February 25, 2011

Ruby Hill Railyard's Fifth Season Comes to a Close

2011 On Track to be the Most Successful Season Yet

Denver, CO - Ruby Hill Rail Yard, Denver’s one-of-a-kind free urban ski and snowboard terrain park, will close for the 2011 season on Sunday, February 27.

Now in its fifth season, the 2011 Ruby Hill Rail Yard opened on January 8, 2011 for seven weeks and is on track to be the most well attended season to date. Ruby Hill’s success is largely due to the thirty-five volunteers who logged more than 900 hours to maintain the park, and to a snow cat that was provided by Winter Park Resort for maintenance purposes.

Ruby Hill Rail Yard is a result of a partnership between Winter Park Resort, Denver Parks and Recreation and Christy Sports: Winter Park provided seven rails, terrain park design and staff; Christy Sports provided over 300 free equipment rentals; and Denver Parks and Recreation provided the physical space and the youth programs that utilized the terrain park.

Thank you to the following partners for another successful season and for making Ruby Hill Rail Yard possible: Denver Parks and Recreation, Christy Sports, Johnson Controls, Denver Water, The North Face, Choose Outdoors, Wahoo’s Fish Taco and the Snowboard Outreach Society, along with the crew from Winter Park Resort.

Ruby Hill Rail Yard is located off of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue. The Rail Yard will be open every day through Sunday, February 27, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

February 22, 2011

2nd Annual Meadows Film Festival Entry Deadline Sunday, February 27

Mt. Hood, OR - The second annual Meadows Film Festival will be presented March 5 to showcase the magnificence of the mountain and the creativity and talent of Meadows riders. The deadline for entry is Sunday, February 27.

The “films” – up to 5 minutes in length – will be evaluated on several criteria:

  • Skiing / snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows in a compelling, positive, entertaining and/or intriguing way.

  • Quality of finished piece – video, post production, audio quality, use of music.

  • Creative aspects and approach to the project.

  • Story telling.

  • Overall impression.

    The top 10 selections will be presented at the Film Festival at the Vertical Restaurant Saturday, March 5. The top 10 receive a logoed backpack from Columbia Sportswear, a $50 Meadows gift card and a KEEN footwear certificate. GoPro HD Cameras are awardied to the top three – and best of show receives a $500 cash prize. Event sponsors include Columbia Sportswear, vitaminwater®, Go Pro Cameras, Full Sail Brewing and KEEN.
  • Springfest at Whiteface Lake Placid

    Longer Days, More Sun, Warmer Weather…and Live Music and Fun for Everyone
    Wilmington, NY - There’s more than 160-inches of snow at Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y., and you know what that means. More great skiing and riding for the entire family well into March at the Olympic mountain, not to mention the longer days, more sunshine and warmer weather.

    Celebration activities have been planned to welcome spring; kicking off with Mardi Gras, March 5-6 Ski, ride, collect beads and get upstairs to the Cloudspin Lounge for food and drink specials and live music from the funk, R &B and soul group Jocamo.

    There’s plenty of fun for the kids too. They’ll have the chance to play in the snow with Curious George, March 4-6. The PBS character can be found at Kids Kampus each day and parents who enroll their children in a full day kids Kampus program with Curious George will receive a $20 discount off a one day lift ticket.

    Gather your green March 12 and 13 and celebrate St. Patty’s Day at the mountain where you’ll also find Irish fun, food and festivities. And don’t forget Super Shamrock Sunday, March 13, brought to you by Bud Light. Ski and ride all day for just $35 for adults, $30 for teens and $25 for juniors and afterward join the party in the Cloudspin Lounge with live music by Trenchtown Oddities.

    There’s more great fun and music the next two weekends too. It’s Reggae Weekend, March 19-20, with music in the Cloudspin Lounge from the Big Take Over, Saturday, March 19, and the following weekend, March 26-27, it’s a Pirate Party at Whiteface, featuring music from Y Not Blue.

    Mont-Sainte-Anne & Stoneham; Wouldn’t Spend School Break Anywhere Else!

    Quebec - March 5th to the 13th, spend school break with your beloved ones, friends and family at Mont-Sainte-Anne or Stoneham Mountain Resort! A whole lot of fun activities are scheduled for all ages. Liveliness, music, inflatable games and traditional sugar shack; everything is in place for you to have a good time!

    FREE Learning area
    While Skiers and snowboarders will breathe fresh air going down the slopes, others can take this opportunity to initiate themselves to the sport at the learning area, where the lift access is totally free at all times at both mountains. Now improved with a 2nd “Magic Carpet” lift, they make the learning process so much easier!

