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Resorts Encourage Kids To Get To The Slopes With Great Lift Ticket Prices

by Patrick Thorne

With an ageing population, ski areas know that it’s vital to get children involved in snowboarding and skiing if our sport is to live, thrive and survive in the long term. One of the challenges ski resorts face is how… Read More →

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Ski Area Upgrades & Improvements: How Resorts Decide What To Build

by Dave Belin

This time of year, many skiers and snowboarders are drying out their boots for the final time, applying a heavy coat of summer wax to their boards, and wondering how long their goggle tan will last. Thoughts turn to mountain… Read More →

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Your Desire To Ski Might Be In Your Genes

by Lisa Richardson

Cynthia Thomson, a climbing and skiing fanatic fresh from several seasons in Banff, wanted to know: are we hard-wired to ski? After being challenged by her UBC doctoral supervisor, genetics researcher Dr. Jim Rupert, she turned her inquiring mind towards… 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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The World’s Biggest Ski Areas

by Patrick Thorne

Does size matter in a ski area?  I’ve been collecting numbers from thousands of ski areas around the world for several decades and am still unsure of the answer. For obvious reasons, a big ski area is great for frequent… Read More →

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The World’s Snowiest Ski Resorts

by Patrick Thorne

Snow. We skiers and boarders can never get enough of it. We spend Autumn (if we live in the northern hemisphere) waiting for it to arrive. Then, after the initial thrill of those first falls, each pre-season we want more—always… Read More →

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Top Ski Resorts for Foursquare Check-ins

by Dave Belin

It seems like skiers and snowboarders have many different (and sometimes passionate) opinions about the best ski resort in the US. Which has the best steeps? The lightest powder? The coolest vibe? The most killer après-ski? We can argue about… Read More →

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Presenting Liftopia’s Where I’ve Skied Challenge

by Katie Kearsey

Have you ever taken the time to think about how many ski areas you’ve been to in your life?  Whether or not you’ve been to more mountains than your friends & family members?  Or maybe whether or not you’ve been… Read More →

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2012/13 Ski Season Wrap-Up

by Dave Belin

This is the time of year when ski areas are busy crunching their final numbers and measuring how the ski season went. Nationally and regionally, the 2012-13 winter was a big improvement from the season prior, but the numbers varied… Read More →

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Colorado Ski Season Wrap-up

by Kara Williams

With Colorado ski resorts now closed for the season – except for Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, which like to stretch out their ski days well into spring – I figured it might be a good time to look back at… Read More →