Skiing and snowboarding stories shared from various sources around the world to our SnoCountry readers.

Northern Michigan ski resort to add 6-person Bubble Chairlift for warm uphill rides

HARBOR SPRINGS, MI - A new kind of fast, innovative ski lift will break ground at The Highlands at Harbor Springs next year.

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GLACIER SKI AREAS IN AUSTRIA ARE OPENING

Hintertux and Soelden already have slopes open with others making final preparations after the temperatures have dropped and fresh snow has arrived. 

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Alaska Receives First Snow of Season

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After receiving the first winter storm warning out of anywhere in the U.S. this season, fresh snow has dumped on Alaska in its Brooks Range.

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HEAVY SNOW & RAIN IN AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORTS

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20cm has fallen in some resorts with resorts in New South Wales seeing the best of it. However the latest storm is expected to bring heavy rain and some resorts have closed their lifts. 

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Europe’s Largest Dry Ski Slope Opens in Ukraine, Despite War

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A huge dry ski slope has gone into operation near the western Ukranian city of Lviv. Work on the facility began last autumn and was completed in early summer, despite Russia’s invasion.

 

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Record-breaking SkyBridge expected to open at Boyne Mountain in time for fall colors

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MT. HOOD MEADOWS JOINS THE INDY PASS

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The premier Oregon resort becomes Indy's largest by skier volume

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 26, 2022) – The Indy Pass is proud to announce that Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon is joining its coalition of independent resorts for the 22/23 season. Mt. Hood Meadows is one of the largest independently owned and operated resorts in the US and features 2,150 acres, 11 lifts, 85 named runs, and 430" of annual snowfall. It welcomes more skier visits than any other Indy resort partner.

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Sited majestically on the flank of Mt. Hood, Meadows features vast snowfields above the treeline. 

"We are very excited to welcome our home mountain, Mt. Hood Meadows, to the Indy family of resorts, said Indy Pass president Doug Fish. We know first-hand that Meadows is one of the finest resorts in North America, and their presence on the pass will elevate and support all Indy resorts."

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Double-black chutes and treed glades are plentiful in Meadows' Heather Canyon.

Meadows Chairman and CEO Matthew Drake says alignment with the Indy Pass continues the company’s efforts to expand access to quality mountain recreation experiences, stating, "It is our culture to innovate, implement new initiatives, experiment, learn and then refine. Our first year with the Indy Pass is another exciting experiment.”

Mt. Hood Meadows immediately becomes the crown jewel in Indy's Western region. It gives the Indy Pass a Mt. Hood anchor to compliment White Pass, Washington, and Hoodoo, Oregon, each about 2.5 hours from Portland. Meadows' reliable Cascade snowpack comes from the constant barrage of winter storms that pound the Oregon coast before slamming into 11,225' Mt. Hood. Its extensive terrain includes 1,700 additional vertical feet of hike-to snow fields and gate-accessed side country, affording Meadows premier status by any measure.

Mt. Hood Meadows Mountain Stats

  • Top of Cascade Express - 7,300 (9,000 at the top of hike-to terrain)
  • Vertical Rise - 2,777
  • Acres - 2,150
  • Night Skiing Acres - 140
  • Lifts - 11, including 6 high-speed quads
  • Longest Run - 3 miles
  • Named Runs - 85
  • Annual Snowfall - 430 inches
  • Indy Base Pass Blackouts: Holidays and Peak Weekends
  • 15K Cross Country trails available to Indy Pass and Indy XC Pass holders

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Mt. Hood Meadows' 430" of annual snowfall gives Indy Pass holders a season that lasts well into May.

July Payment Plan Ends August 1 - Interest-Free and No Credit Checks

Indy Pass offers an innovative, interest-free payment plan that allows purchasers to make equal monthly payments through December 15th. If purchased by August 1, payments are $49/month for an adult pass and $146/month for a family of four with two kids under 13. No credit check or credit app is needed, and no 3rd-party lenders are involved.

Indy Pass 22-23 Pre-Season Prices End September 12th

Indy Base Pass - Adult $299, Kids (12-and-under) $139

Indy+ Pass - Adult $399, Kids $189 (no blackouts)

Indy Base AddOn Pass - Adult $199, Kids $99 (partner and allied resort season passholders only)

Indy+ AddOn Pass - Adult $309, Kids $149 (no blackouts)

Indy Cross Country (XC) Pass - Adult $69, Kids $29 (no blackouts) 

About the Indy Pass -

After three seasons, the Indy Pass is the fastest-growing multi-mountain pass in North America. It offers 105 Alpine and Nordic resorts across the US, Canada, and Japan, each providing two days of skiing or riding, and ten Alpine Allied Resorts offering up to 50% discounts on lift tickets. Indy resorts are independent and uniquely authentic; most are owned and operated by multi-generational families. 

