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

Direct Flights From Toronto To Vail Begin Dec. 14

Air Canada A320 (Vail Resorts)

Air Canada will offer direct Saturday flights from Toronto to the Eagle County Regional Airport, serving Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. The airport is about 30 minutes from both resorts.

 

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Tour de France Leader Froome 'Very Likely' To Race In Colorado's Pro Challenge Next Month

Chris FroomeEven as Sky Procycling’s Chris Froome was securing the first ever win for Great Britain on France’s vaunted Mont Ventoux on Sunday, Colorado cycling fans must have been dreaming of the presumptive Tour de France winner showing similar dominance on Vail Pass in August.

 

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Resorts’ Fourth of July Activities Include Fireworks, BBQ, Music, More

July Fourth, Steamboat, Colo.

America celebrates Fourth of July at ski resorts around the U.S. from the Northeast to the Midwest to the Rockies to the West Coast. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening in your area.

 

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Vail Resorts Finally Lands Canyons Resort In 50-Year Lease Deal

Canyons Resort

Vail Resorts has announced it has signed a long-term, 50-year lease, to operate Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. It’s Vail’s second attempt to gain a big Utah foothold and this one worked out.

 

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Vail Pass Time Trial Returns For 2013 USA Pro Challenge

Vail Time Trial

Back in August, USA Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter said his cycling race would one day return to Vail. Turns out he’s a man of his word.

 

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Vail, Breckenridge To Reopen For Bonus Weekend

Vail

Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail officials announced today they will extend the two resorts’ ski seasons one additional weekend, April 19-21, due to the large amounts of snow the resorts have received in recent days.

 

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Feds To Consider Summer Sports Smorgasbord At Breckenridge

Breckenridge

Vail Resorts has submitted a second proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for Epic Discovery, a comprehensive summer activities plan, this time at Breckenridge Ski Resort

 

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Vonn To Award Six Youth Ski Racers Scholarships To Local Race Programs

Vonn

Olympic champion skier and EpicMix Race pacesetter Lindsey Vonn announced she is awarding six youth ski racers scholarships to local race programs at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar.

 

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Vail’s Alpine Racers Compete Into Their Late 70s

Jim Glendining master racer Vail

Oscar Wilde once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” Trying something new at an old age is a daunting task for some. Especially when that new activity is competitive alpine racing. 

 

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Eldora Added To Vail Resorts' Epic Pass For 2013-14 Season

Eldora

Vail Resorts has announced that Eldora Mountain Resort west of Boulder will be added to the ski company’s Epic Pass unrestricted season ski pass next ski season.

 

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Vail Changes Gate-Closure Protocol After Deadly Slide

Vail

In the wake of an avalanche that killed a teenager last winter, Vail Resorts has changed its gate-closure protocol to better protect skiers.

 

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Thinking Ahead: Season Pass Deals Roll Out For 2013-2014

Bear Mt.

Even though the lifts are still running for the 2012-13 season, some early-bird deals on season passes for next season can be had.

 

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Vail Resorts To Pump Up To $140 Million Into 8 Resorts

Red Tail Beaver Creek

Vail Resorts’ officials have announced the company is pumping a record $130 million to $140 million in capital improvements into eight of its nine ski resorts in four states. 

 

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Open Invitation: Jake Burton Brings Big-Time Snowboarding Back To Vail

Jake Burton

Burton Snowboards founder and CEO Jake Burton says that once a decision was made last year to move the US Open Snowboarding Championships after 30 years at Stratton, Vt., the new venue was really a no-brainer.

 

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Seven Springs To Deer Valley: Major Competitions This Weekend

Seven Springs pipe build

East to West. Snowboards to Freestyle Skiing. It’s on tap this weekend at Seven Springs Resort in Champion, Pa. and Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

 

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Eastern Ski/Ride Season Hitting Peak; Wisp Masters Mountain

Subaru Master The Mountain

We are reaching the crescendo of the ski and ride season as late January turns into February and the popular Presidents Week holiday in mid-month. Resorts are multi-tasking as operation departments continue to pile up the snow and events departments nail down logistics.

 

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Ratchford Named Sales, Marketing Director For Vail

Davy Ratchford, Vail

Davy Ratchford has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for Vail Mountain. Ratchford will be responsible for development and management of brand marketing and sales for the 50-year-old Colorado resort.

 

He was, most recently, director of marketing at Northstar, joining the company in 2011, one of three Vail Resorts properties in the Lake Tahoe, Calif. region. 

 

Ratchford previously worked in Major League soccer with Real Salt Lake, Rio Tinto Stadium and ESPN 700 radio in Salt Lake City, Utah, where was marketing director since 2007. 

 

Ratchford is a native of Dublin, Ireland and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Utah. He plans to relocate to the Vail Valley with his family.

 

Photo: Davy Ratchford (LinkedIn) 


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Burton Qualifying Rounds Now Stand-Alone Events; Starts At Seven Springs

U.S. OpenBurton Snowboards is breaking out the qualifying rounds from the 2013 Burton U.S. Open competition making them stand-alone events.

 

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Massive storm buries Northwest, Rockies

Stevens Pass

A massive winter storm that blew through the Northwest dropped a historic amount of snow on Stevens Pass, Wa. – 39 inches in 12 hours.

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Vail Resorts Acquires Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton In Midwest; 'Good For Our Area' Say Competitors

Afton Alps

Vail Resorts announced Thursday they are expanding into the Heartland with the purchase of Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton near Detroit. The news caught many Midwest ski industry people by surprise.

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