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Vonn Pays IRS $1.7M

Vonn Pays IRS $1.7M
Lindsey Vonn...Greatest Racer Ever? feat
Even superstars have to pay Uncle Sam.

Seems like Lindsey Vonn sets records every time she clicks in her skis. But when it comes to keeping records of, say, her income and taxes, well, not so much.

Lindsey Vonn Forgot to Pay $1.7 Million in Taxes

Lindsey Vonn celebrates her World Cup victories in 2010
Lindsey Vonn celebrates her World Cup victories in 2010
Upon learning of her delinquency with the IRS, the Olympic and four-time overall World Cup champ cut a check for the full amount and chalked it up to a life lesson.

April is a busy time for Lindsey Vonn, what with all the trophy polishing she has to cram into her short off-season schedule. So it's hardly surprising that back in 2010—arguably the biggest and busiest of her career so far, when she won two Olympic medals, three World Cup titles and an ESPY for Best Female Athlete of the Year—she let a little thing like her federal taxes slip between the cracks.

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.

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