Winter Resorts in the News (Feb. 23, 2017)

Vail Resorts Buys Stowe

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The big news this week was the agreement for purchase of Stowe Mountain by Vail Resorts for a $50 million. Anyone who has ever been to Stowe, knows that it’s a high-end resort with some great facilities. Stowe will be Vail Resorts’ first mountain resort on the East Coast and will be a nice complement to its Epic Pass. With the Epic Pass, Vermont skiers and snowboarders will now have access to Vails other resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Whistler. Check our article on how we see this playing out.


Record Snowfalls and Crazy Weather Causes Closures

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This season has been a weird one out west. Many resorts were short of snow last year and the season wasn’t anything to write home about. In California, where they were in a drought, this winter has been a complete reversal. Mammoth Mountain has received over 430 inches of snow so far and according to OpenSnow.com, it is at 214% of their average. Kirkwood is at 484 inches (212% of average). In Wyoming, Jackson Hole has received 434 inches this season.

It’s hard to complain about snow when you are a skier or snowboarder, but some of these resorts have gotten almost too much snow. In Jackson Hole, they needed to close for 5 days due to storms knocking out power lines. This past week, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows needed to close due to hurricane force winds, avalanche danger, and a power outage. Alpine Meadows was completely closed while Squaw Valley needed to close numerous lifts and trails. It’s been a real challenge for the crew at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.


Want to Become a Professional Free-Style Skier/Rider?

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If you’ve ever seen the YouTube videos by Nine Knights, you’ll see some incredible stunts by free-style skiers/riders in some of the most unique obstacles you’ll ever see.

Nine Knights and Queens (men and women) will be holding a combined event, the Suzuki Nine Royals 2017, that will be showcasing some of the world’s most talented male and female freeskiers and snowboarders. The event will take place in Watles, South Tyrol, Italy March 27 – April 1.

Do you think you could be a professional free-style skier/rider but just need that one big chance to showcase your skills? Here’s your opportunity. Nine Knights is holding a “Become a Royal” video contest. Anyone can compete. They are simply looking for the best free-style skiers/riders in the world. If you are interested, you simply need to put together a video showing what you can do. They don’t care about editing. Just show them your best tricks and style (big air, pipe, or anything that makes you unique). Check out their website for details and to check out some of the videos already posted. Deadline is March 14, 2017.


Light the Night Rail Jam at Okemo

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On Saturday March 4, Okemo will be hosting the Light the Night Rail Jam. This competition will have Okemo lighting up the mountain on Bull Run where skiers and riders of all ages will be able to show off their best moves and compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes to different competing classes. First place will be awarded $750, 2nd place $350, and 3rd place $150 in cash or prizes. A new rail garden, was constructed specifically for this event. Also, this year's event will include a best trick contest.


World Telemark Day - Saturday March 4

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Telemark Skier Magazine will be celebrating World Telemark Day at Grand Targhee Resort. The magazine will be hosting telemark skiing clinics and parties during the competition festivities. The Ski School will be offering a special $99 Telemark Clinic & Lift Ticket Package. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever thought about try telemark skiing. If you can’t make it to Grand Targhee, check out if any other mountains are holding special events. If you are interested in hosting your own event, reach out to Josh Madsen (josh@telemarkskier.com) at Telemark Skier Magazine and he can help coordinate your event.


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