious. We found a few delicately balanced wind slabs and were able to get them to fail…
  • Festive snow

    Ian
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader Somewhat late we got snow starting to fall on boxing day here in Leysin, by the 27th Dec that was starting to get to a reasonable amount. By way of a comparison, here’s a couple of shots from a few days apart … afternoon on 26 Dec New year’s Eve, just after the nordic track outside was prepared The snowfall caused some major problems over in France but rather less so around Switzerland, our guests had travel plans that avoided the busiest times so it all went off without any incident from our perspective. Needless to say following the…
  • Snowshoeing at Les Diablerets

    Ian
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader As has been reported, with suitable hysteria, the snow’s not been ideal for this time of year. A lot of ski stations haven’t been able to operate all their lifts and I’ve needed to get quite high to snowshoe. Fortunately, there’s a few lifts open for pedestrians to get us up to the snow line. Today I went up to Isenau above Les Diablerets and climbed up to the ridge which was quite good. I would have to say though that, if they want to encourage hiking, they’re going to need to give better guidance about where to go.
  • Snowshoe Magazine : Winter Clothing Tips From a Snowshoe Guide

    Ian
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    This was copied from SwissMountainLeader This month Snowshoe Magazine have an article I’ve written about clothing for snowshoeing. It’s basically focussed on what works for me, working in the alps. Not surprisingly I suggest that layered clothing well for the range of activity we’re doing, from the the exertion of going up hill to the sudden shock of hitting a cold, windy summit. Read the article here We shot the photo’s for the article up on glacier 3000 as it was a nice snowy backdrop early season, we were lucky to get a nice sunny day and I’m pretty pleased…
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  • Free the Powder Ski Gloves

    Gary M
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    There is an inventory reduction sale (more off an already legit price) on these gloves right now. Killer value $45. See end of post for a link…  I get excited whenever I hear about a new ski industry brand in Park City…especially a brand going direct-to-consumer online. Previously I have featured both Soul Poles [...] The post Free the Powder Ski Gloves appeared first on Ski Bum Poet.
  • Best SKI Maps Ever

    Gary M
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Check these out! Super excited with a collection of maps we came across from Best Maps Ever. It’s a great idea that compelled me to spread the word. The mapping artwork is incredible and the website is not too shabby. In fact have a look at the US Ski Areas and Resorts Directory…very cool data [...] The post Best SKI Maps Ever appeared first on Ski Bum Poet.
  • Follow The Ski Leader

    Gary M
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Over the last couple of weeks I have seen some cool “follow the leader” ski edits coming out of Alta. Seems these are coming on strong in popularity, and they are a great way to showcase the skill of the skiers. Pay attention I bet we’ll see more of these in 2015… One Run with [...] The post Follow The Ski Leader appeared first on Ski Bum Poet.
  • Happy Holidays 2014

    Gary M
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    What could be better than a three year old little girl and a Great Pyrenees singing Jingle Bells together? While the boy (who is now closing in on 5yrs) and I were just watching this our current family dog Juno walked over slowly and curious with tilted head. We sure miss you, Adah. Peace and [...] The post Happy Holidays 2014 appeared first on Ski Bum Poet.
  • MLK 2014

    Gary M
    20 Jan 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Six minutes of music, thought and reflection on this Martin Luther King Day 2014 is not a lot to ask, right? The post MLK 2014 appeared first on Ski Bum Poet.
 
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  • Partially Sighted, Wicked Fast

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Meet Staci Mannella, a partially sighted ski racer. The subject of a new TV show airing on the East Coast this season, the New Jersey native fought—with the help of her guide, Kim Seevers—onto the U.S. Paralympics National Alpine Team. This is her story. Stay tuned for more segments and the full length documentary on our site. Meet Staci Mannella, a partially sighted ski racer. The subject of a new TV show airing on the East Coast this season, the New Jersey native fought—with the help of her guide, Kim Seevers—onto the U.S. Paralympics National Alpine Team.
  • The Two Faces of Sugarbush

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The defining characteristic of Sugarbush is that it’s two mountains: Lincoln Peak—the original ’Bush—and Mt. Ellen, formerly Glen Ellen ski area. The two-mile Slidebrook Express high-speed quad connects the two, and there’s plenty to love about both, but their vibes and personalities are distinctly different. Lincoln Peak is sleek and polished, with full resort amenities; Mt. Ellen is a shut-up-and-ski, throwback kind of place. I confess the latter is my favorite. And it’s where I find myself on an obscenely rainy Saturday in January—probably the single worst weather day in an…
  • Rent The Runway, For Ski Gear

