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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Searchmont Resort Not Making Snow This Season

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Ontario's Searchmont Resort announced on its website that they “have made the decision not to begin regular snowmaking this season due to significant cost and variable surrounding the Coronavirus.” They have also delayed season pass sales as well, also attributed to the Coronavirus.

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So You Want to Try Cross Country Skiing This Winter?

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If you get frustrated with reservations, social distancing, and the scene at alpine ski areas this winter, perhaps this is the winter you might want to try cross country skiing.

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SnoCast: Who Gets Tricks, and Who Gets Snowy Treats?

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Halloween weekend and first days of November will feature forecast tricks and treats. With a leftover hurricane delivering snow to New England and ski areas opening in the west, this time of year is always a treat to build ski season excitement.

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Smartwool Parent Company Foundation Gifts $1.5M to Steamboat For New Howelsen chairlift

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An unexpected $1.5 million gift to Steamboat Springs that was announced on Wednesday will be used to build a new Barrows Chairlift on Howelsen Hill.

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Wolf Creek First To Open In Colorado

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Thanks to two feet of new snow from last weekend's storm, Colorado's Wolf Creek Ski Area is the first area to open in Colorado, albeit, under strict COVID-19 protocol.

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Telluride Converting Gondola Cars Into Dining Cabins For The Winter

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With ski resorts and towns brainstorming for creative ways to meet their guests’ restaurant needs within COVID-19 occupancy constraints this winter, the Town of Mountain Village near Telluride has come up with a novel one: a collection of 20 dining cabins scattered in the base plaza made from refurbished gondola cars.

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Tahoe Resorts Let Skiers And Riders What To Expect This Season

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Like all U.S. resorts, the list of COVID-related changes at Tahoe-area mountains reads familiar: Cashless transactions, masking up, self-grouping for lifts, state regulating size of gatherings, more weekday season pass options, rental shop spacing, group lesson capping,  gearing up in the parking lot, and grab 'n' go food.

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Disney's Failed Attempt To Build A Massive Ski Resort In The California Wilderness

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It’s never quite made sense that the Country Bear Jamboree debuted in Disney World, located in muggy Florida, a state not particularly known for furry brown bears. But the ensemble of musical bears wasn’t meant for Disney World at all. They were destined, once upon a time, for a stunning alpine-style resort tucked deep in California’s Sequoia National Park.

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Alberta's Mount Norquay Banff Kicks Off 2020-21 Season

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Banff’s Mount Norquay in Alberta, Canada, kicked off the 2020-21 ski season on Oct. 24, the earliest the area has opened in its 95-year history.

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New Renderings For Proposed Garibaldi Ski Resort Near Squamish

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The new Garibaldi at Squamish ski resort could have a design that highlights the area’s connection with the Squamish First Nation, based on new preliminary concept artistic renderings that provide higher detail.

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The Grooviest Groomer

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Good morning groovy people. Good morning, Sugar Poppppp,” Brian Hughes says into his camera phone, making a popping sound as he says, “Pop.”

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Northern New Mexico Resorts Ready For Season Of Limits

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Snow guns are ready, chairlift inspected, and snowcats ready to go as the New Mexico 2020-2021 ski and snowboard season begins to open in late November.

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SnoCast: Colder Plunge for the West; Fickle in the East

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This week, we’ll see a much needed wetter and colder pattern develop for the west, while the east remains a battleground between autumn’s warm and cold snaps.

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Will COVID-19 Provide a Boom For Cross Country Skiing?

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The COVID pandemic has some in the cross country ski industry projecting a coming boom similar to the bicycle industry, which saw such a surge of sales and activity last spring.

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Minnesota's Wild Mountain Opens Front Stage Terrain Park

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Wild Mountain, about an hour northeast of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, has opened the Front Stage terrain park with four to six terrain park features and rope tow uphill access.

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No 'Race To Open' As Colorado Resorts Focus On Safety

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For years, there's been a friendly competition among a trio of high-elevation Colorado resorts to see which Northern American resort opens first. But Covid-19 has cancelled that "race" for this season -- pushing opening dates back.

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Vermont's Jay Peak Joins Indy Pass for 2020-21 Season

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Skier and riders in the Northeast have another reason to grab a 2020-21 Indy Pass as Vermont's Jay Peak has announced that it will join more than 50 resorts in North America, including 10 in New England, for the upcoming season.

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Colorado's Uncertain Ski Season Could Have An Unusually Late Start

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In what promises to be a most unusual ski season in Colorado due to COVID-19, it might also be an unusually late kickoff.

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NOAA Releases Winter Outlook: La Niña Impacts Expected

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Every autumn, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) releases their season outlook, with projections of what we can expect (weather-wise) into the winter season. This isn't your daily weather forecast; It's probabilistic insight into the longer term temperature and precipitation patterns on the scale of months. The outlooks are based on global weather patterns, which decades of research have proven that weather on one side of the globe, can impact weather thousands of miles away.

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Top New Ski Hotels Opening For The Winter 2020-2021 Season

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Since the global coronavirus pandemic began, sports that lend themselves to outdoor social distancing (golf, cycling, hiking, fishing, etc.) have been red hot, and skiing and snowboarding hold the same appeal as cold weather sets in. Several new hotels are debuting at major ski resorts around the country, and while it is too early to say whether travel from outside the regions will be safe or advisable this ski season, it is worth begin informed if the travel landscape takes a turn for the better.

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