Sugar Bowl skied splendiferously today. Carvable groomers and slushy bumps dominated the day and each was eloquently served via a different chairlift. The Lincoln chair was dishing up fast, carvable groomers while the Disney chair offered soft, rhythmic, slushy bumps. Lincoln was a blast in the morning as everyone was dropping in, making a few turns, airing the cat track, then speeding away down the meat of the run. It made for a great lap and it was highly entertaining to see the [...]

According to Norwegian police, search and rescue teams have found the bodies of four skiers who were killed in an avalanche yesterday in Norway. These four men were part of a party of 6 that split up. The two surviving members notified rescuers when the other four did not return from their tour on time. [...]

skip to 2:41 to see Ben huck his 360 to full pond crossing Squaw Valley held its annual pond crossing on April 12th, 2014. Squaw was the first place to ever do a pond crossing and it has been imitated at ski resorts all over North America. Ben Paciotti was the first to ever do a 360 pond crossing and it was pretty impressive. We don’t think too many people will ever pull this off successfully. Ben is a pond crossing master not to be taken lightly. [...]

A new study recently released in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has stated that the current intense air pollution levels in East Asia could be contributing to stronger storms forming over the Pacific ocean. Once formed, these storms slam into western North America. If you’re a skier or rider, maybe there’s a benefit to the air pollution of Asia… This study utilized computer models to acquire its results. Water vapor in the air needs an [...]

Ski season is quickly coming to a close. Many ski resorts in North America will close this weekend and many have already shut down for the year. Next week, this list will be a lot shorter. This week, there are still at least 80 ski resorts still open.
It’s been a tough year to be a ski resort in most locations in North America. Right now, a strong El Nino is forecasted and it very well may be a big year for the West Coast and some of the Rockies. [...]

The dark horse continues to make things difficult at best. The only reliable factor is Murphy’s Law. Things that won’t happen, can. Winter came back briefly, with a vengeance. Cold snapped at joints, frosted hair on the uphill, took toes as payment for powder snow. Hungry sharks hid amongst decent turns. It wasn’t long before P-tex was [...]

Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows decided to start closing at 2pm beginning today. They decided to inform skiers and riders today at 10am via Facebook. Those of us that were at the hill didn’t know this until 2pm when we were told that the lifts were closed. Many people were shocked by this abrupt change in operation. From now until closing day on April 27th (Alpine will operate for [...]

Spring is powerfully rushing into North America this month. In fact, most ski resorts in North America will be closing this weekend. Resorts with big snow totals and snow depths are still looking great. In a year as lean as this was in most locales, it’s impressive to see how many resorts have over 100″ deep snowpacks. North America is [...]

The best skiers and riders in the world charging on one of the world’s best venues: the Bec de Rosses in Verbier, Switzerland. This highlight/crash reel shows us the best of what went down this year in Verbier. All the best Xtreme Verbier Ski and snowboard memories featuring Loïc Collomb-Patton, Ralph Backstrom, Matilda Rapaport, Emilien Badoux, Jonathan Charlet, Kevin Guri, Reine Barkered, Drew Tabke, Sascha Hamm, Lorraine Huber,Ian Borgeson, Silas Chickering-Ayers, Xavier De Le Rue, [...]

The average moderately active person take aound 7,500 step/day. If you maintain that daily average and live until 80 years of age, you’ll have walked about 216,262,500 steps in your lifetime. Doing the math; the average person with the average stride living until 80 will walk a distance of around 110,000 miles. Which is the equivalent of walking about 5 times around the Earth, right on the equator. [...]

On March 10th, 2014 an avalanche triggered by explosives came crashing down at Crystal Mountain, WA and destroyed the legendary Chair 6. Chair 6 was ranked the #1 chairlift in the Northwest and provided access to some terrific terrain. Crystal Mountain vowed to replace Chair 6 with a better chair and now, Kim Kricher lets us know exactly what this new chair will be like. New Chair 6 Details:
- Fixed grip double chair, just like the old one
- Chair will be twice as [...]

Tanner Hallis good at skiing and his new beard is gnarly. When many other might be bummer about the conditions, Tanner is out at Squaw with his crew throwing down. Flips, 360s, 720, rodeo 5s, and 180s all over the mountain. This video was filmed in only 3 afternoons of slush skiing at Squaw. This is inspiring and shows up that despite the conditions, you can still push it and have a riot out there. Filmed 100% on the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition at Squaw Valley Resort over 3 afternoons of riding. [...]

An avalanche that occurred in an off-piste area of the French ski resort of La Clusaz caught 35 backcountry skiers at exactly 11:11am Sunday morning. Why 35 backcountry skiers were skiing the same slope, no one can say just yet. The avalanche was a wet slide that began at 2,400 meters came down and swept up all 35 skiers who were in the couloir where the avy came down. [...]

Alpine Meadows ski resort in Lake Tahoe, CA held its passholders appreciation party last night at the top of the Summit chair. This was the first time they’ve held a public party up there and it was a resounding success. Over 400 people came up the Summit chair between 5:30pm and 6:30pm and hung out next to a large bonfire on the top of the mountain. [...]

Whistler is a hub of outdoor and mountain enthusiasts. Long time Whistler local, Wayne Flann, a 30 year veteran of the Blackcomb Ski Patrol, has spent most of his life working and playing in the mountains. His blog, www.wayneflannavalancheblog.com, has become one of the main resources for avalanche and backcountry information in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Started in 2011 because he saw a need for snowpack information for early season backcountry skiers and riders, it has blossomed into one of the sources for weather, snowpack info, and avalanche updates and has a devoted [...]

Squaw Valley’s legendary KT-22 charilift closed for the season yesterday. Losing KT is always a hard hit and is especially so this year as the best skiing on the mountain was on KT yesterday. KT is the one place at Squaw where you can bang out laps while getting in a ton of vertical on great terrain. KT, you will be missed. Our operations teams are putting in extra effort to keep as much terrain [...]

A female backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche on Friday, April 11th, 2014 while skiing in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. “The subject was fully buried in an avalanche for approximately 45 minutes,” said Shauna Speers, search and rescue manager The avalanche occurred at 3:15pm on Friday on the southeast side of Fairy Meadows Lodge on the [...]

Alpine Meadows is having their passholders appreciation party tonight. They’re going to allow us to ride up the Summit chair, party on the top of the mountain, then ski down. Alpine rocks.
Sunset Tonight: 7:36pm
Moonrise Tonight: 7:20pm
Lunar Eclipse Tonight: 10:20pm
You have to register today for this event between 9am and 5:30pm and sign a release of liability at Alpine. Moonrise/Sunset Party starts at 5:30pm until 7:30pm. [...]

Spring has sprung in Tahoe and it’s sprung hard. Temperatures in the 70s were observed in Tahoe last week and people were swimming in the lake like crazy. The conditions over the weekend in Tahoe were great. Spring skiing is Tahoe’s forte and Tahoe ski resorts will be showing it off for a few more weeks. Spring is one of the best times to ski Tahoe, so make sure to get one more weekend of goodness before it’s all over. Tahoe Ski Resort Closing Dates: [...]

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