News Roundup 11/17/16 – Take a run on the Wild side

17 November 2016 – Big money resorts east and west, north and south struggling to get any traction in this unusually warm weather. So look to community-operated Wild Mountain in Minnesota, hashtag OnlyinMN. They’re re-opening Saturday at noon with a surface lift, planning to spin Chair One at noon on Sunday, and stay open for the season. Serious kudos to the crew in Taylors Falls…elsewhere it’s not all gloom and doom; fresh new snow on the ground at Mt Hood Ski Bowl — see photo above — and in California there’s a bunch of fresh at Homewood, guns are blazing a storm at Boreal and they’re planning to open tomorrow…other Tahoe/Northern California resorts Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Squaw, and Alpine Meadows are planning to open next week, I presume Thanksgiving or thereabouts…This La Nina influenced storm has hit as far east as Grand Targhee; they’re looking better and better as it begins to pile up there in the Tetons…in Colorado they’re making the most out of not much; Keystone and Copper will open tomorrow with Breckenridge set to go Saturday, Nov. 19, those are all confirmed. Meanwhile Beaver Creek and Winter Park now saying the 23rd, with Aspen set for the 24th, and Vail on the 25th. Let’s hear it for the white ribbon of death…update on the Henrik Kristoffersen situation — he’s the Norwegian World Cup slalom star who Team Norway sez is not permitted to accept $$ from Red Bull or somebody — apparently so disgusted with the situation he sat out the race in Levi last weekend. Playing hardball! If Norway can’t figure this out, I know a fairly sizable team that could use a technical skier on the men’s side right now.