October: Snow News and the Haps!

Here are some news clips from around the snow industry.  Have some news to share?  Please contact us!  Photos are courtesy of James Bunten at Durango Mountain Resort (www.durangomountain.com)

Headline: Federal Court Rules Clean Air, Wildlife, Quiet Must Come First in America’s Oldest National Park

A federal court ruled today that the Bush Administration’s decision authorizing snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park violates the fundamental legal responsibility of the National Park Service to protect the clean air, wildlife, and natural quiet of national parks, including Yellowstone, for the benefit of all visitors.  The court found that the Administration authorized snowmobile use despite scientific conclusions by the National Park Service that its decision would result in significant increases in noise and unhealthy exhaust, which disrupt the experiences of visitors, and traffic that harms Yellowstone’s wildlife, including bison.

The ruling is available at www.winterwildlands.org.

Headline: Tourism Whistler News Release: Whistler ready for the world in 2010

With the Olympic flame extinguished in Beijing, the eyes of the world will now turn to Vancouver and Whistler as the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Winter Games, less than 18 months away.

And though it’s already known as one of the world’s top winter and summer resorts, Whistler – where more than half of the 2010 Winter Games medals will be won and awarded – is ready to give the thousands of visitors, athletes and officials an unforgettable shared experience, says Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler’s President & CEO.

Visit whistler.com or call 1-800-WHISTLER to book and for more information on Whistler accommodations, bookings, weather, activities, directions, and more.

Headline: Sugarloaf and Sunday River introduce new winter vacation savings program

Good things may come to those who wait, but at Sugarloaf and Sunday River this season, the savings will come to those who make haste.

The resorts have announced a new “Early Savings” program that allows guests to save up to $100 on their winter vacations if they book early in the winter season.  The program includes three booking deadlines, and the earlier guests book the more money they can save.  Guests can book by October 15, 2008, to save $100, by November 15, 2008, to save $75, or by December 15, 2008, to save $50.  The savings are available on ski and stay packages throughout the 2008-2009 winter season for reservations of two nights or longer.

More information on the Early Savings program is available at www.sugarloaf.com and www.sundayriver.com.


One of Jackson Hole’s top resorts, Spring Creek Ranch, is giving skiers a chance to experience the downhill excitement of the famed Grand Teton range at an incredible value with its “Ski Free” Package.  Skiers have the option of hitting the slopes at either Grand Targhee Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, both prime locations for making the powder fly.

For reservations, contact Spring Creek Ranch by phone at 1-800-443-6139 or 307-733-8833, by fax at 307-733-1524 or www.springcreekranch.com. Spring Creek is operated by Spirit Dance Hotels and Resorts.


Mother Nature gave a taste of winter yesterday and today when an Arctic blast brought the first snow of the season to the region, resulting in a dusting of snow around the lake and in the mountains.

For more information about Learn to Ski and other special events, along with current weather conditions in North Lake Tahoe, click to www.GoTahoeNorth.com.

Headline: New Spirit of 2010 Trail Offers Fresh Discoveries for Fall Camping and RVing Across British Columbia

Fall brings a whole new camping and RVing experience to B.C. with changing seasons and the return of rich autumn colours. An abundance of weekend activities awaits travellers this season, especially with the brand new 750-kilometer Spirit of 2010 Trail now accessible.

A new website recently launched by the Camping and RVing BC Coalition (CRVBCC) and Tourism BC, www.campingrvbc.com, supplies free, easy-to-access information to these and other “off the beaten track” experiences. It is a one-stop online shop that will link people to the camping and RVing options available to them. This makes trip planning so much easier as the province is home to seven national parks, 340 provincial parks, municipal sites, 1,200 forest recreation camps on Crown land, and 500-plus private RV parks and campgrounds.

For those interested in camping along the Spirit of 2010 Trail, more information can be found at http://www.spiritof2010trail.ca.


A high-performance electronic repair pistol that repairs damaged ski and snowboard bases in minutes is available from Power Adhesives. Power Adhesives is the first company to design and manufacture a dedicated system for the snow sports industry.

For more information on the SKI-MENDER RP-350 glue repair gun, contact Lee Stegall at l.stegall@poweradhesives.com, call 704-334-2425 or visit www.poweradhesives.com.


Wintergreen Resort, twice named “Best Ski Resort” by the readers of Washington Post.com and touted as one of the most thrilling winter playgrounds in the Mid-Atlantic, has announced its 2008-2009 ski season rates. The popular retreat is offering regular-season day rates, starting at $47 and $37 during value season. Season passes are also available starting at $199, with early purchase incentives available at www.wintergreenresort.com.

Some news from Google News:

Shorten Winter: Be Active – http://www.mnbiketrails.com/main.asp?SectionID=21&SubSectionID=44&ArticleID=396&TM=44303.55

Running on Snowshoes – http://www.mnbiketrails.com/main.asp?SectionID=22&SubSectionID=45&ArticleID=395&TM=44290.27

Making Snowshoes – http://www.mnbiketrails.com/main.asp?SectionID=21&SubSectionID=44&ArticleID=405&TM=44303.55

It could be a very quiet winter in Yellowstone National Park – http://www.yellowstoneinsider.com/index.php?contentID=924&articleID=239

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