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Final project: Husband-and-wife team bring ski journalism online

It’s a ski bum’s dream: Any given week in the wintertime, Heather and Greg Burke could be on top of a mountain anywhere in the country or world. In late March, they spent a few days at Big Sky Resort in Montana. In mid-April, they flew out to Austria to explore European ski resorts. Both …

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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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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 mind-bloggling word of online ski communities

Besides the use of puns in headlines, I’ve learned a lot while maintaining this ski blog. If there’s one thing that stands out, it’s that information comes from all sorts of places for the blogger/aggregator of niche news. My absolute favorite, especially because of its local angle, is Boston.com’s the Ski Guru blog. It’s part …

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Final project outline

I’ve looked into two different story ideas for my final project. The first is a profile on ski blogger Heather Burke, who is the main writer of Boston.com’s Ski Guru blog. She’s a member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, and the Eastern Ski Writers Association. She’s the …

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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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