This week, in ski news…
Saddleback owner arrested on fraud charges
The shadowy Aussie businessman that once vowed to turn Maine's beloved Saddleback around has been arrested on fraud charges in his home country according to the Bangor Daily News.
Sebastian Monsour bought the resort on promises to invest heavily, but so far has yet to spin a bull wheel. Sketchy reports have been floating up from Down Under, but the latest could be a nail in the figurative coffin for this once-promising resort turn-around.
Top alpine ladies out-earn men for second straight year
In what is no insignificant feat, 17 of the top 18 women's alpine racers on the World Cup circuit out-earned their male counterparts this season, making it the second season in a row that the ladies have dominated in the wages column.
While it should be mentioned this could be due to the greater potential parity in the men's field, top women's earner Mikaela Shiffrin and men's earner Marcel Hirscher were roughly equal in the wins department, with Shiffrin taking the edge in prize money. Granted, that's not including Hirscher's dubstep slalom sponsorships. Just kidding, we love you, Marcel.
VIDEO: Summertime Skiing in Man-tana
While some Montanans were distracting news crews with road gaps of death, Sander Hadley and Karl Fostvedt were using their Montana summer vacation to drop a styley edit up on Beartooth Pass. This stylish duo has been keeping footage under lock and key of late, so it's nice to get a sneak peek before movies come out this fall. Butters--still cool.
ALERT: Name new ski lift at Loveland
What could possibly go wrong, right? As if Loveland failed to witness the rousing success of Boaty McBoatface, the Colorado resort has decided to let skiers name the new detachable quad replacing Lift 1 for the 2018-2019 season.
Skiers only need to fill out a form and provide contact information. I love Loveland's enthusiasm here, and can't wait to ride the Kush King Express this winter.
Broker steals millions in ski patrol scam
In one of the stranger dirtbag scams out there, a New York stockbroker that worked as a part-time member of the ski patrol at Windham Mountain in faces a decade in prison after siphoning off a cool $1.2 million from his fellow patrollers in an investment scheme dubbed “Patrollers Capital Funds.” Jeez, and I thought that stealing half-drunk beers off the bar at the Foggy Goggle was bad-ass. This guy is out here playing chess while we’re playing checkers.