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When One Gondola Isn't Enough, Vail Builds Another

When One Gondola Isn't Enough, Vail Builds Another
Vail Gondola
Vail is replacing its Vista Bahn Express Lift with a new ten-passenger gondola. In preparation for its 50th anniversary, Vail will begin construction on April 16 and expects the gondola to be ready for the start of next season.

As the season ends Vail Resorts will begin constructing on new gondola connecting Vail Village to Mid Vail. With a ride time of only 7.5 minutes, the gondola is said to be the fastest is the world. The French-designed cabins boast heated seats, Wi-Fi access and room for ten passengers.
Read the full press release from our friends at Skiing Business:

Snowboarding Proves a Boon for Taos

Snowboarding Proves a Boon for Taos
Far-away shots of snowboarders.
Since allowing boarders in 2008, the resort has seen visits climb. Who’s next?

 It was a risky move, one that soured many locals on their hometown hill. But when Taos opened its slopes to snowboarders four years ago this month, little did it know it would see skier—and boarder—visits climb to their highest numbers in a decade.

Not Done Yet: Boyne Blows Spring Snow at Eastern Resorts

Not Done Yet: Boyne Blows Spring Snow at Eastern Resorts
Sunday River Snowmaking
Snow guns are turned back on at Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon—because spring skiing should be a right, not a privilege.

SKI Mag’s East Coast staff needed to squeeze in a trip to Sugarloaf before the lifts close this spring. Running out of both time and snow, we were nervous, but thanks to an unprecedented initiative by Boyne Resorts’ three New England resorts, we’re in luck.

 Michigan-based Boyne announced last week that it had turned the snow guns back on for a late-season burst that ensures good spring conditions at Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon Mountain. Good for them. (See the press release below.)

NASA: 2012 Was a Bad Snow Year

NASA Snow Map
NASA Snow Map
Yes, shocking, we know. A report and comparative maps from this season and last confirm the obvious.

It’s official: This winter was a bad snow year. Not that we really needed NASA to tell us this, but alas, a report comparing last year’s plentiful powder with this winter’s sad snowfall amounts blames the mild winter on a La Niña pattern that pushed the precipitation northward. That was compounded by something called an Arctic Oscillation, a strong one in this case, that kept all that cold air circling the North Pole rather than drifting down to more southerly latitudes.

New Resort Battleground: Park City

Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort
PCMR sues Canyons owner over land lease. Claims resort might not open next year.

Park City region looks to have replaced Tahoe, for the moment at least, as the hot battleground for resorts. Park City Mountain Resort sued Talisker Land Holdings earlier this month over renegotiation of a long-term lease that expired in 2011. Talisker is a major landowner of PCMR, along with other property in the greater Park City area.

McConkey Movie Trailer Debuts this Weekend

NBC airs a trailer for a new movie about the late Shane McConkey that's set to hit screens in 2013.

When Shane McConkey died in 2009 after a ski BASE-jumping accident, the skiing community lost an innovator, an icon and a true adventurer who lived each day with purpose. Matchstick Productions, the production house that worked so closely with McConkey on many projects, is making a movie, set to debut next year, chronicling the life of this inspirational athlete. Catch a trailer for the film this Saturday (March 24) on NBC during the Red Bull Cold Rush coverage at 1 p.m. eastern time, 10 a.m. pacific.

A Ski Rental Solution

A Ski Rental Solution
Skis in front of view over Grindelwald, Switzerland
Traveling with your skis is not only a drag, it can be pricey. But renting is no picnic, either. Black Tie Rentals offers an easy alternative.

A common question: To schlep your skis or to rent once you get there? As editors, we travel a lot, so it’s a dilemma we’re faced with a dozen times throughout the ski season. Quick weekend jaunts, business trips with a side of skiing: Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to take your skis along.

The 10th: Vail's new mountain restaurant is a hit

The 10th: Vail's new mountain restaurant is a hit
The 10th. Vail's new mountain restaurant
Great skier cuisine—and they don’t overlook your kids.

Here’s a trend we like: Skiers can now enjoy as good a meal on-hill as off. That’s certainly the case at The 10th, Vail’s new on-mountain restaurant, located at Mid-Vail. The restaurant’s name, of course, is a tribute to the famous 10th Mountain Division, which fought in Italy in World War 11. The 10th’s ski troopers—many of whom, including Vail founder Pete Siebert, went on to establish the American ski industry—certainly would rather have pulled up a chair here than dig into their K-rations.

A Greener Groomer

Ecogroomer
Ecogroomer
EcoGroomer claims its new grooming machines can save 20 million gallons of fuel by 2020. Intrigued? You should be.

It’s an idea whose time has come. A typical groomer blows through a lot of fuel. With rising gas prices, this is serious dough for the resorts—costs that are passed down to skiers by way of lift ticket, food and lodging price increases.

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