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If you’re looking to tear up the slopes this season, there’s no better place to do it than Canada’s mountain villages. The Great White North is home to picturesque resort ski regions like Resorts of the Canadian Rockies and Ski Québec city-Charlevoix. But it’s not just about the trails and views; where you wind down after a run is just as important. Keeping all that in mind, we rounded up the best ski runs and après spots in these two regions. Once you experience Canada’s finest wintry retreats, you’re gonna hope summer never comes back.

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WINTER PARK, Colo. — A legendary portal through the Rocky Mountains beneath the Continental Divide is once again making it possible for skiers and snowboarders to take a train directly to the ski lifts.

Denver is again the only major American city where you can step onto a train and ride directly to the slopes. Other ski trains usually require a shuttle bus of some kind to cover the final miles, but Colorado’s Winter Park Ski area sits directly adjacent to transcontinental Union Pacific railroad tracks emerging from the Moffat Tunnel.

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The alpine region of southern New South Wales has received a big blast of snow — months ahead of the official start to the ski season.

Visitors and staff at ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains fell asleep last night in Autumn and woke up in what looked like the dead of winter.

Thredbo Resort said about 10 to 15 centimetres of snow fell on mountain tops overnight, while Perisher resort recorded about five centimetres.

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FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2016, file photo, Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates in the finish area after winning an alpine ski, women’s World Cup downhill, in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. The Alpine director of the U.S. ski team said Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017 that Lindsey Vonn could make her World Cup return in Austria next week, two months after undergoing surgery on a broken arm. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca, File)

The network connected it to Vonn’s recent criticism of President Trump.

Lindsey Vonn, the most successful American ski racer in history, suffered a back injury while competing at the World Cup in Switzerland, threatening her participation in the Olympic games next year.

Fox News could barely contain its glee.

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Jens Burman, together with Swedish Nordic athletes Viktor Thorn and Karl-Johan Westberg (both of whom have been Salomon team members since their junior years), did two weeks of training in the French Alps in October. Part of that time was a day spent at Salomon’s Annecy Design Center (ADC). After working closely with Salomon technicians during that visit and selecting their best skis and boots, the Swedes are fully armed and ready for the upcoming season.

The visit to Salomon ADC was important for both the athletes and the Salomon Nordic staff. For athletes, it’s a chance to get a feel for what Salomon is all about and to discuss with the people behind the product creation process. For Salomon specialists, meeting the professionals of the sport and hearing their feedback is an important step in improving products.

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PORTAGE, Wis. – Temperatures are finally cold enough for Wisconsin’s ski season to begin. The staff at Cascade Mountain is hoping the winter air will make the resort’s latest investment worth it.

It purchased 40 snow guns this year in preparation for this year’s ski season. That’s on top of 40 guns purchased last year, bringing its total number of snow guns to nearly 400.

“That’s over a million dollars a year just in increasing our snowmaking because with the iffy weather we get here in southern Wisconsin, snowmaking is really important,” Randy Axelson, Cascade Mountain marketing director, said.

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Aspen Skiing Co. was able to make snow at Buttermilk Tuesday but the lower slopes remain brown. Skico officials will announce later this week if Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open as scheduled on Saturday.

“As long as we can’t get those guys fully employed, we’ll keep feeding them”

Aspen Skiing Co. has set up a soup kitchen for employees who haven’t been able to work yet because of low-snow conditions.

Skico started feeding unemployed workers dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on the day after Thanksgiving, according to Jeff Hanle, vice president of communications. The meals are provided on a rotating basis at Bumps Restaurant at the base of Buttermilk and the Treehouse at Snowmass.

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  • The annual gathering of St Nicholases and Santas marks opening of the ski season at resort of Verbier
  • 2,656 men, women and children dressed for the occasion, making it a record Santa gathering in Switzerland
  • Now in its fourth year, it is very popular; resort offers daily pass to every skier who comes in costume

There are still a few weeks to go, but Christmas came early to the Swiss Alps today – in the form of multiple skiing Santa Clauses and St Nicholases.

Obviously there’s only one real Father Christmas, so any children witnessing the blur of red that whizzed down the slopes at Verbier needn’t be alarmed.

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LAKE LOUISE, AB – DECEMBER 02: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill on December 2, 2017 in Lake Louise, Canada. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

One day after getting her career first podium in a speed event with a third-place finish in the downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin did herself two better with her first downhill win.

The 22-year-old reigning overall world cup champion finished in 1:27.55 Saturday to win the Lake Louise downhill Saturday. Shiffrin’s time bested 2010 Olympic giant slalom gold medalist Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who finished second at 1:27.68, while Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin took third, finishing in 1:27.72.

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It’s November and the snows are just starting to fall in the USA so it’s understandable the country’s skiers are a bit rusty.

So it is little wonder footage is emerging of a mountain of meaty fails as the crew find their ski legs again.

This was shot over the first few weeks of November in Oregon.

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