Need to Burn Some Holiday Calories? Why Not Try Cross-Country Skiing?
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two great options for warding off unwanted weight gain during the over-indulgent holiday season. In fact, getting out in the winter months on snowshoes or cross-country skis are both great activities for burning up hundreds of calories.
NSAA: Ski Areas Prevail in Water Rights Litigation
Ski areas across the country are responding positively today to news that a federal district court in Colorado has struck down a controversial U.S. Forest Service water policy that would have required resorts to transfer ownership of valuable water rights to the U.S. government without compensation.
NSAA Journal Editorial: There's No Such Thing as ‘Sidecountry’
The truth about “sidecountry” is that it doesn’t actually exist – at least as far as the ski industry’s leading avalanche and snow science experts, the U.S. Forest Service, ski area risk managers, patrollers, and other experts are concerned. While it’s difficult to discern its origin, the term sidecountry is likely a marketer’s brainchild. And there are similar terms, such as slackcountry, backcountry-lite and others that have been added to skiers’ and snowboarders’ lexicon in recent years.
Snow Pro Survey—Top Terrain and Age Splits
It looks like the season is starting to hit its stride, with areas like Saddleback in Maine and Santa Fe Ski Basin in New Mexico opening this weekend.
There is also plenty of new snow in the forecast, hopefully bringing a White Christmas to mountain towns across the country. All of which is good news for all of you Snow Pros who chose “powder” as your favorite terrain to ski and snowboard in the most recent survey. “Steeps” were a distant second, so here’s wishing there’s lots of fresh snow under your area’s trees for the holidays.
Climate Change Study Makes Major Media Impact
According to the Mayan Calendar, the world will end on December 21st, although no one seems to be sure if that is on Australian time, European, or sometime here between breakfast, lunch and dinner. A recent study conducted by University of New Hampshire researchers for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Protect Our Winters (POW), an environmental group founded by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, suggests that even if the world does survive, winter might not last much longer.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Deals Keep Growing
There really are few things cooler than Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). For the entire month of January, the initiative promotes professional ski and snowboard instruction across the country.