Thursday, December 14, 2017

Why the Squaw-Alpine gondola won’t ever happen (and why that’s a good thing)

When I was 19, I walked around with an ‘X-Files: I want to believe’ t-shirt on (late-bloomer). I feel like Squaw/Alpine should issue similar gear for their proposed connector gondola and then look and see the calendar says: ‘it’s 2015 and the time for a gondola has passed.’ By Andrew J. Pridgen My X-Files shirt was not only aligning my sci-fi/Gillian...

The facts about the facts about the Village at Squaw Valley Redevelopment Plan

Just the facts. By Andrew J. Pridgen My first boss and mentor ran a political PR firm in San Francisco. During my first week on the job, we were hosting a cocktail party for Mayor Willie Brown to launch a clean drinking water proposal for the city. He pulled me aside at the event and gave me three pieces of can’t-go-wrong advice...

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...

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...

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)...

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth’s latest email expression “Atmospheric Rivers” is revelatory wordplay—a brazen and purposeful liberation from fact, reason and truth

The free verse poem vaguely hidden by his email transmission is the Squaw CEO’s masterwork to date. By Andrew J. Pridgen Performance artist, corporate mouthpiece, serial monologist, evolutionary grammarian and internet provocateur Andy Wirth’s latest transmission to his waiting public is verily a thinly disguised free verse poem. Wirth uses repetition and occasional rhyming along with his unique sentence structure, signature...

How is skiing vs. snowboarding still a thing?

Oh, Gapers with lawyers. That’s how. By Andrew J. Pridgen Full disclosure: I snowboard and I ski. I am equal parts obsessed with Shane and Jeremy. ...And most people I know who have lived or done any significant time in mountain towns can do both. Many can also mountain bike, skate ski, classic ski, tele ski, snort wasabi and still belt out Private...

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 Valley Ski Holdings, LLC introduces a ‘life-size replica’ Christmas village inspired by plans for new ‘larger-than-life-size’ ski village that will probably never get built

Make it a stocking stuffer, as long as your feet are the size of Coit Tower. For Immediate Release Dec. 22, 2016 – Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, in an effort to bring forward additional holiday mirth for supporters of the Village at Squaw Valley redevelopment project, has come up with what every skier totes has no idea he really...