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[ Fri, 2010-11-19 18:38 ]
Line Prophet 115
The Line Prophet 115 fills a void previously left in the Prophet series. It's super fat, but still carves.
Line has seen immense success from their versatile Prophet series, with widths ranging from 90 mm to 130mm. Previously, the width options jumped from 100- 130mm underfoot, which left a big gap. Enter the Prophet 115. With P-cut technology, this ski seamlessly travels from groomers to powder. Early rise tip and tail allow easy turn initiation (read: they’re easier to ski), and help you float when it’s deep. A metal-structured core adds strength and stability.
[ Thu, 2010-11-04 18:23 ]
Magnets
The newest move in ski lift safety? Giant magnets.

 Nervous about your kid falling off the chairlift? Do their short legs make them ride precariously close to the edge? Good news. Now, you can magnetically stick them to the back of the chair.

French company Magnestick has been installing magnetized chairs in Europe for the past three years, and this winter they’re coming to the U.S.

Alpine Meadows is the first resort in the states to implement Magnestick.  They installed it in two of their beginner chairs: Meadow and Subway.

[ Tue, 2010-10-19 12:49 ]
Whistler gondola
Want to own a share of the biggest ski area in North America? Now you can.

Starting as early as next month Whistler Blackcomb will be a publicly traded company on the Vancouver Stock Exchange, which means that you could own a share.

In the initial public offering, the newly formed Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc is predicted to raise $300 million, part of which will go towards paying off Intrawest. Shares are said to start at between $14 and $15.

[ Thu, 2010-10-07 15:03 ]
Eagle Point
Utah's defunct 14th ski resort, the former Elk Meadows, is under new management and coming back to life as Eagle Point

Dormant for eight years, now, the former sleepy Elk Meadows Ski Resort in southern Utah is prepping to get back in the game, as Eagle Point. As Utah’s 14th ski resort, the ski hill has a new name, a new plan, new ownership and, most importantly, still gets plenty of snow.

[ Fri, 2010-10-01 17:22 ]
Stoic Bombshell Thumb
Need a jacket that can do everything? This 3-layer storm shell can.

I’ve won my fair share of things on Twitter: concert tickets, jars of peanut butter, and most recently, a jacket. And not just any jacket, mind you—the stretchy, 3-layer storm shell by Stoic.

[ Wed, 2010-09-29 12:31 ]
Penguins
Chris Davenport and two friends head south (really far south) to play with penguins, sleep on a ship, and ski some steep terrain. His film, Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey, chronicles their journey.

When I think of Antarctica, I think of ice, cold weather, and more ice. However, more and more skiers are adding an Antarctica notch to their belt: Warren Miller also filmed a few athletes here for their upcoming film, Wintervention. Last December, Chris Davenport, Stian Hagen, Andrea Binning, and a film crew went south to give movie-making and glacier-climbing a shot themselves. At The Meeting in Aspen, we were given a chance to see a sneak-peak, short version of Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey. Here’s what I thought.

[ Wed, 2010-09-15 13:43 ]
Environmentally-friendly boards.
In the future, the Eco Index may be able to tell you. Check out what the Outdoor Industry Association has in store for you and your green gear.

How sustainable is that sweet pair of skis you’re about to buy? You may soon be able to find out how green all your favorite products are through a new tool called the Eco Index. Designed in collaboration with over one hundred retailers, brands, and suppliers, along with the Outdoor Industry Association, the European Outdoor Group, and Zero Waste Alliance, the Eco Index is an environmental assessment tool designed to advance sustainable practices within the outdoor industry.

[ Wed, 2010-09-08 10:56 ]
Arizona Snowbowl
After a vote last week Arizona Snowbowl's nearly eight-year quest to implement snowmaking remains at a standstill. The resort is pushing to gain water rights while local Native American tribes pull out all the stops to make sure it never happens.

Religion is not usually an obstacle to ski area expansion, but at the Arizona Snowbowl, religious considerations have been a huge stumbling block. The resort suffered a hit to its snowmaking plans last Thursday, when its latest water supply proposal failed before a 5-2 vote by Flagstaff City Council.

[ Tue, 2010-09-07 13:07 ]
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.

[ Wed, 2010-09-01 23:40 ]
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. http://www.sugarloaf.com/
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.