Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Case for Better Expansion

MLB, NHL and NFL expansion teams fail more often than not and even teams that break even are often mired in the loss column for decades. How a gradual, multi-season approach leading up to the first pitch, puck drop or kick off would ensure the growth of a fan base and the maturation of a team  Written by Kyle Magin When...

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...

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...

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 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)...

Longing for the glory days of (Ski) Porn

Like all of porn we've gotten so used to the ridiculous that the sublime is now nostalgia. In other words, in today's ski porn the money shots just aren't the same. By Andrew J. Pridgen Fall is Ski Porn season. This year especially, I'm having a difficult time reconciling my addiction. For those unfamiliar with the genre, Ski Porn isn't a bunch of...

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’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...

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...

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....