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Ski resorts go renewable

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U.S. ski resorts tap renewable energy sources to combat climate change By Jesse Huffman | ESPN Action Sports Courtesy photo Summer and winter alternate views of Park City's wind and solar installation, which is located at the top of their Silverlode chairlift. As the volatility of the 2011-12 season made clear, the stake ski resort's have in resolving climate change is a big one. Over the past three years, resorts like Bolton , Burke , Jiminy Peak and Grouse Mountain have installed wind turbines , while others have pursued efficiency updates , in an effort to responsibly produce, and reduce, the power and heat involved in swinging chairs and heating lodges all winter long. Now, four more areas, from local ski hills in the Northeast to major resorts in the Rockies, have installed or invested in renewable power sources ranging from solar to biomass to coalmine methane. Smuggler's Notch closed early this winter after a spring meltdown saw the highest March
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Wanted!!- Able bodied person's to run about the resort, meeting chalet hosts, being sociable, go riding, talk about ski and snowboarding and get fed free cake and tea. Oh yeah, experience in ski rental operations, the ability to work under ... pressure- as part of a team or individually, and being flexible, adaptable and motivated would be a real asset as well. If you, or someone you know, thinks they've got what it takes to be a Doorstep Skis Technician then drop us an email on info@doorstepskis.com with a CV and relative experience. See More at;  https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Doorstep-Skis/149648009042

Ski Mountaineer Greg Hill Signs with Salomon

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What does Salomon have up their sleeve? By: Powder Magazine / Posted on July 9, 2012 Greg Hill PHOTO: COURTESY SALOMON Words: Derek Taylor, Grind TV How do you top your own record of climbing and skiing one million vertical feet in a single season? For most, it’s an insurmountable task. For Greg Hill, who set the 1-mil mark in 2004-05, it was simple: double that in a calendar year. Hill did just that in 2010. For the mathematically challenged, that’s the equivalent of climbing and skiing 5,500 vertical feet every single day, for an entire year. That’s a pretty hearty day for most backcountry skiers, but it also assumes Hill didn’t take any rest days, days off for his kid’s birthday or hanging out at trade shows, which of course Hill had to do at various points during the year. Simply put, Hill is a skinning and skiing machine. His 2-mil record will likely stand for years to come. All of this made him the perfect face for Dynafit, the market leader

When The Devil Came To Morzine

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Romeo Vitelli is a Canadian Psychologist and back in November 2009 he wrote this very interesting thesis on the spooky, ghostly goings-on that occurred in Morzine in the 1850's. It's so bizarre, and totally not what we imagine from our pretty Alpine town! It was a fine spring day in 1857. The charming little town of Morzine, located in south-eastern Savoy (then an Italian province), was already well-known for its panoramic views of the Alps and the religious piety of the people who lived there. A ten-year old girl named Peronne Tavernier was eagerly preparing for her first communion when, on March 14 of that year, she reportedly saw a young girl falling into a river.  Although the girl was unharmed, Peronne became increasingly uneasy during the day and, while at school, collapsed into a strange stupor where she reportedly "lay as one dead for some hours". After being carried home, she regained consciousness but collapsed again a few days

The French Paradox

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Eat fat…be slim and healthy. It  sounds too good to be true and as an advert for a diet company you probably wouldn’t believe it but this statement has been true in France for centuries. Local Morzine magazine Yodel had a look into this paradox and here's what they un-earthed...  The great French paradox has baffled dieticians and experts for years; how do the French eat high amounts of cream, butter and fat but have one of the lowest rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) in the world? According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, despite an intake of saturated fat that is 50% higher than the US, people in France have a 30-40% lower chance of developing CHD. One element could be the portion sizes in France, which tend to be smaller than other countries. Compared to the US they are a massive 30-50% smaller, so despite the high level of fats, the calorie intake is a lot lower. The fats in these foods also act as a hunger suppressant, reducing the necessity for snac

How demanding is the Tour de France?

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The Tour de France – currently underway – has long been regarded as one of the most demanding endurance events in sporting history. But what does that mean in physical terms for the athletes taking part? RELATED McEwen gives Tour cycling team an edge Factbox: Tour de France Evans moves up in Tour de France Sagan nails second Tour victory By Chris Abbiss , Edith Cowan University The Tour de France – currently underway – has long been regarded as one of the most demanding endurance events in sporting history. But what does that mean in physical terms for the athletes taking part? RELATED: Cycling Central When it began in 1903, the Tour comprised 2,428km of racing over six days. Some 60 cyclists competed in that inaugural race, which was eventually won by amateur rider Maurice Garin in an impress

Hiring for Season 12/13

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Wanted!!- Able bodied person's to run about the resort, meeting chalet hosts, being sociable, go riding, talk about ski and snowboarding and get fed free cake and tea. Oh yeah, experience in ski rental operations, the ability to work under ... pressure- as part of a team or individually, and being flexible, adaptable and motivated would be a real asset as well. If you, or someone you know, thinks they've got what it takes to be a Doorstep Skis Technician then drop us an email on info@doorstepskis.com with a CV and relative experience. See More -  https://www.facebook.com

So You Want to Buy a Ski Resort?

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         So You Want to Buy a Ski Resort? This might be your year. Colorado’s Echo Mountain is up for auction. Words: Heather Hansman Start saving your dollars from your off-season job; it’s a good time to buy a ski resort. Echo Mountain, Denver’s local hill, is on the block. It goes to auction August 2. According to the Denver Post , current Echo owner Jerry Petitt “bought the 226-acre dormant Squaw Pass(Echo’s former name) ski area at a 2002 auction for $700,000 and has since plowed several million dollars into developing the area.” That’s probably less than it costs to buy a house in Vail. If Echo isn’t your mountain, Jackson’s Snow King, Utah’s Brian Head, and Durango’s San Juan Cat Skiing are all on the market as well. You can probably get a deal: western Colorado’s Powderhorn sold for $1.4 million last summer. Read more about Echo .

How To Be A Lady (Who Shreds)

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Women in Skateboarding How To Be A Lady (Who Shreds) An inquest into gender bias in sport and why society thinks women shouldn’t skate. “Women who prefer exercise and liberty, who revel in the cool sea breeze and love to feel the fresh mountain air fanning their cheeks, who are afraid neither of a little fatigue nor of a little exertion, are the better, the truer, and the healthier, and can yet remain essentially feminine in their thoughts and manners.” – 1894 Lady Violet Greville in Ladies in the Field Sketches of Sport One afternoon in 1997 twelve-year-old Lucy Adams was leaving swimming practice in Horsham, England, when she noticed a large construction fence had gone up in the vacant lot behind the pool. She wandered over and peered through a small hole in the boards. On the other side a group of men dressed in long T-shirts and baggy jeans were building something that she would later describe as “fantastic”. With heavy iron bars, scaffolding an

Alpine Challenge 2013 Launch

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Snow Camp's Alpine Challenge 2013 has now launched and once again will be held in Morzine. Yodel magazine in Morzine took us through what its all about-; If you haven't heard of Snow Camp yet, it's an amazing charity that supports young people from the inner-city through a combination of skiing, snowboarding and life-skills programmes. The Alpine Challenge helps to raise money for the Snow Camp charity with a two-day snowsports endurance challenge. Previously known as The Everest Challenge, the event is now in its fourth year and going from strength to strength. Twenty-five teams of four riders must complete 150km of the Portes du Soleil during the two day event. The night between the 2 days must be spent completing a 10km hike. Whichever team clocks up the most miles, visits the most checkpoints and completes the overnight hike will win. You can either enter a team of four into the competition or if there are less of you, Snow Camp will pu