Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation has served Unofficial Networks with a Cease and Desist Order for using the trademark term,  ________ Powder, in the title of one of our posts. Heads up to all other bloggers, Facebookers and Skiers out there. DO NOT USE THE TERM  ________ Powder.

 

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125 Comments

  1. Cr says:

    just as fucking stupid as the mtn lion and bear story.

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  2. WenZ says:

    Fuck Colorado McSkiing bullshit.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You live in McTahoe now.

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      • Wenz says:

        actually I live in the Pacific Northwest, dirt parking lots, no accommodations, ski areas on public land, and two feet of new snow in the last day and a half. Steamboat can keep it’s 224 inches of Champagne Powder, I’ll ride my 800 inches of cement until mid-July.

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  3. WTF Steamboat says:

    Hmmm. Minus another point for Steamboat, now they are at… well -1 in my book. They should just join Craig quit trying to be a ski area and try pitching hay.

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  4. Kp says:

    What, the words champagne ghey flat powder?

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  5. Kerry Lofy says:

    so lame!! gotta love the corporate bullshit.

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  6. Jordan Schwartz says:

    I find it sad that Steamboat is putting such a priority on this seeing as how they were not even the inventors of the term. Barney McClean, former US Alpine and Aerial ski team member and captain coined the term while working at a private resort which shut down in Grand County, Colorado. After the closing of the resort, Steamboat asked to use the term with no monetary reimbursement to the McClean family. If this should be true, I have lost a lot of respect for that mountain and Intrawest (whome I have never been very fond of anyways.)

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  7. Lawyer Scum says:

    Unofficial use of the term does not fall under class 43 at all, and any argument made that it falls under 41 is highly questionable given the trademark’s stated use, not to mention Unofficial’s services span multiple classes.

    No damages can be reasonably claimed, and such a move makes them look like dicks. Great PR move!

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  8. Cannibal says:

    Its funny because Utah technically has champagne powder.

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  9. Steamboat Sucks!!! says:

    CHAMPAGNE POWDER. CHAMPAGNE POWDER.

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  10. Eric Behn says:

    Can UnofficialWhister still use it? Or are we in Canada still affected by this?

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  11. Billybob says:

    What a load of bollocks. I have never skied at steamboat, and now I never will.

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  12. LB says:

    Sounds like the Santorum effect.

    I love steamboat for that amazing, light, fluffy Douche powder. Man that’s good stuff!

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  13. Kyler says:

    Im fairly certain I’ve used that in an article before. Please don’t sue me Steamboat.

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  14. Frederick W. Palowaski says:

    NERDS!!!

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  15. Adam says:

    But… Steamboat isn’t located in France.

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  16. Will Chase says:

    Wow.

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  17. kyle morley says:

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  18. m says:

    lol fuck steamboat.

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  19. .MTT says:

    Well hell, this will win them lots of positive publicity. (NOT)
    The Steamboat corperate lawyers should be bent over and spanked.
    I don’t understand how the guberment alows a corp, to tradmark a commonly used phase. BTW I thought Champagne Powder was used to describe UTAH powder?
    Ehh anyway never been to Steamboat, and I guess I never will?

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  20. Banker Bob says:

    You stay classy there Steamboat! I’ll remember next time I am thinking about where I want to ski in Colorado!

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  21. O'Doyle Rules! says:

    Dammnit. Why didn’t I do this first.

    Mashed potatoes, blower, and corn… here I come.

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  22. sman says:

    what dude? what?

    this world is going bazerk!

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  23. steve says:

    haha Steamboat the next Sunshine, way to generate bad publicity

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  24. dogjunk says:

    Steamboat, you douchebags!

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  25. Capt Powder says:

    Shouldn’t it be sparkling wine powder?

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  26. Woody says:

    Just spell it incorrectly: “champaign powder.” Problem solved.

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  27. jg says:

    what about vermont’s “champlain powder”?

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  28. Shred McShredderton says:

    So. Gay.

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  29. felix says:

    steamboat=gaperville

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  30. Amazing – these clowns sent me the same crap after I used “CHAMPLAIN” Powder in the Mad river Glen snow report after some lake enhanced snow last year. They must have something better to do with their time than this. Guess thats why you have to pay like $90 to ski there – have to cover those pesky legal costs I suppose!!!! Skiing in the Good Ole’ USA in the 21st century – AWESOME!!!!!

