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  • Sochi 2014: Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, is poised to be next great American skier

    01/24/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/24/13 | Barry Svrluga
    Before Mikaela Shiffrin even reached her teens, she was like so many small skiers, tugged by a Poma lift up a hill, idle time between runs for adjusting goggles and wiping noses. This was at Burke Mountain Academy, a Vermont school for young, elite ski racers, and Shiffrin was a star there by any measure, with a propensity for seeking the kind of perfect turns that — eventually, linked together, over and over — lead to race wins. She skipped no steps. As she sat back and let the rope tug her up the hill, Shiffrin watched the other skiers...
  • Schumacher's condition improves

    12/31/2013 5:47:47 AM PST · by mykroar · 6 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 12/31/13 | BBC News
    Former motor racing champion Michael Schumacher's condition has improved slightly after an operation to relieve pressure on his brain, his doctors have said. A new scan taken overnight showed signs that he was "better than yesterday", but he was still "not out of danger", doctors said. The seven-time Formula 1 champion suffered head injuries on Sunday in a skiing accident in the French Alps. He was put in a medically-induced coma. An initial scan on Monday night showed "an improved situation" and indicated a window of opportunity for a second operation, doctors said. The family took the "difficult decision" to...
  • On the Trail With the First Skiers

    12/17/2013 11:20:30 AM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Dec 2013 | Mark Jenkins
    An ancient culture in the Chinese Altay Mountains offers a glimpse of how skiing evolved. The hunting party slowly glides into the Altay Mountains in search of elk. It is dead calm, minus 38°F. Just as their ancestors have for millennia, the five men traverse deep, feathery snow buoyed on handmade skis hewed from spruce, with strips of horsehide attached to the bottoms. In lieu of poles each man carries a single wooden staff. Since boyhood, they have learned to master their deceptively crude equipment with exquisite efficiency and grace—the grain of the horsehair providing traction to move uphill and...
  • Where’s my snow? Aspen’s point man spills the beans.

    11/26/2013 6:41:21 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 26, 2013 | Jules Older
    Auden Schendler has the somewhat daunting title of Vice President, Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company. He’s also become the point man for global warming in the snowsports industry. He was predicting its dire effects when most of his colleagues either stayed silent or practiced willful denial. Some still are.
  • Obama plays golf, attends college basketball playoff game

    03/30/2013 6:27:08 PM PDT · by John W · 27 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | March 30, 2013 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama had the kind of Saturday that many men dream of having, playing golf and attending a college basketball playoff game. Midday found him at Joint Base Andrews, the Air Force base on the outskirts of Washington where Air Force One is kept. He teed off at one of the base courses with friends Marty Nesbitt, Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush. After a couple of hours, enough to probably play nine holes, Obama had his motorcade whisk him to the Verizon Center sports arena, where Syracuse defeated Marquette to advance to the semifinals of the...
  • Blizzard, Red Bull, Valentines Day Draws Thousands To Mount Snow

    02/10/2013 8:33:02 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | February 10, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    Blizzard, Red Bull, Valentines Day Draws Thousands To Mount SnowBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York City --- February 10, 2013 …Mount Snow, in West Dover, Vermont will be attracting thousands of skiers in the coming days. After Blizzard Nemo blanketed the mountain with over a foot of fresh snow, all trails are expected to be open on a sunny Sunday. Ski towns in Vermont were hit with wind gusts of up to 45 mph on Saturday, which forced Mount Snow to close certain lifts until the winds died down. Mount Snow, for example, was only about half open, though...
  • Ride down ski slope in giant inflatable ball turns deadly in Russia

    01/09/2013 7:55:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Published January 09, 2013
    What was supposed to be a thrilling ride down a ski slope inside a giant inflatable ball ended in tragedy for the two Russian men inside. The transparent plastic ball -- called a zorb -- veered off course and sailed over a precipice in the rugged Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. The man who died, 27-year-old Denis Burakov, was with friends at the Dombai ski resort, where they frequently went snowboarding, on Jan. 3 when he decided to take a ride in a zorb being operated next to a beginners' slope. His friend Vladimir Shcherbakov joined him. An eight-minute video...
  • Mount Snow Vermont, Hunter Mountain Win Top Awards for Ski Conditions, Safety

