RED MOUNTAIN AND SUGARBOWL BREAK GROUND ON NEW LIFTS
Red Mountain's plans were actually announced last September, but were briefly put in doubt while the resort worked out issues with one of their financiers. The plan is back on and Red Mountain started installing the fixed-grip quad (the old Alyeska Chair 4, to be exact), in June of 2013.
Grey Mountain will add almost 1,000 acres of new terrain, covering all aspects, to Red Mountain. The area has always been part of Red Mountain's permit area, but uncontrolled and only open to touring up until last year when the resort started running cats up to Grey. This year it will be open to anyone, and Red will become one of the largest resorts in North America in terms of skiable acreage.
Backcountry aficionados lamenting the loss of easily accessible terrain, fret not. These are the Kootenays afterall. Mount Kirkup will now be only a short skip from the ski area, and Mount Roberts remains untouched and uncontrolled.
Sugarbowl, meanwhile, started construction on the Crow's Next Peak chair just days after receiving U.S. Forest Service approval. The new chair will access 1,000 vertical feet of protected glade skiing in Strawberry Fields.
For a long time, Crow's Peak has been accessible to hiking, but skiers would have to cut out onto a high traverse to catch the next lift. The lift adds 150 acres to Sugarbowl, elevating their total to 1,650 acres.
CRANKWORX WHISTLER CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
The annual Crankworx Whistler festival is still almost two months away, but the hype is already starting to build. Recognized as one of the best festivals in mountain biking, located in one of the best places for mountain biking (Whistler, B.C., of course), Crankworx is entering its tenth season this year.
To Commemorate, they've released this compilation video of some of the highlights over the last decade. The 2013 Crankworx Whistler goes down August 9-18.
VEIL LIFTED ON NEW ADIRONDACK CLIMBING AREA
The cliffs have been accessible only since 2009, and yet in that time, climbers have put up 150 new routes in the area. The areas in question are Silver Lake and Potter Mountains. For years they were off-limits, as the land was owned by International Paper. They have since been sold, and conservation easements have been secured, opening up the area to climbers.
So far, most routes are target toward expert climbers, including a 5.14a route called Oppositional Defiance Disorder, which is regarded as one of the most difficult in the Northeast.
Silver Lake and Potter Mountains don't see as much traffic as other popular areas in the region, largely because they have yet to appear in any regional guidebooks.