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WARREN MILLER ANNOUNCES 66TH FILM
BOULDER, Colo. - The
world’s leading winter sports film producer, Warren Miller Entertainment (WME)
has announced its 66th film will be titled Chasing Shadows.
Warren Miller Entertainment’s 66th annual winter sports film
Chasing Shadows is a celebration of why we commit ourselves every winter
to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every spring. Warren Miller
once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom,”
and this year, we’re chasing storms, snow, lines on the world’s highest
peaks and the freedom that they grant us.
Follow the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding
on a breathtaking cinematic journey as they push toward the edge, where
the mountain’s shadow cast below leads the way. Watch JT Holmes, Seth
Wescott, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman, Marcus Caston and more as they
pursue turns on the mountains of our dreams: Chamonix, Alaska’s Chugach,
the Chilean Andes, Utah’s Wasatch and the mightiest range of them all: the
Explore what it means to be inspired, and what it is about
exotic locations and snow-covered summits that motivate us to keep
searching and chasing after more. As skiers and snowboarders we chase a
feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn — we’ve been chasing it our whole lives
and we’ll keep chasing it a lifetime more.
The annual Warren Miller Film Tour will kick off in Salt Lake
City, Utah on October 16, 2015 and will hit cities across the world this
Fall. Explore www.warrenmiller.com
for more information.
SQUAW AND ALPINE TO BE JOINED BY
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. -
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC today announced it has reached an agreement
with the owner of private land located between Squaw Valley and Alpine
Meadows to create a base-to-base gondola connection between the two iconic
mountains. The gondola would make it easy for skiers and riders to explore
both mountains with a single lift ticket or season pass, without needing
to travel between the two by car.
“For decades, skiers and riders have talked about connecting
these two world-class resorts,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. “Over the last four years, we’ve made
significant improvements to enhance the skier experience at both Squaw
Valley and Alpine Meadows. The base-to-base gondola will offer our guests
the ability to easily explore and experience the unique attributes of
these two mountains via a brand new aerial connection, while
simultaneously reducing vehicle traffic between them.”
The planned gondola connection between the two mountains is
due to a partnership between Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and Troy Caldwell,
the owner of the private land dubbed “White Wolf,” located between Squaw
Valley and Alpine Meadows. The estimated completion date of the project
will be subject to Placer County and US Forest Service approvals once
applications are submitted.
“Connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows through White
Wolf is literally bringing my long-time dream to fruition,” said Troy
Caldwell. “I’ve waited years for this to happen, and am pleased to have
reached an agreement with Squaw Valley Ski Holdings to allow skiers and
riders to easily move between these two incredible mountains.”
Plans to connect the two mountains have commenced, and
include the possibility of the lift to be constructed as a high-speed,
detachable gondola that would operate between the base of Squaw Valley and
the base of Alpine Meadows, traveling over the KT-22 Peak. There are no
plans currently being contemplated to allow skiing or other non-skiing
activities along the lift route or on the White Wolf terrain.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Troy, and
to have the opportunity to connect these two iconic mountains via
gondola,” said Wirth. “This connection represents a huge opportunity to
give skiers and snowboarders a way to easily travel between Squaw Valley
and Alpine Meadows and seamlessly experience the distinct terrain and
unique culture of both mountains.”
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and Troy Caldwell will work with
mountain planners at SE Group to design and construct the gondola
connection to ensure good stewardship of the high alpine environment whose
natural beauty is integral to the overall Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
experience. The planned base-to-base gondola will be carefully designed to
minimize the overall footprint and potential visual impacts to the
adjacent Granite Chief Wilderness, as well as maintain the scenic beauty
of the area.
To accomplish this, design elements include minimizing the
number of lift towers and eliminating the need to construct access roads.
