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[ Tue, 2010-09-07 14:07 ]
The Canyons' New Bubble Lift
A revolution in lift technology, aimed at blocking out the elements, has just arrived in Park City, Utah. Your ride to the peak will never be the same.

The Canyons Resort is pioneering one of the biggest innovations in skier comfort since Gore Tex, a heated capsule that completely shields riders from the elements. The orange, Plexiglas bubble wraps up, from the footrests, over the safety bar, then behind the back of the bench.

Without the nuisance of piercing winds, it’s possible to enjoy the heated seat that charges for 7-seconds as it rounds the base of the terminal and reaches a temperature of about 55 degrees.

[ Thu, 2010-09-02 00:40 ]
Sugarloaf is expanding on to neighboring Burnt Mountain, creating a wealth of lift-accessed sidecountry terrain. The area will be trail-less, but it’ll be gladed and patrolled. The expansion doubles the ‘Loaf’s skiable acres, making it the biggest resort in the East.
Sugarloaf unveils plans for massive, trail-less expansion. Maine giant would surpass Killington for acres. “No grooming, no snowmaking, no real estate.”

By any standard, Sugarloaf’s announcement yesterday of plans for a huge, trail-less “sidecountry” skiing preserve is notable—no matter how you define a resort’s skiable acres. Would the three-phase project eventually make Sugarloaf a bigger ski area than Killington? Well, if you count patrolled, gladed, inbounds terrain as part of your skiable acreage—as most resorts do these days—then yes, it will. Killington boasts 752 acres; Sugarloaf will exactly double in size, from 655 acres to 1,310. Like we said: big news.

[ Mon, 2010-08-30 15:18 ]
A family outfitted in helmets at Deer Valley Resort
The state senate is close to passing two measures that will require minors to wear helmets while on the slopes.

In response to rising numbers of snow sport related head injuries, the California Senate recently voted the bill, SB 880, into enrollment.

[ Mon, 2010-07-26 19:04 ]
fredrik ericsson
UPDATE: Remembering Frederik Ericsson: the 31-year-old mountaineer was killed Friday, August 6, during his attempt to summit and ski K2.

UPDATE (8.6.2010) During his attempt to summit and ski K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, 31-year-old mountaineer, Frederik Ericsson was killed around 7:30 a.m. Pakistani time on Friday, August 6.

[ Wed, 2010-07-14 17:13 ]
Monkey at Krasnaya Polyana
U.S. Ski Team VP Bodensteiner reports on his recent trip to the home of the 2014 Olympics.

Luke Bodensteiner, the U.S. Ski Team’s athletic director, recently returned from a visit to Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014. He sat down for an interview with colleague Elizabeth Karam to describe his impressions. See below.

[ Wed, 2010-06-30 16:31 ]
skiing interactive contents
Are they the future?

Our sister magazine, Skiing, launched the demo of their new digital product, Skiing Interactive, yesterday.  Designed to be fully interactive, and to encorporate multiple media, the demo highlighted personalized gear finders, video content and interactive maps.  According to Tom James, the magazine's editorial director, "Skiing Interactive concentrates on new methods for telling stories while involving the user with info-graphics, interactive maps, dynamically controlled imagery and more.” 

[ Wed, 2010-06-30 16:10 ]
List of infrastructural improvements includes new lift for Cranmore and new life for Cannon’s once-defunct Mittersill.

Ski New Hampshire, the industry trade group for Granite State ski areas, today sent us a comprehensive update of capital improvement plans for its member areas. See below.

[ Wed, 2010-06-16 17:56 ]
Big Wave Skiing
Salomon athletes Townsend and Douglas notch first descents on Maui breakers—and almost look good doing it.

Skiers have long wondered what to do with themselves in the summer months. Well, this caught our eye.

Cody Townsend and Mike Douglas (the, uh, “godfather of freeskiing”) have combined their loves and skiing and surfing to create something altogether new: wave-skiing. Makes you wonder why no one’s ever tried it before.

[ Tue, 2010-06-15 13:40 ]
summer skiing
Give Dad a rare gift this Sunday: a ski day in June.

It’s the middle of June and, for most people, ski season has been overtaken by warm weather and summer fun. But for the residents living on Vancouver Island up in British Columbia, Mount Washington is giving them one last shot at getting some turns in on the white stuff. Due to an unseasonably wet and cool spring, the Mount Washington Alpine Resort has enough snow to re-open one run, Linton’s Loop, for the Father’s day weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

[ Wed, 2010-06-09 16:47 ]
Skier Halfpipe
Women’s jumping, ski halfpipe and two more snowboard competitions recommended for inclusion at Sochi. A chance for skiers to one-up the snowboarders?

We know it’s a big deal that the FIS will recommend women’s ski jumping for inclusion in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but we can’t help being more excited about the possible inclusion of both men’s and women’s ski halfpipe.

It’s not a done deal yet by any means, but at its 2010 meeting in Antalya, Turkey, the International Ski Congress of the FIS voted this week to formally recommend to the International Olympic Committee that women’s ski jumping and both men’s and women’s ski halfpipe be included in the 2014 games, along with snowboard slopestyle and team snowboardcross.