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HEALTH
February 16, 2013 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
Nothing ruins a skiing or snowboarding weekend like having to hitchhike down the hill in a ski patroller's sled - or in an ambulance. Fortunately, the overall rate of skiing injuries has declined by 50% since the 1970s, according to the National Ski Areas Assn., a trade organization. (Snowboarding injuries are a different story: They've nearly doubled in the last decade - partly because the sport itself is relatively new.) "We see fewer injuries among skiers because of significant improvements in the equipment," says James Gladstone, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chief of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
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October 31, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Mammoth Mountain's opening is only a week away, as it prepares to be the first major resort in the state to welcome the new ski season. This week's storms blanketed resorts up and down the state, raising hopes for a long, snowy season. As usual, the best deals are available during November and early December. How good? Well, how does “free” grab you? See below. Here's a look at where resorts stand as the 2013-14 ski season begins: Mammoth Mountain Mammoth has begun making snow, augmenting the 10-to-12 inches that it has received this week.
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NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Mammoth Lakes received its first snow of the season, getting blanketed overnight Saturday. Residents awoke to the first day of fall Sunday to find 4 to 6 inches on top, 2 to 3 inches at Main Lodge and about an inch at Canyon. This all comes with fewer than 50 days until Mammoth 's Nov. 7 opening of ski season. Opening weekend at Mammoth will feature live music, park contests and a movie. The focal point in the Village will  be the Underground Lounge, which is new for this year and will have a SoCal vibe with an alpine twist.
NEWS
October 30, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Get an early start on the ski season and save at Taos Ski Valley in northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Lift ticket deals as well as packages that include lodging and lift tickets are available. The deal: For skiers hungry for powder, Taos Ski Valley is offering adult lift tickets for just $55 a day from Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day) through Dec. 20. After that, the price increases to $77 a day. Several package deals combine reduced-price accommodations with free lift tickets.
NEWS
November 8, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds
Mammoth Mountain kicks off its ski and snowboarding season Thursday (today) with a good chance of fresh powder to follow. The day's schedule starts at 8:30 a.m., when the first chair carries skiers and boarders up the hill, where they'll find a slope cloaked in manufactured snow, mingled with remains of the 18 inches of real snow that fell in late October. Chair lifts 1 and 3 will be running and the Panorama gondola will be offering scenic rides only. Meanwhile, a storm is expected to arrived on Friday and stay through Saturday, possibly dropping enough snow to open more lifts and runs.
NEWS
October 3, 1985 | United Press International
The winter ski season began about two weeks early today with 11,307-foot Berthoud Pass becoming the first resort in the state to open its slopes.
SPORTS
February 5, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the ski season after crashing during the super-G at the world championships Tuesday in Schladming, Austria, and being airlifted to a hospital. Vonn tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee and has a lateral tibial plateau fracture, according to a statement by U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens on the team's website. The injury ends Vonn's quest this year for a fifth overall World Cup title.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2012 | By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times
June Mountain, the Eastern Sierra resort that has failed to make a profit in 26 years, is closing for the summer and won't reopen for the upcoming ski season, the resort operator has announced. The closure will give the resort operator time to evaluate how to make the mountain popular and profitable again, said Rusty Gregory, chairman and chief executive of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which operates June Mountain and the more popular Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth Mountain, the most popular ski resort for Southern Californians, has 3,500 acres of skiable area and a summit of 11,053 feet.
NEWS
January 15, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is the middle of the alleged winter season, when the local ski slopes should be packed, restaurants jammed and the local cabins and condos filled with folks from down below, strutting in their new Christmas parkas. But . . . The owner of Big Bear Sporting Goods says he is renting more fishing poles than skis, and the Boulder Bay Marina is staying open to rent boats on a lake that normally is skimmed with ice by now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2001
Heavy early season snow is helping boost the winter ski season in Tahoe, which had gotten off to a slow start. Hotel bookings are on pace with last December, and some tourist industry officials predict that this season could exceed last year's.
SPORTS
October 27, 2013 | By David Wharton
Ted Ligety finished last ski season by winning six of eight races and repeating as world champion in the giant slalom. On Sunday, he began a new season in fitting style. The American racer won the GS in Soelden, Austria, by 0.79 seconds over Alexis Pinturault of France. Overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished 1.02 back for third place. “I'm super-psyched to win this today,” Ligety said. “It wasn't easy conditions on the second run, it was dark and bumpy, but any day you win it's a good day, so I can't complain.” Another notable U.S. skier, Bode Miller, made his return to the circuit with a 19th-place finish.
