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  1. Here's a freestyle training video from Landgraaf created in 2011. Gives a glimpse in to the resort. The girl in the video is Kelly Sildaru, who won a gold at the X Games in 2016 when she was 13. Her little brother is competing too. They are sponsored by Faction. Kelly had to miss the 2018 Winter Olympics after blowing an ACL at the end of the previous season. https://freeskier.com/stories/the-power-of-two-behind-the-scenes-of-the-sildaru-siblings-partnership-with-faction-skis -
  2. Proposal is in partnership with Snow World in the Netherlands, which has been running an indoor ski resort for about 20 years. The CEO of Active-X has been a consultant in the energy industry for a while. He happens to be Dutch. Snow World also has the largest indoor snow facility in Europe, Landgraaf, which includes: • #1: an official FIS piste, red, 369m length by 37m width, 6-person chairlift + tow lift; • #2: the longest indoor run in the Benelux, blue, 387m length by 28m width, 6-person chairlift + two ski tows; • #3: beginner slope, green, 55m length by 26m width, magic carpet; • #4: tubing and various group activities, blue, 45m length by 23m width, magic carpet; • Kinderland: a gentle practice slope suitable for the smallest children, green, 20m length, magic carpet; • Funpark [terrain park]: the biggest fun park in Europe, with rails, boxes and kickers, about 200m length.
  3. Had a great time at Tenney on Sunday. Fresh snow on top of groomed trails. Started snowing about 9:00 and snowed all morning. Pretty obvious where the groomer doesn't run on the wide trails to leave things natural. Had at least 3 inches on my minivan when I left around 1:00.
  4. Last season there weren't too many lifts still open at Squaw by mid-May. My day at Squaw driving between Oregon and Mammoth was Monday, May 7, which was just after the last weekend for KT-22 and perhaps another lift. My ski buddy and I were pretty much done by 12:30. By then it had warmed up to the point that having lunch at the top of the mountain was more fun than continuing to ski. We downloaded on the tram. We could see people skiing to the base on a narrow strip of snow on the cat track groomer, but there were sections they had to be pretty careful or take off skis and walk for a bit. Oh, by the way, I skied at Cannon yesterday for the first time.
  5. Hello! I'm in North Carolina. Have connections to Boston so that's one reason I hang around here. You might check thrift or consignment shops, especially those near a university. Right now you may get lucky and find base layers or even jackets or ski pants. I got a nice Columbia fleece vest in late Dec when my daughter wanted to go shopping. I'm over 60 by the way. Moved from NYC to NC in the 1970s. Talk about culture shock! The first winter schools were closed in central NC for a week after 8 inches of snow on a Sunday. Buy at least a couple pairs of good ski socks. There are several good merino wool brands. Thinner is actually better if you want to be able to control your skis. Nothing inside ski boots, only the socks. Freeport in Maine has several outlets that carry ski clothing and accessories.
  6. I was skiing at TSV last week. Slide happened as I was arriving at Albuquerque airport. The avalanche debris was very obvious riding up Lift 4 when it opened on Sat afternoon. My instructor commented on Friday that he hadn't seen any back country tracks since the avalanche. The other young man who died was from Massachusetts. He was on vacation with his father and was an expert skier who started skiing at age 4. https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/skier-killed-in-taos-avalanche-identified-witnesses-describe-scene/1710465273
  7. No opinion about the Attitash triple since I'm unlikely to ski it again, but squirrels causing problem with the power grid is a known issue. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_disruptions_caused_by_squirrels I remember people talking about transformers popping off because of an adventurous squirrel when I first move into a house out in the county near Chapel Hill, NC back in the 1980s.
  8. I think I've voted at least 4 times. About a week to go. 🙂
  9. The man who is being mentored by Niehues lives in Bozeman. Glad someone is taking an interest. Rad Smith started on computers but realized computer graphics had limitations. https://www.outsideonline.com/2376261/man-behind-ski-maps
  10. Yeah, figured that out after I posted. In any case, glad I'm getting his book. Final tally for the Kickstarter was close to $600,000 from just over 5000 people.
  11. Might as well vote to support the Wildcat snowmaking team. Daily voting until Jan. 14, 2019. https://www.saminfo.com/i-am-a-snowmaker?
  12. I much prefer a Niehues trail map. VistaMap is designed for "interactive trail maps." While those can be handy when looking around before a ski day, I end up looking at the big trail maps on the mountain or in a lodge a lot more while skiing. With old eyes, a big paper trail map by Neihues is a better reference than looking at a little screen on a phone. There are small ski areas that have Niehues trail maps too. Massanutten and Cataloochee for instance.
  13. Fri: Bretton Woods Sat, Sun, Mon: Sunday River Tue: maybe Sugarloaf Wildcat was fun today, but cold! Car temp said 0 when I pulled into the parking lot at 8:30. Did get clear blue sky and great views of the top of Mt. Washington. Also rode the lifts at Attitash in the afternoon.
  14. Going to meet up with another Ski Diva on Friday who is local to BW. Spending the weekend at Sunday River with friends, including a few Ski Divas. Drove by BW going from Loon to N. Conway where I'm staying for a couple nights. Had time to wander around the Mt. Washington Hotel. Sunset colors on Mt. Washington with no clouds . . . pretty!
  15. Anyone going to be at Bretton Woods on Fri, Dec. 14?

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