    03/07/2012 12:53:29 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 15 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | March 3, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Mount Snow Vermont, Hunter Mountain Win Top Awards for Ski Conditions, SafetyBoth Mount Snow and Hunter Mountain have made large investments in new, safe equipment.By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York, NY --- March 3, 2012 .... When selecting a ski area in New England or New York to spend both your hours and money at, by what criteria do we go by? First off, as a ski professional for more than three decades, I look at ski conditions. Ski conditions, snow making, grooming and honesty in reporting ski trail conditions determine whether I will be skiing on snow or...
  • Massive Avalanche Takes Out French Ski Lift -- With Skiers On It

    03/05/2012 2:55:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    No one was reported hurt, so you can relax and watch these crazy videos of a ginormous, late-afternoon, wet avalanche at St. Francois-Longchamps, France, in the Savoie, destroying a quad chairlift. Some 70 people were on the lift and, incredibly, not one was injured and all were evacuated within two and a half hours.
  • Sarah Burke's medical bills necessitate donations (skier's death annoucement)

    01/21/2012 9:16:24 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 5 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | January 21, 2012 | gkingston@vancouversun.com
    VANCOUVER — Concerns about the financial burden on the family of freestyle skier Sarah Burke quickly dissipated Friday and talk turned to how best to honour the legacy of the halfpipe pioneer. Donations to a fund set up by her agent, Mike Spencer, had, by late afternoon, reached nearly $200,000, which was the “clarified” figure for the medical expenses incurred during the X Games star’s nine days of care at the University of Utah hospital. Burke, a 29-year-old resident of Squamish, B.C., passed away Thursday after sustaining irreversible brain damage as a result of a fall in training on a...
  • Police in Nev. seize pot from Utah-bound ski buses

    12/30/2011 11:05:02 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Thursday, December 29, 2011 | By KEN RITTER, Associated Press
    (12-29) 11:21 PST Las Vegas, NV (AP) -- A police chief in northern Nevada said Thursday he decided to use the discovery of marijuana on five Utah-bound buses carrying 250 underage skiers from Northern California as a teaching moment instead of an enforcement headache. Elko Police Chief Don Zumwalt said he offered a choice to the mostly teenage passengers from the Bay Area: They could spend their three-day ski and snowboard trip in juvenile detention in northeast Nevada, or they could turn over the illegal drugs voluntarily. The kids gave up the pot. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/29/state/n093604S31.DTL#ixzz1i2tWo6Gr
  • ( Colorado ) Wolf Creek to become 1st ski area in nation to open

    10/09/2011 11:59:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    KWGN-TV ^ | October 7, 2011
    Wolf Creek is in southwestern Colorado on U.S. Highway 160 about 250 miles from Denver. Operators had previously planned to open November 4, but the storm that blew Wednesday and Thursday changed all that. Wolf Creek says it has 36" of snow and it plans to operate three lifts and offer 600 acres of skiing ... The storm allowed Front Range ski resorts including Copper Mountain, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin to fire up their snowmaking equipment.
  • Green Groups Urge Congress To Save The Aspen Skier

    09/13/2011 1:27:49 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 7 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/13/2011 | Sean Higgins
    ou’ve probably already heard about the various threats caused by global warming: melting glaciers, extreme weather disturbances and endangering the habitat of the polar bear. Tomorrow, the Natural Resources Defense Council will add another concern to the list: the endangered winter sports fan. As the NRDC put it in a press release yesterday: Some of the top names in winter sports are going to the U.S. Capitol Thursday to ask lawmakers to stop efforts in Congress to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Helmet bill veto: 'Not every human problem deserves a law' (Jerry Brown)

