Top Five Fridays - July 29, 2016 // Ski Industry News
#1: Will There be a New Ski Resort by Colorado Springs?
It’s not every day you hear about someone with enough ambition to attempt to open a brand new ski resort, especially on federal land. Still, that’s exactly what happened when news broke this week that a Colorado couple is looking into turning Ormes Peak, a mountain in the Pike National Forest, into a new ski resort. To be perfectly blunt, attempting to open new ski resort on federal land seems like one of the most difficult, time consuming, and risk business ventures one (or two, in this case) could undertake in 2016. So why the heck would Eric Jesse and his wife Ilana think it’s a good idea? Well, for a couple of reasons. First, Eric learned first hand about the quality of the snow on Ormes Peak when he went Nordic skiing there as a cadet in the Air Force Academy back in 2004. In addition to the high quality snowpack, Ormes peak is also extremely accessible from Colorado Springs, being just over 20 miles away from the heart of downtown as the crow flies. At the moment, the Jesse’s have a long road of permits, fund raising, and approvals ahead of them. Still, it’s exciting to imagine what this resort could become. If you’d like to help turn this dream into a reality, you can visit the Ski Ormes Peak website to learn more or donate to the cause.
#2: Ski Season Kickoff Party Coming to Portland, OR:
Last week, we told you about the First Chair Festival - a ski season kick off event hosted by Newschoolers.com and Powder Magazine in Salt Lake City. This week, we bring you news of another preseason ski party: the Snowvana event which is set to take place in Portland, OR. Hosted by Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Hood Skibowl, and Fish Marketing (a Portland base company), the event promises to be a full fledge two day celebration of the coming season. All told, the festivities will include local and national ski and snowboard films, a local brewfest, wine and spirit tastings, music, vendors, and of course tons of free stuff. Most notable here is the over 300 free lift tickets to each resort, as well as five “Snowvana passes” which are seasons passes valid at each of the three sponsoring resorts. All in all, it sounds like it should be a pretty good time, and it’s totally affordable too. The event takes place at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on October 21st - 22nd and tickets are just $5 for adults and the event is free for kids. If you’ll be around Portland in late October, make sure this one lands on the calendar!
#3: Teton Gravity Research Releases Trailer for Their 21st Film, "Tight Loose"
It’s officially the time of year when the flame of our preseason stoke starts flickering. A flickering that is spurred on by the release of trailers for the coming crop of ski films. This week, TGR Films released the trailer for their 21st flick, “Tight Loose.” Described in the teaser as, “What the TGR boys have been living by for the last 21 years,” Tight Loose appears to be a new mantra for the crew that refers to the juxtaposition of gnarly backcountry skiing with goofy antics both on and off the slope. Quirky name aside, the trailer features a thrilling mix of top notch skiing and apres ski shenanigans. This years film features a roster packed with name you’ll recognize (Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Dane Tudor, Dash Longe, Angel Collinson) as well as new names that we’re eager to get familiar with (Lucas Debari, Mark Carter, Sam Smoothy). As always, we’re excited to see what the Jackson Hole based film crew puts together as it promises to be one of the top films of the year!
#4: MSP Films Releases Trailer for Their Latest Flick "RUIN AND ROSE"
Like we said, it’s the time of year when ski trailers are getting released, so you had to know that we weren’t just going to share the TGR teaser. Also dropping this week was the trailer for RUIN AND ROSE, the latest offering from MSP Films. Hopefully we’re not being too obvious here, but by our assessments “RUIN AND ROSE” looks to be unlike any ski movie that we’ve seen. For starters, the first third of the trailer takes place in the desert, following a little boy who narrates a story about sanding taking over the world- eliminating all things water. We’ll let you watch for yourself, but between the trailer and MSP’s description of the movie, it looks like this years film will take an untraditional approach by weaving incredible ski footage into a storyline about a world without snow or water (can anybody say “allegory”?). If you’re finding yourself a bit concerned that the film will focus too heavily on desert footage, then you might be encouraged to know that Mark Abma, Sammy Carlson, Sander Hadley, Russ Henshaw, Michell Parker, Tanner Rainville, and plenty of other skiers have been named to the movie’s lineup. With that amount of talent combined with incredible visuals and an intriguing storyline, it’s safe to say that RUIN AND ROSE is poised to be an immediate contender for the film of the year.