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For months, we’ve been posting snowy photos and videos of North American territories. Just about everyone on the West Coast got dumped on in September. Then, recently, the Pacific North West in particular saw a massive storm. Even way back in July, Jackson Hole got a summer dusting.

But, now, it’s the East Coast’s turn. Below, browse through a collection of media that gives us hope for a powder-filled season at some of our favorite resorts. From Vermont to New Hampshire to Maine to New York to Virginia, winter has begun.


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There will be no men's World Cup races at Lake Louise this year due to a lack of snow.

There will be no men’s World Cup races at Lake Louise this year due to a lack of snow. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Warm temperatures in Alberta have forced the cancellation of the men’s World Cup downhill races at Lake Louise, Alta.

It’s the first time in 29 years the International Ski Federation has called off a World Cup at Lake Louise, according to Alpine Canada.

“We’re crushed by having to make the decision, we worked very hard with the resort staff and our volunteers to get the racetrack prepared, said race chairman Brian Lynam. “But weather worked against us. It was just too warm to make the amount of snow that we needed on the lower part of the mountain. But we’ve got plans, obviously to push forward because we have ladies races to hold coming up.

“Basically half of the race course is covered with excellent coverage of snow that will be race-ready, it’s just the lower half of the racetrack that we’re having some problems getting good coverage. Mother nature is someone to be respected.”

The season-opening downhill was scheduled for Nov. 26 followed by a super-G on Nov. 27. Training runs for the downhill were to start Nov. 23. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won both races last year.

Recent temperatures “remained above freezing too often, eliminating the chance to make the required snow” for the bottom section of the mountain, Alpine Canada said in a statement Wednesday.

“While we have good snow conditions on the upper mountain, we didn’t have enough cold to get to the finish line for the men. We will continue our efforts for successful races for the ladies and look forward to the men returning next year,” said Lynam.

Each World Cup race undergoes a snow control to determine whether or not the competition can take place or not. The International Ski Federation (FIS) said “a possible replacement will be communicated in due course.”

The women’s World Cup downhills and super-G scheduled for Dec. 2-4 have not been cancelled.

Last year, Lindsey Vonn won all three races at Lake Louise for the third time in her career. The American was not going to compete at Lake Louise this year as she’s still recovering from a broken arm suffered in a crash.

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From Stevens Pass

STEVENS PASS, Wash. — The wait is almost over! Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is opening Tuesday for skiing and snowboarding.

Officials at Stevens say they got 11-14″ of “fantastic base building snow” in the last 24 hours and is ready to kick off the season. Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two other local ski areas have already opened for the 2016-17 season, but a few others need just a bit more snow first.

Here’s a rundown of other local ski areas:

  • Crystal Mountain has already opened for the season and says it is open daily.
  • Mt. Baker is also open daily — it has a snow base of more than 68″ at Heather Meadows, the deepest base in the U.S.
  • The recent snowstorm has given Snoqualmie a big boost but not enough to open just yet.
  • And White Pass is getting closer and closer to opening, but officials there say they need a bit more snow first.

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(CNN) — Are you ski or snowboard obsessed? Do you crave an endless winter?
If ski lifts closing at the end of the season is a time to mourn, you’ll be keen to scout out those summer spots.
Summer skiing, on dazzling-white glaciers high above lush green valleys, can help feed that addiction without flying to the southern hemisphere.
Here’s seven venues where you can stave off those winter withdrawal symptoms.

Hintertux, Austria

Hintertux is the only ski resort in Austria open 365 days a year and boasts extensive high-altitude summer skiing and snowboarding at the head of the Ziller valley south east of Innsbruck.
With up to 10 lifts and a possible 18 kilometers of slopes above 3,000m, Hintertux offers a range of skiing for all levels below the Olperer peak at 3,478 meters.
The quality of the snow means the Hintertux glacier is a favorite spot for international ski teams to train in the off season.
The Betterpark Hintertux is one of the highest freestyle parks in Austria at 3,200m with terrain for all levels from April to early June and from mid-September to December.

Les 2 Alpes, France

High above the resort in the shadow of the mighty La Meije (3,983m) sits Les 2 Alpes’ spectacular summer skiing venue.
The 120-hectare glacier, 70 kilometers from Grenoble, is one of Europe’s biggest summer spots offering slopes from 2,900 meters to almost 3,600 meters on the Dome de la Lauze.
The ski area contains 11 runs (1 red, 9 blue, 1 green) plus a snowpark, accessed by 17 lifts. It is open for skiing and boarding from 7am to 1230pm from June 24 to September 2.
Les 2 Alpes is set to be connected to nearby Alpe d’Huez by an 18-minute gondola by the 2021, taking the winter ski area to a whopping 475 kilometers of piste.

