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Snowboarding and ski blogs we like
Every year it seems that once-enjoyable blogs go dark or disappear altogether. Here are some that are still actively updated
John Dee’s Snow Central
Midwest snow information, maintained by a private meteorologist.
Detailed snow records for selected mountains.
For U.S. Western resorts.
Current reports for ski and snowboard areas.
National Snow and Ice Data Center
Based at the University of Colorado and supported by various federal agencies, this is a good place to start learning about snow.
Tree Well and Snow Immersion Suffocation
Riding in the trees can be fabulous. It can also be deadly. Read more and be aware.
Getting to key destination ski areas may require air travel. Here are some websites on the subject.
A good flight tracker lets you tell if traffic is getting into that destination airport.
Flight Delay Information
If you’re heading to the airport for a ski trip, this site from the FAA can help you assess the conditions at major airports in the U.S.
Flying into your favorite ski area? This website will help private pilots fly safely, and help commercial passengers appreciate the work of the people who get them to the mountains.
Ski Area Information
Produced by a skier prone to make rather negative remarks about snowboarding and snowboarders, it’s on this list nonetheless. Why? The site’s author offers honest opinions of what’s hot and what’s not in ski areas.
Based in the UK, it features only destination resorts in the U.S., but offers some plain talk you may not get elsewhere. Includes scrollable maps.
Sail and Ski
For our friends on the other side of the pond, Sail and Ski is a Cheshire-based firm with snowboard, ski, skate, and other products.
Ski and snowboards delivered to your door in several U.S. states and France.
Compare rental shops in Vail and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Discounted Lift Tickets
Name your place and date for lift tickets, and get a discount from the window price. Discounts vary according to formulas set by the resort.
Sliding on the Cheap
Discounted tickets in the Lake Tahoe area.
Calls itself an “Online ski magazine,” it is useful for snowboarders as well as skiers.
Published by a 40+ snowboarder in the northeast who connects with professional riders. Check out the wrist guards and gloves for sale.
Snowboarding for Women
Chickie Rosenberg started riding at age 50 and continued until shortly before her death in 2013. The site has been changed a lot since her death. It has some “media mention” clips as well as a link to buy her book, the proceeds of which will go to support cancer research.
Family Skier This site covers a variety of topics, some of which are of interest to snowboarders.
Going, going, gone! Expired snow-related websites
Like snow in April, some interesting ski and snowboard sites have disappeared, hacked, or morphed into sites that just smell like spam.
- Aspect Journal
- Boomer Boarding
- Grays on Trays.org– formerly a ski and social club with no relation to this site.
- Moms on Board
- Snowboard Women — alas, now a sex site.
- Snowguns.com — still going, but not updated since 2007
- Vintage Snowboarder
Most ski clubs are a mixture of skiers and snowboarders. Many people find a ski club useful for finding ski buddies, arranging for trips to distant resorts, and socializing in the off-season. There are too many clubs to list here. The National Ski Council Federation is an association of state organizations of ski clubs. Drill down through a clickable map to find a club near you.
Thanks to the Indianapolis Ski Club for the link.
Held at Mt. Hood, Oregon.
Camps and instruction in Verbier, Switzerland.
Industry and Technical Sites
National Ski and Snowboard Retailers Association
They sell snowboards, skis, clothing and so forth.
National Ski Areas Association
The trade association of people who bring you lift-served areas.
National Ski Patrol
Medics and cops, all rolled into one person. (Oh yes, you can be a ski patroller while riding on a snowboard.)
National Sporting Goods Association
Selling more than just snowboarding gear, they are a useful force for statistics on trends.
Ski Area Management
The professional trade publication for the mountain resort market.
All you ever wanted to know about how ski lifts work.
The law applies in many areas of life, including making turns on the slopes. This is a site of a Colorado law firm.
Not the only training equipment provider out there certainly, but they link to us, so why not return the favor?
Youth mentoring with snowboarding
Snowboard Outreach Society
Programs that “offer snowboarding and civic engagement opportunities to youth who may be underserved or considered at-risk.”