Wednesday, April 26, 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...

The long-waited and necessary return of the Yellowstone Wolf

What we know, what we think, and what we’re finding out 20 years after the return of the top dog to the Northern Rockies Written by Kyle Magin There are a few different ways to comprehend the two-decade mark of the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. There’s the bleeding heart’s joy over hearing the wolf’s song again in the...

This Western States 100 Sizzle Reel is going to make you want to run 100 miles and be a better human being

You’ve seen it right? Five minutes that will change your life. By Andrew Pridgen The Western States 100 is a cross-country mountain range running race that starts at the base of Squaw Valley USA, rushes up a giant granite rock face and then ambles 97 more miles of dirt and stream and loose rock and mule ear 18,000 feet toward the...

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...

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...

Greed Holds Mavericks Under …Again

Mavericks founder Jeff Clark’s latest venture to monetize his big wave filed for Chapter 11 this week. As the World Surf League waits in the wings to start its own event off the shores of Half Moon Bay, it may be time for Clark to paddle toward the horizon. Either way, read while listening to this. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jeff...

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...

Tony Hawk sticks a 900 as a 48-year-old …why it’s important — and why it’s not

In his words, he did it because (he still) can. By Andrew J. Pridgen Tony Hawk was already ancient in his sport’s terms when he stuck the skateboarding’s Triple Lindy: A 900. That’s not one, not two, but two and a half full rotations in the air off a vert ramp. Or, to put it in layman's terms, that would be like...

Vail Resorts wants to f*ck the ski biz …and your girlfriend

Everyone who's ever done time in a ski town knows Mountain Dan. His name isn't necessarily Mountain Dan, but it could be. It also could be Tahoe Timmy or Wasatch Willy or Telluride Tommy or Jackson Hole Jake or Aspen AJ or Big Sky Bobby or Beaver (Creek) Ron or, well—you get the picture. Mountain Dan has worked for everyone...

The Winter Wait

I did a double-take in my grocery store the other day. Here in my toney north Lake Tahoe neighborhood (it’s affluent, so I’m legally obligated to refer to it as toney or leafy, and since this is a pine tree-dominated environment, you get the former) I’m one of a small handful of year-round dirt bags. That’s why it surprised me so...

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