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Park City 2.0

Park City 2.0   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   During the winter of 2016 I made three trips to Utah and skied the unified Park City for one or more days in each of the months of January, March, and April.  The Park City I’m talking about is the newly lift-linked, 300+ combined trails of Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons, with 7300 skiable acres and 41 ski lifts.  Spoiled locals may complain about hordes of tourists.  LCC powder snobs may whine about the snow.  But I’m just a regular skiing joe making a few visits from the banana... read more

Feeder Hill Highlights - Snow Ridge Ski Area in Turin, NY

  This season on the SkiEssentials.com Chairlift Chat blog we're taking the time to highlight a series of "Feeder Hills" across North America.  These feeder hills are relatively small ski areas that sometimes fly under the radar in the grand scheme of things, but are responsible for introducing millions of people to the sport of skiing each season.  If it wasn't for these hills, our industry wouldn't exist in the way it does today.   The first area we're highlighting is Snow Ridge Ski Area in Turin, NY.  Snow Ridge has an extensive history in the sport of skiing... read more

Learn to Ski in Summer

  • by noloESA Coach

It may seem paradoxical, but try this proposition on for yourself: "You learn to ski in summer and you learn to swim in winter."   Here's why, as Roger Kane, aka Arcmeister, explains in a thread from 2003 (which I condensed and edited for the purpose of this article):                                                                                                                              Roger won PSIA's Educational Excellence Award this past spring.   During the off-season we can imagine our skiing as it is, reinforcing and anchoring its current state, or we... read more

68 Days: A Story of Skiing's Life Changing Power

I was born on November 28, 2014 at 9:30 am. I was 34 years old. That was the moment I clicked into the bindings of two skis on snow for the first time. That was the moment that my life as I know it now – more joyful, more balanced, more assured – began. I grew up just a few miles north of Stowe, Vermont. I don’t think it’s that uncommon to meet a Vermonter who has never hit the slopes. But, my parents had moved to the areabecause of the fun free-spirited mountain culture. Which they enjoyed, off the mountain. I guess it never occurred to them that there might be... read more

The Future of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain Resort

In the wake of fraud allegations at Vermont’s Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts, questions have swirled around the future of the resorts. Currently under federally appointed receivership, we’ve been reassured that both resorts are continuing to operate as usual and should open next year as scheduled. Still, a federal receivership is a temporary situation and as soon as the whole mess is sorted out, it’ll be time to transfer ownership of the resorts to a permanent owner. At the moment, neither resort have a clear option lined up, opening the door to unlimited... read more

Top 5 Fridays - FIS Drone Ban, Discovery News, Crested Butte, Silverton, Ski The East, and More!

Top Five Fridays - January 8, 2016 // Ski Industry News Image: TrailSource.com's Flickr Account   #1: Parties Over! Fat Skis May Cause Knee Injuries: There’s no doubt that if you’ve been a frequent skier over the last few years you’ve noticed an incase in waistlines. No, we’re not talking snowpants- we’re talking ski widths. Thanks to serious advancements in rocker technology, skis have been able to increase their width without the traditional sacrifice of maneuverability. For the most part, skiers have embraced the change as today’s skis are more stable,... read more

Arapahoe Basin, CO - A Pictorial

Araphahoe Basin, CO - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   I skied Arapahoe Basin (aka A-Basin) five times during the month of March 2015.  I have made several visits to this exceptionally challenging mountain in the past as well.  I love the place.  It is steeped in history, scenery, and expert ski terrain. A-Basin opened for skiing in 1946 and is deservedly referred to as The Legend. The retro A-Frame base lodge once served as a missile testing facility. The massive interior wood beam framework could withstand a direct hit from a... read more

Top 5 Fridays - North Pole Temps, Protect Our Winters, North Korea Ski Resorts, FIS Drone Ban, and More!

Top Five Fridays - January 1, 2016 // Ski Industry News #1: North Pole Temperature Rises Above Freezing for Second Time: Image: Meteorologist Ryan Maue's Twitter Account Here’s some troubling news: for just the second time in recorded history the temperature at the North Pole rose above freezing temperatures. This is exceptionally abnormal as it’s currently Winter at the North Pole, meaning it’s been kept it total darkness and presumably at its coldest temperatures of the year. However, not this time. In part due to the warming patterns caused by El Nino, warm... read more

Lenz Products Heated Socks Review

Lenz Heat 1.0 Ski Sock Review // Ski Reviews Do you suffer from cold feet and toes while skiing and during other winter activities? Lenz heated socks provide an alternative to existing ski boot heaters on the market. Instead of having your heaters installed in one specific pair of boots, with Lenz you’re free to change up your footwear from ski boots to any other winter footwear! If you’re unfamiliar with Lenz, they’ve hit the market recently with a series of high performance ski wear, including heated vests and gloves. They also have a full line of non-heated... read more

Top 5 Fridays - Kaya Turski, Hunter Mountain, Mikaela Shiffrin, T-Bar Films, and much more!

Top Five Fridays - December 4, 2015 // Ski Industry News Image: Jackson Hole's Facebook Page   #1: Hunter Mountain Ski Area Sold: Image: Hunter Mountain's Facebook Page It was announced on Monday that Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter, NY is being sold to Peak Resorts, an umbrella corporation that currently owns 12 ski areas, and operates 13. The price tag for the sale came in at $36.8 Million, which is approximately six times the current annual profit for the resort. From an outside perspective, the move seems logical as Peak Resorts has built their... read more

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