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Sugarbush Resort Launches $99 Midweek Season Pass for Baby Boomers

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

By: Sugarbush Mountain
August 19, 2014

Win Smith, president and majority owner of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, turned sixty-five this month. To celebrate, Smith is giving a birthday present to his generation by launching a season pass product targeted at skiers and riders sixty-five and older. The Boomer Midweek Pass is a $99 midweek non-holiday season pass to Sugarbush, offering access to two mountains, 111 trails, and 16 lifts. That’s a deal even the AARP can get excited about.

A generation ago, turning sixty-five meant retirement, Medicare, and a slower pace. Smith disagrees with that notion. “When my AARP card came in the mail, I threw it in the trash. So did my friends. We do not consider ourselves ‘retired people.’ We are entering the prime years of life.”

Sugarbush, under Smith’s leadership, sees an opportunity. Many baby boomers are active travelers who have achieved a certain level of success. And they are at a place professionally and personally where they exert more control over their schedules, and can enjoy more leisure time.

The sixty-five-plus crowd, whether pursuing a second career, reaping the benefits of a more relaxed work schedule, or having officially retired, actually has the ability to ski midweek. And the midweek non-holiday experience at Sugarbush is a very desirable one: The slopes are quiet, the groomed runs can last through late morning, and the restaurants have a steady purr instead of a low roar. Smith’s $99 Boomer Midweek pass is such a great deal, it makes it easy to justify the spend.

Smith, a former president of Merrill Lynch International who found a second career in Sugarbush, skis approximately one-hundred days a season, “If I were skiing with the Boomer Midweek Pass, skiing at Sugarbush would cost me less than $1 a day.”

Not everyone in this crowd has as much energy as Smith—who also published a book recently on his experience at Merrill Lynch. However, a limited season pass for $99, when lift ticket window rates hover close to $90, makes a lot of sense.

K2 Skis Partners with Slopestyle Phenom Maggie Voisin

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

By: K2 Skis
August 13, 2014

Impressive 2014 season lands Voisin a spot on K2’s elite pro team

Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 13, 2014) – Ski industry leader K2 Skis is proud to announce that slopestyle superstar Maggie Voisin will be joining the K2 family. Voisin is the future of freeskiing; at just 15 years old she is already one of the top women slopestyle skiers in the world. Now that Voisin has teamed up with K2 she will have both the support and the innovative ski technology she needs to continue progressing the sport.

“I am extremely excited to have Maggie join the K2 family and the Ski Alliance,” said Alyssa Clark, K2 Skis’ Marketing Coordinator and Women’s Ski Team Manager, who grew up in the same small Montana town as Voisin. “Not only does she exceed her age with her talent on snow, Maggie is also very mature for being just fifteen. She has a carefree, fun personality, which is a necessary ingredient to being a part of the K2 crew. There are big things to come from Maggie and we couldn’t be more stoked to support her on her journey!”

Maggie Voisin, who grew up in Whitefish, Mont., began her ski career as part of the local race team at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Pressure from her brother led Maggie to change her focus to freestyle, and since she made the switch she has accumulated an impressive number of major awards while garnering international recognition.

When Voisin arrived on the freestyle skiing scene two years ago she immediately made waves by winning the women’s slopestyle competition at the 2013 Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Championships in Whistler, B.C. Her first competitive season was so impressive that ESPN named her Rookie of the Year in 2013. During Voisin’s 2014 season she became the youngest skier to ever medal at the X Games when she took home the silver in slopestyle. Voisin was named to the inaugural U.S. Olympic slopestyle team, and if not for an ankle injury that sidelined her during the games she would have been the youngest American to compete in the Olympics since 1972.

“I couldn’t be happier to be joining an amazing company like K2,” said Maggie. “They have always shown a really strong commitment to women’s skiing and I absolutely love their skis. I can’t wait to get my new K2 gear on the snow this season!”

