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SKI AREA NEWS
Best of Tahoe Resorts Announce Special Offers for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month throughout January

Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Offer Lodging Specials, Ski and Snowboard Instruction Savings) - January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort invite first-time guests to enjoy winter sports, as well as intermediate and advanced participants to further elevate their skills through the resorts' renowned ski and snowboard schools. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national initiative which encourages children and adults to establish a strong skiing or riding foundation by taking lessons with a professional instructor. It also challenges current skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills through instruction and MORE


CANADIAN FREESTYLE NEWS
Calgary moguls to open the New Year for Freestyle World Cup

CALGARY, CAN - The first FIS Freestyle event of 2015 gets underway on Saturday morning (MST) with World Cup moguls qualifications and finals in Calgary, Canada.

Calgary's Canada Olympic Park (COP) has been a host venue on the World Cup tour dating all the way back to 1987, when it held test events ahead of the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Located about 25 minutes from downtown Calgary, COP boast a full range of Freestyle facilities mere kilometers from one of Canada's most booming metropolises.

Five of the six Sochi 2014 moguls medalists claimed podiums at last season's Calgary event, with Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) scoring her first win of 2013/14 on the COP slope, followed by Hannah Kearney (USA) and middle Dufour-Lapointe sister Chloe. On the men's side, it was Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) taking the second of what would become five 2013/14 wins, followed by teammate Alex Bilodeau and Patrick Deneen (USA). Sochi men's bronze medalist Alexandr Smyshlyaev (RUS), came fourth.

Just over two weeks ago, at the first moguls World Cup of the 2014/15 season in Ruka, Finland, we saw sophomore World Cup winners on both the ladies' and men's side, as Yulia Galysheva (KAZ) and Philippe Marquis (CAN) rose to the occasion in a dual moguls competition that saw some of the traditional favourites bow out in the intense head-to-head skiing. MORE


SUNSHINE & IRISH MUSIC AT KILLINGTON
I headed up to Killington for some skiing before the Christmas holidays. It turned out to be a great weekend that was highlighted by sunny skies, plenty of snow and perfect skiing weather.
I was staying at the historic Inn At Long Trail built in 1938 and restored in 1977. I have driven by this iconic bed-and-breakfast ski lodge at the top of Killington pass a thousand times but this was my first time staying in this quaint lodge. I was delighted when I found that I was staying at a lodge with an authentic Irish Pub.

Every weekend they have live Irish music and provide a wide variety Irish whiskey, Guinness, LTA, Smithwick's, and Harp on tap, not to mention my favorite Bailey's Irish Cream and other beer, wine and cocktails. The menu at this pub had the usual pub fair with burgers and Irish specialities like Guinness Stew, Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage and other pub offerings. What surprised me was the gourmet items on the menu that included a Seared Duck Breast which I selected at the suggestion of the bartender. This was a served with wild rice, apple cranberry chutney and other delicious vegetables topped with a fig sauce. MORE


US FREESTYLE TEAM NEWS
Mogul Skiers Kick Off 2015 in Calgary

Park City, UT (Jan. 1, 2015) - The U.S. Freestyle moguls team will start off the New Year in Calgary, Canada for the second World Cup of the season. The event will take place at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park on January 3, one of the premier sites from the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), who finished second in last year's Calgary event, will continue her quest for the most World Cup wins in freestyle moguls history, while teammate Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) looks to follow up his third place finish last year with another podium. The Calgary World Cup also marks the return of Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA), who spent the off-season recovering MORE


BELLEAYRE, A SHORT RIDE FROM NYC
We started our trip to Belleayre Mountain is located off of State Route 28 in Highmount, NY. Two and half hours later we arrived and were greeted by the very friendly staff. This ski area has became one of the centers for winter sports in the region. Belleayre offers something for everybody. From skiing to snowboarding to cross-country skiing and visitors just enjoying the view, you can enjoy yourself at Belleayre. The ski area designates over half of its runs as intermediate slopes, both advanced and beginner skiers and riders will find trails that they will enjoy. Youngsters will have fun on the SkiWee Carousel and intermediates can challenge themselves on Deer Run. MORE


US SNOWBOARD TEAM NEWS
Historic Big Air Win for USA Teen
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Dec. 20, 2104) - In front of a packed house at Istanbul's Technical University Stadium, U.S. Snowboarding's Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) walked away with her first FIS World Cup win and became the first women ever to win an FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup. The event snowcased big air snowboarding, which is being considered for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. alker, who earned $17,000 for the win, landed both backside and frontside 720s for a combined score of 156.5 points besting Swiss Sina Candrian and The Netherlands' Cheryl Maas.

Just 17 years old, Walker was one of the youngest Olympians in Sochi, qualifying for slopestyle snowboarding. She attends the USSA TEAM Academy in Park City, where she's an 'A' student and on track to graduate from high school this spring. MORE


THE LITTLE MOUNTAIN THAT GREW AND GREW
When I first started skiing at Okemo over 35 years ago, they only had a half dozen lifts and skiing on a 15 trails. Boy, how things have changed. Okemo has grown and expanded over the years to become one of Vermont's premier ski resorts with 120 trails, four terrain parks and over 650 acres of skiable trails spread over five mountains. The ski area boasts a vertical drop of 2,200 feet and offers 32% novice terrain, 37% intermediate terrain, 31% advanced and expert trails, with 10 terrain park and feature areas. Okemo is so big that a skier or snowboarder would have a tough time skiing all the trails in one weekend. There are 19 lifts, including a new 6-person high-speed bubble chairlift (with heated seats), 8 quad chairs MORE


US ALPINE SKI TEAM NEWS
Shiffrin Wins First Slalom of Season
KUEHTAI IN TIROL, Austria (Dec. 29, 2014)--With two nearly perfect runs, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) never let go of first place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, taking her first slalom win of the season against a stacked field in Austria. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was second and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished in 23rd.

It was a small tech team competing at Kuehtai in Tirol, with only Shiffrin and Stiegler making the flip. Unlike the previous day's giant slalom, the course was in great condition with a simple set and the girls could let the skis run. Even though Shiffrin faced stiff competition, she skied confidently and built her lead throughout the second run, winning MORE


US FREESKIING TEAM NEWS
Rev Tour Kicks Off at Copper - The U.S. Revolution Tour kicked off at Copper Mountain with Kyle Smaine (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and Olympian Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) winning the halfpipe competition, and Tim Ryan (Waterville Valley, NH) and Norwegian rider Johanne Killi taking home top honors in slopestyle.

Under cloudy skies, a heavy hitting international field showed up to compete at Copper Mountain's 22-foot halfpipe and four-feature slopestyle course, but U.S. skiers took home three of the top spots. In women's halfpipe, Annalisa Drew outdid New Zealander Janina Kuzma--who won MORE


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