22/23 RESORTS

DOWNHILL RESORTS - 92

PACIFIC REGION - 15

ALASKA -- Eaglecrest Ski Area

BRITISH COLUMBIA -- Apex Mountain Resort, Manning Park, Sasquatch Mountain

CALIFORNIA -- China Peak, Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Snow Valley

OREGON – Mt. Hood Meadows, Hoodoo, Mt. Ashland

WASHINGTON -- 49 Degrees North, Ski Bluewood, Hurricane Ridge, Mission Ridge, White Pass

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION - 19

ALBERTA -- Castle Mountain Resort

ARIZONA -- Sunrise Park Ski Area

COLORADO -- Sunlight Mountain Resort

IDAHO -- Brundage Mountain, Kelly Canyon, Silver Mountain, Tamarack Resort, Pomerelle, Soldier Mountain

MONTANA -- Blacktail Mountain, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Red Lodge Mountain

UTAH -- Beaver Mountain, Eagle Point, Powder Mountain

WYOMING -- Meadowlark Ski Lodge, Snow King Mountain, White Pine Ski Area, Antelope Butte

MIDWEST REGION - 24

IOWA -- Seven Oaks, Sundown Mountain

MICHIGAN -- Big Powderhorn Resort, Caberfae Peaks, Crystal Mountain, Marquette Mountain, Nubs Nob Ski Resort, Pine Mountain Resort, Shanty Creek, Swiss Valley Ski Area, Tree Tops Resort

MINNESOTA -- Buck Hill, Detroit Mountain, Lutsen Mountains, Mount Kato, Powder Ridge Winter Recreation, Spirit Mountain

SOUTH DAKOTA -- Terry Peak Ski Area

WISCONSIN -- Granite Peak, Little Switzerland, Nordic Mountain, Trollhaugen, Tyrol Basin, The Rock Snowpark

EASTERN REGION - 20

CONNECTICUT -- Mohawk Mountain Ski Area

MASSACHUSETTS -- Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Catamount Mountain Resort*

MAINE -- Saddleback Mountain, BigRock Resort, Black Mountain of Maine

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Cannon Mountain, Pats Peak, Black Mountain, Waterville Valley

NEW YORK -- Catamount Mountain Resort*, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Swain Resort, Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Titus Mountain, West Mountain

VERMONT -- Bolton Valley Resort, Magic Mountain, Saskadena Six, Jay Peak Resort

*Catamount straddles NY/MA border

MID-ATLANTIC REGION - 10

NORTH CAROLINA -- Cataloochee Ski Area

PENNSYLVANIA -- Blue Knob Resort, Montage Mountain, Ski Sawmill, Shawnee Mountain

TENNESSEE -- Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area

VIRGINIA -- Bryce Resort, Massanutten Resort

WEST VIRGINIA -- Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Winterplace Ski Resort

JAPAN TOHOKU REGION - 5

Geto Kogen - Kitakami, Iwate

Aomori Spring, Nishitsugaru District, Ajigasawa

Okunakayama Kogen - Ninohe District, Iwate

Shimokura/Pandora - Hachimantai, Iwate

Tazawako - Semboku, Akita

CROSS COUNTRY RESORTS - 14

BRITISH COLUMBIA - Sovereign Lakes Nordic Club, Manning Park Resort

MAINE - Black Mountain of Maine

MICHIGAN -- Tree Tops XC

MINNESOTA -- Mapelap Resort

NEW HAMPSHIRE (2) -- Waterville Valley Resort, JacksonXC

NEW JERSEY -- High Point Cross Country Ski Center

NEW MEXICO -- Enchanted Forest XC

OREGON -- Mt. Hood Meadows

VERMONT -- Woodstock Nordic Center, Rikert Nordic Center

WASHINGTON -- 49 Degrees North Nordic Center

WEST VIRGINIA -- White Grass Touring Center

ALLIED RESORTS - 10 (Discounted Lift Tickets for Passholders)

MASSACHUSETTS -- Bousquet Mountain

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Dartmouth Skiway, King Pine, McIntyre Ski Area, Whaleback Mountain

UTAH - Cherry Peak

VERMONT -- Burke Mountain, Middlebury College Snow Bowl

WASHINGTON -- Loup Loup Ski Bowl

WISCONSIN -- Paul Bunyan

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Massanutten Resort Is Celebrating 50 Years of Memories!

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This upcoming winter season at Massanutten will be nothing short of epic.

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Brundage Mountain to Replace Centennial Triple Chair

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Brundage Mountain to Replace Centennial Triple Chair
with High-Speed Quad as part of $25-$30 Million in Resort Investments

McCALL, ID (Monday, July 25, 2022) -- Brundage Mountain Resort is pleased to announce that the Centennial Triple Chair will be replaced by a high-speed quad in time for the start of the Winter 2023-24 season. The front side lift upgrade is a key part of the resort’s 10-year improvement plan, which includes a new, modern, day lodge, on-site lodging and an extensive list of on-mountain recreation upgrades. 

The new chairlift – a Dopplmayr 4CLD -- is a high speed, detachable quad. It will have a vertical rise of 1,616 feet and will result in a swift, six-minute ride from base to top terminal. Construction on the new lift will take place in summer of 2023.

The existing Centennial Chairlift, a fixed-grip CTEC triple, was built in 1990, the 100-year anniversary of Idaho’s statehood. The lift expanded Brundage Mountain’s terrain considerably, opening up a large section of southside terrain that includes popular runs like 45th Parallel and Temptation. 

The new lift - which will be called the Centennial Express - will cut the ride time by more than half, from 14 minutes to 6 minutes, and increase uphill capacity from 1300 people per hour to 1800 people per hour. 

“Upgrading the Centennial lift to a high-speed quad does more than just cut down the ride time,” says Brundage Mountain General Manager, Ken Rider. “The loading experience will be so much smoother – especially for families – which will make some of our best terrain infinitely more accessible.” 

