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Scott Kennett wins his fourth US Extreme Freeskiing Masters Championship

Although Kennett is at least ten years older than his competitors, he still managed to claim his fourth title.

Crested Butte, Colo., Feb. 22 -- Scott Kennett, 51, of Telluride, has edged out Aaron Lypps, 42, of Crested Butte, for the U.S. Extreme Freesking Masters Division Championship.

It was Kennett’s fourth victory in this contest since the division was formed in 2001. He won in 2001 and 2002, 2007 and this year. He crashed out in 2003 and 2004 and was sidelined while recuperating from injuries in 2005 and 2006.

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.)

Winners of the SkiNet SnowMail Sweepstakes

Three people from around North America won a pair of skis, a Dakine Roller bag, and a ski jacket. See who they are.

Grand Prize: Atomic Nomad Crimson Skis

Winner: A. Cox, Edmonton, AB

SKI Magazine's Feb. 2009 "Where Is It?" Contest: Win FREE Travel Gear

Look Familiar?

Identify the resort in this photo and you could enjoy hassle-free travel from here on out - at least when it comes to toting your gear - thanks to a family travel package from Spyder.

Liftline Love

From the He-and-She Stick to the gondola, lift technology has shaped romance on the way uphill.

Riding a ski lift, or waiting in line to board it, may have inspired as many marriages and relationships over the past 70 years as ever originated at an après bar. Cupid’s ski endeavors, though, haven’t been without bumps. The ropetow, for instance, was less an opportunity to meet Miss Beautiful than it was for Mr. Wonderful to come to her rescue after the rope hurled her onto the snow.

Atomic Recalls Heel Bindings


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.

Cranmore, NH: Celebrating Austrian Roots

At Cranmore, the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup celebrates the Austrian roots of American skiing—and the man who taught the country how to ski.

Lycra race suits probably ought to come with a warning label: Use with caution if over age 30. For many competitors among the 180 gathered at Mt. Cranmore, N.H., last March for the 12th annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, Lycra was not the most flattering attire. It might be fast, but it is also uncompromising in revealing extra, poorly placed pounds accumulated or redistributed in the years after a high school or college racing career.

Fueling Change: Skiing In a Weak Economy

Rising fuel prices are altering the economics of the great American ski vacation, as skiers and resorts cope with the increased costs of flying and driving.

Harriet and Jerry Warner are waving goodbye to an old traveling companion this winter—their skis. “We’re renting this season,” Harriet Warner says, “for the first time in about 30 years.”

The reason: new airline fees of up to $150 for checked baggage. The Somerset, N.J., couple determined it would cost $500 or more to fly two pairs of skis on their five trips this winter. The fees prompted the Warners to forgo purchasing new skis. “We realized it didn’t make sense to spend almost $2,000 on new equipment and then have to pay these ridiculous fees to bring it.”

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