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Estado rediseña VAMS para programación de segunda citas de vacunación

Luego de una semana con diez mil residentes con problemas para registrarse para una segunda cita de vacunación, New Hampshire está rediseñando el sistema. 

Mount Sunapee ski resort
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New Hampshire ski patrollers are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations alongside front line health care workers.

The state’s original vaccine plan didn’t prioritize the 500-plus paid and volunteer patrollers who work at New Hampshire ski areas. The most conspicuous notice of the change in policy appears on the website of the New Hampshire Region Ski Patrol, which announced the change last week.

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New Hampshire ski areas are reopening for winter with new safety precautions amid the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jessyca Keeler of Ski NH says a lot of slopes are instituting reservation systems for lifts and lodges, limiting capacity overall and putting in place socially distanced systems for getting on and off the mountain to prevent the spread of the virus.

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The cross country skiing industry is hoping for a big season this winter, as the pandemic is pushing many people to head outdoors for entertainment.

But for the first time in nearly half a century, the trails at Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing will be closed.

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Ski areas are readying for a winter season with renewed skier interest amid new COVID-19 precautions, including reduced lodge capacity and the potential for restricted lift ticket sales on busy days.

Resorts have made several notable changes to operate while abiding by the state’s N.H. ski area guidance.

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El contagio comunitario de COVID-19 se encuentra en niveles sustanciales en todos los condados de New Hampshire

A New Season: N.H.'s Ski Industry

Dec 11, 2019
Dan Tuohy

New Hampshire had a robust season last year, with more than two million skier visits. Still, there are questions about the future: including climate change, an aging skier demographic, and workforce shortages.  

Original air date: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. 

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New Hampshire's ski season is under way with a handful of alpine ski resorts now open, and more are opening this weekend. Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, and Wildcat are now open.

Cold weather has enabled mountains to kick snowmaking into high gear. Alex Malloy, the communications manager at Loon, says the resort started making snow last Thursday.

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The holiday season has ended, but there's still lots to do across New Hampshire in the new year. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley talked with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits on some of the best events happening in the month of January.

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Ski Areas in New England Welcome Early Snow, Cold Weather

Nov 23, 2018
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Early season snow and cold temperatures are helping New England ski resorts open early, carving out a blizzard of a start to the 2018-2019 season.

Many hitting the slopes are finding great November conditions across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Winter has arrived in New Hampshire’s North Country, as the ski industry and local shops gear up for their busy season.

Most of New Hampshire's ski resorts have been making their own snow for days or weeks now, ahead of planned openings the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Recent falling snow – captured on live ski slope webcams – has added to the inches on the ground.

At lower elevations, much of that snow has turned into rain. But that hasn't dampened the spirits of retailers like Chad Larrivee, at Lahouts Ski Shop in Littleton.

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The Wildcat Mountain ski resort in the White Mountains will have the earliest opening ever in its 61-year history Saturday.

It comes after a mid-October cold snap that bucks the overall warming trend for New England winters.

Wildcat Mountain spokesman Jack Fagone says it's usually not cold enough for snowmaking until closer to Thanksgiving.

That wasn't the case this year – with a recent week of weather in the 20s and lower, as well as a surprising amount of natural snowfall.

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The International Ski Federation has selected New Hampshire's Waterville Valley Resort to host U.S. Alpine ski championships in 2019 and 2021.

 

The resort hosted the World Cup in 1991. But Waterville says this winter's championship could draw an even larger crowd, with Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin expected to compete.

 

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A new study from Plymouth State University and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest says New Hampshire ski areas will have fewer days to make snow each winter as the climate warms.

Co-author Geoff Wilson of the Cary Institute says they already knew the White Mountains were warming faster during the winter than at other times of the year.

For this study, he says they worked with nearby Loon Mountain Resort to see how warming is affecting ski areas.

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Ahead of next week's meeting on Vail Resorts proposed takeover of the Mount Sunapee ski area, some concerned residents want assurances that the park will be protected.

Vail announced June 4 that it would be acquiring the operating rights to three ski areas owned by the Mueller family: Sunapee, Okemo in Vermont and Crested Butte in Colorado. The purchase price is $82 million.

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  Vail says it's buying Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Mount Sunapee Resort and two other properties in Vermont and Colorado for $82 million. The company says it also plans to assume the state land lease for Sunapee.

