Former ASC chief confirms partnership in defunct Balsams Resort hotel and ski area, with plans to reopen in the works.
The Manchester Union Leader confirmed that Les Otten, the former president of defunct Eastern ski-area conglomerate American Skiing Co., is part of a team of developers working to re-open The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in far-northern New Hampshire.
19-year-old ski jumping Olympic hopeful Sarah Hendrickson talks family, teammates, and flying the length of a football field.
Sarah Hendrickson is on top of the world. Well, technically, she’s soaring above it. During the 2013 season, she won the World Championship and placed second at the World Cup. Now, she’s working towards Sochi. And despite a knee injury this season that sidelined her, she's still hoping to represent the U.S. in Sochi.
Lindsey Vonn will miss the Olympics due to her injured knee, but the U.S. Ski Team loses more than its top racer.
Well, that puts a chill into the Team USA’s Winter Olympic medal hopes. Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated U.S. racer ever, has pulled out of the Games due to her bum right knee. That’s not only a severe loss on the competitive side, but the Sochi Games, less than a month away, could have predictably been all-Vonn, all-the-time for the telegenic athletic. She has become the face of skiing in the U.S., if almost perhaps the world. And the Sochi Games more than any other, were shaping up to be the first fully socialized, live streamed, 24/7-watched Winter Olympics.
The ski industry is on the rebound: Skier visits were up last season, and resorts were champing at the bit to get started on expansions and upgrades. Here's what to look forward to this season.
Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
Look for: Two new lifts joining the fleet. The Harmony six-pack replaces a quad chair on Whistler, while Blackcomb’s Crystal Express high-speed quad takes the place of an old fixed-grip double in the Crystal Zone. The Crystal Express will increase lift capacity in that pod by a striking 56 percent.