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Back in 2012, Julian Flores’ wife rented a designer dress from the website Rent the Runway, a fashion company that allows customers to rent designer dresses for a few days at a fraction of what they cost at retail. Flores was just blown away at how easy the process was for her. "She was sent the garment through the mail and used it for a huge party and looked like a million bucks,” he said. At the time, Flores was looking for a solution for some pain points in his life. The couple had been living in Colorado for eight years and had never really taken advantage of…
  • In World Cup Freestyle Moguls, it's Vermont vs. Montreal

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Eastern skiers get one last chance to see an Eastern skiing legend in competition this weekend when the Freestyle World Cup makes a stop in Lake Placid.Mogulist Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., owner of a record eight World Championship medals and an Olympic gold, recently announced that she’ll retire from competitive skiing at the end of the season. The tour arrives in Lake Placid fresh off last week’s biennial World Championships, held in Kreischberg, Austria, where Kearney snagged the dual moguls gold but was edged out in singles by up-and-comer Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada.
  • 72-Hour Ski Trip: Val Thorens, France

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
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  • If You're Not Doing Sundance at Park City Mountain Resort, You're Not Really Doing Sundance

    Andy
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    For 10 days every year, during the middle of the winter season, an influx of Sundance Film Festival movie-goers and party crashers turns the town of Park City inside out - but also makes for some of the best skiing of the year! Restaurant reservations can be tough to come by and hotel rooms fill up early, because virtually everyone in town is here for something other than making turns - let's just say their idea of a manicured groomer is different from ours. That also means, however, short lift lines and wide open turns across 3,300 acres of world-class terrain blanketed by a few months'…
  • Park City is Made for Spring Break With This Special Deal

    Park City Mountain Resort
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sunny days, soft snow and some of our best events of the season make spring a special time in Park City, whether you're looking for someplace to bring the family or get after it with your friends. This year, we're offering a special lodging & lift ticket deal that makes it easier than ever to enjoy Park City during Spring Break! Blue skies, soft snow and a variety of events make spring one of the best times to visit Park City. Make the most of Park City in the spring time when you book lodging and lift tickets together for 4 nights - and get your fifth night of lodging FREE. Lodging…
  • January is National Safety Awareness Month

    Park City Mountain Resort
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    National Safety Week has expanded and is now National Safety Month (January 2015)! We invite you to join us in educating yourself, your family and friends (as we educate our employees) about being safe and using common sense on the slopes. In addition, we have a process that allows us to immediately address issues on the mountain. On our website, learn about: Mountain Safety Safety Planning Snow Safety 101 Kids and Safety Our friends at Northstar California produced this helpful video with a collection of tips on staying safe: (note that Northstar California has some safety initiatives that…
  • Saturday's Après Parties for Kids Are Back!

    Samantha
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    January 10 kicks off the return of the Saturday Après Parties for Kids series! These events prove that après isn't just for adults! Last season, this popular event series featured magicians, cowboys, face painters and all sorts of crafts. This year, we're upping the ante and are creating weekly experiences that your kids will remember for years to come. We'll be hosting completely different activities each week, but will always have treats and hot chocolate available. The first event on January 10 will be picture frame creation, where kids can decorate their own picture frames however they…
  • January is 'Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month' in Park City

    Andy
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I'm always pumped when someone buckles in for the first time and realizes how easy our top-notch instructors make skiing or snowboarding to learn and how much fun it is after getting the basics. Naturally, January is one of my favorite months because it's Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month! We have a range of introductory lesson programs for adults, kids or teens.  The family that skis and rides together has a whole lot of fun. If you're reading this, you're likely already drinking the ski/snowboard Kool-Aid. But everyone knows someone who's never experienced the thrill of linking turns…
 
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  • If You're Not Doing Sundance at Park City Mountain Resort, You're Not Really Doing Sundance

    Andy
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    For 10 days every year, during the middle of the winter season, an influx of Sundance Film Festival movie-goers and party crashers turns the town of Park City inside out - but also makes for some of the best skiing of the year! Restaurant reservations can be tough to come by and hotel rooms fill up early, because virtually everyone in town is here for something other than making turns - let's just say their idea of a manicured groomer is different from ours. That also means, however, short lift lines and wide open turns across 3,300 acres of world-class terrain blanketed by a few months'…
  • Park City is Made for Spring Break With This Special Deal

