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Vail Puts End to Legal Battle and Buys Park City Mountain Resort

September 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Park City Mountain Resort ended several weeks worth of drama earlier this week by posting the $17.5 million dollar bond required to keep the ski resort open for the upcoming season. The Greater Salt Lake area celebrated, and all seemed poised to go on as normal this winter. Then, yesterday, just two days later, PCMR announced it had sold all its assets to Vail Resorts. Let the drama once again begin.

If you missed the circus that had been going on, you can get caught up here. PCMR was involved in a legal battle with its tenant, who, not coincidentally, was backed by Vail. Last year, Vail purchased neighboring Canyons Resort, and has since had its eye on acquiring PCMR. It now plans to connect the two resorts for future seasons.

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Ongoing Legal Battle Could Keep Major Ski Resort from Opening This Season

September 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

With ski season only about three months away, Park City might have one hell of a problem on its hands. Its flagship resort, Park City Mountain Resort, is currently involved in a legal battle that could delay - or worse, prevent - its opening this winter.

The issue stems from the fact that the mountain is actually owned by two parties - the top, including the trails, by one and the bottom, including the parking lots, by another. In a nutshell, the company that owns the bottom, PCMR, for years has paid rent, $155,000 per year, to the company that owns the top. Last year, when the lease lapsed, Vail Resorts came into the picture, offering to pay $25 million a year for the same lease.

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What's the Difference Between Chile's Ski Resorts of Portillo and Valle Nevado?

Where: Chile
September 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ski Portillo

If you're flying into Santiago for a ski trip, you have a number of options when it comes to the resort you choose, including Portillo, La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, and Termas de Chillán.

In this post, we highlight the two most recognizable for out-of-towners, Portillo and Valle Nevado. What's the difference between the two, and which is right for you? Read on to find out.

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A Journey to One of South America's Best Apres Ski Spots in Portillo

Where: Portillo, Chile
August 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Starting at the edge of the Laguna Del Inca, skiers take the El Plateau chair lift up to Portillo's on-mountain restaurant, Tio Bob's. As you'll see in the photo essay below, it's one of the most scenic lunch and apres ski spots in South America, if not the world, thanks to its location amongst the jagged peaks. Next week, we'll break down Portillo and how the ski area compares to the nearby competition. For now, enjoy the dramatic views of the Andes Mountains:

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It's Winter in Chile, and We're Hitting the Slopes

Where: Portillo, Chile
August 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

It might still be sweltering in many parts of the States, but it's wintertime here in Chile.

This week, we're getting an early start on the traditional North American ski season in Portillo, located in the Andes about two and half hours from Santiago. It's where many Olympians and celebrity skiers come to train during the "offseason." We're here to soak all that in, as well as investigate how Portillo differs from Santiago's other ski region, Valle Nevado.

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Travel Snapshot: Summer Versus Winter in Steamboat Springs

August 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in February, we showed you photos from the best ski day of our lives, when we were blessed by blue skies that followed a huge snow storm in Steamboat Springs over Super Bowl weekend.

Then, as the snow melted in April, we explained why ski towns are also awesome during the summer months. Practicing what we preach, we paid a visit to Steamboat at the end of July for some mountain biking, and the result was an cool contrast that demonstrates why the mountains rock all year round. Skiing dominates the winter, but there's actually more to do in the summer, including biking, camping, hiking, climbing, and whitewater rafting.

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Don't Sleep on Ski Areas During the Summer Months

April 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer in Colorado

Ski areas are closing down across North America, and for skiers and snowboarders, there is definitely a disappointment that comes along with rising temperatures and melting snow. But ask anyone who calls a ski area home their thoughts on the impending summer season, and you realize that the bittersweet emotions also include feelings of not only optimism, but excitement.

We've had many conversations with employees of ski resorts over our years of covering them, and the most common refrain is how they moved out x number of years ago for one season and haven't looked back since. Most surprising, though, is that although their original motive for moving was the winter ski season, the summer is what has convinced them to stick around.

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These Tahoe Ski Resorts Offer Ridiculous Lake Views From the Slopes

March 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've never been, it'd be easy to take Lake Tahoe for granted as a skier, especially the past two years where the winter has been mild and significant snow dumps have eluded the region. We understand why that would make one hesitant in terms of booking a trip, but as we learned earlier this month, a lack of snow can't cover up the sheer beauty of North America's largest alpine lake.

There are over a dozen ski areas in Tahoe, and many of them offer views of the lake. Squaw Valley and Kirkwood get a lot of attention, yet some of the best vantage points are found from the hills that hover closer to the shoreline. We recommend visiting several mountains next year to check out the different terrain, but be sure to hit at least one of these to experience the full effect of the lake:

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Fun Fact: The 'Coors Light Mountains' Actually Exist

March 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you drink enough cheap beer, you are probably hip to the fact that Coors Light uses a mountain range not only as the background to its logo, but as an indicator of when your beer is cold enough to drink. When the mountains turn blue, the party begins.

Well, here's one for the next round of bar trivia: Those mountains actually exist, the design based off of Wilson Peak in the San Juan Mountains 11 miles west of Telluride, Colorado. Long before it became iconic with Coors, the range has been a scenic staple for those skiing Telluride Mountain.

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What's the Difference Between the North and South Sides of Tahoe?

March 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

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If you're driving south along the western side of the lake, Emerald Bay, shown in the photo above, is the gateway to the town of South Lake Tahoe. That's a big thing to remember right there, the fact that we refer to South Lake as an actual town, compact and comprised of hotels, restaurants, casinos, and Heavenly Mountain. You can see its size on the map below, marked off in yellow - the only of its kind in the region.

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Where to Find Late Season Ski Deals Online

February 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Skiing is one of the most expensive hobbies you can get into, but thanks to one of those made up national holidays, "Play Hooky and Ski Week," you can get great deals on lift tickets across the country this March.

The website to find them on is called Liftopia, and it's pretty straightforward. It's a discount "lift ticket deal engine" that partners with over 250 resorts across the U.S. and Canada. In this case, it has a special site set up for "Hooky Week" from March 3rd to 7th, and there are some great opportunities on single and multi-day passes, with the typical savings in the 30-40% range.

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Utah Claims to Have the Greatest Snow on Earth, But How Does Steamboat's 'Champagne Powder' Compare?

February 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

We told you about the sexy, clothing-optional Strawberry hot springs and showed you photos of a pretty amazing ski day, but now it's time to get a little nerdy. For years, Utah has claimed to have "the greatest snow on earth" with its classic trademark, but Steamboat Springs and its "Champagne Powder" might have something to say about that.

We'll save you the science lesson, but what it all boils down to is the amount of water in the snow. A study conducted by the University of Utah concluded that while other areas may get similar snow fall, it is the low water content of Utah's powder (along with smart marketing) that gives it its worldwide reputation.

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