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Idaho’s Brundage Mountain Opens New High-speed Quad to Summit

Idaho’s Brundage Mountain Opens New High-speed Quad to Summit —by Jay Flemma, special to the Communications Committee— McCALL, ID – Central Idaho’s Brundage Mountain is debuting their newest lift this season:  The new “Centennial Express”, a Doppelmayr 4CLD lift, will cut the ride time from base to summit from 16 minutes to just six. The upgrade...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing, Part 11 – Pats Peak

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing, Part 11 – Pats Peak —by Jay Flemma— DATELINE: THE ONLY HENNIKER ON PLANET EARTH, N.H. – It’s astounding the people you meet that learned to ski at New Hampshire’s tiny, but plucky Pats Peak:  real estate magnates who play Monopoly with real buildings, skiing celebrities from chichi mountain towns all...

Indy Pass Comes to Rescue of New Hampshire’s Black Mountain, Resort Will Open this Season

From the press release, great news as Indy comes to the rescue. Black Mountain had previously announced it could not operate this season. “BLACK MOUNTAIN TO OPEN THIS SEASON The Fichera family will operate the ski area for one more season after Indy Pass provides resources to operate this season and assistance in finding a buyer for the historic ski area. Grand...

European Correspondent Andrew DiGiovanni Returns with Photo Essay of Austrian Alps Resorts Schladming, Valluga

Another year, another epic photo essay from our European Correspondent Andrew DiGiovanni. Last year, Andrew reported from St. Anton and the Dolomites with some of the most breathtaking photos of the season. He returns triumphantly, this time after a successful sojourn to Schladming, Valluga, and more. Andrew, an American ex-pat teaching English in Austria, publishes...

New Hampshire’s King Pine Ski Area to Host 7th Annual Granite Backcountry Alliance “Wild Corn” Backcountry Weekend and Festival

New Hampshire’s King Pine Ski Area will host the 7th annual Wild Corn Backcountry Weekend and Festival, Friday March 31 through Sunday April 2, 2023. Produced by the Granite Backcountry Alliance and presented by Fischer, the weekend is a full immersion into backcountry and uphill adventures for all skill levels; all lifts are turned off and human powered travel...

Saddleback Mountain, the Pizza of Doom, and those Dadgum Tarnation Buffalo Bills

RANGELEY, ME – How does the old saying go? With ski buddies like these… Meet Twang and Clang, my wingmen, and after their performance this weekend in Maine, I’ll be grateful if the next time I go back to Saddleback the resort staff aren’t waiting for me with a big net. Maine’s Saddleback Mountain proved every bit the fierce challenge and magnificent setting pictures...

Border War! Jay Peak Week Continues – The People That You Meet

[Editor’s Note:  Jay Peak Week is held over by popular demand. The first article in the series is here, and the second part of the series is here.] JAY PEAK:  THE PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET – 601, MICKY, AND CREECH, OH MY… JAY, VT – As any true sports writer will tell you, we don’t just write about skiing, we write about the people who ski...

Golf Courses at Minnesota’s Giant’s Ridge Resort Garner More Awards

The mid-west’s best ski and golf resort is getting even better. Both Golf Digest and Golfweek have published their recent top 100 lists and awards, and, once again, Minnesota’s Giant’s Ridge has risen in the rankings. A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and its president in the organizations 50th year, 1995-96, Arlington...

HEAD Joins North American Snowsports Journos (NASJA) as Corporate Members, Showcases New Releases at Snowbound Expo

What a pleasant surprise it was turning a corner at the Snowbound Expo and seeing the HEAD/Tyrolia booth brimming with interested patrons. I ski on HEAD Supershape i.Rallys. They rock like Foo Fighters. Better still was finding out that the bubbly, effervescent, and knowledgeable person chatting me up about the latest updates to their KORE ski collection was Julia...

Border War! Jay Peak Week Continues – On the Mountain

[Editor’s Note:  This is the second of three installments on Jay Peak. Part One, a thumbnail sketch is here. Part Three, the people that you meet, is here. Part Four, a brief summary of recent history and a look at the future will drop soon.] MOUNTAIN GAZETTEER Jay Peak has two main areas – Tramside and Stateside, each with their own base lodge and...

Cranmore Mountain Resort to Open New Fairbanks Lodge for ’23-’24 Season

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – Cranmore Mountain Resort’s plans for a sparkling new combination base lodge and condominiums proceed apace. The new Fairbanks Lodge – slated to open next fall – features over 30,000 feet of lodge and gathering space in addition to 15 two-story lofted residences on its upper levels. Daily services will also include season...