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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.

It’s a winter wonderland on Grouse Mountain right now. And no, we are not joking.

Grouse Mountain staff posted a picture of the snowy conditions on the resort’s Instagram account and it looks like Old Man Winter just won’t quit as 25 cm of the white stuff has fallen.

Grouse Mountain spokesperson Julia Grant told Daily Hive snow began falling on the mountain on Monday evening.

“We did receive snow overnight, which is great news for everyone wanting to get in a few more spring turns since we’re open for skiing (and) riding through May 22,” said Grant.

The weather is expected to warm up over the next few days, so try to catch the remnants of winter before the snow begins to melt.

And if not, don’t worry, Grouse Mountain will be launching their summer activities this May long weekend.

“It’s the best of both worlds!” said Grant.

So to be clear then–Grouse Mountain will soon potentially be open for winter activities and summer activities at the same time.

But this likely means that the Grouse Grind’s opening date will be further delayed due to slick ice and snow on the trail’s upper section. Last year, the trail opened on May 2 to hikers.

What is up with this year, already?!

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Four alpine skiers and two snowboarders will run to become the Athlete Representative on the Sport Technical Committee.

Bibian Mentel-Spee holds medal high
The Netherlands’ Bibian Mentel-Spee made history at Sochi 2014 as the first woman to win gold in para-snowboard at a Paralympic Games. She is the current snowboard Athlete Representative on the Sport Technical Committee.© •

World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboardhave announced the nominees who will run for election as athlete representatives on the Sport Technical Committee (STC) for the next two years.

Elections will be held at the upcoming World Championships for both sports, and all competing athletes are eligible to vote.

In Tarvisio, Italy, on 27 January alpine skiers can vote for their favourite candidate at an athletes’ meeting. Snowboarders can take part in elections on 5 February in Big White, Canada.


Alpine skiing

Kelly Gallagher, Great Britain

Mitchell Gourley, Australia

Adam Hall, New Zealand

Claudia Loesch, Austria


Joany Badenhorst, Australia

Bibian Mentel-Spee

Both Gourley and Mentel-Spee are running for re-election having been voted in as the first athlete representative on the World Para Alpine Skiing and Snowboard STC in 2015.

The chosen candidates will serve a two-year term, acting as liaison between the athletes and the decision makers in the sports, as well as a direct link to the IPC Athletes’ Council.

The candidates were nominated by their National Paralympic Committees because they have strong qualities of leadership, accomplishment, knowledge and respect, both on and off the field of play.

World Para Nordic Skiing will also hold athlete representative elections at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany, on 13 February. The nomination process closes on 12 January.

The 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships get underway in Tarvisio, Italy, on 22 January, featuring 140 skiers from 30 countries in the last major competition ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Big White will host the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships from 1-8 February, where 80 athletes from 25 countries will compete for qualification slots for PyeongChang 2018.

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Mount Charleston offers a variety of wintertime recreation from skiing and sledding to building snowmen and winter wildlife watching. The Resort on Mount Charleston, located right in the middle of all the action, is the best place to stay on Mount Charleston! Stay with us and enjoy all the wintertime activities Mt. Charleston has to offer!

Have fun and be safe. Remember to stop by our General Store before or after your hike to pick up any last minute sundries.

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR), also known to locals as Lee Canyon, is located just minutes from The Resort on Mount Charleston. The base lodge is situated at the base of Lee Peak with an elevation of 11,289 feet to the north of Mt. Charleston, the eighth highest peak in Nevada at 11,916 feet. The snow season is roughly November through April, although can vary greatly year to year. For more accurate information, check their website at

 Snow Activities Photo

Where to Play in the Snow

Lee Canyon (HWY 156) is your best spot for sledding or playing in the snow! Foxtail Picnic Area is the designated snow play location. Other places include the Lee Meadows, Bristlecone Trail for snowshoe hiking and various pullouts on Deer Creek Highway (HWY 158) and Lee Canyon Road (HWY 156).

Parking is available free to guests of the Resort on Mount Charleston!

Snow Activities Photo

Snow Play Tips

  • No snow play on private or “closed” areas
  • Do not sled near roads
  • Sled only in open areas without trees & fences
  • Sled on snow that is at least 12 inches deep
  • Do not make ramps
  • Do not leave broken sleds or other trash behind
  • Be aware of others so you do not run into them
  • Be respectful and mindful of winter wildlife

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Food & Gas

Food is available at the Resort on Mount Charleston. The restaurant, “A Cut Above”, is open from 7:00AM to 9:00PM Sunday through Thursday, 7:00AM to 10:00PM on Friday and Saturday. The Bistro General Store, also located inside the hotel, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers boxed lunches, snacks and beverages, among other amenities.

