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About Those German Trail Names at Taos

About Those German Trail Names at Taos by Jim Kenney (Jamesj) Northern New Mexico's Taos Ski Valley (TSV) features one of the more eclectic sets of trail names that you'll find at a U. S. ski area. There are over 100 runs and slopes at Taos with names drawn from many sources including Mexican influences, ancient mythology, tributes to local figures, and random humor. Given our sport's Alpine origins it's not surprising to also see generic German trail labels like Blitz, Edelweiss, and Lorelei. But did you know that several ski trails at Taos are named after the... read more

Colorado Road Trip Recap

Colorado Road Trip Recap By Jim Kenney                                                                                                             INTRO 3,993 miles. My son Vince and I made a nine day blitzkrieg road trip from Northern Virginia to Aspen, Colorado right smack in the middle of Christmas Week. In between the long drives out and back we enjoyed three sunny ski days in the Aspen area and two powder days at Loveland. When we eased back into our home driveway on the evening of January 4th, 2014 the automobile trip odometer registered just a few miles shy... read more

Uphill Ski Passes Might Change Ski Resorts Forever

This post is sponsored by SkiEssentials.com Uphill Ski Passes Might Change Ski Resorts Forever   The other day as I was wasting time on Facebook, a picture caught my eye. It wasn't one of those gimmicky "Like or Comment" photos, and it wasn't a link to some celebrity tabloid. In fact, it was relatively simple. It was a picture of someone's season pass. The odd thing about it wasn't the picture, shape, or color. The interesting part of this particular pass is that it read "Uphill Travel Pass." The pass I was looking at was for Killington Mountain here in Vermont,... read more

5 Unusual Places To Ski

Everyone has heard about world famous skiing destinations in the Alps and North America; from Val d'Isère to Whistler. But snow covered mountains can be found the world over – there are plenty of ski resorts virtually unknown to the majority of Western tourists, just waiting to be explored. Although the European and North American ski resorts are known to be some of the best in the world, going off the beaten track to ski in Asia, Africa or the Middle East not only allows you to be able to say you’ve skied in some pretty unusual places, but also enables you to... read more

Sugarloaf Mountain to Open Above Treeline Chutes

This post is sponsored by SkiEssentials.com Sugarloaf Mountain to Open Above Treeline Chutes     Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Maine has been hard at work since being purchased by Boyne Resorts in 2007. Since their acquisition, Sugarloaf has upgraded and renovated just about everything you can think of. The list of projects has included hundreds of new snowmaking guns, thousands of feet of snowmaking pipe, millions of dollars of building renovations, a new chairlift, and most importantly, hundreds of acres of new trails and glades. The most amazing... read more

Sugar Bowl, CA - A Pictorial

Sugar Bowl, CA – A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   My son and I skied Sugar Bowl for the first time ever in early January 2013 during a two week safari to seven different ski areas in Northern California and Oregon.  We thought it was one of the coolest discoveries of the trip and an absolute Tahoe classic.  It’s big enough (1650 skiable acres) and bold enough to provide extremely robust terrain, yet not so huge (1500’ vertical drop) that you can’t get a fun taste of it in one visit.    Besides the varied and easily navigable... read more

Big Tupper Mountain Re-Opening Again for the 2013 Winter!

This post is sponsored by SkiEssentials.com Big Tupper Mountain Re-Opening Again for the 2013 Winter! There's good news coming out of the Adirondack Mountains in New York these days. After unfortunately being forced to take a year off last Winter, it's been announced that Big Tupper will re-open this winter for the 2013-2014 season! This comes as big news for everyone in the Adirondack region who either remembers skiing Big Tupper as a kid, or was lucky enough to ski there between 2009-2012 when the mountain re-opened. Largely due to volunteer efforts, Big Tupper... read more

Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows - A Pictorial

Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows – A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are neighboring ski areas in California’s North Lake Tahoe Region that represent one of North America’s premier ski resort tandems, right up there with the likes of Alta-Snowbird and Whistler-Blackcomb.  I visited these fantastic mountains for the first time on consecutive days in early January 2013.  That is the skier’s equivalent of trying to tour New York City and Boston on the same weekend.  These mountains are big enough and... read more

Kirkwood, CA - A Pictorial

  Kirkwood, CA – A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   Kirkwood is an outstanding ski area located in California’s High Sierra Mountains about 35 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.  I skied it with several family members for three weekdays in early January 2013 and we had a great time.  What makes Kirkwood special is superior snow, low crowds, and bodacious ski terrain.  Also, it’s probably the least expensive major area to visit in the burgeoning Vail Resorts empire.   Kirkwood is a snow hole with a relatively high base and one of... read more

Mad River Glen - A Pictorial

Mad River Glen – A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   Please don’t tell me recreational skiing at its most rewarding level is reserved for the rich only.  Several friends and I made a great visit to Mad River Glen (MRG) ski area in northern Vermont during the first week of March 2013.  We skied at MRG for three out of four days in good, if slightly boney conditions.  This challenging, one-of-a-kind mountain is truly a cathedral of our sport and just about everyone you encounter there a devout practitioner of the faith.  For... read more

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