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- From: TetonGravityResearch
Scoping natural features in Austria.
Words by Dylan Hood
Photos by Dutch Simpson
We have arrived here at Hochfugen, our second location of our Austrian ski trip.
Yet again, another beautiful valley with large mountains rising in all directions, making for amazing views. We are staying in the Bluebird Mountain Hostel, which is a dank little hostel located across the valley. The winding, single-lane road up to the hostel has hair-raising turns. And there is no Internet there, forcing us off the matrix. Most of the crew is fine with it, except for Durtschi, who is trying to pass Sage with the most followers on instagram.
The Hostel is cozy, quaint and now smelly because our crew of nine has taken it over. Luckily, we have been able to wash our clothes, but have to dry them outside in the mountain air, due to no dryer, which I think is awesome. The crew running the hostel is amazing, and have given us the best food and coffee we‘ve seen all trip. To give you an idea of the vibe here, the crew is using the money they make from this hostel, to start a surf hostel.
We arrived to some clear skies, and steadily warming temperatures. We have been able to get some cold snow on and off the resort. The mountain has all types of terrain from lines, to mini golf to rollers, allowing us to get into all types of skiing, which we have. We attacked the mountain as soon as possible knowing that warm weather was on the way. We have shot some jumps and lines, but have come to a holding pattern due to warming and clouds.
The weather is calling for a good amount of snow, so now we wait for the flakes.
Slashing a fin in the backcountry.
Stomping out a natural quarter pipe with Sage.
About to drop an Austrian spine line.
Prepping to drop.
Cork 5 off a backcountry booter.
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- From: SamPetri
Alas, premiere season is upon us.
The nights are getting colder, leaves are changing color, and there has even been a dusting of snow in the hills. That hint of winter snaps shredders out of their summer slump to celebrate the coming ski season. If you’re super into blasting through fresh pow, ski movie premieres are the ultimate way to get your head back in the game: You look back at last season, remember how awesome it was, and you get stoked for this season.
Tonight, Teton Gravity Research’s newest film, The Dream Factory, premieres at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. For the past three days TGR athletes have been getting to town and ramping up the level of stoke.
As a company, we hold three main events this weekend: The TGR Dinner on top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort gondola, the TGR Tee-Off Golf Tournament at Teton Pines, and finally the TGR world premiere at Walk Festival Hall with an after party at the Mangy Moose.
Check out the TGR staff iPhone photos from the weekend so far, and if you can’t be here tonight, get to a premiere near you.The scene at the TGR Dinner at the top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort gondola. As you can see, things got blurry quick.
Look at that handsome devil Todd Ligare. Cheers!
The three amigos: Ralph Backstrom, Rachael Burks and Dana Flahr.
TGR founder Todd Jones and TGR cinematographer Dustin Handley.
The following day, we went golfing at Teton Pines. It was the 12th Annual TGR Tee-Off Invitational. Always progressing the sport, TGR took its freestyle to the back nine.
Longtime TGR photographer Greg Von Doersten was amped to play.
Getting back into the swing of things with TGR web guru Chris Dunn, editor Blake Campbell and GVD.
Ralphy B putts one in.
Daron Rahlves drains one.
TGR's Dustin Handley, GoPro skydiver Marshall Miller, and TGR Tee-Off event organizer Dave Hudacsko were very, very stoked.
It was all a dream.
We played super late and in the end, there was a tie between two teams. The winner was determined in a chip and putt-off under cellphone strobe lights. It was an epic, head-to-head sudden-death scenario between Tommy Moe, Daron Rahlves, Griffin Post, and Seth Morrison with long distance putts being sunk left and right. It was as if the game would never end. No one was backing down.
In the end, Griffin Post and Seth Morrison's team played to victory. Congratulations boys, you are true champions. See you on the course next year.
Stay tuned for more shenanigans from the World Premiere weekend.
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Description:Dustin, Dave and Marshall
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With so many shred videos coming from COC, campers, coaches and visiting pros that just show the riding, we thought it was time for one that showed the real star of The Camp of Champions. The Park.
This video is dedicated to the care and attention that the Camp of Champions Park gets during the summer. Every morning, by the time the campers arrive, the Camp of Champions Professional Dig Crew have already been working for two hours getting the park ready for another epic day of teaching and riding. Snowcats groom the park every evening until it is perfect corduroy. We use a professional dig crew because we feel that volunteers that are trading riding for digging don’t have the same dedication as a highly trained professional dig crew. The professional crew doesn't feel like they are “doing time” to trade for riding, they are here because they take pride in making the best summer park every day of the summer. When the Dig Crew arrives in the morning they become like groundskeepers on a golf course taking care of the greens. They fill divots, shave lips and landings, tune and tweak the park all day so that when campers and coaches as well as visiting pros ride the park, they are riding the best park on earth. We take enormous pride in our park. We feel that if you are flying from around the world or just coming from across town, we owe it to you to give you the best park on earth waiting for you every morning so that achieving your dreams is as easy as possible. When you ride The Camp of Champions Park you will feel the difference this pride makes.
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- From: ryandunfee
The new Woodward Tahoe action sports camp opened Saturday, June 9, 2012, with a full snow park at Boreal Mountain Resort. Photo by Ryan Dunfee.
