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Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain Opens New Humbird Hotel

Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain Opens New Humbird Hotel —by Jay Flemma, special to NASJA— As part of a multi-year master plan launched in 2017, Northern Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain has opened a new 31-room hotel accepting reservations for January 14, 2022 and beyond. Named in honor of the lumber company that was for decades the sturdy economic backbone of the...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 1 – Waterville Valley

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 1 – Waterville Valley —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH – It all started with a snarky T-shirt worn by a local skier at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire: SKI NEW HAMPSHIRE – WE’RE LIKE VERMONT, JUST NOT AS STUCK UP “Bro, them’s fightin’ words!”...

Loon Mountain Debuts East Coast’s First 8-pack Chairlift, the Kancamagus 8

LINCOLN, N.H. – This winter New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain Resort unveiled North America’s fastest eight-person chairlift as well as what is billed as “the most technologically advanced lift in the east.” Called the Kancamagus 8, this state-of-the-art Dopplemayr D-Line system spins at a whopping 1,100 feet per minute, (that’s 18 feet/second), eclipsing the former...

The 2021-22 Ski Season Primer or Hell Yeah, Let’s Go

It was an innocuous question under ordinary circumstances, but this time the answer could not have been more poignant. “Are you almost ready for the season?” You have no idea. A LONG EXPECTED PARTY It was a gorgeous fall night, and my birthday party was in full swing. I throw a birthday party like a hobbit throws a birthday party, right down to the sign...

Free Taos, Free Tacos, Same Thing!

Proving once again that a sense of humor is the best weapon in the modern age, Taos Ski Valley has done it again. The “Free Tacos” campaign continues with the renaming of their Pioneer Glade as “Free Tacos” in honor of George Medina, the legendary Taos instructor who helped end the resort’s ban on snowboarding in 2008. “Free...

Indy Pass Rates Go Up September 1

Doug Fish has sent along this handy video to get everyone stoked to buy an Indy Pass, now featuring 76 venues internationally, more than any other pass. For jet-setters, he just added Japan. For U.S. east coasters, no pass has more coverage or value. Check out the new promo video: Jay Peak, Waterville Valley, and Cannon lead a bumper crop in the east, Powder...

Indy Pass Bags Four More Skiing Resorts

Sing it loudly, once more with feeling, Indy Pass has done it again. Just a few short days ago they added four more resorts, swelling their portfolio to a whopping 72 across the United States and Canada. The newcomers are: New York’s Titus Mountain, just a  few miles from the Canadian border and the northernmost ski area in New York’s Adirondacks;...

Go Fish! Indy Pass Founder Talks Broken Legs, Grateful Dead, and Terrific Deals All Across the Country

Have you felt it? A tectonic shift, a disturbance in the force, a change in the prevailing wind:  whatever you call it, a life-long skier just like you or me is doing it. He’s fighting the big guys at their own game, and he’s doing just fine. Go Fish! Doug Fish that is, the founder of the Indy Pass. Are you tired of paying to much for lift tickets? Are some of...

IndyPass Strikes Again! Scoops Utah’s Powder Mountain!

In perhaps its biggest score yet, founder/owner Doud Fish nailed down Powder Mountain as the latest resort to join the IndyPass revolution. Already celebrated as, perhaps, the most affordable multi-venue pass in skiing/boarding, IndyPass also added two more resorts to bring the total number of facilities to a whopping 66, spanning all across the United States. From...

Golf Course Trades and Resort Trades Run my Second Loon Mountain Article

So both Golf Course Trades and Resort Trades magazines are running a second Loon Mountain story that I wrote after my January trip. (Jay Peak is next, by the way.) It was quite an impressive place, but best of all, it was low impact, fun, and easy in every respect  low hanging fruit for anyone planning a trip. Here’s a link to the piece. Golf season has started...

National Ski Council Federation Runs my Loon Mountain Article

A huge thank you again to the National Ski Council Federation for running a portion of and posting a link to my Loon Mountain article. (Click the link above.) As usual, they do a fantastic job; we’re grateful for their support. By the way, join a local ski club or two:  it’s a great way to incerase your circle of friends and have some new mates to shred...

Another Coup For Indypass, Waterville Valley, Saddleback Added

Don’t look now, but Indypass is eating Vail’s and Alterra’s lunch as the best value in the mega-pass game. Already amassing an impressive lineup of winter sports parks including Jay Peak, Cannon Mountain, and Magic Mountain in the east, and Red Lodge, Brundage, and Tamarack out west, Indypass, just added east coast grande dame Waterville Valley and...

NASJA, NSCF Run My Greek Peak Article and Interview

I’m really grateful to both the National Ski Council Federation and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association for running my Greek Peak article and interview with their marketing maven Drew Broderick. Thanks also, of course, to Greek Peak. Happily, I’ll be writing a longer piece later this season about Greek Peak, a recent Indypass inductee...