Ski Federation Post for 09/29/20

Next winter will be unlike any that has gone before it. Or any that will follow.  ♦ Alterra Mountain Company: Ikon Pass holders will not need reservations at most destinations this winter  ♦   Next winter will be unlike any that has gone before it. Or any that will follow. Over the last couple of…

Posts from Ski Federation for 09/01/2020

Park City ski area sets COVID-19 guidelines, including no walk-up tickets  ♦ Squaw Valley to Change Name   Park City ski area sets COVID-19 guidelines, including no walk-up tickets Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune file Solo chairlift rides will be more common at Park City Mountain Resort this winter. PCMR’s parent company, Vail…


Due to continuing concerns over the COVID–19, the Ullr 70th Anniversary Celebration at the Minnesota Valley Country Club which was rescheduled from May to Sunday, September 13th, was again rescheduled to now take place on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Recently the Ullr Board voted to NOT have their Thursday evening monthly General Meetings for October…

NSCF Newsbeat August 2020

 How Ski Resorts Hope to Operate Under COVID-19 This Winter. This winter snow will not be the biggest source of uncertainty for skiers and ski operators. More. New York Magazine Intelligencer Inside look: Here’s what we know right now about next ski season. Freeskier surveyed everyone in the ski industry to find out just what…

Ski Breckenridge with the Ski Hawks!

That’s right! Pandemic or not, Ski Hawks Ski Club is planning to take 30 skiers to Breckenridge CO, February 20-26, 2021 which allows for 5 full days of skiing. Early Bird price is $1107 until Oct 10.  Discounted lift packages are available unless you have an EPIC pass.  Package includes round trip air, transportation, and…

Posts from Ski Federation for 06/16/2020

How the Pandemic Is Forcing Ski Towns to Rethink Tourism When once crowded mountain communities like Breckenridge, Colorado, saw visitors vanish this spring, locals scrambled to mitigate the economic damage and plot a return, while keeping their towns’ character intact. READ MORE →   Reposted from Read in browser »


Due to the COVID – 19 coronavirus, the ULLR Ski, Bike & Social Club’s planned events had to be cancelled or postponed. The Club cancelled the Nisswa Bike trip scheduled for June 1 -4. We cancelled our local bike rides for the month of May. Rides scheduled for the remainder of the summer will be…

Coronavirus Outbreak Rattles a Black Skiers Summit

NBC News Article – March 30, 2020, 8:03 AM CDT By Curtis Bunn For the last 25 years, Brad Corbin has been a faithful attendee of the National Brotherhood of Skiers’ ski summit. But he did not attend this year’s weeklong gathering in Sun Valley, Idaho, and he is relieved after several of the…


This story begins in the spring of 2019 when the ULLR Club approved a western ski trip to Big Sky for March 2020.  Soon ULLR members began submitting their first payments to reserve a spot on the trip.  They were joined by five new members:  Mike N, Galen V, Lynn S, Steve H, and Rick…

COVID-19 advice from the HBC President

As a physician, I have been closely monitoring the CDC, WHO and other databases to understand how this virus is behaving, and steps to contain its spread. It is too early to know just how serious this virus is. Current mortality is estimated to be roughly 2%, but that figure will likely change as detection and reporting improve. In comparison, mortality to “the flu” is roughly 0.1%, and the SARS virus was about 10%. The genome of the virus is completely sequenced but it will take well more than a year (probably longer) before an effective vaccine is ready.

A fond Traverski memory skiing Whitefish in February

On Feb 15-22, 2020, the Traverski Ski, Sport, & Social Club went to Whitefish, Montana. This ski area has been rated in Ski Magazine for value and hospitality.  Mountain stats: 3000 acres, 105 runs, and average snowfall over 300 inches. The trip had 14 travelers who flew round-trip, as well as nine Amtrak travelers who left on Friday evening and arrived close to on-time. All had great travel weather and good times on board, with one traveler driving out.