“Having two high-speed quads in the base area gives us more flexibility and redundancy for moving people up the mountain, which is especially important on busy days and holidays, and during challenging weather conditions,” says Rider. 

The investment in the Centennial lift is just one piece of a comprehensive improvement plan that dates back to the early 2000’s. The effort picked up steam in recent years after the resort was acquired by a small group of Idaho-based owners.

 “When the new ownership group formed in November 2020, we took a long, hard look at the immediate and future needs of our beloved Brundage Mountain,” says Brundage Mountain President, Bob Looper. “Our priority is to maintain the low-key character of Brundage, while building toward a sustainable future. Keeping lift lines to a minimum and keeping slopes uncrowded is a top priority, and upgrading the Centennial lift is a key first step in improving and expanding our lift infrastructure.”

Additional improvement projects that are already underway include the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Ski Patrol facility and updates to the Ski and Ride School. Those efforts will pave the way for construction of the Mountain Adventure Center portion of the new, modern day lodge to begin as early as this fall. Brundage is also building new employee housing facilities and base area infrastructure this summer and working with CIMBA on a new 8-mile mountain bike trail between Brundage and Bear Basin.

Brundage Mountain plans to invest between $25 to $30 million dollars in the resort over the next 2-3 years and is excited to release more specifics on additional improvement projects in the coming weeks and months. 

A brief outline of the 10-year plan is available here: www.brundage.com/brundage-mountain-maps-out-10-years-of-resort-upgrades/

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Background: Brundage Mountain Resort is steeped in Idaho history and offers a charming, accessible local vibe. Brundage has been providing a high-value, family-friendly skiing experience for more than 60 years.

Known for the “Best Snow in Idaho”, Brundage Mountain is blessed with more than 320 inches of base area snow annually, which creates a consistently satisfying mix of bluebird and powder days throughout the winter season.  

Future improvements at the independently owned resort will expand the on-site recreational experience and complement the endless adventure-based experiences on the vast Payette National Forest in Brundage Mountain’s backyard, all while preserving and enhancing the attributes that make Brundage “The Last Great Place” (Skiing Magazine). 

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Colorado Passes Daylight Savings Time Bill That Could Impact Ski Area Operations

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Dawn patrol could come a little later if permanent daylight savings time is enacted. Credit: pixabay.com

With the recent passing of HB-1297, Colorado has joined the list of states waiting to make daylight savings time (DST) year-round.

Two things would need to happen before permanent daylight savings time would be enacted.

  1. The federal government would have to pass the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, which would allow states to make the change.
  2. Four other states in the Mountain Time Zone would also need to make daylight savings time permanent.

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11 Idaho Ski Areas Will Be Offering Mountain Biking This Summer

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BOISE, Idaho (May 24, 2022) — Eleven Idaho ski areas offer summertime mountain biking, nine of the operations are lift-served, most are debuting new trails this season, and two — Silver Mountain, and Soldier Mountain — are opening Memorial Day weekend. So is the Route of the Hiawatha, and the crown jewel of the nation’s rails-to-trails initiative, which is operated by Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Bogus Basin will open June 10, and most of the remaining Idaho ski areas boasting mountain bike parks will open June 17, including Brundage Mountain, Grand Targhee, Lookout Pass, Schweitzer, and Tamarack. Due to U.S. Forest Service elk-calving closures, Sun Valley will begin lift-service access to Bald Mountain for foot traffic only June 25 with bike access opening July 1. Kelly Canyon anticipates opening no later than June 30, but possibly earlier weather permitting. Pomerelle is only open one weekend this summer for lift-served mountain biking, but riders are welcome to pedal uphill under their own power to access the resort’s trails like at Soldier Mountain.

Although Pebble Creek does not offer mountain biking, it will host music festivals in June and September.

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The Route of the Hiawatha, which Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area operates under a special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, opens May 27. Considered the crown jewel of the nation’s rails-to-trails initiative, the family friendly bike trail is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer and will operate seven days a week through Sept. 18.

Close to the historic town of Wallace, the 15-mile Route of the Hiawatha’s gentle 1.6-percent to 2-percent, all-downhill ride straddles the Idaho-Montana state line, delves 10 tunnels, crosses seven sky-high train trestles, and has a shuttle service back to the top. Attracting 70,000 riders each summer, the Route of the Hiawatha is by far the most popular ski area bike trail in the country.

Full-moon night rides are planned for June 14, July 13, Aug. 11, and Sept. 10 by reservation only. In fact, the Route of the Hiawatha strongly encourages guests to make reservations for the day they want to ride — especially when renting equipment.

Meanwhile, Lookout Pass will open its ski area for the summer June 17. It offers lift-served mountain biking and hiking trails, scenic chairlift rides up and down the mountain, a mountain summit nine-hole frisbee golf course, a bungee jump, and huckleberry picking later in the season. This summer the resort will also operate a Euro Bungee, a multi-station super trampoline system supporting up to four participants that enables them to jump over two stories high.

Lookout Pass will operate Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Celebrating its third summer, the Lookout Pass mountain bike park offers impressive views of the St. Regis Basin and five top-to-bottom downhill mountain bike trails with more on the way. There are no jumps or wooden features on its family friendly trails, which vary from singletrack that winds through the woods and across ski trails to wider mountain-access roads.

Visit SkiLookout.com and RideTheHiawatha.com for more details.

