September 21, 2009
FLAGSTAFF - Critics in a yearslong fight to block expansion of a ski resort on an Arizona mountain that American Indian tribes consider sacred are suing the U.S. Forest Service.
The lawsuit filed Monday comes more than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from tribes that said the use of treated wastewater to make artificial snow threatened their religious and cultural survival.
The lawsuit filed by the Save the Peaks Coalition and a group of citizens contends the Forest Service failed to consider the human health risks of ingesting snow made with treated wastewater at the Arizona Snowbowl resort outside Flagstaff.
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previously sided with the tribes on that contention. The full court later overturned the decision, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it.
That is what the Sierra Club does. Just keep suing until someone listens or until the business runs out of money.
September 09, 2009
Vail Tries to Increase Non-Lift Ticket Revenue
Vail Resorts will offer adult skiing lessons and value-priced lunches in an attempt to generate more non-lift-ticket revenue this year.
The Broomfield-based company, which operates five ski resorts in Colorado, also is holding pricing at 2008-09 levels for two of its ski passes and developing a gourmet-style hamburger for its on-mountain eateries, CEO Rob Katz said.
Non-ski revenue plummeted last year as visitors tended to pack lunches and eschew such extras as ski school. Between February and April, for example, ski-school revenue fell 21.3 percent from the same period in 2008 and on-mountain food and beverage transactions dipped by 15 percent at the five locations.
The changes for this year are aimed at giving people more incentive to spend money on ancillary activities at Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin and Beaver Creek, Katz said.
“This is about value,” he said. “We want to give people a way to thoroughly enjoy our resort and everything we have to offer but spend less money than they might have thought.
I guess the revolutionary model tried by places like TGI Fridays and Applebees during Happy Hour might just work at a ski resort.
I am so sick of $8 burgers that taste like crap and $3 drinks. We throw 5-6 packs or Oreos in the pockets of our jackets and keep a bag of Peanut M&M's with us for a quick energy boost and at Brian Head, we eat at Pizano's or Bump and Grind because the food is cheaper and better.
Part of why we loved Brian Head when we bought there was because of the low prices of lessons and lift tickets and we have multiple kids that will be taking lessons over the last couple years and starting this season with Lindsey. Every $$$ counts.
Make it more affordable and we will keep your lift operators, instructors and cooks (that you import from Argentina) busy.
September 06, 2009
Start of Fall
Labor Day marks the official countdown to ski season. It will be less than two months an A-Basin and Loveland will be opening. Then Wolf Creek and over the next few weeks, most of the Rocky Mountains.
It is an El Nino which means that my preseason hopes for epic snows in the Southwestern Rockies are riding high. Brian Head, Wolf Creek, Sunrise, and the locals ***might*** be in store for great snow years if the weather gods cooperate.
I have to go through the gear and start getting the skis tuned pretty quick. In Vegas, Sports Chalet is having a huge sale this weekend, but the local stores don't get the ski gear out for another month.
Posted by Justin at 06:56 PM