Tag Archives: ski resorts

Take the Community Ski Survey – Win Some Great Prizes

27 Feb 2014

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Mountain Rider’s Alliance was founded in 2010 due to the growing concern that the ski industry was at a crossroads. While consolidation of ski resorts continues, smaller Mom and Pop, community ski areas continue to close. Along with our partners at Antelope Butte Foundation and SkiEssentials.com, we have combined forces to bring you the Community […]

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The Greenest of the Ski Lifts

18 Sep 2013

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We here at Mountain Rider’s Alliance are always looking for new, clean, and innovative ways of powering our uphill transportation. These lifts from all around the world have set the (T) bar high, plowing a path for the future of skiing. Without further ado, we present the Greenest Ski Lifts in the world: 1. Tenna […]

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Ski Town Locals, and What They Stand For

11 Sep 2013

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Written By Colin Korst There has been much discussion lately regarding the importance of ski town locals. Jeremy Evans, author of In Search of Powder: America’s Disappearing Ski Bum, recently conducted an interview with Kim Kircher discussing the need for locals living in mountain communities. Many ski towns are almost exclusively relying on luxury tourism for revenue, which […]

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2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit Recap

4 Sep 2013

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Written by Jamie Schectman I had the pleasure of attending the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) annual conference in Brooklyn last week. To say the gathering was inspiring would be an understatement. Founded in 2010, the mission of the GSA is “to enhance environmental performance and sustainability initiatives through sport.” The organization now includes 78 members, […]

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Innovative Ways That Ski Resorts Harness Wind Energy

17 May 2012

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Purchasing renewable energy credits: Steven’s Pass Ski Resort 100% Windpower – Stevens Pass is currently the first and only winter resort in the Pacific Northwest that has committed to offset 100% of its energy use (from both propane and electricity) solely with renewable energy credits from clean, sustainable windpower. These credits mitigate for the greenhouse […]

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Illicit Snowboarding Talks Books: Review on David Benedek’s “Current State: Snowboarding”

1 May 2012

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The following book review of “Current State: Snowboarding” written by David Benedek, was cleverly scripted by Illicit Snowboarding… From the man who brought you, the first ever frontside double cork 1260, the seminal film Afterbang, the seminal film 91 Words for Snow, the seminal film Lame, a bunch of other seminal films (and no, not […]

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Manitoba Mountain Ski Area Restoration Update April 20th Trail Lake Lodge, Moose Pass 7:00 p.m.

12 Apr 2012

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Please join us at the Trail Lake Lodge, located on Moose Pass in Alaska, for an update on the Manitoba Mountain Ski Area Restoration Project, as well as to celebrate the snowy winter and arrival of spring on the Kenai Peninsula. Project manager Dave Scanlan will be giving a presentation starting at 7:00 p.m., followed […]

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Highlights of the 2011 Outdoor Recreation Participation Study by Winter Wildlands Alliance

5 Apr 2012

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Last year, despite the downturn in the economy, participation in active outdoor recreation continued to increase. While growth in human-powered snowsports was not as robust as the previous year there was modest growth. And you maybe surprised to learn the snowsport activity with the largest growth is Telemark Skiing, with an impressive 23% increase in […]

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Loveland Basin is Keeping it Real

13 Mar 2012

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This is a new feature for the MRA blog; the Keeping It Real (K.I.R.) trip report. Ski areas that are “Keeping It Real” are those few that are still in the uphill transportation business. They don’t sell real estate, they don’t charge you to park, their tickets don’t cost $100, and the bar and food […]

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Calling All Ladies!!! Calling All Ladies!!!

6 Mar 2012

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Calling all you ladies out there…it’s time to gather on the mountains again!!! Join in a global movement of women skiers and snowboarders that are rallying together on their favorite ski hill to support each other and have some fun. A fabulous event hosted by the great nonprofit SheJumps.org which was created to inspire, support, […]

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Ski Areas: What can they do without?

16 Aug 2011

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We recently asked on our Mountain Rider’s Alliance Facebook Fan Page what ski areas could do without. It brought about a lot of discussion, and interesting answers. Here’s a few that popped up: Ropes. Closures. Condo development. Grooming and seeded moguls. High speed lifts. Escalators. photo courtesy of sugarbowlboy People that don’t appreciate and are […]

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Ski Resort Ownership in North America: Who Owns What, Part 2

26 Jul 2011

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Written by Hunter Skyes, support from the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition and additional information by MRA. Last week we posted about the corporate owned ski resorts in North America. For part 2, we will look at the “Local Players”. The Local Players: These companies own multiple ski areas, but are very localized and/or don’t compare in terms […]

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Ski Resort Ownership in North America: Who Owns What, Part 1

22 Jul 2011

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Written by Hunter Skyes, support from the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition and additional information by MRA. As we develop Mountain Rider’s Alliance, we have been examining the current ownership of ski resorts in the industry. For Part 1, we will look at the Big Guns. Next week, we breakdown the Local Players. The Big Guns: These […]

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Death of McSkiing by Matt Hansen

17 Feb 2011

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Matt Hansen is the global editor for Powder Magazine. A Salt Lake City, Utah native who found his calling in the Northern Rockies, he believes in deep snow, liftie rock, and free parking. Straddling the Continental Divide at 10,300 feet in southern Colorado, Wolf Creek Ski Area is as out of the way as it […]

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