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February 05, 2008

The Single Worst Trail Map in History

Have a look at the Sunrise Park Resort's Trail Map. No downloadable pdf. Just this wonderful page. Check the background and all. Circa 1993. I connected to it using AOL on my Windows 95 Pentium 200mhz computer and my 14" monitor.

5th grader with some html skill doing it as a project for his computer class. I swear, my kid could do a better job. Hell, one step further... my kid if my wife had smoked crack while she was pregnant and I had dropped him on his head could put together a better website than this piece of crap.

If you want a well designed, professional ski website, even some fictional sites have better design than the White Mountain Apache tribe can put together. I guess the WMA tribe has better things to spend their money on--lawsuits against Snowbowl and casino upgrades come to mind.

Brokeback Mountain Ski Area Trail Map

Call up Beth Clark and see if their web designer can help you out.

Posted by Justin at 11:26 PM

Huge Snowstorm at Sunrise Shuts Down Highway

Skiers driving to Sunrise are gonna be pissed:

Winter snow cut off access to the Sunrise Park Resort ski area Tuesday morning.

Arizona 260 between McNary and Greer was closed, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The road was expected to reopen by 4 p.m. Tuesday. The ski resort will be closed for the day, according to its Web site.

Information about highway conditions is available on ADOT's Travel Information site at www.az511.com or by calling 511.

I am hearing 3'+ yesterday. Snowbowl got almost 2' and has excellent conditions too. Snowbowl has some great pics on their homepage.

I am heading to Jackson Hole this weekend and where they have nothing but snow in the forecast. I am debating taking a trip to Brokeback Mountain Ski Area where their ski report says:

It's another bluebird day at Brokeback Mountain Ski Area. The storm has deposited three feet of fresh snow. It's a perfect time to come out.

Our brand new backside terrain is a real hit with skiers. But Jack's Bowls are not for everyone. These steep aspen glades are only suitable for a hardened outdorsman who knows how to cruise the woods safely...

Whether you're just making your first steps on skis or you're an expert skier our mountain has lots to offer. From steep runs off Jack's Notch to the gentle slopes of Little Queen we are first and foremost a family resort.

Poor Heath Ledger.

Posted by Justin at 09:28 AM | Comments (2)

November 21, 2007

Phil Jackson on the Laker's Defensive Woes (h/t Rob at Say Anything Blog)

This is just awesome:

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has spoken with the Los Angeles Lakers about a comment coach Phil Jackson made following Tuesday night's game in San Antonio.

The Spurs made 13 three-pointers in their 107-92 victory, and Jackson was asked if too much penetration was leading to open outside shooters.

"We call this a Brokeback Mountain game, because there's so much penetration and kickouts," Jackson said. "It was one of those games."

I am not sure that the Lakers were using the backdoor play before penetrating, but good comments from the Zen Master.

Hey, wait, let's check with Caroline at Eagle Valley Blog. Apparently there are some stories surfacing from the area that Kobe likes backdoor penetration himself.

Posted by Justin at 10:42 AM

April 24, 2007

BMSA Ski Patrollers Volunteer for Mammoth "Elevation" Week

BMSA Ski Patrol volunteers for Mammoth Mountain's "Elevation" week:

Brokeback Mountain Ski Area (BMSA) has recently dispatched a group of ski patrolmen to the California's Mammoth Mountain ski resort. The Brokeback Mountain ski patrolmen were aiding the Mammoth Patrol during the popular gay week.

The "Elevation" gay week at Mammoth Mountain is an independent event which attracts over a thousand gay and lesbian skiers and snowboarders annually.

Brokeback Mountain Ski Area Ski Patrollers assisting an injured skier

Beth Clark and the entire BMSA staff are committed to diversity.

Posted by Justin at 03:24 PM | Comments (1)

December 01, 2006

Season Pass from BMSA

I just got my new Season Pass from BMSA. Beth Clark has done a wonderful job with changing the atmosphere and promoting the new BMSA image.

The Ski Industry is all about differentiation. There are so many resorts that seem exactly the same. Same names for their runs. I mean how many places have a run named "Sugar" or "Bunny Hop" or some such crap. Not Skibrokeback.

Check below the fold for the picture. After seeing the conditions, I am not sure if I want to two plank it or just ride the corduroy...

Brokeback Mountain Ski Area Season Pass

Posted by Justin at 12:03 AM

November 12, 2006

Win a Free Season Pass at BMSA

Win a free season pass at BMSA in their new drawing this year. They are giving away five of them worth $275 each.

They redesigned their ski passes for this year and have a beautiful picture of the new Jack's Notch area on the lift pass according to Beth Clark, their director of marketing.

Check it out. Beth has offered for me to run a contest here too, and we are working on details.

Posted by Justin at 05:15 PM

October 13, 2006

Forest Service Approves New Triple Chair for BMSA Serving Back Bowls

Brokeback Mountain Ski Area has received Forest Service Approval for a new high speed triple chair to serve the back bowl over the ridge from Jack's Notch.

From the BMSA website:

Environmental Impact Statement has been approved by the federal authorities in favor of BMSA plans to provide ski lift access to the back bowl located directly behind Jack's Notch. Several environmental groups have applauded BMSA on its long standing dedication to wildlife and plant species protection.

"In the era of high speed six-packs which carry thousands of skiers per hour our proposal to install a moderate speed triple chair has received a unanimous approval," says BMSA Director of Lift Operations John Clark.

The moderate speed triple chair will deliver fewer skiers and thus reduce adverse environmental impact. It will also provide for longer lasting, untracked powder.

