Sports in Norway, Like Skiing and Bobsledding, Face Threat From Warming Arctic

Skiing, hiking and dogsledding will never be the same in Svalbard, Norway, which has warmed more than twice as quickly as the rest of the Arctic. The islands may be isolated, but the changes aren’t.

#arctic-regions, #california-institute-of-technology, #content-type-personal-profile, #glaciers, #global-warming, #ice, #longyearbyen-norway, #norway, #skiing, #snowmobiles, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway

Former Paralympic Coach Comes ‘Full Circle’ After Losing a Leg

Jon Kreamelmeyer, whose right leg was amputated last year, prefers to see it as a transformation rather than a disability.

#amputation, #content-type-personal-profile, #cross-country-skiing, #disabilities, #international-paralympic-committee, #kreamelmeyer-jon, #paralympic-games, #skiing

Big Sky Is Sprawling, Luxurious and Pricey. And Maybe the Future of Skiing.

With lift tickets above $225 and surcharges of up to $100 to ride the tram to the top, the vast Montana resort is delivering a high-end experience. Is it a solution to skiing’s problems?

#big-sky-mont, #boyne-resorts, #luxury-goods-and-services, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Sheina Vaspi Shines, but Does Not Compromise, at the Paralympics

Sheina Vaspi’s membership in the Chabad movement of Judaism led to her wearing a skirt on the slopes. But skiing on the Sabbath was a nonstarter.

#jews-and-judaism, #paralympic-games, #religion-and-belief, #skiing

The End of the Ski Trail Map?

At ski resorts around the country, the familiar paper map is disappearing, as mountains push skiers to use apps and other digital resources. But some skiers are pushing back.

#maps, #mobile-applications, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #winter-season

Meet Vasu Sojitra: The Athlete Challenging Ideas About What Is Possible

Vasu Sojitra lost his right leg at 9 months. Now 30, he recently completed what is believed to be the first disabled ski descent of Denali. He hopes to encourage others to follow.

#amputation, #content-type-personal-profile, #disabilities, #mount-denali-alaska, #mountaineering, #mountains, #skiing, #sojitra-vasu

Pyeongchang Still Awaits Its Olympic Payoff

One of South Korea’s poorest regions hoped that hosting the 2018 Games would bring tourists and prosperity. It hasn’t really happened.

#hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #olympic-games-2018, #pyeongchang-south-korea, #skiing, #small-business, #south-korea, #travel-and-vacations

Why Chinese Americans Are Talking About Eileen Gu

The critical crossfire Ms. Gu has faced has implications that go far beyond the Olympic slopes, Chinese Americans say. And some see themselves in the duality she has embraced.

#china, #chinese-americans, #gu-eileen, #olympic-games, #skiing

Can an Old Skier Learn New Tricks?

With Olympic skiers and snowboarders flying through the air, how hard can a simple 360 be? As it turns out, pretty hard.

#olympic-games-2022, #park-city-utah, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

For the Games, Xi Ordered Up a Snow Sports Fever. Will it Last?

China said it succeeded on a vow by Xi Jinping, the country’s top leader, to nurture millions of winter sports enthusiasts. But will the interest last after the Winter Games end?

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #curling, #guangzhou-china, #liaoning-china, #olympic-games-2022, #skiing, #snowboarding, #xi-jinping

Beijing Winter Olympics: Why Many Are Not Watching

Instead of showing the best of what humanity can do, this year’s Olympics seem to reflect what we can’t.

#alpine-skiing, #anxiety-and-stress, #athletics-and-sports, #beijing-china, #china, #ice-skating, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2022, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #snowboarding

Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde Are Ski Racing’s Power Couple

The American and Norwegian, each multiple gold medal threats, got serious during the pandemic, as Kilde helped Shiffrin rediscover her love of skiing after her father died.