It’s June after the worst and warmest winter in Tahoe’s recent history. Golf courses down the street from the biggest resorts were open through January. Squaw Valley’s legendary Fingers weren’t even skiable until late February. Yet just twenty minutes away at the top of Donner Summit, petite Boreal Mountain Resort with 500 feet of vertical hosted the Grand Opening of the new Woodward Tahoe with a lift-serviced terrain park counting fifteen features, a fifty-foot money booter, an airbag, and a perfectly-shaped 22-foot superpipe. The gods, as the saying goes, must be crazy.
It appears that terrain park construction is steadily reaching the levels of inventiveness and trickery that go down in those same parks. Boreal’s marketing director Jon Slaughter said the idea came about three years ago when Boreal’s staff returned from their May vacations and saw a copious amount of snow still on the ground in the first week of June. Boreal’s base elevation is 7,200 feet — a full 1,000 feet higher than Squaw’s base, helping the snow last longer. That year saw the first public summer shred day, with a park as good as any that had been built that winter. The following summer, after historic snowfalls totaled 770 inches during the 2010-’11 winter, Boreal hosted a summer camp June 20-24, with jibs, a two-jump line, a bag jump, and an 18-foot pipe. That summer, Boreal was open to the top.
The Woodward Tahoe halfpipe at Boreal Mountain Resort. Photo by Ryan Dunfee.
In building a park for the inaugural summer snow camp of Woodward Tahoe, the newest branch of the growing franchise and featuring Woodward’s signature bunker stocked with foam pits and skate bowls and trampolines, the challenge was considerably greater.
Despite the resort being the only one in Tahoe to eek out enough snowfall in the spring to equal their season average — 400 inches in Boreal’s case — natural snow wouldn’t do it alone. So, with good snowmaking temps, Boreal turned the snow guns on well into March, quadrupling their average annual snowmaking output from ten million gallons to forty million. Then, as soon as the mountain closed in April, the park crew led by veteran Eric Rosenwald spent one hundred hours in the snowcats farming the snow all the way to the dirt, and pushing it all in between the walls of Boreal’s 22-foot in-ground superpipe. Once the pipe had been filled deep enough to make a flat walk from wall to wall, the crew let the snow glaze over and freeze, utilizing the protective pipe walls as something of an incubator.
Knowing that any cat work with the snow would accelerate the melting, Woodward Tahoe staff waited until last Monday — five days before Woodward Tahoe’s grand opening — to push the snow into an elaborate park. But after all that, doesn’t having a 22-foot superpipe, usually the most snow-intensive feature out there, seem a little optimistic?
“Our competition — Windells, High Cascade — they all have 22-foot superpipes,” Slaughter said. “So we had to have one.”
A skier at Woodward Tahoe slides a rail at Boreal. Photo by Danny Kern.
While the halfpipe is only expected to last for another two weeks before being taken down to supplement the snow on the rest of the park, Slaughter expects Woodward Tahoe skiers and snowboarders, as well as a couple pros such as the Inspired Media crew, will be shredding real snow through the first week of July. Slaughter hopes that their performance this summer, along with the brand-new training facilities at The Bunker, will entice the best athletes to make Woodward Tahoe their summer training grounds in the lead up to the 2014 Olympics.
Read More About Woodward Tahoe Here
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- From: SamPetri
Ever want to own a ski resort? Well, now you can. Er, you just have to have a $100,000 cashiers check to participate in the auction of tiny, bankrupt Wolf Creek Utah ski resort in Eden, Utah. The highest bidder on Jun 1, 2012, will get the hill, the 18-hole golf course, the clubhouse and more.
The ski area’s website boasts that: “Wolf Mountain offers a variety of skill levels to accommodate each skier, and snowboarder. Approximately 20 percent of the mountain is appropriate for beginners, 50 percent for intermediate skiers and 20 percent for advanced skill levels. Wolf Mountain also boasts the best slopes in Utah for night skiing with the entire mountain lit up each evening.”
However, looking at the trail map indicates that there may be less than 20 percent of terrain for advanced skill levels. ...
I like to imagine buying this place and keeping it all to my self, kind of like Eric Cartman in that South Park episode where he buys his own amusement park. ... Wouldn’t it be sick to have your own ski area, even if it was one of those tiny bumps of a hill, like Wolf Creek Utah?
Read below for more information on the auction:
Wolf Creek Resort Ski and Golf Course for Auction
Real Estate Bankruptcy Auction
Wolf Creek Resort
3926 N Wolf Creek Dr. Eden Utah 84310
The 18-hole championship golf course
The Clubhouse (restaurant, snack bar, golf shop)
State of the Art Golf Course Maintenance Building
Pineview Lodge Event Center (event center and corporate offices)
Discovery Center (workout facilities, retail space, corporate offices, etc.)
Wolf Mountain Ski Resort
800+ acres of open dedicated space
Development acreage for aprox 850-950+ mixed use units (single family homes, condos, townhomes and retail/commercial) among many different development parcels
All the personal property to operate the businesses.
Over 3,000 Total Acres!
A turnkey operation!
