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Wisp To Be Managed By Everbright Pacific; ‘Opportunities In Front Of Us’

Wisp

Everbright Pacific, an affiliate of the Pacific Group, has been named to manage Wisp Resort in McHenry, Md., which recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (see SnoCounty story). Wisp General Manager Tim Prather and his team will remain in their current positions.

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Holiday Reservations Down Sharply In West, Says MTRiP Report

Lodging down

On-the-books occupancy at 16 mountain resort destinations across California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah was down a sharp 12.3 percent as of Nov. 30, 2012 compared to the same time last year according to Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP).

 

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Ski Teacher, Writer Bert Fischer Will Receive Hall Of Fame’s ‘Pioneer’ Award

Bert Fischer

Bert Fischer, of Bay Village, Ohio, led early efforts to develop possibilities for disabled persons to ski. Now, the well known Midwest teacher and writer will receive the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Pioneer of Skiing award.

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Long-Time SKI Magazine Editor Dick Needham Dies

Dick Needham

No one served longer as editor of SKI Magazine in its 75-year history than Richard (Dick) Needham. He died Dec. 12 in Sarasota, Fla. from complications of open heart surgery. He was 73.

 

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Bertie Holland From Pats Peak Wins Einar Aas School Management Honors

Bertie Holland

Bertie Holland, Snowsports School director at New Hampshire’s Pats Peak has been named the 2012 recipient of the Einar Aas Award for Excellence in Snowsports School Management given by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) Eastern Division.

 

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KSL Capital Acquires 24 Percent Of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings

Whistler Blackcomb Nov. '12

KSL affiliate KSL Capital Partners has acquired 24 percent of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. by purchasing 9,092,500 common shares of the corporation for $12.75 each. 

 

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Whitetail Details Promotions To Management Team

Whitetail (DVMetro.com)

Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. announced a number of staff promotions this week. Rodney Malcolm heads the list moving into the lift operations manager slot. He had been snow tubing manager since 2010. 

 

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Vail Retailer Opens Six New Stores

Aspen Sports (SSV)

Specialty Sports Ventures (SSV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. plans to open six new stores this holiday season in Colorado and California.

 

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CEO Marolt To Leave USSA In 2014

Bill Marolt

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt has announced he will leave the organization he has led for the past 16 years in the spring of 2014.

 

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Tragic Mishap Takes Life Of Camden Snow Bowl General Manager Jeff Kuller

Camden Ski Bowl Jeff Kuller

“Come up and ski.” Unfortunately, those words that Jeff Kuller used to end many interviews will no longer be heard.

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Eastern Manufacturer’s Reps Launch Fundraiser For Sandy-Affected Colleagues

Seaside Heights, NJ after Sandy

Participating in a fund called Waves For Winter will allow the Eastern Winter Sports Reps Association(EWSRA) to benefit colleagues who were severely affected by the recent Super Storm Sandy in the Mid Atlantic.

 

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Western Winter Bookings Down Slightly Says MTRiP Report

Catamount Lodge Lake Tahoe

On-the-books occupancy for November 202 through April 2013 is down 3.9 percent compared to last winter, according to the monthly report just released by the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP).

 

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Ski Expo Veterans Brauer, Mayer Receive Annual BEWI Award

Betsy Brauer, Gary Mayer

Betsy Brauer, an Appleton, Wisc. businesswoman and Gary Mayer, a ski resort entrepreneur in Killington, Vt. received the 27th annual BEWI Award for “their many contributions to the success of BEWI-produced Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo."

 

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Priceline Acquires Kayak – ‘No Discernable Consequence’ To Ski Travel?

Priceline Shatner

Here’s the question: Will Priceline’s acquisition of Kayak this week affect the travel side of the snowsports industry?

 

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Killington Co-Founder Joe Sargent Dies At 83

Joe Sargent Killington Co-Founder

Joe Sargent, a co-founder of Killington in Vermont has died some 56 years after he jump-started the process that led to the opening of the famed “Beast of the East.” He died Nov. 9 in West Hartford, Ct. at age 83. Cause of death has not been released.

 

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Avis Budget Group Teams With Intrawest Resorts

Avis logo

Avis Budget Group rental cars and Intrawest’s resorts and other properties have joined forces in a multi-year partnership for co-marketing each other’s brands.

 

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Washington’s Stevens Pass Wins Green Business Award

Stevens Pass

Seattle Business magazine named Stevens Pass the winner in its Recreation Category and a member of its exclusive Green 50 List of “outstanding, sustainable organizations.”

 

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MICE Exchange To Debut At Mountain Travel Symposium

Mountain Travel Symposium

A new component will bring fresh tracks to the Mountain Travel Symposium March 7-14, 2013 in Snowmass, Colo. It’s the MICE Exchange for professional meetings incentives, conference, and exposition planners.

 

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Retail Tracking Pioneer Jim Spring Dies At 75

Jim Spring

Jim Spring, the man universally respected and known as “the smartest man in the specialty retail business” died this week of throat cancer. His wife and business partner, Joy, and his three children and two grandchildren survive him.

 

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Mary Jo Tarallo Receives Industry Achievement Award From SIA

Mary Jo Tarallo SIA Award

Long-time publicist, educator, and writer Mary Jo Tarallo received the Industry Achievement Award from SnowSports Industries America (SIA). It was presented by SIA Board Chair Tim Petrick at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

 

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