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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.