Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth kicks off summer by sharting all over Olympic Valley community

Subtlety is not one of Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth’s strong suits. Add writing a cohesive sound bite and good timing to that list. By Andrew J. Pridgen About the time the car was packed Friday afternoon and the tailgate was refusing to shut, Squaw CEO Andy Wirth closed his solitaire window and busted out an epic press release decrying the...

How to remember Erik Roner’s life without focusing on his death

Truckee resident Erik Roner, 39, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw. The incident was the equivalent of a NASCAR driver perishing in a head-on on the way to the store to grab a gallon of milk. That said, Roner was a guy who lived without limits and died within them. I only hope his life is recalled...

How will the ski biz survive the mass-exodus of white people when all its marketing is pandering…to white people?

Skiing is marketing to the Cleavers in a Modern Family America. Unless serious changes are made in how the sport sells itself (and to whom), it’ll die. Written By Kyle Magin Ski industry marketing materials look like winter at the Eagle’s Nest. I recently perused the websites of every major ski resort in the U.S. and Canada west of the Mississippi....

The time has come to boycott Squaw Valley USA

They won’t listen to us. Now it is time to make them hear us where it counts: The bottom line. By Andrew J. Pridgen We live in the unfortunate time of magical-thinking-meets-sensationalism, Of trolling. Of doing the exact wrong thing when we should be doing the right thing. Of taking the easy way out. Over the last few weeks America...

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...

Squaw’s Bosses Planning to Break Resort Like a Piggy Bank, Collect the Cash and Run

Why Squaw is fucked. (Click here to see how to un-fuck it.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Before we jump feet first into the water theme park and the specifics of the Squaw redevelopment plan which they all but burnt the edges of to make it look like an old treasure map like you did for a 5th grade project, let’s get...

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...

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...

Though the industry hints at skipocalypse, no real action is being taken to prevent the sport’s — and planet’s — demise

Attempting to solve skiing's toughest question: How can I enjoy the sport when it’s the end times? By Andrew J. Pridgen Several years ago, I was alone trolling around Deer Valley’s Empire Canyon on a Tuesday morning. The night before had delivered eight inches of new snow and by 10 a.m. the clouds had parted to let in some rare,...

What to expect when you’re expecting a battle: Keep Squaw True community organizers are already planning next steps in fight to save Squaw from absentee developers

Placer County Supervisors showed little regard for what residents of the Tahoe Basin want in a development by approving a 760-unit Martis Valley West project in October. A lawsuit soon followed. They are now expected to kowtow to current Squaw owner KSL’s mid-20th century mountain-town-as-airport-Hilton vision for Olympic Valley 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Kings Beach. How it...

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