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

SnoCountry SnoCast: Recent Pattern Sets Up Nice December

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Thanks to a stormy and snowy Thanksgiving week, we are in prime position for a great start to December!

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Making Unforgettable Mountain Memories

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As the years pass by, mountain visits can blur or even fade from memory. To make a trip stand out, try one of these memorable activities for après time, a day off, or a unique experience.

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Alterra Announces $181 Million For 2019-20

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Alterra Mountain Company will invest $181 million across its 14 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year, including new high-speed lifts at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Winter Park, direct to lift access at Deer Valley Resort, an expansive renovation of the Bobbie Burns lodge at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, and an upgrade of Steamboat’s gondola.

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Doubles Anyone? Romantic Double Chair Lifts

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Valentine’s Day is approaching, and luckily for us skiers and riders, it’s a holiday you can spend on the slopes. There’s no better way to enjoy quality time with your favorite person than a traditional double chair, the original love seat built for two. It’s probably too cold to keep your phone out, so enjoy some conversation, sitting close and dreaming of all the runs you’ll take together.

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6,200 Beginners Took Lessons On National Learn to Ski Or Snowboard Day

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Friday January 11, 2019 was the snow sports industry’s first National Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day at resorts throughout the U.S. Many resorts offered special deals for newcomers to take beginner lessons from professional instructors as a way to celebrate the sports. 

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Favorable Pattern in the East

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Fresh powder can be found across much of the Northeast. (Stowe Mountain Resort)

The Northeast and Great Lakes regions are settled in a weather pattern that allows for more snowfall and cold temperatures. The West sees some snowfall return and possibly a pattern change.

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Blue Mountain Resort Celebrates 40 Years Of Skiing

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Locally-owned and operated resort started with skiing and now offers much more.(Blue Mountain)

A milestone is quickly approaching for Pennsylvania's Blue Mountain Resort, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary Dec. 22, 2017. In an era where the number of ski resorts has dwindled, the locally-owned and operated business has thrived, consistently expanding its offerings.

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Aspen-KSL Partnership To Buy Intrawest Resorts

Aspen-KSL Partnership To Buy Intrawest Resorts

Tremblant has new owner. (Tremblant/Facebook)

Consolidation in the winter resort industry continues as a partnership between a newly formed entity in Aspen and a private equity firm announced the pending purchase of Intrawest and its six ski and snowboard resorts.


Included in the deal, which is expected to be closed by next fall, are Steamboat, Winter Park, Snowshoe, Stratton, Mont Tremblant and Blue Mountain. They will join with Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, a property of partner KSL Capital Partnership, under the new corporate entity. Aspen SkiCo's Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands are not in the deal and will continue to operate independently.

Steamboat part of latest consolidation

Season tickets purchased for 2017-2018 at each resort will be honored, and the benefits of multi-resort passes Rocky Mountain Super Pass, the M.A.X. Pass and Mountain Collective will also continue through next season, according to a press release. No information has been given yet about consolidation of ticketing.

Skiers and snowboarders shouldn’t expect to see any major changes at any of the resorts this next season, as the deal won’t be signed and sealed until the third quarter of 2017. However, statements from Aspen Skiing Corp. and KSL Capital Partners indicate that the new corporation is ready to “help realize the collective potential of Intrawest’s portfolio of resorts.”

The deal comes as the latest in a trend toward consolidation in the ski and snowboard business. Vail Resorts expanded into the Eastern market with the recent purchase of Stowe, giving it a across-the-nation portfolio of resorts. Others owning multiple resorts include Boyne USA, Peak Resorts and Powdr Corp.

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Pennsylvania's Blue Mt. Opened Before Thanksgiving For First Time In 38 Years

Blue Mt. PAThe Philadelphia Inquirer, a week before Thanksgiving Day, devoted two pages to a comprehensive story on where to ski in western U.S. and Canada. It merited a “Wish I had said that” note to Bob Ecker, of California and a fellow member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

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Ontario's Blue Mountain One Of Heartland's Largest Resorts

Blue Mountain night OntarioArguably one of the best snowsports resorts in the Great Lakes Region, Ontario’s Blue Mountain Resort attracts skiers and snowboarders from Ontario, Michigan, Ohio and eastern New York.  

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Blue Mountain Awarded $500,000 Energy Grant

Skiing at Pa.'s Blue Mountain (skibluemt.com)The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has announced its support in funding The Tuthill Corporation’s project to build a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant, also known at a Cogeneration Plant, in Palmerton.

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New Hampshire's Tuckerman Ravine Remains A Rite Of Spring

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It's sometimes known as the holy ground. Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire is the iconic backcountry experience in the East.

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Closing Events, Price Breaks On Tap In East: 'Happy April'

Ski Butternut“Happy April,” exclaimed Gore Mountain’s Emily Stanton to SnoCountry.com. “We are open daily through Sunday (April 6). We’re asking people to visit our website or check ahead regarding the schedule for next week. We’ll have events throughout April.”

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New Intrawest Passport Family-Friendly; Intro Deal Through March 14

Intrawest Passport logoLast year’s rollout of a number of multi-resort passports seems to be continuing this spring with the announcement of the Intrawest Passport. The resort group based in Denver, Colo. says its new pass is the “first-ever” that redefines “family pass” and offers free skiing to kids 12 and under.

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Special Events Run From MLK Weekend Through Super Bowl In East

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Martin Luther King weekend (Jan. 18-20) in Vermont will entice skiers and riders with diverse options. Then, on to the Super Bowl.

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School’s Out On East Coast; Let Mountain Summer Begin

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It’s time to talk about summer fun now that high school graduations are behind us in the east. There’s no shortage of it in the mountains no matter where you are located, and with ample rain the past few weeks, the landscape is verdant everywhere you look.

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Enjoy Father’s Day In The Mountains June 16

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. Let him know he’s appreciated by celebrating his day at a ski resort. Here’s a sampling of how resorts can make it fun and easy.

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It’s An Event-Filled Christmas In Canada

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Ski resorts across Canada are planning a number of fun-filled events for every member of the family. Here is just a sampling. 

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It’s Fright Time At Resorts’ Halloween Events

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Halloween gets us closer and closer to the opening of the ski and ride season. Many resorts or nearby towns are planning Halloween events. Here are a few to check out.

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Celebrate ‘The Blues’ At Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain

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Combine the Pennsylvania Blues Festival and Blue Mountain July 27-29 and you get 21 years of celebrating the blues in the Poconos.   

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