Thursday, April 25, 2013

Link: Best and Worst Ski Marketing 2012-2013

One of my favorite yearly traditions - a look back at what worked...and what didn't in the last ski season from Ski Area Management magazine:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Link: Stalled Immigration Bill Would Assist Entry of Foreign Ski Instructors

Thank you to my friend, fellow attorney and avid skier Blake Sachs of the Dallas law firm of 
Munsch Hardt for bringing an article in the online edition of Monday's New York magazine to Ski, Esq.'s attention. The article discusses the inclusion in the now-stalled immigration bill of a provision by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) which would allow foreign ski instructors to enter the United States under an exemption currently limited to professional athletes.

A former Colorado Ski Country USA president quoted in the story commented:

"The perfect example of this is a certified ski instructor that speaks Portuguese....We can advertise anywhere, and we just can't find somebody who meets those qualifications." Sadly, at immigration protests the signs reading 'Stop Deporting Hardworking Portuguese Ski Instructors' always seem to get lost in the crowd."

Full text of the article can be found here.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Schweitzer Sues Slasher

photo credit: Schweitzer Mountain Ski Operations LLC

Today's story involves a heinous crime if ever there was one - destroying comfy seat cushions on chairlifts! For the past two winters, someone has been slashing chairlift seat cushions at Idaho's Schweitzer Mountain Resort. According to a report published by the Bonner County Daily Bee, Schweitzer thinks they finally know who.

Friday, April 19, 2013

ORDA Predicts Belleayre Expansion Could Double Skier Visits

On Wednesday, the the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") announced its 5-year plan to expand New York State's Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. The project would add 3 ski lifts and 16 trails as well as a refurbish existing facilities. While the land is controlled DEC, the operations at the mountain were tranferred to the Olympic Regional Development Authority ("ORDA") this past fall. ORDA predicts that skier visits at the Catskill resort would nearly double.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Link: NYS Auditor to Audit ORDA

Thanks to an alert reader for passing along the following story from the Wall Street Journal. After being plagued by financial issues in previous years, the state has decided to audit the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). A link to the full story can be found here.