Week In Review June 23
Get out your mountain bike, jib some bike racks or...ski down Jaws.
“I got a ski movie fever, and the only solution is…more confetti!” by Chris Bryan Films
Another way to keep your sanity intact by skiing whatever high-altitude scraps haven’t been melted off north-facing slopes of the nearest ski hill. These Europeans show there’s plenty left to do with a few inches of hot base depth, some shovels, and stolen bike racks.
Meanwhile, Some People Choose Not to Ski
Remember all that crap about specializing in one sport at a ridiculously early age, the favored technique of helicopter parenting when it comes to extracurriculars? It’s a real bummer, because they’re making their kids miss out on being good at everything, as ski pro Andrew Whiteford’s mountain bike run off Teton Pass clearly shows.
Sugar Bowl and Deer Valley Expand while Red Builds Chair
If ski resort expansions announcements are any indication of the general state of the economy, it might be time to dust off that resume and get back in the job-hunt market. Sugar Bowl announced a new chair up to the top of the Crow’s Nest that should make for some nice storm day turns. Meanwhile, Red Resort announced they’ll be installing a new chair up a previously cat-accessed peak that will open up as much terrain as all of Mount Baker, according to their press release.
Additionally, Deer Valley is vaguely considering plans with abutting landowners to expand the resort in a big way off the east side towards the Jordanelle Reservoir. The move would open “hundreds of acres” of terrain and allow one neighboring private landowner and a few military-owned properties to generate some serious money by developing hundreds of real estate units. The resort is talking about submitting one or several development proposals by the end of the year.
Mammoth’s New Leadership
After much hubbub and speculation this past week, on Wednesday, Mammoth Mountain announced that Greg Dallas, former VP of operations and maintenance at the mountain, will be taking over as Chief Operating Officer, the most critical position of the new six-person management team. Meanwhile, CEO Rusty Gregory’s responsibilities will focus exclusively on “attracting new investment capital” according to an article by The Sheet.
As well, Gregory is moving several management-level employees to June Mountain to help carry out that mountain’s revitalization, while Dallas’ responsibilities as COO will be split between both Mammoth and June. Gregory claimed he’d “placed some of our top resources at June.”
Schweitzer Seat Slasher
David Markwardt rejected allegations Schweitzer Mountain Resort made against him. The resort has accused Markwardt in a lawsuit that he caused the mountain $9,000 in damage by slashing 62 seat cushions on Schweitzer chairlifts over the course of the past two seasons. Markwardt claims the lawsuit is retaliation for complaints he filed with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alleging violations of the federal statute by the mountain. Investigators found nothing but one handicapped parking spot that needed widening. Schweitzer’s CEO said Markwardt “just won’t let it go.” Markwardt accused the resort of being “law breaking cowards,” and fumed over the mountain’s decision to remove his two slopeside condos from the rental pool, while alleging damaging his condos and personal possessions.
Lack of straightlines really got you down at the start of summer? Don’t worry, kid. You can always get your adrenaline fix skiing Jaws in Hawaii.
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