Summer was certainly good. But, winter looks really, really good according the monthly report issued this week by DestiMetrics. Western U.S. lodges are in a position to post record breaking numbers.
Maybe it’s those photos of early snowstorms across the West, but whatever the reason, the most recent data from DestiMetrics shows an increase of 9.7 percent in bookings for arrivals from September through February compared to last year at the same time.
Alejandro ‘Hano’ Blake, the grandson of Taos Ski Valley founder Ernie Blake, has left the family-owned resort business to join an online events ticketing company in Albuquerque.
Liftopia, Inc. announced Friday it had raised $5 million in financing. The new round of financing brings Liftopia’s total capital raised to $7.5 million.
The volunteer ski patrol at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, Mich., was recognized with the “Outstanding Large Ski Patrol” honors at the annual meeting of the NSP’s Central Division.
Powdr Corp., based in Park City, Utah has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Agency. Powdr purchases renewable energy certificates from Renewable Choice Energy.
A White Paper – The Ski Traveler Snapshot -- just issued by the Mountain Travel Symposium makes it very clear to those working to lure skiers and snowboarders to their resorts and lodging properties that their prey is literally well-connected.
Cara Whitley has been appointed chief marketing officer for Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts in California.
Thom Norton, coach and program director for the Wachusett Mountain junior race team for the past eight years, has been tapped to head the resort’s Ski & Snowboard School. He replaces Bruce McDonald, who steps down after overseeing the school for some 40 years.
It looks to be the busiest summer ever for lodging properties in western mountain destinations, assuming steady crowds stay on pace.
Chief Financial Officer Jack Filiault of Jiminy Peak will transition toward a 2015 retirement. Filiault has been with the Berkshires ski resort since 1974 and in his present capacity since 1987.
The 2012-13 ski season didn’t really start to roar until after the Christmas holidays, so the lack of early season snow seemed to affect all snowsports except freeskiing and telemarketing says a new study.
Dave Kulis has been named marketing vice president for Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, returning to what he calls his “old stomping grounds.” Kulis, most recently, was sales and marketing director for Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho.
Vermont author and journalist Karen Lorentz was the winner of the SnowSports Industries Award, now in its second year. The contest was highlighted at a series of media-specific events held around the country in conjunction with regional consumer ski and snowboard expos.
A combo of warm temperatures in western cities, increasing activities and special events, and a steadily improving economy keep summer occupancy rates growing throughout the western states.