The snow gods giveth, and the snow gods taketh away. After a toasty December with little snow, and in a little bit of a panic, we asked our readers to bust out a snow dance to awaken Old Man Winter from his slumber. And then a miracle occurred.
Cross-country skiers have raced in Vasaloppet in Mora, Minn., since 1973. But Mora has only had enough natural snow once in the last seven years to put on the full race.
Enter Don Olson.
The morning dawns clear and cold, the eastern sunrise kissing the peaks on the Continental Divide. Up at Eldora ski area, Travis Brock has already been awake for hours. He’s the first cog in the highly professional machine that is one of the most important interfaces between the behind-the-scenes operations that make Eldora run and the more public positions of the resort. If Brock feels the pressure, he doesn’t show it. He’s got a mountain to open and it’s a holiday weekend. Time to rock and roll.
If you’ve ever planned a ski vacation, you know that getting your ski gear to the mountain is not simple and not cheap, especially when planes are involved. We looked into whether it’s better to check your ski bags, ship them or just rent stuff when you get there, and we’ve discovered some definitive truths, and steps to take, when it comes to price and convenience.
Unless you’ve got a personal assistant, herding the kids and gear for a family ski vacation is no simple task, but the rewards for putting in some planning time are numerous. Once you’ve reached your mountain resort destination, there are often a slew of activities and amenities that will make slope time with the kids an adventure you’ll want to go on again and again.
Yellow snow is a no-go. But that's not all you need to know.
Taking in a mouthful of snow as you yard-sale down a double black diamond is one way to eat it. But more purposeful approaches are popular, too, like turning it into a base for ice cream, eating mouthfuls of it for hydration, or using it to chill a cocktail. Still, most of us wouldn’t drink rainwater without running it through a filtration system. So is there anything different about snow?
Valentine’s Day sweethearts across New England can celebrate the holiday of love with unique events at New Hampshire ski areas. Romantic celebrations will include chairlift speed dating, festive on-slope games, moonlit skiing, a couples ski race, and more.
Thanks to Okemo Mountain Resort’s experienced snowmaking and grooming teams and more than seven feet of natural snowfall this season, Okemo’s massive superpipe is ready for wall turns and catching some air. Measuring 500 feet in length with 18-foot high walls, the Okemo Superpipe presented by Schweppes is now open daily.
A stormy pattern continues into February with several quick moving storms dropping hits of snow. Here are the storm systems to watch this week.
OK, so we on the West Coast have been pleading and praying for powder this season, especially on the heels of a couple of subpar winters where puttin' on the fatboys and breathing through a snorkel seemed but distant memories.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort hosted its annual paintball biathlon extravaganza in late January. Founded in 2006, the event, which is a joint effort between Mountain Top Inn & Resort and the Mountain Top Ski Club (an independent ski association), is hailed as the first ever paintball biathlon event held in the world and it continues to be the largest of its kind in North America.
The recent cold snap to hit the Heartland brought with it some great snow conditions for Midwest ski areas. The coldest weather that forced many to suspend operations for two or three days fortunately came midweek. The bookend weekends brought out good crowds with great slope conditions.
Kids with a competitive spirit regularly join ski-area competition programs. Those with extraordinary drive and dreams go on to attend ski academies for secondary educations. Student athletes committed to succeed in academics and winter sports are best suited to the rigorous schedule of a ski academy.
“Going with the club is great because we ride on a luxury bus with Wifi. You can sleep, use a bathroom, snack or just relax the whole ride. On the way home, we watch a movie, eat cookies and stop for dinner. You get to ski a lot of different mountains, and we see people we know sometimes during the day of skiing,” 15-year old Ryan Dvorak, who typically skis with a parent on weekends through trips with the Norwich Ski Club (NSC), told SnoCountry.com.
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.