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Ski Resort Life

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. 

Lake Louise Eyes New Terrain

A ski resort proposal sparks debate before anything’s officially approved.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, the largest resort in the Canadian Rockies, is working to expand its skiable terrain, and eventually nearly double its daily skier capacity, from 6,000 to 11,500.

But contrary to recent news reports, the Alberta ski resort doesn’t have the green light to start digging or building—yet.

Hey Kids: Get Out! Vail Resorts Offers Free Skiing

Epic SchoolKids serves up free skiing and riding to elementary-aged kids.

Vail Resorts has announced the launch of its Epic SchoolKids program in Utah and Colorado to get young groms onto the slopes.

GO: Steamboat, Colo.

From the rugged slopes to the colorful downtown, this Colorado resort keeps the West wild.

Two crooked lines of little skiers sidestep slowly to the start gate, race jitters evident among some, the quiet confidence of “just another race” exuding from others. The youngest racers go first, toddlers bundled in bright parkas and gumball helmets steering their way through the gates in stuttering snowplows. They’re so cute, no one cares if they miss a gate—or three.

Beijing to Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Announcement
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Announcement (Photo: IOC/Ubald Rutar)
With the winning bid, Beijing, China, becomes the first city to host a Summer and Winter Games. But with only two official bids, it seems nobody wants to stage winter's premier athletic event.

The International Olympic Committee, this morning, named Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics making it the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games—and within 14 years, at that. 

With a proposed budget of $1.5 billion (U.S.), Beijing plans to use much of the same infrastructure it built for the Summer Games in 2008—such as the Bird’s Nest stadium. With that as a headstart, Beijing anticipates breaking even or making profit after hosting the Games. We'll see. 

Colorado's Echo Mountain Reopens for Public

Echo Mountain, Colorado trail map
Echo Mountain, Colorado trail map
After closing to the public for a few years, Echo Mountain in Colorado plans to start turning its lifts for everyone this season.

Echo Mountain ski area in Clear Creek County, Colorado announced that it'll reopen to the public this December. The 226-acre ski area closed to the public in 2012 when it was purchased by Nora Pykkonen, who transformed it into a ski-racing training facility that focused on kids. By reopening, Pykkonen hopes that they can extend the ski hill’s hours and create more opportunities for ski training at the mountain.

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.

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