Top Five Fridays - February 19, 2016 // Ski Industry News
#1: Antelope Butte Foundation Purchases Antelope Butte Ski Area:
This week we received great news from the Antelope Butte Foundation! After spending the last 5 years working towards reopening Antelope Butte Ski Area in Wyoming, the ABF was finally able to purchase the land back from the U.S. Forest Service. This is just the first step in many for them as it obviously takes a ton of work to reopen a ski area once it’s been closed. Still, it is a significant one as owning the land allows the foundation to begin refurbishing the facilities, cash in on pledges that were contingent on owning the property, and host events which will help them raise the remaining funds needed to reopen the mountain. On that end of things, there’s still a ways to go. According to the ABF, approximately $3.37 million is needed to reopen the resort, most of which will go into restoring the facilities and getting the resort’s equipment back into operation. While this may seem like a good chunk of change, it doesn’t seem to worry the ABF, who estimate that the resort will be open for skiing and snowboarding by December 2017, with the possibility of being open for mountain biking and hiking the summer before. If you’re interested in helping the effort, keep an eye on the Antelope Butte Foundation's Facebook page as they’ll be soon be announcing a campaign allowing donors to have trails and landmarks named after themselves.
#2: Utah Ski Company is Literally Giving Itself Away for Free:
Well, here’s something we don’t get to say everyday: the owners of a ski company are ready to throw the towel in, and they want to give their company away for free. Yup, you read that right. In a recent post to the Teton Gravity forums, Bluehouse Ski owners Jared, Adam, and Dan have announced that they’re closing their company due to fincial hardships, but they want to give their remaining equipment to whoever submits a video best explaining why they want to own the company, and why they think they’ll be successful ski company owners. If you enter and they select your video, you’ll receive access to the Bluehouse, “brand, equipment, website, Facebook page w/ 10,000+ friends, other social media accounts, relationships, and our know how to get you started.”The whole thing seems both sincere and a bit ridiculous. I mean, who in their right mind would want to work for nearly a decade building a brand, only to give it away for free? While we may not fully understand their motivations though, we definitely support the decision and are intrigued to see how this one will play out. To follow the action or find out how you can submit your own entry, swing over to the posting on the Teton Gravity forums.
#3: The PyeongChang Winter Olympic 2018 Slopestyle Course Looks Incredible:
While we’re still two years away from the next Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, preparations for the event have already started. More specifically, this week we caught a glimpse of what the 2018 Winter Olympics Slopestyle event might look ike. In partnership with FIS, Pyeongchang has built what looks to be a phenomenal qualifiers course. Differing heavily from what we saw at Sochi, Pyeongchang’s course features just one traditional jump, and a slew of other rails and jumps that feature numerous transitions. The result is a course that looks poised to reward creativity at least as much as degrees of rotation. At a time when the sport of competitive free skiing is dominated by double and triple flips, it’s highly encouraging to see the FIS design a course for the Olympics that will force skiers to consider all aspects of free skiing in their runs, and not just cramming in the most spins and flips. Of course, don’t just take our word for it- listen to Henrik Harluat, the sports indisputable leader in style, who claims the course has, "Possibly the dankest money "boot her" I’ve seen in a slope style course.” Anyways, enough from us. Check out the course for yourself in the video above!