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SnoCountry SnoCast: Hints of Winter Weather Ahead

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A parade of fronts will move across the northwestern U.S. and Canada through the end of the week bringing snow to many peaks across the West. Meanwhile, a soggy Nor’easter primes the Northeast for colder weather ahead.

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Huge Ski Area Near Whistler Targeting 2025 Opening

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A giant $3.5-billion ski resort project on the West Coast of Canada hopes to be open from 2025, its developers have said.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Beautiful Spring Conditions Take Us To Late April

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Here comes the warmer weather. We’re highlighting the best days to enjoy comfortable, spring skiing/riding plus where last-minute snow is going to fall!

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Winter Weather Holding Strong

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In this week’s SnoCast, every corner of the country will get snow. In this continued active weather pattern, see what days will be best to hit the slopes in your area.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Where Snow And Cold Will Finish 2018

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With 2018 quickly coming to a close, several areas across the U.S. and Canada will get final bursts of snow and cold for the year. Here’s the breakdown…

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SnoCountry SnoCast: The Christmas Edition Features Multiple Storms

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Heading through the Christmas holiday, multiple storms will make their way across the U.S. and Canada. Question is, will these bring the gift of snow to your favorite spot?

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Feet Of Snow For The Northwest

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Multiple storm systems and a steady plume of moisture will stream into the Pacific Northwest, bringing big totals into the weekend.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Thankful For A Huge Western Snowfall

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Thanksgiving weekend will be especially tasty in the western United States and Canada with multiple helpings of snow storms.

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Plenty Of Summer Fun At Pacific Northwest Resorts

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Summertime at ski and snowboard resorts in the Great Northwest packs in all manner of adventure, food and new perspectives.

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Season Pass Face-Off Begins: Epic Vs. Ikon

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Epic Pass expands your horizons. (Epic Pass/Facebook)

The initial price of $899 is the same, but there’s plenty to choose from as the major multi-resort players put their best face forward in the season pass wars.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Turning The Calendar, We Find The Snow

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Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico plans to open December 8 and could get fresh snow just in time. (Angel Fire)

As December begins, some may have wondered, ‘Where is the snow?’ Well, there is some good news ahead for some fresh powder this week.

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New ‘Glacier' Resort With Most Vert To Open In B.C.

New ‘Glacier' Resort With Most Vert To Open In B.C.

What's in store for next season. (Valemountglaciers.com)

A new resort is expected to open next season that would open up lift access to glaciers near Banff and Jasper National Parks that previously could only be reached by helicopter or a long, long hike.


Once all three phases of the project are done, the resort named Valemount will have the most vertical drop in North America – 6,857 feet – supplanting British Columbia neighbors Revelstoke and Whistler Blackcomb.

Entrance to town of Valemount (Valemountglaciers.com)

The resort is located in the midst of the glaciers that slide off the Premier Range near the town of Valemont, B.C. – part of the infamous Cariboos heli-skiing region. The highest peak is Mt. Sir Wilfred Laurier at 11,535, and skiing and riding will be year-round. Lifts will be designed so as to carry both skiers and ‘boarders, and sightseers.

The first phase of the project will focus on a gondola and chair that will bring skiers and riders to 8,300-foot high Twilight Glacier for 4,500 of vert down to where the resort village will be built. Subsequent phases will expand access in the Premier Range glacial fields and build out a resort village with nearly 2,300 beds, hotels, shops and an airport.

Map of Valemount Glacier resort (Valemountglaciers.com)

Valemount Glacial Destinations has an agreement with the provincial government to start construction this summer on the 37th resort in British Columbia. The nearest city is Calgary, Alberta – about a six-hour drive.

Developers expect to take advantage of the one-of-a-kind location in Western Canadian Rockies where many of North America’s glaciers exist.

“A combination  of  ideal  climatic conditions and of mountains with the right elevations, great vertical and spectacular glaciers is only found in the narrow ranges of mountains on the western side of the trench that runs from Cranbrook to Prince George in British Columbia,” the resort’s master plan explained.



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The Biggest SnoCountry News Of 2016

The Biggest SnoCountry News Of 2016

North America's largest resort Whistler Blackcomb is now owned by Vail. (Whistler Blackcomb/Facebook)

Consolidation of ownership, ticketing and even between mountains highlighted the winter resort news of 2016 – all giving skiers and riders more bang for their buck.

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Fall In Love With Canada This Autumn

Fall In Love With Canada This Autumn

Tremblant’s color index guide will help you find peak foliage for your fall mountain bike adventure. (Tremblant)

If beautiful mountain views, fall colors and fun events aren’t enough reason to visit Canada this fall, you can add one more to that list. A favorable exchange rate has made international travel a lot more affordable. With a strong U.S. dollar, now is a prefect time to travel north.

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Vail Resorts Purchases Whistler Blackcomb For $1 Billion

Vail Resorts Purchases Whistler Blackcomb For $1 Billion

Future just got brighter for Whistler Blackcomb with purchase by Vail. (Whistler Blackcomb)

Holders of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass will have to wait a season before adding another 8,000 acres to their winter portfolio, after Vail Resorts announced the purchase of Whistler Blackcomb for more than $1 billion.

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Still Find Summer Skiing In Lower 48

Still Find Summer Skiing In Lower 48

Timberline’s Palmer Express lift usually operates June 1st through Labor Day for summer turns on Oregon’s highest peak. (Timberline/Facebook)

Some skiers and riders just can’t get enough, and they aren’t satisfied with wind surfing, whitewater rafting or plain ol’ hiking in the summer. For them, there are options out there that require some travel, a bit of hiking and plenty of sunscreen.

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Memorial Day Weekend Skiing, Riding, Brewfests And Hot Tub Parties

Memorial Day Weekend Skiing, Riding, Brewfests And Hot Tub Parties

Squaw Valley is one of eight resorts offering skiing and snowboarding Memorial Day Weekend, plus a Hot Tub Party at High Camp. (Squaw Valley photo)

Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the official beginning of summer, but eight ski resorts across North American are holding out for at least one last weekend of skiing and riding.

If you’re heading out this weekend to make some turns, don’t forget to bring the bikes, hiking shoes and kayaks too! So which resorts are open this weekend? Here is a rundown:

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Quicksilver Gondola Officially Opens To Connect Park City, Canyons

Park City new gondolaAfter all the lawsuits, posturing and hand-wringing, the merger of two Park City mountains became a confirmed reality Dec. 18 when Vail Resorts officials cut the ribbon on the new Quicksilver Gondola.

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Gravity Logic Designed Thunder Mountain Bike Park Now Open At Berkshire East

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Twelve miles of gravity-fed, lift accessed downhill mountain biking are now open at Massachusetts’s Berkshire East. Gravity Logic, the company that built Whistler’s bike park, the largest of its kind in the world, designed the park for Berkshire East.

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Whistler Bans Tobacco On All Resort Properties; Others Watching Closely

Whistler scenicWhistler Blackcomb is going where many winter resorts have so far only touched upon: a completely smoke-free environment.

Officials at the British Columbia resort have decided that tobacco smoking conflicts with what skiing and snowboarding is all about, and have enacted a property-wide smoking ban. Signs are going up this summer, and visitors next season should expect the rules to be tightly enforced.

 

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