Posts tagged: ski resorts
WINTER SPORTS — Backcountry skiers who use alpine ski resorts that operate on public land are being scrutinized this season.
Here's a story from last month.
Here's the latest:
Uphill skiers at Montana resort warned to use designated routes
There are two routes uphill skiers at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana may use to access the powder under their own power, and a U.S. Forest Service official who works with the resort on its special permit warned skiers to stick to those routes to avoid additional regulations on the practice. —Flathead Beacon
WINTER SPORTS — The expansion of Big Sky Resort in Montana is BIG news in every way.
The resort's owners purchased neighboring resorts, Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks in August, and debuted the transformed mega resort — now the largest in the country — during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“The acquisitions make Big Sky the big boy on the U.S. alpine skiing and snowboarding scene,” says Brett French of the Billings Gazette. “The combination means more than 30 lifts, 4,350 vertical feet of drop and 5,750 total acres for riders to roam. In comparison, the other big dog — the tony Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado — has about 5,300 acres and 3,450 vertical feet.”
The new Big Sky is treating skiers to the longest vertical run in the lower 48 states.
Read on for details from the Gazette story:
WINTER SPORTS — Silver Mountain Resort plans to open its lifts for skiers on Friday, Nov. 29, joining the rest of the region's ski resorts in opening limited terrain to take advantage of early season snow.
Following is the just-released announcement from Silver Mountain:
Silver Mountain Resort will be opening for skiing, boarding, tubing, snowshoeing and scenic rides Friday November 29th through Sunday December 1st. The first gondola will load at 8:15am, skiing and tubing will start at 9:00am and go until 4:00pm. This will be a great chance to get some first tracks for the season and burn off some of that Thanksgiving dinner. This will be a limited opening for skiing and boarding with select runs open along with chairs 1, 2 and the carpet lift. We will be offering reduced price lift tickets for skiers and boarders with adult tickets at $29.95 and youth tickets at $27.95. The best way to experience Silver is to stay at the base in their luxurious lodging and enjoy the 84 degree warm of Idaho's largest indoor waterpark.
There are plenty of activities to keep the family busy this weekend at Silver Mountain Resort. We will be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Noah's Canteen, a premier of Warren Miller's “Ticket to Ride” on the 29th in Noah's loft and our Village Christmas Tree Lighting on the 30th, complete with warm drinks and caroling.
Currently there is a 10 inch base at the Mountain House and 22 inches at Kellogg Peak. NOAA is forecasting another storm system for Friday the 29th and we will be opening more terrain as conditions permit. For more information please visit our website.
WINTER SPORTS — As more backcountry skiers use roads and parking areas plowed by ski resorts and then strap on skins and climb their way up groomed or controlled slopes to reach their backcountry destinations, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed a rule change that would allow ski areas that lease lands from the federal agency to charge a fee for the uphill skiers.
UPDATED 11-20-13 at 2:30 p.m. with info on Silver Mountain.
WINTER SPORTS — Lookout Pass Ski Area plans to open for the winter season on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park have just announced they will open on Saturday, Nov. 23.
This will be the first time the Mount Spokane resort has opened before Thanksgiving in many years, operators say.
These resorts will join 49 Degrees North, which opened for one day on Sunday and will reopen on Friday.
Silver Mountain Resort is scheduled to open Nov. 29.
Resorts that are opening are on limited schedules with limited runs until more snow comes and allows full operations.
Read on for details from each resort:
WINTER SPORTS — Stevens Pass Ski Resort announced today, Nov. 16, that it has opened its 2013-14 winter season with more than 1,000 skiers and riders coming to enjoy more than 22 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and a 30-inch base.
Lift tickets will be just $20 for guests through Thursday.2013-14 season pass holders from other mountain resort areas can also ski for free through Thursday by showing their pass in Guest Relations for a lift ticket.Terrain park has 10 features in place in the Beacon Hill park, with more to come as the resort expands to four terrain parks.With more than $4 million in improvement for the 2013-14 seasons, Stevens Pass expects to unveil its new Doppelmayr high-speed detachable Jupiter Quad in line with opening Mill Valley as the season progresses.
WINTER SPORTS — 49° North Ski Area is covered in snow!
Friday's storm dumped enough snow to allow the resort to open Sunday Nov. 17, with Chairs 1 and 3 operating from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
We plan on opening up to 14 runs throughout the day, conditions permitting. We plan on grooming up to 7 runs. Silver Ridge and the Central Basin area will be open, as well as Mahre’s Gold and Silver Dollar. The upper 2/3 of the mountain is covered in heavy powder over a layer of dense older snow, while the lower 1/3 of the mountain has thinner snow coverage. We will be offering a special early season ticket price of $20. Limited services will be available. Early season conditions exist, please ski and ride with care.
