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Fran Lord was getting rather disgusted with the abbreviated ski season last year. Storms had come early and very little snow arrived after January, leaving the Philadelphia transplant frustrated with Lake Tahoe’s winter wonderland.

With the snow conditions at Tahoe’s resorts thinning and the groomed runs about the only decent place to ski by early March, Lord and a few friends decided to venture out of the norm, lining up a day of snowcat skiing.

“I had heard the snowcat conditions were good, but I admit, I was skeptical,” recalls Lord, a 34-year-old English teacher at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Those doubts left quickly – one run was all it took for Lord to become enamored with Pacific Crest Snowcats, which claims to be the only true snowcat backcountry skiing and snowboard operation in California. Skiing on more than 2,000 acres of north facing terrain located between Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl, Lord and her buddies experienced a day to savor…  More info

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Winter weddings at Western ski destinations come in all sizes and sites. Marriage-minded romantics can pick and choose from traditional ceremonies at five-star hotels and resorts, wedding chapels and century-old churches.

Or, in a growing trend, brides and grooms can say “I do” in diverse settings such as inside a yurt or aboard a hot-air balloon, gondola, horse-drawn sleigh, Sno-Cat, dogsled, pair of skis or snowboard…  More info


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ski-instructorAs a boy in the 1920s, Paul Goszyk skied the snow-blanketed mountains surrounding his home in Ustron, Poland.

His parents had six children and couldn’t afford to buy him skis, so his father crafted a pair from wooden boards and made poles using two sticks.

Goszyk and his friends used homemade gear to scale nearby peaks, race down forest trails and jump off a ramp built for their town’s youth ski club.

That was before 1939, when Germany invaded Poland — before Goszyk fought against the Nazis during World War II, and before he was captured and enslaved for five years. Through it all, his love for skiing endured…  More info

…had a severe sense of d?j? vu after first playing Snowboard Riot on Wii. Shushing through this downloadable title, it dawned on me: this is just a clone of Snowboard Kids, but with hipster characters instead of the oversized anime boarders that were used in Atlus’ previous designs. You don’t get much in this ten dollar purchase: four uncreative slopes with absolutely no single player progression. Its focus is more on the pick-up-and-play racing, but with very little at stake (and with some of the most obnoxious rubberband AI routines ever), there’s not much draw in Hudson’s competitive design.

Snowboard Riot isn’t so much a snowboarding game as it is a racing game on snow…  More info…

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