Posts from Ski Federation for 02/18/2020

North and Northeast  ♦ First-ever Backcountry Ski Area Opens In Colorado  ♦ Plattekill: Gotta Go To Know  ♦ 12 Best Travel Insurance Policies and Why You Need Them  ♦   North and Northeast February 12, 2020 by lemmycaution If you don’t live near-ish to where it’s going to hit, sometimes, even with fairly accurate medium range…

Posts from Ski Federation for 02/04/2020

Jeff Shiffrin, father of World Cup racer, dies  ♦ Saddleback Purchase Completed ♦ 4 ADVANCED SKIING MISTAKES | And How To Fix Them  ♦ Climate Change Is Killing Alpine Skiing as We Know It  ♦   Jeff Shiffrin, father of World Cup racer, dies February 3, 2020 / By SR Staff The ski racing community is shocked to…

MSC Winter Carnival 2020 at Big Snow

MSC Winter Carnival 2020 Post Trip Article

This year the Midwest Sport/Ski Council once again went to Big Snow Resort at Indianhead and Blackjack Mountains in Upper Michigan for the 2020 Winter Carnival.   There was a total of 146 members from 7 different clubs attending this year.  The very unusual event about this Carnival is that the trip was completely full by…

Remembering Barry ZeVan the “Peek-a-Boo” weatherman

Those locals who were around in the 1970s and 80s are likely familiar with KSTP and KARE TV’s “Peek-a-Boo” weatherman, who nightly reported the temperature in Bird Island, Minnesota, leading to the popular query, “Where the hell is Bird Island anyway?” Barry ZeVan, who for many years wrote a column, “ZeVan on Skiing” fro the Midwest Sportster passed away January 1, 2020.

Sadly, we announce the passing on New Year’s Day, of Barry ZeVan. Following is his final article for the MSC/Sportster:

Skiers and ‘boarders are headed this season to Banff, Alberta or Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia in Canada, March 1st through the 7th. Sitzmark Ski Club will be skiing two of the world’s most justifiably celebrated and popular areas. I’ve skied both of them several times. In my opinion, they’re truly North America’s “Alps”, especially applicable to Whistler-Blackcomb, which I’ll describe farther into this article. But first:

What’s the latest at 3M Ski, Snowboard and Social Club

The members of 3M Ski, Snowboard and Social Club had a busy fall and are looking forward to several events and ski trips as we enter into winter. The club held two wine tasting events this fall – true to the “social” part of our club name. To get fired up for the ski season many members attended the latest Warren Miller movie, called Timeless. Thirsty Thursday opened the door to fine ale and dance and we resurrected our holiday party. Now members of 3M are looking forward to a winter of fun activities on the slope.

HIAWATHA BICYCLING CLUB is not in hibernation mode

It’s cold and snowy, so most of the Hiawatha Bicycle Club members have stowed away their bicycles for the winter. But we are not in hibernating! Some are getting into fat biking and we have our HBC Winter Walker sessions going on. Soon our Smart Cycling educational series will start and of course, many members are planning on taking in some of the MSC trips. Plus, our first Friday of the month Birthday Bash continues at the Edina D’Amico’s Restaurant, usually with a walk beforehand.

ULLR Ski Club slides into its 70th year with a full schedule of fun

Ullrs had a very busy fall hiking, and now its time to focus on winter activities while preparing for the clubs 70th anniversary celebration at the Spring Banquet. With several autumn hikes on the 2019 calendar, a full moon outing at the Richardson Nature Center was one of the highlights. Several club bike rides allowed members and guests to explore several trails throughout Minnesota. Now, as the calendar fills with snowshoe and downhill ski outings, our western trip is to Big Sky, Montana, in March. Check out all the fun activities on our events calendar.

Recent Ski Federation news posts from around the country

From the 12/24/2019 Ski Federation news posts learn the latest of what’s happening in the ski industry
* Tree Martinis at Ski Valley 
* New York Ski Resort To Reopen After 8 Years 
* NSCF Newsbeat November/December 2019 
* World Championship Event Aimed at Revitalizing Pro Skiing 
* Colorado Ski Resort Owner Surrenders Property To Avoid Foreclosure 

Posts from Ski Federation for 12/17/2019

  The Resurgence of Rear-Entry Boots   The Resurgence of Rear-Entry Boots Robert Hansen December 12, 2019 The Atomic Savor 100 20 years since Salomon scrapped the project, rear-entry boots are making a comeback. Ski boot manufacturers are looking for ways to keep people skiing longer. A recent poll conducted by SIA has shown that alpine…

Posts from Ski Federation for 11/26/2019

  Bark Sandwich  ♦ Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards, has died  ♦ VIDEO: A New 7-Part Documentary Chronicling the Rise to Dominance of Mikaela Shiffrin  ♦   Bark Sandwich WORDS • Leslie Anthony | PHOTOS • Mattias Fredriksson Here’s the thing: high-speed groomers are fun; dropping couloirs, rad; and bouncing down pillow lines, divine. But what…