Over-Hyped Weather Forecasts Are Bad for Skiing

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Sensationalized forecasts from news anchors who appear to hate winter and have zero ideas how to dress for it are keeping an increasingly inert population inside.

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Are You a Lapsed Skier or Snowboarder?

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The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) aims to grow skiing and snowboarding in North America. We want to hear more about your experiences as a skier or snowboarder, especially if you haven’t been active on the slopes lately.

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Crested Butte May Be The Gem In Vail Resorts’ Portfolio, But Its Lifts Must Be Fixed Before It Can Shine

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The wind is blowing snow across the mountaintop. Temps are well below zero. Visibility is bad.

“This is an adventure,” said Chris Jarnot, sidestepping in his K2 skis up a narrow ridge, heading toward Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s precipitous, powdery Teocalli Bowl.

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Receiver Rejects Plan To Reopen Foreclosed Ski Resort

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A court-appointed receiver has rejected a plan to reopen a foreclosed ski resort in Vermont.

Alan Tantleff was appointed to oversee the Hermitage Club, which includes the private ski resort, golf courses and homes under construction, in June after the company failed to make mortgage payments.

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For Sale: Soldier Mountain Ski Resort

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Ever dream about waking up seeing sunlight cresting over a mountain ridge? Or skiing whenever you feel like it? Or helping people live their own adventures out in the forest and powder?

Owning a ski resort would be a fantasy, right? Well, now there’s a place in Idaho where that dream could become reality.

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Things I Never Knew About Skiing Until I Was a Private Instructor in Aspen

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In the late 1800s, as gold miners moved through the Colorado Rockies, they came upon the would-be ski resort of Aspen, with Mount Sopris as its crown jewel. The land was rich, but also sacred to the indigenous Ute tribe, who cursed their visitors out of despair. Anyone who slept in the shadow of Mount Sopris would be doomed never to leave.

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Lawsuits, lenders and irked homeowners creating chaos around the sale of Granby Ranch ski resort

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As an unnamed buyer circles Grand County’s privately owned Granby Ranch ski area, a roiling circus of family, lenders, and homeowners are assailing resort owner Marise Cipriani.

It’s not a pretty scene at the picturesque 5,000-acre ski and golf resort along the Fraser River, which Brazilian developer Cipriani has owned since 1995 and, put on the market for an undisclosed price a year ago.

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A declining number of avalanche deaths in Colorado, the West in the past four seasons buoys hope

They tried to kick blocks of snow from the cornice, hoping a tumbling chunk might trigger an avalanche. “All we were getting were crumbles. We just couldn’t get a big enough block to go,” said Bryan Wickenhauser, a champion ski mountaineering racer from Gunnison. “So yeah, there was some hesitancy. But we were all committed. No one was going the other way.”

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New book to feature Colorado artist’s 200 hand-painted ski resort maps

James Niehues knows North America’s ski resorts better than most people – not because he’s skied them all, but because he’s painted many of them.

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Alyeska Resort To Be Sold To Western Canada Hotel Chain

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The owners of Alyeska Resort have announced that they have sold all the assets of the resort, including 300-room Hotel Alyeska at the base of Alaska’s largest mountain.

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SnoCountry Celebrates 50 years

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Fifty years ago, a bunch of ski areas in New England had the idea to provide a consistent platform to serve up snow conditions information so that you, the skier and snowboarder, would know exactly what the conditions were at the mountain. 

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SnoCountry Snapshot Receives Regional Emmy Nomination

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SnoCountry, Inc. is proud to announce Snapshot television host Halley O’Brien, is in contention for an Emmy® Award in the Boston/New England NATAS Chapter.

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Aspen Skiing Company, KSL Partners To Acquire Mammoth Mountain

Aspen Skiing Company, KSL Partners To Acquire Mammoth Mountain

Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Partners are purchasing four California resorts, including Mammoth Mountain.

Moving quickly after purchasing Intrawest resorts, a new Aspen-based ownership group announced it has bought Mammoth Mountain and three other resorts in the Southern California mountains.


The heretofore unnamed entity, formed by Aspen Skiing Corp. and KSL Capital Partners, said it will close this fall on a sale of a quartet of areas including Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain.

The announcement comes on the heels of the group’s industry-rocking purchase of Colorado’s Steamboat and Winter Park, Quebec’s Mont Tremblant, Vermont’s Stratton, Ontario’s Blue Mountain and West Virginia’s Snowshoe. The four Aspen mountains and Squaw Valley-Alpine, a KSL property, will come under the umbrella of the new group but will continue to operate independently.

Because both purchases aren’t expected to be finalized until next fall, resort-specific season tickets will be honored for next season. So will the M.A.X. Pass, Rocky Mountain Super Pass and Mountain Collective that overlap into the partnership’s new portfolio in various ways.

“We had greater plans for Mammoth but the Great Recession and then some less favorable weather, interfered with our strategic aspirations in a finite life investment vehicle,” said Barry Sternlicht of Starwood Capital Group that owned Mammoth and the other resorts “We know Aspen and KSL have the experience, commitment, and balance sheet to help make our vision a reality.”

No upgrading plans have been announced yet, but indications are that the new entity has the capital to put into improvements at these resorts – for both winter and summer. However, official statements have noted that coordinating e-commerce technology among all the resorts will a high priority in order to expand the marketing capabilities of all the mountains.

The move by Aspen Skiing Corp. to acquire and consolidate some 15 resorts under the Aspen-KSL roof is seen by industry officials as a response to Vail Resort’s two-decade effort to acquire 14 resorts across the U.S. and Canada.



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BEWI Award Marks Importance Of Sales Force To Skiing’s Success

BEWI Award Marks Importance Of Sales Force To Skiing’s Success

BEWI President Bernie Weichsel, Okemo's Tim and Diane Mueller, and Brian Halligan congratulate award winner Betsy McKeever. (Martha Wilson)

The 2016 BEWI Award was presented to two top sales executives from New England mountain resorts, Betsy McKeever, Group Sales Manager at Vermont’s Okemo Mountain, and Andrew Noyes, newly appointed VP of Operations and formerly Director of Sales & Revenue at New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain

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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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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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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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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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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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