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[ June 22, 2010 - 6:41pm ]
Mike Douglas at Whistler
Dek: 
Intrawest said to be in talks with Russian billionaire.

Intrawest could be selling Whistler Blackcomb, its largest and most significant property.

The resort has been in financial trouble lately. It came close to being auctioned off during the Olympics last February because Fortress Investment Group, which owns Intrawest, was struggling to pay loans.

Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Intrawest has been in talks with Russian billionaire, Vladimir Potanin, whose company, Interros Co., is building some of the 2014 Olympic facilities in Sochi, Russia.

[ June 14, 2010 - 4:03pm ]
Jay Peak Green Jacket
Dek: 
SkiTheEast.com contributor Tim Fater dishes on late-April powder days at Jay Peak, Vermont.

We've long admired Meathead Films and its crew's efforts to showcase East-coast skiing. Easterners are some of the most passionate skiers anywhere. If you think powder days and sunny spring skiing are purely Western phenomena, think again.

Click the link below to read skier Tim Fater's report about the late-April dump that blanketed northern New England.

Fater's full story and pictures at SkiTheEast.com

[ June 11, 2010 - 5:41pm ]
Portable Hot Tub
Dek: 
Because no backcountry setup is complete without a spa, right?

Feel the need to take your hot tub with you everywhere you go, even far, far away from electrical outlets? Don’t worry, someone has already figured it out.

Floris Schoonderbeek, a Dutch artist and designer, MacGyvered the Dutch Tub, which he calls “the essence of outdoor bathing.” It’s an electricity-free, movable hot tub that looks like Andre the Giant’s coffee cup. The tub is heated by a wood-burning stove and can fit four people if you’re feeling cozy. Which we’ll assume you are.

[ May 26, 2010 - 4:42pm ]
Better Off Dead
Dek: 
On May 4, the Wall Street Journal's website reported that a man was arrested for attempting to sell cocaine on Craigslist. He used the word "ski" as a code word for the drug.

We found this gem on the Wall Street Journal's website.

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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--A New York man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to sell cocaine through classified-listing website Craigslist.

[ May 25, 2010 - 4:25pm ]

Folsom's edges are 2.1 mm thick and wrap around the entire ski.

Dek: 
If you've always dreamed up quitting that 9-to-5 accounting job and moving to the mountains, now just might be your chance. Ski Magazine has a list of the 10 best jobs in the ski industry—from ski photographer to boutique ski manufacturer—with tips on how to get into that job and even companies that are now hiring.

Jordan Grano, the owner of Folsom Custom Skis, a custom ski manufacturer in Colorado, perhaps put it best when he said, "When your passion is your job, you never work a day in your life. To have a chance to affect the industry you love in a positive way and help people enjoy their time skiing is what motivates me.”

[ May 3, 2010 - 3:53pm ]
Loveland Pass, April 30
Dek: 
The season doesn’t want to die in Colorado. It’s the first week of May, and it’s dumping. Columnist Tom Winter recalls some highlights of the winter and tells you where you can still ski this spring.

The season doesn’t want to die here in Colorado. It’s the first week of May, and it’s dumping. Avalanches are pouring off the mountains and the folks who skied on Loveland’s closing weekend enjoyed powdery mid-winter conditions.

After a particularly hair-raising drive over Loveland Pass, I started thinking about weather. What skier doesn’t? I was wondering how many powder days I could squeeze out of the year, a year that was a rough one for skiers nationwide. A low tide year.

[ April 30, 2010 - 1:26pm ]
Dek: 
The Tahoe area recently got another 14 inches of new spring powder. Here's a point-of-view video of Tahoe skier Jon Rockwood on an early morning backcountry mission on Tahoe's West Shore.

The Tahoe area recently got another 14 inches of new spring powder. Here's a point-of-view video from Unofficialsquaw.com of Tahoe skier Jon Rockwood on an early morning backcountry mission on Tahoe's West Shore.

 

[ April 29, 2010 - 1:16pm ]
Dek: 
The East Coast is getting hammered with snow again. And Sugarloaf, Maine—one of the last remaining open ski areas in the East—put together this powder day video from yesterday, when they picked up 8 to 10 new inches.

The East Coast is getting hammered with snow again. Sugarloaf, Maine—one of the last remaining open ski areas in the East—created this powder day video from yesterday, April 28, when they picked up 8 to 10 new inches.

[ April 28, 2010 - 5:16pm ]
Dek: 
We have no idea why, but for some reason, a German TV show and soundtrack album called Après Ski Hits has become hugely popular. Maybe it's the live performers or pop-like musical hits. Or maybe it's the tall, blond, German women dancing around on the stage. Either way, here's a glimpse into what the Germans think of as "après ski."

We have no idea why, but for some reason, a German TV show and soundtrack album called Après Ski Hits has become hugely popular. Maybe it's the live performers or pop-like musical hits. Or maybe it's the tall, blond, German women dancing around on the stage. Either way, here's a glimpse into what the Germans think of as "après ski."