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SKI AREA NEWS
STEAMBOAT FIRES UP SNOWMAKING

Natural Snow In October Bolsters Snowmaking Crews To Begin Building Base in Anticipation of Steamboat's Opening Day, Nov. 26.

Steamboat's snowmaking crews fired up the snowmaking system early this morning to begin adding to the natural snow Mother Nature has delivered this month in anticipation of Opening Day, Wednesday, November 26, 2014. "It's always exciting when snow covers the mountain especially this early in the season and we crank up our snow guns for the first time," said Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. "With several snow storms already in October and a solid start to snowmaking today, the early season is looking very promising." MORE


COLORADO SKI RESORT TO OPEN FOR SEASON

Colorado's 2014/15 ski season is underway today as a crowd of ecstatic skiers and snowboarders celebrated at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Atop an 18-inch base of packed powder, at 9:00 a.m. the Black Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift began delivering eager snow riders to the top of the intermediate High Noon run for their first turns of the year.

Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures to commence their winter operations over the past several weeks. Copper Mountain began making snow on the evening of Monday, September 29, and in addition to Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, and Telluride Ski Resort have made snow since then as well. Ideal snowmaking conditions and recent natural snowfall at high elevation allowed Arapahoe Basin to win the friendly Race to Open for the third consecutive year.

Following a record year for skier visits in Colorado, and a MORE


US ALPINE SKI TEAM NEWS

SHIFFRIN OPENS WITH FIRST RUN LEAD
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 25) - Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied a masterful bottom section of the first run to vault into the lead in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opener in Soelden. Running number one to start the season, Shiffrin arced her way down the Rettenbach Glacier giant slalom, carrying good speed off the steeps and powering through the flats into the finish. Shiffrin, the World Cup slalom champion, is looking for her first giant slalom win. Second run is set for 12:45 p.m. local time, with Universal Sports providing live coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. EDT...

100 DAYS TO VAIL/BEAVER CREEK
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Oct. 25) - As the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup was just hours away from kickoff, the official countdown clock dropped down to 100 days until the opening of the Feb. 2-15 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. It will mark the third time the Championships MORE


WILDCAT'S LARGEST SNOWMAKING UPGRADE

Wildcat Mountain has completed the largest snowmaking upgrade in its history installing over 10 miles of new snowmaking water and air pipe, acquiring 227 new high output/high efficiency snow guns and completing the construction of a new, state-of-the-art, mid-mountain, booster pump house. Over $2 million dollars has been invested to dramatically improve the snowmaking efficiency and output of Wildcat's snowmaking system.. During the 2013/14 season, Wildcat worked with some of the industry's leading snowmaking equipment manufacturers in what is believed to be the largest testing and demonstration project ever conducted at any mountain in the East. Following successful tests in a variety of weather conditions, delivery of new snow guns from HKD and Snow Logic have been arriving this summer and fall. In addition to the original 131 gun investment of almost one half a million dollars, Peak Resorts has recently announced an expansion of the project. An additional $330,000 was approved to acquire 96 more high efficiency units. The total investment in new guns now totals more than MORE


SEASON PASS NEWS
Mountain High Offers 13 Winter Resorts For $349 Thanks To the Powder Alliance VIP Pass Holders Receive More Than$2,700 In Benefits - September 26, 2014: Winter is coming and for regional powder hounds there is no better deal than Mountain High's VIP Season Pass with FREE skiing privileges to 12 Powder Alliance resorts. Now through November 30th, purchase a 14/15 VIP Season Pass to Mountain High, Southern California's closest winter resort, and receive three (3) FREE days at Crested Butte, CO, Snowbasin Resort, UT, Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA, Schweitzer, ID, Stevens Pass, WA, Bridger Bowl, MT, Timberline, OR, Mt Hood Ski Bowl, Or, China Peak, CA, Arizona Snowbowl, AZ, Angel Fire, NM, and Silver Star, Canada. That's 36 FREE tickets! Click here for a complete overview of resorts at www.powderalliance.com.