    09/07/2011 1:03:02 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 40 replies
    September 7, 2011 Helmet bill veto: 'Not every human problem deserves a law' Legislation mandating helmets for minors hitting the slopes has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Democratic governor said in a veto message that his decision to reject Senate Bill 105 was driven by concerns about the "continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state." "Not every human problem deserves a law," Brown wrote. Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/09/helmet-bill-veto-jerry-brown.html#ixzz1XIbt5Y2S
  • Police: Freestyle Olympic skier kills self in Utah

    07/26/2011 8:29:06 PM PDT · by Newtoidaho · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 26, 2011 | EDDIE PELLS
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson was found dead in a remote canyon in Utah in what police are calling a suicide. One of the world's most risk-taking and innovative freestyle skiers, the creator of the one-of-a-kind "Hurricane" called 911 before shooting himself, police said. The 29-year-old had been cited for drunken driving Friday in Hailey, Idaho and had pleaded not guilty. Officers found Peterson late Monday night between Salt Lake City and Park City in Lambs Canyon. Police said a suicide note was found near Peterson's car; they declined to reveal what it said....
  • Paraplegic Colorado skier killed at Arapahoe Basin

    05/27/2011 10:57:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2011
    FRISCO, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado authorities say a paraplegic skier was killed after taking a hard fall at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The Summit County Coroner's office says 51-year-old Jack Wade of Golden, Colo., used a "sit ski" device that allowed him to sit while going down the slopes. The office says witnesses report that the edges of Wade's skis caught on the snow and he crashed "very hard" Thursday afternoon.
  • Michelle Obama Goes Skiing in Colorado

    02/19/2011 12:32:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | February 19, 2011 | Keith Koeffler
    First Lady Michelle Obama is on “a private family trip” in Colorado where she is skiing with daughters Sasha and Malia, according to an administration official.“The First Lady and several close friends are chaperoning their children on a ski trip,” the official told the press pool reporter who is following President Obama today.Reports coming out of Colorado say she arrived Friday night and is staying at the Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain. Rooms start at $605 per night for a room with two queen beds and head north of $2,000 for multi-bedroom suites.Here’s a description from the hotel’s website: For...
  • Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing after telling Americans to sacrifice

    02/20/2011 9:54:50 AM PST · by Innovative · 119 replies
    UK Mail Online ^ | 20 Feb 2011 | David Gardner
    Full title: Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing just days after telling Americans to sacrifice their own holidays (shortenend to fit within word limit) President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are said to be on a 'private family trip' to Colorado for Presidents' Day Weekend... Although the Obamas will pay for a portion of the skiing trip, taxpayers will still shoulder many of the...
  • DETAILS: First Lady Michelle Obama's Ski Getaway

    02/21/2011 10:14:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    ET ^ | February 21, 2011 | Lisa Hirsch
    First Lady Michelle Obama and the first children, Malia and Sasha, enjoyed a weekend of skiing and celebrating in Vail, Colorado, and ET has exclusive details! The First Lady and the girls stayed at the Sebastian Hotel, where they requested an early morning call every day so they could hit the slopes -- spending about 5-7 hours each day on the mountain! The First Lady and her friends hit the spa, but the fun wasn't reserved for the adults -- Sasha, Malia and their friends had a sleepover where they played Wii and watched videos, and the girls also enjoyed...
  • Snowed In: Proposed Indoor Ski Resort Wipes Out (In Miami)

    07/21/2010 3:23:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Wed, Jul 21, 2010 | TODD WRIGHT
    Development group backs out of ski resort proposal on Biscayne LandingDreams of snow in South Florida quickly melted away as the developer who proposed to build a ski resort in North Miami has decided to pack it in. Solar Mountain Management Group had pitched building a winter-themed mega complex on the 193-acre Biscayne Landing site, but problems with financing seems to have nixed the deal. In May, North Miami commissioners had ranked the proposal the best they heard for the abandoned site located at 151st Street and Biscayne to 143rd Street. Solar Mountain would be a one-of-a-kind attraction in the...
  • Ski on July 4 Weekend. Seriously.

