Our friends at Yobeat.com (who apparently still follow the snowboarding resort business world) pointed out this morning that a judge in the Park City vs. Talisker legal battle has decided that Park City must post a bond of $17.5 million by September 12, 2014 if it expects to operate the lifts on Talisker’s land this winter. Will they pay? A $17.5 million bond is chump change compared to how far the real estate value on all those slope side condos will fall when there are no slopes (or lifts) to be on the side of.
Skullcandy founder Rick Alden explains the Alta situation quite succinctly in this edit. But here’s a little more:
Wasatch Equality began as a grassroots movement of individuals, families, and businesses committed to ending the anti-snowboarding policies at Alta Ski Area that have defined the resort since the early 1980’s. Long after the rest of the winter community has come to recognize snowboarding, it’s hard to believe there’s still an argument being made against the sport. . . By convincing Utah’s hold-out resorts to open their lifts to everyone, friends and families will be able to exercise their legal right to enjoy public land, regardless of how they choose to get downhill.
If you’d like to help Wasatch Equality in their efforts to open Alta Ski Resort to snowboarding, please click here to donate.
A federal court has ordered the Dew Tourto pay Mount Snow Resort more than $2 million dollars after the tour allegedly jumped out of a contract and moved the event to Killington, according to a story in the Battleboro Reformer.
In its verdict, the jury concluded that The Alliance of Action Sports, NBC Universal Media and NBC Sports Ventures breached their contract agreement with Mount Snow when it moved the 2010 tour stop from the Dover ski resort to Killington. . . In January 2012, Mount Snow filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, claiming the defendants had breached the contract, costing Mount Snow more than $3 million in damages related to the media value of hosting the tour stop.
Nice to see someone win one against the “flame retardant, mouse dissolving, caffeinated, carbonated high fructose corn syrup” tour isn’t it? Wonder if Mt. Snow will ever get their money?
Today’s storm at Mammoth Mountain (March 26, 2014) dropped 8 -10 inches of fresh pow and kept Sierra shreds blazing in mid-winter glory. And you know what else? Mammoth is staying open until Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) like they have every and every year for the past 27 years.
“Although winter got off to a slow start, the past month brought a series of strong storms with nearly 100 inches of snow, and more in the forecast this week,” said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory. “With excellent conditions typical of this time of year, we look to continue our long-standing tradition of skiing and riding well into May.” . . To celebrate, Mammoth has a jam-packed spring event calendar with all-ages activities on and off the hill. Events such as the JLA Banked Slalom, Mammoth Invitational, Grenade Games 10, Pond Skim and the annual Easter celebration are back in addition to new offerings like Spyder’s massive “Where’s the Party?” concert at Canyon Lodge.
A 21-year-old snowboarder from Pennsylvania died yesterday (Wednesday, March 5, 2014) after hitting at tree at Ellicotville, New York’s Holiday Valley Resort, according to a story in the Buffalownews.com.
“The individual apparently lost control while snowboarding, went off the trail and collided with a tree,” said Jane Eshbaugh, director of marketing at Holiday Valley. “He was transported by ambulance to Olean General Hospital. It is our understanding he passed away at the hospital, and we have no other details.”
Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.
A 17-year-old employee at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park in Algonquin, Illinois was discovered with his arm entangled in a “conveyor belt” of a magic carpet lift at the resort on March 2, 2014, according to a story in the ABC 7 News.
Numerous fire agencies responded to a technical rescue at 1:46 p.m. at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park, 19-265 Western Ave., Algonquin Fire Battalion Chief John Greene said in a release. More than 30 personnel worked to remove the 17-year-old boy’s arm from a conveyer lift. . . The teen was flown at 2:47 p.m. to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, according to Greene. The employee’s condition was not immediately known and the incident is still under investigation.
The resort is closed today. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lift operator.
RED Mountain Resort will donate 50 percent of its day ticket revenue to help raise funds for several of B4BC’s initiatives, including scholarships through the Survivorship Fund to ReTreat Yourself, a yoga, ski and snowboard retreat for women who have been affected by breast cancer. Activities at RED that day will include ski and snowboard demos as well as breast cancer screening information booths. Top skiers and snowboarders including Megan Pischke, Kendra Starr and Kasha Rigby will be in attendance. The day will end with an après-ski party at Rafters bar with national recording artist Pickwick, whose recent hit song “Hacienda Motel” has been on the top of critics’ song lists over the last year.
British Columbia, Canada’s secret powder spot Red Mountain is brewing up some fun for fans of “craft beer” (you know, dudes trying to turn beer drinking into wine tasting) with their first Beer Goggles Craft Beer Festival scheduled for March 1, 2014.
From home-brewers to homies, Beer Goggles is set to become one of the largest festivals of its kind in eastern BC, a region known for its “big little beers.” Twelve confirmed breweries include stalwarts Nelson Brewing, Okanagan Spring, Tree, Steamworks, Mt. Begbie, Parallel 49, Stanley Park, Central City Brewing and other craft outfits from all over BC. We expect to serve up more than 50 different beers for the tasting event. . . .”Beer Goggles is not simply a beer festival, but a celebration of the craft beer industry,” explains RED Mountain’s Fran Richards, the man behind the mayhem. “All of the hardcore skiers and snowboarders ’round here know the simple pleasure of a fine brew after a day in the mountains, and we wanted to try and, um, bottle that feeling. Well, least until we can all buy craft beer on Etsy…”
If you’re into beer, and drinking beer, and instagraming pictures of beer to let all your beer drinking friends know all about the great beer you’re drinking then by all means follow the jump and get all the official details because this beer drinking festival is designed especially for you, beer drinker. [click to continue…]
SMI Snow Makers, a family run, Michigan based company, has set up massively technical snowmaking facilities in Sochi, Russian to make certain that there is enough snow Winter Olympics. With setup that looks more like NASA Mission Control and 400 snow guns, SMI is going to make it happen, according to this edit from National Geographic. And as these are the “most expensive Olympics” ever, we’re hoping SMI gets their monster slice.