Why Warren Miller is the "godfather" of the ski film

Jan 1, 2024
The late Warren Miller created the genre of the ski "stoke" film, designed to get people excited about skiing. The latest film released under his name takes a look at Miller's legacy.
"Warren Miller could be considered the godfather of action sports," said filmmaker Josh Haskins. "He basically brought the concept of ski films to a broader public audience."
Courtesy Warren Miller Entertainment

Ski patrollers warm to unions to cope with low pay, high costs in resort areas

Dec 27, 2023
They provide essential services like emergency rescue and avalanche prevention, but they often can't afford to live near where they work.
Ski patroller Jake Miller at Eldora Mountain Resort. He loves the job but struggled with the compensation.
Courtesy Miller

The ski wax industry is working to leave PFAS behind

Apr 4, 2022
Laws and regulations are changing to kick this harmful “forever chemical” off the ski hill.
Eric Straubhar buffs the wax on a child's ski in his Idaho shop. Bans on PFAS waxes haven't provoked pushback, he said. If they apply to everyone, "the playing field is level."
Madelyn Beck/Mountain West News Bureau

Success of the ski season may turn on the omicron variant

Dec 3, 2021
The ski industry is facing a labor shortage as it starts to navigate its third pandemic season.
Signage requiring face coverings is displayed at a ski resort in Alberta, Canada on Nov. 28.
Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Painting the ski industry, one trail map at a time

Nov 20, 2019
If you've gone skiing in the last 30 years, there's a good chance you've used a trail map painted by James Niehues.
James Niehues works in his home studio in Parker, Colorado.
Lindsay Pierce Morgan

Do you want to build a ... ropes course?

Jul 9, 2015
Ski resorts are experimenting with warm weather attractions to bring in business.

Unpredictable weather is remaking the ski industry

Mar 12, 2015
While small ski areas struggle, larger ones are finding new ways to make a profit.

For public good, not for profit.

Fake snow is a genuine business plan for ski resorts

Jan 29, 2015
"Juneuary" weather forces ski areas to employ a costly option, snowmaking machines.

Northeast ski resorts fire snow guns to start the season

Nov 15, 2013
Newer technology means ski resorts can cover more ground earlier, and stay open longer.

Squaw Valley hopes for boost after early storm

Oct 25, 2012
Ski resorts are opening today in some parts of California after an early storm dumped several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Today's open at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe is the earliest open in 51 years.