    Park City Mountain Resort
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sunny days, soft snow and some of our best events of the season make spring a special time in Park City, whether you're looking for someplace to bring the family or get after it with your friends. This year, we're offering a special lodging & lift ticket deal that makes it easier than ever to enjoy Park City during Spring Break! Blue skies, soft snow and a variety of events make spring one of the best times to visit Park City. Make the most of Park City in the spring time when you book lodging and lift tickets together for 4 nights - and get your fifth night of lodging FREE. Lodging…
  • January is National Safety Awareness Month

    Park City Mountain Resort
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    National Safety Week has expanded and is now National Safety Month (January 2015)! We invite you to join us in educating yourself, your family and friends (as we educate our employees) about being safe and using common sense on the slopes. In addition, we have a process that allows us to immediately address issues on the mountain. On our website, learn about: Mountain Safety Safety Planning Snow Safety 101 Kids and Safety Our friends at Northstar California produced this helpful video with a collection of tips on staying safe: (note that Northstar California has some safety initiatives that…
  • Saturday's Après Parties for Kids Are Back!

    Samantha
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    January 10 kicks off the return of the Saturday Après Parties for Kids series! These events prove that après isn't just for adults! Last season, this popular event series featured magicians, cowboys, face painters and all sorts of crafts. This year, we're upping the ante and are creating weekly experiences that your kids will remember for years to come. We'll be hosting completely different activities each week, but will always have treats and hot chocolate available. The first event on January 10 will be picture frame creation, where kids can decorate their own picture frames however they…
  • January is 'Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month' in Park City

    Andy
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I'm always pumped when someone buckles in for the first time and realizes how easy our top-notch instructors make skiing or snowboarding to learn and how much fun it is after getting the basics. Naturally, January is one of my favorite months because it's Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month! We have a range of introductory lesson programs for adults, kids or teens.  The family that skis and rides together has a whole lot of fun. If you're reading this, you're likely already drinking the ski/snowboard Kool-Aid. But everyone knows someone who's never experienced the thrill of linking turns…
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    Snow.Guide

  • What makes Telemark Telemark?

    Scott Hammond
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    So what makes Telemark what it is? Is it the boots, the bindings, the skis, the style or the Turn? Maybe it’s the passion of its loyal followers? Well, it’s all of those and more, with less emphasis on the skis. There are specific Telemark skis available on the market, but any ski can be used effectively, therefore skis will be less of a focus over the coming instalments. Let´s start with the Telemark boot and binding. There are two kinds of Telemark boots. As mentioned and seen in the previous article (Telemark Skiing – So What’s it All About?), the header boot image is the 75mm…
  • Scott Ski – 2015 Ski Review

    Robert Stewart
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    Scott Sports make lots of nice toys for both summer and winter sporting activities including bikes, apparel and ski equipment, including ski hardware. They’ve been going for a long time – founded in 1958 in the US, the company is now Swiss based and their collection has expanded massively from the beginning when they were famous for making goggles and then ski poles. Their skis started seeping into the market during the early noughties when the Santiago Mission was launched. I remember skiing on them at the time – solid as a rock but damn hard to turn. Now, the skis have evolved into…
  • Snowboarder vs Flying Aircraft!

    Mark Barber
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
    Most of you will know Jamie Barrow as that crazy snowboarder who sped across a frozen lake being propelled by a jet powered backpack! That was one year ago and that world record breaking stunt went viral on Facebook. On Friday 30th January, Jamie will be returning to the same frozen lake at the picturesque resort of St.Moritz in Switzerland, to go bigger and better! This time, in a world record first, Jamie Barrow will speed across the frozen lake being towed by a flying aircraft. The aircraft will be on skis and Jamie will be pulled from a type of cord that is used in Wakeboarding. The…
  • Curry and Powder in Japan

    Peter Marsh
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    I’ve now been in Japan for a little over a month and the ski school has survived the Christmas and new year period with most of the staffs sanity reasonably intact! After a slow start on the snow front the snow God has been working overtime and delivering buckets of white happiness for us all to play in. It snows here nearly every day and in fact I can’t remember the last day it didn’t snow! Every day is Groundhog Day for the powder hounds of Hokkaido! So can you get bored with skiing powder every day? Well, erm, no, not so far. Perhaps by the end of the season I will be…
  • Douk Snowboard Review