About K2 Skis
Seeking fun through innovation since 1962, K2’s all-mountain philosophy and technological advancements continue to lead the ski industry. Whether in the park and pipe, on resort groomers or deep in the backcountry, K2 is all about having fun while skiing the entire mountain. The brand’s progressive ingenuity and comprehensive approach to maximizing skiers’ experiences and performance in any condition is evident throughout its collection of award-winning products that not only include skis, but also ski boots, helmets, goggles and backcountry safety tools. For more information on K2’s latest ski products, dealers and team activities, visit K2skis.com.

Top 7 Ski & Snowboard Camps of Summer 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

By: Warren Miller Entertainment
June 4, 2014

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For most passionate skiers, jetting off to winter while the northern hemisphere languishes in the heat of summer is both an exotic luxury and a non-negotiable, must-do bucket list item. When it’s your lifelong dream or if you just need a little more inspiration to dig out your gear while everyone else heads to the beach (again), ski camps of all sorts abound, and not just for the kids.

We’ve rounded up and broken down a few of the most highly regarded camps, for all ages and from far-flung ones to those you don’t even need a passport to access. Not only do summer ski camps offer a welcome taste of winter, but a chance to choose your own adventure, up your game, and ski with some of the industry’s most accomplished athletes, including NASTAR athletes and Warren Miller Entertainment film stars, up close and in person.

1. Ingrid Backstrom’s Women’s Freeride Ski Camp, August 1-8, 2014
Chillan, Chile
For women only, all ages, advanced intermediate or higher

For the ladies only (sorry boys), Ingrid Backstrom is holding her popular freeride and backcountry ski camp for the third year in a row. This year, Ingrid and organizing partner PowderQuest have moved the location from La Parva, outside of Santiago, to the spectacular southern Chile ski resort of Nevados de Chillan. Backstrom, who will again be coaching with fellow professional skier Leah Evans (founder of Girls Do Ski), says that Chillan is one of her favorite places to ski in Chile. Famous for powder skiing through mossy, old growth forests, abundant untracked lines in both the off piste and resort-accessed backcountry, Nevados is a perfect place to up skills in gorgeous, playful terrain, so that you, like Ingrid, can effortlessly and gracefully outski the boys. As an added bonus, thermal springs dot the landscape, and South America’s best ski bar – SnowPub – awaits in Las Trancas.

2. SASS Global Travel: Sessions run from August 2 – September 6, 2014
Bariloche, Argentina
For ski and snowboard, adults, men, women, separate under-18 sessions, advanced intermediate or higher

Sass Global travel is known for running some of the best and most adventurous backcountry ski and snowboard camps in the heart of Argentina’s stunning lake district. The company focuses improving skills out in the Alta Patagonia backcountry, and is based at the Cerro Catedral ski area. SASS gives clients an extensive choice of dates, unlike most other camps in South America that only run one session per season. Available programs run from 8 days to 36 days, and offer something for both the under-18 crowd as well popular adult sessions. SASS’s staff roster includes male and female ski and snowboard pros, guides, including WME’s Michelle Parker, who says the camps are so fun to coach, the terrain so fabulous, and the other coaches and clients and so wonderful, she can’t imagine doing anything else with her summers.

 

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Extreme sports mark changing of U.S. Olympic guard

Monday, February 24th, 2014

By: USA Today
February 24, 2014

1392812531006-USP-Olympics--Snowboarding-Men-s-Parallel-Giant-Sl1SOCHI – For the U.S. team, the Sochi Games signified an end of an era. Goodbye, ice queens. Hello, flippie hippies. See you later, pucks and sticks. Nice to meet you, slopes and rails.

As 17 days of competition came to a close Sunday, this much was clear: The face of the Winter Olympics no longer wears skates. Twelve of the USA’s 28 medals came from freestyle skiing and snowboarding, including six of nine gold.

The U.S. Olympic team had never won a medal on every day one was awarded in the Winter Games, and through 14 days in Sochi, the Americans were poised to do that. But the men’s hockey team failed to show up in Saturday’s bronze medal game, losing to Finland 5-0.

