Snow Report: Vermont Lift Tickets Now Over $100, Boston Urban Ski Movie Wins Major Awards

For Lack of Better wins major Powder Awards.

For Lack of Better skiers on Alewife Parking Garage. Via Teton Gravity Research

For Lack of Better skiers on Alewife Parking Garage. Via Teton Gravity Research

Here’s your weekly dose of ice cold goodness even though it’s in the mid-50s outside.

For Lack Of Better Wins Big At The Powder Awards

A documentary film by Teton Gravity Research about urban skiers that included many scenes filmed in the Greater Boston area won Best Documentary and Movie of the Year at the 16th Annual Powder Awards.

With a focus on the filmmaking process, For Lack of Better doesn’t fit the mold of the typical ski film. It follows athletes Sean Jordan, Cam Riley, and director Clayton Vila for 42 minutes as they navigate the often misunderstood world of urban skiing. “On the mountain you’re worried a lot about skiing and what you’re gonna do while skiing. On the street, you’re worried about everything but your skiing,” says Jordan while reflecting on the challenges urban skiers face in pursuit of their sport.

The pinnacle stunt of the film includes a jump off the parking garage at Alewife Station in Cambridge, seen above.

More Vermont Lift Ticket Prices Crack $100 Barrier
We’ve all read the stories about how the soaring cost of skiing is making the sport unattainable for the masses. Equipment, lessons, and, of course, lift tickets don’t make this sport cheap for newcomers or people without an eye for deals. The great people at broke down the lift ticket prices across the Green Mountain State and found the mean lift ticket price for Vermont is $79. Stowe is the most expensive resort in the state with $115 adult tickets, followed by Stratton at $105. No other resorts in New England charge over $100 a day to ski, including Maine giants Sugarloaf and Sunday River, who both come in under $90 a lift ticket.

Omni Resorts and Hotels Buy Bretton Woods, Mount Washington Hotel
Late last Tuesday, Omni Resorts and Hotels announced it had purchased the Mount Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods Ski resort along with additional surrounding properties from CNL Lifestyle Properties of Dallas. The terms of the deal were not immediately available to the public. It’s unclear at this time how much of a change this will be for the famous New Hampshire resort, as Omni Resorts and Hotels has operated the property under agreement with CNL since 2009. Omni Resorts and Hotels also owns and operates the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston.

Crag Clemmer, director of sales and marketing at the Mount Washington Hotel told The Union Leader that guests will not notice major changes at the resort.

“It’s business as usual,” Clemmer said.