Western Lodging Bookings Up 8.7 Percent; Heading For A Record?

Snow King Hotel, Jackson HoleSummer 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.

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Telluride Adds Four To Exec Team

Greg Pack Telluride GMChanges have arrived in the Executive Office at Telluride Ski Resort as four industry professionals have signed on at the Colorado resort.

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Early Snows In West Fuel Optimism For Season; Bookings Up 9.7 Percent

Canyon Creek at Steamboat

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.

 

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Blake Break: Family Member Leaves Taos; Management Remains In Place

Alejandro and Adrianna Blake

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.

 

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Liftopia Raises $5 Million; Will Grow Team, Increase Tech Products

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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.

 

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Nub’s Nob Picks Up Top Honors From National Ski Patrol

Nubs Nob Ski Patrol Award

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.

 

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Powdr Corp. Receives EPA ‘Green Power Leadership Award’

EPA Green Power

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.

 

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MTS Issues White Paper On Ski Travel Research; We’re Wired

Ski Travel Report

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.

 

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Former Amex Executive To Head Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Marketing

Cara Whitely, SV/AM

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.

 

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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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