News Briefs 6
Author thumbnail By M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor

Jeannie Thoren Ski Clinic offered at Ski Chalet

On Friday, October 17, women skiing expert Jeannie Thoren will offer a free clinic at the Tysons Corner Ski Chalet location. Thoren has spent 30 years researching the way women ski, and has been voted one of the most influential skiers by Ski and Skiing magazines.

The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., Thoren will deliver a presentation describing how women skiers can improve their technique through equipment modification. The clinic will include special offers at Ski Chalet, and a chance to win prizes from Bogner, Killy, Manzella, Obermeyer, Patagonia and Turtle Fur.

Thoren will be available for boot fitting and equipment recommendations by appointment from Saturday, October 18 through Monday, October 20. A sign-up sheet will be provided at the Friday evening clinic.

The event is free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information, send an e-mail to or call Ski Chalet’s Tysons Corner store at (703) 761-3040.

Sugar Mountain plans 13th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Resort will offer its 13th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday, October 11, 2003. The event will include over 40 arts and crafts vendors, providing homemade crafts unique to the local area. Bavarian cuisine will include bratwurst, knackwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, and pretzels, along with an ample supply of ethnic Bavarian beverages.

Kids can join in the action with hay rides, an Airwalk slide, Airwalk playpens, and more. Lift rides to the top of the mountain will also be offered, for leaf peepers or mountain bikers.

For more information, call Sugar Mountain at (828) 898-4521 or visit

Areas begin to see first snow of the season

Temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic have started to dip -; as they are wont to do during the Fall -; and to the north, some areas have already seen some measurable snowfall.

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway in New York was temporarily closed due to slick conditions. The five-mile road received two inches of snow in Lake Placid’s first measurable snowfall of the season.

“I guess the ski season is a bit closer than we think,” noted Ron Rosio, a Whiteface Mountain highway supervisor.

Mid-Atlantic resorts haven’t seen measurable snow fall yet, although temperatures at resorts such as West Virginia’s Snowshoe and Timberline dipped below freezing overnight.

But don’t break out the skis just yet; local resorts don’t plan to start snowmaking until November. Mid-Atlantic resorts should begin to open around November 21.

Vermont Ski Industry offers one-stop job information on-line

Want to ditch your day job this winter and head to Vermont for a ski job? The Vermont Ski Industry has gathered together job information from 20 Vermont resorts into one centralized location. The trade association for Vermont’s alpine and Nordic ski areas now offers an employment section on its web site,

The site includes full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs, ranging from accountants to environmental coordinators to lift operators.

About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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Reader Comments

Mr. Pepsi
October 3, 2003
Taste the fruit and don't look back.
Mr Pepsi
October 11, 2003
I gave her the kiss of my life. She gave me the kiss of death.
Mr. Pepsi
October 15, 2003
"The origin of feces."
October 20, 2003
1) Eat less fruit, eat more meat.
2) Kiss less ass
3) Ditto per 2) above
Mr. Pepsi
October 20, 2003
Well said, my friend. Will do. )
October 21, 2003
LOL only coming from a person that has been there- done that !

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