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World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2015

February 19, 2015 by  
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As the highlight of Whistler’s events calendar, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is set to take place on 10-19 April 2015 with loads of action packed events and entertainment. For more information visit whistlerblackcomb.com

Date: 10-19 April 2015
Venue: Whistler Blackcomb
British Columbia, Canada

World Freeride Festival: Tailgate Alaska

February 19, 2015 by  
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This ten-day festival takes place in the heart of Alaska’s Chugach Mountain Range from 3 April, offering thousands of riders the opportunity to enjoy world class riding and skiing. For more information visit worldfreeridefestival.com

Date: 3 April 2015
Venue: Chugach Mountain Range, Valdez
State: Alaska
Country: United States

Kicking Horse Wrangle the Chute 2015

February 19, 2015 by  
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For the second year running, riders will be tackling “Truth and Dare” as they showcase their impressive skills to the judges – with big cash prizes as the goal. The spectator value of this event is enormous – so don’t miss the action. For more information visit kickhorseresort.com

Date: 27 March 2015
Venue: Kicking Horse Resort
British Columbia, Canada

Red Bull Cold Rush 2015

February 19, 2015 by  
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This popular series fuses the disciplines of backcountry slopstyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine ski touring and takes place at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia on March 23 to 26. A handful of the world’s top skiers will be battling it out for prize money totaling $36K. For more information visit sbcskier.com

Dates: 23-26 March 2015
Venue: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
British Columbia, Canana

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.

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