Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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...

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...

“Excerpt from a text convo lamenting how boring ski porn has gotten” A story for aging bros who came of age in mountain towns during the early 2000s

As told by every sad bro ever since the trailer for Fade to Winter dropped Wednesday. By Andrew Pridgen “Sup bro?” texted James. He was sitting in traffic and pretending not to text which made it look even more like he was texting. Pause. (An ellipsis denoting Mike texting back made James smile.) “Sup,” Mike texted. James and Mike have been bros for a decade,...

The private equity firm that owns Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows is a hyper-local example of how America is being rotted out from the inside

Winning by losing and showing no care or concern for the end user (skiers and riders) while doing so. By Andrew J. Pridgen A couple weeks ago, the marketing office at Squaw Valley came up with a strange and context-free Instagram rant about silencing the “trolls and haters” on their “corner” of the internet. By way of background, the post was...

How to remember Erik Roner’s life without focusing on his death

Truckee resident Erik Roner, 39, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw. The incident was the equivalent of a NASCAR driver perishing in a head-on on the way to the store to grab a gallon of milk. That said, Roner was a guy who lived without limits and died within them. I only hope his life is recalled...

Sierra resorts expecting 10, 20…f*ck it, 50 feet of snow this weekend!!!

El Niño is about to fire up the whistles and tequila poppers for #springbreak16 in the Sierras this weekend. And while it’s currently sending up in BC and Washington State, the Niño's Southwest flight should be wheels down in the Tahoe Basin sometime Friday. By Andrew J. Pridgen Storm's-a-brewin' which means let the fucking ski resort hype machine begin. In this week's...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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