Week in Review July 21: Marte Chair Opens and SkiLink Fizzles

Powder Alliance Pass, Surface at Windells, and Sheldon Donatelli

Powder Alliance Pass Launches

Following after other multiple-mountain passes like the Mountain Collective and the Epic Pass, the Powder Alliance Pass will give anytime season pass holders at any one of a dozen or more low-key mountains, three free ski days at any of the other 11 resorts. These Alliance resorts include: Angel Fire in New Mexico, Arizona Snowbowl, Montana’s Bridger Bowl, Idaho’s Schweitzer, Snowbasin in Utah, Crested Butte, California’s Sierra-At-Tahoe, Mountain High, and China Peak, Timberline and Mount Hood Skibowl in Oregon, and Washington’s Stevens Pass. Passes like these make East Coasters’ eyes water for the days when an American Ski Company season pass got you anytime skiing at seven New England hills.

Surface At Windells


Parker White, Banks Gilberti, and Khai Krepala all getting down in summer crush mode.

LDM Summer Shred


Laurent DuMartin holding it down with style for the Euro glacier shred scene.

Sheldon Donatelli


The first two minutes are enough to understand why this this kid is a real ripper.

Live From Las Leñas


The infamous Marte chair is open, which means South American chute skiing season is in full draw.

SkiLink Fizzles

PHOTO: Courtesy of SkiLink

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, congressional action to make the Forest Service sell 30 acres of public land so the SkiLink gondola can connect The Canyons to Solitude has died down, and none of Utah’s federal officials are pushing for it at the moment. Vail Resorts, who recently signed a 50-year management lease of The Canyons, isn’t sure if they’re going to take up the project or not yet.

Squaw Reworking Base Village Plan

According to the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Squaw Valley is making unspecified changes to its 100-acre base village development plan after taking in the comments from over 200 meetings over the past several months. The last plan proposed building 1,063 units of lodging, 47,000 square feet of commercial space, and an 82,000- to 135,000-square-foot indoor water park. No word yet as to what a modified proposal will look like.

Whaleback Auction Postponed Until Early August

The Valley News is reporting that the auction for New Hampshire’s shuttered Whaleback Mountain has been postponed until at least August 1, in order to simplify the terms of the deal. The 156-acre ski area, formerly owned and ran by Olympic mogul skier Evan Dybvig, has been assessed at $950,000, and a reserve price has been set at $848,000.

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