There are no gas stations, so be sure to start with a full tank.

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madjacks ski boot adapter 1
Skiers and snowboarders have always had a tough time seeing eye to eye on much of anything. Both groups share a love of fresh powder of course, and they each enjoy gliding down the slopes at breakneck speed. But aside from that, there is little else to unite these two competing factions.However, if there is one thing that skiers have always been a bit jealous about, it is how comfortable snowboarding boots are compared to the ones they are forced to wear. Thankfully, a new product that recently launched on Kickstarter promises to ease this pain forever, and give skiers and snowboarders one more thing they can agree on.

MadJacks is a special adapter that has been designed to connect to the bindings that you already have on your skis, giving you the ability to use snowboard boots rather than the more uncomfortable and rigid ski boots. The system reportedly offers the same level of control that skiers have come to expect, but with the improved fit and feel that snowboarders have enjoyed for years.

The motivation behind the design of the MadJacks is three-fold. First, the product addresses issues with pain that many skiers are forced to deal with while wearing their boots. Secondly, the MadJacks system allows them to maintain a high level of performance without sacrificing comfort, and finally it offers a more affordable solution to traditional ski boots as well.

The system costs just $199 and since it utilizes less expensive snowboard boots, MadJacks owners could potentially save hundreds of dollars.

At its most basic level, MadJacks combines elements of a standard snowboard binding and properties from a ski boot, creating a hybrid of both. This results in a binding that accepts snowboard boots, but can — at least in theory — still provide the same level of performance that skiers expect. On top of that, those rare winter athletes who enjoy both sports can use the same boots no matter how they decide to shred the slopes.

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The IPC and PyeongChang agree to consolidate venue for Test Events and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Group of people pose in front of slopes
The Jeongseon Alpine Centre will host the Para Alpine Skiing and Snowboard competitions at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. © • PyeongChang 2018
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“This is a good move for everyone, especially spectators.”

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have announced that Alpine Skiing and Snowboard events will share a venue, with both taking place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in March 2018.

By holding both competitions in the same venue, spectators will be able to enjoy more events in one place, creating a rousing atmosphere for everyone involved.

It also ensures easier access and a safer slope width for Alpine skiers and provides separate courses for the events, which eliminates the needs to convert the snowboard track to a Slalom slope during the Paralympic Winter Games.

The original proposal was for the Alpine Skiing Downhill, Alpine Super G and Super Combined to take place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, while the Giant Slalom, Slalom and Snowboard would be staged in Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The idea of consolidating the competitions was originally discussed at the IPC Alpine SkiingAsian Cup held at Yongpyong in March of this year, and since then the discussions have moved into feasibility studies, planning and logistics so that the Test Events can also be held at this venue as preparation for the Games.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre hosted the very first Test Event back in February for the men’s FIS Alpine World Cup but this will be the first time that the Para alpine skiers get to experience the venue and the atmosphere. The 2017 IPC Snowboard World Cup Finals will take place from 10-13 March while the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup will be held from 11-18 March.

As a result of the consolidation there will be considerable cost savings for POCOG. The number of staff needed will be reduced from 682 to 332 and the overlay construction costs will also be reduced with less infrastructure needed in one venue instead of across two.

POCOG Secretary General, YEO Hyung Koo said: “We expect that this consolidation of events will bring about efficient Games preparation and operations at both the test events next year and the Paralympic Winter Games in 2018, as well as substantial savings.”

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Article by Xavier, for Madame Bulgaria, a french nomad guy passionate of sports of sliding and of travels around the world, based in Sofia, and cofounder of 2 successful companies : Tribway (a concept store of the best gifts of the web) and Tribway Consulting (helping you develop and launch your web projects). Distinctive sign : super cool. 

