You would think that Interstate 70, Colorado’s most crowded winter highway, would be okay on a Monday afternoon. You would be wrong. Two big pileups involving more than 50 vehicles closed down the road for most of the afternoon. And to think, I almost went to Vail this morning to go riding…]]>
Lawmakers in Vermont have been haggling over whether to impose a $500 fine on riders that duck ropes and then need to be rescued. It looks like for now that the bill has been shelved. Here’s a great quote:
“If we start criminalizing what we all think is dumb, we’d have an endless avalanche of legislation,” said Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia.
Okay, snowboarding isn’t dead, not even close, but some dude released a report that suggested it’s on a major decline. This led to a media flurry spouting on about the end of days for snowboarding. According to the headlines below, the loss in popularity can be blamed on lost mojo, fancy new school skiing gear, and your parents.
The New York Times: Has Snowboarding Lost Its Edge?
“Snowboarding lost some of its mojo around 2005, 2006, and we’ve been running on fumes since then,” Mr. Fristoe said. “It’s like any kind of trend: It’s full of all sorts of energy … until it isn’t.”
Seattle Times: Snowboarding craze fades, skiing becomes cool again
The once-hip, ultra-extreme sport for rebels may have lost its lure when Mom and Dad began snowboarding a few years ago.
LA Times: Snowboarding craze cools as new designs make skiing easier
The popularity of snowboarding is declining partly because many older people are shifting to new, easier-to-ride skis. Youths are also embracing skiing.
Time Magazine: Snowboarding May Have Reached Its Peak
Snowboarding is no longer new, no longer extreme, and—now that your mom knows how to ride—no longer quite as cool. No wonder snowboard sales and snowboarder visits at mountain resorts are on the decline.
For years, ski areas flirted with the $100 price tag for a daily lift ticket. But now that the seal has been broken (around the 2010 season), the floodgates have opened.
Vail has bumped their one-day lift ticket to an astounding $129 while Aspen hovers around a budget value of $117. Vail and Aspen have had a long running battle for the most expensive lift ticket in the country, but the only thing that these numbers mean is that if you’re buying a single day lift ticket, then you’re a sucker.
Buy your tickets online, buy multiple days, or even skip these mountains to save a boatload of cash. At Vail, you have even have the option of the amazing Epic Pass. I figured out that during the 2010-2011 ski season when I paid around $5.75 per day to ride Vail.]]>
The Weather Channel, the place where I never get my weather news, has decided on their own to just start naming winter storms. They claim “naming storms makes communications and information sharing easier, enabling consumers to better understand forecasts that could significantly affect their lives.”
I claim that they’re doing it for ratings. What’s more fun than giving a silly name to hazardous weather systems? Think of the awesome graphics that The Weather Channel can slap up with that scary crisis music. They’re not the only ones concerned that TWC is attempting to own the weather. From a Washington Post blog:
At some level, however, I would have preferred the National Weather Service take this on rather than TWC. An NWS storm-naming initiative would have more credibility since its mission is to protect life and property rather than to make money and generate publicity.
I think they’re on Draco or something already. So a Harry Potter nemesis and the irritating ghost from He-Man?]]>
December 30th, 2012, marks the seventh edition of World Snowboard Day. It also marks the first time that I’ve ever heard of World Snowboard Day. Isn’t everyday during the winter a snowboard day? Do you really need a reason to celebrate snowboarding? I guess it’s marked with parties and contests and rail jams and whatnot. What I’d like to see is that you get a free lift ticket for snowboarding. Now that would be a holiday.
Also, I’m hypnotized by the mascot. With teeth that sharp, doesn’t that carnivorous snowball realize that he/she/it is going to chomp right through their tongue after landing that sweet grab?]]>
Powder Mountain, our favorite ski hill in Utah, just got bought out by…uh…some dudes who like shark fishing and building gigantic ski lodges? Did I just see Mark Cuban?
Powder Magazine explains it better, but say goodbye to the down-home vibe of Powder and hello to the next potential Yellowstone Club. As Utah’s (and maybe the Rockies) best kept secret, I’m only surprised that its taken this long for someone to cash in on the potential of Powder Mountain.]]>
You don’t need to be a climate scientist to see that the weather has been screwy in New England over the last few years. According to an upcoming paper by Scott and J. Dawon for the University of Ottawa, the future is looking particularly bleak for alpine skiers. They took several climate change models and attempted to predict how the Northeast would look in the upcoming decades.
According to their research, not a single ski area would be viable (open at least 100 days, 75% of opening by Christmas) in Massachusetts by 2039. Pats Peak, Crotched Mountain, and Sunapee didn’t fare much better.]]>