    Mark Barber
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    It seems that in the UK we have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years with start-up snowboard brands. One of which is Douk, which is pronounced Duke, a British snowboard brand with a difference – all their snowboards are hand-crafted and manufactured in the UK. You can purchase pre-designed and branded snowboards in a number of different shapes and profiles, but Douk’s whole MO is that you can completely design a hand-crafted customised snowboard yourself. This is ideal for a personalised board or for corporate branding. Customising is easy and you are spoilt for choice…
 
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    The Mountain Mover

  • 102nd Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Event Schedule, Feb. 4-8 2015

    Ashley
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Photo: Brian Irwin You may have been to a winter festival before, but we guarantee it was nothing compared to the Steamboat Winter Carnival. Think: parade, fireworks (okay, those are pretty normal), and add in a skiing Lighted Man, kids pulled on skis down mainstreet, ski jumping through fiery hoops and more. If you’ll be in Steamboat Springs Feb. 4-8, don’t miss the 102nd Winter Carnival (and if you don’t have plans to be here, then make them!) 102nd Steamboat Winter Carnival Schedule Wednesday,…
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    Middle Aged Ski Bum®

  • The Bums

    kim@kimhull.com
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Kim Hull Partner: Chasing Light Media Greg Hull Partner: Chasing Light Media Kim and Greg Hull are partners at Chasing Light Media, which specializes in sports, product and event photography. They work as a team and are available for freelance assignments throughout North America. When not shooting an event, they can be found on the ski slopes, hiking trails, riding bikes and drinking wine. Our story In 2010, we set plans in motion to leave our conventional lives of working and taking a few vacations a year to pursuing a life filled with doing what we loved full-time. We sold our house…
  • Buy This, Not That: Save Money This Ski Season

    kim@kimhull.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Article by Nicole Roosien Photo: © Stellar Propeller Studios Skiing is expensive—we all know this. For those of us who skied 38 days last winter (shameless humble brag), we view our gear as an investment not to skimp on. We spend $500 on a jacket, and let’s not even start on the ski boots. At the resort, we fall under the spell of the mountain. The fresh powder, the altitude; it all makes spending nine bucks on a hot chocolate seem insignificant. That is, until the season ends and we realize the extent of just how much we spent. Of course, when you’re packing in ski days every weekend…
  • Opedix® Knee-Tec™ Tights

    kim@kimhull.com
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I have bad knees. Not sure why – it can’t be the years of skiing, cycling, hiking and climbing mountains.  And, I’m sure it’s not being, ahem…middle aged. So, when I heard about Opedix Knee-Tec tights - tights that have been designed to reduce knee pain during action sports – whoa, that sounded like something I needed to try. Opedix Knee-Tec Tights in the gym I got my pair of Opedix tights in November and started wearing them to the gym for pre-season ski conditioning. We went to the gym about every other day in November and December and I wore them…
  • Mendocino County and the Redwoods

    kim@kimhull.com
    15 Nov 2013 | 1:00 pm
    Mendocino County is one of the most beautiful areas of Northern California. Located about 3 hours north of San Francisco, Mendocino County is filled with wineries, quaint inns, the seaside village of Mendocino, and of course, the amazing redwoods. Getting there Head north up the 101 toward Santa Rose and Sonoma. At Cloverdale, take 128 west toward the coast. Highway 128 is a winding road that runs through Mendocino County’s wine regions, which produce some excellent wines. Yorkville Cellars is about 17 miles west of Cloverdale and further into the Anderson Valley region are numerous…
  • Kenwood Vineyard

    kim@kimhull.com
    3 Nov 2013 | 6:56 pm
    9592 Sonoma Highway Kenwood, CA 95452 707 833 5891 Kenwood Winery website Back to Sonoma » Click image to launch viewer
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    Tokyo Snow Club News

  • Bern Helmets Members Sale

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:18 pm
    You may have noticed the very cool helmets that TSC staff and instructors are sporting this season. Thanks to the awesome folks at BERN we have a range of these helmets for sale at around half the usual retail price for Tokyo Snow Club members. All helmets are brand new and include warm inners. These [...]
  • Okutama Autumn MTB trip report

    admin
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:29 pm
    The weather forecast was for rain all day but the group that came out on Saturday started and finished the ride with blue skies and sunshine. There were a few downpours but not enough to dampen our spirits. We enjoyed amazing Autumn colors, slippery suspension bridges, hot sweet potatoes and one very dark tunnel…a very [...]
  • Natural Light Photography Workshop Report