WINTER SPORTS — Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North ski areas have put skiers and boarders on alert that snow is piling up on their slopes and, depending on what the incoming storm deposits overnight, they may start their lifts this weekend for the first runs of the season.
From 49 Degrees North minutes ago:
It’s snowing very hard at 49° North Mountain Resort, 1-hour north of Spokane; it started snowing lightly at about 10:30 AM and has continued to pick up in intensity through the day. Prior to this storm we received 16” of new snow on the summit of Chewelah Peak and 9” at the base area. This has consolidated into a very dense base of snow on the upper ½ of the mountain. The National Weather Service is projecting that the winter storm currently impacting us will produce significant heavy snow accumulations at our elevation by tomorrow morning. If this storm produces snow accumulations as projected we plan on opening the resort for skiing and snowboarding on Sunday November 18th for limited operation. Please check our website at www.ski49n.com dates and further information.
Cramer's name was drawn from 18,500 entries in the Win Your Own Mountain contest offered by Glacier Country Tourism to raise awareness of the top-rate skiing and boarding conditions found in Western Montana.
Cramer — and up to 10 guests — will have a full day of exclusive private skiing with world-renowned skier Moe on 1,800 acres of terrain at Lost Trail Powder in the Bitterroot Valley, as well as lift tickets, ski equipment rental, food and beverage and a cash card of up to $1,000 for expenses.
“I am so excited to be the winner,” Cramer said. “Things like this don’t happen to real people!”
“I can’t wait to hit some of the best powder in Montana with Sally and the rest of her family,” Moe said in a media release from Glacier Country. “Lost Trail is a fun local hill and it’s an added bonus that we get to have it all to ourselves.”
WINTER SPORTS — A harbinger of things to come, the groomers hit the slopes at Lookout Pass Ski Area early this morning to start packing and preparing the snow for the upcoming season.
WINTER SPORTS – Snow’s falling in the high country, a sure sign that used gear will be coming out of closets for great deals at annual ski- and winter-gear swaps.
The following fundraisers help raise money for area ski patrols and racing groups:
49 Degrees North Ski Patrol Ski Swap, Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Register items for sale 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Saturday.
Mount Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap (49th annual event) at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane Valley, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 27. Register items for sale from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on Oct. 25.
Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain ski patrols’ Winter Swap, Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Government Way in Coeur d’Alene, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 2. Register items 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Fitness Fanatics Nordic Ski Sale and Swap specializing in cross-country gear at store, 12425 E. Trent Ave. starting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2. Register items to sell before 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Schweitzer Alpine Racing School Ski Swap at Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 9. Bring items to sell noon-7 p.m. Nov. 8.
WINTER SPORTS — The Crystal Mountain ski resort near Mount Rainier says it is open Tuesday for a limited number of visitors for what it calls “Roctober SkiFest.”
Crystal Mountain says it has 22-inches of snow in places and its gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “for the lucky 75 who were glued to Facebook” Monday night.
No other lifts or services are available.
PUBLIC LANDS — God prevails in the courts.
Federal judge in Montana says ski-slope Jesus can stay
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen issued a ruling clearing the way for the Flathead National Forest to reissue a permit to the Knights of Columbus to maintain a statue of Jesus on Big Mountain. — Kalispell Daily InterLake;
WINTER SPORTS — The Lookout Pass Ski Patrol has been named the 2012-2013 “Outstanding Patrol of the Year” for the Inland Empire Region by from the National Ski Patrol – for the third consecutive season.
“These dedicated men and women provide an outstanding service for our skiing guests and we greatly appreciate their commitment and contribution to Lookout Pass,” said Phil Edholm, ski area president.
Other ski patrols in the National Ski Patrol's Inland Empire region include:
Mount Spokane, Silver Mountain, 49 Degrees North, Echo Valley, Loup Loup, Mission Ridge, Cottonwood Butte, Snowhaven, Bald Mountain and Ski Bluewood.
WINTER SPORTS — With 10 operating days left in the season, Lookout Pass Ski and Rereation Area announced today that it's already set a record for skier/snowboarder visits.
Lookout CEO Phil Edholm says the resort logged a total of 64,450 visits as of Sunday, topping the record of 64,291 visits set last season.
Here's the schedule for the rest of the season at Lookout Pass:
WINTER SPORTS — Although I thought Sandpoint had arrived long ago, the North Idaho town has just been named one of the nation’s “top 10 emerging ski towns” in the March 2013 issue of National Geographic’s Adventure magazine.
“These 10 North American ski towns may not have the name recognition of the world’s best-known destinations, but that’s just fine with them. These are the local’s favorites, the up-and-comers. They’re real towns, often cheaper and friendlier than the big dogs—at least for now. If you’re on the hunt for great skiing without the crowds and glitz, read on.” said the article's author, Aaron Teasdale.
