Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vail’ed threat to Whistler, ski biz, becomes reality

Something wicked this way comes to the great north. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vail’s purchase of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. Monday was greeted with some typical “evil empire” knee-jerk, which is to be expected, and in all ways, correct. Colorado-based Vail Resorts Inc. now has the equivalent of Park Place and Boardwalk with its acquisition of North America’s biggest ski...

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...

What lovely timing for a giant structure fire for Homewood’s ownership group

With plans to break ground in 2017 on a massive mountain redevelopment, we’re not saying the Basin’s most notorious big-ski-structure firestarter Alex Cushing would be proud ...but… By Andrew J. Pridgen Homewood Mountain Resort will suspend all skiing activities Wednesday after a fire broke out at the resort’s south lodge shortly after 3 a.m. The two-alarm fire decimated the building...

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...

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,...

Stay woke folks, because Old Man Winter may be permanently asleep

La Niña is about to ghost winter in the West like a Tinder match. By Andrew J. Pridgen Much of the Tahoe Basin woke up Monday morning to a dusting of snow covering the scorched landscape like powdered sugar sprinkled over burnt French Toast. Let’s stop and look for a moment, shall we? https://twitter.com/squawalpine/status/788032012623892480 https://twitter.com/KirkwoodMtn/status/788049612695220225 https://twitter.com/Northstar_CA/status/788437336946200577 And even one in black and white: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLqzKnABlVW/   ...You get the...

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....

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’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 sets up scarecrow nonprofit to seduce, frighten Basin residents

...But the best part is Tahoe only gets its nonprofit AFTER the reason for NEEDING a nonprofit is built. By Andrew J. Pridgen Here comes the supposed nonprofit arm of the private equity firm hellbent on turning Olympic Valley into the Four Points Sheraton near the MacArthur Maze. Squaw announced Tuesday that they’ve launched a boy band version of a 501(c)(3)...

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