Meanwhile, Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg will begin summer weekend operations — which include mountain biking and scenic rides on North America’s longest gondola — May 28. Daily operations commence June 17 and run through Labor Day, Sept. 5. At that point weekend operations will continue through Oct. 2.

Voted Best in the Northwest for four consecutive years in the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Awards as recently as 2017 and earning second place in 2018 (the most recent survey), Silver Mountain Bike Park sports nearly 40 singletrack trails that span 3,300 vertical feet.

Silver Mountain has a brand-new trail opening early this summer called “Ghost Pepper.” The black diamond jump trail will have a variety of machine-built and hand-groomed jumps that cater to more-experienced riders. However, the resort has also rerouted “Payday,” one of its best beginner trails, to make it smoother and friendlier, and this rebuilt run will be ready on opening day.

It added e-bikes to the fleet at Silver Mountain Sports last summer. The e-bike rentals allow guests to more easily explore sections of the nearby Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

The resort also boasts the state’s largest indoor waterpark, Silver Rapids, which opens for weekends over the Memorial Day holiday and begins daily operations June 17. Access to the waterpark is included in every lodging stay, plus a limited number of day tickets are available on the Silver Mountain website for those looking to enjoy the park for the day.

Activities at Silver Mountain include trail hiking and running, and the resort’s exquisite nine-hole Galena Ridge Golf Course is tucked away in the mountains of the Silver Valley.

Silver Mountain’s calendar is jam-packed with events this summer, including a 3D archery shoot June 25-26, Fourth of July fireworks, its annual Brewsfest Aug. 13, Negative Split’s Back to Nature Trail Run Aug. 21, and the three-day mountain bike festival Silveroxx Sept. 23-25. Plus, the North American Enduro Cup and Northwest Cup mountain bike races June 10-12 and July 15-17, respectively, and its Silver Kings Hard Enduro motorcycle race June 18-19 attract some of the best riders in the world.

Visit SilverMt.com for more details.

Biking season at Schweitzer near Sandpoint begins June 17, with daily operations continuing through Sept. 5. The resort maintains more than 40 miles of mountain bike trails, and it also offers a 2-hour hosted e-bike tour daily.

The resort will unveil three new bike trails this summer. Its in-house trail crew created “Shenanigans,” a partially machine-built, partially hand-built mile-long expert trail that has some fun, natural rock features and drops. Montana-based Terraflow Trail Systems and Sandpoint-based Collaborative Trails designed the other two trails. Both are machine-built intermediate trails that will have great flow, berms, and potential for jump options.

Schweitzer’s summer visitors also can play disc golf on its 18-hole course and enjoy scenic chairlift rides on the Great Escape Quad to the summit. The latter serves up breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk, Bitterroot, and Cabinet mountain ranges.

Other summer activities include hiking and trail running, geocaching, bungee trampolines, a 25-foot climbing wall, gold panning, huckleberry picking, and horseback riding.

The Northwest Winefest at Schweitzer is slated for July 16-17. Guests can sample upwards of 80 wines from 20 different Pacific Northwest wineries. And Fall Fest returns Sept. 2-5. The annual event offers four days of beer tasting and fun over Labor Day weekend.

Visit Schweitzer.com for more details.


BOISE, Idaho (May 24, 2022) — Cody Underkoffler performs a whip last summer on the first jump on “Air Traffic Control” at The Basin Gravity Park, a new attraction Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area opened in 2021. Eleven of Idaho’s 19 ski areas offer mountain biking in the summer, as well as scenic chairlift and gondola rides, hiking and trail running, disc golf, zipline tours, horseback riding, and more. Visit skiidaho.us for more details. (Photo by Ron Welton for Bogus Basin Mountain Recreational Association)

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area near Boise will open June 10. Seven-days-a-week operations will begin then if conditions allow and continue through Aug. 21, with the ski area open Fridays-Sundays Aug. 26-Sept. 2 and Saturdays-Sundays Sept. 10-Oct. 2.

The nonprofit ski area built 4.5 miles of trail last summer and fall and continues to establish The Basin Gravity Park and Bogus Basin as a regionally renowned mountain bike destination.

“New to This,” a 1.1-mile beginner cross-country trail, features playful, nonthreatening berms geared for riders completely new to the sport while appealing to mountain bikers of all skill levels.

“Around the Mountain Extension,” a new trail that descends off the tail end of “Around the Mountain” — the top mountain bike trail in the state as ranked by MTBprojects.com — has the first of several planned sections opening this summer. This includes “Dirty Bob’s,” a section of trail with a rating of more difficult (blue square). Test riders likened the one-third-mile trail to a roller coaster for bikes designed to challenge the rider’s ability to corner successfully. Meanwhile, “Sunday Stroll,” a three-quarter-mile trail described as down country, provides cross-country riders a trail option that introduces them to bike-park-style riding in an easy-to-comprehend manner. Plus, Bogus Basin will introduce a new technical downhill trail, “Loam Star,” to The Basin Gravity Park, which debuted last summer.

Other summertime activities at Bogus Basin include scenic chairlift rides, the Glade Runner mountain coaster, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, a tubing hill, and food and beverage services. It is also staging a free Music on the Mountain concert series and hosting Yoga on the Mountain Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the summer.

Visit BogusBasin.org for more details.


