Alta • Mount Baldy presents some of the trickiest avalanche-control problems in North America. Twenty-three chutes fall from the rounded treeless summit’s north face, each posing a threat to Alta Ski Area’s Ballroom and connected terrain at the top of Collins Bowl. For years, workers at the popular Utah resort have used explosive projectiles fired from a 105 mm howitzer and nonrifled guns known as Avalaunchers to blast down avalanches. But now ski area managers fear the use of military ordnance may soon end and are looking for an alternative. With the blessing of the U.S. Forest Service, which administers much of the land used by the ski area renowned for its old-school charms and harrowing terrain, Alta insists the best option is a small tram that would ferry up patrollers to deliver charges by hand. The proposal has sparked a backlash from environmentalists and even some of Alta’s own devoted skiers, who are campaigning to “Keep Baldy … [Read more...] about Why is Utah’s Alta Ski Area pushing for a tram up iconic Mount Baldy?
Thursday July 12, 2018 05:44 PM Vermont has settled a lawsuit against two ski resort developers accused of defrauding its immigrant investor program Written by By DAVID JORDAN, Associated Press NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has settled a lawsuit against two ski resort developers who were accused of defrauding the state's troubled immigrant investor program. Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced on Thursday that former Jay Peak ski area owner Ariel Quiros, of Miami, will pay the state $2 million, satisfied by giving it five properties in and around Jay Peak. Those properties will be liquidated, and the money will be earmarked for economic development, Donovan said. Former Jay Peak president William Stenger will pay the city of Newport $100,000, also earmarked for economic development. The settlement is subject to court approval. If approved the state will drop the lawsuit against both men. Quiros' lawyer Melissa Visconti said Quiros is "happy that this is another step in … [Read more...] about Ski area developers to pay in immigrant investor fraud case
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The chairlift on Steamboat’s historic ski area, Howelsen Hill, is soon expected to get a lift. Contractors from Utah are expected to complete repairs on the Barrows Chairlift later this month. City council approved the construction up to $35,000. The repair will keep the lift operational for this winter’s Ski Free Sundays and the free learn to ski program for second graders in the Steamboat Springs School District. In a June meeting, council approved continuing both programs this winter. The Alpine Slide will not open this season, said Interim Parks and Recreation Director Craig Robinson. “There’s quite a bit of work that would need to go into getting the slide ready,” Robinson said. He added that shifting soil has also impacted track operations on the slide. Read more at Steamboat Pilot & Today. … [Read more...] about Steamboat’s historic ski area Howelsen Hill expected to get a face-lift
Sunday July 8, 2018 03:23 PM New Hampshire's Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will hold a public information session July 25 on a proposed takeover of the Mount Sunapee ski area Written by The Associated Press NEWBURY, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will hold a public information session July 25 on a proposed takeover of the Mount Sunapee ski area. Vail announced on June 4 that it would be acquiring the operating rights to three ski areas owned by the Mueller family: Sunapee, Okemo in Vermont and Crested Butte in Colorado. But the attorney general's office says the deal can't proceed without state approval. The public information session will be held Wednesday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the resort's Sunapee Lodge in Newbury. Share this article … [Read more...] about Information session set for ski area deal
Dave Scanlan discusses new snowmaking machines, summertime activities at weekly Chamber luncheon Summer at Eaglecrest Ski Area means working and planning for the future. Dave Scanlan, general manager of the city-owned operation, spoke about the past year and future projects to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon at Moose Lodge Thursday. “We have got a lot happening on the mountain right now,” Scanlan said. One of the major improvements Scanlan discussed is the additional snowmaking equipment Eaglecrest purchased after the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved $250,000 for equipment as part of its Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Scanlan said the ski area had four snowmaking machines last year, but added six more with the additional funding. The snowmaking equipment, Scanland said, will not only allow for more snow on the mountain, it will expand ski areas. Scanlan said snowmaking machines will be able to make snow to the top of the Hooter Chairlift area. … [Read more...] about ‘A lot of potential’: Eaglecrest general manager talks future plans, goals at ski area