Winter Resorts in the News (March 9, 2017)

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Last week was a roller coaster with snow and weather across the U.S. In the east, we got a heavy dose of warm weather and rain! Lots of rain. Our editor spent some time up at Mont Tremblant and after a couple of wonderful days on the slopes, we got a hard rain that cut our time short there. Thank god for their village full of excellent restaurants. The warm weather continued for a few days, but then turned colder. This got all of the resorts including Killington, Waterville Valley, Cannon, and Stowe all cranking the snow guns to hopefully keep the season going a little while longer.

Out west it was the opposite. Record snowfalls in some areas to the point that some places needed to close. At Whitefish Mountain Resort, they received several big storms that brought in nearly four feet of snow in seven days giving them more than nine feet for the month of February. Snowbird received 75 inches in 7 days. Telluride got a 23” storm. Season totals at Brighton is a whopping 555" for the year and Jackson Hole is at 474". Whistler has gotten over 26 feet of snow this season. That all adds up to a great snow year for the western resorts and we aren’t even done yet. Here's what is happening at various resorts.

Audi FIS Ski World Cup Squaw Valley MAR 9 - 12

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It’s Audi FIS World Cup Weekend. The event is being held at Squaw Valley from March 9-12. This is the first time in 19 years that World Cup ski racing is taking place in California where it will feature Women's Giant Slalom and Women's Slalom races. Women's Giant Slalom will take place on Friday, March 10 and Women's Slalom on Saturday, March 11. Squaw Valley’s own Olympians, Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin, will be competing on the legendary Red Dog run. With all of the recent snow, it promises to be a great event.


Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals at Aspen

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Once the World Cup is over at Squaw Valley, they’ll be moving things over to Aspen Snowmass March 15-19 for the World Cup Finals. It will feature races for the top 25 men’s and women’s alpine ski racers from around the world. This is the first time the event has been held outside Europe since 1997 and will include the return of the men’s World Cup in Aspen since 2001. This should be lively weekend that will include live music, international cuisine, installation art, live ice and marble sculpting, kids activities, autograph signings, photo opportunities, awards ceremonies, bibs draws, Bud Light Hi-Fi concerts and more. If you’re interested in following the latest results and updates throughout the event, follow @aspensnowmass.

Race to the Finish: The Return of America's Downhill from Aspen Snowmass on Vimeo.


Sugarloaf hosts U.S. Alpine Championships

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From March 25 – 28, for the 6th time, Sugarloaf will be hosting the U.S. Alpine Championships where you can watch the country's best alpine ski racers compete for national titles. You’ll be able to join them for opening ceremonies, a parade of athletes, autograph sessions, and high speed action in Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super G. Sugarloaf is the only East Coast location to ever host a World Cup downhill. Catch it if you can. You can get all of the details of the event below.


2017 Taos Freeride Championships

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Typically we preview upcoming events, but we will make an exception for the 2017 Taos Freeride World Qualifier. If you are into freeriding, this was an amazing event. Athletes from all over the country had some crazy runs on the slopes of West Basin in this Freeride World Tour Qualifying event. Taos is the oldest FWQ event in the Americas and several of the athletes who have competed here have gone on to qualify for the elite Freeride World Tour. Check out some of the highlights here.


March Lift Ticket Deals

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March always has some crazy specials going on with lift tickets. It’s a great time to get to those slopes you always wanted to try. St. Patrick’s Day specials at numerous mountains feature $17 lift ticket specials. Be sure to check out our listing of different mountains with these specials.


Mountain Collective announces the addition of Snowbasin and Sugarbush.

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A couple of weeks ago, Vail Resorts announced the purchase Stowe Mountain in Vermont. This purchase was the first mountain in the East Coast for Vail Resorts. But, there is a lot more than this going on. Multi-mountain passes are starting to get competitive. Mountain Collective loses Stowe, but adds in Snowbasin and Sugarbush. Check out our article on some of these recent resort purchases.


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