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[ December 15, 2011 - 2:47pm ]
Plans to show film and demo skis at Stratton, Stowe

A few weeks back, steep-skiing pioneer Dean Cummings, owner of H20 Guides, stopped by the Skiing office to show off his new line of skis and talk about his film, which documents two of Cumming's recent first decents in Alaska's Chugach Range. He's been touring the west with his film and skis, and has just announced a couple of Vermont stops. Read the press release below for more info.  —SB


[ February 8, 2011 - 6:09pm ]
BC Tourism
5 days, 7 friends, and your choice of one of 13 award-winning winter resorts in British Columbia.
Just think of it: 5 days, 7 friends, and your choice of one of 13 award-winning winter resorts in British Columbia. You’ll be trained by Olympic Gold Medalists and compete in your very own 1 day BC Ski Games – by games we mean the Amazing Wine Race and the Ski & Fondue Combined among others. Your friends will owe you big! Click here to enter. Offer ends February 27th, 2011 See more Games and enter to win at: *Terms and conditions apply.
[ December 22, 2010 - 12:51pm ]
mammoth pre-christmas storm
It’s a Christmas miracle.

La Nina is in full swing for the Northern tier of the West early this season providing epic early snowfalls. A Monster Dump has blessed the southern and central Rockies and Sierra in a pre-Christmas miracle: over 150 inches in the past four days at some resorts.

[ December 17, 2010 - 12:53pm ]
Mountain Hardwear DryQ
Mountain Hardwear’s new Dry.Q collection is highly breathable, even if you're a heavy sweater.

Mountain Hardwear’s new Dry.Q collection, which includes the Dry.Q Elite jacket, takes aim at what the company calls outmoded waterproof-breathable membranes that don’t start breathing until you get hot—and maybe even clammy—leaving you susceptible to the uncomfortable sweat-chill cycle. The Dry.Q membrane, which boasts an impressive 40,000-mm waterproof rating and “always-on” breathability transports your body’s heat before it becomes moisture vapor. That means you stay dry and comfy, whatever the weather.

[ November 29, 2010 - 12:27pm ]
Shape Camber
Rossignol and Armada In Legal Feud Over Technology.

A spat over rocker ski patents is pitting two major companies against one another in court. Rossignol filed a “Complaint for Patent Infringement and Declaratory Judgment” in the U.S. District Court in Utah against Armada on October 12.

In an effort to legally assert which skis may be produced by which company, manufacturers are now fighting to patent new technologies—in this case, rocker. 

[ November 23, 2010 - 2:06pm ]
Wolf Creek
The director of the Wolf Creek ski patrol was killed in an in-bounds slide Monday morning while working to control avalanche danger at the resort.

Scott Kay, director of the Wolf Creek ski patrol, was buried and killed in an avalanche early Monday morning while doing control work within the resort boundary. He was 41.

A statement from the ski area said: “Our Wolf Creek Ski Patrol Director, while working to protect others, was caught in an avalanche which, to our great sadness, he did not survive. Wolf Creek's management and all its employees wish to express our deepest regrets at this loss of a wonderful man and close friend. Our sympathy and condolences go out to his wife and two children.”

[ November 22, 2010 - 1:02pm ]
Vail Opening Day
Forget opening day. How about opening week?

If you’ve been following this column (and of course you have), then you know that I’m a bit, well, skeptical about the whole concept of, the hoopla surrounding, and the hype spewed about “opening day.” Sure, I’ve been caught up in it myself. I’ve gotten up way too early and driven way too far to get on a lift to hit a single icy groomer with a billion other people in order to experience opening day bliss.  In fact, I’ve done it more than once.

[ November 9, 2010 - 7:22pm ]
Salomon Freeski
Episode six of Salomon Freeski TV at Mica Heli-Skiing. Or, why I want to be skiing powder in Canada right this second.

It's (finally) starting to snow where we are, and looking out the window is exponentially increasing my desire the ski more than the white stripe of death. This week's episode of Salomon Freeski TV isn't helping. In it, Mike Douglas, Mark Abma Henrik Windstedt and crew head to Mica Heliskiing to hit steep pillow lines, throw big airs, and ski lots and lots of snow. Definitely worth a watch although it probably won't help your powder jones. Sorry.

[ October 28, 2010 - 2:23pm ]
HPM main
The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies, Punx and Misfits will embark on a fifty-date nationwide tour slated to hit ski towns, universities and metropolitan areas this fall and early winter.

Jeffersonville, VT June 25, 2010: Telemark Skier Magazine is pleased to announce the newest film from editor and freeheel guru Josh Madsen. The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies, Punx and Misfits will embark on a fifty-date nationwide tour slated to hit ski towns, universities and metropolitan areas this fall and early winter.

[ October 12, 2010 - 12:35pm ]
Weekend parking lot: Copper Mountain
Why Colorado inadvertently brought on the traffic, and what to do about it.

This week, the powers that be will meet to discuss the state of Colorado’s Interstate 70. The highway, according to the “experts” has become too crowded, and they need to “widen it”. As a frequent traveler on the highway, this got my dander up. So in the spirit of democracy, I rattled off a ranting screed to the Colorado Department of Transportation about the utter foolishness of spending billions of dollars to widen a highway that is plenty wide enough with one exception: the road can’t handle Colorado’s skier traffic on the weekends.