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New Five-Resort $349 Pass

Come Hither: Alta, Aspen, Jackson and Squaw/Alpine team up.

The new motto for resorts this season just might be All for One, One for All, as four of the biggest names in the sport have banded together to offer a unique, unified ski pass. The new Mountain Collective pass, working with Liftopia, offers eight days of skiing at Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows for $349. 

Beast of the East: Killington Roars to Life on Tuesday

Killington Resort
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Passholders rewarded with dibs on first day; public rolls in on Wednesday.

Killington’s claim on first-to-open status in the East appears to be safe for another year. Its lifts, which operated through Memorial Day last spring despite what is now widely considered the worst winter ever in New England, will begin spinning again on Tuesday, the resort announced late Monday night following a five-inch snowfall over the weekend.

The first day of operation will be reserved for passholders—a special treat for the most loyal customers. Starting Wednesday, the general public is welcome.

Heading Downhill? K2, Marker, Völkl, Among Others, For Sale

Heading Downhill?  K2, Marker, Völkl, Among Others, For Sale
Ian MacIntosh
Parent company, Newell Brands, looks to sell iconic winter brands by the first half of 2017.

Update, Oct. 7: Newell Brands responded with comment for this article, stressing that it intends to sell, not shut down, its wintersports brands. According to the company: "We do not plan to shut these businesses down, but rather intend to sell them to a buyer at a full and fair value. We are confident that we will achieve a successful sale of these category-leading businesses to an owner who shares our interest in unlocking their full potential.”

Is the Vail Juggernaut Good for Skiing?

The answer is: it depends whom you ask (and we’ll see).

The reverberations of the blockbuster billion-dollar deal announced this week that Vail Resorts purchased Whistler Blackcomb are already starting to be felt, both by skiers and other resort operators. “The competitive environment just went up a full notch,” says Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California’s Lake Tahoe basin, where three Vail Resorts ski areas already operate.

The Snow Report with Halley O'Brien

The winter show that blends sarcasm and stoke every other week, all season long.
The Snow Report With Halley O'Brien

Federal Government Charges Jay Peak/Burke Owners with Fraud

EB-5 foreign investor money was misspent, investors were misled by Stenger and Quiros, says SEC. Assets frozen. Court places Vermont resorts in receivership.

The beauty of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, Jay Peak co-owner Bill Stenger told SKI Magazine last year, was that it provided him with “patient capital,” the kind he and partner Ariel Quiros weren’t required to pay back on a set timeline as they went about developing Jay and Q Burke resorts in Vermont.

Remembering Doug Coombs

Being the widow of a skiing legend isn’t easy. Emily Coombs is making it work.

Ten years ago this spring, Doug Coombs, one of American skiing’s most admired figures, died in a fall in one of the countless steep chutes at La Grave, France, the wild ski area where he lived with his wife, Emily, and their two-year-old son, David. Coombs, along with Chad VanderHam, died while working as mountain guides, the career Coombs had carved out after a career in ski films and extreme skiing competitions.

Game of Drones

Drones are coming to resorts, which want them for everything from vanity videos to rescue efforts. But don’t expect to fly your own drone on the hill soon.

Bruce McTavish Glimpsed the dawning of skiing’s drone era last season at Canada’s Big White resort. The 60-year-old Seattleite paid a new drone-video service to film himself and his fiancée skiing a run together. “It was a lot of fun,” McTavish says. “I’d always wanted to see what I look like skiing from above.”

Vail Resorts to Invest $13M in Wilmot

After acquiring the mountain in January, Vail Resorts plans major renovations for the Midwest ski area.

Vail Resorts announced, this week, that it will invest $13 million in its newest Midwest ski area: Wilmot Mountain, which Vail Resorts acquired in January. Wilmot, 65 miles north of Chicago, was the 13th ski area added to Vail Resorts’ empire.

Knee Injury Ends Vonn's Season

After crashing during Saturday’s super-G, the Olympic medalist sustained multiple knee fractures provoking her to end her season.

Lindsey Vonn announced, Wednesday, that she’s ending her ski season early after injuring her left knee in a crash during a super-G race in Andorra, Europe, on Saturday.

Initial x-rays showed that Vonn had a hairline fracture on the tibial plateau. Not posing a significant threat, she competed in the super combined the next day. She then had further x-rays revealed two additional fractures along her knee, so she decided to hang up her race skis for the season.

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