Minutes away from Olympic Venues!
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
$100,000.00 Cashiers Check payable to Erkelens & Olson required to bid.
3% Buyers Premium
Preview by Appointment Only.
Call 801-355-6655 to Schedule Appointment
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- From: ryandunfee
With the mountain closed, work on hold until the summer, and nothing obvious to do, off-season in resort towns can drive a sane person crazy. No structure, no income, and seemingly no one around can really turn living the dream into an existential nightmare. However, with some motivation and discipline, off-season can be one of the best times of the year to be in Jackson, Tahoe, or Telluride.
You didn’t know that camping in a shitty tarp tent that lets mice in is free?
1. Take Advantage Of Free Activities
With most national and state parks not switching gears into high season until Memorial Day, May is an excellent time of year to check out some parks and camp and visit for free. Golf courses are also either cheap or not officially open yet, meaning free greens fees! And if you’re thinking about that trip to Moab, do it now. Come July, you’ll be suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion along with caravans of out of shape tourists.
With the season over, everyone and their mom is getting the hell out of Dodge, and likely tossing a bunch of their winter gear in the hurry. The people who just came for the winter have tossed a bunch of crap they couldn’t fit in their car on the way out of town, restaurants and stores are jettisoning blemished and broken equipment, and the rich people on the hill are probably chucking their skis just so they have an easier time getting to their golf clubs when they come back for summer. Roll around town, grab what you see, put in some elbow grease, and voilà! The local coffee shop’s busted espresso machine turns into a shining, functioning eBay sell and you cash out a bunch of used skis on this site’s own forums. All off-season takes is a healthy amount of resourcefulness and an ability not to succumb to the mental toll all resort towns take on their residents when they turn into rainy ghost towns in the spring.
3. Poach A Hot Tub
A ski bum rite of passage, the hot tub poach is most obviously taken advantage of in winter, when sore legs need the loosening effect of a bathtub of scalding chlorinated water. However, security is also on its game during the high season. Come May, they’re furlowed or taking a nap in their truck. Take advantage and poach with minimal risk from the feds.
Hey, it worked for TJ Burke…
4. Start A Local Romance
Now that the tourist bros who showered your town’s female population with shots all winter long are gone, your chances of hooking up with that one girl you’ve been eyeing from across the liftline are up considerably. For those looking for a little more than a one-night stand, now that the town is whittled down to the permanent population, girls are going to take the prospect of you as a potential long-term mate more seriously.
5. Catch Your Dinner
Most resort towns, in addition to their home mountain, also have a picturesque creek flowing through the valley. There are very likely healthy, delicious, natural-fed fish in there as well. Brush up on your fishing skills and get out on the shore to catch some free dinner. It’s a perfect way to both pass a lot of time and cut down your costs, two primary concerns of the off-season.
6. Set A Goal
The off-season is a great time to slowly lose your mind, with the lack of commitments, schedule, or any real responsibilities of any kind. To keep the mind nimble and make the best of your time, set some goals to hit before summer. Hike all the trails within a fifteen minute drive, bike three hundred miles in May, watch the sunrise over town from the local vantage point, take your camera everywhere you go, read a book – whatever you gotta do to feel like you crossed some achievements off the list come summer. It’ll take a lot of pressure off when you still want to do all those things but have to accommodate a high-season summer works schedule.
7. Proclaim Yourself A True Local
With the chaotic blend of tourists, first-timers, and others during the winter season, it’s pretty hard to tell who you’re sharing the lift with or sitting next to at the bar. But the off-season whittles the local population down to the true locals who are there for the long haul. Make some new friends knowing they’re actually going to stick around, and be proud that you’re sticking it out yourself. Living in Aspen, I finally met all my neighbors and started some of my best friendships in the spring.
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Spring has arrived in the Tetons and the Jackson Hole Bike Park is drying out quickly. Here is a video we shot last fall of our NEW network of downhill trails -- inspired and designed by Gravity Logic. Six newly designed trails from beginner to expert, and accessible from the Teewinot chairlift. Stop in to JH Sports to rent a downhill specific bike, and sign up for a day with our mountain bike guides. We open June 16th -- see you then!
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- From: thenorthface
In Epiosde 4 of Pipedreams, Mike Riddle heads to Phoenix for a little downtime before hitting the last stop of the Dew Tour in Ogden, Utah. What do extreme athletes do in their downtime you might ask? This guy rips it up quading in the desert, gets in a little golf, and tops it all off with a quick stop over at the Grand Canyon. After meeting up with the team in Ogden, they take on the competition and complete their visit with one good night out of partying.
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- From: gregfitzsimmons
From the cold, dark, kelpy waters north of San Francisco down to the warm point breaks surrounding San Diego, salty surfboard shapers have been shaving fiberglass blanks into customized boards tailored to the local breaks and each customer’s style for decades. To have a Pearson Arrow under your arm in Santa Cruz, a Channel Islands board in Santa Barbara, a Hobie in the San Onofre lineup or to wax up a KG in the Windansea parking lot means a lot — it means your board was made specifically for your style and your local spot.
