With the winning bid, Beijing, China, becomes the first city to host a Summer and Winter Games. But with only two official bids, it seems nobody wants to stage winter's premier athletic event.
The International Olympic Committee, this morning, named Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics making it the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games—and within 14 years, at that.
With a proposed budget of $1.5 billion (U.S.), Beijing plans to use much of the same infrastructure it built for the Summer Games in 2008—such as the Bird’s Nest stadium. With that as a headstart, Beijing anticipates breaking even or making profit after hosting the Games. We'll see.
After closing to the public for a few years, Echo Mountain in Colorado plans to start turning its lifts for everyone this season.
Echo Mountain ski area in Clear Creek County, Colorado announced that it'll reopen to the public this December. The 226-acre ski area closed to the public in 2012 when it was purchased by Nora Pykkonen, who transformed it into a ski-racing training facility that focused on kids. By reopening, Pykkonen hopes that they can extend the ski hill’s hours and create more opportunities for ski training at the mountain.
Dick Bass, who co-founded Snowbird and was instrumental in developing Vail and Beaver Creek, died Sunday in Dallas.
Richard Daniel “Dick” Bass, who co-founded Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and summited Mt. Everest when he was 55 years old (the oldest by five years to summit Everest at that time), died Sunday at his home in Dallas. Bass was an indefatiguable visionary and pioneer in the ski industry, involved with several iconic American ski resorts.
Resort general manager says Saddleback needs the money in 2 weeks to secure its future.
The folks at Saddleback ski area in Rangeley, Maine announced that unless the resort receives $3 million to fund a new lift, it won’t open for the 2015-16 ski season.
The resort’s General Manager Chris Farmer says the push for a new lift, which would replace the 1964-built Rangeley Double Chair, is crucial to the mountain’s future. However, Farmer says the current chair is still safe and fully operational—just not the most ideal ride to the top.
"NASTAR is where most ski racers in America, including myself, were introduced to the thrill of going fast and competing on skis," says Ted Ligety, and that's what the partnership is designed to do.
The U.S. Ski Team is taking over operations of Nastar, one of the country's most well-known recreational ski racing programs. As part of the agreement, the U.S. Ski Team will assume day-to-day responsability of Nastar in an effort to capitalize on the success of U.S. Ski Team athletes and bring more awareness to ski racing.
Nastar, which was created by SKI Magazine, began more than 45 years ago and is now at 115 ski areas throughout the country with more than 165,000 racer days per year.