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Mammoth Lakes received its first snow of the season, getting blanketed overnight Saturday. Residents awoke to the first day of fall Sunday to find 4 to 6 inches on top, 2 to 3 inches at Main Lodge and about an inch at Canyon. This all comes with fewer than 50 days until Mammoth 's Nov. 7 opening of ski season. Opening weekend at Mammoth will feature live music, park contests and a movie. The focal point in the Village will  be the Underground Lounge, which is new for this year and will have a SoCal vibe with an alpine twist.
NEWS
September 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If your heat-baked brain is already contemplating ski season, you might consider a pass that's good at European ski areas as well as Colorado, Utah and California resorts. The 2013-14 Epic Season Pass from Vail Resorts recently added five free days of skiing and riding at Les 3 Vallees in France, an area that includes resorts at Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. It's also good for five days at Verbier , Switzerland, and Arlberg, Austria.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
With April right around the corner, the ski season will soon be winding down in the West.  Which means most schussers and shredders will be packing away their gear and turning to other sports such as cycling or surfing - - maybe even golf. But come July, in the middle of the North American summer, snow will be falling on the dozen-plus ski and snowboard resorts in the Andes of South America, which range from the huge Las Lenas in Argentina to the more boutiquey Portillo resort near Santiago , Chile.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Mammoth Mountain in California, Snowbird in Utah and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada join the lineup for Mountain Collective's 2013-14 pass that offers two days of skiing or riding at each resort. The three join Alta in Utah, Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado and Jackson Hole in Wyoming, which teamed up for the first pass issued for the 2012-13 season. A limited number of passes go on sale Tuesday at last season's prices: $349 per adult and $229 per child 12 and younger, according to Mountain Collective.
SPORTS
February 16, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
There is no doubt now whom the U.S. media will choose as the fresh-faced star in the run-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics. It is Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, who became the youngest women's Alpine skiing world champion since 1985 when she won Saturday's slalom in Schladming, Austria. Her sponsor, Italian food company Barilla, already has given Shiffrin some media training, since her age and prior success this season had made her a rosy-cheeked ingenue in demand. That will become a full-court press by the time the Olympic ski season begins next October.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
It's February and the weather outside is frightful - for ski resorts. With unseasonably toasty temperatures in parts of the Southland, skiers and snowboarders who would normally head for the slopes at this time of year are instead visiting the beach. "It's hard to think about skiing when it's like 80 degrees in town," said Wendy Brennan, an avid skier who helps organize two ski clubs based in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. "It's particularly hard to get people away from the beach and up to the mountains.
NEWS
November 3, 1996 | Associated Press
Taking advantage of a series of early storms, hundreds of skiers and snowboarders flocked Saturday to Boreal Ski Area for the start of the Lake Tahoe ski season. Boreal officials cut off ticket sales at 2,000 people by 11:30 a.m. because only three of 41 runs were in operation. "We just didn't have the room for any more people," said Boreal spokeswoman Sheila Greeno. "We've had a spectacular opening day and everybody was really excited."
HEALTH
February 16, 2013 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
Nothing ruins a skiing or snowboarding weekend like having to hitchhike down the hill in a ski patroller's sled - or in an ambulance. Fortunately, the overall rate of skiing injuries has declined by 50% since the 1970s, according to the National Ski Areas Assn., a trade organization. (Snowboarding injuries are a different story: They've nearly doubled in the last decade - partly because the sport itself is relatively new.) "We see fewer injuries among skiers because of significant improvements in the equipment," says James Gladstone, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chief of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Despite a massive manhunt for an alleged cop killer, tourism officials are making clear that the town of Big Bear Lake and its two nearby ski resorts are open for business. More than 100 officers, many in tactical gear and armed with automatic weapons, were executing door-to-door searches around the town of Big Bear in search of former LAPD Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is suspected in three murders. Bear Mountain ski resort closed early Thursday afternoon in response to the manhunt but on Friday the mountain and its neighboring resort, Snow Summit, opened as usual Friday.
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