    06/30/2010 11:21:47 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2010 | MONICA DRAKE
    When most skiers think of slopes to try come July, Chile and Argentina come to mind. But this year, a couple of ski resorts that don’t require a passport are taking advantage of the buckets of snow that fell this winter to extend their seasons through July 4 weekend. Mammoth resort in California is making a virtue of the snow and sun by offering a ski, bike and golf package — yes, all in one day — for $99. Or, if three activities in one day is too much for you, Mammoth is offering a ski and golf package for...
  • Condescensional Wisdom

    05/04/2006 9:03:38 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 17 replies · 640+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/4/06 | George Will
    John Kenneth Galbraith, the Harvard economist who died last week in his 98th year, has been justly celebrated for his wit, fluency, public-spiritedness and public service, which extended from New Deal Washington to India, where he served as U.S. ambassador. Like two Harvard colleagues -- historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Sen. Pat Moynihan, another ambassador to India -- Galbraith was among liberalism's leading public intellectuals, yet he was a friend and skiing partner of William F. Buckley. After one slalom down a Swiss mountain, inelegantly executed by the 6-foot-8-inch Galbraith, Buckley asked how long Galbraith had been skiing. Thirty years,...
  • Europeans introduce avalanche air bags in Utah

    03/01/2010 3:28:26 AM PST · by shove_it · 5 replies · 412+ views
    Yahoo! via AP ^ | 28 Feb 10 | PAUL FOY
    ALTA, Utah – Europeans are bringing expertise on avalanche safety to Utah. A Swiss engineer and leading avalanche-safety expert Manuel Genswein was at a Wasatch ski resort east of Salt Lake City this weekend to show off a device meant for surviving a deadly snow slide — a set of air bags designed into a backpack for floating atop avalanche debris. Skiers hit a rip cord to activate the air bags. Genswein said the $1,000 air bag system is making its introduction in North America after years of use around Europe, where he says it has proven 98 percent effective....
  • Skier In Five Second Crash (French Olympic Fail)

    02/18/2010 1:24:52 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 79 replies · 2,940+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | Feb 18, 2010 | ROB SINGH
    A TOP skier was left in tears when her Olympic dream ended in just FIVE seconds after she spectacularly tumbled over. French woman Marion Rolland crashed yards from the start as she began her bid for gold at the Winter Games in Vancouver. The 27-year-old left the starting gate and within a blink of an eye lost her balance. She toppled over and landed in the snow in front of stunned spectators
  • Let the Lindsey hype begin: Vonn is Sports Illustrated cover girl

    02/04/2010 1:44:33 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 56 replies · 14,409+ views
    Yahoo ^ | February 3, 2010 | Chris Chase
    Lindsey Vonn is hoping the Sports Illustrated cover jinx doesn't cross international borders. America's great Winter Olympic hope is featured on the front of SI's Winter Olympic preview issue, which hit newsstands Wednesday. Vonn's semi-provocative pose has drawn the predictable ire from those who claim that it objectifies her. She's an athlete, not a sex symbol, the chorus inevitably reminds us. They have a point in taking issue with SI; the magazine rarely features women athletes on the cover and its annual swimsuit issue has been a focus of protests for decades. But Vonn's cover is different.
  • Chechnya wants to be ski destination (market itself as "a Swiss-style" ski resort)

    01/27/2010 5:41:20 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 11 replies · 403+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | January 27, 2010 | Andrew Osborn
    Chechnya is to market itself as "a Swiss-style" ski resort in an improbable bid to attract Russian and foreign tourists. If the plan succeeds, it will be one of the most radical makeovers in the history of global tourism. The southern Russian republic is better known for suicide bombings, kidnappings and two brutal wars than for apres ski parties and designers ski wear. Ramzan Kadyrov, the former warlord turned Kremlin-backed president of the troubled region, believes the small mountainous republic has huge tourism potential. "We have a good climate and wonderful scenery," he said. "We have places that when equipped...
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - 12/18/69 The Last Great James Bond Movie Premiered (40 years ago)

