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Getting ready to ride

Getting ready to ride

Ian Major
April 27, 2017
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As mountain resorts across the state all begin to end their winter seasons by stopping their lifts, mountain bikers eagerly await for their trails to dry out so they can ride.   Connecticut native and JSC senior Brendan Walsh notes that he gets excited each time the winter season comes to a...

Racing retro at Jay Peak

Racing retro at Jay Peak

Ian Major
April 27, 2017
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The skies were cloudy with a misty rainfall during the afternoon on April 12 at Jay Peak Resort, with the mercury hovering around the 55 degrees Fahrenheit mark. The trails, on the other hand, counteracted the sun as they were filled with flashing neon colors for the mountain’s annual retro day.   Nearing...

Winter resorts pin hopes on snowmaking advances

Winter resorts pin hopes on snowmaking  advances

Ian Major
April 14, 2017
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As winter resorts across Vermont look towards sustainability and future investments, snowmaking continues to be a top priority for some of the state’s larger resorts like Jay Peak, Okemo, Stowe, Killington, Smugglers Notch and Sugarbush.   Snowmaking is the combination of water and air, where...

Riding for a good cause at Jay Peak

Riding for a good cause at Jay Peak

Ian Major
March 23, 2017
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On Sunday, March 5, skiers and riders took to Jay Peak Resort for their annual Hope on the Slopes (HOTS) event that raises money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and promotes cancer awareness.   Jay is one of the only resorts on the East Coast to host the event. To participate, each person...

Filling the seasonal gaps at Vermont ski resorts

Filling the seasonal gaps at Vermont ski resorts

Ian Major
March 23, 2017
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With Vermont projected to receive primarily rain precipitation year round in roughly 30 to 40 years according to vt.climate.org, the theme for the future seems to be technology and weatherproof investments when it comes to the state’s mountain resort recreation.   At this point, the larger...

Woo’s World

Woo’s World

Patrick Bell
March 9, 2017
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It’s an AAU basketball game. Thirteen seconds left, down by two. The ball is brought up the court with Woo playing decoy while his teammate, Melvin, prepares to take the shot to send it to overtime or win the game.   Melvin calls for a double screen at the top of the key, goes past the screen...

For mountain resorts, coping with climate change is key

For mountain resorts, coping with climate change is key

Ian Major
March 9, 2017
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As the effects of climate change seem to become more and more of a reality, Vermont resorts like Jay Peak, Okemo and Smugglers Notch are taking advantage of all the new technologies that they can.   Jay Peak Resort General Manager Steve Wright says that looking at climate change varies by resort,...

Capen hired to coach women’s LAX team

Capen hired to coach women’s LAX team

Ian Major
February 16, 2017
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JSC graduate Jeff Capen has been appointed women’s lacrosse coach for the spring 2017 season. Capen has coached soccer for over 20 years but has had little to no experience when it comes to lacrosse.   JSC Director of Athletics Jamey Ventura says that an opening for the position was first...

Use of new technologies increases energy efficiency at Vermont ski resorts

Use of new technologies increases energy efficiency at Vermont ski resorts

Ian Major
February 16, 2017
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Mountain resorts eat up a lot of energy to operate on their seasonal schedules. Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Killington and Okemo are all aware of this and understand that sustainability needs to be a huge focus when looking to the future of skiing and snowboarding in Vermont.   Bonnie MacPherson, director...

A brief overview of JSC athletics

courtesy JSC athletics
February 2, 2017
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The Johnson State College women’s basketball team defeated UMaine-Farmington 72-46 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game on Saturday afternoon.   The Badgers improve to 9-9 overall and 6-6 in the NAC, while the Beavers drop to 3-13 on the season and 3-9 in the conference.     1st Quarter...

Mountain recreation is crucial to Vermont’s overall economic health

Mountain recreation is crucial to Vermont’s overall economic health

Ian Major
February 2, 2017
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It’s no secret that Vermont is highly associated with the skiing and snowboarding industry. With climate change and global warming warnings on the rise, what could potentially be at stake for The Green Mountain State when considering its future business with winter mountain resort recreation?   Resorts...

Good omens for snow

Good omens for snow

Ian Major
December 8, 2016
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With opening dates striking the East Coast, skiers and riders took to the hills the day after Thanksgiving to burn off some calories with some snow related recreational fun on Friday, Nov. 25.   After approximately six months of waiting, New England ski resorts are opening up from southern Vermont...

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