Starting Christmas day, 15 million households nationwide will be able to tap into a television channel entirely dedicated to skiing (and other mountain sports): The Ski Channel
, created by Steve Bellamy, the founder of the Tennis Channel. "If we close all the ad deals on the table, we will hit our first year's number before we launch," Bellamy says. "We have added a ton of incredible programming." That "incredible programming" will include movies from Warren Miller Entertainment, Rage Films, Level 1 Productions, and will have the broadcast rights to New Zealand's World Heli Challenge, taking place next year, and the U.S. and World Freeskiing tours. Sounds pretty good to us. The only time we'll definitely be switching the channel? When the Ski Channel airs the US Snowshoe Racing tour.