Known for its great downhill and cross country skiing and snowmobiling during winter, Michigan's Traverse City is also one of the country’s top summer destinations. National Geographic lists it as one of the Top 10 Summer Trips; Family Fun writes it’s one of “America’s top 10 tourist towns;” and Women’s Day calls it the “Top Small Beach Town in the USA.
Summertime and the living is easy especially if you have a western trip lined up to visit Big Sky Resort and nearby Yellowstone National Park, which make a great combo.
John C. Bintz, a member of the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame and founder of Apple Mountain, has died at the age of 84.From its beginnings in 1964 to 1984, the time he decided to retire and sell Apple Mountain, 800,000 students had participated in its “learn to ski” program.
Jim Kecher has been named as the new Senior Director of Mountain Sports School at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JMHR) in Wyoming. Kercher returns to Jackson Hole with more than 30 years of ski industry experience, most recently as the Director of Resort Services at Beaver Creek.
The Midwest is known as America’s Summer Golf Capitol for good reason. The upper Midwest offers plenty of sunshine, pleasant temperatures and little humidity, perfect for golf, and many of the ski and golf resorts are ranked among the top destinations in the country. Here are some of the best.
Skier visits at the 21 member resorts of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), a trade association, totaled 7.1 million in 2014/15, off by a little more than one-half of one percent compared to last year’s total. The numbers were reported at the groups annual meeting this week.
Gathering at Jay Peak Resort for the Vermont Ski Areas Association’s 46th Annual Meeting, some 300 members of the Vermont ski industry celebrated a record breaking 2014-15 season with 4,670,903 skier and rider visits.
Big air snowboarding and an alpine team event were approved the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week as new event inclusions for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association had been among nations lobbying for inclusion of big air. U.S. World Cup stops were released by the F.I.S. as well.
Ohio’s Clear Fork Ski Resort has once again closed. It is scheduled for a sheriff’s sale this month after a judge ordered foreclosure on the property to recover a nearly $2.5 million loan debt.
If you like road trips and have a “bucket list,” make sure the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway is high on that list. This spring I drove the parkway from beginning to end along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Jodie Rogers has been promoted to director of food and beverage at Deer Valley Resort. Julie Wilson, Deer Valley’s director of food and beverage for over 30 years, will be retiring from the director position and transitioning to consulting for special food and beverage projects for Deer Valley Resorts, including Solitude Mountain Resort.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) recognized accomplished athletes and leaders at its annual Chairman’s Awards Dinner during USSA Congress. Olympic and World Championship gold medal winning moguls skier Hannah Kearney, from Norwich, Vt, was honored by the USSA with the Beck International Award, which is awarded to the top USSA athlete in international competition.
Combined revenue figures for Rocky Mountain (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming) and Far West (California, Nevada and Oregon) mountain resorts were up 11.2 percent over last season and set an all-time revenue record that exceeded the previous record set in the 2007-08 ski season.
Patches of snow still dot the hillside at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, further evidence of one of the most memorable winters ever for the central Massachusetts’ ski resort. Wachusett wrapped up its historic winter this month with numerous records and accolades.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is taking a deeper look at college ski racing as a viable component of the U.S. Ski Team pipeline with the introduction of a National University Team for alpine ski racing.
The Siberia Express chairlift at Squaw Valley Resort in California will be upgraded this summer in time for the 2015-16 winter season. Plans include replacing the current high-speed quad, with a high-speed six-passenger chairlift designed to improve reliability, efficiency, and operational effectiveness.
Quebec’s Tremblant kicks off its summer season May 15 with a number of activities and events for guests.
Canada West Ski Areas Association presented their 2015 Jim Marshall and Lars Fossberg Awards at their annual conference at Whistler.
Deer Valley has appointed Andrew Fletcher as Solitude Mountain Resort’s new director of food and beverage. Fletcher joined Deer Valley in 1998 as an assistant sous chef at the Silver Lake Lodge.