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Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspa...pers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association. He lives in the mountains of New Mexico. More

PCSkiGal: Lifts, Gondola, Zips On Tap For Snowbird

Snowbird Mary EllenIt may have taken Snowbird 20 years to get and open their new Summit at Snowbird Lodge, but let the flood gates fly.

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PCSkiGal: Get The Last Of The Wasatch Spring Skiing

Spring skiing WasatchTwo more days. That's what I need to reach my annual (average) goal of 60 days of skiing. I’m close yet I still can't believe that I’ve skied that many days in the first place (given the decent yet less than consistent snow conditions) and the season will be over for Parkites this Sunday.

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Indianhead/Blackjack Pass Deals Extend To Sept. 15

Indianhead kidsOK, you missed the really early bird season pass sale at Wisconsin’s Indianhead Resort. No worries. There are still some substantial savings until Sept. 15. The passes are good at both Indianhead and Blackjack and carry reciprocal deals at a number of other resorts.

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Shiffrin, Steigler End Season On High Notes; 1-2 In National GS At Sun Valley

Resi Steigler at NationalsIn the final day of action at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in front of a big crowd of ski racing fans at Sun Valley, Idaho, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO – U.S. Ski Team) wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday.

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Laurenne Ross Consistent In World Cup Super G Final

Laurenne Ross World Cup FinalsConsistency is the new name of the game for Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR), who popped yet another top-five finish in Thursday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals super G Thursday.

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World Cup Finals Underway In St. Moritz; Nyman Second In Downhill

Steven Nyman World Cup FinalsThe Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kick off today (Wednesday, March 16) at the site of the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz. The sun is shining, the track is reminiscent of that Colorado buttery smooth snow and globes are up for grabs. Plus, nearly all World Cup Finals events will be shown live on NBCSN.

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Weibrecht Just Off Podium; Sullivan Retires In Kvitfjell

Marco Sullivan retiresAndrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) just missed a podium spot to lead three Americans into the top 20 in Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G.

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Mt. Hood Meadows Honors Employees With More Than 40 Years Service

Mt. Hood Meadows employeesMt. Hood Meadows staff gathered recently at the Oregon resort to honor four employees who have worked at Meadows for 40 or more seasons.

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Vonn Wins Downhill Globe, Regains Overall Lead; Nyman Second In Chamonix

Vonn wins downhill title 2010Lindsey Vonn wrapped up her eighth overall World Cup downhill title, and moved back into the overall World Cup lead following her second place downhill finish at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Saturday at La Thuile, Italy. American Steven Nyman finished second in the men’s downhill at Chamonix, France.

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Laurenne Ross Breaks Top Five In Italy; Vonn Loses Grip On Overall Lead

Laurenne RossLaurenne Ross from Bend, Ore. threw down a clean and strong run to take fifth place and lead the Americans in the La Thuile, Italy downhill Friday. Lindsey Vonn lost a ski and did not finish the race.

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Market Briefing Says West Resorts Got January Lodging Boost

Big Foot Lodge Mt. Hood MeadowsOverall business at mountain destinations in the Rocky Mountain and Far West regions received a boost for winter bookings during January lifted by local and regional visitors according to the most recent Mountain Market Briefing by Denver-based DestiMetrics

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Vonn Hangs On To Lead Over Lara Gut Despite 3rd Place Super G

Lara Gut wins super GThe battle for the overall World Cup title heated up again on a warm, springlike day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup as Switzerland’s Lara Gut got the best of Lindsey Vonn in Sunday’s Kandahar super G at Garmisch, Germany

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Lake Placid's Andrew Weibrecht Second In Kitz World Cup Super G

Andrew Weibrecht at Beaver Creek 2015Andrew Weibrecht from Lake Placid, N.Y. grabbed his second, and most prestigious, super G podium result of his career finishing second in Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup on the classic Hahnenkamm track at Kitzbuehel, Austria.

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Join Attempt To Break Guinness Record For Largest Ski/Snowboard Lesson Friday

Ski Liberty FamilySki and snowboard resorts nationwide are ready to attempt setting The Guinness Book of World Records for the largest ski and snowboard lesson Friday, Jan. 8 at 160-plus locations. It’s also the kick off for Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month.

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The Biggest SnoCountry News Of 2015: Weather...Or Not


Soda Springs powderThe biggest rolling news story of 2015 across North America’s SnoCountry is, of course, the weather, including the return of that strong and totally unruly little boy — El Nino. Love him or hate him, and that depends on where you ski and ride, you are feeling the impact of this recurring atmospheric condition.

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Shiffrin, Ligety Aim To Get Back On GS Track As World Cup Returns To Europe

Ted LigetyThe White Circus, aka the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, is back across the Big Pond this weekend after an extended stay in North America at Aspen, Beaver Creek, and Lake Louise. The spotlight is on Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety, both trying to erase sub-standard performances in the Giant Slalom.

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World Cup: Shiffrin Rocks To Second Dominating Slalom Win At Aspen Winternationals

Tamara McKinney and Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin won her second straight slalom race of the season Sunday at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternationals World Cup, leaving the rest of the ladies’ ski world wondering if her uncharacteristic edge catch mistake in Friday’s Giant Slalom might be it for the winter. Shiffrin won Sunday by a margin of 2.65 seconds.

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World Cup: Aspen Winternationals To Feature Mikaela Shiffrin Nov. 27-29; Men Blast Off At Lake Louise

Aspen Internationals fireworksThe fastest female ski racers in the world take to Aspen Mountain Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29 for the Audi FIS World Cups at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. Star of the show? Certainly could be -- perhaps should be -- Colorado’s Mikaela Shiffrin in either the Giant Slalom or the two slaloms. Or all three. No pressure there.

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USA's Shiffrin Takes Second At World Cup Opening GS In Austria

Mikaela Shiffrin 2nd in Opening GS SoeldenOn an icy injected course in Soelden, Austria, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) threw down two solid runs of giant slalom to walk away with second place at the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup of the 2015-16 season. She finished behind Italian Federica Brignone, who won her first World Cup. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein took third.

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Winter Lodge Bookings Off To Slow Start In West; Summer Was Gangbusters

Hotel TellurideBooking momentum into the winter months is pacing slower for the first time in more than three years, even though robust occupancy and revenue figures for September contributed to the third consecutive record-breaking summer at western mountain resorts.

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