If only the kids in baggy pants with a language all their own had competed in the Games’ final days, perhaps the USA could have gone out with more of a bang. Instead, Russia ended this cold war with a flourish — sweeping the podium in the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country ski race Sunday and winning gold in four-man bobsled to secure the top spot with 33 overall medals and 13 golds.

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SOCHI: 14 unforgettable Olympic moments

For decades, figure skating was the marquee event of the Games. In Sochi, the U.S. men and women figure skaters had their worst collective finish since 1936. Speedskating has been the USA’s most successful winter sport. But the short-track team left with one medal and the long-track team exited empty-handed, complaining about their suits.

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Win a dream trip to Alaska with Chris Davenport

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

By: Protect Our Winters
February 12, 2014

Win a dream trip to Alaska with Chris Davenport from protect our winters on Vimeo.

All you have to do is make a $5 donation to Protect Our Winters (POW) to be entered here:

The Chris Davenport Ultima Thule AK Adventure

Contribute $5 to Protect Our Winters – and be entered to win three days of guided expert skiing and advanced mountaineering with Chris Davenport at the Ultima Thule lodge, deep in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, ” the last true wilderness on earth”. Multiple entries are allowed and encouraged – every $5 is another chance to win. Advanced skiers only, please.

Winner’s package includes:
• Black Diamond – Legend Gloves, Alias Pack, Compactor Ski Poles
• Smith – Touchstone sunglasses, I/OX goggles, Maze Helmet
• GoPro – Hero 3, Black Edition
• Spyder – White Spyder Collection Outfit
• Boxes of POW’s seasonal bars from Clif – Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread and Peppermint Stick
• $500 towards travel to Valdez, AK where you’ll fly to the lodge via bush plane

Contest ends on February 15, 2014. Package for two guests, 4 nights, all inclusive, April 20th-24th 2014. Transport from Valdez included.

Win the Ultimate Colorado Experience from Icelantic Skis

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

By: Icelantic Skis
November 13, 2013

Want to win the ULTIMATE Colorado Winter Experience? Road to the Rocks is your chance! One lucky winner and a guest will experience the trip of a lifetime with Road to the Rocks. Winner will be a VIP at Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks, receive complete ski packages, Oskar Blues Brewery tour, roundtrip air fare, stay at the Hotel Teatro, have a Jeep to drive around and much more….Entry is completely free and easy.

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ENTER TO WIN at: http://bit.ly/1795MRi
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LSSM Ambassadors/Champions Program

Friday, October 25th, 2013

By: LSSM
October 25, 2013

Become an Ambassador or Champion – Share the Passion

Ambassadors and Champions come from all walks of life. Peers respect them. They have a passion for skiing and/or snowboarding.They want to infuse in others!

Ambassadors and Champions do more than motivate newcomers to take ski or snowboard lessons from professional instructors.They serve as role models by sharing information about why they love snow sports, how they got involved and why it is important to learn from trained professionals.

They offer useful tips that help newcomers have a positive first-time snow experience. They use their own unique ways to spread the word about why snow sports are fun, a chance to try something new, involve great exercise, and provide an excellent opportunity to spend time with friends or family members.

We Want to Applaud You – AND You Can Win Prizes via the Bring a Friend Challenge!

Anyone passionate about skiing or snowboarding who qualifies can sign up. Those who officially apply will be listed on the skiandsnowboardmonth.org Web site along with a photo if provided.

 Top Three Ambassadors and introduction 1Champions

At the end of the season three exemplary Ambassadors and three Champions will receive state-of-the-art jackets from The North Face plus special recognition from the snow sports industry via trade media and the national industry conference.They will get their own page on the skiandsnowboardmonth.org Web site.

Ambassador and Champion of the Year

One outstanding role model in each category will be named Ambassador and Champion of the Year. Each will receive a season pass at a selected venue for the 2014-15 winter……….

AND…… a pair of skis from HEAD Wintersports  or a snowboard from one of our sponsors.

