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What skiers do in the summer

By the time the end of April comes around, it’s usually a sad time for skiers. Resorts close. Skis are packed away and placed in storage. Out come the sandals and the running sneakers for the summer months. There is, of course, the rare skier who can take a trip out to Europe for some …

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Ski safety: Why you should invest in a helmet

In class yesterday, we discussed new tools for journalists. One that caught my particular attention was Visual.ly, a database of Creative Commons data visualizations for use in blogs such as this one. While perusing the site, I stumbled across this graphic about the necessity of wearing helmets while skiing: Some of this information blew my …

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It’s winter again at Killington Ski Resort

As of one hour ago, Killington Ski Resort had 19 inches of fresh snow, with more on its way. The resort reopened its K-1 Gondola and 35 ski trails. It started snowing at Killington yesterday morning. The official Killington Twitter feed tweeted yesterday to its followers, “Dear @KillingtonMtn followers, wish you were here. #stillsnowing.” Recent pictures …

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Ski season not over yet – hello, spring skiing?

Usually once March swings around, it’s spring skiing season in the northeast. Ski resorts stay open until about some time in April (while some out west stay open through May or June). But this season’s especially mild winter has been hard on New England ski resorts. Katie Johnston wrote on Boston.com a few weeks ago: …

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Wild forms of skiing

Skiers are certainly a crazy kind of people. They’re always pushing the limits of the sport, despite the numerous ski-related injuries and deaths that occur every year. Perhaps the most daring skiers are “extreme skiers” who take helicopters to the top of ungroomed mountains and forge their own paths down the slopes. Often they’ll ski …

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The hilarity of ski fashion

Heather Burke at Boston.com’s Ski Guru blog reports on the 2012 ski fashion show in Denver, and some of the trends border on ridiculous. She writes, So mom was right, again. Everything eventually comes back into style. Take a look at ski fashion, hats with huge pom poms and shiny metallic ski jackets are back. …

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Judging ski conditions at New England resorts

A recent article on Ski the East got me thinking about ski condition reports and how valid they can be. Ski the East “Editor at Large” Zander Basedepth (a pseudonym, I’m guessing), wrote yesterday that base depth measurements at eastern ski resorts are widely unreliable and can fluctuate enormously, even between two resorts near each …

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Colorado ski trip: Days 3 and 4, Breckenridge and Keystone

Exciting ski week so far! Except the sore knees and bruised shins. And I have a terrible sunburn/windburn from going all day long, three days in a row. The weather here has been incredible. Warm – in the upper 30s to low 50s – and sunny. Today got very windy, but yesterday was all sunshine. …

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Colorado ski trip: Day 2, Copper Mountain

We spent today at Copper Mountain Ski Resort, a good start to the week, I think. Copper Mountain is about 75 miles west of Denver. It has 126 runs, a majority of which are blue, black or double black trails. It has almost 2,500 square acres of ski area. In addition, for this ski season, …

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Colorado ski trip: Day 1

So I’m spending my spring break out in Colorado with my family on a ski vacation. I made sure to bring along my camera – finally, I don’t have to crawl through Wikimedia Commons for images to use on my blog! I can finally showcase my own photography. Anyway, we flew out of Logan Airport …

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