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  31. v says:

    fuck you steamboat and fuck you’re lame-ass chimpanzee lawyers more. This does help me decide where NOT to ski next year when i go to CO. Hello Crested Butte! I heard they get champagny pow too…

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    • v says:

      It should read, “fuck you steamboat and fuck YOUR lame-ass chimpanzee lawyers more.” There, that feels better saying it over and over…

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      • Eddy says:

        Dude Silverton is all I have to say. Nevermind Champagne this or blower that. It’s riding in it’s most purest form

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        • Anonymous says:

          Thanks Eddy – Silverton definitely gets mucho mas bueno champan del polvo and I must apologize but was distracted while working my ‘abs’ (anywhere but steamboat) routine.

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  32. Patrick says:

    I will never stop my love of VT Skiing and its Lake Champagne Snow

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  33. JayT says:

    I’m going to call it Sparking Wine Powder from now on – that’s pretty funny.

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  34. Whissssss says:

    Dom Perignon? Moet? Fuck you Steamboat powder? All seem to fit for me.

    Do I smell a next caption contest?

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  35. Jake Hawkes says:

    A copyright can be contested if the term is commonly used as a basis for commerce. So for example ‘Movie Ticket’ could not be copyrighted. It seems that as common as this term is in describing powder that it could be contested and they would possibly lose.

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  36. John Lemieux says:

    TELL THEM TO TAKE THEIR CHAMPAGNE POWDER AND BLOW IT UP THEIR ASS.

    Seriously, I’d love to see them actually try to take this to court. The phrase has been around since the 50s.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    I am going to pee on their Champagne Powder (hard pack) today.

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  38. ja says:

    They really ought to copyright the term “New York and Texas Gaperists©” because they’ve got way more of that than they do Champagne Powder©

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  39. CatSkier says:

    Let’s trademark “Steamboat Powder” and use it to mean “full of bullsh*t”, we can use it and they can’t.

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  40. yo mama says:

    Why do you dumb dickholes make this into a CO vs. UT argument?
    Minus 2 or 3 ski areas in the Wasatch, Utah blows goats for quarters. Plus the wasatch is about the size of a golf course. Fuck Utah, fuck mormons.

    Give me Silverton anyday. No attitude, no Utah cunts, and no Mormon gay ass laws. PLUS real beer and weed. PS-fuck Utah

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    • John Lemieux says:

      “Why do you dumb dickholes make this into a CO vs. UT argument?”

      “PS-fuck Utah”

      I guess you’re a dumb dickhole. This should be about hating on steamboat, not whole states.

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  41. Drew Rouse says:

    Steamboat y only had seirra cement the one day I have skied there in the last four years….

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  42. John Lemieux says:

    BTW, you can register a trademark at legalzoom.com for like $170, I think Unofficialnetworks should register Sierra Cement ® and GNAR ®

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    • Ski Bum says:

      I think GNAR is already licensed by Robb Gaffney that wrote Squawllywood.
      Sierra Cement is up for grabs though! Good one!

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  43. JN says:

    only sparkling wine produced in Champagne (that’s in France )and adhering to the standards defined for that name as an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée could be called champagne.

    -Wikipedia

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  44. Baker Rider says:

    EFF you steamboat. sorry you guys havent reached a base over 150″ this season, maybe if you werent so gay and try to copyright CHAMPAGNE POWDER to your god damn selves maybe god would have blessed you with a lil more snow, but seeing that he must not be happy with you musta given baker all your snow hahahaha i’ll have fun in my 311″ + base….suckers

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    • Anonymous says:

      Baker gets an unbelieveable amout of snow and the terrain is bad ass but the quality usually sucks. I lived in WAfor 5 seasons and am now in CO. I will take CO conditions any day of the week over the maritime shit in the NW

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  45. Terry says:

    Champange Powder my balls Steamboat! Get fucked.

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  46. Carson says:

    I thought you could only use the word “Champagne” if you were from that region of France. Maybe the EU will tell Steamboat to use “Sparkling Wine Powder” from now on.

