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Mammoth Resorts Will Take Over Two California Resorts

Bear Mountain Resort: Lake View | Photo Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Bear Mountain Resort: Lake View | Photo Big Bear Mountain Resorts
A new season pass provides unlimited access to Mammoth, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and June Mountain.

With the acquisition of Big Bear and Snow Summit ski areas, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will expand to nearly 6,000 skiable acres in California’s best-known mountains.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which owns Mammoth and June mountains, announced this morning that it will acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts, which consists of Southern California’s Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. It also announced a new season pass ($689 for adults) that includes unlimited access to all four ski areas.

Vail Resorts Buys PCMR, Plans Canyons Connection

Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort
PCMR acquired
The $182.5 million acquisition ends the PCMR legal battle and will combine Park City's two biggest resorts.

Perhaps the biggest question facing the U.S. ski industry this year just got answered: Vail Resorts purchased Park City Mountain Resort Thursday for $182.5 million, ending a protracted legal battle that went white hot at the end of the 2011 season.

Ever Had Gear Stolen?

Ever Had Gear Stolen?
SnowGate main
This ski-oriented start-up hopes to change that.

One day while hitting the slopes, recent college graduate Christian Nitu had his skis and poles stolen. That led him and five friends, all hardcore skiers and then-business students, to develop a product designed to keep gear safe.

His company, SnowGate, makes outdoor locker systems that are currently used at Winter Park Resort in Colorado. Mobile-controlled, card-activated, and accessible 24/7, it’s an update to the old padlocked systems in many base lodges. The cost: $2 per hour, and $6 for overnight storage.

Become Part of the Solution

Become Part of the Solution
An Interview with Al Gore
Climate change is a reality. But what can we do to stop it? We called on former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Al Gore for some input.

What’s behind your recent push to involve skiers and boarders in your efforts?

Our ski seasons are getting shorter, and our Earth is getting warmer. We all need snow, but right now, snow needs us. Nobody sees and feels these impacts more than skiers and boarders. There were numerous international competitions that were canceled last year due to poor ski conditions—these aren’t random occurrences. We should be asking ourselves, what would we do when there’s no more snow, and what are we prepared to do to ensure that this scenario never becomes a reality?

Saving Winter

Randall Osterhuber at The Central Sierra Snow Laboratory
Randall Osterhuber at The Central Sierra Snow Laboratory
Snow scientists say our ski seasons are getting warmer, wetter, and less snowy. The good news? An opportunity to provoke change.

Randall Osterhuber is standing chest-deep in a snow pit of his own digging. When he crouches down to take a snow sample, he disappears completely.

“Our precipitation is below average, but not dramatically,” he tells me from within his pit. He cuts a chunk of snow with a metal edge and dips down again, now shouting from below the surface. “Our snow depth is about 50 percent of average for today’s date and snowfall is about 65 percent of average for the year.”

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