Winter News


by Craig Altschul

This is Leap Year, right? Well, now you can take your own big leap at Okemo as the Ludlow ski area introduces the Amp Energy Big Air Bag. Skiers and snowboarders can launch themselves off a snowy ramp, fly into the air, and land – nice and soft – on a giant, inflated pillow similar to the kind used by movie stunt men. The Air Bag is 30 feet wide and 50 feet long and includes two inflatable chambers. The upper chamber never hits the ground while the bottom chamber absorbs the fall. The bag is at the bottom of the Lower Chief Trail. Tickets are $6 for one jump or three jumps for $15. You can leap high from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and to 3 p.m. on weekends. Don’t forget your helmet – it’s required.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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