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A Safer World for ACLs?

Can Knee Bindings Help Prevent Knee Injuries?
Can Knee Bindings Help Prevent Knee Injuries?
Blown knees are the bane of skiers, but a small Vermont-based binding company claims to have solved the problem.

With a sickening, distinctly audible “pop,” your season is over. Ahead lie months of recovery, usually involving expensive surgery. Send for a toboggan, and join the club of skiers who have torn anterior cruciate ligaments.

Stowe Ski Race Turns 70

Stowe's Running of the Derby | Stowe Vermont
Stowe's Running of the Derby
The Stowe Derby began as a bet between two guys. Seventy years later, it’s one of Stowe’s signature winter events.

The Stowe Derby, in which competitors race from the heights of Mt. Mansfield to the charming village below, descending 2,600 vertical feet and covering some 12 miles of downhill and cross-crountry terrain, celebrates its 70th birthday this year.

U.S. Mogul Champ Hannah Kearney: Let's Not Talk About Retirement

Hannah Kearney | Moguls Freestyle Skiing | USA Ski Team
Hannah Kearney Talks Retirement
Is it surprising that the East produces so many great bump skiers? Not at all. Kearney looks forward to a new chapter, and offers a couple tips on how to rip in moguls.

Quaint, tiny Norwich, Vt., has put more than its share of athletes in the Olympics, but none more successful than Hannah Kearney. She won gold at the Vancouver Games, bronze at Sochi, and at times was unbeatable on the World Cup circuit. She won her first World Cup event in 2004 at the age of 17, then went on to collect eight World Cup season titles, including three overall freestyle globes. In 2011-12 she put together a record-setting streak of 16 straight wins.

It's On in the East: Deep Snow, and More Predicted

We caught up with Mad River Glen's Eric Friedman, one of the industry’s least bullshitty public relations guys, for his take on how good the skiing is. For fans of natural snow, now's the time.

Eric Friedman, publicist for Mad River Glen, a place that doesn’t really need more publicity, has the luxury of being able to say pretty much what he thinks—which is good, because he would anyway. So you’re tempted to actually believe him when he says this: “I think we have the best skiing North America right now.”

Yes, this is it, Eastern skiers: the snow conditions of which you dream, coming at a time when Western and Canadian resorts are mostly snow-starved.

A sampling of reports on Wednesday morning, Feb. 4:

The Two Faces of Sugarbush

Whether you fancy old-school skiing or sleek, modern resort life, this New England classic's got you covered.

The defining characteristic of Sugarbush is that it’s two mountains: Lincoln Peak—the original ’Bush—and Mt. Ellen, formerly Glen Ellen ski area. The two-mile Slidebrook Express high-speed quad connects the two, and there’s plenty to love about both, but their vibes and personalities are distinctly different. Lincoln Peak is sleek and polished, with full resort amenities; Mt. Ellen is a shut-up-and-ski, throwback kind of place.

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