DONNELLY, Idaho (May 24, 2022) — Riders descend the lift-served mountain bike park at Tamarack Resort last summer. Growth continues unabated, with the resort opening new mountain biking and hiking trails, offering new amenities, and expanding its bicycle and watercraft fleets while investing millions into building out its master plan. Eleven of Idaho’s 19 ski areas offer mountain biking in the summer, as well as scenic chairlift and gondola rides, hiking and trail running, disc golf, zipline tours, horseback riding, and more. Visit skiidaho.us for more details. (Photo by Sherri Harkin for Tamarack Resort)

Daily lift service at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly will begin June 17 and continue through Aug. 21, but zipline, waterfront, and whitewater activities will commence Memorial Day weekend depending on weather.

This summer the resort is opening additional mountain biking and hiking trails, offering new amenities, and expanding its recreation fleet while investing millions into building out its master plan.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association created Tamarack’s 27-mile trail system, which the resort continues to expand as part of its long-term plan, with new options to summit and descend this summer. It will open two new intermediate mountain biking flow trails, “Sky Pilot” and “Hot Shot,” as well as a loop trail to ascend the summit.

The resort is growing its rental fleet, too, with Tamarack Outfitters adding Knolly full-suspension bikes, e-bikes, Jamis and Kona cross-country bikes, and kid’s lift-served bikes.

Getting gear onto the mountain will be easier with the addition of self-loading bike trays on the Tamarack Express lift that allow for e-bike access to the downhill trails.

The Northwest Cup Downhill Race, the premier downhill single-stage mountain bike series in the West, returns to Tamarack June 24-26, with hundreds of riders showing up to show off their skills and speed.

The resort’s Waterfront Cabana on Lake Cascade has expanded its fleet, too. In addition to kayaks, paddleboards, more pontoon boats, and new jet skis, the marina also offers three new surf boats for rental, including the 2022 Malibu M220.

Tamarack’s amenities also include scenic chairlift rides, an outdoor axe-throwing facility in The Village and a nine-hole disc golf course just steps away at the base of West Mountain. Plus, work is underway to restore and reopen the award-winning Osprey Meadows championship golf course, with the driving range slated to open later this summer.

Its zipline canopy tours explore 3,500 feet of terrain, including eight different ziplines, two suspension bridges, and a 105-foot-high tree house. Plus, Tamarack conducts guided whitewater rafting trips on the Cabarton stretch of the North Fork of the Payette River and guided fishing excursions on Lake Cascade.

The Village — which boasts the Rendezvous Food Hall with a variety of options, a coffee shop, a fine-dining establishment called The Reserve, and a market — will feature live music three nights a week in the plaza.

The resort will stage fireworks celebrations Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends.

Visit TamarackIdaho.com for more details.

In the West Central Mountains near the resort town of McCall, Brundage Mountain Resort will commence summer operations June 17. The BlueBird Express lift will operate Fridays-Sundays June 17-19 and June 24-26 and then Wednesdays-Sundays from June 29-Sept. 5. Bonus Days include Monday and Tuesday July 4-5 and Labor Day, the last day of the season.

Its 30-mile trail system offers plenty of variety and appeals to all types of mountain bikers. “Rock Garden,” which opened last summer, connects to “Lakeview Vista” to complete a 360-degree loop around the mountain.

The resort also offers scenic chairlift rides that afford a 360-view at the summit that includes silhouettes of Idaho’s Seven Devils Wilderness, Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness, and sweeping vistas of the Payette Lakes. Hikers can take the chairlift to the top and explore short, scenic trails from the summit or choose longer multi-use routes to soak in more of the mountain’s beauty.

Brundage also boasts a 2,500-foot-long, nine-hole disc golf course in the base area, outdoor dining at Smoky’s Bar & Grill, and a grassy amphitheater that provides a charming, spacious, fresh-air environment for summer concerts. Its free, weekly TGIF Summer Concert Series runs July 8-Sept. 2. And its free Yoga Wednesday will be staged every Wednesday this summer June 29-Aug. 31.

Other events on the calendar include the Fourth of July Music Festival & Cat Track 10K/5K foot races,  Twisted Turtle Racing’s July 23 Brundage XC and July 24 Send it @ Brundage enduro bike races, and National Interscholastic Cycling Association Youth Bike Races July 19-20.

Visit Brundage.com for more details.

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Seven-days-a-week lift access to hiking and mountain biking trails at world-famous Sun Valley Resort begins June 25 for hikers and July 1 for mountain bikers via the River Run Gondola and the Christmas Chair. Meanwhile, the resort’s three championship golf courses and area driving ranges are already open daily.

America’s first destination ski resort and birthplace of the chairlift, Sun Valley sports a dozen biking and hiking trails, including the longest purpose-built downhill mountain-bike trail in the U.S., dropping 3,350 vertical feet. Plus, riders can access more than 30 miles of paved, car-free bike paths throughout the Wood River Valley.

In addition, the resort offers an array of activities, including scenic gondola rides, horseback trail rides and horse-drawn wagon rides, bike rentals for bike path or trail riding, and a full menu of pampering options at the Sun Valley Spa. The resort also boasts numerous indoor and outdoor dining options, including The Ram, Gretchen’s, Konditorei, Sun Valley Club, Village Station, and Roundhouse.