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    We started our first TSC photo workshop tour under sunny and cool skies at Okutama station. Professional photographer, Ken Iwai was on hand to give tips, answer questions and help with camera menus. Brad Bennett carried the tri-pods and kept the group moving with stops at riverside, forest and mountaintop locations finishing with a gentle [...]
  • New Snowfall Around Japan

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    We have had a lot more snowfall over the last few days with several resorts already opening up for the season! Check out some shots below from various resort web cams. The pic direclty below is from Kiroro Snow Resort in Hokkaido which started its season’s operations today:  
  • Akakura Lift Pass Winners

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    We had five 1 day passes for Akakura Onsen to giveaway this week & the winners are: 1. Kaleb C 2. えりか 3. Yukiko G 4. Yukari S 5. Kirsten M Winners have been notified by email. Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for our next giveaway coming soon!
 
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    Inghams Blog

  • Hidden Gems of the Zillertal

    Sam
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:14 am
    With 489 km of perfect pistes, 177 lifts, the best park in Europe and many different accessible areas all included on the superski pass, Mayrhofen and the Zillertal are a skier or snowboarder’s paradise. But what if you want a bit of alone time, a bit of space from the hustle and bustle of this lively and charming resort? Accessible directly from the Penken ski area, is a little place called Eggalm on the furthest south of the ski area in the Tuxertal. To get here head up the Tux150er lift from Penken-Horberg up to Rastkogel (Rastkogel in itself is a beautiful area, beautiful pistes and a…
  • Jumping for Joy in Kuhtai!

    Sam
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    Alex, our Resort Manager in Kuhtai, talks about why he believes Kuhtai has been chosen as the host resort for Channel 4′s ‘The Jump.’ Let’s start with the resort: the highest ski resort in Austria at 2020m giving snow-sure skiing from December to April and a season that’s four weeks longer than most Austrian resorts; doorstep skiing from all three Inghams hotels; sunny south-facing pistes for the morning and shady north-facing slopes to keep the runs in good condition; typical Austrian charm, friendliness and value. All this and a little gem of a sister ski area just 15…
  • The Lakes of Interlaken

    Sam
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brittany, one of our Resort Representatives in Interlaken has written about the two amazing lakes you can visit when on holiday there!  We are lucky enough here in Interlaken to be surrounded by not one but two lakes. Lake Thun to the West and the beautiful green waters of Lake Brienz to the East.  With each lake boasting a number of vessels, boats leave the harbours pretty much every hour during the summer months. They provide a great way to get around the local area, whilst being able to put your feet up and relax. If you are a fan of a good castle like myself Lake Thun has so much to…
  • Roll out the red carpet at the Schloss Lebenberg….

    Sam
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    When people ask me to describe my recent trip to Kitzbühel, there’s only one word that comes to mind….stunning! It starts with the picturesque descent into Innsbruck valley, listed as one of the top 10 airports to fly into, and you can understand why. With the breathtaking views over the Austrian alps and the steep descent into the valley, it really is an incredible way to begin your holiday. Another great factor about Innsbruck is its location as it has short transfer times to many Austrian resorts – you can see why it’s such a popular choice. When we arrived at the Hotel…
  • The Roarin’ Game

    Sam
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:24 am
    Curlers’ Grace O Lord wha’s love surrounds us a’ And brings us a’ thegither; Wha’ writes your laws upon oor hearts, And bids us help each ither. We bless Thee for Thy bounties great, For meat and hame and gear We thank Thee, Lord, for snaw and ice - But still we ask for mair. Gi’e us a hert to dae whit’s richt, Like curlers true and keen; To be guid friends along life’s road, And soop oor slide aye clean. O Power abune whose bounty free, Oor needs and wants suffices; We render thanks for Barley Bree, And meat that appetises. Be Thou our Skip throughout life’s game,…
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    Ski Vacation Blog

  • 5 days in Aspen Snowmass: A first-timer’s guide

    Leah Fielding
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Few ski destinations deliver extraordinary experiences for every stripe of skier and snowboarder, but Aspen Snowmass, a single resort with four ski areas accessible via one lift ticket, does just... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • Protected: Ski.com’s quest to cure winter blues: Spring Break in Breckenridge