    All types of friendly races and competitions
    The Mont-Sainte-Anne’s Powerade Young Talent Kids Race is inviting kids from 3 to 14 years old to do their best on the slalom course specially built for them on March 5th. At Stoneham, Radio Team CKOI is making a stop at the mountain on March 5th! As for freestyle lovers, meet up for a friendly half-pipe competition during the Wednesday Rail Jam on March 9th.

    Traditional Sugar Shack
    All week long, satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the two sugar shacks! Mountain-side at Mont-Sainte-Anne, you can make a stop half-way La Pichard run, where the maple syrup is actually produced on site, to get a tasty treat. At Stoneham, visit a mobile version of the sugar shack located at the base, to eat your favorite maple treat.

    Free Skiing at Eldora

    Nederland, CO - Beginning Monday, February 21st, Eldora Mountain Resort will offer FREE skiing to anyone who has a lift ticket or a season pass from any other ski area.

    The unprecedented offer is designed to introduce Eldora to Colorado skiers and riders. This year Eldora has received an abundance of snow and conditions are the best in years. “We’ve come to realize just how many skiers and snowboarders in Colorado have not experienced Eldora or have not been here for quite a few years. It’s time they try Eldora. There is no better way to do that than invite people to come here for free” says Jim Spenst, General Manager for Eldora.

    To receive a free lift ticket, present a lift ticket or seasons pass from any other ski area. The free lift ticket is a one-time offer. It is not available on Saturdays to avoid over-crowding the ski area. The ski free promotion will run for a limited time and it is yet to be determined how long the offer will last into the remainder of the season.

    In addition, people who take advantage of the free ticket or season pass offer may upgrade to a full Eldora Season Pass good for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season for only $99

    February 18, 2011

    Waterville Valley Ski Resort Using Renewable Fuel

    Waterville Valley, NH - Led by the Sununu Family, a local group of investors recently purchased Waterville Valley Ski Area from California based Booth Creek Resorts. Since the fall 2010 sale, new management has made many improvements in their quest to become New England's premiere resort. It now appears Waterville Valley is quickly becoming New England's premiere environmentally sustainable resort.

    Chris Sununu, an environmental engineer and the resort's Chief Executive Officer, recently announced they have partnered with American Energy Independence Company (AMENICO), a Pittsfield, NH, based renewable fuel producer, to collect their used cooking oil, process it, and return it to the resort for use as a renewable boiler fuel. "Our industry depends on cold temperatures and lots of snow. The entire Waterville Valley Resort management team is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, offsetting foreign oil imports, and following sustainable environmental practices. Choosing AMENICO is just one of many steps we've taken to achieve these goals." said Chris Sununu.

    Tony Giunta, President of AMENICO, is excited to be working with Waterville Valley Ski Resort. "It was great news to hear the Sununu family was involved in purchasing the Resort. They have a long family history of environmental stewardship and protection. AMENICO has offset nearly 1.5 million gallons of fossil fuel usage and has reduced carbon emission s by more than 15,000 tons. I knew the Sununu's would love our story and would want to be a partner in our sustainability efforts."

    In the partnership, AMENICO collects waste cooking oils from Waterville Valley Resort properties, transports them to their production facility in Pittsfield, NH, where they are then manufactured into a renewable diesel fuel. The renewable fuel is then returned to the Resort where it is blended with heating oil and burned for heat recovery.

    It's a Snow Day

    Stony Mountain, MB - It's a snow day today at Stony Mountain Ski Area. We are open 10 am - 3 pm today and the fresh snow will make conditions awesome!
    Snow report:
    8 cm of new snow
    Base 90 cm
    6 out of 6 runs open
    Both lifts operating
    Freshly groomed runs daily

    See you on the slopes!

    Mt. Rose Has Received Over a Foot of NEW Snow

    Reno, NV - Mt. Rose has received 16-18" of fluffy deep snow, giving us a storm total of 53-62"- and it continues to dump! At 8,260' Mt. Rose received ALL SNOW throughout the storm.

    February 11, 2011

    Memorial Service announced for Leif Eric Borgeson

    Arapahoe Basin, CO - A Celebration of Life will be held in memory of Arapahoe Basin Snow Safety Director, Leif Borgeson, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Keystone Conference Center. The doors will open at 4:30pm for friends to gather and the service will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception for all at the Arapahoe Basin A-frame including refreshments and a time to meet Leif’s family. At the A-Basin reception there will be an opportunity for friends to be video-taped and share a favorite Leif Borgeson story.

    In lieu of flowers, donations for the Leif Borgeson Memorial Fund are being accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.

    Copper Mountain Announces New Lift for 2011-2012 Season

    Doppelmayr Detachable Quad to Replace Current High Point Chairlift
    Copper Mtn, CO - Copper Mountain is excited to announce that this summer we will begin construction on a new chairlift, replacing the High Point fixed grip double chair located at the base of Union Creek, which has served Copper faithfully since 1976.