Events abound at Sun Valley this summer, including the popular Sun Valley On Ice shows and the Sun Valley Symphony. Sun Valley On Ice will dazzle guests and light up six evenings this summer at the iconic outdoor ice rink with many of the best figure skaters in the world headlining the performances. The 2022 season kicks off with reigning U.S. Gold Medalist and Olympic team member Mariah Bell July 1. The Pavilion and lawn will host 14 free symphony concerts brought to the community by Sun Valley Music Festival July 24-Aug. 18. Tickets for all shows at the Pavilion and River Run are on sale now, and more information can be found on the Sun Valley events calendar.

Sun Valley Resort is teaming up with many local nonprofits to host a myriad of concerts this summer, including the country rock bands Cadillac Three and the Powell Brothers at the open-air Sun Valley Pavilion June 18 and three-time Grammy Award nominee the Avett Brothers July 13 at River Run.

Other events include the Sun Valley Wellness Festival June 10-13, Ballet Sun Valley June 24-25, Yoga on the Mountain, and free Yoga at River Run Plaza and on the Pavilion lawn.

Visit SunValley.com for more details.

SOUTHERN IDAHO

The mountain bike park at Soldier Mountain will open for the season May 28. However, the lifts will not turn this summer except for a few special events, so riders must pedal under their own power uphill. Mountain biking will not be allowed during those special events, which include a 3D archery shoot June 11-12 and two disc golf tournaments, the details for which are forthcoming.

Besides the special events, the resort is open to riders Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays through the end of September depending on weather. Soldier Mountain is charging riders $10 per day, although it is free for 2022-2023 ski season passholders. Riders must purchase their tickets on its website. The resort will publish full details on its website and social media channels.

Soldier Mountain added a 1.5-mile hand-cut intermediate trail last fall, bringing its network of trails to five spanning a total of 9 miles. One of those will be designated as an uphill route that riders ascend to access the other trails, which include easy, intermediate, and advanced hand-cut trails and an extreme machine-cut jump trail. Soldier Mountain also boasts a skills park.

The resort will inspect and maintain the trails and skills park on a weekly basis. It stated riders must understand there is no emergency personnel on the mountain.

Hailey-based Titus Trails and Apex Trail Construction from Park City, Utah, designed and built the bike park with generous help from Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Wood River Trails Coalition, and other volunteers.

Soldier Mountain will host National Interscholastic Cycling Association youth bike races in September and other bike races throughout the summer.

Beverage service will be available Saturdays and Sundays at the bar’s pass-through window, but otherwise the lodge will be closed. However, the resort’s outdoor bathrooms will be open 24/7 to accommodate riders and campers, who are welcome to dry camp in the parking lot at no cost.

Visit SoldierMountain.com for more details.

Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Albion is booked for many private events this summer and only plans to open to the public for lift-served mountain biking and hiking Aug. 12-14 during the Pomerelle Pounder. The 2022 Utah Gravity Mountain Bike Series will stage the races that Saturday and Sunday, with racers practicing there Friday. Pomerelle will open the Slopeside Grill and its lodge and cafeteria that weekend, as well.

Otherwise, riders can bike uphill under their own power and ride the trails beginning Fourth of July weekend, but they must understand there is no emergency personnel on the mountain, according to the resort.

Pomerelle will stage the Minidoka Bow Shoot, which is open to the public, June 26-27, and the resort will stage its annual Farm to Table Dinner July 9-10.

Visit Pomerelle.com for more details.


RIRIE, Idaho (May 24, 2022) — Riders descend the lift-served mountain bike park at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort last summer. Eleven of Idaho’s 19 ski areas offer mountain biking in the summer, as well as scenic chairlift and gondola rides, hiking and trail running, disc golf, zipline tours, horseback riding, and more. Visit skiidaho.us for more details. (Photo by Gary Peterson for Ski Idaho)

EASTERN IDAHO

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort near Ririe will celebrate the grand opening of its new restaurant, the Half Cab Grill, May 27. The restaurant, which also serves beer and wine, will be open for lunch and dinner Wednesdays-Sundays until July 1, when it begins operating seven days a week.

Owners anticipate commencing lift-served mountain biking Thursdays-Sundays no later than June 30, but hopefully earlier. Dean Lords and the mountain crew are working hard developing the 18-mile network of lift-served trails. It also sports a 4-mile loop designed especially for National Interscholastic Cycling Association teams to practice their riding skills.

New this summer at Kelly Canyon will be side-by-side UTV rentals. Great trails that lead to waterfalls, huckleberry patches, and other landmarks are available, and as advocates for safety Kelly Canyon will also stage workshops for UTV and motorcycle riders.

Kelly Canyon anticipates upwards of 350 UTV riders from across the country will join its KLIM Cow Tag Off-Road Ride June 25. The event is a fundraiser to support off-road recreation and trail preservation.

Construction will be underway on a zipline that will be operational in summer 2023. The dual zipline will accommodate two riders at a time and boast four different sections — including a high-speed zipline on the last length. Between sections guests will navigate the course via a network of swinging bridges in the trees, and they will rappel 50 feet to the forest floor at the end.

Visit KellyCanyonResort.com for more details.

Just across the border in Alta, Wyo., Grand Targhee affiliates with the Idaho Ski Areas Association because the resort is only accessible via Driggs, Idaho. It will open for downhill biking June 17, with the Shoshone and Dreamcatcher lifts running daily through Sept. 18.

