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How It Works: Snow Grooming 101

by Dave Belin

Fresh powder is the Holy Grail of snowboarding – but the next best thing is sweet, smooth corduroy. Carving turns on a perfectly groomed trail under deep blue skies is one of the best experiences on the hill. Did you… Read More →

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How to Stay Warm on the Slopes: Baselayers

by David Sandel

Because you know I’m all about that base, ‘bout that base, base-layer. That was horribly cheesy, but for real, let’s talk about baselayers. Even when it’s warm out and I see people skiing in hoodies (or late spring when guys… Read More →

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Ski Resorts For Early Season Skiing

by Eric Wagnon

The masses arrive at ski resorts during the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s. Serious skiers and boarders often can’t wait that long, but they also want a significant amount of available open terrain. Early December can be a… Read More →

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Green Snowmaking Initiatives in New England

by Dave Belin

Have you ever taken advantage of rebates to help replace your old refrigerator or air conditioner with a more energy-efficient one? Local utilities and governments offer similar incentive programs to businesses, including ski areas in Vermont and Maine. Efficiency Vermont,… Read More →

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Let it Snow! – Liftopia Goods: Nov. 10, 2014

by RoseAnne Moises

As the temperatures drop and the snow sightings become more frequent, resorts across North America are beginning to open one by one. The lifts have already began to spun at a handful of resorts, while others are ferociously preparing for opening day…. Read More →

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7 Natural Signs of Snow

by Patrick Thorne

It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit anxious at this time of the year. Will Mother Nature be bountiful when it comes to the white stuff? Will Jack Frost ensure it’s cold enough for the snow cannons to fire up… Read More →

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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Oct. 6, 2014

by RoseAnne Moises

You know that white stuff that we all love to ski and ride on? Well, whether you prefer it made by the hand of Mother Nature or by powerful, high-tech snowmaking systems, plenty of it is already being seen at ski resorts… Read More →

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3 New Books for The Skier’s and Rider’s Library

by Troy Hawks

I don’t know if you call it a “ski-brary” or a “librare-ski,” but here are three books that we’d recommend adding to that dusty old stack of tattered ski literature sitting on your corner shelf. The works speak to the… Read More →

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From Powder to Corn: Terms for Snow Conditions

by Eric Wagnon

For skiers above a basic level of proficiency, snow conditions can affect a slope’s difficulty more than the steepness. A steep chute with 6 inches of fresh powder may be less daunting than an intermediate trail with hard-packed snow. Given… Read More →

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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Sept. 15, 2014

by RoseAnne Moises

Rockin’ white after Labor Day, as we’ve all heard, is a huge fashion faux-pas…except when Mother Nature does it—in which case, we applaud her impeccable sense of style! From light dustings to surprisingly impressive dumps, several mountains across North America… Read More →