    12/17/2009 3:08:00 PM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies · 1,762+ views
    12.18.09 | Perdogg
    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 2 minutes and 44 seconds. Pretitle Sequence “This Never Happened to the other Fellar” Maurice Binder’s Title Sequence The Real James Bond, George Lazenby (Born 09-05-1939) Diana Rigg (born 07-30-1938) as the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo Telly Savalas (01-21-1922 – 01-22-1994) as Ernst Starvo Blofeld Rest of the Cast Gabriele Ferzetti as Marc-Ange Draco - Head of the Union Corse, a major crime syndicate and Tracy's father Ilse Steppat as Irma Bunt - Blofeld's henchwoman who takes part in his quest to try and eliminate Bond. Bernard Lee as M - Head of...
  • Forest service blocks Crested Butte's Snodgrass expansion plan

    11/11/2009 8:20:42 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 6 replies · 426+ views
    denver post ^ | 11/11/9
    Crested Butte Mountain Resort's five-year effort to push its ski area onto nearby Snodgrass Mountain hit a barrier. The U.S. Forest Service rejected the resort's master development plan and blocked its application for National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, review, a vital hurdle to expand the ski resort by 276 acres onto undeveloped terrain on neighboring Snodgrass Mountain. "It was a difficult decision; the Upper Crested Butte Valley is very divided on this issue, with strong opinions on both sides," said Charlie Richmond, supervisor of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, who signed the letter rejecting the expansion....
  • Utah's Deer Valley No. 1 ski resort for third year

    09/17/2009 8:33:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 558+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/17/2009
    The Park City resort also won individual categories for grooming, mountain service, dining and lodging. More than 20,000 readers participated in the survey, the most comprehensive of its kind. Deer Valley's ratings has never dropped lower than third overall in the past nine years... A third consecutive top ranking wasn't expected given competition from other fancy ski resorts around the U.S. and Canada.
  • Financial collapse of luxury-resort owners

    06/21/2009 10:28:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 1,610+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle/NYT ^ | June 21, 2009 | Amy Wallace
    Edra Denise Blixseth, age 55, is tiny, barely 5 feet 3, but she is at the center of a huge financial mess. According to personal bankruptcy papers her lawyer filed in March, she owes $500 million to $1 billion and has assets of barely half that, almost none of them liquid. Earlier this month, the court approved the sale of one of her most prized possessions - the private ski resort in Big Sky, Mont., known as the Yellowstone Club - to the private-equity firm of one of its members for $115 million. Just a year ago, that same buyer,...
  • Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Finds Miracle on Mountainside

    04/01/2009 4:33:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 476+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Donna Miles
    SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., April 1, 2009 – Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Roy stretched his legs out in front of a rolling fire last evening, reflecting on the magnitude of the day. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Roy, a Special Forces medic severely wounded in Afghanistan, said participating in his first National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., has given him new hope he faces the future. Department of Veterans Affairs photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. After 36 years in the Army – 17 on active duty and the rest in the Army Reserve...
  • Natasha Richardson Flown to New Hospital

    03/17/2009 11:13:47 AM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 67 replies · 2,641+ views
    TMZ ^ | 03/17/09 | TMZ Staff
    UPDATE 2:00 PM ET -- The hospital tells TMZ Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling -- but is not brain dead. UPDATE: 1:37 PM ET -- We're told Richardson's jet was scheduled to take off from Montreal-Trudeau Airport. A rep for the airport said the jet is either still there or has just taken off. We're told Natasha Richardson has been transported from the hospital in Canada via ambulance. CTV says she boarded a private jet -- we do not know where the jet has gone, but we believe it's New York City. Richardson was accompanied by a...
  • Sports Buzz: Skier Lindsey Vonn wins another world championship