The shaping bay is a special place in the surfshops that are sprinkled along California’s coastline. Blanks are crammed into the corner waiting to be shaped into a board, fiberglass shavings cake the old posters, photos, and tattered covers of surf magazines on the wall, and the shaper is always telling stories of the old days when crowds were nonexistent and swells consistent. I missed this scene after moving to Colorado from California. The ski world felt a bit remiss without the custom shaper.
Enter Wagner Custom, the Telluride-based company that makes skis specifically for each customer, based on their “Skier DNA.” From the second I pulled up to the trailer park in Placerville, Colorado, 10 miles outside of Telluride, and stepped into the solar-powered “factory,” the Wagner operation was reminiscent of the Santa Cruz shaping bays that I longed for.
In the front of the factory, a showroom displays gorgeous designs — powder skis with 1980s-style neon graphics, an artsy topsheet featuring a painting of Bob Dylan, wood veneer all-mountain carvers that your dad would freak about — and back in the factory, one-by-one the Wagner crew designs and presses pairs of skis with a thoughtful and meticulous approach.
Peter Wagner unpeels a new ski. Photo by William Woody.
“We’re a little different from surfboard shapers because we developed a scientific process for fitting people based on algorithms, data, analysis, and tests,” says Pete Wagner, founder of Wagner Custom Skis and Snowboards, who parlayed a previous life designing custom golf clubs in California into his current life in the San Juan Mountains. “It is a science because we collect real data and our design system is calibrated with the information we collect, just like the software I developed for swing analysis in the golf industry.”
Overseas, mega-brand ski factories produce upwards of 240,000 alpine setups annually. In Telluride, Wagner handcrafts around 900 custom ski designs a year; on a busy day, four or five skis will be completed. There’s a large discrepancy between the big guys and the small guys, but Wagner has carved a niche in the ski industry.
“It was intimidating to start a ski company in 2006. With my engineering, programming, and composites sports equipment design expertise, I saw an opportunity to create something new in the ski industry: A scientific method for determining and creating people’s perfect skis. I saw that the ‘canonized brands’ were pushing ski equipment into a commodity market. I thought that we could offer a clearly differentiated type of product and buying experience that makes a lot more sense. The ski industry is tough. The way we’ve found success is through working very hard to make every customer stoked.”
Unlike most ski-buying experiences that originate with a ski wall, the custom design process begins by answering a series of questions geared toward establishing the customer’s “Skier DNA.” Likes, dislikes, preferences, style, and terrain all factor into a person’s on-snow double helix. From concept to completion, the custom ski process takes about 3 weeks.
One of my biggest questions (or worries) boiled down to warranty. Can a small, boutique operation that crafts a ski on-demand have the backing that the big ski brands offer?
“Our official warranty states two years on materials and manufacturing,” answered Wagner. “We’ll re-design your skis or give you your money back if customers are unhappy, because we guarantee you’ll love your custom setup.”
Everything about Wagner’s business is personal and hands-on. Every time a pair of skis literally comes hot off the press, Wagner sends an email with a photo of the recently finished sticks to the customer that says, “Your skis were born today.” And, Pete Wagner carries the office phone in his jeans pocket throughout the day, answering calls himself, chatting with customers on a first-name basis, and receiving snow reports from people in Utah, California, and Vermont that are shredding on Wagners.
“Our stuff isn’t cheap, mainly because it can’t be with of all of the people that personally touch each pair of skis we make and the materials that we use.” says Wagner. “Sometimes I worry that some of the people on our skis are living off of Ramen, but there’s value in getting a dialed-in product that is a perfect fit and lasts.”
The pricepoint for a pair of personal skis is fairly expensive, but you get what you pay for. Just ask the recently crowned Champion of the Snowbird stop on the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, Silas Chickering-Ayers, who has earned a Sickbird belt buckle and place atop the podium on Wagners.
For more, check out Wagner Custom Skis Website.
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British Columbia, Canada - This month goes down as one of the snowiest Januarys on record. There is unbelievable snow conditions at both Fernie and Kicking Horse with total snowfall at both over 19 feet now. Today alone, Fernie has seen over a foot overnight! With the Super Bowl weekend coming up, we would suggest it’s the time to get in some of the Super Deep at the ski resorts of Fernie Alpine Resort and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. A big plus for many is soft natural snow. Note from our Mountain Operations experts state that natural snow and lots of it makes the ski runs ski soft and supple, without any of that icy, hard-pack type experience that you may get at other ski resorts.
Not to mention the wide variety of ski in/ski out lodging - make it easy on yourself and enjoy one of the snowiest January’s on record at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Fernie Alpine Resort. You owe to yourself to try the soft champagne powder at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the Rockies Deepest, Softest snow at Fernie Alpine Resort.
For more, go to www.skifernie.com and www.kickinghorseresort.com. Book your vacation online at www.skircr.com/vacations or call 1-800-258-7669 to speak to a vacation specialist today.
Fernie Alpine Resort is one of the Top 5 Ski Resorts in North America, and is home to over 29 feet of legendary powder each winter, the “Griz” and more.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a world-class destination resort located 2.5 hours west of Calgary, nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains in the heart of British Columbia. Winter offers a fully integrated mountain resort experience and the most progressive in-bounds skiing in North America.
