An early Easter was the likely culprit for April bookings taking a hit, but overall, lodging numbers were solidly ahead of last season in the West. That’s according to the monthly report issued by Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP).
“The 2012-13 winter season is finishing up solidly ahead of last year with continued momentum delivering a strong March aided by Easter week moving into March,” said Ralf Garrison, MTRiP director. The strong March was likely at the expense of April which, he said, was down “a sharp 9.8 percent.”
The ski slopes have barely shuttered, but it’s time for golf at Hidden Valley Resort, in Pennsylvania. The course opened for the season today (April 17).
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming officials say the resort ended the season with approximately 502,222 visits, surpassing the previous record season of 2008. The record was set despite in-season snowfall being 100 inches below average.
“Grooming and snowmaking assisted Mother Nature this year for sure,” said Jackson President Jerry Blann. “To achieve a record in a year like this is quite an accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work by all our employees.”
A wide-ranging group of winter sports athletes including Olympians, X-Games and world champions have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging action on his promise of climate change efforts.
Forget those golf clubs for a little while longer. Skiers and riders still have plenty of opportunities for raccoon eye tans in New England even into May. Here are a few options.
Mark Hendrickson has moved to Colorado from Mammoth Mountain to take over the Vail Mountain Adventure Center and the overall summer guest experience. He previously ran the Mammoth summer operations.
“Mark’s experience in a variety of mountain operations roles – particularly during the summer – will be a great asset to Vail, particularly as we look to expand our summer offerings for guests of all ages and abilities,” said Paul Fillion, senior director of Vail Mountain operations.
Chelone “Chilly” Miller, the snowboarding younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, died Sunday of “an apparent seizure” in a van where he was living near Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
The Challenge was created as an innovative way to pique competition among ski areas and recognize those who make significant efforts to boost skier and snowboarder conversion rates.
It will be a “Welcome Home” celebration Saturday, April 6 at Park City Mountain Resort as the community celebrates Ted Ligety’s World Championship gold and World Cup giant slalom crowns. The free event begins at 1 p.m. at the resort plaza.
UPDATE March 29: Hunter Mountain, N.Y. announced it will remain open every day through April 7 and then re-open for the weekend of April 13-14. Vermont's Okemo will turn its lifts through April 21 each day -- a week later than planned.
The season started early in November when Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia picked up the “good side” of Hurricane Sandy. Now, the latest storms and two feet of fresh powder mean it’s not over yet.
Matt Gebo has been named Director of Marketing and Communications at Park City Mountain Resort, responsible for all brand-marketing efforts. Gebo heads west for a return trip after a stint as marketing director at Mount Snow, Vt.
“Matt’s breadth of experience within the ski industry and passion for the sport made him the perfect fit for this position,” said Jenni Smith, president and general manager. Gebo succeeds Krista Parry, who became senior vice president and innovation officer for Powdr Enterprises, a division of the resort’s parent company.
Jack Benedick, 70, died Wednesday in Denver, Colo. after suffering a heart attack. Benedick, a former disabled ski racer and tireless advocate for adaptive skiing, inspired countless U.S. disabled athletes to Paralympic and World Championship medals.
A memo to Mount Snow, Vt., employees from Thorin Magbie, director of human relations, tells workers who also are employed or volunteering at nearby Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain, they run the risk of not being re-hired.
Canadian and Westminster College student Anna Goodman parlayed her NorAm slalom crown to the top of the podium as the Nature Valley U.S. National Championships closed out the racing season at Squaw Valley, Calif.
Ted Ligety from Park City, Utah put an exclamation point on his championship season by winning the slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. National Championships at Squaw Valley Saturday.
Laurenne Ross from Bend, Ore. picked up the first U.S. title of her career with a slim .01 second super G victory over Stacey Cook from Mammoth Mountain, Calif. Friday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, Calif.