February 24, 2006
It Was the Best of Times... Worst of Times
The following article is from the Arizona Republic dated today.
Utah is poised to set its third consecutive record by exceeding last season's 3.9 million skier visits, Ski Utah spokeswoman Hilary Reiter said.
Snowfall along the Wasatch Range - home to 11 resorts including Snowbird, Park City and Alta - has been about 157 percent more than the total in an average season.
Utah is loving life. How about Colorado?
In Colorado, so much snow has fallen that many mountain towns have piled it high on street corners and in parking lots. Aspen has had more than 21 feet of snow, with many longtime residents saying it's the best they have ever seen, Aspen Skiing Co. spokeswoman Kristen Rust said.
Colorado resort managers are hopeful they will set a record for skier visits this year. The previous record of 11.98 million was set in the 1997-98 season; last year, the total was 11.81 million. From October to December, the resorts reported 3.1 million skier visits, said Rob Perlman, president of the trade group Colorado Ski Country USA.
What about Snowbowl, Arizona that has been battling to get snowmaking capability added so that they can have a consistent season?
Meanwhile, folks at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff - in the midst of a drought - continue to wait for enough snow to open, a year after posting a season record 460 inches. Since October, they have seen about 20 inches of snow, resort spokesman David Smith said.
The delay has cost millions of dollars in revenue, "and you can put that in capital letters if you want," he said.
"It's extremely frustrating to sit around and look at the slopes and see dry grass where typically they should be covered in white," he said. "The hope is still there that we'll still be able to have a good season, at least the latter half."
20 Bleepin' Inches? 20? Come on people. I don't know what Arizona did to deserve another Fire Season like 2003, but this is gonna be a bad one. There is no snow at all. We are going to be engulfed by flames shortly. I mean like Arizona needs massive fires to add to the already heated nature of our state.
We need rain in a bad way. The high country needs some snow. We are past due.
October 25, 2005
Skiing with the Paris Hilton's
Snow Bliss had a review of the MSNBC article on five remote and luxurious ski resorts. No price tag to stay at the Summit at Big Sky. The article made me want to smack my dad for not being fabulously wealthy so that I could drive my Hummer 2 to the resort and spend a month.
Funny thing is, of the five, I am going to ski Big Sky, Alta, and Jackson by the middle of December--probably in one trip to my Mom's house in Billings, MT. MSNBC missed the new Lone Peak Pass at Big Sky that almost doubles the terrain and failed to mention the impending doom of the tram at Jackson. I know there are people that spend their week a year spending $500 a night for a luxury spa treatment, but I happen to like that other part of a ski trip... you know, where you put on those long skinny thingies and have to wear those funny boots.
I am sure there are luxury resorts at places other than ski country for you to blow your money on. But you look so good snowplowing down the greens on your $1000 skis and in your $600 jackets.
If you are interested in how the rich live, I am going to be selling designer ski jackets for lap dogs shortly. Bit Bit needs something to keep the paws warm when we ski the bunny hill.
Posted by Justin at 06:46 PM