    The new lift will provide improved service to all levels of skiing and riding ability. The lift, manufactured by Doppelmayr USA, will have a new alignment to help improve skier and rider circulation in and out of Union Creek. In conjunction with the new lift, the addition of a new trail connection from the east will make the circulation from the Catalyst Terrain Park and the tremendous beginner and intermediate terrain in the area, much easier.

    “I have been skiing at Copper since college and when Powdr purchased Copper, we did so with a goal of enhancing and improving the on-mountain experience,” says John Cumming, President and CEO of Powdr Corp. “I am very excited about taking this first step.”

    The new lift will have a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, a length of 4,937 feet, with a vertical rise of 1,005 feet. The ride time will be 5 minutes, a fraction of the current lift ride from Union Creek to mid-mountain now. The top terminal will be realigned slightly uphill and to the east of the current High Point lift. The lower terminal will move to the East side of the Schoolhouse. Construction of the new lift is scheduled for June 1, 2011.

    “After a year of significant infrastructure investments in snowmaking, parking and much more, we are excited to announce a more visible on-mountain improvement,” says Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain Resort. “We view the new lift as a critical step in improving the Union Creek skiing and riding experience for all ability levels.”

    February 8, 2011

    “Chairway 2 Heaven” Speed Dating at Mt. Hood Meadows February 13

    Mt. Hood, OR - Mt. Hood Meadows presents “Chairway 2 Heaven” – speed dating on its Blue chairlift this Sunday. There will be two “singles” lines – one for women and one for men. In total randomness (which is an awesome way to start a relationship) the singles will be paired up on the Blue chairlift for a nine-minute ride to the top. The couple can decide if they want to take some runs together, go off to another chair lift, or split up and take another shot at a speed date. There is no additional cost for “Chairway 2 Heaven” other than a lift ticket or season pass.

    The “Meadows Mingle” will also be presented near the bottom of the Blue chairlift to get everyone in the mood. There’ll be a fire pit, cheese and crackers and a drawing for fabulous prizes, all while listening to the velvet tones of Barry White, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and others. The Mingle and Chairway 2 Heaven events are scheduled from noon - 4 PM.

    The Blue Chairlift has it's own romance. It was one of the original two chairs offered at Meadows when the resort opened in January of 1968. Countless numbers of couples were introduced on the double chair over its lifetime, as well as proposals for marriage (and other perhaps less permanent relationships) have been made, turned down and accepted while riding the chair. It offers a magnificent view of the resort - in fact one of the resort's primary web cameras is mounted on the top of Blue.

    Family Fun WARNING During Spring Break at Mont SUTTON!

    Sutton, PQ - Exceptional snow conditions, unique moments spent with the family, diversified program of activities, casual apr├Ęs-skis, indelible memories to bring back home… All of this will be enjoyable at Mont SUTTON during the spring break, from February 28th to March 6th.
    Spring Break at the SUTTON Snow School
    With the SUTTON Snow School “ski week” program, skiers and snowboarders of all ages will rediscover how school is fun during spring break! Offered from Monday to Thursday, this program includes 14 hours of group lessons, a welcome cocktail, entertainment, friendly race and awards presentation.

    February 7, 2011

    Boarding for Breast Cancer

    Ellicottville, NY - Holiday Valley Resort announces the third annual
    Boarding for Breast Cancer event on February 12, 2011. Boarding for Breast Cancer is a non-profit fundraising foundation that focuses on education, especially in the areas of early detection and the value of an active lifestyle. The B4BC foundation seeks to engage youths by partnering with snow communities like Holiday Valley to raise awareness about breast cancer among young people. The Boardroom Board Shop in Ellicottville is Holiday Valley’s partner in presenting this event, and sponsors are Holiday Valley Realty/ Rental Management and Buffalo MRI.

    Events during the day include women’s only snowboard clinics on learning to snowboard, riding the parks, or freeriding, a ‘Breast Trick’ rail park event open to men and women, a silent auction (featuring a Danny Kass autographed snowboard), Chinese auction, music and bar specials. Participants may register for the event between 11 AM and noon in the Overlook rooms at upstairs in the Clubhouse Chalet. The registration fee for any and all events is $40, and participants may purchase a specially priced lift ticket for $30. Participants are also invited to demo equipment from local shops. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about breast cancer and early detection by focusing on what women can do to keep themselves healthy.

    In addition to the on-snow events, Holiday Valley is offering many more ways to show your support for Boarding for Breast Cancer. Through February 12, guest may purchase a “Pink Lift Ticket” and donate a dollar to B4BC. Supporters will get a pink ribbon sticker for their ticket or season pass. Buy a B4BC heart at the Holiday Valley Bars or Customer Service for $1. Pink lawn flamingoes will be cropping up at lift bases where you can vote for your favorite lift: the lift with the most flamingoes wins a pizza party for the lift attendants. Raffle tickets for gift baskets will be available on February 13th in the Clubhouse and John Harvard’s Bars. The Boardroom is decorating their shop with paper bras. Customers can “purchase” a bra for a donation. The higher the donation, the larger the size!

