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Top 5 Fridays - Big Air Fenway, Resort Updates, Industry News, Edit of the Week, and More!

  #1: The Results Are In, and France is the #1 Ski Destination: Mt. Avoriaz, One of France's Largest Ski Resorts Well, the results have been tallied from last ski season, and France has retaken the throne as the #1 ski destination in the world. The criteria? Simply have the most ski individual skier visits in the year. While France had a rough start to the year resulting in an overall decrease in visits from the year before, the United States unfortunately had an even worse year- removing it from the #1 position. Last year, France measured 53.9 million... read more

Top 5 Fridays - Resort Updates, Media News, Dream Land in the Wasatch Range, and Two Edits of the Week!

Top Five Fridays - September 18, 2015 // Ski Industry News #1: Mt. Abrams Continues to Buck Trends and Expand Their Mountain: Image: Mt. Abram / Google Earth While both feeder hills and established resorts alike struggle to reopen each year, Mt. Abrams in Maine continues to buck the trend with their steady yearly growth. Last year we reported that the feeder hill installed an array of 803 solar panels, a brand new energy efficient snow making system, and a wood pellet heating system for their lodge. All of the savings from these projects must have added up... read more

Park City, UT - A Pictorial

Park City, UT - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   This is my first discussion of Park City under its new identity combining Park City Mountain Resort with the adjacent ski area formerly known as The Canyons.  Together, the two resorts are now simply branded as Park City and constitute 7300 acres of lift linked ski terrain, the most of any single ski area in the US.  I skied Park City over three consecutive days in mid-February, 2015.  Utah was experiencing a very subpar winter, yet most of the ski terrain was still open, albeit... read more

Top 5 Fridays - Resort Updates, Snow in Washington State, Edit of the Week, and more!

Top Five Fridays - September 11, 2015 // Ski Industry News     #1: Saddleback Resort Status Update: Image: Saddleback Ski Resort If you live in Maine, no doubt you’ve been eagerly waiting for more news about whether or not Saddleback will open for business this winter. Unfortunately, the verdict is still out as the latest word is that Saddleback’s management is talking to potential new buyers. Due to legalities, no one is able to discuss details regarding the potential sale of the resort, but the resort was able to layout a list of four possible... read more

Top 5 Fridays: Farmers Almanac Calling for Another Snowy Winter!

Top Five Fridays - September 4, 2015 // Ski Industry News   #1: Farmer’s Almanac Releases Winter 2015 / 2016 Predictions : A little over a week ago, the Farmer’s Almanac released their 2015/2016 Winter outlook for the United States of America. This week, they released their 2015/2016 Winter predictions for Canada, so we thought we’d wrap them up together in this week’s Top Five Fridays! Let’s start by taking a look at what’s in store for the United States: For the most part, we should all feel pretty excited about these predictions. Here in New England, the... read more

Vail, CO - A Pictorial

Vail, CO - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent     Vail is a humongous playground for snowriders and once you have your lift ticket there are ways to keep it affordable and avoid crowds.  I skied five times at Vail this winter between early February and late March 2015.  I was a day-tripper each time I visited and though it took some planning, I never once paid for parking.  The last time I skied Vail prior to 2015 was over a college spring break in March of 1976.  39 years between visits to a specific ski area might be my personal... read more

Beaver Creek, CO - A Pictorial

Beaver Creek, CO - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   The Ides of August are upon us and already there is a lot of chatter about an El Nino winter for 2016.    Ski club councils are issuing trip schedules for the upcoming season.  Ski areas are announcing opening dates.  The Gathermeister and MarzNC are already crazy-busy posting informational threads for the early February EpicSki Gathering in Aspen.  [ http://www.epicski.com/t/141729/the-2016-epicski-gathering-at-aspen-colorado-in-early-february ]  Now is the time for all good... read more

First Decents- Part 3: Hotel Hill

This post is sponsored by SkiEssentials.com     It’s funny the things you remember. I recall some years ago there was a car advertisement that ran in all the ski rags. Maybe it was for Audi or maybe it was for Subaru, but for some peculiar reason it latched on to some dimly lit part of my brain. The car in the ad was seen driving along a snowy alpine setting, fantasizing like a skier about making a smeary turn or two on the appetizing embankment next to the road. I think the tag line was something like, “Yeah, we see it too.” Much like the car in that ad, I’ve... read more

First Decents: Part 2 - Cobb's Hill

This post is sponsored by SkiEssentials.com Throughout my travels in Rochester and even before my relocation here I had heard of Cobb’s Hill Park. Located in the city’s Southeast the park features many acres of woods, hiking trails and a reservoir that supplies drinking water. Around the fenced in perimeter of the reservoir is a widely used walking path and at one of the highest points is a grand view of the city. During one of my inquisitive scouting visits I found this overlook intriguing. Below the opening that offers this view falls a steep grade down into the... read more

2015 Geezer Ski Bum Tour – EpicSki #5

2015 Geezer Ski Bum Tour – EpicSki #5   Family Time in Summit County. March 28, 2015 By Jim Kenney (all photos by Jim Kenney)   I’m entering the last week of my nine week trip.  For the last 30 days of my geezer ski tour I’ve been based in Summit County, CO.  I rented a two bedroom townhouse in Silverthorne off VRBO for what I thought was a reasonable price (~$115 per night, no motel tax for 30+ days) and this gave me a nice place to host my wife and children for some outstanding family time.  This commentary has a more personal flavor than some of my other posts... read more

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