#alpine-skiing, #kilde-aleksander-aamodt, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela, #skiing

How Beijing Created Snow for the Winter Olympics

The environmentally unfriendly secret of winter sports is that many competitions take place on artificial snow. China’s water-scarce capital had to go to enormous lengths to make enough of it.

#alpine-skiing, #beijing-china, #communist-party-of-china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #skiing, #snowboarding

Who Gets to Ski?

The mountains are too crowded. The sport is too expensive. Several resorts are trying to fix a number of problems. How are they doing?

#national-brotherhood-of-skiers, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Was He Really Having a Heart Attack?

The doctor insisted he was — but he felt it couldn’t be true. One of them was right.

#alta-utah, #anxiety-and-stress, #heart, #skiing, #tests-medical

In Vermont, a Town Saved a Mountain, and a Mountain Saved a Town

After the Ascutney ski resort in Vermont closed because of erratic snowfall and mismanagement, it threatened to take with it the nearby town of West Windsor. The community took the situation into its own hands.

#alpine-skiing, #global-warming, #nonprofit-organizations, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #trust-for-public-land, #vermont

For Skiers, a Winter of Discontent

With resorts having trouble hiring and employees calling out sick, visitors have been frustrated by idled lifts, limited services and closed terrain. Some of the biggest complaints have come from Epic Pass holders.

#alpine-skiing, #boyne-resorts, #colorado, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #vail-resorts-inc, #vermont, #wyoming

The ‘Best Spring Skiing Anywhere’? Try Crete

The Greek island has no lifts, no lodges, no trail maps. But for those willing to climb for their turns, it’s got miles of wide-open terrain, dependable spring snow and no crowds.

#alpine-skiing, #crete-greece, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #winter-season

Grand Teton in Wyoming Is An Obsession for Some Skiers

Many people dream, talk and plan of skiing Grand Teton for years, only to be forced by poor conditions to start their wait all over. But the obsession never fades.

#grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #mountains, #skiing, #wyoming

This Doctor Has Skied Up a Mountain Every Winter Day for 30 Years

Dr. Craig Perrinjaquet has skied up a Colorado mountain every winter morning for 30 years. A friend says it’s the least interesting thing about him.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #breckenridge-colo, #content-type-personal-profile, #perrinjaquet-craig-louis, #skiing

Fires, Landslides, Lack of Snow: The Ski Industry Girds for Battle

From firestorms in California’s Tahoe region to melting glaciers in the Alps, ski areas face a daunting array of environmental threats. Here’s what some resorts are doing.

#alps-mountains, #alta-utah, #aspen-colo, #banff-alberta, #bend-ore, #british-columbia-canada, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lake-tahoe-nev, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #vail-colo, #wildfires, #winter-season

After Warm Start to Snow Season, Colorado Resorts Look for Relief

Record high temperatures have left mountain resorts across the state reliant on artificial snow. Winter storms predicted for this week could change that.

#colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shutdowns-institutional, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #winter-season

What to Expect as Ski Areas Head Into Another Pandemic Season

With fewer Covid protocols at many resorts, guests can expect shorter lift lines and less outdoor masking. But policies differ, depending on the area, so know before you go.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #north-america, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Tips For Saving on Your Ski Getaway

Rising demand and supply shortages suggest you rent or buy before the snow flies.

#shopping-and-retail, #skiing, #sporting-goods-and-equipment, #travel-and-vacations

How to Ski Smarter in the Age of Multi-Mountain Passes

Resort companies’ focus on season passes has changed skiing, but savvy skiers can dodge the crowds and reap the benefits.

#alpine-meadows-calif, #alpine-skiing, #alta-utah, #alterra-mountain, #aspen-colo, #austria, #beaver-creek-colo, #big-sky-mont, #breckenridge-colo, #chamonix-mont-blanc-france, #hunter-mountain-ny, #jackson-hole-wyo, #killington-vt, #lake-tahoe-nev, #palisades-tahoe, #park-city-utah, #skiing, #snowbasin-resort-huntsville-utah, #travel-and-vacations, #vail-resorts-inc, #winter-season

Like Skiing, But Can’t Afford a Season Pass? Indy Ski Pass Could Be the Answer

The lower-cost pass targets skiers who like to stay local and sample smaller, independently owned mountains, while saving money.

