While we like to think of our sport as serene and peaceful, every once in a while there is some anger out there. Sharing odds and ends in ski news you may have missed from this past week.

Mammoth Ticket Office – Photo courtesy of mountain Facebook

California Snowstorm – as predicted (see our article CA Mother of All Storms) this past week’s California storm came through. Mammoth was the big winner with over 100 inches of snow over three days.

 

 

 

New York Post

A Sore Loser – Of all the snow sports, cross country skiing should not be a contact sport. However, one Russian athlete decided otherwise over his frustration in finishing second in a recent race costing his whole team to be disqualified – watch here 

 

 

Outside Magazine

 

Under Appreciated Ski Patrollers –  Unionized ski patrollers at several Vail resorts are frustrated with current working conditions and are protesting.

 

 

 

Closed resorts in France – © Getty Images

Frenchmen seeking ski season – The 2020/2021 ski season has yet to start in France given the strict Covid regulations in place in the country. Authorities had previously given the ski areas some hope that starting February 1, they could fire up the lifts, but with Covid still not under control, French authorities have decided this is not to be.

 

 

Verbier lift – photo courtesy of famed chef, de Courten

Crowding the Swiss – And with the French resorts closed, the neighboring Swiss resorts are suffering from overcrowding.

 

 

 

 

Mount Washington Avalanche Center

Unstable Eastern Snow – While rare, eastern avalanches do happen, particularly in the Mt. Washington New Hampshire area. With the east finally getting several serious storms there was a scary incident last week in Tuckerman’s Ravine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

conSKIerge co-founder

Kevin Dennis is a life long ski bum with a 34 year legal career on the side. Now retired, he skis 80+ days a year. While he lives in Alta UT in the winters, he has traveled extensively through skiing and has skied almost every major resort in North America (and many you have never heard of). He continues to hit the road often throughout the western United States and Canada and trips over the last several years have included ventures in British Columbia, Montana and Colorado. Whether you want to know about the behemoths like Aspen or Squaw or are interested in the road less travelled (Lost Trail Powder Mountain in Montana or Whitewater in BC anyone?), Kevin has been there, has an opinion and you will most likely have to tell him to shut up after a half hour!