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Ski News - Week In Review (April 9, 2017)

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Killington World Cup: Killington Resort is expected to again host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2017 and 2018. In November, the Vermont resort hosted women’s giant slalom and slalom races. With an American record 30,000 spectators over two days, the 2016 event was the first World Cup racing held in the eastern United States since 1991. Pending likely International Ski Federation (FIS) approval in late May, the 2017 races will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26.


Photo: US Ski Team

Winter Park Extension: Winter Park Resort in Colorado announced that the Mary Jane side of the ski area will remain open through April 30. Lifts and trails on the Winter Park side will still close on the originally scheduled final date of April 23. The resort plans free music from Michael Franti & Spearhead on Saturday, April 22 and the Monster Energy Spring Splash festival on Sunday, April 23. A Mary Jane closing weekend party with live music will be on Saturday, April 29. 


Photo: Sarah Wieck

Aspen Extension and Snowmass Snowboarding: Aspen Mountain moved back its closing date by a week to Sunday, April 23. To take advantage of spring conditions, the Colorado resort’s lift hours will shift back to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless it is a powder day when lifts will open at the usual 9 a.m. time. Aspen’s sister ski area, Snowmass, hosted its fourth-annual Banked Slalom snowboard race on Saturday, April 1. The event drew 85 competitors with Morris Hogan clocking the best time. Laura Hadar was the fastest among the female riders.


Photo: Jeremy Swanson

Eldora Banked Slalom: Also in Colorado, Eldora hosted the Ditchslap Banked Slalom snowboarding race on Saturday, April 1. Jake Black of Breckenridge, Colorado, won the men’s ages 18-34 division and Mike Day won the men’s 35 and over competition. Ashley Wendorf captured the women’s 18-34 race. Jodi Koning finished first among women 35 and over. 

Squaw Ability Challenge: On Saturday, April 1, 22 Achieve Tahoe students with disabilities enjoyed a day on the mountain at Squaw Valley. At the time of the California ski area’s special event, the fundraising campaign had raised more than $160,000 toward a goal of $200,000. Achieve Tahoe provides winter and summer sports instruction for adults and children with disabilities. 


Photo: Achieve Tahoe

Park City Ability Challenge: Based in Park City, Utah, the National Ability Center held another special event for individuals with disabilities on Saturday, April 1. Participants raced on the Eagle Race Arena Course. 


Photo: Jon Scarlet

Powder Mountain Ticket Cap: Powder Mountain announced that its day ticket limit would be reduced from 2,000 to 1,500. Along with the limited ticket strategy, the ownership group that bought the Utah ski area in 2013 plans to build a new village development with a balanced vision toward sustainability. “We are fans of the tiny house movement, and wanted to do our part to stop the spread of massive homes that have destroyed the hillsides in many mountain towns,” said Elliott Bisnow, co-founder of Summit at Powder Mountain.


Photo: Eric Wagnon

Mt. Bachelor Winterfest: Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor hosted Subaru Winterfest on April 1-2. Live music, giveaways and free equipment demos were the highlights of the spring festival.


Photo: Mt Bachelor

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