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Vail Resorts Purchases Whistler Blackcomb For $1 Billion

Vail Resorts Purchases Whistler Blackcomb For $1 Billion

Future just got brighter for Whistler Blackcomb with purchase by Vail. (Whistler Blackcomb)

Holders of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass will have to wait a season before adding another 8,000 acres to their winter portfolio, after Vail Resorts announced the purchase of Whistler Blackcomb for more than $1 billion.

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Vermont's Snowmaking Saves The Season

Vermont's Snowmaking Saves The Season

Okemo's snowmaking covers 98 percent of its trails. (Okemo)

The Vermont Ski Areas Association, along with alpine and Nordic members, associate members and marketing partners gathered at Sugarbush Resort for the 47th Annual Meeting. The group paid tribute to Vermont’s statewide snowmaking firepower that made all the difference for terrain coverage in the face of a challenging winter season, bringing the final skier visit tally to 3,221,187.

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Adam Rowe Named Ski Vermont Marketing Manager

Rowe grew up in Connecticut and traveling to the Ludlow area often as a child he fell in love with Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of Champlain College in Burlington where he earned his BS in Marketing Management. Throughout college Rowe worked at Stowe Mountain Resort.

“I am thrilled to be able to call Vermont home once again. I have a passion for everything that Vermont stands for and I am lucky to have found a career that allows me to promote the official sports of such a great state,” said Rowe of his new role. Adam will be responsible for snow reporting, website management, associate and Nordic memberships, trade show planning and social media support to name a few of his responsibilities.

Rowe fills the position left open by the departure of Hilary DelRoss. After three years with VSAA, DelRoss accepted a position as the Heritage and Recreation Specialist at the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing. Rowe will be working under the supervision of Kyle Opuszynski, VSAA’s Marketing Director.

“We are excited to welcome Adam to our Ski Vermont family and we know that he will prove to be an asset for the ski industry and the state. His enthusiasm and passion for Vermont and marketing will bring us a wealth of new ideas and energy when it comes to member relations, trade shows, marketing materials and website management,” said Opuszynski.

Photo: Adam Rowe is new marketing manager for Ski Vermont (VSAA)

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Amy Reents Is New MSAA Director As Chris Stoddard Steps Down

Amy Reents MWSALongtime Midwest Ski Areas Association (MSAA) Executive Director Chris Stoddard has stepped down after 25 years, and Amy Augustine Reents, who has been active in the Midwest ski industry for the past 25 years, has been named the new President/Executive Director.  

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Briefing Shows Strong Finish To Western Lodging; Summer Advance Solid

Marriott Mountain Valleyt Lodge BreckA strong finish for the 2015-16 is virtually assured for western mountain lodging properties in both the Far West and Rocky Mountain regions as March’s strong snowfall in most areas and improved economic indicators increased bookings.

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Mont Sutton's Benoit Boulanger Passes At 85

Benoit Boulanger Mont SuttonMont Sutton sadly announced the death of Benoît Boulanger, 85, April 12, 2016. Boulanger was the former President and Chief Executive Officer until the sale of the mountain to a group of investors in March. He was well known as “Monsieur Benoît”. 

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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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