Winter Lodge Bookings Off To Slow Start In West; Summer Was Gangbusters

Hotel TellurideBooking 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.

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Jackson Hole Resort Completes New Employee Housing Units

Jackson Hole employee housingJackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) has completed its new employee housing units in the town of Jackson. The three building complex, housing 94 workers is the first of its kind for the Jackson Hole community.

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Albany Ski Show Producer, Public Relations Pro Ed Lewi Dies At 81

Ed LewiPublic 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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Sugarbush Sees Significant Reductions In Energy, Waste

SugarbushSugarbush Resort has seen significant reductions in energy and waste since last year. The resort invested in 351 Snow Logic, HKD, and Ratnik low-energy snowguns last summer to help reduce energy consumption. 

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Ski Teams Renew Educational Partnership With Westminster College

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Athletes of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding will continue to have access to educational opportunities with the renewal of the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association’s partnership with Salt Lake City’s Westminster College. 

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Deer Valley, Stein Eriksen Receive Utah Sports Commission Honors

Stein Eriksen at Governor's AwardsDeer Valley Resort and Stein Eriksen, its director of skiing, both received awards at the fourth annual Governor's State of Sport Awards Dinner, hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank.

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Jackson Hole Achieves Resort-wide 10 Percent Reduction In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jackson HoleJackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) has announced further positive results relating to environmental goals and initiatives. The resort received its third ISO 14001 re-registration and exceeded its environmental goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions resort-wide by over 10 percent.

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Double-Digit Lodging Revenue Increases Posted In Rockies, Far West

Big Foot Lodge Mt. Hood MeadowsA strong and steady economy combined with "snow equity" allowed the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season to post double digit increases in revenue for the third straight winter with summer tracking similarly in the Rocky Mountain and Far West regions. 

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Chamber Names Tahoe Donner 'Best Place To Work'

Tahoe DonnerThe North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce/CVB/Resort Association recently awarded Tahoe Donner Association as the 2014 Best Place to Work, an honor presented at the Annual Community Awards dinner in March. The community awards are an opportunity to showcase businesses, volunteers and employees who went above and beyond in 2014.

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Sugar Bowl President/CEO Rob Kautz To Retire After Four Decades At California Resort

Rob Kautz Sugar BowlRob Kautz, Sugar Bowl Resort president and CEO, has announced his retirement after nearly four decades at the resort’s helm, It is one of the longest careers in the history of the Tahoe ski industry,

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Booking Pace At Western Lodges Slows; Mostly Weather-Related Says Briefing

Powderwood Lodge Park City The most recent results for western mountain lodging properties at 19 resort areas in six western states revealed that as of Feb. 28, aggregated revenues collected and on-the-books for the season reached 104.5 percent of last season’s overall total. Data is reported in the monthly Market Briefing that is compiled and distributed by DestiMetrics.

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Western Destination Lodging Moving Toward Record Says DestiMetrics Report

Lexington Hotel Jackson HoleAggregated mountain lodging revenues at participating western mountain destinations are moving into record-setting territory based on booking patterns and economic indicators for the 2014-15 winter season, according to the monthly Market Briefing, by DestiMetrics.

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