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NSAA Reports Record Visitation in the 2021-22 Season

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THE STATE OF THE SKI INDUSTRY:
NSAA Reports Record Visitation in the 2021-22 Season

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) reported record visitation at U.S. ski areas for the 2021-22 season, a total of 61 million skier visits.

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Indy Pass Adds More Resorts, Fewer Blackout Days

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The Indy Pass announced today that its primary pass will be rebranded as the Indy Base Pass, and will provide two days at each resort subject to a reduced number of blackout days at 27 resorts. The Indy+ Pass will remain unrestricted at all resorts.

Eighty of 81 resorts from last season return to join three new unrestricted downhill resorts: Ski Bluewood-WA, Kelly Canyon-ID, Ski Sawmill-PA, and two cross country resorts: Rikert Nordic Center-VT and Enchanted Forest XC-NM. Ski Marmot Basin, AB is not renewing.

"We are thrilled to welcome five new resorts from some of our strongest regions, said founder Doug Fish. By adding density in the Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, Indy pass holders have even more uncrowded and affordable skiing and riding options. We're also thrilled to welcome our first resort in New Mexico."

Kelly Canyon Resort - Ririe, ID
Located in the Targhee National Forest, Kelly Canyon features 1200 vertical feet and four chair lifts to go with 200 inches of fluffy Rocky Mountain powder. The resort is family-focused and adds incredible value for locals and travelers who can sample five other Indy resorts within a three-hour drive.

Ski Bluewood - Dayton, WA
Explore nearly 400 acres and 1100 vertical feet of lift-served terrain at the second-highest base elevation in Washington. Enjoy 24 trails, three terrain parks, best-in-class tree skiing, and snow-cat-accessible powder runs. You'll also find multiple dining options including a grill, coffee bar, pub, and a yurt at the summit. 

Ski Sawmill - Morris, PA
Ski Sawmill is a family-run resort in north-central PA with five lifts, tubing, a terrain park, and night skiing, plus onsite lodging with jacuzzi rooms. The area features 550 acres and nearly 100% snowmaking across its 13 trails. Ski Sawmill is less than three hours from five other Indy resorts in Pennsylvania and Western New York.

Rikert Nordic Center - Ripton, VT
Explore more than 55 km of terrain perfect for skate and classic skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-biking at Rikert Nordic Center. Located in the heart of the Green Mountains, just 20 minutes from Middlebury, Rikert has picturesque trails featuring forest, farm fields, stone walls, and even Robert Frost’s summer cabin. Enjoy trails that have trained national champions and generations of family skiers.

Enchanted Forest XC - Red River, NM
Enchanted Forest is New Mexico’s premier destination for cross-country skiing. With 33 km of trails, 15 km of snowshoe trails, and 5 km of “dog-friendly” trails, this charming area also has great access to miles of backcountry terrain. Enchanted Forest has a rich history of bringing skiing to New Mexico dating back to 1970 and continues to offer great conditions and varied trails for all cross country skiers.

Fewer Blackouts Simplified into Four Periods

Total blackout days on the Indy Base Pass have actually been reduced by 7% compared to last season. All blackouts have also been consolidated into four intuitive periods.

  • December 24 - January 2 (21 Resorts)
  • January 14-16 and February 18-20 (23 Resorts)
  • Saturdays: December 24 - March 11 (11 Resorts)
  • Sundays: December 25 - March 12 (5 Resorts)

For a complete list of resorts and their corresponding blackout days please visit: 

Indy Pass 22/23 Blackout Dates by Resort

"We decided to rebrand the Indy Base Pass to help distinguish it from our unrestricted, premium Indy+ Pass, said founder, Doug Fish. All of our regions enjoy 100+ days per season and with our growing list of 92 resorts, Indy Base Pass holders have numerous opportunities to enjoy uncrowded slopes using the lowest-priced pass on the planet."

21/22 vs. 22/23 Blackout Comparisons

Dropped All Blackouts (16 days each)

  • Saddleback Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Sundown Mountain
  • Added Blackouts (# of blackout days added)
  • Berkshire East (6), Catamount (6), Eaglecrest Ski Area (10), Pats Peak (16) Suicide Six (6)

Still NO Blackouts

  • Jay Peak, Bolton Valley, Tamarack Resort, Spirit Mountain, plus 59 more.

ALERT: Next Indy price increase could hit $50

In order to maintain our uncrowded slopes and lodges and provide a minimum per-visit payout for our partner resorts, Indy Pass prices will increase by $20 to $50 depending on the volume of total early-bird sales through May 17th. New pricing will be announced on May 18th.

Indy Pass 22-23 Early Bird Prices END May 17th

  • Indy Base Pass - Adult $279, Kids (12-and-under) $119
  • Indy+ Pass - Adult $379, Kids $169 (no blackouts)
  • Indy Base AddOn Pass - Adult $189, Kids $89 (partner resort season passholders)
  • Indy+ AddOn Pass - Adult $289, Kids $139
  • Indy Base Switch Pass - Adult $259, Kids $109 (Mega Passholders only)
  • Indy+ Switch Pass - Adult+ $359, Kids+ $159 
  • Indy Cross Country (XC) Pass - Adult $69, Kids $29 (no blackouts)
  • Interest-Free, No-Credit Payment Plan

Indy Pass offers an innovative, interest-free payment plan that allows purchasers to make equal monthly payments through December 15th. If purchased by May 1, payments are less than $31/month for an adult pass and $88/month for a family of four with two kids under 13. No credit check or credit app is needed and no lenders/banks are involved. 