    Proceeds from the Holiday Valley Boarding for Breast Cancer event will benefit the Women’s Oncology Program at Camp Good Days on Keuka Lake in Branchport, NY as well as the Boarding for Breast Cancer Awareness Programs. The Women’s Oncology Program is a residential camping experience, which was begun in 1996 in order to bring together women who have gone through or are going through cancer to share their
    experiences and to strengthen and rebuild their physical and emotional well being. Through donations from its supporters, the Women’s Oncology Program is able to offer its camping sessions free of charge to its participants.

    February 2, 2011

    Live From The Field: Real Time Video Updates

    Teton Village, WY - The 2011 film season is already in full force! TGR's production crew and athletes have been checking in from Jackson, Utah, Aspen, British Columbia, France and beyond. Follow their progress with our Live From The Field Video Series. These videos are posted directly to our website from the field using iPhones and then broadcast to our TGRLive Twitter account. Use Live From The Field to track TGR in real-time throughout the season and see what the crew is up to. Click Here To View The Latest Live From The Field Videos

    Sage Cattabriga-Alosa: Flat Spin - Behind The Line Season 3 Premiere
    TGR is proud to release the first episode of Behind The Line Season 3, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa: Flat Spin. Behind The Line is a series where we feature a unique line, jump, or session from the filming of TGR's 2011 ski film, Light The Wick. Watch as athletes take a look back at these insane moments and discuss them, providing an in depth look behind the lines of Light The Wick.

    Episode 1 joins Sage Cattabriga-Alosa as he develops a new trick--a flat spin--during the season and goes huge with it over a crevasse gap in Alaska. This line won Best Natural Air at this past weekend's 2011 Powder Video Awards, where Light The Wick also won awards for Best Male Performance (Sage), Best Line (Ian McIntosh) and Full Throttle (Dana). Click Here To View Sage's Behind The Line

    Angel Fire Receives 13" of Fresh Powder

    Angel Fire, NM - Photographer Michael Johnstone provided these great shots of the powder at Angel Fire Resort today. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that the snow is a huge blessing in what has been a challenging year for the New Mexico ski resorts. There are two months left in our season and we hope that the new snowfall along with other predicted storms will rejuvenate interest amongst New Mexicans and our neighboring states in skiing and riding the Southern Rockies.

    February 1, 2011

    Ski 'La Marquis' Run at Stoneham

    Stoneham, PQ - This Saturday, February 5th, the freeskier Vincent Marquis will be honored by Stoneham Mountain Resort, who will designate a trail in his name. In recognition of his competitive performance background and for his generous involvement in the ski industry, the resort will proudly rename La Bossa Nova, run #42, in his honor; LA MARQUIS. The official announcement will be made in the presence of the Olympian athlete, during the 2nd part of the Freeski Provincial Circuit, at 1pm.

    'Athlete at All Levels'
    Skier from the age of 3 and pioneer in the industry, Vincent started mogul skiing on this run at the age of 11. Member of Stoneham Mountain Resort’s Freestyle Ski Club since its beginning in 1994, he trained at the mountain for 7 years prior to joining the Canadian Freestyle Team in 2002. At 23 years of age, he won his first of 8 World Cup podiums at Deer Valley, going home with a Silver Medal. Marquis came 3rd at the 2009 World Championships in Japan, the internationally known freestyle skier also finished 4th at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

    Let’s also point out that LA MARQUIS run will be hosting the Quebec Games Region Finals on March 19th & 20th, 2011.

    Sugar Bowl Resort Host 'Shred the Love' 2.26.11

    Raises Funds for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research
    Norden, CA - Sugar Bowl is teaming up with Boarding for Breast Cancer and The HERA Foundation for the fourth annual Shred the Love on February 26, 2011. Formerly know as “Jam 4 the Cure”, the resort is holding a rail jam in the Switching Yard Terrain Park, with all entry fees from the event going toward the education, prevention and awareness of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. This year’s sponsors include Paul Mitchell, Marmot, Ride Snowboards, Grenade Gloves, Never Summer Snowboards, Tahoe Dave’s, Camelback Hydration, Salomon, Volcom, Arma Energy Snx, Gu Energy, Nomis, and Technine, with more signing on. Adding awareness to the cause and contributing additional funds, pink lanyards will also be on sale for $4. Sign up for the event and learn more at the pre-party on February 25, 2011 at the Tourist Club in downtown Truckee.