Additional Alliance-related benefits include discounts on lodging, rentals, buddy tickets, and more. Restrictions apply and all tickets must be used during the 2014/15 season.

VIP Passes start at $349 for adults and just $299 for Young Adults, ages 13 to 21. Children's passes are also available beginning at $249 for ages 7 to 12. Kids six and under receive a FREE season pass with the purchase of an Adult or Young Adult Season Pass.

Says John McColly, CMO, "$349 for 13 mountains is a terrific value and something no other Southern California resort can offer. Get a full season of skiing at Mountain High plus FREE tickets to some of the best resorts in Utah, Colorado, Montana, Washington, and now Canada."MORE


US FREESTYLE TEAM NEWS

USA AERIALS | ON THE RISE - The competitive spirit of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding is fueled by the passion each athlete has for his or her sport. Over the summer, U.S. Freestyle athletes Mac Bohonnon, Troy Tully and Mike Rossi produced USA Aerials | On The Rise to celebrate their sport and support the continued development and innovation of freestyle skiing..

"This video is a depiction of our love and dedication to the sport of Aerial Skiing. It encompasses everything the sport represents. Each and every single person pictured and involved in the making of this project shares a lasting love for the sport and the community that comes with it.

Since the beginning, freestyle skiing has consisted of a group that wanted to do things just a little differently. They were the ones doing flips on their skis because they were told they couldn't or because it was considered too dangerous. MORE


FREDDY MOONEY TO COACH CANADA MOGUL SKIERS

Winter Park Resort's Head Freestyle Coach Freddy Mooney has joined Team Canada, with whom he will serve as Technical Coach for the Men's World Cup Mogul Team, working with some of the planet's best mogul skiers.

After 12 years working with Winter Park Competition Center athletes, the last five of which he was Head Freestyle Coach, Mooney will now coach turns and be a fill-in strength advisor for Team Canada's A and B Men's Mogul Groups, which includes athletes like Mikael Kingsbury (currently ranked first in the world), Phillipe Marquis, and Marc-Antoine Gagnon, all of whom represented Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Mooney will have the opportunity to travel with the team to this year's World Championships in Austria, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, and various World Cup competitions throughout the world.

A Grand County native and graduate of Middle Park High School, Mooney spent a total of 29 years in the Winter Park Competition Center as either an athlete or a coach, competing as a member of the United States Men's Freestyle Ski Team from 1999-2006 and also appearing in the Warren Miller film "Off the Grid" in 2007. As coach, Mooney mentored Winter Park's best athletes while also serving as architect of the Competition Center's Sports Science Program, which incorporates strength training, nutrition, sports psychology, and fitness testing in an effort to maximize an athlete's total potential. In the summer, Mooney served as Race Director for Trestle Bike Park's Gravity Series, where he organized the entire series as well as designed and set race courses for the Enduro World Series..

"Coaching the Canadian World Cup team is a chance of a lifetime sort of opportunity," said Mooney. "They are just coming off of a tremendous performance in Sochi, winning both the gold and silver medals. Right now, they're the best, they're the team the rest of the world is chasing. I love Winter Park, and it will always be home. My history here, and the strength of the competition center, have gotten me to where I am. Now, I'm excited for this amazing opportunity to take my coaching to the next level." MORE


US SNOWBOARD TEAM NEWS

World Cup Coming to Squaw Valley - The fast-paced excitement of skicross and snowboardcross will come to Squaw Valley March 4-8, 2015, with the resort hosting an Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup. This will be the first time the International Ski Federation has brought a World Cup event to Squaw Valley since the FIS Alpine World Cup in 1969. The event will feature the top global stars in the sport, including local Olympian and seven-time X Games champion Nate Holland. Cross racing pits athletes against each other to race head-to-head down a course of jumps, bumps and berms. Snowboardcross made its Olympic debut in 2006, with skicross in 2010, and both events were among the top spectator events in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. MORE


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