A Valentine's Day fail at Skibowl

I’ve always assumed I’d meet my future wife on an old, slow double chairlift.

So when I heard about the speed-dating event Mount Hood Ski Bowl was hosting on Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d speed up the process. All my friends were being cute with their girlfriends that night anyway, so why not go fall in love myself.


Ski Salt Lake Shootout

Award ceremony Saturday at Brewvies

If there’s one thing you should know about the Ski Salt Lake Shootout, it’s that it’s hard effing work. It’s because it’s a contest. Eight teams of skiers and photographers shoot constantly over four days at each of the four Salt Lake City resorts, regardless of conditions. At night, they tromp through the streets of Salt Lake City in full ski gear, looking for the coveted Urban Meets Mountain shot. If they slack, it shows, because at the end of the week, they’re work is judged against that of their peers.

They’re competing for prize money, for sure. But more than that, they’re competing. “Competition keeps you sharp,” is how Australian photographer Tony Harrington puts it.


Bars We Love: The Snake River Saloon

Where everybody knows your name

You probably don’t need to be drinking in Keystone, especially if you didn’t ski there, but after the bar at A-Basin closes at six, when the gravel-voiced bartender needs to go home, you should probably go somewhere, right? And from there you have to head down the mountain, along Route 6, through the unnatural village of Keystone.

There are two real bars in Keystone, the Snake and the Goat. From the road, the Goat looks like it should be the place. It advertises soup and whiskey, and makes unbased claims the most PRB in the universe. It’s promising on the surface, but the Goat is a bar for tourons and first year lifties from Wisconsin. Do you like recently formed jam bands and getting your shoes puked on in the ladies room? OK, then maybe you should stay.


Team Europe Takes The Swatch Skiers Cup Win

Kaj Zackrisson leads Team Europe to a 21-11 victory

The 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup has come to a close in Zermatt. Well, except for the party. After the big mountain day, Team Europe held an 11-5 lead over Team Americas. Going into today, Cody Townsend’s team hoped to make up ground in the big mountain slopestyle arena. Kaj Zackrisson’s team, however, had other plans.


Backstage at the PVAs: Breakthrough Performer

Sandy Boville is a little whelmed

Ontarioian Sandy Boville, whose part in Toy Soldier Productions Act Natural won him Breakthrough Performer of the Year, was a little taken aback by the people who have won the award before him.


Ski Area Sustainability Report

Park City gets highest grade, Arizona Snowbowl on the bottom

The Ski Area Citizens Coalition released their annual Environmental Scorecard this week. Park City Mountain Resort got the top score, a 93, including a full 100 percent for their water use. Arizona Snowbowl finished last, scoring poorly for addressing climate change, and environmental accountability.


Episodes One and Two of the Tiny House Tour

On the road in the Cascades with the Tiny House

Everyone wants to be the all-sacrificing powder hound, vagabonding from storm to storm, with no possessions, a bank devoid of money, but full of powder turns. In some places, we know true ski bums. People who don’t have cars, jobs, friends on powder days, or houses (or at least houses that don’t live in trees).

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Salomon Freeski TV: The Burn

Skiing through the remains of last summer's forest fires

Every summer, forest fires burn wildly across the temperate mountain regions of the world. As destructive as they are, they have a purpose and beauty that often goes unappreciated. As winter arrives in the burned forest, so do the skiers. They have come to celebrate new lines opened up by the previous summer’s fires that have now burned themselves out – or have they?

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Swatch Skiers Cup – Day Two – Big Mountain Day

Stay tuned to for updates from the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup

Day two of the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup was the Big Mountain Day. Stay tuned to for updates from the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup


Gun Control: How Ski Areas Are Tackling Snowmaking in 2013

New management practices are boosting efficiency and sustainability

In a small conference room at this week’s NSAA Eastern Tradeshow, every seat and parts of the walls filled up with ski area operations staff from across the East Coast curious about how Stratton reduced their snowmaking costs by 12 percent over the course of one year while still bumping output.


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