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Ski NH Reports Summer Business Was Strong

Loon Mt. Zipline

Summer business at New Hampshire ski resorts was strong, despite getting off to a weather-dampened start in May June. 

 

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Inventor Burt Weinstein Dead At 87; BURT Bindings

BURT Binding Ad 1970s

Burt Weinstein, 87, best known throughout the ski industry for his invention of the iconic BURT Bindings, retractable cable devices, died of cancer in August. 

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Thom Norton Named Ski School Director At Wachusett; Bruce McDonald Steps Down

Thom Norton Wachusett

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.

 

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Western Lodge Bookings On Track Toward Summer Record

Seventh Mountain Inn, Oregon

It looks to be the busiest summer ever for lodging properties in western mountain destinations, assuming steady crowds stay on pace.

 

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Jack Filiault Transitions To Retirement; Jiminy Peak Makes Staff Changes

Jack Filiault

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.

 

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SIA Study Shows Slow Early Snow Had Effect; Alpine Participants Drop 19 Percent

SIA Study

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.

 

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Dave Kulis Returns ‘Home’ To Market Okemo

Dave Kulis, Okemo

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.

 

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Loryn Kasten To Head Northstar Communications

Loryn Kasten

Loryn Kasten, a 13-year public relations professional, will move from Steamboat to head communications efforts for Northstar California Resort.

 

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Karen Lorentz Named Winner Of SIA Article Contest

Karen Lorentz

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.

 

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Warm Western Temps Put Summer Mountain Travel On Record Pace

Stein Eriksen Lodge

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.

 

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Bob Looper Named Brundage Mountain President

Bob Looper

Current board member Bob Looper has been named President and Managing Director of Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall, Idaho.

 

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Chip Carey Retires At Jackson Hole; Adam Sutner Named Marketing Chief

Chip Carey

Chip Carey, Chief Marketing Officer of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, is retiring from that position at the Wyoming resort. Adam Sutner has been named to the position.

 

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SoCal’s Snow Summit, Bear Mountain Post ‘For Sale’ Sign

Bear Mt.

Snow Summit Ski Corp, owners of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski areas in Southern California’s San Bernardino mountains says it has retained investment bank Houlihan Lokey to market the resorts to potential buyers.

 

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Minnesota Ski Areas Association Formed

Wild Mountain

The Twin Cities Independent Ski Areas Association and MnSNO recently combined to form the Minnesota Ski Areas Association. This new group will champion Minnesota’s spread out ski areas that account for 24 percent of the winter tourism economy.

 

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Squaw-Alpine Owners Sell Off Five Resorts, Including Virginia’s Homestead

Homestead Resort

KSL Capital Partners, LLC, the parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts near Lake Tahoe, Calif. announced it is selling off five of its high-profile resorts in California, Texas, and Virginia to Omni Hotels & Resorts.

 

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Western Destinations See Good News For Early Summer

Gant Hotel Aspen

Lodging properties in 17 western communities could be heading for a record breaking warm season. That’s based on recent data released by DestiMetrics (the new name for the former Mountain Travel Research Program).

 

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Ski NH Names Ben Wilcox As Chair; Whitney Award To Patanaudes

Cranmore

Ski NH, a statewide trade association, has named Ben Wilcox, president and general manager of Cranmore Mountain Resort as chair of its board of directors for the 2013/2014 season.

 

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Three Peak Resort Executives Take New Roles

Wildcat

Josh Boyd, John Lowell, and Brian Heon have received promotions from Peak Resorts and will start their new roles this summer. Peak is based in St. Louis, Mo. and operates 13 ski areas in Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

 

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Senate Bill Could Open Door For Foreign Ski Instructors

Aspen

It might just become easier for certified ski instructors who speak Brazilian (Portuguese), Korean, German, and other languages to get jobs at U.S. ski resorts on temporary work visas should the Senate version of the proposed immigration bill hold up.

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Colorado Slopes See 3.8 Percent Increase In Visits For 12-13 Season

CSCUSA Map

More than 6.4 million skiers and snowboarders flocked to the slopes of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts for the 2012-13 season. 

 

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