Sandpoint, and more specifically, the 2,900 acres of ski terrain at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, is described as being ”Best For: Non-extreme skiers and boarders seeking the famed tree skiing of the Selkirks without the trip to Canada.”
Other ski towns in the Top 10 include Red Lodge, Mont.; Ogden, Utah; Reno, Nev.; Revelstoke, B.C.; Nelson, B.C.; Driggs, Idaho; Mammoth, Calif.; Waitsfield, Vt.; and Durango, Colo.
The article asked locals in each town for suggestions on where to eat, sleep and spend time away from the ski hill, as well as the best ski run on the mountain.
MAPPING — Google Maps, which changed the world of giving directions with it's online map selections, has stretched its street view capability to the ski slopes.
Power up Google Maps on your Android device or iPhone, and the mountain information you need is right there. Blue, green and black runs are shown as solid colored lines and ski lifts are red dotted lines.
The tech innovator recently made digital waves in the outdoors with their “street view” take on Grand Canyon hiking trails by offering 9,500 panoramic images to armchair hikers.
WINTER SPORTS — January is national “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month,” and most of Idaho's 18 winter resorts are offering incentives for newcomers to try out their snow sports.
In addition, the Bring a Friend program offers incentives to skiers and boarders who introduce novice skiers to professional ski lessons.
North Idaho highlights include:
Free Ski School at Lookout Pass for youths ages 6-17. Free lessons are offered every Saturday morning Jan. 12t- March 16 for those who register by Jan. 26.
Lesson discounts for youth and adult skiers at Schweitzer and Silver Mountain. New skiers and snowboarders can get lessons for $39-$49 in January.
EZ 1-2-3 packages — including 3 lessons, 3 rentals, and 3 lift tickets — cost $99 from Lookout Pass, $129 from Silver Mountain and Schweitzer.
WINTER SPORTS — Buried with more than 180 inches of snowfall this season, Schweitzer Mountain Resort reports the deepest early-season snowpack since records were started during the 1982-83 season.
Schweitzer has been able to open all 2,900 acres of terrain with a village depth of 77 inches and a summit depth of 109 inches, the resort reports.
“It feels like February” said Arlene Cook, Schweitzer’s Ski Patrol director. “When you can’t count the number of powder days you’ve had in December, you know it’s been a good season.”
Schweitzer began tracking daily snow reports in in 1976, but the records didn't include summit or village snow depths until the 1983, a resort spokesman said. Daily, year-to-date, snow totals weren’t calculated until the 2001-2002 season.
Schweitzer’s 180 inches of snowfall to date also is the most on record.
WINTER SPORTS — Following the big storms is a thrill for skiers and boarders, but noting yesterday's close call with an avalanche at Crystal Mountain, please enjoy the powder of today's incoming storm with a measure of caution.
This near-tragedy follows the burial of skiers at Schweitzer Mountain Resort earlier this month.
Today's Associated Press report has details:
Young woman buried
in WA avalanche rescued unhurt
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. (AP) — A young woman buried by an avalanche for at least 10 minutes Tuesday at Washington’s Crystal Mountain ski resort was rescued unharmed, the head of the resort’s ski patrol said.
She was part of a party of three skiing in a steep area of expert terrain when the trio triggered a small avalanche, said Paul Baugher, ski patrol director. Two young men were partially buried but able to dig themselves out.
They or nearby skiers immediately called the Crystal Ski Patrol emergency number and a ski patrol member reached the spot within five minutes, Baugher said. Ski patrol personnel and other skiers equipped with collapsible metal probes searched the area and found the buried woman.
“They were able to get this gal out in 10-15 minutes,” Baugher said Tuesday night, adding she was checked out by a doctor and was fine. He didn’t have additional details about the skier.
The buried skier was not equipped with an avalanche locator beacon or an air bag. Baugher estimated she was “a couple of feet down.”
“There is air in the snow, you can breathe that for a while,” he said.
A major storm this week dumped more than 40 inches of snow on Crystal in about 36 hours, Baugher said.
“This is one of those things that creates phenomenal powder skiing but with that comes an increase in the avalanche hazard,” he said, adding avalanche control crews had been working all day.
Ski patrol personnel were pre-positioned in the area because they had just completed some avalanche control work nearby. No avalanche control work had been done in the “random little pocket” where the slide occurred because “you would never expect an avalanche in this particular place,” Baugher said.
He stressed that “this came out great” because everyone was prepared — the young woman was skiing with companions who could report where she was last seen, skiers had the direct number for the ski patrol, patrol personnel were nearby and everyone involved had the equipment needed for a quick, effective search.
“There’s always luck,” he said. “But when a good outcome comes, we make a lot of that. The skiers helped make some of their own luck.”
Crystal Mountain is located on the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington’s Cascade Mountains.