Fernie Alpine Resort www.skifernie.com & Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, www.kickinghorseresort.com, are both part of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) family. Proudly Canadian, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) is the largest private ski resort owner/operator in North America, owning six ski resorts across Canada, including Nakiska Ski Area in Alberta; Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia. RCR also owns and manages a number of hotels and golf courses, including Trickle Creek in Kimberley, and Wintergreen Golf and Country Club in Bragg Creek. RCR aims to provide each and every guest The Ultimate Experience.
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- From: ryandunfee
Despite the fact that it’s been warm enough for a few resorts to keep the lifts open for mountain biking into the first weekend in December, it is indeed technically winter on the East Coast. When the snow does come, skiers and riders will find that more and more hills are now catering to the burgeoning freeride population carrying 120-waisted, rockered pow skis onto their lifts and befuddling the rest of the region who is still on tiny carving skis.
The name of the game for many resorts this summer was to have as many employees as possible (as well as volunteers) marching around the woods to cut and clear new glades. From tiny Plattekill in central New York to Sugarloaf in northern Maine, many resorts have expanded into their woody environs. Outside of that, there are a few other interesting tidbits in East Coast resort news, from water parks to new freeride programs and everything in between. Before you buy your pass or plan your trips, read up on the news from the East’s best hills for freeriding.
The new high-speed quad charilift at Hunter Mountain.
One of the closest to downtown N.Y.C. and thus one of the busiest, Hunter Mountain is opening a new high-speed quad, the Zephyr Express, on the resort’s west side, which holds the hill’s steepest terrain, best bumps and quality glades if you’re smart enough to keep your eyes open. Hunter’s also got a new mobile site, 54 new snow guns and a new groomer.
Season pass: $949 for adults.
Day ticket: $68 for adults, $61 for 13-18.
Specials: Available online until Christmas Eve and then for mid-week only after that, the 3X card gets you three days of skiing for $119.
While known more for its world-class mountain biking than its ski terrain, Plattekill is a favorite N.Y. maggot haunt when the East Coast blizzards swing farther south as they have in the past few seasons. The independent, family-owned hill organized a work day this year to clean out some new glades, so mags can look forward to a little more space in the trees when they stop by this winter.
Season pass: $575 for adults.
Day tickets: $56, $44 for college students and juniors (8-17).
Specials: $15 lift tickets on Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and March 2. $30 early-season rates in effect until Christmas Eve.
The resort with the biggest vertical drop in the East and the only in-bounds terrain requiring an avalanche-trained ski patrol staff returns to the 2012 season unchanged from 2011. Some minor refurbishing and capital projects have been undertaken, but other than that, nothing new. For those looking to get a chance to ski The Slides — 35 acres of hike-to open chutes at Whiteface Summit — your best bet is March, when the snow is deeper, stable enough to be skied and occasionally pow. Especially if another 250-inch season hits like last year.
Season pass: $720 for adults, $385 for teens and college students.
Day ticket: $79 for adults, $64 for teens.
Specials: The Empire Card goes for $89 and gets you your first and sixth days of skiing free and $15 off all other days.
The Lincoln Limo at Surgarbush.
A new, cheaper young adult pass (the adeptly well-coined “For20’s” pass) is being offered for $399. The resort saved 23 tons of C02 emissions last year by switching its off-road fleet to biodiesel. The Lincoln Limo, New England’s only “cat skiing,” gives you the chance to score snowcat-assisted first tracks before the lifts open on powder days. For those who want to shred Sugarbush’s endless Slide Brook Basin glades covering all 200 acres between Mt. Ellen and Lincoln Peak, and don’t want to spend a night in the woods, guided tours are available including with Warren Miller legend and Sugarbush mascot John Egan. Uncanny for the East, Sugarbush also has a Mountaineering Blazers program for kids where they skin around Slide Brook and learn backcountry skills, winter camping, and improve their big-mountain skiing.
Season pass: $1,569 for adults 30+ $399 for young adults 19-29, $479 for youth 7-18. Cheaper passes available for Mt. Ellen-only or Mt. Ellen Plus passes.
Day tickets: $58-$88, depending on type of pass.
Specials: SugarDirect card for $99 gets you your eleventh day and one other day free, and 20 percent off all weekend days (25 percent for weekdays).
Also be sure to check out the benefit event for the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation, which was set up after Vermont freeskier Ryan Hawks died tragically at the Kirkwood stop of the Freeskiing World Tour last spring and seeks to provide scholarships for gifted but disadvantaged athletes and adventurers.
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read about Jay’s $50 million expansion earlier this fall, there are some big things going on in the Northeast Kingdom. While no new terrain or lifts will be opened this winter, Jay’s taken a few big steps to combat their reputation of shady lodging and non-existent off-hill entertainment by opening a new Tram Haus Lodge with high-quality studios and a new bar and restaurant, a new ice rink, golf course club house, cross-country ski center and the Pump Haus and Conference Center, an indoor water park with a surfable wave, lazy river and a handful of waterslides including an aqua loop.
Season pass: $799 for adults.
Day tickets: $75 for adults, $55 for 6-18.