    Alex Boyd
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: Ski.com’s quest to cure winter blues: Spring Break in Breckenridge appeared first on Ski Vacation Blog. This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • Top ski resorts for perfect corduroy

    Alex Boyd
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Each ski season shapes up differently with varying storm tracks and snowfall, and for those who don’t live in a ski resort, this unpredictability can cause a lot of pre-trip anxiety. The good news is... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • Our learning to ski and snowboard stories

    Alex Boyd
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    It’s Learn to Ski Month, and we’ve been reflecting on our own introductions to snow sports. Some of us started before we could walk and others learned as adults. Here are some of our memories... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
  • 3 reasons your kids (and you) will love Buttermilk’s new Hideout

    Leah Fielding
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    On the heels of opening the industry-leading Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center in Snowmass, Aspen Snowmass has brought to life yet another state-of-the-art children’s facility. When Buttermilk opened... This is a preview of the post, to read more please visit ski.com/blog.
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    A Mountain Journey

  • Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park

    derek
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Telemark Meadows, Yellowstone National Park Location: 29.8 miles south of Big Sky, Highway 191, Yellowstone National Park Trailhead: Westside turnout on Highway 191 (7205 ft) Distance: 1.25miles to top Time: 1 hours Top Elevation: 8000 ft Vertical: 795 ft USGS Maps: Divide Lake _________________________________________ On a cold Saturday morning, Jeremy Wood and I braved the icy roads of SW Montana to explore Telemark Meadows in Yellowstone National Park. Entering Yellowstone National Park on Highway 191 Telemark Meadows is located 29.8 miles south of the Big Sky turn off, about 5…
  • The Bozeman and Big Sky Backcountry Ski Guide Review

    derek
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Southwest Montana has hundreds of thousands of acres of wild mountains. It’s a backcountry skier’s paradise. This region is a bit of a hidden gem. There aren’t too many people. The snow is incredible. The mountains are vast. And it’s awesome. The amount of ski terrain in SW MT can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, Ben Werner published The Bozeman and Big Sky Backcountry Ski Guide. The iconic yellow book featuring a cover shot of the Fin can be found on backcountry enthusiast’s bookshelves and trailheads across the region. Mine is dog-eared and well worn.
  • Arcteryx Stinger Bibs Review

    derek
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Arc’teryx Stinger Bibs Review Price: $499.00 Official Website: Arc’teryx Weight: 620 g / 1 lb 5.9 oz Material: N80p-X Gore Tex 3L, Keprotec, Cordura Nylon Summary: The Arc’teryx Stinger Bibs are engineered for backcountry/ski mountaineering missions. They offer superb mobility, ideal pocket configuration, and fantastic weather protection in a lightweight package. This is backcountry mountain apparel at its finest. Buy Arcteryx Stinger Bibs Now ____________________________________________ The Arcteryx Stinger Bibs could be the perfect pair of backcountry/ski mountaineering…
  • The Do Its, Tetons

    derek
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    The Do Its, Tetons Location: The Do Its, West Side of Teton Pass, Teton Range, Wyoming Trailhead: Coal Creek Parking Area Distance: 2.75miles Time: 1.5 to 2 hours Top Elevation: 8800 ft Vertical: 1830 ft USGS Maps: Rendezvous Peak, Victor _________________________________ Over the course of a few days, Nick Warndorf, Spencer Hennigan, and I had skied Taylor Mountain near Teton Pass and the Four Hour Couloir in GTNP. Today we chose to take it easy and ski the Do It’s on the west side of Teton Pass near Victor. The Do It’s (on right), as seen from Taylor Mountain The Do Its…
  • Four Hour Couloir, Grand Teton National Park

    derek
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Four Hour Couloir, Grand Teton National Park Location: Shadow Peak, Grand Teton National Park Trailhead: Bradley/Taggart Parking Area Distance: 7miles Time: 3 to 6 hours Top Elevation: 10,725 ft / 3,269 m Vertical: 3,775 ft USGS Maps: Grand Teton, Moose _________________________________________ After a fun day skiing Taylor Mountain and an unexpected evening of adventure in Victor, Idaho, it was time to head to one of my favorite places – Grand Teton National Park. GTNP At around 6 am, Nick Warndorf, Spencer Hennigan, Heather Puroll, and I hit the road heading eastbound over Teton…
 
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