Tignes, France

What could be better for the obsessed snowsports fan than a slide around the glacier in the morning, followed by a dip in the Tignes lake in the afternoon?
Tignes’ summer skiing area is perched high up on the slopes of the Grande Motte (3,656 meters), reached by a high-speed underground funicular and then cable car up to a high point of 3,456 meters.
There are 20 kilometers of varied runs open from the end of June until early August with views over to the giant Grand Casse in the heart of the Vanoise National Park.
Acrobats with energy to burn can launch themselves on ski, board, back or bike down water ramps into the lake.
Many of the world’s top freestyle skiers and borders use the facility for summer practice.
Tignes is connected to the ski area of Val d’Isere in winter, forming one of the world’s most celebrated skiing destinations.
Historic Zermatt is a popular summer training base for international ski teams.

Historic Zermatt is a popular summer training base for international ski teams.

Zermatt, Switzerland

High above the glitz of Zermatt under the watchful eye of the majestic Matterhorn lies 25 kilometers of summer skiing on the Theodul glacier.
The 13 blue and red runs are reached by the Klein Matterhorn cable car, which rises to the high point of the Matterhorn glacier paradise ski area — shared with Cervinia in Italy — at 3,883m.
There is also a terrain park with half pipe, kickers and rails for gravity-challenging snowsports fans.
Zermatt’s glacier skiing area, more than two kilometers above the historic town, is a favorite summer training spot for racers and international ski teams.
Hiking, mountain-biking and climbing surrounded by some of the Alps’ highest peaks make Zermatt a popular summer destination.
In winter the area combines with Cervinia in Italy to offer 360 kilometers of connected trails.

Last year, when a Weston Snowboards splitboard received an Editor’s Choice award from Backcountry Magazine, it was fair to say the company had found its place alongside industry leaders.

This year, after receiving that recognition once again, Weston is a bona fide industry leader, carving (literally) out a place for itself among well-established companies like Never Summer, Jones Snowboards and Venture.

Not bad for a little company from Minturn that relies on a portable tiny home as its retail outlet.

The Weston Backwoods splitboard has gone through a few changes over the years, but the current design is impressing everyone who tries it.

“It’s a powder board, but it goes edge to edge really well and handles all conditions,” said Weston co-owner Mason Davey.

Backcountry Magazine employs a team of 40 for its annual test. The testers ride Crested Butte, Monarch Mountain and go overnight to the Lost Wonder Hut.

“And this year, through the battle-worn haze of dislocated shoulders, a flu outbreak, a handful of hangovers and several mercilessly battered boards, testers soldiered on to find the best in splitboard gear,” reviewers wrote.

Only four boards were chosen for the Editor’s Choice award.


Weston Snowboards started in 2012 with a small line of boards and quickly caught the attention of locals.

As backcountry riding was seeing a rise in popularity at the time, splitboards — which are bifurcated vertically to be used as skis for uphill transport — became a signature item for Weston Snowboards.

Technology on splitboards has been steadily improving, as manufacturers are striving to provide lighter and stronger boards that feel just like regular snowboards. The Backwoods started as a popular powder board in Weston’s line, and two years ago Davey and co-owner Leo Tsuo decided to cut one in half the long way and see what happened.

Riders loved it.

“I stepped on it and immediately started laying down huge carves on the groomers,” said Brendon Glenwright, a coach at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. “Then I got in the backcountry with it and I realized how versatile it was. Powder, trees, jumps, steep couloirs, it can really handle everything.”


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Kelly Clark, of the United States, competes in a World Cup halfpipe snowboard event Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Park City, Utah. Clark came in first place. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Park City • Kelly Clark slammed into the giant inflatable airbag at the base of a halfpipe over and over this summer, praying she could turn the clock back nearly two decades. The 34-year-old snowboarding pioneer is no stranger to keeping pace — and often coming out on top — against rising talents in the sport.

The four-time Olympian wanted to try something familiar. So she went back into her old bag of tricks to relearn the “McTwist,” typically known as an inverted style of a backside 540 spin. The trick, Clark, explained helped solidify her name on the biggest stage when she won gold in women’s snowboard halfpipe at the 2002 Olympics at Park City Mountain Resort.

“I hadn’t done it in 15 years,” the Vermont native said.

Clark consulted the likes of Shaun White, Danny Davis and Toby Miller, asking for their help to become reacclimatized to the trick.

“I was able to land it first try,” she said.

That landing summarizes Clark. A generational talent refusing to retire, prompted to stay locked into her bindings for as long as possible, striving for her fourth Olympic medal. Clark’s decorated career also features 11 career World Cup victories and is a nine-time X Games gold medalist.

“She stands out when she snowboards,” said 16-year-old snowboarding phenom Chloe Kim. “She’s so talented, so amazing. Her riding is so powerful, so strong.”

Clark has been forced to adapt with the times. She might’ve helped the relationship between snowboarding and the Olympics get off the ground 16 years ago, but in order to keep up, she’s diversifying her tricks.

“[Snowboarding is] always changing. It’s elusive,” Clark said. “I always compare it to golf. You hit one shot that makes it all worth it every once in a while. For me, I honestly don’t think I’ve hit my potential, so I’m going to be pushing myself and finding out what I’m capable of.”

USA hockey prepped for new look

The string of five-consecutive Olympic Games featuring NHL players will be snapped in PyeongChang next February. The NHL announced in April that the league would not allow for an official break in the schedule for 2018 Games, meaning the world’s top hockey players will stay home.

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