Specials: Anyone from Vermont or with a season’s pass at another mountain gets a day ticket for $55 any day of the year. The 581 card costs $99 and gets you $19 off any ticket you buy.
A new high-speed quad replaces the former fixed-grip Fourrunner Quad that accesses Mount Mansfield, the resort’s most popular lift along with the Gondola. Although, you’ll still have to buy the locals just as many beers to find the goods. The Fourrunner should help clear out Stowe’s legendary weekend lift lines a bit quicker. Outside of that, a gondola ride now brings you across the Stowe parking lot to Spruce’s tamer trails and environmental award-winning luxury accommodations.
Season pass: $1,996 for adults, $499 for college students.
Day ticket: $88 ($92 Saturdays) for adults, $66 ($69 Saturdays) for kids.
Specials: The StoweSeven, StoweSix, and StoweFive season passes offer significantly cheaper passes that exclude holiday periods, Saturdays, or weekends altogether.
Not too much has changed at the legendary co-op for this year; the single chair is still spinning, the snow’s all natural, snowboarding still isn’t allowed, and if you’re interested in buying a share in MRG’s unique co-op operation, they go for $2,000 a pop. Stop by Feb. 11 for the 2012 Ski The East Freeride Tour stop at MRG — the Unconventional Terrain Competition — which will give you a chance to compete in a big-mountain comp format on the cliff-strewn Liftline trail.
Season pass: $963 for adults, $609 for a Saturday-blackout pass, Triple Major College Pass gets MRG, Bolton, and Jay for $299.
Day tickets: $66 for adults, $50 for 6-18.
Specials: The Mad Card gets you 3 days for $144, and the 30 Day Ticket lets skiers and riders ride for 30 consecutive days from the day of purchase for $332. Might be good if your new ACL is set to go by March. …
Not too much news to report from one of Vermont’s more affordable hills, which also has the most extensive night skiing in Vermont and an on-site wind turbine. While not packing as much vert as bigger hills like Stowe and Jay, Bolton’s down-home operation has some super fun woods and great backcountry for those who come equipped to hike around, or who want to take part in a guided tour of Bolton’s unmarked stashes that are stuffed with about 310 inches of snow annually.
Season pass: $599 for adults, $429 for Triple Major College Pass for Bolton, Jay, and MRG.
Day tickets: $55 for adults, $44 for youth, seniors and college students.
Specials: $199 Powder Pass gets you four days plus one free before Christmas.
Three Vounteer Days this fall brought out a 100+ strong crew each day to clear glades and re-paint the classic Red Double — pretty much the only lift running at Magic and the only one you’ll ever need to access the small hill’s awesome and laissez-faire managed terrain. The co-op, a true bastion of Vermont ski culture, will also be having Danielle Lillard head up a new Freeskiing Team program at Magic. This will build on the success of the Magic Extreme Challenge as a key stop of the Ski The East Freeride Tour in establishing Magic as southern Vermont’s center for freeride skiing, and a welcome alternative to the tame blues southern VT’s more corporate resorts are known for.
Season pass: $449 for adults and teens, $149 for college students.
Day tickets: $59 for adults, $51 for teens.
Specials: a special Holiday White-Out Pass goes for $279 and gets you 19 days of skiing during Christmas Week, MLK Day Weekend, and President’s Week, when it will likely be less crowded than nearby Stratton and Okemo.
Skiing some epic powder at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire.
Cannon Mtn., which received 248 inches of snow in the 2010-’11 season, the second highest snow total in its history, returns with the second season of the re-opened Mittersill double chair. Mittersill was a previously-shuttered and unmanaged hike-to face of the mountain that required a shuttle transfer back to the base, but is now accessed by a new double chair that opened 71 days last season, exceeding the resort’s expectations. The resort treats the area as an extended gladed terrain – i.e. no snowmaking, grooming, and limited patrolling. While several locals were distraught at the idea of improving access to their favorite stash, Cannon’s marketing director, Greg Keeler, heard almost no negative feedback from locals once the chair opened last January.
Season pass: $760 for adults.
Day tickets: $68 for adults, $55 for 13-18.
Specials: 2-for $68 every Tuesday & Thursday outside of Christmas and February vacation weeks, $36 every Wednesday for New Hampshire residents.
Cutting the Brackett Basin glade at Sugarloaf in Maine.
Shredding the Brackett Basin glade at Sugarloaf in Maine.
If you’ve had a chance to read a recent issue of Powder Magazine, you’d know the big news is Sugarloaf’s gladed sidecountry expansion along the ridge toward Burnt Mountain. Last year, 270 new acres of glades opened up, and 100 more come on line this year, some from additional clearing in existing terrain, and some from further expansion along the ridge. As well, a new fixed-grip quad – the fastest model on the market – replaces the Spillway East chair, and has been built lower and is heavier to minimize closures and swinging chairs from Sugarloaf’s infamous high winds.
Season pass: $1,149 for adults, and $899 for teens — works at Sunday River and Loon Mtn. as well.
Day ticket: $77 for adults, $66 for teens.
Specials: Maine residents ride for $39/day every Wednesday, and the Frequent Skier Card, which works at Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Loon Mtn., New Hapshire, costs $97, gets you one free ticket, $15 off weekend tickets, and $25 off weekday tickets.
