Week In Review: Winter Won’t Quit!
Plus: Snowbird sold! Camp Benchetler! Fat-biker hero!
Skiing deep with the All Us In Winterland crew
Last week Montana got hammered, Arapahoe Basin decided it would stay open until June, and the All Us In Winterland crew brought us this first part of their tits-deep video series, Below The Line, making me think that maybe winter doesn’t have to end.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m as excited for Rollerblade season as the next guy, but I’m not ready to give up bottomless turns just yet.
Snowbird majority interest sold to Park City owner
The Utah ski resort picture got even cloudier this week after longtime Snowbird Resort majority shareholder and co-founder Dick Bass sold his stake in the resort to Ian Cumming, a businessman whose family owns Park City Mountain Resort. The price of the sale has not been made public, but it when it goes through Cumming will become head honcho at the Little Cottonwood Resort while Bass will remain chairman of Snowbird’s board of directors. The move comes at a tumultuous time for Park City Mountain Resort, as they are battling to retain control of their mountain against Vail Resorts. Motivations for the sale haven’t surfaced just yet, but Snowbird would be an interesting fallback option, should PCMR lose its hold in Park City.
Chris Benchetler to host Memorial Day Camp
The nose-buttering, cliff-dropping bandito known as Señor Benchetler is bringing his skills back to the homeland this spring, offering an exclusive ski camp at Mammoth Mountain that looks…well…pretty damn fun. Twenty lucky shredders will get a chance to hit the upper mountain with Benchets in the morning, then head out mountain biking or rock climbing with the Atomic athlete in the afternoon. Not on the agenda at Camp Benchetler: how to marry a professional snowboarder; how to surf; or how to paint your own pro model. Camp runs on May 24/25, so you don’t have to worry about missing the BBQ on Monday.
Fat biker finds lost Bachelor skier
After a skier at Oregon’s Mount Bachelor went missing this week, it was a fat biker that ultimately came to the rescue. Not to be confused with an overweight cyclist, Ron Thompson was out on his thick-treaded mountain bike on Monday morning when he came across the tracks of a Bend skier that had been lost on the slopes for over 36 hours. Eventually rescue teams followed the tracks to Ryan Melrose DeYoung, who had survived a day and a night in the Oregon wilderness without food or water after straying off-piste. DeYoung escaped serious injury and now has a wicked campfire story to add to his collection.
Colorado redraws insurance map to aid ski towns hurt by Obamacare
While many seasonal workers have benefitted from President Obama’s new healthcare initiative, resort towns in Colorado are feeling the brunt of its impact, and they’re none too pleased with it. Colorado ski towns have the highest premiums in the country according to a report on NPR, pushing the state to redraw a coverage map that originally lumped the four resort counties together. Under the new plan, the four resort counties will join 18 other counties to disperse the cost a bit, though Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar admits premiums will still be high by national standards.
Look out! Andorra is skiing in the streets!
Andorra is known for a high life expectancy, roller hockey, and Miss Andorra. Urban skiing? Not so much. Luka Melloni, Noah Albaladejo, and Josep Gil, are three heavy hitters from the small country wedged between France and Spain that put out a tight edit for the kids this week. Check Winter on the Streets, and keep your eyes out for these guys on the Euro scene.
Plans for England’s Sheffield Ski Village shelved
It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not good yet over at England’s most famous ski area. The dryslope area that helped James Woods and other British freeskiers reach international stardom was burned to the ground by an arsonist in 2012, and has been a site of contention ever since the incident. While skiers want to see the area rebuilt to its former glory, other town residents want to part ways with the recreation facility. The latter appeared to be gaining serious steam recently, until Sheffield councilors decided to defer a final decision on the area until next month. The move allots both sides a little more time before a final verdict is reached. Fingers crossed the good guys pull through on this one, it would be a shame to lose a piece of freeski history to another bout of corporate greed.
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