The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has announced that it’s Eastern Regional Alpine Development Director Eric Harlow will be leaving the USSA later this month to take a position outside the ski industry. Harlow joined the USSA in May, 2013 and has been effective at managing alpine ski racing development programs in the USSA’s largest region. USSA Alpine Development Director Chip Knight indicated that the position would be replaced as soon as possible.
Summer lodging occupancy for the months of May through October is up an aggregated eight percent and revenue is up 14 percent compared to the summer of 2014. Data is collected by DestiMetrics in its monthly Briefing from lodging properties at 19 western mountain destination resorts in six states.
Officials at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe say they will increase the minimum wage for all positions that were previously below, to a new minimum of $11 an hour. The increase represents a 33 percent increase over the standard $8.25 an hour mandated minimum wage in Nevada.
John Burton has been named Director of Marketing at Oregon’s Timberline Lodge by operators, R.L.K. and Company.
Despite monsoonal rains in some regions, severe drought conditions in other areas, and geo-political volatility, lodging performance and revenues among lodging properties at 19 mountain destinations in six mountain states are continuing their strong, multi-month pace.
Big Sky Resort General Manager Taylor Middleton received the Chet Huntley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. Middleton has been instrumental in the creation and marketing the "Biggest Skiing in America®" brand. He led the successful integration of Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin into a unified ski resort operation in 2013.
Nick Sargent has been named the incoming president of Snowsports Industries America (SIA). The trade association's Board of Directors said Sargent, who most recently held the position of vice president of global business alliance at Burton Snowboards, will begin in a transitional role before succeeding David Ingemie as president following the 2016 Snow Show in Denver and On-Snow Demo at Copper Mountain early in 2016.
Snowsports Industries America (SIA), the Ñational Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Protect Our Winters (POW) have teamed up on a letter to President Barack Obama urging action on climate change in anticipation of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November.
Pennsylvania may well be on its way to establishing itself as a formidable "ski state" particularly among Millennials, according to a new research study conducted for SkiPA by RRC Associates. A contributing factor is Pennsylvania's close proximity to several major metropolitan areas including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, Baltimore and even the Harrisburg-York-Lancaster corridor.