After 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.
Veteran 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.
Vail 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.
Gerald 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.
Winter 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.
The 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.
Retiring 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.
Vermont'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.
There 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.
Paul Raymore has been named marketing mManager of the Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the Incline Village General Improvement District at Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Nate 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.
Troy 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.
Booking 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.
Today’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.
Ski 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.
The 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.
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.
Michael 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.
More 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."
DestiMetrics 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.