The top Ambassador will win a four-day trip for two – from Ski Utah – to the 2002 Winter Olympics host Salt Lake City and its nearby resorts Park City Mountain Resort, the Canyons and Deer Valley including lodging, lift tickets, lessons and air travel from a major airport (for the 2014-15 season). Trip details are posted at bringafriend.org.

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Utah ski resorts align, meaning consumer-friendly prices on passes

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 27, 2013

There have always been healthy yet competitive relationships between Utah’s 14 ski resorts, but the arrival of Denver-based Vail Resorts Inc. has injected a whole new dynamic into the marketplace.

Since Vail inked a deal to operate Canyons Resort in Park City last May, the landscape of the state’s $1.173 billion ski industry has fundamentally shifted, prompting fresh alliances between resorts and a full slate of new products. Utah resorts are banding together and looking beyond state borders to create novel types of ski experiences meant to entice both local and out-of-towners to hit the slopes.

All of this amounts to good news for skiers and boarders looking for a bargain.

Take, for example, the Big Cottonwood Pass, which allows one to ski or board all 2,250 acres, 15 lifts and 130 named runs of both Solitude Mountain Resort and neighboring Brighton Ski Resort. The pass can be used any day of the season and includes the popular night skiing option at Brighton. All of this for $999.

“Competition creates opportunity,” said Solitude general manager Dave DeSeelhorst. “With all the other passes [coming on the market], we felt compelled to do something we’ve talked about with Brighton for years.”

The collaboration also involves a new joint ticketing system that allows visitors to roam unencumbered between the resorts. DeSeelhorst said it’s the first time this type of hands-free revenue-sharing model will be used in North America (apparently, it’s common in Europe).

“From a consumer standpoint, we are two uniquely different resorts, so being able to offer [this pass] really gives everybody the best of both worlds for a pretty low price,” DeSeelhorst said.

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iF3 is coming to Whistler on October 12

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

By:
July 30, 2013

The International Freeski Film Festival to host a one-day event in Whistler, BC that includes premieres, parties and more.

Press Release:

The International Freeski Festival (iF3) is excited to announce the first ever iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, which will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC on Saturday, October 12th.

The one-day event will feature premieres of the year’s best ski movies, along with a retro ski-themed kick off party on Friday night and a rocker party on Saturday night amidst Whistler’s wild nightlife scene. The premieres will be held at Millennium Place in the heart of Whistler Village and will take place alongside Whistler Blackcomb’s legendary Turkey Sale, where over 20,000 people descend on Whistler to take advantage of huge pre-season savings on ski and snowboard equipment from the industry’s top brands. The event will be held in conjunction with Whistler Blackcomb, consistently ranked as the #1 ski resort in North America, making Whistler the ideal location for the International Freeski Film Festival’s latest expansion and the place to be during Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.

Stay tuned to iF3.ca for more info on iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, including the list of films that will be shown along with the official schedule for the event.

About Utah: The ski bums next door

Monday, April 29th, 2013

By:  , Deseret News
April 29, 2013

PARK CITY — They moved in next door two years ago. Just drove up one day with no warning, pulling a U-Haul with New Jersey plates.

Looking back, the signs were there from the beginning. There were no kids with them. He didn’t drive off to work every morning. Neither did she. They had no visible means of support. Like Jimmy Stewart in “Rear Window” we watched them. What were they? Mafia? Drug-dealers? Loan sharks? Deadbeats?

Nope. Ski bums.

All they did was ski. The garage door would open, the SUV would back out, the skis would go on the rack, and they were off. Him especially. Day after day after day.

Couldn’t they get a job? Do something responsible? What must their parents be thinking?

There was this one small mitigating factor.

He was 68, she was 67.

Meet the neighbors: Chuck and Paddy Mollard. They went rogue on us, careened right off the grid, all in the name of giving retirement a good name. Their problem these days isn’t having enough to do, it’s having too much to do. So many runs, so little time.

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