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Young people are not required to wear helmets when skiing or snowboarding on New York slopes. A bill that would require children 14 and under to do so was recently passed by the state Senate, but has failed to move in the Assembly.

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The state-run ski centers in the Adirondacks are firing up the snow guns to extend the ski season after a winter with little natural snow.

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While some are welcoming the mild December temperatures with open arms, area ski resorts are not so happy with the mercury level.

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It is the transitional season as winter begins to intrude on autumn.  The colors of fall foliage linger as temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall from trees.  Occasional snow flurries tease cold weather to come.  This past weekend as early snow dusted Northeast mountains, some ski areas scrambled to be the first, and earliest, to open trails.

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It’s been a banner year for Vermont’s ski areas and — and it hasn’t ended for some of the biggest resorts. Ski Vermont reports that with seven- and-a-half feet of snow remaining on the state’s highest peak, the largest resorts are staying open.

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For most, warmer temperatures cannot come soon enough after a frigid winter. That’s even true for ski resorts.

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About one hundred intrepid athletes will celebrate the storied history of the Thunderbolt Ski Trail on Mount Greylock Saturday. Unlike a typical ski race, it’s a race to the top – then the bottom – twice.

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With New England buried in snow, ski resorts are expecting skiers and riders to flock to the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for rare powder as the region heads into the mid-winter school break, a prime tourism draw.

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New York officials have announced that two state-owned ski centers will open on Sunday.

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Olympic gold medal skier Mikaela Shiffrin was in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Wednesday meeting fans and ski enthusiasts.

Matthew Shields was just one in the line of people twisted around the confines of Plaine’s Bike, Ski & Snowboard shop and out the door.

“Can you sign this, a postcard and my arm?” Shields asked Shiffrin, who obliged.  

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There have been several deaths at ski areas across the region this season. But is it an unusual number?

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A unique ski race on Mount Greylock Saturday celebrates the history of those who braved the mountain’s trails years ago.

Art Bourdon grew up skiing the Thunderbolt Trail on Mount Greylock in Adams, Massachusetts.

“It’s a rough trail and when we were skiing it, the equipment we had was practically nothing, you know?” Bourdon said chuckling. “Just a strap around the ski.”

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State Senator Betty Little is leading an effort to establish a museum showcasing the history of skiing in New York in the town of North Creek, home of Gore Mountain.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Senator Little about the ongoing effort.

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A record number of ski areas in the region have opened before Thanksgiving this year. And it’s not just alpine areas. Nordic ski centers are among the resorts capitalizing on early winter conditions.

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It may be mid-October, but the ski season is beginning. Resorts in the Northeast are announcing that trails will be open this weekend.

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An association representing New Hampshire's ski resorts says they hosted more than 2.5 million skier, snowboarder and snowtubing visits last winter.

Lawmakers in New Hampshire are set to determine the fate of a bill that would grant themselves free ski passes.

WMUR-TV reports that the Legislative Administration Committee is leaning towards a decision to halt a bill that would provide lawmakers with ski passes to the Cannon Mountain ski area.

For adults, a one-day pass at Cannon runs $70.

Supporters of the bill say the free-pass for lawmakers would promote New Hampshire culture, parks, and business. Opponents are arguing that enough use of a free pass would eclipse lawmakers’ own salary.

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A forecasted heavy winter storm is good news for area ski resorts and winter sports enthusiasts.

The winter storm that is expected to bring up to a foot and a half of snow to the region is coming during a key weekend for ski resorts.  The Christmas to New Year holiday week accounts for substantial revenues, and Mad River Glen Spokesman Eric Friedman says a deep natural snowfall will bring more skiiers to the slopes.

Several of the larger ski areas in Vermont and northern New York have opened, ahead of the  scheduled, and traditional, Thanksgiving Day weekend.