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Ski News - Week In Review (March 19, 2017)

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Aspen World Cup: The 2017 FIS Alpine World Cup Finals were held in Colorado on Aspen Mountain, March 15-19. The event marked the first time since 1997 that the Finals were held outside Europe. Although other women’s World Cup races had been held on Aspen Mountain in recent years, the men’s tour had not raced there since 2001.


Photo: US Ski Team

Sierra-at-Tahoe Extension: Like many other Tahoe-area resorts enjoying a bountiful snow year, Sierra-at-Tahoe has extended its ski season. The California ski area now plans normal operations through April 23. Sierra-at-Tahoe will then hold a customer appreciation day on April 24 with lifts running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the $35 lift tickets on that day will go toward youth recreation and education in South Lake Tahoe.


Photo: Sierra-at-Tahoe

Red Lodge Extension: Red Lodge Mountain in Montana pushed back its ski-season closing date from April 2 to April 16. The ski area is located near the northern end of Yellowstone National Park about 70 miles southwest of Billings.

New Snowbasin Lift: Snowbasin Resort announced on Wednesday, March 15, that the Wildcat Triple Chairlift will be replaced by a high-speed, six-pack chairlift in time for the 2017-18 ski season. The new lift will cut the ride time to just five minutes. On April 15, the Utah resort will hold a “Last Chair Party” for the current lift that dates back to 1973.


Photo: Snowbasin Resort

Operation Smile: Park City hosted the annual celebrity ski event to benefit Operation Smile on Saturday, March 11. Actor David Charvet and his wife Brooke Burke were among the celebrities in Utah for the fundraiser. Operation Smile provides surgical care around the world to children born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.


Photo: Chad Hurst / Getty Images for OperationSmile

M.A.X. Pass: On Tuesday, March 14, the multi-resort M.A.X. Pass went on sale for the 2017-18 season. Including five days each at 44 mountains, the pass costs $629 for adults, $429 for teens ages 13-17, $329 for youth ages 6-12, and $29 for children 5 and under. Sunday River, Snowshoe, Winter Park, Big Sky and Mt. Bachelor are among the participating resorts.


Photo: Mt Bachelor

Cascadia Pass: Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie announced a partnership on Wednesday, March 15, for next ski season. Season-pass holders at any of the three Washington ski areas can receive three days each at the other two partner resorts by purchasing the add-on $199 Cascadia Pass. All three resorts are located within two hours of Seattle.

Killington Slash and Berm: The Vermont resort held its fourth-annual snowboarding event on March 11-12. Raising more than $1,400 for the High Fives Foundation, the races at Killington involved about 150 competitors. Sunday’s banked slalom team competition was won by the “Darkside Dream Team” made up of Tucker Spear, Tim Major, Mike Fanning and Tucker Zink.


Photo: Dave Young / Killington Resort

Hawaiian Weekend: Pats Peak in New Hampshire celebrated its 26th Annual Hawaiian Weekend, March 11-12. The festival included live music, a rail jam and plenty of flowered shirts.


Photo: Pats Peak

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