Jackson Hole's VC to Become Hotel?
The infamous Village Center in the Jackson Hole base village—the dumpy building that dispenses PBR tallboys from a walk-up window and houses Teton Gravity Research's offices—is inching toward demolition. While developers had plans as early as 2007 to tear down the structure, one of the oldest in the Village and happily referred to as 'a piece of shit' by some of its tenants, the 2008 real estate market collapse put those plans on hold. Recently, the developers submitted a plan to the local planning board to build a five-story, 70,395-square-foot hotel with residential condos and 12,000 feet of commercial space.
The planning commission recommended the plans be rejected because they don't require enough employee housing and the entire south side of the building facing the parking lot would need to be turned into a series of loading docks to accommodate any restaurant potential. Sources at TGR believe that regardless of whatever development plan gets passed, many of the VC's current tenants won't be able to afford the higher rent.
Whistler's Drinking Problem
A recent study of state-owned liquor stores in British Columbia found that, on average, consumption of alcohol in the Whistler area was three times was it was in Vancouver, with the average Whistlerite racking up an annual booze bill of $967, versus $315 in Van. While the study would seem to suggest Canada's most infamous ski town has a serious drinking problem, coordinators of the study also acknowledged that the results of the study could have been heavily skewed by the impact of visitors and tourists, who double the town's population every weekend and holiday and need a lot of libations to make it through the weekend.
X Games Highlight
This guy…. We'll be interviewing him soon.
June Mountain Leaders May Look to Vermont for Advice
Community leaders from June Lake, California, along with Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory, may take a trip to New England in order to visit a number of small ski areas and see how the hills, and the communities around them, have made a go of it with smaller ski areas. A few of the ski areas named were Bromley, Smuggler's Notch, and Pico in Vermont as well as Waterville Valley. Some remain skeptical about the trip's focus, and want to know more about what Mammoth Mountain has planned for June Mountain's hopeful reopening next season.
Curry & The Dom Pon Di Hood
While in the summer Mount Hood is a veritable hive of paying customers, industry people, industry slaves, and wannabe-everythings, in the winter you might not remember it even exists. Luckily, Jeff Curry, who works as a coach at Windells Academy, holds it down for Oregon in the Timberline parks. Here, he and old friend Dom "The Dom" Valentine give us plenty of reason to be hyped on Hood in the winter. Skiing in jeans to Sly and the Family Stone also helps.
Powder Magazine 2014 Park Ski Testing
We've got our homies from Scandinavia's The Bunch crew testing out all the hottest 2014 park skis on today's hottest staircases…