End of the Season
This time of year, there isn’t much going on at mountain resorts other than slush parties and end of season celebrations. The weather is warming up and the rain is taking out the snow. So, many mountain resorts have closed or will be closing soon. So, get out there and enjoy it while you can. Be sure to check out our ever growing list of closing dates across North America.
Purchase of Intrawest
The major news this week in the ski industry is the planned purchase of Intrawest (owners of Stratton, Mt. Tremblant, Blue Mountain, Steamboat, Winter Park, and Snowshoe) by a newly formed company by Aspen Skiing Company (owners of Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk) and KSL Capital Partners (affiliate with Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows). That’s a lot of big mountains being combined into one company. This huge purchase and merger is sure to create a new major player in the multi-mountain pass business. Check out our article for more details.
The History of Terrain Parks at Loon
In our opinion, Loon Mountain is one of the best mountains in the east coast for snowboarding. It has a huge half-pipe and numerous terrain parks for every level of skier/rider. Loon is home to the only Superpipe in New Hampshire, a massive pipe is 425 feet long with 18-foot-high walls. They’ve put together a nice short video on the history of terrain parks at Loon with many of the people behind the scenes and their history into making Loon Mountain one of the top places for terrain parks.
Alta “Snow and..” Video Series
There are a lot of great stories about the people behind the scenes at different mountain resorts. Alta has a video series titled "Snow and". Their fourth episode tells us the story of 7-year employee, Roni who left the beaches of California after college to see Alta for herself after hearing about it from her parents and she never left. If you’ve ever been to Alta, you completely understand.
End of Season Equipment
This is the time of year when ski / snowboard stores need to clear out some space for the fall and the new equipment that will come in for the 2017/18 winter season. In order to make that room, many vendors will be holding huge sales. This even includes last year’s models. That makes this time of year one of the best times to look for new equipment. If you’re on the lookout for that great deal, be sure to check our “Deal Finder”. We gather numerous prices on ski/snowboard equipment every day so that you can find the best deal available from many of the top vendors in one place.
Past Resort Reviews
- Apr 6, 2017 (Whitefish, Taos, Telluride, Grand Targhee, Sugarbush, Okemo, Killington)
- Mar 30, 2017 (Whistler, Mount Snow, Waterville Valley, Ski Cooper, Sugarbush, Buttermilk)
- Mar 23, 2017 (Mt Bachelor, Killington, Waterville Valley, Cannon Mountain)
- Mar 16, 2017 (Max Pass, Squaw Valley, Aspen, Cranmore, Whiteface, Stowe)
- Mar 9, 2017 (Vail Resorts, Mountain Collective, Squaw Valley, Aspen)