22/23 RESORTS

DOWNHILL RESORTS - 83

PACIFIC REGION - 14

  • ALASKA -- Eaglecrest Ski Area
  • BRITISH COLUMBIA -- Apex Mountain Resort, Manning Park, Sasquatch Mountain
  • CALIFORNIA -- China Peak, Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Snow Valley
  • OREGON – Hoodoo, Mt. Ashland
  • WASHINGTON -- 49 Degrees North, Ski Bluewood, Hurricane Ridge, Mission Ridge, White Pass

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION - 18

  • ALBERTA -- Castle Mountain Resort
  • ARIZONA -- Sunrise Park Ski Area
  • COLORADO -- Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • IDAHO -- Brundage Mountain, Kelly Canyon, Silver Mountain, Tamarack Resort, Pomerelle, Soldier Mountain
  • MONTANA -- Blacktail Mountain, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Red Lodge Mountain
  • UTAH -- Beaver Mountain, Eagle Point, Powder Mountain
  • WYOMING -- Snow King Mountain, White Pine Ski Area, Antelope Butte

MIDWEST REGION - 20

  • IOWA -- Seven Oaks, Sundown Mountain
  • MICHIGAN -- Big Powderhorn Resort, Caberfae Peaks, Crystal Mountain, Pine Mountain Resort, Shanty Creek, Swiss Valley Ski Area
  • MINNESOTA -- Lutsen Mountains, Spirit Mountain, Powder Ridge Winter Recreation, Detroit Mountain, Buck Hill
  • SOUTH DAKOTA -- Terry Peak Ski Area
  • WISCONSIN -- Granite Peak, Little Switzerland, Nordic Mountain, Trollhaugen, Tyrol Basin, The Rock Snowpark

EASTERN REGION - 17

  • CONNECTICUT -- Mohawk Mountain Ski Area
  • MASSACHUSETTS -- Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Catamount Mountain Resort*
  • MAINE -- Saddleback Mountain
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Cannon Mountain, Pats Peak, Black Mountain, Waterville Valley
  • NEW YORK -- Catamount Mountain Resort*, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Swain Resort, Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Titus Mountain, West Mountain
  • VERMONT -- Bolton Valley Resort, Magic Mountain, Suicide Six, Jay Peak Resort

*Catamount straddles NY/MA border

MID-ATLANTIC REGION - 10

  • NORTH CAROLINA -- Cataloochee Ski Area
  • PENNSYLVANIA -- Blue Knob Resort, Montage Mountain, Ski Sawmill, Shawnee Mountain
  • TENNESSEE -- Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area
  • VIRGINIA -- Bryce Resort, Massanutten Resort
  • WEST VIRGINIA -- Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Winterplace Ski Resort

JAPAN TOHOKU REGION - 4

  • Okunakayama Kogen - Ninohe District, Iwate
  • Geto Kogen - Kitakami, Iwate
  • Shimokura/Pandora - Hachimantai, Iwate
  • Tazawako - Semboku, Akita

CROSS COUNTRY RESORTS - 9

  • BRITISH COLUMBIA - Sovereign Lakes Nordic Club
  • MINNESOTA -- Mapelap Resort
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE (2) -- Waterville Valley Resort, JacksonXC
  • NEW JERSEY -- High Point Cross Country Ski Center
  • NEW MEXICO -- Enchanted Forest XC
  • VERMONT -- Woodstock Nordic Center, Rikert Nordic Center
  • WEST VIRGINIA -- White Grass Touring Center
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Colorado’s Independent Ski Areas Thriving In Shadow Of dueling, Consolidating Resort Giants

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In the shadow of battling behemoths, smaller, independent ski areas are thriving.  Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Granby, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek all report record visits, and revenues in the last two seasons.

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Amid Controversy, Dream Continues For Chairlift At Former Ski Area In Southern Colorado

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It was a contentious winter in the effort to return lift-served skiing to a southern Colorado mountain. But proponents are moving forward with their plans to put passengers on a chairlift at the base of what was decades ago Panadero Ski Area, now publicly owned Cuchara Mountain Park.

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New initiative From Ski Utah Aims To Increase Diversity In Winter Sports

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Hawa and Ahmed Dahir spent most of their lives in Salt Lake City, their parents moved from Somalia to the U.S. in 1998, when they were both toddlers.

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Summit County Resorts Record A Combined 200 Inches Of March Snow

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March is typically the snowiest month in the state of Colorado, and this year, Summit County ski areas are recording over 200 inches combined.

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Saudi Crown Prince Unveils Plans For Country's First Ski Resort

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced plans for the kingdom's first ski resort - fitted with its own village, luxury and wellness resorts and an 'interactive nature reserve' - and expects to attract 700,000 visitors by 2030.

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Lake Tahoe's Homewood To Become Semi-Private Resort

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JMA Ventures President Art Chapman remembers the days when Homewood Mountain Resort had six or eight ticket windows open with lines leading up to each window.

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Why Spring Is A Terrific Time To Visit Montana’s Big Sky Resort

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No wonder why skiers flock to Montana’s Big Sky Resort year after year. The snow is downright plentiful, as the resort sees an average annual snowfall of about 400 inches. And since Big Sky opens on Thanksgiving Day and closes the season mid-April, it’s easy to schedule in world-class skiing when your schedule permits.

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