#alpine-skiing, #content-type-service, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

The most popular state for tourism in the U.S. endured record wildfires, drought and flooding just this year. “The rate of change has been so dramatic,” says one local scientist. “If I was the California tourism industry, I’d be really worried.”

#alpine-skiing, #autumn-season, #california, #calistoga-calif, #conservation-of-resources, #cross-country-skiing, #disasters-and-emergencies, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #eco-tourism, #global-warming, #napa-calif, #palisades-tahoe, #palm-springs-calif, #skiing, #sonoma-county-calif, #south-lake-tahoe-calif, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #university-of-california-davis, #university-of-california-riverside, #university-of-nevada-reno, #university-of-waterloo, #utah-state-university, #weather, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Squaw Valley Resort, Acknowledging ‘Racist and Sexist’ Name, Changes It

The resort, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, will now be known as Palisades Tahoe.

#california, #native-americans, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #skiing, #squaw-valley-ski-resort

Workers at Exclusive Montana Resort Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement

A group of guest workers from Jamaica had accused the Yellowstone Club and Hospitality Staffing Solutions of shortchanging their wages and tips.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #jamaica-west-indies, #labor-and-jobs, #montana, #skiing, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #yellowstone-club

Czech Billionaire Is Among 5 Killed in Heli-Skiing Crash Near Alaska Glacier

Petr Kellner, the wealthiest person in the Czech Republic according to the Forbes list of billionaires, was part of the excursion, according to those who chartered the flight.

#benjamin-larochaix, #deaths-fatalities, #gregory-harms, #helicopters, #petr-kellner, #sean-mcmannany, #skiing, #soloy-helicopters, #wasilla-alaska, #zach-russel

Skiing in Himalayas Is ‘Like a Beautiful Dream,’ Despite Conflict and Coronavirus

A Kashmir resort is welcoming the highest number of skiers in decades as Indians eager to get outdoors after lockdowns flock there even amid a simmering separatist movement and a security clampdown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing

Getaway Planning Tips: How to Prepare for Your Next Escape

Right now, pulling off a getaway to the great outdoors requires extensive planning. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#content-type-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

What You Need to Know About Avalanche Safety in the Backcountry

A dangerously unstable snowpack and an influx of people to the backcountry have contributed to a rash of deaths this winter. Here’s what you need to know about avalanche safety.

#accidents-and-safety, #alpine-skiing, #avalanches, #colorado, #content-type-service, #skiing, #utah

A Surge of Women in Ski Patrols, Once Nearly All Men

The women say they bring a more varied approach and perspective to policing errant skiers and helping distressed ones.

#colorado, #discrimination, #national-ski-patrol, #nevada, #rescues, #skiing, #snowboarding, #sports-injuries, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls

Covid Restrictions Might Factor Into Avalanche Deaths, Experts Say

In the first week of February, avalanches in the United States killed at least 14 people, an extraordinarily high number. Experts say one explanation might be increased interest in outdoor activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

#accidents-and-safety, #alaska, #avalanches, #colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #skiing

4 Skiers Killed in Avalanche in Utah, Officials Say

It was the third such deadly episode in days and the deadliest avalanche in the United States since May 2014, according to the authorities.

#avalanches, #deaths-fatalities, #millcreek-canyon, #salt-lake-city-utah, #skiing, #wasatch-national-forest

Three Skiers Missing After Avalanche in Colorado, Officials Say

Recovery efforts were suspended on Tuesday because of hazardous conditions and will resume Wednesday, the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management said.

