March 30, 2008 |
The Philadelphia region has seen only a few inches of snow all winter, while ski slopes in New England and the West have been recording massive amounts. That has resort operators in those areas seeing green - a welcome sight after last season's below-average turnout of skiers and snowboarders. Ski lifts are moving at full tilt, and resorts are predicting it will stay that way until the end of April. "It's been fantastic up here," said Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Area Association.
January 19, 1999 |
Wilburger's, one of the area's oldest and most venerable ski shops, has closed its final door. Just a few years ago, Wilburger's had six shops, all in the Philadelphia suburbs. One by one they were shut down, and by this year only the Abington store remained. Now that one has closed as well. Michael Beaudry, the third-generation head of the family business, said yesterday he wasn't ready to talk about what happened and why. He said the family still hasn't made any final decision about the company's future, though he added that it was possible the family might open a store in Utah.
February 26, 1989 |
If you've longed to spend time on the slopes of a Colorado ski resort but haven't gotten around to making reservations, there still is time to plan a spring ski journey. The good news for those who have yet to make their plans is that lift- ticket prices are sometimes reduced in April. The price cuts are never announced in advance, but depend instead on the weather and the number of people who line up for the lifts. Bargain-hunters will not have their choice of every mountain in April.
November 9, 1999 |
Montgomery County Commissioner Richard S. Buckman yesterday rescinded his offer to buy Spring Mountain Ski Resort in Upper Salford. Buckman, co-owner of the Buckman Ski Shops sporting-goods chain, had offered to buy the environmentally sensitive property with about $800,000 of his own money. A proposed partnership with Montgomery County would have brought $500,000 in open-space funds to the deal. If the sale had gone through, Buckman said, he, his brother and his sister would have spent an additional $350,000 to keep the small ski resort in operation.
January 14, 2013 |
As the temperature steams toward 60 this weekend, one thought doesn't immediately leap to mind: "Let's go skiing!" Resorts in the Poconos and elsewhere must be melting in the faux spring, the runs awash in mud, you say. Managers must be cursing the heavens, you say. But what do you know? "Ski season is going pretty well," said Ryan Werst of Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, south of Allentown and about 55 miles from Philadelphia. After less-than-frightful weather in early December forced a late start, most Pennsylvania ski areas report that business is not headed downhill - at least not yet. They credit nighttime temperatures that were cold enough (below freezing)
January 5, 1987 |
A wind-whipped storm yesterday crossed the western part of the country, bringing heavy rain to California and snow as far east as the Rockies - to the delight of mountain ski resorts that have experienced one of their worst seasons. "It's like winter has finally arrived," said Debbie Kelly, spokeswoman for Squaw Valley, one of the California ski resorts that were without snow during the holidays. "The storm is so different than anything we've had this winter - real intense.
November 24, 1988 |
FAT CHANCE. As you dive into the turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie today, you might chew over the following advice from the American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs: The best treatment for obesity is prevention. A balanced diet, exercise and behavior modification - this is the path to long-term weight control, the group says. And obesity avoidance is the best treatment of all. HICCUPS. Good news for severe hiccup sufferers - doctors have found a new drug that shuts them down.
April 29, 1994 |
PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF STARS SHOULD LAST THREE YEARS Stargazing could be a thing of the past in Hollywood. At least for a while. Seems hundreds of star-shaped celebrity tributes embedded in concrete on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are going into storage while crews build two subway stops on Hollywood Boulevard. The first stars to get the old heave-ho - those honoring Loretta Young, Gene Tierney and Buddy Rogers - were uprooted Wednesday and packed in cushioned crates. They'll be in eclipse until late 1997.
April 5, 2009 |
It happens to even the most ardent skier. On the first day of the season, you question why you like this sport. You schlep your equipment, don an outfit that would make a supermodel look chunky, schlep some more, and strap on your skis. Exhausted, you sit on the lift, thinking, "I could be in the islands. . . . " The answer comes quickly. Skiing is simply exhilarating. This year, my ski season began in the Italian Alps. A friend and I joined a group trip to a Club Med in Sestriere, near Turin.
December 30, 1990 |
For the second year, the Chester County Parks and Recreation Department will offer vouchers for discount ski-lift tickets. "Our program was so successful last year that we decided to offer it again," said Cathy Snowberger, recreation services coordinator for the department. The vouchers may be purchased for Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Blue Mountain, Doe Mountain and Montage Ski Area, then traded for lift tickets upon arrival at the ski resort. "It's important that people realize that they are purchasing vouchers and not tickets," Snowberger said.