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How It Works: Snowmaking 101

by Dave Belin

Snowmaking is essential to keeping the slopes white and skiable during the winter months. It supplements natural snow, gets trails and terrain open more quickly in the early part of the season, and helps extend the season, on both the… Read More →

Ski Europe: How To Plan Your First Trip & What To Expect

by Patrick Thorne

There are many things in North America that are bigger, and in some ways better, than in Europe.  And while the debate can continue eternally over which continent offers a better skiing experience, some facts are indisputable: There are bigger… Read More →

2013-14 Ski Industry Statistics & Trends

2013-14 Ski Industry Statistics & Trends

by Dave Belin

Even before the lifts stop spinning each year, resort managers tabulate ski industry statistics and numbers to document how the season went.  Some of the key figures that are closely tracked include: total visits, the number of season passes sold,… Read More →

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Fly South for Winter: Skiing in New Zealand & Australia

by Eric Wagnon

Summer skiing in North America exists, but the options are few and far between. Take a trip below the Equator, however, and you’ll find something different… the seasons are flipped. South America may be the best-known Southern Hemisphere skiing spot,… Read More →

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4 Steps To Overcoming Your End Of Ski Season Blues

by Annie Agle

Most people greet the coming of spring with enthusiasm and joy. “OMG. Summer’s coming!” Shouts the floppy-hat girl in flip-flops. Soon masses of misguided warm-weather lovers will begin prancing around in their sundresses and hipster ball caps while gabbing about… Read More →

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2013/14 Snow Report: Where the Snow Fell This Season

by Joel Gratz

Meteorologists can’t always make an accurate prediction, but we’re quite good at analyzing what has happened in the past. And since I find seasonal snow forecasts unreliable, lets stop predicting and instead look back at the 2013-2014 season to see… Read More →

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5 Tips for Great Spring Skiing

by Mike Soucy

March is here, and springtime is right around the corner. With the sun shining and the snow deep, this is my favorite time to be out on the slopes, enjoying a spring storm or carving up corn snow. Here are… Read More →

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What’s Changed In The World’s Ski Industry Over the Past 30 Years?

by Patrick Thorne

I’m not really sure how it happened, but somehow I’ve had a blessed life so far.  I met a beautiful girl at college and while we were young and foolish, we made (against our parents’ advice) what turned out to… Read More →

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Snow Report: The State of the Snow

by Joel Gratz

We’re more than half way through the season, so let’s look back at the last few months to see what mountains have had the most snow. While I love the east coast (I grew up there), and they’ve been having… Read More →

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Making Observations in the Backcountry – Listen to Your Mom

by Mike Soucy

Editor’s Note: Backcountry skiing is extremely dangerous! The advice contained in this article is one expert skier’s opinion, and we don’t recommend going out of bounds until you’ve had the proper training and experience with guides. When we choose to… Read More →