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  47. JAMal says:

    i think i don’t have to say anything … but fuck Steamboat ! Champagne Powder Capital is Kicking Horse anyway …

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  48. weekend warrior says:

    At least they can’t copyright “steep skiing” because they definately cannot claim that.

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  49. hof bunny says:

    I love Steamboat’s “2 buck chuck powder’

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  50. Lance Corporal Rex Fightmaster says:

    Not the first time theyve done this…
    http://montanasnowsports.com/?p=1513
    http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20100121/NEWS/100129973
    Can this story somehow end with a bear saving the day?

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  51. Anonymous says:

    I vote you use “Dom Pérignon Powder” and see if you can get a double whammy!

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  52. Powdigger says:

    Did they copyright the term “Flatboat”!!!! Screw you evil ski corp.!!! -∞ points

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  53. yobrobra says:

    newly created page on urban wikidictionary:
    STEAMBOATING” – to f— someone in the ass and not have the common decency to give them a reach around.” see also R. Lee Ermey

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  54. eat my ass DIAMOND says:

    EL Presidente Diamond,

    YOU have run Steamboat into the ground. You are so fucked up in thinking that raising lift prices during the winter right before the busy season is “IN LINE”. Little do you know, people hate this shit. You close the gondola and main lift on the busiest days and create a shit show. And as a side note, thanks for pulling the plug on the bike trails. Here you go again by the cease and desist order…GO FUCK YOURSELF DIAMOND

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    • marko says:

      You sir, are a moron. Lifts get closed due to wind. freeride trails are being built, you can even seen one under the gondola since all the snow has melted. Go fuck yourself whiny bitch.

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  55. RS says:

    infantile..don’t they have other things to worry about..seriously…

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  56. rickbrown says:

    ha ha steamboat is so lame fuck them anyway real skiiers would never be there or end up there it sucks. colorado sucks. oh ya so does Utah.

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  57. Scott says:

    Sorry to hear Steamboat has cornered the market on WHINE POWDER. My beef is more with all the resorts that call any fresh natural snow “powder”. In my mind powder is light fluffy snow. The wet heavy stuff that falls along the coasts is just fresh snow. NOT POWDER. I want to see a restriction put on calling anything frozen that falls from the sky “powder”.

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  58. Veruca Salt says:

    I just trademarked Sierra Cement ® .. Oh yeah, Steamboat Springs’ Champagne Powder is ghey!

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  59. slc says:

    assholes!

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  60. DirtySanchez says:

    yeah steamboat, dont ever think of using “cement” in ANY WAY in your “ski town usa”. That is our term so back off! If you want to make a trade and use our “cement” for “___________ Powder ” I will have to say fuck you keep that stupid term it’s overrated anyways.

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  61. jsm says:

    Have they trademarkd “flat and lame skiing”? They should since that is what Steamboat actually offers

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  62. feelingzeecarve says:

    That was a jerk move by the resort, but what I really don’t like is the $99 ticket. That’s what’s really wrong.

    As for Steamboat the town, I love it and so do Moots, Smartwool, and Honey Stinger. Where else do you have a patroller flying off a 100m jump with their toboggan on fire?

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  63. Mich says:

    Pretty sure Champagne originated in a part of France…not Steamboat!!!!!!!

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  64. Who wants champagne powder anyways? says:

    Look, the whole point of fresh snow is to cover up yesterday’s hardpack and boiler plate, and I’m not just talking about out of sight. The so called “champagne” powder is as lame as it comes. Who really wants 3% snow?? WTF good does it do? Oh yeah, it’s awesome to look at, until you break your tib fib on an ice mogul buried away two feet deep cause you still feel the bottom every other turn. The general rule of thumb where it actually snows, is If you feel the bottom, it’s not a powder day. If I don’t want to even notice the pow, or float, then I might as well be ripping a groomer. Give me some density with my snow, and f^%$ Steamboat for bringing the douche schnozzle factor to 11. Champagne? More like Lamepagne.

