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Mt. Rose Increases Nevada Minimum Wage By 33 Percent

Mt. RoseOfficials 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.

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Snowbird Co-Founder Dick Bass Dies

Dick Bass SnowbirdRichard "Dick" Bass, co-founder of Snowbird Resort in s largest ski resorts has died. Resort spokesman Brian Brown says died of pulmonary fibrosis Sunday at his home in Dallas. He was 85.

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John Burton Named Marketing Director At Oregon's Timberline Lodge

John Burton Timberline LodgeJohn Burton has been named Director of Marketing at Oregon’s Timberline Lodge by operators, R.L.K. and Company.

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Western Mountain Lodging Up In June Despite Monsoon, Drought

Alpenglow condos in SteamboatDespite 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. 

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Big Sky GM Taylor Middleton Receives Chet Huntley Lifetime Achievement Award

Taylor Middleton gets Chamber awardBig 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.

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SIA Tabs Burton's Nick Sargent As New President

Nick Sargent new SIA presidentNick 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.

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Industry Groups Ask Members To Support Climate Change Letter To President

A-BasinSnowsports 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. 

 

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Survey Finds Pennsylvania Skiing Is A Hit With Millennials

Camelback WaterparkPennsylvania 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.

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Wende Gray Is New President Of Maine's Ski Museum

Wendy Gray Ski Museum of MaineThe 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.  

 

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Summer Business 8.5 Percent Ahead In Western States Says DestiMetrics Report

Mammoth Creek Inn, Calif.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. 

 

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Ski New Hampshire Totals 2.57 Skier Visits; Fourth Best

Ski N.H.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.  

 

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Michigan Ski Hall Of Famer John Bintz Dies; Created Popular Apple Mountain

Apple Mountain, Mich.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.

John and Joan Bintz

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Jim Kercher To Head Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School

Jim Kircher JHMRJim 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.  

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Double Diamond Awards Given To Colorado Ski Country Standouts

CSCUSA Awards 2015Colorado 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:

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Peak Resorts Focuses On Marketing, Technology In Northeast; Promotes Two

Greg Fisher Peak ResortsPeak Resorts, headquartered in Missouri announced two promotions in the Northeast region.  Greg Fisher, General Manager of Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield, Ohio will become Northeast Director of Marketing, while Mike Chase,Director of Marketing Technology, at Mount Snow Resort in Vermont will become Director of Marketing Technology in the region.

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Jodie Rogers Named Food, Beverage Director At Deer Valley Resort

Jodie Rogers Deer Valley Food Service DirectorJodie Rogers has been promoted to director of food and beverage at Deer Valley Resort. Julie Wilson, Deer Valley’s director of food and beverage for over 30 years, will be retiring from the director position and transitioning to consulting for special food and beverage projects for Deer Valley Resorts, including Solitude Mountain Resort.

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Revenues For Western Lodging Hit All-Time High; Up 11.2 Percent

Squaw Valley LodgeCombined revenue figures for Rocky Mountain (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming) and Far West (California, Nevada and Oregon) mountain resorts were up 11.2 percent over last season and set an all-time revenue record that exceeded the previous record set in the 2007-08 ski season. 

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Prentice, Manara Receive Canada West's Top Awards At Conference

CWSAA AwardsCanada West Ski Areas Association presented their 2015 Jim Marshall and Lars Fossberg Awards at their annual conference at Whistler.

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Andrew Fletcher New Food, Beverage Director at Solitude

Andrew Fletcher SolitudeDeer Valley has appointed Andrew Fletcher as Solitude Mountain Resort’s new director of food and beverage. Fletcher joined Deer Valley in 1998 as an assistant sous chef at the Silver Lake Lodge. 

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Solitude Tabs Tim Wolfgram To Head Snow Sports Operations

Tim Wolfram SolitudeTim Wolfgram has been named Solitude Mountain Resort’s new director of snow sports services. Wolfgram is a long-standing ski industry veteran and brings vast knowledge and experience in snow sports operations to the position. Deer Valley recently closed on it’s acquisition of Solitude.

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