December Snowfall Boosts Bookings at Ski Resorts in Western U.S.
Denver, CO – Snowstorms that finally materialized in mid-to late December contributed to a partial rebound in occupancy during December and also created a significant boost for advance reservations for the remainder of the ski season at resorts across the western U.S., according to a report issued this week by the Mountain Travel Research Program [...]
Crested Butte Submits New Master Development Plan
Mt. Crested Butte, CO – Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has submitted its new 2012 Master Development Plan (MDP) to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for review and acceptance. The new MDP incorporates previous approvals at the Colorado ski and snowboard resort’s Main Mountain along with adjacent private land development projects, new lifts and terrain [...]
Second FIS World Snow Day is Sunday
Lausanne, Switzerland – No fewer than 435 organizers in 39 countries will participate in the second edition of the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) World Snow Day this Sunday. Since the registration system opened on July 1, 2012, each month saw an increase in the number of registrations from organizers, when compared with the same period [...]
Teller Takes Second World Cup Victory
Megeve, France – After battling weather delays and multiple schedule changes John Teller, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., took the top spot at the Audi FIS Freestyle Ski Cross World Cup in Megeve, France on Wednesday. Teller, an X Games champion, won his first World Cup nearly two years ago to the day in St. Johann, [...]
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is Underway in 34 States
Washington, DC – Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM) is in full swing from coast to coast throughout January with large and smaller ski and snowboard resorts in 34 states hosting special programs for beginners. Anyone, anywhere who takes a beginner lesson during January can get a $50 gift certificate for their effort from [...]
Freestyle Stars Head to Lake Placid
Lake Placid, NY – Olympic freestyle skiing stars in moguls and aerials will come together for the first time this season, returning to the 1980 Olympic slopes of Lake Placid for the USANA Freestyle Cup today through Saturday. The USANA Cup will feature one moguls event and two days of aerials. The event will mark [...]
Shiffrin Wins Third Slalom
Flachau, Austria – Seventeen-year-old Coloradoan Mikaela Shiffrin spent the day on Wednesday doing high school homework, then she won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup night slalom in Flachau for a historic third win of her incredible young career. “My secret is to not let anything stop me. Sometimes the crowd gets into your head [...]
Les Portes du Soleil is a major skisports destination in the northern French alps
(Chablais Alps) encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
With more than 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 400 square miles (1036 square km) Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest skiareas in the world (the other being Les Trois Vallees).
Almost all of the pistes are connected by lifts – only a few marginal towns can only be reached by the free bussservices in the area. Highest point of skiing is approx 2.400 metres and the lowest is approx 900 metres.
As with many other Alpine ski resorts, the lower slopes of the Portes du Soleil have snow-making facilities to extend the skiable season by keeping the lower slopes open during the warmer months.