JaPow - Part 2If you are reading this and failed (amazingly!) to read our first JaPow article then go into reverse and read it. It has the very original name of “JaPow.” We left you hanging as we ventured north on the bullet train (why can’t we build bullet trains in the US?!?) to the region of Tohoku […]
We are lucky enough to ski Alta/Snowbird for much of the winter. Occasionally we look at conditions elsewhere in North America and wish we were there. But the consistency of the conditions, the terrain, the predictability of snowfall (average over 500 inches year) and the lightness of the snow in our part of Utah rarely […]
Some Fun, Funny and Fascinating News From the Ski World
As you might suspect and as we imagine many of you do as well, we follow one zillion websites, media sources, etc. that cover and discuss the ski industry. Throughout the year we file away articles and releases that interest us, contain juicy information, or, in many cases, simply make us laugh. As I was […]
Jackson and Powder Sell but Remain Independent. A Basin Not So Much.
We are long past the days when each ski area was its own independent entity. Some of us remember the days when each area had its own vibe and identity – some had their own color schemes, unique tickets and quirky features. But given the increased operating costs in running a ski area, particularly with […]
Smuggs/Stowe - The Deal Nobody Knew About Isn't Happening
So imagine your favorite fiercely independent little coffee shop talking to Starbucks about selling out. Imagine your favorite fiercely independent little bookstore talking to Barnes and Noble about selling out. Shift to the ski industry…imagine Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont talking to Stowe Mountain Resort (aka Vail!) about connecting the two resorts with a lift?! […]
Dear Valet Expands
Image: Rendering of the new base area. Credit: Deer Valley Ok, we can’t resist making fun of Deer Valley Resort (aka Dear Valet) in Utah. Before we get to the latest news about this mega resort, we also can’t resist defending ourselves for making fun of the place. I will start with this…the first time […]
Powder Mountain Going Private?!
Most of the powder that falls on our beloved slopes this year will be available to the public. BUT, in shocking news (at least for us ski nerds) Powder Mountain in Utah has announced that commencing next winter some of the lifts and terrain will be available only to its real estate investors. So, buy […]
New Fake Snow and New Ways to Get to It
We at conSKIerge generally do not post during the “off” season. Call us not true fanatics if you want, but there you have it. Yes, Charlotte and I do have some other interests that slightly distract us when we can’t ski. And isn’t there something about not being able to ski that makes the winter […]
Toes Up and Relax those Hands!
While showing some folks around Alta in a wild snowstorm last year I was asked by one of the group what are the best ski tips I know of. This inquiring poor soul was under the mistaken impression that I could offer advice that would help them be a better skier. But it started me […]
Santa - Where the Bleep is the Snow!?
We knew it would happen! Last winter saw western ski resorts get pummeled with snow and, although winter came late to the east, when it came it didn’t disappoint. This year thus far – not so much! Yes, we know it is very early in the season but we are a tad shocked at the […]
Winter is back, we are back!
As much as we LOVE skiing, you many have noticed we don’t post during the “off” season. Yes, we do think that “off” is the appropriate word given that when you can’t ski something is indeed “off.” And, yes, we do have a winter pic as our screen saver all year, and we definitely have […]
New England is in Our Bones!
You may have noticed that we do most of our skiing in the western US and Canada. But our roots run deep in New England skiing – specifically in the molehills of upstate New York and the green mountains of Vermont. Truthfully, we don’t ski there very much anymore. Charlotte spends at least several weeks […]
Hear All About It! The Latest Ski News
Our favorite sports writer, Dan Shaughnessy (aka “Shank”) often writes a column highlighting his favorite miscellaneous items from the sports world. So to steal from his format, here are the items from the skiing world that we have found most interesting recently. Avalanche Fatalities. We will get the bad news out of the way. Despite […]