A new cable channel will debut this holiday season. The Ski Channel plans to launch Christmas Day, with on-demand mountain sports programming available to more than 15 million homes.
ski channel.jpgChairman and CEO Steve Bellamy also launched the Tennis Channel in 2003, and parallel website Tennis Week. For the Ski Channel, the website is simply www.theskichannel.com. The website has a few bugs, but if the content is added to the various menu pages, it could become a valuable tool for skiers, snowboarders and the industry.
The Ski Channel had originally been scheduled for launching earlier this year, but was delayed for additional content. One recent deal allows the channel to offer famous ski films from the Warren Miller Entertainment library.
The Ski Channel has long-term broadcast rights to The Freeskiing World Tour, The World Freeskiing Championships, The Subaru US Freeskiing Series, the North Face Masters Series of snowboarding and the World Heli Championships in Mt. Cook, New Zealand.
Its programming will be available free to certain Verizon’s FiOS TV, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and DirecTV customers.
Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Moseley is an investor, advisory staff member and on-air talent for The Ski Channel. Moseley has plenty of on-air experience, having hosted MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge for 3 years and acted as guest host of Saturday Night Live. Alpine and Nordic Ski Commentator Steve Schlanger will publish an exclusive blog for The Ski Channel website.

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