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Mammoth Mountain Builds A Work Fort

by The Editors on August 30, 2017

Have trouble separating work from pleasure? Then Mammoth Mountain has created just the place for you in their Main Lodge. It’s called Fort and it’s a co-working location (they’re so hot right now) that features all the amenities of a real office, but on the mountain just steps from the lifts. There’s gigabit internet, private desks and lounge seating, lockers and storage, and free parking all for $25 a day or $200 a month. In fact they’ve got another location in the Sierra Center Mall in town that features 3,700 square feet of work space and 24 hour access.

Having an office in Mammoth has never been easier. Then again, neither has ruining a perfectly good day on the snow with a bunch of work. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Mammoth Mountain Fort]

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Investigating Colorado Resort Deaths

by The Editors on May 1, 2017

The Summit Daily News newspaper (which covers Summit County, Colorado) has an amazing series of articles titled White Death, in which they try to “uncover the human toll of Colorado’s ski industry.” This collection of stories illustrates the way big business resort industry seems to do its best to squash any information related to deaths on their slopes and how difficult it was for the newspaper to get details on the 137 people who have died in accidents at Colorado resorts since the winter of 2006-7. Click the link for the rest of the story.

[Link: White Death]

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Aspen Skiing Co. & KSL Buy Mammoth, Too

by The Editors on April 12, 2017

Mammoth has always wanted to be Aspen. And now, it appears their wish has finally come true. Two days after picking up Intrawest for a reported $1.5 billion, the Denver, Colorado based Aspen Skiing Co./KSL partnership has picked up Mammoth, June, Snow Summit, and Bear Mountain for an undisclosed sum according to a Jason Blevins story in the Denver Post.

Rusty Gregory, the longtime manager and chief executive of Mammoth Resorts, in a statement called the move “the next logical chapter in the story of Mammoth. . . This new platform, built around a collective passion for the mountains and our commitment to the people who visit, work and live there, is exactly what the ski resort business needs.

We’re not sure that having every single resort in the USA owned by two companies is exactly what the ski resort business needs, but we’re pretty certain it won’t change much for the average shred. That Aspen leaf in the logo always did look like two tusks and a trunk to us anyway.

[Link: Denver Post]

 

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Aspen Skiing Co. & KSL Buy Intrawest

by The Editors on April 10, 2017

Resort consolidation ratchets up a notch as Aspen Skiing Co. and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners have paid a reported $1.5 billion for Intrawest. In the deal Aspen/KSL picks up Steamboat, Winter Park, Tremblant, Stratton, Snowshoe, Blue Mountain and (through partnership with KSL) Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, according to a story in the Denver Post.

Intrawest once ruled the resort real estate game, but has fallen on hard times recently. Guess, this is as good a deal as they could have hoped for and as far as we can tell it rarely matter who owns the resorts we ride. Mountains are mountains.

[Link: Denver Post]

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Vail Buys Stowe For $50 Million

by The Editors on February 21, 2017

It’s getting harder and harder to spend a dollar at a snowboard resort without that dollar going to Vail Resorts, Incorporated. And today, it just became even more difficult as Vail took its first bite out East with the purchase of  Stowe Mountain Resort from the Mr. Mansfield Company, Inc. for $50 million.

“We’re thrilled to add Stowe Mountain Resort to our family of world-class mountain resorts. With the investments in both mountain infrastructure and base area facilities that AIG has made over the years, Stowe Mountain Resort has become the premier, high-end resort for East Coast skiers and snowboarders. We look forward to working with AIG to continue enhancing the guest experience and to ensure the resort’s long-term success,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

In the deal Vail Resorts is acquiring “all of the assets related to the mountain operations of the resort, including base area skier services (food and beverage, retail and rental, lift ticket offices and ski and snowboard school facilities) at Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.” Mt. Mansfield Company is keeping the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe Country Club, and a couple other pieces of land they’re hoping to develop in the future.

Vail’s quiver of resorts now includes, Stowe, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park CityHeavenly, NorthstarKirkwoodWhistler BlackcombPerisher in Australia; and little resorts like Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin, Afton Alps in Minnesota, and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Boom. For the official word from Vail, please follow the jump.

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Squaw Valley’s Poopy Water Opening

by The Editors on November 30, 2016

ecoli-1184px-325x131Squaw Valley opened the their upper mountain on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, however, they did not turn on the drinking water to High Camp nor the Gold Coast Funitel area because, gasp, when the water in their newly rebuilt well system was tested it was discovered to contain e.coli and coliform bacteria, according to a story in the Sierra Sun.

“Placer County Environmental Health has been working with the Squaw Valley Resort regarding a bacterial contamination issue with their water wells affecting the Upper Mountain area,” Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health, said in an email to the Sun on Tuesday. “We have agreed on a plan to let Squaw Valley open the upper mountain in a way that will protect public health and allow skiers to access and enjoy the facilities.”

Squaw officials say they’ve been working on the water systems since November 8, 2016 and that the e.coli has already been corrected and that they are close to running clean drinkable water soon. In the meantime, snowboarders will need to stay hydrated from bottled water. Ouch.

[Link: Sierra Sun]

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Mountain High SoCal Shred Is On

by The Editors on November 29, 2016

You heard Johnny. Mountain High is now open and covered in white stuff so we guess it’s time for SoCal to dig out the snowboards, trade in the palms for pines and start pretending it’s winter all over again. . . or something like that.

[Link: Mountain High]

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Frequency’s Mt. Baker Season Recap

by The Editors on May 25, 2016

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Mt. Baker fans can find all kinds of great content to pour over and over in Frequency The Snowboarders’ Journal That’s Baker For You: 2015-2016 Season Recap.

We’ve gathered the best photos, videos and more from a deep year and laid them out for you in this season recap from our exalted home mountain, Mt Baker Ski Area.

Photos, videos, stories. What? It’s like a whole magazine digitized and dedicated to Mt. Baker. Click the link to dive in.

[Link: Frequency]

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The Mt. Baker Banked Slalom Turns 30

by The Editors on February 18, 2016

Photographer and filmmaker Liam Gallagher has created a short film on the world famous Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom in celebration of the event’s 30th Anniversary. As a kick off for the start of the 2016 LBS (which begins today, February 18, 2016) here is a small taste of Fast Forward: 30 Years of The Legendary Banked Slalom.

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Shaun White Buys In To Mammoth Resorts

by The Editors on January 28, 2016

Looks like Shaun White has actually “joined the Mammoth Resorts’ ownership team” by plunking down a pretty large pile of cash (reportedly seven figures), even though making money by running ski lifts technically ended somewhere in the 90s. That said, he certainly seems stoked on his latest brand affiliation.

“It’s amazing that I’m now an owner of the mountain where I grew up riding,” said White. “As an owner I’ll be able to make changes and shape the future of the mountain and how people enjoy it–whether they’re beginners or professionals.”

Mr. White’s influence on Mammoth’s Big Bear Resorts will certainly help (White House Slopeside Condominiums, Summer Action Sports Complex, and dryslope maybe), and hey, if it sells a few more Air & Style tickets in the process, even better.

For the official word from Mammoth, please follow the jump.
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