    03/12/2009 10:11:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 4,914+ views
    Just a day after clinching the overall World Cup championship and the downhill championship, Vonn won the final super-G race of the season and clinched the world championship in that discipline as well. She is the first American woman to win a super-G world championship. It was her ninth World Cup win this winter and the fourth straight super-G win. She now leads all American women with two overall titles, 22 career wins and 47 podium finishes.
  • Vonn retains women's World Cup ski crown

    03/11/2009 8:18:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 446+ views
    AFP ^ | March 11, 2009 | Stephanie Pertuiset
    American Lindsay Vonn continued her incredible season on Wednesday when she retained the women's alpine skiing World Cup title at the season-ending finals here. Vonn won the downhill in 1min 42.49sec to edge out Maria Riesch of Germany and Austria's Renate Goetschl. "My life could not be any better," said the 24-year-old. "I have a fantastic husband, two cristal globes, two downhill globes. I'm missing nothing." It's the first time an American woman has ever won two overall crowns, and the trophies will be added to a burgeoning collection that also includes two World Championship golds
  • The gravity of skiing (Dave Barry)

    01/11/2009 8:05:48 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 618+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published Feb. 29, 2004.) I haven't attempted to ski for years, but recently I decided to take another stab at it. I was hoping they'd done something about the gravity problem. Gravity is the biggest drawback to skiing. Without gravity, it would be a carefree activity: You'd put on your skis, head for the slopes and just . . . HOVER for a while. Then it would be time for ``apres ski'' (French for ''no longer skiing''). Instead, you have gravity. Huge amounts of it. Ski areas are located smack...
  • While East Bakes, West Gets Record Cold and Snow (Ski Trails Re-Open in Aspen in June)

    06/10/2008 2:34:36 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 17 replies · 118+ views
    Icecap.com ^ | 06-10-2008 | Joseph D’Aleo, CCM
    From Icecap.com's website: The Aspen Skiing Company said Monday that it will open up Aspen Mountain from June 13 to 15 for skiers and snowboarders. The company says record winter snowfall has left the mountain covered with snow, leaving behind an average of more than 3 feet of snow on the upper slopes. So, for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aspen will open seven runs and about 45 acres of mostly intermediate terrain that is accessible by the Ajax Express chairlift. And Missoula, Montana’s water park is closing due to cold weather ‘to protect children from hypothermia’. In the Seattle...
  • Aspen to re-open for skiing this weekend (June 13-15)-(So much for Globo Warmin', eh?)

    06/09/2008 11:47:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies · 243+ views
    Summit Daily ^ | 6-10-08 | Summit Daily
    Aspen Mountain will be open to skiers and snowboarders this weekend, according to Jeff Hanle, spokesman for the Aspen Skiing Co. “Yes, we are going skiing,” Hanle said, though he could not confirm the details. The Skico previously indicated it would consider opening the mountain this weekend, which coincides with the Aspen Food & Wine Magazine Classic. It's unusual but not unprecedented to have skiing on Ajax mountain this late in the season, after Independence Pass already has opened for the summer. But highway crews only last week re-opened the 12,093-foot pass after a particularly snowy winter. Arapahoe Basin, which...
  • Newly Wounded Warriors Experience ‘Miracles on the Mountainside’

    04/02/2008 5:27:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., April 2, 2008 – Less than six months ago, Army Pfc. Michael Dinkel had his leg destroyed by a roadside bomb while he was deployed to Afghanistan with the Fort Riley, Kan.-based 70th Engineer Battalion. Today, still a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dinkel is shimmying down the slopes of Snowmass Mountain, refusing to let a disability stand in the way of a good time -- or a full, productive life. Less than six months after losing a leg to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, Army Pfc. Michael Dinkel is on the slopes...
  • Senior Citizen Hits Slopes to Inspire Younger Disabled Vets

