The Fall Line

Telluride Has Award-Winning Season

The Telluride Ski & Golf Company (Telski) hit a record number of rider days, posting a total of 375,027 visits for the 1997/98 season, a 22-percent increase over the 1996/97 season total, the company’s former record.

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) presented ski instructor of the year and ski patroller of the year honors to two Telluride employees: Ski and Snowboard School Instructor Dave Schuiling and Telluride Ski Patrol’s Jill Curtis.

Telluride was also recognized for design innovations. Mountain Sports & Living (formerly Snow Country Magazine) presented the resort with the magazine’s 1998 Design Award for Resort Access Innovation for its gondola and chondola systems. The award recognizes the resort for solving access challenges through creative design and implementation.

Vail Resorts Invests 59-Million Dollars In Resort Improvements

Vail Resorts, Inc. announces plans to invest approximately 59-million dollars for the upcoming winter season in resort improvements for its Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek mountain resorts. The capital improvements are part of the company’s growth strategy to enhance its core operations and related amenities.

Big Sky Gets Even Bigger

Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort is scheduled for major capital improvements in the near future. The first stage is the addition of the 45-million-dollar Summit Hotel and Condominium establishment. The resort has not seen a development project this large since its inception in 1974. The facility is scheduled for completion by the year 2001.

Intrawest Expands Into Europe

Intrawest, one of the largest resort holding companies in the United States, recently expanded into the European market. Teaming up with Compagnie des Alpes (CDA), Intrawest has added eleven resorts in France and one in Italy to its collection. Details of the arrangement have yet to be disclosed, but cross-marketing between the two continents is highly likely.

Intrawest also announced Vernon Valley will sport a new name this season as well as many improvements. Mountain Creek, as the resort will now be called, will receive 50-million dollars’ worth of improvements over the next three years. This past summer, twenty-million was spent on replacing fifteen old lifts with seven new ones, including an eight-passenger gondola. In addition, 715 new snowmaking guns were added. The resort’s waterpark received five-million dollars’ worth of improvements.

Other Intrawest news, the company has completed its acquisition of Sandestin Resorts, Inc., owner and operator of the largest resort and residential community in northwest Florida for 130-million dollars. Sandestin includes 700 rental units, 63 holes of golf, a tennis center, conference facilities, and a 37,000-square-foot resort retail market, all on the 2,400-acre property. Future real estate includes approximately 2,300 planned residential units.

Mambosok Selected For Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Instructors

Mammoth Mountain Resort has purchased 300 pieces from the 1998/99 Mambosok outerwear collection to be worn by snowboard instructors. The resort will also carry Mambosok outerwear in its retail shops at Canyon Lodge and the Main Lodge.

Killington Invests Ten-Million Dollars In Improvements

For the 1998/99 season, Killington, Vermont has invested ten-million dollars, bringing it’s renovation total to 60-million over three years. The goal of the capital outlay this season was to support efforts at growing the sports of skiing and snowboarding through vastly restructured guest services and learning systems including a new learn-to-ski and-snowboard center. Additional improvements include two quad chairs, 250 new tower snowguns, and a new parking lot.

Sugarloaf Invests 1.6-Million Dollars For Upcoming Season

More than nine-million dollars has been spent at Sugarloaf/USA resort, the latest 1.6-million invested for the 1998/99 season. Changes include increased snowmaking by twenty percent; purchase of four new Bombardier groomers bringing the fleet to twelve; replacement of the Pipe Dragon with the Half-Pipe Grinder; and additional improvements to the Sugarloaf/USA shuttle fleet, health club, and village.

Jackson Hole Continues Improvements

Before the 1998/99 season opens, the resort will complete eleven-million dollars’ worth of improvements, including increased snowmaking capacity, the Cody House with the state licensed Kids’ Ranch, a kids’ slope with a moving-carpet ski lift, and a centrally located ice skating rink in the winter and pond in the summer.

Park City Continues To Expand Its Commitment To Snowboarding

Park City Mountain Resort announces several additions for the upcoming season: at Pay Day Halfpipe, expect to see new lighting, handle tow, sound system, dedicated snowmaking, dedicated groomer and snowcat for the snowboard crew, realignment of the Snowboard Yurt at the top of the halfpipe, and the introduction of the Burton Chopper kid’s snowboarding program.

American Skiing Company, Marriott Sign Joint Venture

American Skiing Company and Marriott Vacation Club International, a subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a joint venture to develop luxury vacation ownership properties at five of the Alpine resorts owned by the American Skiing Company.

The multi-million-dollar joint venture consists of select land purchases by Marriott at American Skiing Company Alpine resorts. American Skiing Company grants Marriott exclusive vacation ownership (time-share) development and marketing rights at Killington in Vermont, Sunday River in Maine, Steamboat in Colorado, The Canyons in Utah, and Heavenly in California.