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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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Jake Burton Carpenter, ‘Godfather of Snowboarding,’ Dies at 65

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Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burlington-based Burton Snowboards, died Wednesday evening of complications from cancer, the company announced Thursday. He was 65. 

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Alterra To Acquire Vermont's Sugarbush Resort

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Alterra Mountain Company has entered into an agreement to purchase Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, bringing the company’s portfolio up to 15 resorts throughout North America.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Multiple Storms Finally Target The East

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Patience will pay off in the East when multiple shots of cold and snow bring a much-awaited weather pattern for area ski resorts.

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Killington Resort First to Open for the Season in the East Sunday

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Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, and part of POWDR, will kick off the 2019-20 winter season at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2019, becoming the first Eastern resort to open for skiing and snowboarding. 

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'There's A Lot Of People To Hire': Vermont Ski Resorts Boost Benefits To Entice Seasonal Workers

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Vermont is gearing up for the next big influx of tourists: ski season. For resorts around the state, that means adding hundreds of seasonal employees, but Vermont's aging population and low unemployment rate are adding to the challenge. That's led some resorts to offer generous benefits — retirement plans, health insurance, ski passes, housing — for entry-level positions like lift operators and parking attendants.

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Snowmaking Underway, Snow Heading Toward Colorado

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The #racetoopen is officially underway between Colorado's Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin. Meanwhile, Vermont's Killington Resort has also thrown a hat into the ring as well.

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Alterra Eyes Jay Peak As Vail Takes A Pass

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Vail Resorts, a ski industry behemoth that has been gobbling up local resorts in recent years, is not interested in Jay Peak. Other companies, however, have visited the Northeast Kingdom resort, a company official told a local town board during a recent meeting.

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New Multi-Resort Ski Pass - The Indy Pass

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With season pass sale price deadlines fast approaching, skiers across the country are googling multi-resort season pass benefits, building pass comparison matrixes in Excel, and crunching day and dollar amounts to see which pass makes the most sense for the coming ski season: the Epic PassIkon Pass, or Mountain Collective.

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Loon, Stratton Mountain Bike Park Grand Openings

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Two of New England’s premier mountain resorts are ready to open for the season – mountain bike season that is!

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Book Review: Snowboarding in Southern Vermont

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The book “Snowboarding in Southern Vermont: From Burton to the U.S. Open” by Brian Knight on History Press is a snapshot of the 1980s and 1990s during the early days of snowboard lore. The book is a fine encapsulation of snowboard history with an amazing collection of photos of those early days at the region’s ski areas Stratton, Bromley, Magic Mountain, and Snow Valley.

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Magic Mountain Making Major Snowmaking Expansion

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Vermont's Magic Mountain recently received Act 250 approval for a snowmaking project that will double the size of its existing pond. It adds to the growing number of improvements new owners are making at the Londonderry ski area.

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Mount Snow Fire Takes Out Carpentry Shop, Snowmaking Controls

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A fire ripped through a mountain operations building at Mount Snow on Tuesday night.

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U.S. Hosting Seven World Cup Events For 2019-20 Season

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Following the conclusion of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Council Meetings, the 2019-20 competition calendar for all ski and snowboard sports that fall under the jurisdiction of FIS has been announced. For U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in America, this means that the following event dates are now confirmed:

 

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World Cup Action Returning To Killington in 2019, 2020

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Vermont’s Killington Resort and U.S. Ski & Snowboard have announced a two-year agreement to host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Killington’s place on the 2019 World Cup calendar has been confirmed by the International Ski Federation (FIS). HomeLight will be the title sponsor for the next World Cup at Killington, which will take place November 30 - December 1, 2019, Thanksgiving weekend.

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Killington Resort Announces Final Weekend of Skiing and Riding

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Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest mountain resort in Eastern North America, will wrap up the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season on Sunday, June 2 - making it the longest ski and snowboard season in Eastern North America. The last time Killington offered lift-serviced skiing in June was 2017 and in 2002 prior to that. 

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Winter Rolls On As Memorial Day Weekend Approaches

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Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off to summer, but don't tell that to Mother Nature!

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Vermont's Killington Resort Still Open For Skiing

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Vermont's Killington Resort still open for skiing Skiers eager to hold on to winter hit the slopes over the weekend at Killington Resort in Vermont.

And it wasn't the final weekend for the Green Mountains ski facility.

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Bucket List Summer Events In The Mountains

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Luckily for mountain town lovers, activities and events aren’t just for the winter. Whether you’re looking to go full-in on biking, music, beer or food (or perhaps them all), mountain resorts across the country are your destination for summer fun. Keep that adventure bucket full with this list from SnoCountry on not-to-miss summer events.

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SnoCountry SnoShots: Ending The East Season

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East coast skiers and riders find gratitude with every day on the slopes, even if the sunny ones have been fewer than we may like this spring. 

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