Efforts to expand the Arizona Snowbowl resort near Flagstaff, Arizona, are under fire again; yesterday a suit was filed against the U.S. Forest Service by a group called the Save the Peaks Coalition. According to the Associated Press, the suit comes three months after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from American Indian tribes that said the use of treated wastewater to make artificial snow threatened the tribes' religious and cultural survival.
Moonlight Basin is in foreclosure, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. In 2007, Moonlight borrowed $100 million from Lehman Brothers, the recently troubled investment firm. Court papers were filed against the Montana ski resort, which opened just six years ago, on September 10th, claiming Moonlight owes the firm $78 million in principal and $8.3 in interest.
Oh dear. We're not sure how we missed this, but last week a man filed suit against little Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia, claiming "severe physical injuries and emotional distress" after skiing the resort's Western Territories slope.
The long-embattled push for a private resort on Minturn, Colorado's Battle Mountain is on hold, the Summit Daily News is reporting. Developer Bobby Ginn, whose Battle plans included a members-only ski hill along with luxury condos and a golf course, has handed over his stake in the project to Crave Real Estate Ventures. While the resort plans are expected to proceed, the economic downturn and a raft of legal issues have slowed those plans considerably.