Skiers are spending less and searching for better values—forcing ski resorts to compete harder than ever. Could the economic downturn have an upside for skiing?
Like most skiers, Mitch Holmes is scrutinizing his budget a lot closer these days. The Cape Cod resident would like to take his wife and children on a ski vacation to Colorado, but those plans have been scrapped due to the weak economy. “I’m in commercial real estate, which isn’t exactly hot right now,” he says. Instead, Holmes is skiing more at his home-state hill, Wachusett Mountain.
Denver, Colorado, April 17, 2009—Citing the most recent lodging reservation data released by the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP)* through March 31, occupancy for March 2009 was down 21.3 percent and average daily rate was down 16.6 percent compared to March 2008. Season-to-date results show occupancy down 16 percent and average daily lodging rates down nine percent for the overall season. Figures have remained consistent for the past three months and are thought to closely reflect anticipated end-of-season totals due at the end of April.
The Governor of New York State has proposed a budget which contains a sales tax on lift tickets and lessons. NY Ski Areas are trying to stop it.
The Governor of New York State has proposed a budget which contains a sales tax on lift tickets and lessons. Ski Areas of New York, Inc. (SANY), a trade association that represents the ski industry in New York State, opposes this proposed sales tax. SANY wants skiers and riders in New York to know the facts and to provide them with a simple and easy method to contact their state legislators. To that end, SANY launched the new
site stoptheskitax.com in February.
All funds raised by the Ski-A-Thon event are used to provide for equipment purchases for year-round activities, for volunteer training and certification expenses and for adaptive program operating costs.
BRETTON WOODS, NH, March 6, 2009 – Bretton Woods Adaptive held its Second Annual Ski-A-Thon Blast on February 28th at New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods. The Ski-A-Thon, the sole fundraiser of this organization, was deemed a total success by all involved, raising more than $30,000 to date, with more expected in the next few weeks. Twenty-four teams of four skiers each turned out to support this year’s event, with many supporters cheering the skiers on throughout the day. The spirit of the Ski-A-Thon event was evident in the enthusiasm of the participants, with many arr
Bear Naked Foods will be giving away free samples of their all-natural granola and trail mixes at various Tahoe resorts this March.
LAKE TAHOE, CA - March 12, 2009 - Bear Naked, the natural foods innovator and maker of all-natural granolas and trail mixes, will be setting up tents at Tahoe ski resorts throughout the remainder of March to give skiers, snowboarders and local residents a chance to try free samples of Bear Naked foods:
Schweitzer Mountain Resort joins Jimmie Heuga to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis awareness
Sandpoint- Skiing and Multiple Sclerosis are rarely mentioned together in the same sentence, but on Saturday, March 14, 2009, Skiing and MS will not only be mentioned, they will actually merge for a single cause during the 2009 Vertical Express for Multiple Sclerosis.
Bored of heliskiing? Convinced catskiing is a cop-out? Try yak skiing. Remote Lands, a high-end travel outfitter in Asia, takes clients via yak into the hills around the Manali ski resort in India, where they’re set up in “luxury tents” for the night.
Resort Backcountry Education Program to Host Multiple Women’s Specific Camps and Clinics
Kirkwood, California – Women’s specific programs have become intensely popular across the ski industry in recent years, and at the forefront of these programs are resorts like Kirkwood who host several clinics throughout the season. With the on‐going development of women’s specific programs, numbers of newcomers to the sport continue to grow at Kirkwood with similar results echoing across the nation’s resorts.