It has been snowing in Sofia for days, with temperatures between -10 and -20 C°. Fortunately, this Friday the weather finally announces sun and positive temperatures ! I jump at the opportunity to spend the day in Borovets, and enjoy this fresh snow. I leave with my friend Viki who recently won a season ticket to the raffle (which lucky !). Well equipped, we start to assault the pleasantly deserted trails on this weekday. As expected, the sun and the snow are at the rendezvous. We take full advantage of it! It is by bus that we return very tired but satisfied, in Sofia. We can not wait to go back! Situated at 1300 m, on the northern slopes of the mountain of Rila, the station of Borovets has 58 km of alpine ski runs (from 2560 to 1300 m) and 35 km of cross-country ski trails, all levels, grouped in 3 zones : Sitnjakovo (8 slopes); Jastrebec (3 slopes) and Markudžika (4 slopes). Borovets is providing very good conditions for snow sports during the winter : skiing, night-skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumps and biathlon, ski-doo, etc. While skiing, you can enjoy amazing views of the valley, with the Samokov town and the Iskar Lake. In the distance, you can also see the Vitosha mountain, and on the ot her side, you won’t miss the Musala peak, which is the highest peak of the whole Balkan Peninsula, at 2925m ! The resort itself is very pleasant, with many restaurants and bars. On a good day, you can enjoy a tasty lunch on a sunny terrace during your ski break. The fantastic Hotel Rila will make your stay unforgettable (although you won’t forget the price either). If you’re on a budget, you’ll find cheaper accommodation in the town of Samokov, which is only 20 minutes away. In summer, Borovets is also the starting point of many wonderful hikes, such as the ascents of the Musala and Malyovitsa peaks. Have fun !

Practical info : To get to Borovets : First, you have to take a bus from Sofia (station “south”) to Samokov. Travel time : 1h10 early in the morning, rather 1h30 on the return with traffic. Cost : 6 leva per journey. To enjoy the day it is advisable to take the first start at 7:00am. After that, leave every half hour (schedule details). Once in Samokov you have to take another bus to Borovets, which runs every half hour. Do not rely on the schedules displayed at Samokov, which are incorrect! Cost : 1.40 leva per journey. Duration : about 20 minutes. A taxi for the same journey costs about 15 leva. Otherwise by car : 73 km and about 1 hour 20 minutes. Start of the ski lifts : 8:30am/End of the ski lifts : 4:30pm-5:00pm, depending on the lifts. Price of the day package : 55 leva. Prices of equipment rentals : about 25 leva the day for a pair of ski / snowboard + shoes. Lessons: 35 leva / 2 Hours. I like : scenic views, runs for all skill levels, many food options. Could be better : a direct bus from Sofia would be great !

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The first ever World Para Alpine Skiing and snowboard events will come to Iran in January, signifying the development of winter sports in the country.

A ski slope in Iran
Dizin will host Para snowboard competitions and later Para alpine skiing events for the first time in Iran. © • NPC Iran

“In the future we will witness the attraction of more athletes to winter sports and we will have the chance to hold regional and international winter Championships.”

Motivated by the next two Paralympic Winter Games being held in Asia, the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Iran has taken quick steps to develop winter Para sports in the country.

From Tuesday (3 January), Iran will host three events in the Alborz mountain range near Tehran featuring around 10 Iranian athletes. These mark the first time Iran will host World Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboardcompetitions and were a culmination of a talent identification programme held in the Asian nation two years ago.

“We began and also continue planning to support athletes’ activities in winter sports through participation in Nagano 1998Salt Lake City 2002Torino 2006Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014,” NPC Iran Secretary General Masoud Ashrafi said.

“For the last two years we tried to develop, encourage and attract more athletes to winter sports in our country. At this time, we are hosting three winter sports events in Iran, which is the result of our efforts to develop winter sports with the help of World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboard.”

The first event – a World Para Snowboard sanctioned event in Dizin – will take place 3-4 January; followed by two World Para Alpine Skiing competitions in Darbandsar (8-9 January) and then Dizin (16-17 January).

The competitions are modelled on other winter Para sport competitions, including athlete classification. Education and training workshops will also run alongside each event, aimed at strengthening coaches and officials in Iran. Ultimately, the NPC hopes the January events will lay a platform for development ahead of PyeongChang 2018, Beijing 2022 and beyond.

“In the future we will witness the attraction of more athletes to winter sports and we will have the chance to hold regional and international winter Championships,” Ashrafi said about his expectations of January’s competitions.

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Last month, six crews went head-to-head for the Intersection film competition, part of the esteemed Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival. The grand prize: $10,000… So what do you do to come out on top? Make this gem: Jerry’s Day—starring Stan Rey as “Jerry.”

ALSO WATCH: Last year’s winning submission by The Big Picture crew

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