Public relations industry leader Ed Lewi, founder of the New York Capital Region public relations agency that managed media relations for the XIII Olympic Winter Games, media relations and marketing efforts for The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) since the late 1970s, and produced the annual Albany Ski Show, has died. He was 81.
Northstar California Resort appointed Marcie Bradley as the resort’s senior manager of communications. Bradley will oversee all aspects of communications and public relations at Northstar – including strategic planning and resort messaging, development and management of media relations and will act as a key liaison between Northstar and community stakeholders.
Echo Mountain Resort has appointed Jace Wirth as the director of guest services. Wirth will oversee the resort’s marketing, sales, ski school and alpine racing team departments.
Long-time NASTAR Director of Operations Bill Madsen has joined the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to continue to manage NASTAR’s operations alongside USSA’s events department.
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.
The Ski Museum of Maine has announced the election of officers to its Board of Directors. Leading the 15 member board are president, Wende Gray of Bethel, a long-time marketing professional; vice president, Gerry Thompson of Falmouth; Secretary, Russ Murley of Pownal; and treasurer, Vito Courtney of Freeport.
Summer occupancies and revenues at mountain resorts in the West are continuing winter’s momentum according to the most recent data released by DestiMetrics, a resort travel research organization that tracks reservation and occupancy for participating resorts.
The 2014/15 ski season in New Hampshire will go down as the fourth best season on record, with more than 2.57 million visits (alpine, cross-country and tubing) to N.H. ski areas combined.
John C. Bintz, a member of the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame and founder of Apple Mountain, has died at the age of 84.From its beginnings in 1964 to 1984, the time he decided to retire and sell Apple Mountain, 800,000 students had participated in its “learn to ski” program.
Jim Kecher has been named as the new Senior Director of Mountain Sports School at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JMHR) in Wyoming. Kercher returns to Jackson Hole with more than 30 years of ski industry experience, most recently as the Director of Resort Services at Beaver Creek.
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), Colorado’s ski resorts presented its Double Diamond Awards ay the group’s 52nd annual meeting this week. Here are the recipients: