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 City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Whistler Blackcomb, Perisher 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.
Today (Thursday, February 16, 2017) Emerald Expositions, the parent company of Outdoor Retailer and Interbike, announced that after holding a teleconference with Utah Governor Herbert that they will no longer be considering Utah as a potential location for future trade shows.
The shows reportedly bring nearly $45 million to the Salt Lake City economy each year, according to a story in the Salt Lake City Tribune and that money will be going elsewhere. . . Hells yeah, OR. For the official word, please follow the jump.
Truckee, California’s Capita Snowboards rider Brandon Cocard is the newest member of the Shred and Slytech upper face coverage team where he will be sporting the company’s collection of goggles, sunglasses, and protective equipment along with the rest of the team which currently includes standouts like: Kevin Backstrom, Tadashi Fuse, Jake Welch, Severin van der Meer, Antti Autti, Shin Biyajima, Romain De Marchi, Nicholas Wolken, and Wolle Nyvelt.
“I’m really excited to join the Shred and Slytech family,” Cocard notes. “They have great products and an amazing snowboard team. So many of my favorite riders represent Shred and Slytech–and I feel very lucky to join them and back the brands.”
Looks good for everyone. For the official word from Shred and Slytech please follow the jump.
Signal Snowboards isn’t waiting until next season to kick down some brands new boards, they’re doing it right now while the winter snow is still piling in. During January, February, and March they’re launching five more reasons to get on their snowboard subscription service: The Menu Shiv, Disruptor 2, Sk8 Park Limited Edition, Yep, and Split.
The Signal Subscription Service does just that by offering snowboarders an online platform at signalnowboards.com to purchase a board for as little as $35 a month along with extras like warranty and demo programs and strong customer service that gives subscribers a direct line to the brand. Subscriptions at SignalSnowboards.com start at just $35 a month. Members will receive their first board within a week of placing an order, and a new snowboard annually to add to their collection at the beginning of each winter season.
Last weekend, Mammoth Mountain, California hosted the first top on the 2017 US Grand Prix Snowboard Tour. It was the first qualifier for the 2018 PyeongChang, South Korea Winter Olympics (yes, it’s that time already). Shaun White and Kelly Clark braved high winds (just check out those flags) and weather delays to win the halfpipe. Shaun seemed pretty happy after his worst X Games performance ever.
“I’m feeling great,” he said. “I got out here and the weather wasn’t good—we were waiting, waiting, waiting and it was tough to sit around thinking about what you want to do. I didn’t have the nicest contest at X (Games) so I was excited to come here and be the normal me—put some runs down.”
In Slopestyle (yes, it’s also in the Olympics) Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson came out on top. For all the details from the USSA, please follow the jump.
Donna Carpenter, the CEO of Burton Snowboards, has decided to help out employees who are making their way to Washington DC for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017, according to a story in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Donna is giving employees who want to go two nights lodging and $250 cash towards travel. How’s that for support?
I knew there would be a lot of Burton women who were making the effort to get down to Washington,” Donna said. “They’re that type of people. We’re in Vermont, in Bernie-land. I had a lot of employees who were volunteering for Bernie [Sanders]. But it’s a long way from Burlington to Washington, D.C. For me, it’s all about numbers. What they need are numbers to make a point.
Not only does Burton live in Bernie-land, Bernie is like family to the company (literal family) so it makes sense. It will also be nice for everyone to get out in the streets of DC the day after Friday’s events. For more thoughts from Donna, click the link.
Vans kicks off 2017 with the return of the Vans Hi-Standard Series, an international all-ages contest inviting snowboarders to showcase true style and expression in an exciting open-jam format. With a new stop in Switzerland and a grand finale in California, the Vans Hi-Standard global series will be touring across the US, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, and France. The inclusive snowboard jam will feature an original big air jam format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 permitted. For the grand finale, Vans will bring a new, non-traditional feature into the fold by creating a unique custom-spec course, where riders are encouraged to push the boundaries of their creative expression.