Podcast #54 – Ski Anywhere!

The bums are back and with summer ramping up quickly, we take a look at options if you want to ski even when the mercury starts getting into the triple digits.

Weekly Flavor

Ski News

  • Detectives Continue Search After Remains Found at Ski Resort

    Detectives in Colorado are ruling out for now the possibility that human remains found inside a snow boot at a ski resort belong to a man who disappeared in January.

    Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Mike Wagner says a 20-year-old man from Lafayette who worked for the resort remains missing. He disappeared after leaving work.

    Investigators resumed their search for more remains Thursday but reported no new findings.

    Wagner says an employee at Eldora Mountain Resort west of Boulder called police Wednesday after finding the size 13 boot in a clearing near the base of the mountain. Wagner says detectives searched the area but didn’t find any additional remains that night.

    Wagner also says detectives don’t know how long the remains were in the clearing.


  • Foreign Investment Comes to Rural Ski Areas

    Mount Snow, in West Dover, Vermont, announced last week that its $52 million EB-5 funded business plan to upgrade snowmaking and build a new lodge got a federal green light.

    The funds will be used to complete the resort's West Lake snowmaking project, which is expected to increase water storage capacity sixfold, and to build the new Carinthia Ski Lodge, a three-story, 36,000-square-foot building.

    A concrete sign that foreign investor business is carrying on as usual, the announcement came on the heels of news that the federal government filed fraud charges in mid April against the owners of Vermont's Jay Peak Resort for allegedly misappropriating in a "Ponzi-like fashion" more than $200 million of foreign investments raised through the United States' EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

    EB-5, which Congress created in 1990 and is administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, helps foreign investors gain U.S. residency in exchange for a minimum $500,000 investment in projects that create or preserve at least 10 permanent full-time jobs in federally designated "targeted employment areas," which either have high unemployment or are rural.

    "I'm very concerned. I'd be foolish not to be concerned," he told The Commons last month, wary of poor EB-5 publicity. "But it's important to know that we are in good standing with the state of Vermont. I think the future of Mount Snow is great."


  • Fresh Snow All Over South America Today | Photo Tour:

    South American ski season is just around the corner with most major ski resorts scheduled to open around June 20th.

    A couple of storms came through in the past 3 days and dropped snow on many of the big resorts, left them looking white, and it's not over yet.

    The forecast for the next 3 days in central Chile is calling for 80" of snow! Fingers crossed for that one.


  • Mammoth Extends Season Through July 4th!

    Break out the red white and blue onesie because Mammoth Mountain will be open for skiing and snowboarding through July 4th! With the July 4th opening official, Mammoth Mountain will host the second longest running season behind Mt Hood Timberline in Oregon.


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  • Meadowlands ski park gets big name to run indoor resort

    EAST RUTHERFORD - American Dream has teamed up with a big name in the mountain industry known for its partnerships with famous resorts such as Aspen, Whistler and Killington to bring year-round ski-town life to North Jersey.

    The developers of the long-stalled Meadowlands project, Triple Five, announced Monday that Snow Operating will run "Big SNOW America," a 12-story indoor ski and snowboard park in East Rutherford.

    Featuring lessons, ski chalets, and an "aprés ski lounge," the resort promises to offer a "guest experience like no other."

    The project total cost is estimated to come in at roughly $3.18 billion

    The 180,000 square-foot facility will be surrounded by a number of alpine retail stores selling ski and snowboarding equipment and accessories dubbed "The Shops @ Big SNOW."

    Snow tubing, indoor snow play and an event space will also be offered.

    Snow Operating also works with Mountain Creek in Vernon as well as a few Pennsylvania resorts, such as Camelback, Hidden Valley and Blue Mountain.

    The complex has experienced some recent delays over a bond offering, however the developer still expects the $3-billion mega-mall to open in 2017.


  • Ski India Is a Sci-Fi Themed Indoor Ski Slope

    Ski India is a first: a sci-fi themed indoor ski slope that looks like something in between a ride in Disney's Tomorrowland and a warehouse rave.

    This snowy escape designed to evoke a galaxy far away can actually be found inside a mall in Dehli. There's a ski slope, skating rink, an open snow play area, a luge course, a place to experience falling snow and a frozen planet walkthrough, all kept at a chilly 5 to 14 degrees fahrenheit. It seems like quite the bargain for the $17.50 entry fee, and judging by reviews on its Facebook page, it's making fans.

    Related Link to Ski India


  • Ski Dubai Resort

    Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just playing in the snow. The construction covers an amazing 22,500 square meters covered with real snow all year round. Ski Dubai is related to the Mall of the Emirates and is part of Majid Al Futtaim Group of Companies.

    Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and steepness. The longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters, making it the world's first indoor black run. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter pipe. Kids and parents alike will have fun in the interactive Snow Park which is the largest indoor snow park in the world with 3000 square meters.


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