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West Mountain much improved

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
New management has improved West Mountain
 

Think small when selecting a ski area

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Okay! The main course has arrived in time for Christmas.
The appetizers were the cold evenings since early November that allowed ski areas to use their snow guns to build a solid base and provide excellent early-season conditions — the best we’ve seen in years. Lately, nature has chipped in with a couple of storms that piled on top of the machine-made.
Mid-winter conditions are here. Time to get outside and enjoy.
 

Please don’t let drowsy driving spoil your holiday ski outing

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
This is a time when we often think back on special holiday memories. Most are warm and wonderful. Here is one that is not so good. But even after years, it is vivid to me. I’ve told the story before, but it is worth sharing again.
 

Ranking of top 30 resorts a useful guide

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
With the ski season off to such a great start and maybe a little financial boost from the stock market, it is time to think about a ski get-away. And like they have for the past 26 years, “Ski Magazine” readers have come up with their ranking of their top destinations.
 

Okemo has snow guns cranking

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
The days of bad sliding have come to an end. It is winter again, on the thermometer certainly if not on the calendar just yet. Skis are ready, boards are ready and most ski areas throughout our area have either opened for the season or will do so soon.
The reason, of course, is what veteran snowmaking manager Ray Kennedy at Okemo in Vermont calls “near-perfect” conditions for firing up the snow guns over the past month.
 

Banner ski season ahead?

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Ski season is just around the corner, and there's plenty to look forward to.
 

Ski areas not just for winter anymore

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
Who says ski areas are for winter only? Not me! Just back from a few days at Smuggler’s Notch outside Burlington, Vt., and I can attest that while the calendar reads summer, the place was hopping.
 

Chris Beckmann back in the ski team mix

Monday, June 3, 2013
What happened to Chris Beckmann?
 

Take care when storing ski equipment

Monday, April 22, 2013
The diehards may be still trying for some final runs at Killington, or Jay Peak or some of the northern areas, but for most of us, the 2012-13 ski season is over. The time has come to put gear away for the summer. And according to a couple of equipment experts in our area, just a couple of easy steps is all it takes to have everything ready when the bad sliding months end next fall.
 

Improvements, snowmaking the focus for area ski centers

Friday, March 22, 2013
Pond skimming is a rite of spring. The ski area creates a large puddle, usually close to the base lodge, and intrepid skiers and boarders — often in body paint, maybe in costume, and sometimes in no more than a pair of shorts — come down the hill and try to make it across the water. Most don’t and the dunking (and post-dunking) is part of this spring ritual at many areas.
 

Try LeMassif in Quebec for a rewarding car trip

Friday, March 15, 2013
If you want to combine el­egance with challenge, set a course to LeMassif in the Charlevoix reg­ion just east of Quebec City. Plan on a day to get there and a day coming back, but in between, the skiing is exceptional and the ambiance is unlike anything closer to home.
 

Popular freestyle events will have major impact on Olympics

Friday, March 8, 2013
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are less than a year away, and if you thought there were lots of events in the past, get ready for 12 new competitions added to mix in 2014.
 

National Ski Patrol celebrates 75 years of service

Friday, March 1, 2013
Ski Patrollers are hard to miss at ski areas around the country. When on duty, they wear parkas with a prominent cross on the back and routinely cruise all of the terrain an area has to offer.
 
Action cameras latest craze on slopes

Action cameras latest craze on slopes

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
If it is not on YouTube or Vimeo, did it really happen? Go to any ski area these days, and see what you think. Action cameras are all over the place, mounted on helmets or taped to ski poles, or strapped to the chest of a skier or rider.
 

Ski Lines: Action cameras latest craze on slopes

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
If it is not on YouTube or Vimeo, did it really happen?
Go to any ski area these days, and see what you think.
 
 

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