Ski Coach Chronicles, Part 2

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Why I Ski
by Allison Howe

The day that Emily conquered Mad Wolf is a day that I will never forget. As a coach, I take pride in her accomplishment while marveling at the courage of an eight-year-old girl who could not make a parallel turn at the beginning of the winter months. By March of that ski season, Emily was on fire—skiing the expert only terrain of the Challenger Lift at Big Sky and taking a run on the tram with her peers in stride.

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Triumph Over Tragedy: Mt Abram Slated to Open December 17, 2012

Mt. Abram has recently been plagued by an unfortunate string of tragedy, from the lodge destroying fire in July to the present day warm weather afflicting the Northeast. However, Mt. Abrams and its owner, Matt Hancock, are confident that their luck will turn around and they will have another record breaking season for 2011/2012. Hancock views the mountain as a,”place for people to get away from the grind, enjoy time outdoors with friends and family and do it at reasonable prices,” and fantastic deals are definitely easy to find at Mt. Abram this winter. From two-for-one lift tickets on Thursday to Caravan Car Load Friday, discounts on a variety of lift tickets abound at Mt. Abram.

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A New Way to Experience Winter!

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This winter, trade in the skis for a sled and be whisked off on an adventure of a lifetime. Cruise through beautiful snow-blanketed woods led by a team of gorgeous sled dogs, watch in awe as the team gracefully races through trees, over hills and speeds through valleys. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience. After a thrilling day with the dogs, let the welcoming staff at the Mahoosuc Inn treat you to two special evenings beside the fire, under the stars and bask in the soothing serenity of the forest surrounding the White Mountains.

The Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, New Hampshire is offering a fantastic two-night adventure opportunity this winter. The first night is spent resting and relaxing at the tranquil Mahoosuc Inn. The following day guests are treated to a warm, hearty breakfast. From there they will take guests on a dog-sled adventure through the pristine and unsullied alpine forests of the White Mountains. Guests will have the chance to drive the team, give snacks to the dogs, kick back, enjoy some hot cocoa and take the time to relish this exhilarating yet peaceful adventure. Once back at the Inn, guests will unwind over a delicious catered Italian meal, a warming fire and a soak in a private hot tub.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is located just minutes by dog team to Santa’s Village; it is also approximately two hours from Burlington, Vermont, and 45 minutes from North Conway, New Hampshire. Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains this serene retreat is a beautiful place to spend a weekend. Save over 30% on a weekend sled and stay package at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and the Mahoosuc Inn and prepare to experience a unique and fun new winter sport.

Copper Mtn. and US Ski Team Partner Up

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The U.S. Ski Team is partnering with Copper Mountain in order to develop a new Speed Center on the east side of the mountain which will provide for steeper and longer speed training on more than 2,200 feet of vertical. The team, which trains in Chile and New Zealand during the summer are ecstatic to call Copper their pre-competition home.
Luke Bodensteiner, EVP of Athletics for the U.S. Ski Team stated, ““When we talk about top-to-bottom training on a real race surface with the terrain on that run, it will be absolutely perfect training for speed and a great early season simulation to get rolling into the World Cup season.” It’s an ideal location because of its terrain, climate and excellent snowmaking abilities. The additional space also allows for more Olympic athletes the chance to train, which will no doubt improve America’s chances for victory in the upcoming winter Olympics.

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Get the Yeti Pass for Utah Bliss!

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Available for a limited time is the pass of the year. Utah’s Yeti Pass Passes went on sale August 1st with only a limited amount available. Resorts include: Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head, Brighton, Canyons, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude, Sundance and Woolf Mountain. The Yeti Pass is ideal for parents of students participating in the Ski Utah 5th and 6th Grade Passport program or anyone who has ever desired to explore the state’s 14 amazing and world famous ski resorts.

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April Skiing in Abundance This Year!

Easter Sunday has been the traditional last day of the ski season. But this year, Easter Sunday is April 24th. That means, all across the country, there is some great April skiing to be had. While some ski areas won’t make it to the 24th, many are. The mountain regionals of New England, The Rockies and The Sierra have all received copious amounts of March snowfall.

Here is a rundown of ski area closing dates that we have been able to compile. If you don’t see your favorite slope listed, go to their website and see what they plan.

In addition, lodging prices are the lowest of the season. When you combine those prices with the coupons offered at each resort, you really owe it to yourself to head to the mountains at least one more time before we call this season a wrap.

Elevation Ski and Bike Offers Rental Discounts at Breckenridge

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Everyone who skis and snowboards will tell you that getting the right equipment and the right fit are paramount to a good day on the mountain. The staff at Elevation Ski and Bike in Breckenridge, Colorado, couldn’t agree more and their expertise is what drives guaranteed customer satisfaction. In addition to excellent service, they offer convenient delivery to their customer’s doorstep, overnight service and tuning, Montana Crystal Glide tuning and top-of-the-line ski and snowboard brands.

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