Saturday, March 9, 2013

UPDATE: Bankruptcy Court Approves Snö Mountain Sale

According to a report published in the Scranton Times-Tribune, a federal bankruptcy court in Philadelphia has approved the purchase by DFM Realty of Snö Mountain for $4.6M. The future of the resort remains uncertain as Penn National Bank was forced to write off over $4.3M and the resort has failed to turn a profit in recent years.

If the resort is to operate in 2013-2014, an operator must be located. Some reports have indicated Camelback would be potentially interested in operating the resort...but only at the right price.

Stay tuned to Ski, Esq. for additional updates about Snö's future as additional details become available.

Friday, March 8, 2013

One Year of Ski, Esq.!

Ski, Esq. has turned 2! We're celebrating one whole year of bringing our readers the best ski law content on the internet. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to our receive our updates and to all our readers who continue to spread the news and make Ski, Esq. the internet's #1 ski law blog!

Woodward at Copper Plans Expansion

The Ski Channel is reporting that Copper Mountain's indoor freestyle training facility "Woodward at Copper" is planning a major expansion for this summer. (Full details in the Ski Channel article).

I actually had an opportunity to visit Woodward at Copper right after it opened on a media trip organized by Colorado Ski Country USA. It's a fantastic experience that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in improving their freestyle skills, or even their comfort level in the air on off-piste terrain. If they can teach me to do a backflip, they can teach pretty much anyone...


Thursday, March 7, 2013

UPDATE: Berks County Bank Is High Bidder at Snö Mountain Auction

According to a report published in the Scranton Times-Tribune, DFM Realty, an affiliate of National Penn Bank was the highest bidder at an auction held to sell troubled Snö Mountain in Scranton, PA. Penn National Bank was holder of two mortgages totaling $8.9M on the property. Neighboring Pocono resort Camelback bid $1M. The transaction must still be approved by the bankruptcy court.

French Court Bans British Ski Hosts

A French court has held that a British tour operator - Le Ski - violated French law by giving welcome tours to participants on its ski trips. The case is an apparent victory for French ski instructors who came out against the practice.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

TSA to Allow Ski Poles on Planes

Flying to ski country just got a little bit easier. According to a report published by Bloomberg, the TSA will now permit passengers to carry ski poles on board aircraft for the first time since 9/11.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Proposed Ski Statute Introduced in California Senate

California's Heavenly Resort (photo credit: Ski, Esq.)

Today, I am pleased to announce a special guest column by Alex Acerra, a second year law student at University of Illinois College of Law. Alex is currently interning with the National Ski Areas Association and has kindly agreed to author a guest column on Ski, Esq. about a new piece of proposed legislation introduced in the California legislature that would place some rather onerous reporting requirements on California ski resorts. Enjoy and thank you once again to Alex!

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Little Book of Ski Law Published


For those of you who can't get enough ski law, we thought we'd share a link to a new book written by Cecil C. Kuhne III, entitled "The Little Book of Ski Law." The book is one of many published by the American Bar Association as part of its "Little Book of ____ Law" series and was published in February of 2013. While I have not had a chance to read this Little Book, I can highly recommend many of the other titles in the series and look forward to perusing Mr. Kuhne's work.

The title is available for purchase for $19.95 for non-ABA members on the ABA's website.