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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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Troy Hawks To Lead Sunlight Mountain Resort Sales, Marketing Efforts

Troy Hawks SunlightTroy Hawks, former communications manager at the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), is the new marketing and sales director at Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colo. 

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Winter Lodge Bookings Off To Slow Start In West; Summer Was Gangbusters

Hotel TellurideBooking momentum into the winter months is pacing slower for the first time in more than three years, even though robust occupancy and revenue figures for September contributed to the third consecutive record-breaking summer at western mountain resorts.

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Fairbank Group Looks To Hire 250 Instructors; Jiminy, Cranmore, Bromley

Canmore instructorToday’s ski and snowboarding instructors range in age from 14 to 83 and don’t necessarily have to be black diamond level skiers. The Fairbank Group resorts – Jiminy Peak in western Massachusetts, Bromley in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and Cranmore Mountain Resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire – announced  plans to fill 250 ski and snowboard instructor positions by the start of the ski season in late November.

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Ski NH Awards Three For Contributions To Skiing, Tourism

Ski NH AwardsSki NH presented awards to Tom Day, Rob Nadeau and Sen. Jeanie Forrester based on their contributions to skiing and the tourism industry in the state. The awards were given at the Ski NH annual meeting at the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitfield recently.

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Eric Webster Named USSA Events Director

Eric WebsterThe U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced the promotion of Grand Prix Tour Director Eric Webster to senior director of events. He has worked full time with the USSA for over 10 years, serving as Grand Prix tour director since 2004. In his new role, Webster will be responsible for the management and implementation of all the USSA’s elite event properties.

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Aspen Will Host Skiing History Week, Hall Of Fame Induction April 5-10

Aspen powder (Jeremy Swanson)The legendary Colorado ski community of Aspen has been selected as the 2016 site of the induction ceremony and Skiing History Week for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The week of April 5-10, 2016 will feature skiing, skiing history presentations, awards ceremonies, a film festival and first tracks with Hall of Famers.

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Michael Miracle To Head SkiCo Community Links In Aspen

Michael Miracle AspenMichael Miracle has been named to the newly created position of Director of Community Engagement for the Aspen Skiing Company (ASC). Miracle is a 10-year resident of Aspen, a passionate skier and has a long history in publishing with Aspen Sojourner and Skiing magazines. He was most recently the editor in chief of Aspen Sojourner.

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Jackson Hole Contributes To More Than 75 Local Organizations; $16,000 To Hole Food Rescue Is Latest

Coulours Restaurant Jackson HoleMore than 75 local community organizations have benefitted through lift ticket and pass donations, cash, and event support and fundraising from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Most recently, JHMR contributed $16,000 to the Hole Food Rescue (HFR), the annual pledge that Couloir Restaurant has committed to through "1 percent for the Planet."  

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Summer Booking Surge In West Continues; Early Winter Snapshot Looks Good

Purgatory LodgeDestiMetrics Monthly Briefing confirmed the third consecutive summer lodging occupancy and revenue record last month and as bookings continue to roll in for September and October, those record numbers continue to mount up for western mountain destinations. 

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