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Ski Resort Life

Federal Government Charges Jay Peak/Burke Owners with Fraud

EB-5 foreign investor money was misspent, investors were misled by Stenger and Quiros, says SEC. Assets frozen. Court places Vermont resorts in receivership.

The beauty of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, Jay Peak co-owner Bill Stenger told SKI Magazine last year, was that it provided him with “patient capital,” the kind he and partner Ariel Quiros weren’t required to pay back on a set timeline as they went about developing Jay and Q Burke resorts in Vermont.

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Remembering Doug Coombs

Being the widow of a skiing legend isn’t easy. Emily Coombs is making it work.

Ten years ago this spring, Doug Coombs, one of American skiing’s most admired figures, died in a fall in one of the countless steep chutes at La Grave, France, the wild ski area where he lived with his wife, Emily, and their two-year-old son, David. Coombs, along with Chad VanderHam, died while working as mountain guides, the career Coombs had carved out after a career in ski films and extreme skiing competitions.

Game of Drones

Drones are coming to resorts, which want them for everything from vanity videos to rescue efforts. But don’t expect to fly your own drone on the hill soon.

Bruce McTavish Glimpsed the dawning of skiing’s drone era last season at Canada’s Big White resort. The 60-year-old Seattleite paid a new drone-video service to film himself and his fiancée skiing a run together. “It was a lot of fun,” McTavish says. “I’d always wanted to see what I look like skiing from above.”

On Patrol

Big Sky ironman Phil Capi served in WWII, was shot down during the Korean War, may have been a spy, and has patrolled since the 1960s. Oh, and he’s scratching 90 years old.

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