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STEAMBOAT TO HOST HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Colorado's Steamboat Ski Resort has been selected as the site of the 2015 induction ceremony of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, as well as the International Skiing History Association's annual Skiing History Week. The induction ceremony honoring the Hall of Fame's class of 2014 will be Saturday, April 11, capping off the April 8-12 Skiing History Week. The week will feature skiing, historical presentations, awards ceremonies and a film festival open to the entire Steamboat community. MORE


U.S. ALPINE SKI TEAM NEWS
Ligety Expected Back After Injury - Olympic champion Ted Ligety suffered an injury to his left wrist when he hooked his hand on a gate while training today at Vail's Golden Peak. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Ligety suffered a left wrist carpal dislocation. He underwent surgery with U.S. Ski Team physician Dr. Randy Viola at the Vail Valley Medical Center Saturday afternoon. Doctors anticipate he should be back skiing shortly. He will be fitted with a special splint to wear while skiing. There was no determination yet as to whether it will impact his participation in the Audi FIS Ski World Cups in Lake Louise or Beaver Creek. He has been scheduled to ski in the super G at Lake Louise Nov 30 before the tour heads to the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week in Beaver Creek. MORE
SKI AREA NEWS
Mt. Van Hoevenberg Opens for Nordic Skiing
- Mt. Van Hoevenberg is open for cross country skiing, with day passes only $8. The mountain center will be open through Sunday, Nov. 23, and then re-open Friday, Nov. 28 (conditions and weather permitting). There are no rentals, food or merchandise being sold until the transition into fully-operational mode, but season passes are on sale now and are being sold at the mountain.
 These world-class cross country ski trails range over 50 km of rolling Adirondack terrain. The following trails have been rolled and are setting up nicely: Beginner terrain - flatlander, bobcat, miniloop, campground, flatlander extension. More difficult - east Mt. cutoff, east hill. Expert - Ladies 5 inner and outer loops.  Season passes are on sale now, and prices will go up after December 1.Adults/$170, Teen/Senior/$135, junior/$95, 70+/$50 and children six and under are free. MORE
U.S. FREESKIING NEWS
ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT - Nick Goepper's burst on to the freeskiing scene may have started on a small hill in the Midwest, but it's clear fans are going to see big things from the Olympic bronze medalist in the coming seasons. Nick is ramping up for the 2014-2015 season with some summer training (he just released a summer edit) and he hopes to continue adding to his impressive roster of results. How/when did you decide you wanted to compete: I decided to compete for the first time when I was 11. I entered a big air contest at my home resort in Indiana. I tried to do a little straight air with a grab, ended up not even making it over the jump, and placed 42nd out of 45 competitors. Biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I would say the biggest accomplishment of my career so far is winning slopestyle at the Winter X Games this past season. MORE
SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN PLANS EARLY OPENING
SKI, RIDE & TUBE... "WHITE FRIDAY" NOVEMBER 28

Shawnee on Delaware, PA - Thanks to early aggressive snowmaking and the recent cold snap, Shawnee Mountain plans to be open for skiing and snowboarding beginning the day after Thanksgiving "White Friday" through the Weekend. Operating hours will be 9am to 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Five open trails for skiing and snowboarding will include Hiawatha, Blue Mountain, Greenhouse Slope, Little Chief and top to bottom on the 5000' Pennsylvania Trail. Three lifts will operate including a beginner friendly carpet conveyor lift and the Tomahawk Express Quad to the top. Ski and snowboard rentals, lessons and beginner's packages will all be available MORE


U.S. FREESTYLE TEAM NEWS
Columbia Sportswear Signs on with U.S. Freestyle Through 2022 Olympics - After a successful partnership leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has announced that Columbia Sportswear will be its official uniform partner through the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The eight-year deal continues the trend of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) securing long-term relationships with the strongest partners in the industry.
"Columbia has been a great partner in working collaboratively with our athletes to design the uniforms for Sochi. It was that great experience that gave us the confidence to write this deal so far out," said Michael Jaquet, USSA chief marketing officer. "This also provides the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team with important stability over the long term. It's great for our moguls and aerials teams to have this foundation in place with such a strong partner." MORE

SKI VACATION PLANNING TIPS
It's a common dilemma for vacationing families: Should they book their ski vacation early, or hold out with the hope of cashing in on a last minute bargain? Colorado ski vacation planners agree, earlier is always better, and below are five reasons why.

 1.) Budget-friendly Offers for Early Bookers
 
Ski areas are a lot like grandparents: They can't wait to hear when guests are coming, and they want to know how many people they're bringing with them. The resorts of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) and many ski areas offer a slew of incentives for booking early, including discounted lift and lodging packages, and even promotions for saving money on airfare and travel. MORE


U.S. SNOWBOARD TEAM NEWS
2015 U.S. Revolution Tour Schedule Announced - The 2015 U.S. Revolution Tour is celebrating its eleventh anniversary this year, with halfpipe and slopestyle stops in Copper Mountain, CO, Seven Springs, PA, and Mammoth Mountain, CA. This year, the Rev Tour will be adding Big Air to its schedule in Mammoth, giving up-and-coming athletes an opportunity to prepare for Big Air as the International Olympic Committee looks to add the event to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. This will also mark the first year that the Rev Tour and Hole Shot tour will work together, giving both SBX and SX athletes an opportunity to train and compete MORE

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