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Ullr Fest 2015

October 15, 2014 by  
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A celebration of the Norse god of snow, Ullr Fest offers abundant entertainment for all ages. Visitors will enjoy the Main Street parade, live entertainment, a Nordic party, the Ullr dating game, the Ullympics and more.

For more information visit www.gobreck.com

Date: 11 to 17 January 2014
Location: Breckenridge
Country: United States

DemoFest 2014

October 15, 2014 by  
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Test out new equipment from some of the top skiing and snowboarding manufacturers at Demofest.

For more information visit www.winterparkresort.com

Date: 6 December 2014
Location: Winter Park Resort
State: Colorado
Country: United States

Mount Snow Film Festival 2014

October 15, 2014 by  
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This year is the fourth annual Mount Snow Film Festival. Catch some great films and meet Carinthia team members.

For more information visit www.mountsnow.com

Date: 21 December 2014
Location: Sundance Base Lodge, Mount Snow
State: Vermont
Country: United States

SugarFest 2014

October 15, 2014 by  
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Enjoy an exciting weekend of snow sport fun at SugarFest. Visitors can look forward to an Adult Preseason Ski Clinic, awesome equipment demos, an opportunity to meet Olympic medallist Paul Wylie, fireworks and a lively party.

For more information visit www.skisugar.com/sugarfest/

Date: 12 to 14 December 2014
Location: Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
State: North Carolina
Country: United States

Snowsport Scotland Summit 2014

October 15, 2014 by  
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Along with the AGM and Council Meeting, the weekend will also include forums for the various disciplines and coaches workshops. For more information visit www.snowsportscotland.org

Date: 22 and 23 November 2014
Location: Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, Scotland
Country: United Kingdom

Indoor Snow Sport Complex for Texas

October 15, 2014 by  
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The city of Grand Prairie in North Texas has announced plans to build an all-year-around indoor snow sport center featuring seven different slopes to cater for skiers and snowboarders, from beginners to experts. Beginner runs have four slope angles, while green runs feature slopes from 6 to 10 degrees, and blue runs from 10 to 12.5 degrees. Black runs will have slopes from 12.5 degrees to 28 degrees, with the same gradients for forest runs. Snowboarders have look forward to a top-of-the-range snowboard park featuring a full competition half pipe, terrain park, rails, kickers, jumps and a performance area, as well as a free rider run with snow berms. The 1,900′ ski run will be the longest of its kind in the world and all this will be accommodated in a structure almost 300′ tall, 1,220′ long and 570′ wide. Other features of the resort will be a play area, tobogganing, snow tubing and a luge track.

The Grand Alps® indoor ski center will form part of a hotel, entertainment and retail complex. The 4-star Hard Rock hotel will have 300 rooms, as well as a conference center and a number of meeting and event rooms. Entertainment options will include a rooftop swimming pool, complete with cabanas and poolside bar and grill, a family entertainment center, a digital Cineplex and a variety of restaurants, cafés and retail stores. The complex will also feature a Spa and Wellness center, available to both guests and members of the public.

The estimated cost of the resort is $398 million, with funding coming from various sources including private-equity investors and the Grand Alps company, led by Sherman Thurston and Levi Davis. The city’s investment in the project reportedly includes the land upon which the center will be built, three-year TIF funds for infrastructure, as well as 100% real estate tax abatement for a period of seven years, and a 75 percent rebate of hotel/motel tax for a period of ten years.

According to Thurston, Grand Alps is building indoor ski resorts in China, Malaysia and Brazil, but the Grand Prairie project is their first in the United States. The project is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015, with a view to opening in early 2018.

Mammoth Mountain Acquires Snow Summit and Big Bear

October 1, 2014 by  
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Mammoth Mountain, in eastern California, recently announced that it has acquired Big Bear Mountain Resorts and Snow Summit in a $38 million deal, making it one of the biggest ski companies in the United States. Together with June Mountain, which is already owned by Mammoth Mountain, the new four-resort group collectively hosts more than two million snow sport enthusiasts each year. In an interview, CEO of Mammoth Mountain, Rusty Gregory, noted that announcements detailing development and expansion plans for all four resorts will be made in the next few months.

Already one of the California’s most popular resorts, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area covers more than 3,500 acres of skiable terrain along the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in eastern California, offering traditional alpine skiing and snowboarding, as well as cross-country and snowshoe terrain, snowmobile action and Snowcat tours. The ski area’s top elevation is 11,053 feet, with its base elevation at 7,953 feet. Average snowfall is 400 inches, with snowmaking on 46 trails. Twenty-eight lifts ensure more time on the snow, and an average of 300 days of sunshine adds to the pleasure of skiing at this Californian resort.

To make snow sport in this region of California even more accessible, particularly to visitors from the East and Midwest, Mammoth Mountain recently announced that two new flights into Mammoth Lakes airport will be added in the upcoming season – Alaska Airlines will be flying from Las Vegas, and United from Denver. Mammoth has also initiated its new “Cali4nia Pass” offering unlimited skiing and boarding at all four of its resorts, discounted for a limited time.

The Snow Summit deal includes a golf course, a driving range and a number of parking lots, along with the rights to 438 acres of skiable land which is owned by the US Forest Service. Moreover, Mammoth Mountain’s investors are reportedly planning to build on land around Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, all of which adds to the value of the deal. For skiers the development of the resorts and combined deals that may make snow skiing more affordable, the acquisition of Snow Summit and Big Bear Mountain by Mammoth Mountain is no doubt good news.

Noquemanon Ski Marathon 2015

September 26, 2014 by  
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The 17th annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon is set to take place on 23-25 January 2015 in an program of events that promises to be bigger and better than ever. For more information visit www.noquemanon.com

Dates: 23-25 January 2015
Venue: Marquette
State: Michigan
Country: United States

SISU Ski Fest 2015

September 26, 2014 by  
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Participants in this annual event can enjoy cross country sking through historic mining areas, along scenic bluffs, and along the Montreal River, in either the 42K or 21K race. First 500 racers to sign will receive commemorative SISU souvenirs. For more information on this family fun event, which include 3K & 5K Junior events and a 2K Lapset Loppet, visit www.sisuskifest.com

Date: 10 January 2015
Venue: Ironwood
State: Michigan
Country: United States

Seeley Hills Classic 2015

September 26, 2014 by  
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Utilizing the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail the Seeley Hills Classic offers 22K and 42K options, the latter being a Birkebeiner qualifying race sanctioned by USSA. There will also be a 5K High School Race. For more information visit www.seeleyhillsclassic.com

Date: 17 January 2015
Venue: Seeley Ski Club
State: Wisconsin

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