Top 5 web-only stories this week |

Top 5 web-only stories this week

1. Two Tahoe-Truckee resorts are in the running for USA Today’s cross-country ski title.

“With the snow-covered terrain of the majestic Sierra Nevada beckoning cross-country skiers from all over the country, it’s plain to see why Tahoe-Truckee is a popular spot to traverse the wilderness,” reported Sierra Sun’s Kaleb Roedel. “ … Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in Truckee and Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort in Soda Springs are among 20 resorts in the running for the title of best cross-country ski resort in North America.

2. Take a look at next year’s ski-snowboard gear with an online roundup.

According to Vail Daily’s Ross Leonhart, “The SnowSports Industries America Snow Show in Denver is like being a kid in a candy shop all over again. The annual tradeshow featured all of next year’s styles, equipment and the newest gadgets and gear hitting the market, from Soul Pole’s bamboo ski poles to ‘top secret’ lens technology at VonZipper.”

3. The Associated Press reported that “Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder. They’ve already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients. If it works as well in patients as it has in animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing.”

4. Tahoe’s Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is banning the sale of plastic water bottles.

“Since the start of the season, all bottled water has been removed from Squaw-Alpine owned and operated venues, except for Starbucks due to contractual obligations, said Michael Radlick, spokesperson for the resort,” Sierra Sun’s Margaret Moran reported.

5. Is it movie night? Lisa Miller reviews “The Finest Hour.”

“It’s 1952 when the SS Pendleton oil tanker splits in two during a nor’easter off the New England coast. Eight of the ship’s 41 crew members are aboard its abruptly sunken front half, leaving 33 crewmen alive in the ship’s rudderless rear half.”

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