Swiss Valley in Jones stoked to ski later into season with ample snow | Life

A few red-winged blackbirds and a flock or two of sandhill cranes arrived over the weekend. Maple sap was running. Like usual for the start of March.

But it still isn’t a usual winter for ski resorts. If it were, the downhill season at Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area in Jones would toast its finale this Sunday — typically a week into March. Instead, spokesman Mike Panich says the

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Skiers Want To Ski, And Ski Resorts Are Obliging

Prior to the start of this year’s ski season, which began for many resorts in early December, questions lingered throughout the ski industry concerning just how many people would come to the slopes considering the current environment. From all reports, those questions have been answered emphatically. People want to ski, and they have been packing the resorts while at the same

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Ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria remain open for Christmas

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swiss skier in covid mask – fabrice coffrini/getty images

Despite news that some ski resorts in Switzerland have begun to close, as governments across Europe react to the continued spread of coronaviru, the majority have chosen to remain open, for now.

From tomorrow (Tuesday) the non-EU nation will enter a ‘light’ lockdown, with restaurants, sports and recreation centres ordered to close for a month, as the country struggles to curb

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With virus limits at ski resorts, backcountry risks beckon

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Ben Werner glided up the craggy mountain bowl between Hardscrabble Peak and Frazier Basin in the Bridgers, his heels lifting off his skis with every step. He paused periodically to assess his route up the slope.

Before Werner ascended the bowl, he’d tested the snow’s stability on a small hill with a similar slant and aspect. He directed his skis toward the hillside and coasted along, … Read More

Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area Opens for the Season | Local News

Wax the skis and snowboards, dig out the ski boots and locate the goggles; it’s time to head to the slopes. Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area opened for the 2020-2021 season yesterday and is open daily into April, if all goes as planned.

Owners Aaron and Becky Maddox start their 11th season at the ski area with the unveiling of a significant upgrade. The Chute Lift, where once the

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Ski Slopes Adapt And Innovate Heading Into The 2020-21 Ski Season

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The West Virginia ski season officially kicks off on Friday, December 3rd, with the rope-dropping at Snowshoe Mountain. At more than 4800 feet above sea-level, it is often the sight of our first ski runs annually. But even at that that high elevation this December opening date still represents a delay in what usually is intended to begin around Thanksgiving. Though not all years are the

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Ohio ski resorts focus on health and safety as winter approaches

Ed Balint
 
| The Repository

Brad Bowen is among the snowboarding enthusiasts counting down the days until Ohio’s ski resorts open. The 34-year-old Mayfield Heights man embraces the snow.

When there’s enough of it to consistently cover slopes in the region, Bowen plays out his wintertime ritual, standing atop an ivory hill and peering through his goggles at the terrain before accelerating and carving deep lines into the powdery canvas.

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Ski resorts expect a busy season. Can they find enough workers?

As ski resorts start to open for a new season, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted protocols such as socially distanced lift lines and reduced capacity for indoor dining. Yet the industry is also benefiting from Americans’ desire to get out of their houses and into fresh air. 

“People are excited to have this ability to have a respite from everything they’ve been dealing with the last several months,” said Ryan

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Planning to ski or snowboard at Bogus Basin this winter? Buy your lift tickets in advance

Due to the pandemic, the mountain recreation area is limiting the number of lift tickets sold each day.

BOISE, Idaho — Bogus Basin is preparing for a ski season in high demand while operating at a shrunken capacity. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mountain recreation area will operate at a maximum capacity of 60%. On peak days, season pass holders will have priority on the mountain. For those looking

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Winamac trail gains national status. Will it help? Plus, Warren Miller ski film returns. | Life

The very rural 22-mile Panhandle Pathway out of Winamac is now a national trail. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced in October that the paved trail now joins more than 83,000 miles of routes for paddling, cycling, hiking and other activities in what’s called the National Trails System — more than 1,300 trails in all.

It joins the Kankakee River National Water Trail, which gained its status in 2016

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Almost here: Resorts plan for ski season with new rules because of COVID-19

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Idaho ski areas take COVID-19 hot spot precautions

Blaine County was Idaho’s first coronavirus hot spot when the pandemic first arrived here in March. Though it’s impossible to know who brought the virus to the mountain towns or where its initial community spread began, some signs pointed to Sun Valley, the popular ski area, and the out-of-town visitors and events it drew.

One visiting group of skiers reported that dozens of members became ill — several of them

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How Northwest ski resorts are dealing with pandemic

Winter in the Northwest means skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes across the region, with no shortage of mountains to choose from.

But in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, many resorts are making changes to their rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some of the region’s most popular ski areas and how they’re dealing with the pandemic.

Crystal Mountain Resort

Crystal Mountain guests are required to

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Tahoe Ski resorts add COVID-19 restrictions for 2020-21 season

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Packed chairlifts will be a thing of the past as Tahoe resorts implement policies that ensure social distancing. (Photo: Provided by Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe)

The end of the 2019-2020 ski season stands out in Caroline Guenther’s memory. After a dry February, winter storms were finally dropping some powder in the Tahoe basin – and then the resorts closed due to the pandemic.

“We were all shocked. It happened

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Idaho ski resorts prepare for winter operations during the pandemic

BOISE, Idaho — Skiing and snowboarding will be slightly different this winter as resorts prepare their plans to keep guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Ski Areas Association has put out guidelines to help the ski industry prepare for their winter operation.

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A $2 Billion Ski Development Near Park City Creates an Avalanche of Controversy

One of New York City’s most prominent real-estate developers is betting years of his life—and a nine-figure sum—that he will be the first in four decades to successfully build a new, full-service ski resort in the United States.

The obstacles are legion. The local approvals process can be lengthy and uncertain. Costs are massive—even more so in this project, where portions of the land are polluted with mine tailings containing … Read More

Will I be able to go skiing next winter? A country-by-country guide to Covid restrictions in ski resorts as travel corridors introduced

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skier – gaudenz danuser

Ski holidays in Europe are set to be back in business next winter as the government brings in list of 59 quarantine-free destinations

The government has today released a ‘safe list’ of quarantine-exempt destinations, allowing international holidays to kickstart from July 10.

This list of 59 countries banishes the need for travellers visiting the named nations, which are deemed as low risk, to quarantine on arrival

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Will I be able to go skiing next winter? A country-by-country guide to Covid restrictions in ski resorts

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skier – gaudenz danuser

Ski holidays in Europe, and beyond, look likely to be back in business next winter as the government shelve air bridges and bring in list of 75 quarantine-free destinations

The nation is poised to see which countries will make it onto the government’s new planned list of quarantine-exempt destinations in the coming days, as air bridges are scrapped.

This list of 75 countries will banish the

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