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Q&A: Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory steps back and reflects on next generation of ski resort bosses

The U.S. ski industry was forged by soldiers. We all know the story about 10th Mountain vets returning from war with visions of ski runs and chairlifts that would spark dozens of American resorts. Innovators who worked every job at the ski area took the reins from those soldiers, creating even more lifts, better grooming […]

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Snow may not be piling up at Colorado ski resorts this season, but anxiety sure is

It wasn’t that long ago that ski resort operators lost sleep over snowfall. Then they had to fret over once-in-a-lifetime protocols to limit the spread of contagion at their ski areas.  Now, the worries are stacked even deeper, with affordable housing, dwindling numbers of workers and ever-lengthening lift lines joining the perennial fretting over snow […]

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A new strategy in the season ski pass war: medical insurance policies

The season-pass war that has reshaped the resort industry in recent years is getting a new tactic: injury insurance.  Telluride ski area has partnered with Spot, a startup insurance provider to offer $25,000 insurance policies for skiers injured on the mountain. The no-deductible Spot insurance coverage will be included in the price of every lift […]

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Colorado resorts expect next ski season to be pretty normal, but some coronavirus changes may stick around

A year ago this week, lift-served skiing was broken.  Ski areas around the planet ground to a sudden halt in a desperate effort to slow the spread of contagion. Operators were distributing food from spring-break-stocked coolers and figuring out what to do with jobless workers in employee housing, all while slashing budgets and planning for […]

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Arapahoe Basin’s effort to avoid overcrowding by leaving the Epic Pass may be working too well

Alan Henceroth wanted about 100,000 fewer skier visits at his Arapahoe Basin ski area when he left the Epic Pass last year, citing overflowing parking lots and crowds that threatened to degrade the 1,400-acre resort’s ski experience. He got it. And more.  After 10 years with the Epic Pass, spearheaded by Vail Resorts, and a […]

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Ski Cooper’s expanded expert terrain, financial vibrancy reveal model for nonprofit ski area management

TENNESSEE PASS — In the shadow of clashing giants that are transforming the ski resort industry, the publicly owned, non-profit Ski Cooper ski area is thriving. Skier visits have set records for many years in a row, even in seasons when state and national visits decline. Same for total revenue and net income. Income per […]

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Indoor skiing is one entrepreneur’s bet on how to diversify and grow skiing and snowboarding

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Angel Williams is heading to Breckenridge this winter for her first ski vacation ever and she wants to be ready. “I’m practicing,” the New York City resident says as she boards the chairlift at Big Snow, North America’s first indoor ski area, located at a massive new mall a few minutes […]