If you make your way to Sugarloaf, you definitely have to take the hour drive over to Saddleback. Much like Magic Mtn. and Mad River Glen in Vermont, Saddleback is all fixed-grip lifts, great glades, and true New England ski culture. As well, the Kennebago Quad is separate from the more beginner-friendly areas and hosts the Casablanca glades, some of the highest and steepest tree skiing in the East. Some additional tree clearing went down on the glades off the Kennebago and several trails were graded smoother in order to be able to be opened with less snow.
Season pass: $699 for adults, $249 for college students, and $399 for 7-18.
Day ticket: $59 for adults, $49 for 71-18 year olds as well as college students.
Specials: Maine residents get a $29 ticket the first Sunday of every month.
Saddleback glades in Maine.
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November 22, 2011
— Ryan Dunfee
Jay Peak has always held a mystical place in the East Coast ski scene. Literally as far north as you can get without crossing the Vermont border into Canada, Jay sits on the peak of a relatively short ridgeline that climbs out of the flat, empty, cold farmlands surrounding it. Alone, Jay is separated from the rest of the Green Mountains that wind their way along Route 100 from Mount Snow in the south all the way to Stowe.
Jay has more or less been the Mt. Baker of Eastern skiing — isolated in its Northeast Kingdom four hours from Boston and eight from New York City, with a solid stretch of nothing going for sixty miles all the way from the base of the infamous tram to downtown Burlington. Just like Baker, its snow totals and terrain are unheard of — wide-open glades found almost nowhere else in the Northeast that are pounded with over 400 inches of snow every winter, dwarfing the rest of the region’s 150-inch to 200-inch average. And just like Baker, if you’re not riding, there’s nothing to do. Up until last year, much of the resort’s nightlife revolved around the quirky ski bum lodges ten miles away in Montgomery, where skiers, riders, and snowmobilers reeling from cabin fever would pound drinks at the Snowshoe Lodge & Pub until they were kicked out, at which point they raged in the basement of Grandpa Grunt’s across the street until they passed out in their rooms with pink shag carpeting and full-length ceiling mirrors.
Now Jay is in the midst of a number of major projects that should take the edge off the apres scene, offer non-dirtbags beds with a decent thread count, keep the resort turning profits year-round, and give back to the community in the form of increased public recreation opportunities and local, full-time jobs.
Last season marked the opening of the Tram Haus, a more upscale 57-unit hotel with a new bar and a separate restaurant and this spring a new clubhouse opened for Jay’s championship golf course, a central part of Jay’s plan to attract more summer visitors.
More recently, a NHL-size ice rink opened in the Ice Haus. And this Black Friday, unheard of for most ski resorts, a full-size waterpark called the Pump House will open with a lazy river, a handful of waterslides including a Six Flags-style Aqualoop, and a surfable indoor wave attached to the 170-suite Hotel Jay and Conference.
While a waterpark would be a big move for any Intrawest resort, for Jay, a resort that’s been so quiet a new chairlift was considered a ‘major capital development,’ this is serious news. But despite the obvious instinct to eschew major developments at one of the East’s relatively ‘pure’ ski areas, the new construction seems set to benefit Jay Peak’s business, visitors, passholders and local jobseekers.
This huge set of projects was the vision of Jay’s CEO, Bill Stenger, who first took the helm back in 1985. Seeking a way to bring profitability to the resort outside of the normal seven-week high season, provide local jobs, and something to do for non-skiers as well as those who get shut down when the upper mountain closes for high winds, Stenger’s proposed plan seemed impossibly radical for Jay’s historically glacial development pace.
“When I first saw the plans, I didn’t believe them,” said “Huge” Mike Steeves, a Jay fixture who’s been making the five-hour drive from Rhode Island every weekend since 1993 to ride the legendary woods here. “Our last major change was a new chairlift; a project on that scale simply didn’t seem possible.”
Not to mention that the kind of money that funds a $50 million expansion hasn’t made its way to the Northeast Kingdom often. But while Stenger and co. were able to put up ten million of Jay’s own money, the resort ultimately found the majority of its funding through an international network of 450 investors sanctioned through the EB-5 Foreign Investment Program, a federal program where foreign investors who put in more than $500,000 and create at least 10 local jobs get residency status and an accelerated application for permanent citizenship.
Steve Wright, Jay’s vice president of marketing and sales, certainly anticipated some negative feedback from hardcore riders at the outset of the project, but he looked past it pretty quickly.
“I’ve said this all along: if all Jay Peak is is a collection of distressed lodging, lack of amenities and tree cutting, then we don’t really have much of a place to hang our hats,” Wright said. “The character of this place doesn’t have to change because we increased the comfort quotient of our pillows or added new places to eat.”
Steeves seems to back him up. Since the Tram Haus Lodge and the Tower Bar opened, “It’s been great. Before the bar was cramped in the basement. Now we have a big, airy space with five times the capacity that you can actually bring your kids into for lunch without having some drunk fall over on them.” Steeves notes he saw more passholders in the Tower Bar in its first year than he ever saw at any mountain lodges before.
