ski resorts

Alternative NYE parties, using Facebook as an ID, ski resorts spending increases

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North American ski resorts seeing increased bookings, US Airways expands international reach, Concorde’s origins

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Some surprises here, at least for long-time ski writers in New England. Okemo and Stowe were mentioned and, long time family resort champ, Smugglers’ Notch that makes its focus children and families was not.

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Normally ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada area stay open until Memorial Day, if not longer. However, due to lower than expected attendance, some of the major ski resorts plan to close earlier than usual.

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apres_skiLadies! This Valentine’s Day and for the rest of the winter, don’t head to the beach where the boys are, head to the mountains where the men are. Some women like to keep it their secret that it’s usually three men for every two women skiing at any of the many ski resorts across North America. Who knew that black diamonds could lead to a real diamond?

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Sundance for a song

by Hilary Nangle on February 10, 2009

ss2main_resorts_sundance1Almost everyone has heard of Robert Redford’s Sundance film festival, but mention the ski resort of the same name, and the response is often a quizzical one eye raised, huh? If you’re a skier or snowboarder, put this Utah gem on your must-visit list.

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In these days of shrinking airline capacity, it is nice to have news of a new route opening. Naturally, it has to do with reaching a ski and snowboard area once only accessible by a 3 to 5 hour drive. Now a short hop from LA brings winter sports enthusiasts to one of America’s biggest resorts.

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Charlie LeochaDistant destination ski and snowboard resorts will be facing strong headwinds of rising airfares, diminishing flight schedules and new fees for transporting skis and snowboards. In the past, the main problems faced by marketers were financial and emotional — costs vs. great snow. Today changes in airlift capacity might mean no airline seats to reach destination resort slopes.

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While the world is focused on the drama of Barack Obama’s nomination as the Democratic candidate for president, there is furious lobbying and political business going on everyday away from the lenses of TV cameras and out of earshot of pundits discussing unity and polling data. Travel is a big part of this lobbying effort.

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Sunshine Village in the Canadian Rockies in the Banff National Park reported almost two feet of snow this weekend. Good news for Spring skiing.

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