The yet to be named back bowl is on the northern aspect and its legendary powder has been a favorite of backcountry skiers for many years.

The proposed chair lift will be in operation for the 2007/2008 ski season.

This is good news as it indicates that the resort is growing and the area is so sparsely populated that this provides some solid economic tourism dollars to the region according to Beth Clark, their director of PR.

Posted by Justin at 07:10 AM | Comments (3)

October 07, 2006

First Snowfall at BMSA

Got a note from Beth Clark at Brokeback Mountain Ski Area and they have received their first snowfall of the year. They are actively making snow and hoping for a mid-November opening.

Beth e-mailed me a copy of some recent press clippings about some improvements they are looking to make over the next two years. It seems that the movie has brought in a fairly large influx of new business and they are struggling to keep up.

Sounds like they want to expand a new area on the backside of Jack's Notch near the Uranus lift. Possibly a used triple or even a quad. Folks are hiking to get first tracks on Jack's Notch now when the upper runs get tracked up.

BMSA apparently has an old flavor to it, but isn't getting a lot of media attention. I am hoping to take a trip through when I head to Jackson Hole this year. Beth offered to comp my trip if I would give them some much needed PR. They sound like an interesting resort and they have a 2000' vertical drop and great terrain. A little remote, but that is why they have the old school flavor.

Posted by Justin at 01:40 AM

October 05, 2006

The Joke is on Me--Brokeback Mountain Ski Area

You ever take stuff too seriously? I had a fairly serious e-mail exchange with Beth Clark of Brokeback Mountain Ski Area in Wyoming. First, a couple of days ago, I got a contact e-mail:

Great blog. I thought you may be interested in checking out Brokeback Mt. Ski Area website. We were the best kept secret of the Rockies but now the secret is out of closet.

So I head over and start looking around at their site. Not a lot of content, but it appears to be exactly what it is--a small resort on part with some of the other small resorts around the country. Not a lot of web development, not a lot of info, but a trail map, some stats, etc. Then I start looking at the runs:

Here are the lifts:
  • Giddy Up
  • Ride'm
  • Uranus
  • Pony Up
  • Howdy Partner

Alright, let's check some of the trails:

  • Over the Rainbow
  • Glory Hole
  • Peter Pan
  • 8 Seconds
  • Ramrod

Alright, that is not crazy off the wall. I mean, it appears a little odd. So I check out their PR area and they have a couple of articles about the goals of the resort, etc. I send a note back to "Beth":

So what is up with this:

http://www.skibrokeback.com/pr1.htm

"The recent Hollywood film "Brokeback Mountain" has generated unwanted attention to Brokeback Mt. Ski Area. The management of the Ski Area would like to stress that the aforementioned movie is based on a literary source and is a work of fiction.

"Contrary to some media reports the Ski Area was never involved with the filmmakers nor does the ski area have any interest in utilizing the popularity of the film to further its marketing goals. While the story of the film contains positive messages, Brokeback Mountain Ski Area is a family oriented resort and as such shares little in common with the fictional characters and situations depicted within the film.

"It is our understanding that the filmmakers and the author of the original story were unaware of the fact that the Brokeback Mountain Ski Area in Wyoming has been in business since 1965, long before the story has been written."

And then the new logo? And the names of the lifts and runs? Did you guys change the names and the logo to embrace the references to Brokeback Mountain? Just curious, because it seems to contradict the previous strategy. I would love to write about it and talk to you.

I get a note back that has more details, and I got my chuckle at the names of the runs. I am trying to be all PC and wanted to send a note back, but decided to start googling the authors of the magazine articles that they have in the PR section. Then the magazines. Then the people listed like Beth Clark or Jack Dunn. All come up zero. As I am scanning the listings in Google for "skibrokeback.com", there is nothing except this single post on a bulletin board called Gay Outdoors:

Hello All,

I am sure a good number of you will laugh quite a bit on this one. I've just completed a virtual Ski Brokeback resort project (http://www.SkiBrokeback.com). The site has been built in tradition of the Molvania project and I am sure you'll have fun while visiting our virtual mountain.

Best,

Elvira
Ski Brokeback

Alright, Molvania. What the heck is Molvania... Check the Wiki on Molvania:

Molvanîa ('A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry') is a fictional country set in Eastern Europe for the mock travel guide Molvanîa: a Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry, described as "the birthplace of the whooping cough" and "owner of Europe's oldest nuclear reactor.". It was created by Australians Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro and Rob Sitch (of The D-Generation and The Panel fame) to parody travel guidebooks.

The book became a surprise success in Australia, sparking a bidding war for the international publication rights. However, the book became a centre of controversy when the UK's former Minister for Europe Keith Vaz accused it of exploiting prejudices about Eastern Europe.

There has also been some confusion about whether the country actually exists. This could be partly due to the fact that the name is close to the real eastern European country of the Moldova, the circumflexed letter "î" also being characteristic for Moldovan (Romanian), the language of that country. It has been claimed that some tourists who read the tour guide book believed that the country existed and made plans to go there, but this story is probably apocryphal.

Then I got it. I had been duped. But this is exactly the kind of thing that I find hysterically funny. Just real enough that I don't immediately pick it out as a hoax, but also off the wall enough that I am not sure. You don't want to make fun of it because it is so un-PC, but at the same time, you chuckle to yourself.

So go over and check the site out. Pay attention to the pictures. They seem strange, but not too strange. Everything is funny and off the wall, but not too funny and off the wall.

Well played, sir. Well played.

Posted by Justin at 12:35 PM