    04/02/2008 5:24:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 85+ views
    SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo., April 2, 2008 – Seventy-four-year-old Bob Eiden stood on a snow bank overlooking Snowmass Mountain yesterday, mentally preparing himself for his first experience on skis, 16 months after having his right leg amputated. Bob Eiden, a 74-year-old Korean War veteran, isn’t going to let an amputated leg, failing eyesight and failing hearing keep him from showing newly wounded combat veterans there’s still life after a disability. Eiden donned skis for the first time during the 22nd National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Village, Colo. Defense Dept. photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • Pro extreme skier Billy Poole killed during filming in Big Cottonwood Canyon

    01/23/2008 7:10:59 AM PST · by RDTF · 18 replies · 1,181+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Jan 22, 2008 | Melinda Rogers and Jason Bergreen
    Professional extreme skier Billy Poole died this afternoon after taking a fall while filming in Big Cottonwood Canyon between Solitude and Brighton ski resorts. Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Paul Jaroscak said the 28-year-old died around 1:30 p.m. at University Hospital. Poole was filming a jump, had a bad landing, and possibly hit some rocks, Jaroscak said. Earlier reports of an avalanche in the area were false, he said. Poole was filming in the area with Boulder, Colo.-based Warren Miller Entertainment. A spokesman reached at the company's corporate headquarters said the company is still trying to learn details about...
  • Ski crash lawsuit stirs backlash(suing an 8-year old)

    12/27/2007 7:32:53 PM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 26 replies · 472+ views
    People upset over a man who sued an 8-year-old boy and his father over a Colorado ski collision have subjected him and his wife to "an electronic tar and feathering," their lawyer said. David Pfahler and Marlene Ambrogio left their Allentown, Pa., home for the holidays because angry people tied up their phone lines with repeated, automated calls since news reports of the lawsuit, attorney Jim Chalat said Monday. Some sent angry e-mails and calls to Chalat's Denver law firm, while others called Reader's Digest, where Pfahler works, and demanded he be fired, the Rocky Mountain News reported. The couple...
  • U.S. skier Vonn prevails again [first back-to-back wins since 1984]

    12/23/2007 7:25:34 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 48+ views
    ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG, Austria — American skier Lindsey Vonn won't be able to fly home for Christmas because of the World Cup schedule. But the way things are going, why would she want to leave Europe? Vonn won a super-combi Saturday for her second consecutive victory, sending her to the top of the overall standings. And for the second consecutive race, Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif., finished third. Stacey Cook of Mammoth Mountain, Calif., finished 13th. According to U.S. team officials, Vonn is the first American woman to win alpine World Cup races on back-to-back days since Tamara...
  • Man, 60, sues boy, 8, over ski collision

    12/21/2007 5:18:20 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 74 replies · 83+ views
    AP ^ | 12/21/07
    Man, 60, sues boy, 8, over ski collision Thu Dec 20, 10:51 PM ET VAIL, Colo. - A 60-year-old man is taking an 8-year-old boy and his dad to court, claiming the boy caused a ski-slope collision that left the older man with a shoulder injury. David J. Pfahler of Allentown, Pa., sued in federal court in Denver, claiming Scott Swimm, then 7, was skiing fast and recklessly when they collided in January, the Vail Daily reported Thursday. The suit claims Pfahler suffered a torn shoulder tendon and seeks compensation for physical therapy, vacation time, nursing and medical services provided...
  • Impeachment call cancels ski trips

    07/25/2007 10:49:18 PM PDT · by Baladas · 74 replies · 3,791+ views
    Vail Daily News ^ | July 25, 2007 | Allen Best
    TELLURIDE — A backlash quickly emerged after the Telluride Town Council adopted a resolution last week calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. “It’s huge, unbelievable,” said Telluride Mayor John Pryor. “Ski groups are canceling for the winter. Hundreds of people are bailing. The (town) Web site is flooded with people saying they’re canceling their vacations here.” Pryor called it a “silly initiative.” The council, he told The Telluride Watch, is too busy to weigh in on national global politics. If this was a silly initiative, why did he vote for it? The...
  • Prince cancels holiday in eco-row