#avalanches, #colorado, #colorado-avalanche, #deaths-fatalities, #rescues, #san-juan-county-colo, #skiing

N.Y. Ski Conditions: A Snowslide, Few Lift Tickets, Beer in the Parking Lot

“At least we are freaking open,” one resort owner said.

#alpine-skiing, #avalanches, #belleayre-mountain-ny, #catskills-nys-area, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hunter-mountain-ny, #kingston-ny, #plattekill-ny, #skiing, #windham-ny

Finding a Foothold for Nordic Skiing in Rural Alaska

The harsh wind-hammered tundra sometimes complicates the prospect, as do the polar bears. But the children are enthusiastic pupils.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #arctic-regions, #kaktovik-alaska, #nulato-alaska, #photography, #polar-bears, #rural-areas, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Struggling to get a Refund From Vail Resorts

A reader writes in, saying he can’t ski because he can’t get into the state. It’s a very 2020 — wait, 2021 — travel predicament.

#content-type-service, #insurance, #marriott-international-inc, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #okemo-mountain-vt, #rebates-and-refunds, #skiing, #vail-resorts-inc, #vermont

Austrian Lockdown Covers Schools and Stores, but Not Ski Hills

A sunny holiday weekend drew a crush of skiers to Austria’s slopes, with crowded lift lines and parking lots making a mockery of social distancing rules.

#alpine-skiing, #alps-mountains, #austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #great-britain, #quarantines, #skiing, #switzerland, #travel-and-vacations

‘Stay Alive and Survive’: Ski Resorts Brace for a Pandemic Season

Many have put capacity restrictions in place, even as new lockdowns may spook visitors.

#alpine-skiing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lake-tahoe-nev, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #national-ski-areas-assn, #seasons-and-months, #shutdowns-institutional, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #spring-season, #taxation, #travel-and-vacations

At French Resorts, Skiing Has Become an Uphill Sport

The government closed ski lifts, fearing they might spread the coronavirus. The skiers came anyway.

#alpine-skiing, #chamonix-mont-blanc-france, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #skiing

Experts Issue Warnings After 3 Skiers Die in Colorado Avalanches

State and local authorities urged skiers to be vigilant and monitor forecasts, particularly in mountainous backcountry areas.

#avalanches, #colorado, #crested-butte-colo, #deaths-fatalities, #durango-colo, #rocky-mountains, #skiing

Escape From the City: 9 Winter Outings That Fight Cabin Fever

Snow biking near Seattle, winter bird-watching near New York and seven other cold-weather activities near large U.S. cities.

#arizona, #boston-mass, #chesapeake-bay, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cross-country-skiing, #hikes-and-hiking, #los-angeles-calif, #north-carolina, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #seattle-wash, #sedona-ariz, #skiing, #snowshoes, #tampa-fla, #travel-and-vacations, #winter-season

It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Here’s How to Start Safely.

The pandemic has many people wanting to avoid crowded slopes. Going into the backcountry requires avalanche knowledge or a guide. Here are suggestions for taking part across the United States.

#alpine-skiing, #mountains, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #snowboarding, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

A Chilling Question Divides Europe: Open Ski Slopes or Keep Them Closed?

Leading up to the Christmas season, France, Germany and Italy will keep slopes shut, but Austria and Switzerland have vowed to reopen theirs, in Europe’s latest struggle to coordinate a pandemic response.

#alps-mountains, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Ghost Ships

My sister was my other half until we tacked in different directions, making our own life choices.

#boats-and-boating, #families-and-family-life, #sailboats-and-sailing, #skiing

7 Places Where the Slopes Are Less Skied

These under-the-radar resorts offer plenty of room to turn, and plenty of challenge amid a winter of social distancing.

#california, #colorado, #idaho, #montana, #new-hampshire, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #utah, #vermont

8 Rules for Skiing This Season

Being out on the slopes is a perfect pandemic escape. It’s everything around the skiing that’s hard. What you need to know to navigate this year.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states