Thursday, February 28, 2013

NYS to Offer Ski3 Pass for 2013-2014

It may have taken a year, but skiers will reap the benefits of the transfer of Belleayre to  Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) control as a combined season pass will be available for 2013-2014. The Ski3 Pass will allow passholders to ski Belleayre in the Catskills and Gore and Whiteface in the Adirondacks on a single pass.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Penis Carvings at Ski Apache Land Two In Hot Water

photo credit: Ski Apache

Anyone who's ever ridden a gondola knows people love to draw on the windows, but next time you think about drawing on the window of your cabin,  consider sticking just to condensation and your finger. Two New Mexico youths are learning the hard way that "art" doesn't pay. First Tracks Online is reporting  that two men - Dennis Short and John Nuckols - have been charged with vandalism for carving two images penises into a gondola window at Ski Apache, NM.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ski, Esq.'s Tips for Ski Startups Featured in Skiing Business

Ski, Esq. creator David Cronheim's story on ski industry startups is the feature story in the latest edition of Skiing Business. David regularly represents startups both within and outside the ski industry.  If you're a ski entrepreneur looking to get your business off the ground, feel free to contact David for assistance at

Monday, February 11, 2013

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Carpetbaggers Take NC Ski Slopes By Storm

Sugar Mountain at sunset

If you're turning to this article on Ski, Esq. expecting a legal story, you'll be sadly disappointed because this weekend marked a personal first. I skied in Dixie. Leading an intrepid group of Ivy Ski Clubbers into uncharted territory, I set off for Western North Carolina for the club's first annual Carpetbagger ski weekend, so called because many of our northern members would be flying south to "take advantage" of the full bounty of southern skiing.

As an experienced ski journalist, I felt it was my duty to try and shine some light on the mystery of southern skiing that so many of us from the north had heard about, maybe even googled, but never experienced.  Was it as bad as people make it out to be? I'd find out and see if I couldn't Northern apples to Southern oranges.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ski, Esq. Quoted on Discussing New Marijuana Laws

Ski, Esq. was recently quoted on the internet's largest ski and snowboard website, The article, entitled, "HowDo the New Marijuana Laws in Colorado & Washington Affect SkiResorts?" ran last month on the site and was written by noted ski journalist Eric Wagnon.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bode Miller Files Two Paternity Suits

If ski racer Bode Miller thought his model/volleyball player bride, Morgan Beck, had cause to be angry when Bode shanked a 5-iron into her eye this summer, he might have a different level of angry on his hands now. Bode Miller appears to have had a busy offseason. In addition to getting married to the aforementioned Miss Beck, he apparently appears to have fathered an illegitimate child by a woman named Sara McKenna. Were that the end of the story, it might not be entirely newsworthy, but according to TMZ, the world-renowned alpine racer has now filed lawsuits alleging custody of Ms. McKenna's child to be born in February and a four year old boy whose mother is a woman named Chanel Johnson.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Airline Fee Guide

United's handiwork (i.e. destruction of my ski case) on a recent ski flight

As anyone who flies to ski knows, airline fees can really add up. The devil is in the details...of the Contract of Carriage. So mainly because I thought it would be helpful, but also because I can justify it as tangentially related to ski law because it involves a contract, I'm posting a link today to a great chart put together by the consumer advocacy group, "Airfare Watchdog" that compares fees for different airlines.

I've actually received quite a few requests for an air travel related story, so look for a post about your rights as an air traveler at some point this winter. In the meantime, feel free to share your nightmare travel stories below.