The Base Grind: October 14

Veteran staring contest champion and occasional actor Bruce Willis sold his ski area in Idaho. And more.

A Skier’s Journey: Season Three Starts October 29th

Jordan Manley’s “A Skier’s Journey” has managed to succeed in bringing some watchable poetry to ski filmmaking while telling a good story about some interesting corners of the ski world. This year, Manley, Chad Sayers, and company will be showing episodes from trips to Japan, Iceland, and Dubai, home of what must surely be the most energy-intensive snowmaking setup in the world. If he can manage to keep out any shots of skiers riding on camels carrying all of their gear a la every other ski movie that’s shot the place, his artistic street cred will remain intact.

The Environmental Impacts of Snowmaking

Hey, don’t look at me! PHOTO: BOYNE

Outside magazine recently weighed in on the controversy that started when a New York Times reporter wrote a story on how Arizona Snowbowl won approval to use treated wastewater for its snowmaking operations. Dutifully noted are how inaccurate the portrayal of raw sewage being dumped on a pristine landscape was (the treated wastewater is only slightly dirtier than drinking water and already used in parks and golf courses), and how creative uses of treated effluent should be rewarded in a parched region of the country. However, Outside also speaks to the deeper hypocrisies of needing more snowmaking because of climate change (because more snowmaking increases energy needs and only exacerbates the problem), and how the growing popularity of terrain parks will require more and more water resources to be devoted to snowmaking.

Dragon Fest 2055

This magazine might lead you to think that after college, you shouldn’t expect to spend time in a terrain park ever again. However, there is an underworld of ageing jibbers, like Jon Hartman and the Hot Possie, that contradict that ridiculous assumption. It’s just that future spins and rubber knees are replaced with straight airs and lots of drinking. “Dragon Fest 2055,” the Hot Possie’s summer vacation to shred Mount Hood, shows you just what to expect.

October Snows Lead to January on the Couch

Almost enough snow at Killington to end your season before it begins. PHOTO: COURTESY KILLINGTON RESORT

There are no doubt a number of you pouring over weather forecasts for this upcoming weekend, hoping desperately that your favorite hill will get enough preseason snow to justify hiking up and snagging a few turns on the way down. However, October snow is only good for three things: ruining the snowpack for the rest of the year, ruining your base, and blowing your knee on the exposed rock hidden under the “powder.” Stay on that rock climbing, biking, surfing, or hiking fix for the moment, and you’ll be rewarded when it’s actually worth skiing.

In Other News…

Lindsey Vonn wants to race the boys, but will first need support form the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which will then have to ask FIS for approval. Sounds like a recipe for inertia.

Veteran staring contest champion and occasional actor Bruce Willis sold his ski area in Idaho, Soldier Mountain Ski Area, to a local nonprofit.

A judge ruled that Aspen/Snowmass can continue to thin trees on Snowmass’ Burnt Mountain and open the terrain to the public this winter.

Sugarbush and Mad River Glen have ended a long cross-valley feud and joined forces, but are only offering joint season passes to those under age 30 in order to not flood MRG on powder days while still attracting younger skiers. The Glen is also proposing renovations to its base facilities in order to bring it up to code and provide enough bathrooms and tables for all the tele skiers. No word yet if the combined pass will also offer free ski rentals for snowboarders coming over from Sugarbush.

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  • Tim Willard

    Cannot believe that Mr. Manley and friends are wasting their time at that abomination in the desert of Dubai. Definitely not something that should be given any form of advantage from an appearance here. Burnin’ oil 24/7/365 just so the arabs can get a few turns, soooo not right, but giving it press exposure (not to mention traveling there for THAT?)…pretty much just as bad.

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