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[ Tue, 2009-09-29 05:51 ]
Lift Attendant at Snowbasin
Aspen, Vail and others upping their numbers of local hires

Surely you've noticed in the last decade or so that the number of local kids and domestic ski bums manning the chairlifts and ticket windows of America's ski resorts has declined, their roles taken over by Argentines and Kiwis. The reasons for this are debatable -- though we think it has to do with a generation of skiing parents eager to give their kids the ski-bum experience they never had. At any rate, we're about to see more locals in on-hill uniforms this season.

Off the Grid: Renewable Energy

As resorts invest in renewable energy, the biggest hurdle—ironically—could be environmental approval.

Auden Schendler skins up the Cirque, a blustery ridgeline high atop Colorado’s Snowmass resort, and stops at the base of a 165-foot-tall weather tower. “It fell over the first time they tried to put it up,” says Aspen Skiing Company’s sustainability director. “Too windy.”

Built last September, and now anchored by high-tension cables, the tower collects wind data for what would be a record-setting renewable energy project: the world’s highest wind farm.

X Games Hit Aspen, Jan. 22-25

Get out your twin-tips and temporary tattoos: The X Games are hitting Aspen, Colorado again, January 22-25, 2009. This year, skip the snowmobiles for the demolition derby of Skier X (a.k.a. skiercross) – four to six skiers simultaneously careening down a motocross-like course of rollers, bumps, banks, and ridges.

The International Olympic Committee recently announced that the sport will be included in the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, B.C.

USSA Grand Prix Drops Into Copper Dec. 12-13

Halfpipe Superstars head to the resort for the first Snowboard HalfPipe Competition this season

Copper Mountain, CO…December 5, 2008… Halfpipe superstars from across the globe have descended upon Copper Mountain this week in preparation for the season's first U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix coming up Dec. 11-13. In its 13th season, the Grand Prix is the longest standing snowboarding circuit in world.

Daron Rahlves Returns from Dubai

Rahlves helped with ski clinics for the U.S. Ski Team and Spyder, skiing indoors

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA), the reigning X Games ski cross champion, has won the fabled Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria, as well as the World Championship super G. But, while doing ski clinics for U.S. Ski Team and personal sponsor Spyder at an indoor ski facility in Dubai recently, he had to answer a question he had never thought about before: "Hey, Daron, what's it like to ski outdoors?"

Rahlves, the 2001 World Champion, spent a few days in Dubai doing clinics with kids and adults in the world's largest indoor ski facility.

Tunnel Vision

Venture far below Aspen's slopes for a tour of the Smuggler Mine. You'll never see the town in the same light again.

Darkness feels downright scary when you're 1,800 feet into the earth, low rock ceilings with walls so narrow you can spread both arms and graze the cool, moist limestone with your fingertips. It's unnerving. And the discomfort settles in as Smuggler Mine foreman Jay Parker flicks off the electric lights. We've just scurried like mice along rusted steel-ore tracks into the 128-year-old mine's belly. Parker strikes a match and lights a candle, like miners did over a century ago.

Chris Davenport Joins Kà¤stle


Mountaineer Chris Davenport to become latest member of the inaugural Kà¤stle Pro Team.

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