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[ Thu, 2010-03-25 13:39 ]
Snowsports Graph
The Snowsports Industries America has released details on the number of people participating in winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. And despite the poor economy, guess what? More people skied in the winter of 2008-2009 than the previous two years. And believe it or not, snowshoeing is on a rocket-like increase.

According to the Snowsports Industries America, more people participated in snowsports in the winter of 2008-2009 than the previous two years. "Despite a very tough economic climate, new participants could be found on slopes, trails and in the terrain parks last season. Participation increased in every snow sports discipline during the 2008-09 season from downhill skiing to snowshoeing," the SIA report states. In 2008-09, a reported 10,919,000 people participated in alpine skiing, up 5.5 percent from the winter of 2007-08.

[ Wed, 2010-03-24 14:19 ]
Chanel Skis
When a fashion brand comes out with a ski, we're always interested to check it out. But these pricey Chanel skis, made from rosewood, fiberglass, and aluminum, might just be a little over the top. Here's what we'd tell Chanel if they asked for our opinion.

When a fashion brand comes out with a ski, we're always interested to check it out. But these pricey Chanel skis, made from rosewood, fiberglass, and aluminum, might just be a little over the top. Here's what we'd tell Chanel if they asked for our opinion.

Dear Chanel,

[ Tue, 2010-03-23 16:21 ]
Julia Mancuso
Which begs the question: Is the three-time Olympic medalist simply the best female skier there is?

Do racers make the best free-skiers? It’s an age-old argument, and Julia Mancuso makes a compelling case that it’s true. Fresh off her two-medal performance on the Olympic tracks at Whistler, Mancuso entered the Nissan Xtreme competition at Verbier, Switzerland, last weekend—the culmination of the Freeride World Tour—and her result was an astounding third place.

[ Tue, 2010-03-23 12:19 ]
It was a big year for the U.S. Ski Team—with eight Olympic medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. This behind-the-scenes video, called View from Vancouver, was just released as a video short to a feature length film produced by Audi called Truth in Motion. It shows on-the-ground interviews shot at the U.S. Ski Team House in Whistler.

It was a big year for the U.S. Ski Team—with eight Olympic medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. This behind-the-scenes video, called View from Vancouver, was just released as a video short to a feature length film produced by Audi called Truth in Motion. It shows on-the-ground interviews shot at the U.S. Ski Team House in Whistler.

[ Tue, 2010-03-23 12:05 ]
When Banff-Lake Louise—a ski epicenter in Alberta, Canada—announced the winner of their Banff's Next Top Model competition, we were expecting a Lange Girl-style portrait. Instead, we found out the winner is three-year-old Julia Bell, a Canadian youngster who apparently loves to ski. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of the competition here.

When Banff-Lake Louise—a ski epicenter in Alberta, Canada—announced the winner of their Banff's Next Top Model competition, we were expecting a Lange Girl-style portrait. Instead, we found out the winner is three-year-old Julia Bell, a Canadian youngster who apparently loves to ski. Check out the behind-the-scenes video here.

[ Fri, 2010-03-19 18:18 ]
Models strut their stuff on Aspen's other catwalk
Aspen has always been the center of the ski-fashion world. But in case there was ever any doubt, the second annual Aspen Fashion Week sets the record straight.

Stilettos trounced ski boots as the footwear of choice in Aspen this week as fashionistas (primed with flutes of Veuve Clicquot) fawned over runway models in the latest styles from top ski-world designers. In its second year, Aspen Fashion Week was schemed up by founder/Aspenite Lisa Johnson to showcase the best of winter luxury, ski and technical designers and manufacturers.

[ Thu, 2010-03-18 20:56 ]
This helmet camera footage shows a ski flyer—someone with skis and a parachute—literally soar from the top of Chamonix's 12,600-foot Aiguille du Midi, over an avalanche, to the valley floor. You're going to want to watch this—trust us.

This helmet camera footage shows a ski flyer—someone with skis and a parachute—literally soar from the top of Chamonix's 12,600-foot Aiguille du Midi, over an avalanche, to the valley floor. You're going to want to watch this—trust us.

[ Wed, 2010-03-17 17:00 ]
whistler facebook pic
Need more incentive to go skiing this spring? How about a free lift ticket?

Now through April 16, 2010, Shell stations are offering a “Ski Free” deal. Purchase 10 gallons of fuel and you’ll receive a voucher good for one free adult lift ticket  when you buy an adult lift ticket at a participating resort at full price.

[ Wed, 2010-03-17 14:53 ]
colorado landscape
A recent Gallup Poll proves once again what Coloradans have known for a long time: when it comes to fitness, the West is the best.

Not surprisingly, four Colorado locales top the list of the "Ten Fittest Cities" in the United States according to a recent Gallup poll: Fort Collins/Loveland, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. California tied Colorado with four fit metropolitan areas: San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles, Santa Cruz/Watsonville, San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, and San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont. On the East Coast, Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, CT and Barnstable Town, MA took the prize.

[ Wed, 2010-03-17 14:08 ]
Family Skiing at Vail
To lock in the best deals on next season, buy now.

Even the recession has a silver lining: cheap skiing. Many—perhaps most—resorts nationwide are offering rock-bottom deals on next season’s ski passes. From Vail, Colo., to Waterville Valley, N.H., pass prices for the 2010/11 season are often at an all-time low if purchased before the lfits close. Here are a few examples, but contact your own favorite resorts for the latest deals as ski areas offer incentives and perks to motivate you to purchase next season's passes this season. 

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