Deer Valley Names New GMs For Luxury Properties

Black Diamond Lodge DV

Anthony Bartholomew and John Whitby have been named general managers of the Lodges of Deer Valley and the Black Diamond Lodge.


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CNL Resorts Report Big Increases Over Holidays, MLK

Bretton Woods

CNL Lifestyle Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Orlando, Fla. Is reporting a 37 percent increase in paid visits over the MLK weekend and a 41 percent increase year-over-year at the sane time. 


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Brook Bingham Named To Direct USSA Sponsor Sales

Brook Bingham, USSA

Brook Bingham has been appointed Director of Sponsorship Sales for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He comes to USSA from the Real Salt Lake major league soccer team.


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Ratchford Named Sales, Marketing Director For Vail

Davy Ratchford, Vail

Davy Ratchford has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for Vail Mountain. Ratchford will be responsible for development and management of brand marketing and sales for the 50-year-old Colorado resort.


He was, most recently, director of marketing at Northstar, joining the company in 2011, one of three Vail Resorts properties in the Lake Tahoe, Calif. region. 


Ratchford previously worked in Major League soccer with Real Salt Lake, Rio Tinto Stadium and ESPN 700 radio in Salt Lake City, Utah, where was marketing director since 2007. 


Ratchford is a native of Dublin, Ireland and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Utah. He plans to relocate to the Vail Valley with his family.


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It’s The Snow; December Booking Pace Up In West

Whitefish Mountain

Credit the coast-to-coast snows in December that led to a partial rebound in occupancy and a boost for the remainder of the season, according to the monthly Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) report.


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Powdr Corp. Adds Media, Events Group

Wade Martin, Powdr

Powdr Enterprises is a new business effort by Powdr Corp. designed to focus on events, sponsorships and media opportunities. The idea is to leverage company brands including its resorts, Woodward Camps, and Outside Television.


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Sale of Brian Head Resort Completed; Operation As Usual

Brian Head

Brian Head Resort near Cedar City, Utah has been sold to Brian Head Acquisition Partner, LLC according to reports in the The Spectrum and Salt Lake Tribune newspapers.


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Judge Tells Haystack Owner To ‘Stop Already’


The Rutland Herald in Vermont is reporting that Thomas Durkin, an environmental judge, has issued an emergency order against the new owner of Haystack Ski Area to halt construction immediately on what is planned to be a “new luxury ski resort.”

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


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

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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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