Week In Review: May 12
CO2!, Antti Ollila!, Aging jib skiers!, South Koreans!, Do-Gooders!
Given this level of undiscovered talent, we assume the MonsterBull Helicarrier is on its way to Antti’s house with a contract.
Good Ol’ Fashion CO2 Overload
Well, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: humanity has officially crossed the 400 parts per million milestone for the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere! I knew running my car while I slept and keeping the heat on with the windows open while I went on ski trips this winter (as well as going on ski trips) would do the trick. Let’s go ahead and celebrate skiing being around in its current form for maybe another 50 years by using that energy you were about to utilize writing your senator in outrage to instead call up the Koch brothers and invite them to the champagne toast tonight!
AARP Jib Club
Twenty-eight-year old Jon Hartman just signed with Moment’s park team. That either makes him a living fossil or the oldest jib skier to pick up a new sponsor since Candide Thovex signed with Faction and decided he was still going to ski park perfectly on his 30th birthday.
2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Logo Revealed
The logo for the South Korean Winter Olympics after next season’s Sochi games was recently revealed, and despite the complex cultural context in which the extremely analog elements of the logo come together, it will still come across as something someone designed on the first Macintosh. But who knows, those Koreans are so far ahead of us right now, we probably just don’t even get it.
Aspen SkiCo Employees Kick Ass
Aspen Skiing Company employees have a pretty awesome gig going called the Environment Foundation, which is a grant-making organization funded by employee donations that are then matched by a group of non-profits and private businesses. The news is that the foundation just made their single biggest grant ever—$50,000 to three NGOs working on keeping the 220,000-acre Thompson Divide, a vast swath of wilderness that starts at the foot of Carbondale near Mount Sopris and contains working family ranches alongside pristine watersheds and wilderness—free from oil and gas exploration. Go team!
Snow Park Technologies on TV
Snow Park Technologies, the terrain park construction company that has built X Games courses since the dawn of time (/the X Games) along with parks and video shoots all over the world, got its own TV show this spring, which aired its first episode on National Geographic. Yeah, we missed it, too.
New Zealand’s Snow Park Closes To The Public
New Zealand’s Snow Park NZ, the diminutive 400-foot tall all-park ski hill with one chair that has been one of the default summer training centers for pipe and slope athletes for 10 years, has announced it will not be open this upcoming southern hemi winter. The hill has had trouble keeping the doors open in the past, and is closing to develop a restructuring plan.
Park City Season Pass Caveat: We May Close
Park City Mountain Resort put a catch on their marketing for season passes for the second year in a row, as the resort is in the middle of a lawsuit that could potentially force the mountain to close for part or all of next season. PCMR is suing Talisker, the owner of its mountain lease and of competitor The Canyons, for not allowing them to continue the terms of their lease, which dates back to 1971 and leases PCMR 2,800 acres for a mere $155,000. By comparison, The Canyons leases 4,000 acres nearby for $4 million.
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