Week in Review: Locals To the Rescue

Lost Valley Ski Area saved, Maine goes solar, and Sherpas profile the old man on the mountain

Locals save East Coast mountain
In a tough week, it’s nice to get some good coming from a little section of Maine, as it appears a huge local fundraising effort and the intervention of big mountain neighbors has saved Lost Valley Ski Area for the 2014-2015 season. Owners announced that they had raised $22,000 in funds since going public about their financial struggles, enough to get a lift spinning for locals for the 54th consecutive year, and to continue passing on the awesomeness of sliding on snow for at least one more season.

Maine resort getting healed by Mother Nature, going solar
Western Maine’s Mount Abram has announced plans to take in some serious cosmic rays this season, installing an 803-panel solar array capable of providing 70 percent of the resort’s annual electricity needs according to NECN. Total cost of the project will be below $1 million, part of which will be funded by a matching grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program.

Sherpas Cinema finds the old man on the mountain
Sherpas Cinema gifted us with the first of four episodes from its Sculpted in Time series, The Wise Man. Filmed in Banff National Park at Mount Norquay, this episode follows the 88-year-old skier we all aspire to be.

Snow Watch 2014: It’s happening again
North America is getting turnt. In addition to A-Basin and Loveland started up the snow guns, Mother Nature dropped off her first offerings to Mammoth, Tahoe, Crystal, the Wasatch, and the Rockies. I apologize if I missed anyone there but my snow cam drone was running low on batteries this week. My bad.

It still snows in California. Mammoth gives proof. PHOTO: Mammoth Mountain
It still snows in California. Mammoth gives proof. PHOTO: Mammoth Mountain

Après Lesson #47
There is no bailing in après. None.

2022 Olympics in trouble? Oslo pulls out
It’s a little ways off, but the 2022 Olympics has a lot to think about after leading city Oslo pulled its name out of the bidding process, noting a lack of public support. The news comes on the heels of a Sochi Olympic Games that cost Russia upwards of $51 billion. The IOC may have to go back to the drawing board on this one with only two cities left in the running: Beijing, China, and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Jon Olsson making return to freeskiing
What’s that Jon? Don’t call it a comeback, but…

Oh by the way, ABM crushed it, per usual. Dude is en fuego right now.

Author’s Note: It’s been a rough week, and I can’t say much that hasn’t been said by all of the awesome people out there, but just wanted to say thanks to the guy that helped 10-year-old me realize skiing wasn’t just about being wet, cold, and tired. It’s about having a pretty damn good time, too.