Winter Not Over At Mt. Hood Meadows

by The Editors on April 12, 2018

Don’t write the 2017-18 snow season off just yet Mt. Hood Meadows is still in the think of it with an expected three feet of the fresh stuff by Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Vice President of Marketing Dave Tragethon says it is definitely still winter on the mountain, saying, “It’s awesome to have this kind of powder skiing when so many other ski areas across the country have already closed for the season.” Meadows continues daily operations through April 22, and then operates Fridays – Sundays for the next two weekends (April 27, 28, 29 and May 4, 5, 6). A season ending party is scheduled Saturday, May 12, the resort’s last day of winter operations. 

There’s a lot coming up including reVegetate, 11th annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim, and much more. So get up and take one last bite before you shift into summer mode. For the official word, follow the jump.

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Georgian Chairlift Rollback Distaster

by The Editors on March 16, 2018

Resort professionals certainly have all kinds of great reasons why this could never happen at your favorite resort, yet today (March 16, 2018) it happened at “Gudauri, a resort on the Greater Caucasus mountain range in Georgia,” according to a story in the Washington Post. Eight people were reportedly injured, but no one died, thankfully. Guess the big lesson from this clip is to jump off before you get to the bullwheel.

[Link: Washington Post]


Mammoth CEO Becomes Alterra CEO

by The Editors on February 9, 2018

In what would seem to be good news for fans of Mammoth Mountain, former CEO and partial owner Rusty Gregory has been named chief executive officer of Alterra Mountain Company, the parent company of most of the resorts formerly known as Mammoth, Intrawest, and Aspen Skiing Company.

Mr. Gregory will focus on establishing the newly-formed Alterra Mountain Company’s culture and developing the growth, operating and guest service strategies for its platform of mountain destinations across North America, while leading its more than 20,000 employees. . . “I’m thrilled to be leading the Alterra Mountain Company team in its formative years at such a pivotal time in the mountain destination industry. This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with so many highly respected industry leaders and some of the most iconic mountain destinations in North America,” said Rusty Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “Together we will create a high performing enterprise by focusing on what’s important – our guests, our employees, and our mountain communities. We will build our business by enhancing and enriching the lives and experiences of each.”

At least Aspen and the Colorado crew aren’t taking things over just yet. Viva California. For the official word from Alterra, please follow the jump.

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Utah Neighbors Not Happy With Woodward

by The Editors on January 23, 2018

Camp Woodward’s recently approved action sports park near Gorgoza Park on Interstate 80 in the Pinebrook neighborhood of Park City, Utah has some local residents up in arms, according to a story on KPCW.

A group of Pinebrook residents filed an appeal last week against the proposed Camp Woodward youth recreation facility near Gorgoza Park, arguing that the the facility will have negative impacts on their neighborhood. 

The neighbors are complaining about snowblowers, noise, lights, traffic, and a chairlift that goes much higher than it was supposed to go. For the entire story, click the link.

[Link: KPCW]


Mountain High Opens Dec. 6, 2017

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

Hey, SoCal, just a little reminder that Mountain High is opening tomorrow (Wednesday, December 6, 2017). If you’re up for skipping school (or work) tomorrow might be the day.

Top-to-bottom terrain features and trails for beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders will be available the moment the lifts start spinning. Mountain High has nearly three times the water available for snowmaking this year which means better coverage, more terrain features and longer seasons. . . “We are absolutely stoked about the new season,” said John McColly, Mountain High chief marketing officer. “It’s expected to be a great one with new features in our terrain park, new online ticket products, and tons of water for snowmaking. This winter will be packed with fun events, not to mention the Olympics, so grab your season passes now. We don’t want you to miss a moment of this epic season.”

The best part? Tickets are only $49 and there will be give-a-ways rolling all day. Follow the jump for all the official details.

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Mammoth Is Now Open For 2017-18

by The Editors on November 9, 2017

Here’s the first chair proof. And by the size of that Mammoth line, we’re guessing these four had to camp out to get it. From other photos we’ve seen, coverage is a little thin. But there are a few “features” in the park so what more do we really need?


Minus Zero Fest Moves To Mount Snow

by The Editors on November 9, 2017

Tickets are going on sale 10 AM EST on November 15, 2017 for Minus Zero winter sport and music festival April 6, 7 & 8, 2018, at Mount Snow, Vermont

Last year, a sold-out crowd of thousands hit the slopes and partied at MINUS ZERO, which featured over three stages of music featuring over 50 top international and emerging electronic music acts including Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, GRiZ, Illenium and Claptone, snowboarding with a Rail Jam & Jump competition and a demo from some of the top pro-boarders including Carinthia Team athletes Nate Haust and Jeremy Ellenberg.

For all the details, follow the jump or click here to buy tickets.

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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.

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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]


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]