The Base Grind: August 26

Six industry stories, from the economic to the trivial, that you can digest in 10 minutes.

Brown Pow

Winter Park's Trestle Bike Park. PHOTO: COURTESY WINTER PARK

It appears that since the National Forest Service’s ruling allowing resorts to expand their summertime operations on Forest Service land was passed, resorts’ average summertime income rose from 9.6 percent to 10.3 percent, counting on such greenhorn-focused activities as zip lines, mountain coasters, and “adventure parks,” as well as skiing’s summer cousin, mountain biking, which is slowly growing as resorts build their biking infrastructure, especially to accommodate beginner and intermediate riders. The Adventure Journal thinks this shit snow year has prompted resort CEO’s to consider how to buffer their bottom line in an era of increasingly uncertain snowfall patterns… here’s to hoping that new reality never materializes.


Pros in Pow? No Way


The trailer for Season 6 of Salomon TV just dropped, and guess what? Your favorite pros found lots of pow.

Aspen Spora

My guess is that with all the Olympic hype, Aspen will either be forced to pretend to be Kelly Sildaru’s boyfriend within five years or they will both be on the cover of a Wheaties box lifting small weights or something… if Disney doesn’t get to them first.

Chopping Blocks to Expansion Plans, A Rundown
- Greek Peak, New York, a small resort owned by the state, recently entered bankruptcy protection, having had to declare Chapter 11 after this year’s dismal season and its primary lender failing. Operations will continue as normal this year.
- Speedsuit legend Spyder is now selling to the highest bidder.
- Mad River Glen became the first ski resort in the country to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Wisp Resort, Maryland’s only ski hill, won more time to come up with a bankruptcy reorganization plan. Wisp went under after—you guessed it—not being able to sell enough houses on the golf course.
- In the Eastern Sierras, the town of Mammoth and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, LLC, have reached a tentative agreement on the $43 million lawsuit for contract breaches concerning expansion of the town’s airport, and the Forest Service is still yet to issue Mammoth Mountain a letter of non-compliance for closing June Mountain.
- Colorado’s Eldora Mountain recently rolled out expansion plans for public comment.
- A coalition of environmental groups joined together to buy all 3,000 acres of the Royal George Cross Country Ski Resort on Donner Summit in the Tahoe area, saving the beautiful property from being converted into backyards for 950 new condos and homes.

You Suck Anyways

So what that you got a helicopter to bring you to endless fields of pow. In August. I’m not impressed.


Burton US Open Moves to… Vail?

Handing over the keys. PHOTO: RYAN DUNFEE

We don’t usually write about slowboarding, but this seems like a big deal. Possibly sick of years dealing with rain, low snow, and/or icestorms, Burton has decided to move the US Open to Vail, Colorado, stripping Burton’s home state of their last remaining high-profile ski or snowboard since the Dew Tour cut their Killington stop. Maybe Mini was fed up with trying to sell their six-speed all wheel drive shred sleds to East Coast park skids (thanks for the test drive!). At any rate, now Vail is hosting their biggest contest since they hosted the Freeskiing US Open almost ten years ago. It will be interesting to see whether Vail Resorts can step their game up enough to keep the passion high at snowsports’ longest-running freestyle show.

Collective of Big Time Mountains

As you’ve likely heard, Squaw/Alpine, Aspen/Snowmass, Alta, and Jackson Hole just joined forces to offer a very different kind of package offering – $349 for two days at each of the four resorts and unlimited half-off tickets after that. This might be perfect for the 9-to-5’er who wants to chase down some storms on the weekend, booking flights at the last minute to whichever of the four places is getting dumped on. Chances are the pass won’t make the Jackson tram line any shorter, though.

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