Tim Fater, senior editor for Ski The East and a Jay passholder, supports the vision of Jay’s home-grown management team.
“If you told me five years ago all this would be happening at Jay, I’d probably tell you you're crazy,” Fater said. “But this development is happening and these aren't new faces hired to reshape the resort. These guys have been there for a long time and know the mountain, their brand and their customers better than anyone.”
And while Wright admits that building a tropical indoor water park at the base of one of the East’s coldest resorts was not the most environmentally sustainable move, he notes that they did invest $1 million into a repurposing and transfer system laid between the Ice Haus and the Pump House that will take waste refrigeration energy from the hockey rink and convert it into heating energy for the water park. The system is set to have an ROI of five years.
Steeves sees the local community as the biggest benefactor of the new developments. In the 1990s, unemployment in the Northeast Kingdom was high, and beyond a few hardcore skiers and riders, the locals didn’t support or interact much with the resort. Full-time work at Jay, even in the winter, was hard to come by, and traditionally 85 percent of the workforce was laid off at the end of the ski season. Steeves anecdotally noted “dozens” of local friends who only had part-time work or only their spouse with a full-time job in the ’90s, but now, with the focus on attracting more people to Jay Peak and for more of the year, he sees more couples where both people are on the payroll. By the end of the projects, Wright anticipates Jay’s workforce to grow to 800 employees. Not to mention a few side perks — the local high school hockey team, which used to play home games across the border in Canada, now calls the Ice Haus home.
Despite the changes, Fater still believes that the mountain’s unique terrain, soon to be expanded with additions of new intermediate and upper-intermediate glades along the West Bowl ridgeline, will continue to be the main attraction.
“Jay Peak has some of the most unique terrain in the east — the Face Chutes being a prime example — and the sidecountry and backcountry options are plenty,” Fater said. “They’ll always have that terrain, and as long as they continue getting nearly 400 inches of snow a year, that will be the mountain’s main draw, as it has always been.”
While Fater anticipates that the new developments will help bring in new crowds during key holidays and compel some new people to come visit for the first time, he still believes the resort’s remoteness will keep flooded liftlines like those at Stowe and Killington at bay.
As Tim puts it, “A resort mailing arrived on my doorstep this fall that said: ‘Everybody’s welcome at Jay Peak.’ Thankfully, not everyone comes.”
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Teton Village, Wyoming —Teton Gravity Research premiered its highly anticipated new film “One for the Road” on Saturday, Sept. 17. Walk Festival Hall, just steps from the world-famous Jackson Hole tram, filled up to the brim during both viewings of the movie. The eager ski and snowboard enthusiasts curbed their anxiety with free keg beer and lawn games out in front of the TGR headquarters while they waited for the doors to open. Once inside, fans were able to have posters signed by TGR athletes Erik Roner, Dylan Hood, Ian McIntosh, Dana Flahr, Rachael Burks, Grete Eliassen, Griffin Post, Todd Ligare, Sage Cattabiga-Alosa, and Shroder Baker. The energy in the theater was ramped up when the athletes and TGR crew began to throw out swag and kick off the raffle. Six stoked crowd members even walked back to their seats accompanied by a pair of skis.
The sold-out, over stuffed venue burst into hysteria when the lights dimmed to an almost pitch black state. The film itself took a different approach from previous years. It follows very closely the travels, in sequence, throughout the 2010-11 ski season. It is a narrated depiction of life on the road as a professional skier. It followed the crew through locations like Jackson, British Columbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Alaska. The skiing was both cutting edge and gnarly and the cinematography was absolutely spectacular. These two key elements combined, made for one of TGR’s best films yet.
The festivities began on the night of Thursday the 15th when the TGR crew hosted their annual Family Dinner. The crew of producers, editors, staff, athletes, and family members loaded into the Bridger gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and headed up to the Couloir restaurant that sits at 9,095 feet and looks out on the entire valley bellow. The night was inaugurated with an open bar followed by a lavish meal consisting of beautifully prepared, melt-in-your-mouth steak and 70 fresh Maine Lobsters that were flown in that morning. The group wrapped up the exquisite feast with personal speeches giving thanks to all who contributed to the film, their season, inspirers or close ones. After the regaling, the evening was topped with a lively photo shoot for ESPN.com by photographer Heather Erson. Check the pics here.
The next day everyone headed to the Teton Pines golf course for the 12th annual TGR Tee-off. This is a chance for athletes and TGR staffers to mingle with sponsors and people of the industry that are missed during our winter months spent hunkered down in some far-off mountains, capturing shots for the upcoming picture. Each group pushed out onto the links with hopes for a win. TGR founder and two-time consecutive Tee-off winner, Steve Jones, was looking for a threepeat. “Now I’m just hoping Ann and Shelly’s team takes it,” said Steve, after his game went south. Sure enough, the group that came in with the lowest score was that of Steve’s fiance Ann Frost, partnering founder Todd Jones’ wife Shelly Jones, Jeff Wogoman and John Jennings. They became the first foursome in the history of the tournament to win with more than one female in a group.
Thanks to TGR for making this past weekend better than ever and for producing such quality entertainment.
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