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Bruce McCloy To Retire After 45 Years In Ski Industry Career

Bruce McCloyBruce McCloy is retiring this summer after 45 years in the ski industry. McCloy has been Director of Sales and Marketing for the past 11 years at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H. He will work into the summer until a new Director of Sales and Marketing has been named.

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Western Lodging Bookings 'Respectable' As Season Winds Down

Arabelle HotelWestern lodging bookings made in February for the remainder of the winter season and into the first months of summer were up 8.9 percent compared to the same time last year and allowed western mountain destinations to withstand the triple challenge of a volatile economy, slipping consumer confidence, and balmy mid-winter weather. 

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Midwest's Wilmot To Get $13 Million Makeover By Vail Resorts

 

Wilmot MountainVail Resorts, which purchased Wilmot Mountain, located between Chicago and Milwaukee, in January, has announced that they will spend $13 million to completely transform the guest experience at one of the nation’s oldest ski areas. The ski area first opened in 1938.

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Mt. Hood Meadows Honors Employees With More Than 40 Years Service

Mt. Hood Meadows employeesMt. Hood Meadows staff gathered recently at the Oregon resort to honor four employees who have worked at Meadows for 40 or more seasons.

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Chris Frado To Retire As Cross Country Ski Areas Association Executive Director

Chris FradoThe Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA) announced the retirement of executive director, Chris Frado effective Oct. 7, 2016 after 30 years at the helm of the organization. "Chris has served CCSAA for so long that she absolutely defines the organization as we know it today. With her spirit and energy she has built CCSAA into an international cross country ski information center. We are so sad to see her go,” said JoJo Toeppner, CCSAA Board Chair and director of skiing for Royal Gorge, Calif. 

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Market Briefing Says West Resorts Got January Lodging Boost

Big Foot Lodge Mt. Hood MeadowsOverall business at mountain destinations in the Rocky Mountain and Far West regions received a boost for winter bookings during January lifted by local and regional visitors according to the most recent Mountain Market Briefing by Denver-based DestiMetrics

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Steve Hemphill Named Marketing, Sales Director For Sierra-at-Tahoe

Steve HemphillSierra-at-Tahoe has named Steven Hemphill as its Director of Marketing and Sales. a Hemphill was previously employed as the California resort's communication manager before leaving to work at K2 Sports as the Digital and Social Manager.

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Okemo Named One Of Best Places To Work In Vermont

Okemo (Facebook/Okemo Mountain Resort)Okemo Mountain Resort recently was named one of 38 companies as the 2016 Best Places to Work in Vermont

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Western Winter Bookings Show Slight Gain; Credit Snow

Taos Country InnWinter bookings edged up slightly in December boosted by strong snowfall in both the Rocky Mountain and Far West regions—despite growing instability in economic news during the month. 

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Bookings Inconsistent At Western Resorts As Winter Kicks In

whiteridge condos Jackson HoleAfter nearly three years of strong, consistent monthly year-over-year increases in bookings and revenue at western mountain resorts, early booking patterns for the 2015-16 winter are neither strong nor consistent so far this season. 

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Industry Veteran Bill Jensen Is New CEO/Partner At Telluride

Bill JensenVeteran Ski Industry Executive Bill Jensen has joined Telluride Ski and Golf Resort as a Partner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Jensen has enjoyed an influential career leading three of the most successful and recognized mountain resorts in North America.

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Employee Housing Gets $30 Million Boost By Vail Resorts

Vail ResortsVail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) has announced a $30- million commitment to develop new employee housing projects in the communities where it operates its mountain resorts.

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Jerry Groswold Dies At 84; Industry Leader Led Winter Park Development

Jerry GroswoldGerald F. (Jerry) Groswold, renowned for his involvement with Winter Park Resort and a myriad of national and Colorado boards and organizations, died Nov. 26, 2015. He was 84.

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Western Winter Bookings Pick Up; Early Snows Will Help Perceptions

Wolf Creek first snowsWinter season booking pace, occupancy, and revenues at western mountain communities reversed directions during October and regained some ground according to the most recent results released yesterday by DestiMetrics. 

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North Carolina Ski Areas Made Economic Impact Of $197 Million Last Season

North CarolinaThe total economic impact of the North Carolina ski industry amounted to $197.2 million during the 2014-2015 winter season. The average expenditure per person during a ski/snowboard trip within the state of North Carolina was $182.84. More than half (58 percent) of visitors to North Carolina ski areas stayed overnight. 

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SIA's David Ingemie Receives 2015 BEWI Award; 30 Years At The Helm

David Ingemie HOFRetiring Snowsports Industries America (SIA) president David Ingemie was presented with the 30th Annual BEWI Award at a luncheon in his honor on Nov. 13 at the Seaport World Trade Center on Boston Harbor as the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo got underway.

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Vermont's Sugarbush Embarks On Solar Projects And More

SugarbushVermont's Sugarbush Resort is currently involved in two solar initiatives it plans to implement this winter. The first project would appoint Sugarbush as the “offtaker” on six separate solar projects throughout Vermont. Green Lantern Capital out of Waterbury will develop, finance, build and maintain the solar projects. 

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New Faces Named To Top Positions At Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley Kachina II ChairThere are plenty of new faces in top positions at Taos Ski Valley. The resort has added fonew directors to the food and beverage, technology, ski school and operations divisions, according to the Taos News.

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Paul Raymore To Head Marketing Efforts At Diamond Peak/Incline Village

Paul Raymore Incline VillagePaul Raymore has been named marketing mManager of the Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the Incline Village General Improvement District at Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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Nate Lee Named Solitude Mountain Operations Director

Nate Lee SolitudeNate Lee has been appointed Solitude Mountain Resort’s new director of mountain operations. He is currently entering his 21st year of employment at Solitude, and has held the positions of lift operator, lift maintenance mechanic, lift maintenance manager and most recently,senior mountain operations manager.

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