Marc Stemerman and John Meier, two Elmira, N.Y. businessmen, purchased Greek Peak Resort out of bankruptcy this week for $6.76 million. The pair pledged to focus on the ski and snowboard experience.
Just what makes a classic ski town? National Geographic has chosen what it considers the 25 best in the world. Agree? Disagree? We at SnoCountry.com did a little bit of both. Here’s the NatGeo list in no particular order.
Squaw Valley, Calif. is home for Julia Mancuso, an Olympic gold medalist and long time high- level skier on the U.S. Ski Team. The home cooking helped her win the Giant Slalom Thursday (March 21) at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.
They tried, said the owners of Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, N.H., but they couldn’t overcome the debt. Whaleback will close down again. The last time was 2001-2005. Can it be saved?
A monthly report issued by the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) says the western mountain lodging industry saw an increase of 14.2 percent compared to last February. The average daily rate was up 2.6 percent. The booking pace is up a dramatic 20.4 percent for the February-July period.
“The destination winter season is pretty much ‘in the bag’ and, for the first time in several years, both the broader markets and the winter weather patterns are showing sustained momentum that have boosted the season lodging totals,” says MTRiP Director Ralf Garrison.
Hometown favorite Julia Mancuso and teen star Mikaela Shiffrin and will battle for national titles at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, Calif. March 20-24.
It was anticlimactic for sure, but the FIS Audi World Cup Finals sputtered to a weather-battered close in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Still, it was a memorable time for USA teen Mikaela Shiffrin Saturday, winning her first overall slalom title.
The January 2013 Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month and Bring A Friend Challenge saw more than 153,000 children and adults register for beginners’ lessons from professional instructors. SnoCountry.com was a proud sponsor.
Three more major destinations have joined The Mountain Collective for the 2013-14 season, bringing the total to seven. A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale now for $349 (USD).
The World Cup finals lurk around the corner this week in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, but America’s Ted Ligety has no worries. He locked up the giant slalom title early in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Saturday. Teen Michaela Shiffrin needs another win.
Tom Kelly, the long-time vice president of communications of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the U.S. Ski Team, will take over as Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in the spring of 2014.
Kelly will succeed Bernie Weichsel and the pair will co-chair the board for the rest of 2013 and 2014 until Kelly takes over. Kelly has been a member of the board since 1998.
Kelly Clark and Shaun White took halfpipe titles at the Burton US Open Saturday at the event’s new home in Vail, Colo. Meanwhile, alpine skier Julia Mancuso moved into position to challenge for super-G title with one race remaining.
More than 300,000 onsite spectators and millions more on TV across the globe saw the USA win four gold and one bronze medal at the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria.
She’s 17 years old and the youngest woman in 28 years to win a gold medal in the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. Mikaela Shiffrin, from Eagle-Vail, Colo., came from behind after her first run to win the gold medal.
History books were re-written for the U.S. Ski Team Friday as Ted Ligety, from Park City, Utah, pulled the hat trick Friday at the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria.
Could there be light at the end of the long tunnel in luxury ski resort real estate? Well, if this winter’s experience at Northstar in Truckee, Calif. is an indication, the answer is “yes.”
Was it the snow? An improving economy? Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) reports noteworthy increases and occupancy and reservations among Western U.S. resorts in January to the tune of nine percent year-over-year.