Born in an era where many resorts frowned upon the presence of snowboarders, Raging Buffalo in Algonquin, Illinois, was created in 1993 as a haven for riders.
Raging Buffalo was founded as the world’s first exclusive snowboard area. Having catered to riders for the past 25 years, the park has announced plans for expansion according to the Daily Herald.
Thanks to the county’s transportation division, the area will help dispose of excess soil by using it to expand their snowboard hill by 30 feet. Ultimately a win-win for both parties, in exchange for aiding in the disposal the county will contribute $500,000 towards a new lodge. Their existing lodge was built in the 1950s, with little renovations done since then.
"It's a pretty old lodge," explained one of the project managers, Jerry Culp to the Herald. "It needs quite a bit of work. A lot of the fascia and soffits are rotting. We had to take a hard look at what we are doing with the building."
The area will also experience a big face lift with a new parking lot, a new area for tubing, and a free sledding area for the community. Hopefully spurring future growth so that the area can become a year round facility.
The topic of technology comes up again and again between backcountry travelers. Nowadays, with our daily lives revolving around computers and electronic devices, it is understandable that we wish to escape the pull of our devices when we are out in the mountains. However, certain pieces of technology are undeniably helpful to safe backcountry travel. Beacon/Shovel/Probe The holy trinity. It’s as simple as saying, DO NOT go into the backcountry without a working avalanche beacon, shovel, and
On the afternoon of Jan. 20, 2002, newly-minted Jackson local Craig Benjamin’s father received the phone call any parent dreads. Benjamin had failed to return from a casual ski tour with a friend on Teton Pass, and a massive search and rescue operation was underway. Darkness had fallen and a snowstorm was rolling in, obscuring tracks and making travel increasingly complicated. Almost two days later, Benjamin and his friend would be found deep in the Mosquito Creek Drainage far south of
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