The result of these efforts would significantly reduce necessary timber
removal and vegetation clearing for construction, and would minimize
impacts on watershed, soils and natural resources throughout the planned
lift corridor. Recognizing the visual sensitivity of the surrounding area
– particularly the adjacent Granite Chief Wilderness, measures will be
implemented to minimize the potential for adverse visual impacts from the
perspective of design, materials and equipment selection, and operational
practices. In addition, it is anticipated that the operation of the
gondola will substantially reduce both resort shuttle service and guest
vehicular traffic between the two resorts, leading to a reduction in
overall vehicular emissions.
“The plan itself will be executed with incredible care and
concern for our environment, and with the intention of taking cars off the
road, effectively reducing vehicle travel between the two mountains,” said
Michael Gross, director of environmental initiatives for Squaw Valley
Alpine Meadows. “Our guests will no longer have to drive from one mountain
to the other to choose where they would like to ski. They will have the
ability to simply ride a gondola to experience these two iconic, diverse
SUGAR BOWL TO CLOSE FOR SEASON MAR.
DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. -
(MAR. 18, 2015) - Sugar Bowl Resort’s final day of the 2014/15 ski season
will be this Sunday, March 22.
Deteriorating snow conditions at the base of the mountain and
no snow in the immediate forecast prompted the decision. Sugar Bowl Resort
will operate through Sunday with the Mt. Lincoln Express, Christmas Tree
Express and Nob Hill chairlifts, offering top-to-bottom skiing and riding
on 40 trails. On Sunday closing day, skiers and riders can enjoy Sugar
Bowl Pale Ale drink specials at the Belt Room, live music on the Lodge
deck with Chi McClean, and 50 percent off most items at Sugar Bowl Ski &
Sugar Bowl Resort would like to thank all season pass
holders, day skiers and staff for making the 2014/15 season the best it
could possibly be, despite the challenging weather.
KID-O-RAMA RETURNS TO SQUAW -
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. -
(Jan. 30, 2015) - Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ 6th annual Kid-O-Rama
celebration returns Feb. 14-21. This family-friendly resort tradition
features street parties, live music, cookie happy-hour, free face
painting, kid-approved game and craft room, and fan-favorite Big Truck
Big Truck Day, offered at both mountains for the first time,
invites youngsters to get behind the wheel of some heavy-duty machinery,
including fire trucks, snowplows, grooming machines, snowmobiles and more.
Big Truck Day is Feb. 16 and Feb. 19 from 3-5 p.m. in The Village at Squaw
Valley. At Alpine Meadows, Big Truck Day will be Saturday, Feb. 14 from
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also new to Kid-O-Rama, Light Up the Night will take over the
SnoVentures Activity Zone with snowtubing and mini-snowmobiling under the
stars. Snowtubing lanes will be lit with colored lights, and free glow
sticks for kids and families will add to the festivities. Light Up the
Night is Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m.
This year’s Kid-O-Rama includes a packed schedule of events
with daily activities for families to enjoy. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
currently boasts great skiing and riding thanks to recent investments in
snowmaking totaling more than $5 million. The resort currently has 31
lifts and 90 trails open across both mountains.
Full Schedule of Events
Big Truck Day – Saturday, Feb. 14 at Alpine Meadows *New
The smallest of fans are invited to explore heavy-duty machinery,
including grooming machines and snowmobiles. Big Truck Day at Alpine
Meadows is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating – Saturday Feb. 14 at Squaw Valley
Kids and families can head down to the Wildflour Baking Company, located
in The Village at Squaw Valley, and personalize their very own
heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies.
Kids Deck Party – Saturday, Feb. 14 at Alpine Meadows
Families can enjoy kid-friendly jams from DJ Treez, and snack on delicious
treats during Cookie Happy Hour. The Kid’s Deck Party is from 2-4 p.m. on
the sundeck at Alpine Meadows.
Party in the Plaza – Saturday, Feb. 14 at Squaw Valley
Enjoy live music free face painting in The Village at Squaw Valley from
1-4 p.m. Kids can also make Valentine’s Day cards at the Everything Hunky
Dory Tent located in The Village.
Light Up the Night – Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 at Squaw Valley New*
Go snowtubing with the whole family or let the kids ride the
mini-snowmobiles under the stars. Snowtubing lanes will be festive with
colored lights and kids can enjoy free glow sticks. Light Up the Night is
offered at the SnoVentures Activity Zone from 4-7 p.m. both nights.
CLIF® Kid Climbing Wall – Feb. 14-21 at Squaw Valley
Located at SnoVentures, kids can test their skills on the CLIF® Kid
Climbing Wall. The climbing wall is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Kids’ Crafts and Game Room – Feb. 14-21 at Squaw Valley
Kids can get creative in the Kids’ Crafts and Game Room located in the
Palisades Conference Center in The Village at Squaw Valley. The Craft and
Game Room is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes ping pong, air
hockey, foosball, board games, art projects, and ski movies with free
popcorn. Entry is free for all families staying in The Village at Squaw
Valley and $10 per child for all other guests.
Fireside Hula Hoop Challenge – Feb. 14-21 at Squaw Valley
Guests can test their skills on the Hula Hoop for a free sweet treat! Hula
Hoop for one minute straight and get a free soft serve. The special offer
is available daily Feb. 14-21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hunky Dory Crafting Tent – Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 20-21 at Squaw Valley
Kids can get creative crafting their very own Valentine’s Card or Souvenir
Button with Everything Hunky Dory. The Hunky Dory Crafting tent is free to
the public and located in The Village Events Plaza.
Big Truck Day – Feb. 16 and Feb. 19
Check out fire trucks, bulldozers, grooming machines, snowmobiles and more
in The Village at Squaw Valley! Kids are welcome to hop in the front seat
and explore. Equipment experts will be on sight to answer any questions
the kids have. Big Truck Day takes place in the Tram Promenade from 3-5
Kids' Photo Booth
Rocker@Squaw, located in The Village at Squaw Valley, is hosting a
kid-friendly photo booth complete with fun props to strike a pose with.
The Kids Photo Booth will be open from 2-5 p.m.
For more information, visit squawalpine.com/events-things-do/kid-o-rama,
or call 800-403-0206.
SQUAW-ALPINE LAUNCH STATE OF ART WEBCAMS
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. -
(Dec. 8, 2014) - Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is now home to two
state-of-the-art, panoramic cameras with the launch of their new Roundshot
cameras located at each mountain. A high-definition Roundshot camera has
been installed on the upper mountain of both Squaw Valley and Alpine
Meadows, providing crystal clear, 360 degree views of each mountain. Squaw
Valley Alpine Meadows is the first ski resort in California to install
these cutting-edge cameras, which produce 66 mega-pixel, postcard-quality
images of stunning landscapes.
“Both of our mountains are home to some of the most stunning
views in North America,” said Cara Whitley, chief marketing officer for
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. “We finally have cameras that will
accurately reflect just how spectacular this place really is.”
The Roundshot cameras offer panoramic views of the resort 24
hours a day, 365 days a year. Skiers and riders can view some of the most
famous peaks at both resorts including KT-22 Peak, Granite Chief Peak and
Ward Peak, as well as stunning views of Lake Tahoe. The new cameras update
with a high-quality 360 degree view every 10 minutes, providing time
sensitive imagery of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows’ mountain conditions.
Among other features, users can pan left or right, as well as zoom in,
providing the sense that they're controlling the camera from their very
- Ability to view location of legendary mountain peaks at Squaw as well as
some of the resort's most famous chairlifts.
- Ability to pan left or right as well as zoom in for more detail.
- Accessible archive of previous images.
- E-card feature that allows fans to share images on Twitter and Facebook,
as well as through email.
- Downloadable time lapse feature.
- Gallery of “Best Shots”.
- "Hot Spots" provide additional information on geographic features and
BOREAL SET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY, NOV.
DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. -
(Nov. 4, 2014) - Boreal Mountain Resort will be the first ski resort in
California to open for the 2014-15 season! To kick off their 50th
Anniversary Season, Boreal will open to the public on Friday, November 7,
with skiing and snowboarding beginning at 9:00am. Boreal will offer one
run with six terrain park features accessed by the Castle Peak Quad
Boreal Mountain Resort is known for its early-season
operations and conditions. During the Halloween weekend, dedicated resort
operations staff fired up the snow guns on Friday, and received help from
Mother Nature with over 10 inches of natural snow.
Conditions permitting, Boreal Mountain Resort will continue
to expand terrain coverage. Check
www.rideboreal.com/dailyreport for latest updates.
YOUNG THE GIANT HEADLINES AT
SO. LAKE TAHOE, Calif.
(Oct. 29, 2014) - Heavenly Mountain Resort has announced that Young the
Giant will headline the Winter Ignite concert in Heavenly Village on
Saturday, December 13. Since its debut in 2010, the Irvine, CA indie rock
band has delivered gold hits like “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” and is
currently touring the nation with a new album, “Mind Over Matter.” The
Heavenly stop will round out a big year for the band, including stops at
major festivals like SXSW, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, as well as live
sets on Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night With Seth Meyers.
“To have a band of Young the Giant’s caliber headlining
Winter Ignite, and playing a free concert at that, will truly elevate the
level of excitement and anticipation that surrounds the early winter
season here,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO of Heavenly.
Young the Giant will rock the Heavenly Village as the
culmination of Heavenly’s Winter Ignite event series, which spans two
weekends, December 5-6 and 12-13. Winter Ignite will jumpstart the
2014-2015 ski and ride season with on-mountain activities such as pop-up
DJ Cat and Unbuckle après kick-off parties as well as off-mountain events
like the Pretty Faces movie premier and comedy from Daniel Tosh at
MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa on Friday, December 12.
Heavenly is slated to open for the season on Friday, November
21. With the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system and an annual snowfall
average of more than 350 inches, Heavenly consistently provides quality
snow surface conditions for guests.
SQUAW VALLEY / ALPINE MEADOWS JOB
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.
(Oct. 29, 2014) - Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows' annual resort Hiring Fair
returns Saturday, November 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Olympic House
located in The Village at Squaw Valley. Squaw | Alpine is currently
looking to hire nearly 1,600 employees for the winter season across
numerous departments including Ski/Snowboard School, Ski Team, Lift
Operations, Grooming, Snowmaking, Food & Beverage, Retail/Rentals, Resort
Activities, Sales & Services, and Transportation.
At the job fair, applicants will be interviewed on a
first-come, first-served basis. Opportunities include full-time as well as
part time positions. Interested applicants are required to apply online
prior to attending the fair at
Squaw | Alpine's winter hiring is currently underway; those
interested in working at the resort this winter are encouraged to apply
In order to assist employees with housing, Squaw Valley |
Alpine Meadows has launched a new housing assistance program, Housing
Helpers. The program offers a free, bronze Tahoe Super Pass to homeowners
in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee who rent their home or a room to a Squaw |
Alpine employee. Homeowners interested in participating in Housing Helpers
can contact Human Resources at HR@squaw.com. Housing Helpers is offered to
a limited quantity of homeowners upon approval.
For questions regarding the application or interview process,
applicants can contact Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows’ Human Resources
Department at (530) 452-7112.
Benefits of working at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows includes
a season pass valid at both mountains, discounts on food and retail items,
complimentary lift tickets for friends and family, and complimentary group
ski and snowboard lessons. Additionally, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
employees receive skiing and riding privileges at Sierra-at-Tahoe and 50
percent off lift tickets at Alta | Snowbird, Aspen | Snowmass, Jackson
Hole, Mammoth, Lake Louise/Sunshine Village/Norquay, and Whistler
Squaw Valley is slated to open Wednesday, November 26. Alpine
Meadows' opening day is scheduled for Friday, December 12.
