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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. 

"The Buoy" Floats to Fame

Is the best Utah powder forecaster bobbing in the Pacific Ocean 3,000 miles away?

You’ve stalked the weather forecast for weeks, hoping and praying that you can call in “sick” on the eve of the next big storm. But 10-day forecasts are notoriously unreliable, and when Alta reports 14 inches on a random Tuesday, you’re stuck in a cubicle with back-to-back meetings. Forget the local meteorologist; you need a snowy crystal ball that can predict when the flakes will pile up well before they pile up.

Under The Suit

Ski Team members bare it all for funding.

Members of the National Ski Team put blood sweat and tears into the efforts of skiing in the World Cup or representing our country at the Olympics, but it doesn’t come without a struggle to fund their athletic endeavors.

Ski Team members who are below the A-Team level are required to pay for their own travel expenses which can range from $15,000-$35,000 dollars per year. Each year athletes reach out to supporters asking for financial assistance in funding their seasons. This year they decided to do something a little different.

Broken Arm Slows, But Won't Stop, Vonn's Assault on The Record

Broken Arm Slows, But Won't Stop, Vonn's Assault on The Record
Lindsey Vonn's Assault on The Record Main
It's a bad break for sure—and a disappointment for American race fans. But there's still plenty of time in her career to catch Stenmark.

It’s a testament to how durable Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins really is. Not only did the great Swede have to be best skier in the world during his time—which he certainly was. He had to remain remarkably healthy as well.

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

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.

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