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Ski News - Week In Review (April 2, 2017)

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Mt. Rose Milestone: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe hit 700 inches of snowfall for the season on Monday, March 27. Among Tahoe resorts, the Nevada ski area’s total at the time trailed only the tally of 714 inches at Sugar Bowl Resort.


Photo: Mt Rose Ski Tahoe 2017

Sugar Bowl Quad Crusher: On Saturday, March 25, 46 competitors enjoyed Sugar Bowl’s deep snowpack in the inaugural Quad Crusher endurance race across the California resort’s four peaks— Mt. Judah, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Disney and Crow’s Nest Peak. Eric Munsing won the men’s “elite division” by completing two 4.2-mile laps in 1:51:57. In the one-lap men’s “citizen division” race, Josh Scholnick won with a time of 1:23:42. Ann Peirsall captured the women’s elite division in 2:23:09. With a time of 2:48:41, Kristin Belair took first-place in the women’s citizen competition.


Photo: Sugar Bowl Resort

New Mexico Bumps: Ski Santa Fe held its Annual Jeff Gladfelter Memorial Bump Run on Saturday, March 25. About 50 participants enjoyed perfect weather for the event named in honor of a local avid skier and photographer. 


Photo: Ski Santa Fe

Alyeska Extension: Alaska’s Alyeska Resort decided to extend its ski season through April 23. Given the resort’s northern latitude, long daylight hours allow for unusual lift hours on April days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

BodeFest: Cannon Mountain and ski racer Bode Miller hosted the annual BodeFest on Saturday, March 25. The Olympic gold-medalist grew up near the New Hampshire resort. The event benefitted his Turtle Ridge Foundation that supports adaptive athletic opportunities for disabled youth in the area. In other news at the resort, Cannon’s ski season was extended by a week through Sunday, April 16.

Bear Break: Bear Mountain in southern California celebrated its weeklong “Bear Break” festival from March 25 to April 1. Giant beer pong, live music and the traditional pond skim highlighted the activity schedule.


Photo: Bear Mountain

Armada Corporate Deal: According to Reuters, Finnish company Amer Sports will buy American ski maker Armada for $4.1 million. Armada has annual sales of about $10 million. Amer Sports already owns other winter sports brands such as Salomon, Atomic and Arc’teryx. 

Avalanche in Japan: Seven teenagers and a teacher were killed by an avalanche in the mountains about 100 miles north of Tokyo. The students were part of a school mountaineering club. According to CNN, the incident on Monday, March 27, occurred near the Nasu Onsen Family Ski Area.

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