ANNUAL CSUS SKI/BOARD SWAP SET FOR
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Oct. 17,
2014) - The California State University, Sacramento Ski & Snowboard Club
will hold its 49th Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The club fundraiser will feature new and used equipment and
is the largest college fundraiser in Northern California. The swap will
take place in the Sacramento State Union Ballroom.
Early Bird admission is $20 from 9-10 a.m. General admission
is $10 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students and seniors are $5 and children 10
& under are free.
Equipment drop off and registration for the public will take
place on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pick up of unsold equipment will take place after the swap on
Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m.
Swap sponsors include Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Ground Zero
Boardshop, The Reason Snowboard, Noah’s New York Bagels, Northstar
California and Heavenly. For more information, visit
2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO PARK
BARCELONA, Spain (June 5,
2014) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in partnership with the
Olympic community of Park City and State of Utah, has been awarded the
International Ski Federation’s 2019 World Championships for freestyle,
freeskiing and snowboarding. The decision of the governing FIS Council was
announced Thursday during the FIS Congress in Barcelona. The innovative
bid featured a partnership of three resorts – Canyons Resort, Deer Valley
Resort, Park City Mountain Resort – for an event that is expected to
attract the very best skiers and snowboarders in the world for a minimum
of 12 competitions over 10 days in February, 2019.
BIG AIR SBX PROPOSED FOR 2018
BARCELONA, Spain (June 3,
2014) - On the heels of the successful debut of new Olympic events like
slopestyle snowboarding, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is
proposing the addition of two new Olympic snowboarding events. The USSA
will make its formal proposal to the International Ski Federation (FIS),
the sport’s governing body, when its entire membership meets June 1-6 in
Barcelona for its FIS Congress for the inclusion of big air snowboarding
and team snowboardcross. Big air has been contested at the FIS World
Championships since 2003 while SBX has been an integral and popular
Olympic event since 2006.
2015 CROSS COUNTRY TEAM NOMINATED
PARK CITY, Utah (June 3,
2014) - World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) headlines a
powerhouse team of women nominated to the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski
Team. All five A Team women reached the World Cup podium during the 2014
season. On the men’s side, veteran sprinter Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT)
and rising talent Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO), who won a Tour de Ski stage
last season, anchor the American men for the 2015 World Championship
Three-time World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall
(Anchorage) highlights a powerhouse team of six women nominated to the
2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team.
Randall, along with Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN), are the
defending team sprint World Champions.
Veteran Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) anchors a men’s team of
six athletes including Olympians Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Noah
Hoffman (Aspen, CO).
The 2015 Cross Country World Cup season is slated to open
Nov. 29-30, 2014 in Kuusamo, Finland.
The 2015 Cross Country World Ski Championships will take
place Feb. 18 – March 1, 2015 in Falun, Sweden.
2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Nominated Athletes
(Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth)
* Denotes Olympian
Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, CO; SMS T2, 5/14/87)*
Andrew Newell (Shaftsbury, VT; SMS T2, 11/30/83)*
Jessica Diggins (Afton, MN; SMS T2, 8/26/91)*
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski
Elizabeth Stephen (East Montpelier, VT; Burke Mountain Academy, 1/12/87)*
Sadie Bjornsen (Mazama, WA; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center,
Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT; SMS T2, 3/22/90)*
USSA PARTNERS WITH SACRAMENTO KINGS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 20,
2014) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the Sacramento Kings
ownership group – Sacramento Basketball Holdings LLC, have announced a
unique partnership where the Kings will serve as a sales representative
for the USSA’s popular Sprint U.S. Grand Prix freeskiing and snowboarding
tour. The deal includes global sponsorship sales representation to market
and sell property and intellectual rights within Grand Prix, one of the
world’s longest running action sports series’. The series is run under the
USSA’s U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding brands and this past season
served as the Olympic qualifying series.
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