There’s a line for all comers, advanced to expert, in Whistler's iconic Spanky's Ladder.
Data >> Location: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
>> Getting There: From the top of the Glacier Express quad, head skier’s left, then veer right for the short hike up to the entrance to Spanky’s Ladder. On a powder day, just look for the line of bootpackers.
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.
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.
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.
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.