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.


Swatch Skiers Cup – Day One – Baby Crushing

Stay tuned to for daily updates from Zermatt, Switzerland

The venue is great, the teams are stacked, and a baby hangs in the balance at the 2013 Swatch Skiers Cup.

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Behind the Scenes at Powder Awards: Best Male Performance

Candide Thovex wins the night

Always humble, Candide talks about why it’s kind of embarrassing to have a documentary made about you, his plans for the winter (Candide Kamera, maybe) and taking skiing one day at a time.


Live-Stream Concert to Benefit Chris Rudolph

Watch Nonprofits and The Head and The Heart team up to celebrate the life of Rudolph

Last winter, I received a late-night text message from Stevens Pass Director of Marketing Chris Rudolph. There was no actual text in the message, just a photo of an acoustic ensemble of musicians. The six-piece band that played that wintry night at Stevens was Seattle’s own The Head and The Heart, a favorite of Rudolph’s and mine, hence the envy-inducing text. Of course, I thought to myself, why wouldn’t Rudolph somehow convince one of the Pacific Northwest’s most precocious musical groups to perform at a ski area? He was that savvy and restless and always in pursuit of doing something rad, especially for the benefit of others.


Champocalypse: Dispatch From The Alps

Snow reports from the international desk

The world capital of alpinism is more known for black ice and crevasses than for deep snow, but the last couple of weeks in Chamonix were an early season tourist-free snorklely powder armageddon for the local storm crows. What POV-enthusiast Nathan Wallace blearily called a “Fifty-Year Event” when I spoke with him a couple of days ago has left the region absurdly stacked, and the storm track has extended all the way across the Mediterranean. The ran a gallery of people playing in the snow in Jerusalem and Damascus, and someone sent me a pov video from a ski descent on the Island of Crete. I repeat, Crete.


Ligety Wins World Champs Super-G; Mancuso Earns Bronze

Americans Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso land on World Championships podium

American Ted Ligety picked a marquee event to win his first-ever super-G at any level. The Park City resident won gold at the F.I.S. Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria, on Wednesday, finishing ahead of France’s Gautier De Tessieres and pre-race favorite Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. The giant slalom specialist, who leads in World […]


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