Week in Review: March 31

How do you say "HAM" in French?

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French skier Léo Taillefer finally has enough snow in the Alps to be as crazy as he is.

YoBeat Sells to Freeskier

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The staff of snowboarding website Yobeat.com react to the news that their company's been sold to ski magazine Freeskier.

Jordan Clarke

After this pretty sick Whistler edit, Jordan Clarke is now on our radar screen.

Coming To The Kingdom

As part of Jay Peaks' bizarre but increasingly successful effort to turn the remote Northeast Kingdom of Vermont into a haven for foreign investment, the region was recently granted status as a foreign trade zone, allowing it exemption from certain tariffs and taxes. Except to see Jay Peak's expanding base area to be augmented by an IKEA salad bowl factory and a camel nursery.

Squaw Scraps Mountain Rollercoaster

Visitors to Lake Tahoe who despise the idea of skiing Squaw Valley's copious terrain received a major letdown this week when they found out that the resort is scrapping its plans for a night-lit mountain rollercoaster that was due to go in between the Red Dog and Hot Wheels chairs, opting instead to focus the cash on lift upgrades. Insiders believe the proposal will be back on the table within a few years, though.

SkiLink, Sans Further Development

Talisker is claiming that it has no plans to develop anything else along the route of the proposed Canyons-Solitude gondola, with The Canyons Managing Director reasserting that there will be “No residential, no commercial, and no ski infrastructure beyond the lift towers.” The contentious project still needs the approval of the federal government, as the planned route cuts through 30 acres of Forest Service land.