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Oct 23, 2015
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Shenandoah Park Oct 20 2012

Shenandoah National Park opened a mobile visitor center in the form of a Sprinter van on Tuesday.    Kevin Kelley / Flickr

Shenandoah National Park Opens Mobile Visitor Center

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia opened a mobile visitor center in the form of a Sprinter van on Tuesday, according to the park’s Facebook post. The van will travel around the park’s South District to provide information to park goers. It will change location depending on factors such as visitor traffic and weather.

  Photo: Shenandoah National Park / Facebook

Arkansas to Host Next World Summit

On Monday, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) announced that Bentonville, Arkansas, will host the World Summit mountain biking competition in November 2016, according to Dirt Rag. The World Summit is an annual event, hosted by IMBA, at which members of the bike industry and land management groups meet to ride, network, and listen to speakers and educational sessions. The philanthropic Walton Family Foundation awarded a $275,000 grant to IMBA to help with trail maintenance, making Arkansas the only state to have a full-time, professional crew dedicated to maintaining mountain biking trails.

OpenSnow Predicts Seasonal Snowfall in Ski and Snowboarding Areas

A new report from meteorologists at forecasting site OpenSnow released maps on Wednesday that predict which ski and snowboarding areas will get the most snow this season. Overall, the maps indicate that those in the Mid-Atlantic and northern East Coast are 60 to 80 percent likely to receive above-average snowfall, as are those in California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. OpenSnow meteorologists predict a 10 to 40 percent probability that snowboarding and ski spots in northern and Midwestern states, stretching from Washington to Ohio, will also receive more snow than usual.

Ochowitz Arranged 1993 Triple Crown Win, According to Armstrong

Lance Armstrong accused current BMC team racing manager Jim Ochowitz of allegedly fixing the 1993 Triple Crown so Armstrong could win the race and receive a $1 million bonus, according to testimony Armstrong provided in the Floyd Landis whistleblower lawsuit, VeloNews reported on Thursday.

WATCH: Feds Airdrop Beavers from Plane for Conservation

In 1950, Idaho Fish and Game relocated beavers that lived too close to humans to the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness by boxing them up and airdropping them via parachute from a plane, according to Boise State Public Radio. The department produced a short film of the action, but it was missing for decades. Sharon Clark, the department historian, recently found it mislabeled and misplaced. Idaho Fish and Game published the long-lost footage of the parachuting beavers on YouTube on Tuesday. Watch the video here: