January 14, 2013 |
Once the hottest craze in snow sports, snowboarding is cooling down, as many riders are switching to skis that are easier to ride. Join us for a live video chat at 3:30 p.m. on the shift in snow sports trends. Los Angeles Times travel industry writer Hugo Martin will talk about skiing, snowboarding and the trends on the slopes with Josh Holm, who manages a ski rental shop at Squaw Valley ski resort. Have you switched from snowboarding to skiing? Or vice versa? Join in on the conversation by leaving your comments below.
January 12, 2013 |
At the height of the nation's snowboard craze, Rod Rice was a so-called blazin' raisin - an older dude who loved to bomb the slopes at breakneck speeds. That is, until he wiped out and dislocated his shoulder on a trip to Canada. The 65-year-old engineer still loves to carve fresh powder, but now he does it on a pair of extra-wide skis. "I'm not planning on going back to snowboarding," said the Lakewood grandfather. Once the king of the mountain, snowboarding is on the down slope.
December 10, 2012 |
The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort , one of Sin City 's best-kept secrets, is open for the 2012-13 season. There are new features as the resort celebrates its 50th anniversary. It's less than an hour's drive from the Strip to the slopes in Lee Canyon, in the Spring Mountains near Mt. Charleston in southern Nevada. The resort's owners hope new amenities this winter will lure people away from the casinos. The resort has 14 new, groomed trails, bringing the total to 30, plus a new quad chairlift.
December 9, 2012 |
MAMMOTH LAKES - Before we get to the early snow, the new businesses, the zipping skiers and beaming boarders at Mammoth Lakes, let's remember how bad things have been this year for this corner of the Eastern Sierra. First, Mother Nature delivered scant snow in the 2011-12 season, driving tourism down just as the larger economy seemed to be recovering. Then in June, management at Mammoth Mountain, the resort that dominates the town, trimmed staff, cut salaries and announced the shuttering of its June Mountain ski operation - a painful blow to the tiny mountain community of June Lake, 20 miles north of Mammoth.
November 28, 2012 |
If you're a novice who's interested in skiing or snowboarding at North Lake Tahoe on Dec. 8 and 9 and want to start with a lesson rather than having a friend or spouse teach you, consider this: Six resorts will host their annual Learn to Ski and Board Weekend those days. The event is designed for beginners, costs only $30 and includes an all-day beginner lift ticket, group lesson and gear rental. First-timers can choose from Alpine Meadows , Boreal Mountain Resort , Granlibakken Resort , Homewood Mountain Resort , Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl Ski . Several resorts also will offer guests savings good on a return visit.
November 13, 2012 |
Two snowboarders stranded in Washington's Mt. Rainier National Park for two nights were rescued Tuesday morning and were expected to be reunited with their families by the afternoon. The families of Derek Tyndall, 21, and Thomas Dale, 20, were “ecstatic” when they got word the duo had been found and were in good health, said park spokesman Kevin Bacher. “Obviously they understand what a grave situation this was, and the chance that it might not come out positive,” he said.