Friday, October 20, 2017

Meet John Snow: A Ski Movie for the Rest of Us

Below is the pitch for Meet John Snow: A Ski Movie for the Rest of Us. I’m hoping for Wes Anderson to get attached as he handled the skiing during the giant slalom with puppets climax in The Grand Budapest Hotel much better than Ridley Scott would have. Anderson also said he’s interested in making a James Bond movie...

All the things that went through Jeremy Jones’s head during his 20,000-foot first descent

Spoiler Alert: There’s a good chance Jimmy Buffett will creep into your head when you’re trying to cheat death. By Andrew J. Pridgen Truckee’s Jeremy Jones recently spent 40 minutes jump turning down a spine in the Himalayas. That’s roughly the equivalent of running around and getting knives thrown at you in the dark for an entire episode of House...

Squaw Valley’s Private Equity Firm Ownership Complains About Internet Trolls By Trolling the Internets

Dear KSL, Why do you have to ruin an already awful week on your mountain...with more awfulness on the internets? And why do you pretend you’re the victim? You, after all, never pay taxes. Oh, and what the fuck is a “massive 23 foot storm”? Is that like a misbegotten Point Break reference or something? By Andrew J....

The private equity firm that owns Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows is a hyper-local example of how America is being rotted out from the inside

Winning by losing and showing no care or concern for the end user (skiers and riders) while doing so. By Andrew J. Pridgen A couple weeks ago, the marketing office at Squaw Valley came up with a strange and context-free Instagram rant about silencing the “trolls and haters” on their “corner” of the internet. By way of background, the post was...

Squaw kicks off summer by announcing a partnership with the worst thing man has ever created: A ‘ski’ resort in China

Andy Wirth has a fever ...and the only cure is press releases about more bad decisions. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the annual Homer head-slapping summer kick-off, Squaw Valley announced last week that it will partner with, ready? A ski resort in China. ...Which is kind of the same thing as saying you think those red Trump hats are "kinda cool," or...

Having already sold their souls, now the GOP wants to put public lands on the auction block

Along with cultivating fear, hatred, demagoguery — and the abandonment of all common sense, reason and facts, the GOP also wants to sell off to the highest (or lowest?) bidder our public lands. Written by Kyle Magin Asserting strong sentiments on public land use, at this particularly perilous point in U.S. history, feels frivolous. Being a hunter, hiker, camper, Sierra Club member...

The three stages of social media grieving for Dean Potter

It’s not hard for me to say this but I’m pretty unmoved by the death of Dean Potter. Though you wouldn’t know it if you looked at my Facebook. By Andrew Pridgen Upon hearing the news of free soloist/slackliner/BASE jumper Dean Potter’s final flight Sunday, I felt the lump in my stomach, but was bereft. I wasn’t shocked by his death. I...

Locals and Conservationists May Have to Make a Deal with the Devil to Save Squaw

How to un-fuck Squaw Valley. (Click here to see why it's fucked.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Squaw CEO Andy Wirth has become something of a sympathetic creature of late in that he has to continue to carry a party line that is completely out of step with the community, with the environment and with industry trends. Wirth’s employer is currently stopping just...

Sierra resorts expecting 10, 20…f*ck it, 50 feet of snow this weekend!!!

El Niño is about to fire up the whistles and tequila poppers for #springbreak16 in the Sierras this weekend. And while it’s currently sending up in BC and Washington State, the Niño's Southwest flight should be wheels down in the Tahoe Basin sometime Friday. By Andrew J. Pridgen Storm's-a-brewin' which means let the fucking ski resort hype machine begin. In this week's...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth is the Aaron Sorkin of terrible emails

Once a quarter Squaw CEO Andy Wirth grabs a hold of his keyboard and spits out magic. By Andrew J. Pridgen Whether it’s “confirming the prevailing wisdom” (<-- my favorite #wirthline to date; how does one confirm such ambiguities?) that Olympic Valley residents shouldn’t have the power to incorporate or his latest offering attempting to muzzle board members while wearing...