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  65. Chip says:

    WTF?.. I thought KHMR was the CHAMPAGNE POWDER capital of North America.. p.s Fuck you Steamboat

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  66. ray52 says:

    shit, we blowin’ tha sticky green smoke out WEST

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  67. Wags says:

    Based on this legal guide I found here http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/what-trademark-covers , Steamboat’s claim likely would not stand up in court due to an exclusion for news reporting. “Because of the potential breadth of trademark dilution, Congress wanted to ensure that trademark owners could not use the law to silence speech protected by the First Amendment. To this end, Congress created specific exceptions to the dilution statute for the following uses of a trademark: any fair use of a famous mark in connection with comparative advertising or parody, criticism, or commentary upon the famous mark owner or the goods or services of the famous mark owner; all forms of news reporting and news commentary; and any noncommercial use of a mark. See 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c)(3)”

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  68. King.Whist says:

    Why must American’s sue/C&D everything that passes in front of their eyes?

    Glad to be living in Canada.

    What if we start calling it Sparkling-Wine Powder? Is that all good in the hood, or too close??

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  69. Bob Couittie says:

    Don’t confuse copyright and trademark, very different creatures. However, how a term that came into currency in the 1950s can suddenly be trademarked in 2010 is something a court should discuss. In fact my response would be to request Steamboat’s lawyers to get a court order.

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  70. Ben Knight says:

    Sorry “Flatboat.”

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  71. Pancho says:

    The also own the word douche and douche baggery. Fuck Steamboat. Now its off my places to ski.

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  72. BOS says:

    Should just change the vids name to one of the following:

    SHAMPAIN POWDER
    CHAMPAIN
    CHAMPANE
    etc

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  73. Marko N the Boat says:

    Haha MARKO…I got more points than you bitch….lets rip singletrack soon..welder

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  74. TODD says:

    Hey Lawyers: Can unoffical trademark the term: “Douche bags at Steamboat”?

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  75. Powder says:

    POWDER

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  76. AspenSpin says:

    yeaaaaaaaaaah. i used the term “champagne powder” and got away with it…course i wuz referring to Steamboat. check the link.

    http://www.aspenspin.com/journal/2010/10/19/travel-time-in-aspen.html

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  77. Jimmy says:

    Those fucking pudwackers.

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  78. CO says:

    Welp good thing steamboat is a joke of a mountain by western standards

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  79. david says:

    why doesn’ everyone send intrawest a message sharing their feelings?

    http://www.intrawest.com/contact-us/index.htm

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  80. Dobbs says:

    Gonna go get some Prosecco Powder!!

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  81. Cirquerider says:

    Who will be first to Trademark “Sierra Cement! “?

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  82. nMikhail says:

    I got chest deep CHAMPAIGN POWDER in Steamboat this year. was one of my top 5 days of all time. snow was light as air.

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  83. your daddy says:

    what a bus load of chumps these guys are. unbelievable. just reinforces and adds too the (many) reasons why i dont ski corporate snow. they really know how to lose market share. fuckemall.

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  84. intheshadows says:

    The term originated early in the history of the resort when the founders of Steamboat were first exploring storm peak. One of them said the snow tickled his nose like good champagne. The official term for this type of snow, 5% moisture or less, is “crazy snow”. Steamboat is a great place with great snow, good skiing, good folks, and good town. Unfortunately Ski Corp. management is seriously dysfunctional. The mismanagement, micromanagement, and lack of communication at the resort has left a bad taste in a lot of local’s mouth. I think they’ve forgotten that this industry and the term “champagne powder” was founded on having fun, not making money. Obviously tough business decisions have to be made to make any business succeed, but stuff like this is totally unnecessary. Ski Corp. seems to have lost sight of the ideals that made it great. Remember Temple, Fetcher, Werner, and all others who loved this place and life. Don’t take yourself so seriously. It’s just a silly sport.

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    • Jordan Schwartz says:

      I am sorry, but as I had stated earlier, the term was not first spoken at Steamboat on Storm Peak. Barney McClean coined it and at the closure of home ski area in Hot Sulpher Springs, CO, Steamboat asked to use it. They proceeded to trademark it and make a mockery of the term ever since.

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    • Proskiemt says:

      Well said!

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  85. Proskiemt says:

    Chris Diamond doesn’t/can’t ski black diamonds, And the rest of Teamboat, stay classy, see ya at the T BAR!

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