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Community Ski Areas at Risk

11 Jul 2017

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Mountain Rider’s Alliance hosted our first annual Summer Shredfest in June 2017. The weekend included several on-snow events at Beartooth Basin. We wanted to include an educational component to bring more awareness to the challenges and opportunities facing community ski area. The symposium begins with an introduction by MRA CEO Jamie Schectman, followed by a Keynote […]

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Everything You Need to Know about the MRA Summer Shredfest at Beartooth Basin

11 May 2017

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We are getting increasingly excited to host the first annual (and destined to-be-classic) celebration of community ski areas from June 16-18, 2017. Serving as the proper end-of-the-season party, Summer Shredfest combines community, competition and culture in an unforgettable weekend that you won’t want to miss. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most out of this one-of-a-kind […]

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Interview with Mountain Theory Films, Creators of “Last Tracks”

3 Apr 2017

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It is no secret that community ski areas are being threatened by a myriad of challenges, most importantly climate change. Micah Berman and Isabelle La Motte of Mountain Theory Films teamed up to create a documentary, on the subject. Last Tracks is a 35 minute movie that combines the current status of community ski areas with […]

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A New Ski Area and Alpine Village in Tamok, Norway: Interview with Aadne and Jarrko

16 Mar 2017

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Tamok, Norway is located 90 miles north of the Artic Circle, close to the Finland border. The region receives reliable snow and has peaks of up to 5,000 feet, rising directly out of the ocean. A movement is underway to develop a values based ski area and quaint alpine village. There are plans for a […]

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My Climate Reality Leadership Training by Jamie Schectman

15 Mar 2017

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Earlier this month, I had the distinct honor of attending The Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Corps training in Denver, Colorado. Al Gore founded The Climate Reality Project in 2011, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. The goal of […]

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Checking in with Signal de La Grave President Joost van Zundert

6 Feb 2017

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La Grave is one of the world’s most iconic ski resorts. The lease with the current operator expires in May 2017. Signal de La Grave, a community non-profit entity was formed and completed a successful crowdfunding campaign with over 1,000 backers. Unfortunately Signal de La Grave was not chosen as the new operator but continues […]

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Q and A with Kyle Granowski of Utivity

2 Jan 2017

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Utivity is a new platform designed to connect adventure seekers to athletes, instructors, artists and other freelance adventures to participate in unique offerings and experiences. We caught up with Kyle Granowski, founder of Utivity to learn more. MRA: How did you come up with the idea for Utivity?  KG: The grand vision of Utivity stemmed from […]

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Interview with Signal de La Grave’s Joost van Zundert

23 Nov 2016

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La Grave is an iconic ski area’s located in Southeast France. The lease with the current operator is expiring in May 2017 and a non-profit named Signal de La Grave has been formed to ensure the ski area’s future sustainability. MRA CEO Jamie Schectman caught up with Joost van Zundert to discuss the current situation and […]

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Checking in with Red Mountain’s Howard Katkov

12 Oct 2016

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Red Mountain, British Columbia launched the ski industry’s first crowdfunding for equity campaign, “Fight the Man. Own the Mountain.” The first phase, “Test the Waters”  has received over $4.5 Million pledged by over 1,200 people. MRA’s CEO Jamie Schectman checked in with Red Mountain owner Howard Katkov to discuss the success so far, the next steps and […]

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Q and A with Ed Lewis of SNOCRU

27 Sep 2016

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SNOCRU is the leading snowsports app and one of MRA’s strategic partners. We caught up with founder Ed Lewis to learn more. MRA: What was your impetus for starting SNOCRU? EL: In 2009, I was ditched on a ski trip and figured there was a way to connect with other skiers and riders on the […]

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Interview with Geoff Hatheway, President of Ski Magic, LLC

30 Aug 2016

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Magic Mountain, Vermont is about to change ownership to a group of local investors. The ski area has operated since 1960, offering 1,700 vertical feet of some of the best terrain in New England. MRA’s CEO Jamie Schectman caught up  with Ski Magic, LLC President Geoff Hatheway to learn about their plans to bring back skiing’s […]

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Fight the Man. Own the Mountain: Interview with Red Mountain’s Howard Katkov

22 Aug 2016

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Red Mountain, British Columbia is launching the ski industry’s first crowdfunding for equity campaign, “Fight the Man. Own the Mountain.” The first phase, “Test the Waters” is designed to gauge interest. If that goes well, phase two will include investments varying from $1,000 to $25,000. MRA’s CEO Jamie Schectman caught up  with Red Mountain owner Howard Katkov to […]

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Q and A with Jay Sherman of VacationBehavior.com

21 Jul 2016

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MRA caught up with Jay Sherman, insights chief at Vacation Behavior. For over 20 years, Jay has been assisting companies and organizations to innovate their products, services and experiences. Prior to Vacation Behavior, Jay worked in the ski industry and has a unique insight into our sport.  MRA: Jay, thank you for taking the time […]

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Q & A with .Ski

25 May 2016

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Mountain Riders Alliance was able to ask Rob Rozicki, the creator of .Ski extension, aka Dot Ski. Here is what he had to say.  MRA: What gave you the inspiration to launch the .Ski project? RR: I’ve spent the whole of my career at the forefront of digital media as well as a lifelong passionate […]

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Mountain Playground is Officially Trademarked!

15 Apr 2016

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Mountain Rider’s Alliance was founded in 2010 by a group of snow enthusiasts who shared growing concerns about the direction the ski industry was headed. MRA’s goal has always been to create sustainable Mountain Playgrounds. As was eerily predicted in Hal Clifford’s Downhill Slide, Why The Corporate Ski Industry Is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns and The Environment, the […]

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MRA’s New Promotional Piece

7 Mar 2016

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MRA Co-founder Dave Scanlan was recently featured in 1,000 Feet and Below, a documentary about the importance of Maine Community Ski Hills. We asked to borrow some of the footage and choreographer Joel Osgood graciously obliged. Look for our Question and Answer with Joel coming soon. And in the meantime, we invite you to check […]

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