Category Archives: Ski areas

Who gains as the ski industry gets a second big whale?

Last week’s ski industry announcements by Aspen Skiing and KSL Capital Partners have implications from the Atlantic to the Pacific, both in Canada and the U.S. Continue reading

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Which ski areas might actually win as a result of rising temperatures?

Rising temperatures and skiing Continue reading

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Ski industry raises climate change voice

Even Aspen and Vail have found common ground in a new, unified approach by the ski industry and its partners, one that emphasizes solutions, not the worrisome warnings of climate scientists. Continue reading

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Warming winters and shifting mountain resort economies

The severe drought afflicting the Sierra Nevada will inevitably end, as droughts have before. But warmer temperatures? Probably not. How do ski resorts create economies based on winter rain? Continue reading

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Runoff two months earlier in Sun Valley by 2070

Snowpack in the Wood River Valley, where Sun Valley is located, currently peaks on about April 1. But as temperatures rise and winters shorten, say climate scientists, the peak snowpack could occur in February by 2070. Continue reading

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Calculating the return on ski racing in Vail Valley

It cost the Vail Valley Foundation and associated entities $59 million to host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Was it worth it? Continue reading

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Mammoth’s ski industry strategy

Drought in California? Taking the long view, Starwood-financed Mammoth picks up two ski areas to produce a Cali4nia season pass to challenge, at least in Southern California, the Vail Resorts Epic Pass. Continue reading

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Vail Resorts buys PCMR

Ending jitters on Main Street in the Utah ski town of Park City, Vail Resorts announced today it has purchased Park City Mountain Resort from Powdr Corp for $182.5 million in cash. Continue reading

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Summer use of ski areas

Oddly, given the motivation for expanded summer use of ski areas, the law signed by President Barack Obama makes no mention of alpine coasters, the amusement that Vail Resorts prefers to call a ForestFlyer. But Vail expects great things at Vail Mountain, Breckenridge and Heavenly — if nothing that equals the drew of sliding on snow as it expands summer ski areas use.
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Whistler’s changing climate and energy shift

Whistler Blackcomb has benefited from the warming climate even as it has made itself more resilient to declining snow. But it remains vulnerable.
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