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

Over-Hyped Weather Forecasts Are Bad for Skiing

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Sensationalized forecasts from news anchors who appear to hate winter and have zero ideas how to dress for it are keeping an increasingly inert population inside.

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Are You a Lapsed Skier or Snowboarder?

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The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) aims to grow skiing and snowboarding in North America. We want to hear more about your experiences as a skier or snowboarder, especially if you haven’t been active on the slopes lately.

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More Ski Areas Commit To Climate Challenge

NSAA Climate ChallengeThe National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) announced that 10 new ski areas have signed on to the snowsports industry’s Climate Challenge, an environmental initiative that targets carbon emission reductions.
 
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Natural, Man-Made Features Remove Fear, Create Fun; Terrain Based Learning

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The newest concept in teaching newcomers to ski and snowboard saw its debut this month at three New England resorts operated by The Fairbank Group. The techniques and methodology developed by Snow Operating, LLC, a snowsports instruction consulting company based in Vail, Colo., is being viewed by these resort operators as a sure-fire means of accelerating the learning curve for newbies.

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Steamboat’s Chris Diamond Receives NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award

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Chris Diamond, president and COO of Colorado’s Steamboat Resort has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) at its annual convention in Palm Springs, Calif. last week.

 

Diamond is credited with playing a lead role in establishing the Yampa County Airport Commission, which oversaw a $30 million expansion and renovation of the regional airport. He also oversaw an Urban Renewal Authority for the resort base area totaling more than $20 million.

 

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Mountain Creek Wins NSAA Conversion Cup

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The name of the game today for resorts is to do everything they can to create lifelong skiers and riders. Mountain Creek, in New Jersey, has been declared winner of the 2013 NSAA Conversion Cup for doing just that.

 

The announcement was made during NSAA’s National Convention and Trade Show currently underway in Palm Springs, Calif. Finalists were Mt. Bachelor, Ore., last year’s winner, and Camelback in Pa.

 

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Ski Resorts Across U.S. Support Climate Declaration

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Some 108 ski resorts across 24 states have written a letter expressing support for a “climate declaration” by Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP).

 

The resorts, through the Sustainable Slopes environmental charter of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) wrote to BICEP, saying the ski areas “stand behind your strong message to policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate change legislation now.”

 

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Near Vermont Disaster Out-Of-Bounds; Rescues Could Be Costly

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Skiers and riders only need to read the recent news stories from Killington and Pico to understand the impact of a wrong decision.

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Fed Court Issues Nationwide Injunction In Water Litigation; Ski Areas Prevail

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Federal Court Judge William Martinez overturned a controversial water policy that would have had resorts that operate on public land turn over water rights to the U.S. Forest Service without compensation.

 

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‘Sidecountry’ Is A Myth, Say Industry Experts; ‘Backcountry’ Is ‘Backcountry’

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When you hear the exhortation to “Ski The Sidecountry”, think twice about it, says the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), leading avalanche and snow science experts, the U.S. Forest Service, ski area risk managers, patrollers, and others. 

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Nation’s Ski Areas Continue To Unite On Addressing Climate Change

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A report just released by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) details more progress on implementing the principles of its Environmental Charter during the 2011-12 season. 

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Aspen, Mt. Abram, Stevens Pass Honored With Golden Eagle Eco Awards

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The ski resorts picked up honors for their work in protecting the environment during the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) convention this week in San Antonio, Texas. Aspen Skiing Co., Colo.; Mt. Abram, Maine; Steven’s Pass, Wash., were cited.

 

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