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Snowbird Founder Dies at 85

Richard Dick Bass | Snowbird, Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen
Dick Bass, 85, died in Dallas. He co-founded Snowbird and was instrumental in other ski area development as well.
Dick Bass, who co-founded Snowbird and was instrumental in developing Vail and Beaver Creek, died Sunday in Dallas.

Richard Daniel “Dick” Bass, who co-founded Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and summited Mt. Everest when he was 55 years old (the oldest by five years to summit Everest at that time), died Sunday at his home in Dallas. Bass was an indefatiguable visionary and pioneer in the ski industry, involved with several iconic American ski resorts. 

Epic Transformation

What happens when $10 million is dropped into 130-acre, 230-vertical-foot Mt. Brighton?
The new Mt Brighton is dominated by upgraded lifts and terrain-park features.

Saddleback ‘Needs’ $3M or Resort Won’t Open

Resort general manager says Saddleback needs the money in 2 weeks to secure its future.

The folks at Saddleback ski area in Rangeley, Maine announced that unless the resort receives $3 million to fund a new lift, it won’t open for the 2015-16 ski season.

The resort’s General Manager Chris Farmer says the push for a new lift, which would replace the 1964-built Rangeley Double Chair, is crucial to the mountain’s future. However, Farmer says the current chair is still safe and fully operational—just not the most ideal ride to the top.

Black Diamond Recalls Avy Airbags

Black Diamon JetForce Airbag Recall
Where to find the date code
The Utah-based company is recalling all of its JetForce avalanche airbags due to faulty firmware.

Black Diamond is recalling all of its JetForce avalanche airbag packs due to a potential firmware malfunction.

While there haven’t been reports of accidents or injuries, there have been reports of the pack failing to deploy after it was electronically charged, or the pack’s motor randomly turning off.

U.S. Ski Team to Manage Nastar

Nastar Partners with US Ski Team
Nastar Partners with US Ski Team (Skier: Daron Rhalves)
"NASTAR is where most ski racers in America, including myself, were introduced to the thrill of going fast and competing on skis," says Ted Ligety, and that's what the partnership is designed to do.

The U.S. Ski Team is taking over operations of Nastar, one of the country's most well-known recreational ski racing programs. As part of the agreement, the U.S. Ski Team will assume day-to-day responsability of Nastar in an effort to capitalize on the success of U.S. Ski Team athletes and bring more awareness to ski racing.

Nastar, which was created by SKI Magazine, began more than 45 years ago and is now at 115 ski areas throughout the country with more than 165,000 racer days per year.

High Schooler Works to Introduce Skiing to Low-Income Families

High Schooler Works to Introduce Skiing to Low-Income Families
Live Free and Ski Founder Beecher Clifton-Waite | Photo: Asa Rowan Tyne
Live Free and Ski founder talks about his nonprofit, and his vision to remove cost barriers for first-time skiers.

While shredding chutes and trees, it can be easy to forget the steep costs of equipment, quality gear, season passes, and even lessons. But Beecher Clifton-Waite, a high school junior, hasn’t forgotten.

Beecher started his organization Live Free and Ski to help local high school students afford the costs of skiing and snowboarding. Now a government-approved nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status, the organization is booming.

We caught up with Beecher to talk about his passion for skiing, his organization, and the scholarship he's setting up to help low-income families.

GogglePal Brings Augmented Reality to Ski Slopes

The company’s unit tracks vertical drop, speed, pairs with your phone, and attaches seamlessly to any ski goggle.

For skiers that can’t get through a powder day without knowing how fast they went, how much air they got, or how many laps they did, this is for you.

GogglePal, a new augmented reality unit, is a digital heads-up display for your ski goggles. And it’s said to be the first to be universally mountable, meaning it’s removable and works on any pair of goggles.

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