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Vail Resorts Makes Helmets Mandatory for Employees

Company also announced that helmets will be required for all children’s group ski and ride lessons and as part of their rental packages

BROOMFIELD, Colo.—April 13, 2009—Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN) today announced that, beginning with the 2009-2010 winter season, the Company will require all employees to wear helmets when skiing or riding on the job at each of its five mountain resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly. Helmets will be provided to every employee next fall as part of their standard uniform for working on the mountain. This new initiative is part of Vail Resorts’ overall commitment to skier and snowboarder safety programs.


Kearney Takes Moguls Title

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team's Hannah Kearney (Norwich VT) finished ninth March 18 to solidify her spot as the 2009 World Cup moguls champion.

Photo: U.S. Ski Team - Tom Kelly

Stratton’s '09/'10 Sunday Season Pass for as little as $13 per day

Purchase a season pass before April 30 and get special deal of $209

Stratton Mountain, VT – Just $209 if purchased before April 30, Stratton Mountain Resort’s Sunday Season Pass is the best value around. Perfect for families or individuals who want to make Sunday the most enjoyable day of the week.


The Irresponsibility Code

The official rules of the slopes are more than 40 years old. Life has changed.

The rules and etiquette of the slopes have evolved over the years into something officially known as Your Responsibility Code. You see it plastered on lift towers and scrawled in tiny print on lift tickets and cafeteria napkins. They’re like those bossy signs at public swimming pools: quaint, incomplete and unintentionally humorous. (“Always ski in control.” Please.)

A Heli Good Time

The Alaskan Coastline, an 85-foot boat, and you and your skis...

We could tell you the details behind this photograph - the skier, Jamie Burge, is sizing up a 1,200-foot run above Prince William Sound in Cordova, Alaska, where she was dropped from a helicopter piloted by Points North Heli-Adventures - but you're not even reading this caption, are you? What if we tell you PNH is offering "ski cruises" - heli trips run from the deck of an 85-foot boat - up and down the Alaskan coastline? You're still staring, aren't you? Ski porn has that effect.

Mark Elling

Northwest Update Blogger, Writer

Mark Elling is a long-suffering ski industry pro who specializes in weaseling into Ski and Skiing Magazine product tests annually in order to score free gloves and eat fat meals. Elling has a 20-year history of poor paying jobs in ski-dom, from teaching skiing in Montana to working as a snowcat skiing guide in southern Oregon. He currently keeps his creditors at bay working as a bootfitter at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon and as a freelance writer. Elling is the author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill).

Atomic Recalls Heel Bindings

ATOMIC USA CONDUCTING VOLUNTARY RECALL OF THE HEEL COMPONENTS OF CERTAIN SKI BINDINGS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN 1998 AND 2002

OGDEN, UTAH, DECEMBER 24, 2008 -- Atomic Ski USA, Inc. is carrying out a voluntary precautionary recall of heel components of certain bindings manufactured between 1998 and 2002. This recall applies to the below listed models of the ATOMIC Race, Xentrix, Device, Centro and DYNAMIC ski bindings produced
between 1998 and 2002.


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.

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