 

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New studies say a decrease in snow days as the climate changes is taking an economic toll on states like New Hampshire—as well as an environmental one.

A national report commissioned by nonprofit Protect Our Winters says when snow falls and stays on the ground, spending on winter sports tends to increase. (Read the report here.)

Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze in Olympic Downhill

Feb 20, 2018
Team USA

American Lindsey Vonn won the bronze in the Olympic downhill race in South Korea on Tuesday.

Sofia Goggia of Italy won the gold medal and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway was second.

Goggia finished in 1:39:22. Vonn, who at 33 became the oldest woman skier to win an Olympic medal, was .47 behind.

Americans Alice McKennis was fifth and Breezy Johnson placed seventh.

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Dartmouth College will have a strong presence at this year's winter Olympic Games, opening Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Fifteen former or current students will be competing – a high tally, even for a school that's regularly represented in the winter events. 

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Bode Miller, the world-class ski racer who grew up carving turns at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H., will be at the Winter Olympics as an analyst for NBC.

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The company that operates Maine's Sugarloaf USA and Sunday River, New Hampshire's Loon Mountain and seven other ski resorts will require its workers to wear safety helmets when using skis or snowboards on snow.

The move comes after the death of a Sugarloaf worker last season, and a federal fine.

Last March Alexander Witt, a Farmington resident, was working on a steep Sugarloaf trail when he lost his balance and tumbled a hundred yards downhill, without a helmet on. That's according to a report from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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New Hampshire ski resorts have reported a strong season for last winter, with a 33 percent increase in snow sports visits over last year's visits.

Alpine skier and rider visits totaled 2,104,298, nearly 30 percent higher than last season, while total cross-country skier visits were up 80 percent, to 133,621.

Snow tubing visits hit 119,690, which is the third best year since Ski New Hampshire started keeping records, 20 years ago. Tubing saw an 82 percent jump over the previous season.

The Mount Washington Avalanche Center issued a serious warning for Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines Thursday morning.

Intrepid winter hikers and skiers are cautioned against braving the terrain, most of which has a high avalanche danger through the day. Eight inches of new snow fell overnight, increasing the likelihood of both natural and human-triggered avalanches.  As wind speeds increase over the course of the day, large avalanches in many areas are likely.

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A towering landmark in New Hampshire's North Country has been brought back to life.

After falling into disrepair, the 171-foot-tall Nansen Ski Jump in Milan was restored over the winter, and will soon host its first jump in more than three decades.

Located just north of Berlin along Route 16, the jump hosted Olympic Trials in 1938, and went on to host four national ski jumping championships.

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Parents of fourth and fifth graders can save money when their kids ski in New Hampshire.

Ski NH is offering a $30 Snowsports Passport to fourth and fifth graders that includes a one-day lift ticket or trail pass voucher to each of the association's 34 ski members. Vouchers also have additional offers on lessons, equipment rentals and lift tickets for family members.

A portion of the proceeds from each Passport also go to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.

Some N.H. Ski Slopes Are Already Open For Business

Nov 24, 2016
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The New Hampshire ski season officially kicked off this week with six mountains hoping to start up its lifts for the Thanksgiving weekend.

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More than a dozen New Hampshire ski areas are announcing their tentative opening days, starting with Loon Mountain Resort, which plans to open Wednesday.

A list released by the state Division of Travel and Tourism and Ski NH shows six resorts planning to open in late November, a handful in early December and the rest in mid- to late December.

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Emily Post said: "Never talk about politics or religion.” But with candidates so divisive, and voters so impassioned, it's tough to follow that particular bit of advice. On today’s show, a polite guide to political conversation. First tip? Know what you're trying to accomplish.

Later in the show, we'll look at why Chicago is still paying for its failed bid to host the 2016 Olympics, and talk to the author of a new book who traced the tracks of extreme skier Doug Coombs, from earning his chops on New Hampshire's slopes to his tragic death on a mountain in France.

 This weekend, two Canadians in Tuckerman Ravine triggered an avalanche, which swept them and two others 500 feet down to the bottom of the bowl. None of those affected suffered serious injuries, but it highlights a growing trend in the White Mountains: more skiers getting themselves into avalanche terrain earlier in the year.

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