    01/20/2007 7:56:17 AM PST · by melt · 37 replies · 714+ views
    AP via CNN.com ^ | 1/20/07 | AP
    LONDON, England (AP) -- Prince Charles has canceled a traditional skiing holiday in a bid to reduce his carbon footprint, his office said Saturday -- a day after campaigners and a government minister criticized his decision to fly to New York to collect an award for work on environmental issues. Environment Secretary David Miliband expressed reservations Friday about the heir to the British throne traveling to the United States for the ceremony, while advocacy groups urged the prince to use a video link instead. Prince Charles' Clarence House office said the prince had decided last year to cancel a regular...
  • FBI agents fan across Park City ski area, looking for recruits ("ski and recruit")

    01/15/2007 1:26:50 PM PST · by ellery · 15 replies · 739+ views
    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - The two dozen FBI agents who swarmed Park City Mountain Resort weren't busting anybody Friday. They weren't even armed - unless you count the sharp ends of ski poles. With the temperature near zero, agents hit the slopes - some on challenging runs, others on bunny hills - in an unusual drive to publicize the FBI and perhaps attract a few recruits. Many skiers and Park City regulars were perplexed or even a bit unnerved. Some thought the whole effort was nutty. Jokes were flying about agents skiing on the public dime, but nobody seemed...
  • Blizzard warning in Colo., N.M. digs out ( Global Warming ? )

    12/20/2006 12:59:25 PM PST · by george76 · 244 replies · 4,057+ views
    , Associated Press ^ | 12-20-06 | JON SARCHE
    A major snowstorm blew across Colorado toward the Plains on Wednesday, canceling hundreds of airline flights for holiday travelers and shutting down major highways in parts of four states. The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings for most of eastern Colorado and adjoining sections of Nebraska and Kansas. A day earlier, the storm had pummeled New Mexico with up to a foot of snow. Two feet of snow was possible in the foothills just west of Denver, with 2 to 3 feet a possibility farther north. Up to 20 inches could accumulate on the Plains of eastern Colorado and wind...
  • Aspen tells skiers sport may be doomed ( Wacko Global Warming )

    09/22/2006 11:43:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies · 1,596+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | September 22, 2006 | Scott Condon
    In new ads, ski company says global warming could dry up snow during the next century... The Aspen Skiing Co. hopes potential customers are ready for a snow job. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2006-07 season that centers around the message that snow — and skiing — will disappear around 2100 if humans don’t take drastic action to slow global warming. Three full-page ads, which show a melting snowflake imposed over Highland Bowl, will run in SKI and Outside magazines in the next few months. One ad portrays a “certificate of death” for snow....
  • Water Recreation Fad Raises Safety Concerns (Kite Tubes)

    07/30/2006 7:26:19 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies · 1,341+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | July 30. 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    DULUTH, MN (AP) -- It's been a month since Travis Kladivo last rode a kite tube. And doctors say the 20-year-old's body has almost healed. On June 25, Kladivo, whose family owns a resort on Lake Vermilion, joined a growing number of thrill-seekers seriously injured while riding a kite tube, a huge, inflatable toy designed to float in the air with a rider aboard. The day after Kladivo's accident, a 42-year-old man was killed in a kite tube accident on Little St. Germain Lake in Wisconsin. Since then, the bestselling version of the device, the Sportsstuff Inc.-brand Wego kite tube,...
  • Kite Tubing Banned on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District Lakes

    07/04/2006 12:03:42 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 30 replies · 1,837+ views
    TULSA, Okla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa today announced a restriction on kite tubing on all Corps lakes in the Tulsa District. Col. Miroslav Kurka, commander of the Tulsa District, imposed the ban because of the potential for serious injuries caused by uncontrolled flight of these devices. Kite tubes are a relatively new derivative of large inner tubes towed behind speedboats that become airborne. One person died as the result of a kite tube accident this past week in Texas. Many kite tubing injuries are the direct result of the tubes reaching heights of 20...