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Truthful Ski Resort Conditions At Your Fingertips

Ever visit a ski resort’s website, read a report stating they just got 15cm of fresh, only to arrive and discover the number to be greatly exaggerated? Ever want to see what the locals are saying about ski conditions right now? A new iPhone app courtesy of skiresort.com now lets you discover the truth. I […]

Aspen/Snowmass Trying to Re-Use Last Year’s Powder for the 2008-2009 Ski and Snowboarding Season

Interesting story at Vaildaily.com today about efforts at Aspen/Snowmass to preserve a huge block of powder from last year’s season. The resort is using a product called Ice Protector Optiforce, which acts as a sort of “blanket” to prevent glacier ice and snow from melting. Tests in Austria and Switzerland have demonstrated that the product […]

Vermonters Get Resort Improvements

First Tracks has a phenomenal overview of all the improvements that took place over the summer at ski resorts around Vermont. If you’re planning to head to Vermont this winter or live there now, you’ll definitely want to check this article out. It includes updates on Stowe, Jay Peak, Bromley, Burke Mountain and many many […]

China Gets in on the Ski Resort Action

Recently The Globe and Mail ran a piece on the growth of ski resorts in China. So did Frequency, the quarterly snowboarder’s journal. The story in the Globe is more focused on the development of the real estate market as it relates to ski areas; Frequency’s story is much more about improvements within the resorts […]

Blue Mountain Ski Resort: From the “I Didn’t Know That” Department

Some interesting stuff I discovered while looking around for some post content this week: There is a ski resort in Ontario that’s taller than Blue Mountain and big enough to host an FIS-sanctioned Giant Slalom Race: The Georgian Peaks Ski Club. With a vertical of 820 feet, Georgian Peaks is Ontario’s highest and longest hill. […]

Killington: When Ski Resorts are Sold Off

Anytime a ski resort is sold to a large company, particularly those which specialize in the operation of ski areas, most everyone will say it’s a mixed blessing. On the plus side, investment is typically put into facilities, lodging and snowmaking; on the downside, locals typically lament things will “never be the same” and that […]

Ski Area Openings in North America

It’s getting cold, and there’s a bit of snow up north around Barrie; otherwise, however, the weather outlook for ski resorts in Ontario isn’t great thus far. Of course, around North America — hell, even down the highway — this isn’t the case. Check out all these anticipated openings: Mont Tremblant: November 21 Sunshine Village: […]

Arapahoe Basin is Open

Let the North American snowboarding season begin! Arapahoe Basin opened yesterday, marketing its earliest opening ever. Looks like an 18″ man-made base at this point, but hey, where else are you going to ride?