Thursday, July 20, 2017

Suspended Animation

The first week of February kicks off sports’ shoulder season—approximately now until tourney time/spring training. To celebrate, DPB will release its Tahoe Trilogy, three stories about the current state of Lake Tahoe’s financial outlook, environmental health and planned development. Below, part II. By Kyle Magin The best analogy for living in a ski town with no snow probably comes from Matthew McConaughey’s...

The three stages of social media grieving for Dean Potter

It’s not hard for me to say this but I’m pretty unmoved by the death of Dean Potter. Though you wouldn’t know it if you looked at my Facebook. By Andrew Pridgen Upon hearing the news of free soloist/slackliner/BASE jumper Dean Potter’s final flight Sunday, I felt the lump in my stomach, but was bereft. I wasn’t shocked by his death. I...

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...

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 Valley’s Private Equity Firm Ownership Complains About Internet Trolls By Trolling the Internets

Dear KSL, Why do you have to ruin an already awful week on your mountain...with more awfulness on the internets? And why do you pretend you’re the victim? You, after all, never pay taxes. Oh, and what the fuck is a “massive 23 foot storm”? Is that like a misbegotten Point Break reference or something? By Andrew J....

If you must shop on Friday, shop Patagonia

Patagonia is giving 100% of its Black Friday sales to eco-charities. Form-fitting fleece pullovers that match your Subaru and a PR coup, what’s not to love? By Andrew J. Pridgen For the entirety of this decade up until this time last month, I worked for an e-commerce firm. The melt into a chair that was never set quite right in front...

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...

Jamie Whitmore’s long, tough trail to gold

The former XTERRA World Champion takes home a gold and silver from Rio’s paralympic games. By Andrew J. Pridgen I don’t care much for movie stars or models, mostly because any adulation from me would go unreturned — famous people are like the opposite of dogs. I don’t get the butterflies if I run into a politician or a financier — and I...

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...

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...

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