Top Five Fridays - July 7, 2017 // Ski Industry News
#1: 2018 Freeride World Tour Athletes Announced:
Let’s get the ball rolling this week with some news that’ll get you excited for next ski season: earlier this week, the Freeride World Tour announced the official athlete lineups for their 2018 series. On the men’s side of things, 20 athletes have been invited, including six new faces that hope to challenge the tour veterans. One of these rookies is Mickael Bimboes who you might remember seeing ski a gnarly line with one ski in his season edit that we shared with you a couple weeks back. On the women’s side of things, there are 8 athletes, including two rookies who made the list after qualifing through the Freeride World Qualifiers last season. At this juncture, the official event locations and dates have yet to be announced, but as soon as they are we’ll be sure to let you know! To see the full lineup of athletes for the Men’s Ski, Women’s Ski, Men’s Snowboard, and Women’s Snowboard events, visit the Freeride World Tour Official Website.
#2: Ski Resort "Concept" for Sale:
Next up: another ski resort for sale! Well, kind of at least. In the last few weeks, we’ve shared with you a couple of ski areas for sale with price tags around the $1 million mark. This time, we’re sharing what’s being called a “ski area concept.” For those new to the term (such as ourselves), it simply means a parcel of land with nothing on it, that could work well as a ski area. In this case, the patch of land is nestled between Beaver Creek Resort and Vail Mountain, and includes at least 674 acres of skiable terrain. Currently, there is a cat skiing operation on the mountain that the new owners could opt to continue operating, but no actual lifts or infrastructure exists yet. In the seller’s mind, this could be a unique opportunity for a developer to create a private ski community with access to their own exclusive ski area and cat skiing operations. So, a quick recap: you’re looking at a 4,676 acre plot of totally undeveloped land between Beaver Creek and Vail that could become a ski area, but currently has no infrastructure: what do you think the price is? …. Nope, it’s higher. Try $19.5 million. For more information or to make an offer, visit www.battlemountainranch.com.
#3: Forest Fire Burning Just Outside of Breckenridge:
Well, it was just a couple of weeks ago that we shared news of a fire raging just outside Brian Head Ski area in Southern Utah. As that fire finally comes to an end, it’s with regret that inform you that another forest fire has started on the fringes of a ski area. This time, there’s a fire burning just outside of Breckenridge, CO that has forced approximately 400 residence to evacuate their homes. While it’s still unknown how the fire began, it was initially spotted and reported by a mountain biker who’d been taking some runs late Wednesday morning in the Gold Hill area of Peak 2. Since then, the fire has spread into the Miner’s Creek drainage, a rocky and densely forested area which has given the fire a distinct advantage. Still, thanks to the efforts of 130 fire fighters (including 8 smoke jumpers and a 21 person hotshot crew), the fire has been prevented from spreading to the resort itself. At the time of this posting, the fire is at approximately 7% containment and 85 acres in size, although growth has been stagnant since Thursday night. For more on this, we suggest following along with Fox 31 in Denver as they seem to have the most recent updates.
#4: Outdoor Retailer Trade Show Move to Denver Confirmed:
Finally, let’s round out the week with an update from an ongoing story: the Outdoor Retailer Shows are officially relocating to Denver! Initially breaking last February, this story has had a couple of ups and downs over the last few months. A quick recap: this all came about from Patagonia boycotting the show, which was being held in Salt Lake City, as a signal of dissent against Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s decision to support President Trump’s plan to rescind the National Park status of Utah’s Bear’s Ears National Monument. In boycotting the trade show, Patagonia hoped to unite the outdoor industry in an effort to send a message to politicians who threaten environmental conservation. One thing led to another and just one week after the boycott, the Outdoor Retailer Show announced plans to leave the state of Utah in favor of a city and state with stronger environmental commitments. Since that time in mid February until now, SIA was purchased by O.R.’s parent company, and the event itself had been reviewing proposals from cities across the United States who hoped to host the event. While Denver was an obvious choice from the get-go, this week’s news make the move official. Along with hosting both a winter and summer trade show, the event also expects to bring in 45,000 visitors and $45 million to the Denver area over the course of the 5-year agreement. You can learn more about this story from the Denver Post.