Argentina snatches drug-packed skis
Taking the drug slang "going skiing" to new heights, smugglers in Argentina packed 14 kilograms of cocaine into seven pairs of skis and tried to board a plane to Spain before authorities sniffed out the operation and seized the hardgoods. Allegedly the drugs—up to one kilo per ski—were stuffed into a compartment in the center of the skis. While you have to appreciate the creativity here, the cocaine core has yet to catch on in European ski circles. Maybe next time, guys.
Huge slide knocks out chairlift at Crystal Mountain
Ski patrol released a massive avalanche in Campbell Basin at Crystal Mountain on Monday, sending a wave of snow and debris across trails and knocking out lift towers for its High Campbell lift. Triggered after the resort closed, the slide left a six- to eight-foot crown and permanently disabled one of the resort's most popular lifts. It was one of four major slides triggered by ski patrol in a week after several days of heavy rain and adverse conditions. No one was hurt in any of the activity and Crystal says it will have a new lift installed for next year.
Tragically, several of our comrades fell victim to avalanches this week in British Columbia, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. Thoughts go out to those communities. Be safe folks.
Aspen Highlands closing earlier than sister resorts
Aspen's party mountain won't be the last of its four hills to close this year according to Grand Junction's Post Independent. Thanks to that overstuffed bunny and his later-than-normal Easter shenanigans on April 20, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will stay open past the normal closing date, while Highlands will stick to the traditional closing on April 13. But cheer up kiddos, though last turns won't be happening at Highlands, the infamous end-of-year party is still a go and s&%t is guaranteed to pop off. Let's get weird.
Tough times for Mount Ashland season pass holders
Think you had it bad this season? Well, at least you're not at Mt. Ashland, where skiers are still on line for first chair come mid-March. The Oregon resort has yet to open this year, ticking off season pass holders and forcing management into Def Con 7 decision mode. Another Oregon resort, Hoodoo, has tried to stem the bleeding by offering free skiing for any Mount Ashland pass owners, but area skiers are waiting on an official announcement this weekend to see if their season goes up in cold smoke.
New York City proposes ski bus
The Big Apple made serious mountain moves this week, proposing a ski-specific bus from the City to surrounding resorts for next season. The "I Ski NY" bus will service 13 local areas including Greek Peak and Belleayre, making skiing more accessible to millions and cutting traffic in the process. Bus prices haven't been publicly announced yet, but ski denim and puffy coat sightings are expected to rise exponentially through the 2014-2015 season.
Intrawest tries out new collective pass
Resort conglomerate Intrawest jumped onboard the collective pass train last week, introducing its new 2014-2015 Passport, and some new initiatives that could change the pass game. Designed as a "family pass", the Passport includes six days of skiing at six Intrawest resorts (Stratton, Steamboat, Winter Park, Blue Mountain, Mont Tremblant, and Snowshoe), and lets those under 12 ski for free. The best part is that after buying the pass for $549, you can add up to five family members (defined as direct, extended, or just really good friends) for $349—a pretty darn good deal for the dirtbag in all of us.