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8 Ski-Themed Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

8 Ski-Themed Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

by Amanda Natividad

Looking to liven up your video conference calls? Us too. Pretending to be in outer space or on the Golden Gate Bridge during a Zoom meeting gets old pretty fast.  Over at Liftopia HQ, we compiled these gorgeous photos from… Read More →

How to Find the Best Powder Runs

How to Find the Best Powder Runs

by Kristen Lummis

It’s not easy making a list of North America’s best powder runs.  The most obvious reason why, is that everyone (including me), keeps secrets.  Like mushroom hunters and CIA operatives, powder skiers are loathe to share their intel. While we… Read More →

How the Ski Industry Is — And Is Not — Dealing with Climate Change

How the Ski Industry Is — And Is Not — Dealing with Climate Change

by Jules Older

In the French Alps, they’re so desperately trying to save snow, they’re covering stored snow with wood chips. Hoping to stay alive, a Vermont cross-country ski area is experimenting with the same idea. In California, winters are shorter — and… Read More →

Top 5 Snow Tires for 2020

Top 5 Snow Tires for 2020

by Amanda Natividad

Update: This blog post was originally published in November 2011. It was updated in October 2019 to include information most relevant to the 2019-2020 snow season. The snow is starting to fall in parts of North America and full-on winter… Read More →

How Is Snow Made? The Science Behind Snowmaking

How Is Snow Made? The Science Behind Snowmaking

by Kristen Lummis

When it started snowing last week at several Colorado ski resorts, there were few clouds in the sky and no natural precipitation in sight. The forecast was for sun.  But the weather was perfect — for snowmaking.  Making snow is… Read More →

Natural Snow Not Required. Summer Skiing in North America

Natural Snow Not Required. Summer Skiing in North America

by Kristen Lummis

As I sit here typing, it’s snowing. I-70 was intermittently closed yesterday. Arapahoe Basin is reporting powder conditions on a 79” base and just days ago, the iconic Mammoth Mountain sign was buried in a late spring blizzard. If there… Read More →

Why Stop Now? The Lowdown on the Upcoming 2019 Ski Season in the Southern Hemisphere

Why Stop Now? The Lowdown on the Upcoming 2019 Ski Season in the Southern Hemisphere

by Patrick Thorne

When we think of skiing in the southern hemisphere we often think of South America or possibly New Zealand. However, there are actually six countries on three continents south of the equator (assuming the globe makers have the world the… Read More →

Snow All Week in the West, Deepest in California

Snow All Week in the West, Deepest in California

by Open Snow

This article originally appeared on opensnow.com by Joel Gratz Summary Multiple storms will hit the west coast this week. Between 1-3 FEET of snow should fall in California, with 6-12 inches for other western areas. Winter won’t quit:-) Short Term… Read More →

This Week’s Powder Will be in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico

This Week’s Powder Will be in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico

by Open Snow

This article originally appeared on opensnow.com by Joel Gratz Summary The last hurrah of a very stormy pattern in the west will occur this week as a storm over the northwest and a system in the southwest coverage, creating powder… Read More →

Powder Continues, Deepest in Colorado

Powder Continues, Deepest in Colorado

by Open Snow

This article originally appeared on opensnow.com by Joel Gratz Summary Western mountains received 1-4 FEET of snow in the past week and three more storms could bring an additional 1-3+ FEET through the end of next week. Short Term Forecast… Read More →