Resort News

Intrawest Corporation announced that as of March 31, 1999 overall skier visits season-to-date were up six percent from the prior year on the same-resort basis. Spending was also strong with revenue per visit up six percent for a total same-resort revenue increase of twelve percent. Results were lead by exceptionally strong performance at Whistler/Blackcomb, which is up 318,000 visits, and Tremblant, which is up 55,000 visits over the previous year.

Out With The Old At Park City In April, Park City Mountain Resort in Utah began demolition of the Steeps Lodge, a 35-year-old building located at the base of the resort. The demolition of Steeps will be followed by construction of an eleven-million dollar, 54,000-square-foot base facility, to be completed by mid December 1999. The new lodge will be designed in accordance with Park City’s mining heritage and will open with a multiple-station cafeteria-style restaurant and state-of-the-art rental center. Jackson Hole Gets Delta After months of negotiations, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort announced Delta’s return to the valley with one daily 737 jet from Salt Lake City from December 15, 1999 through March 30, 2000.

Other news includes a new high-speed quad, more snowmaking to assure skiing on Teewinot and Apres Vous in time for a Thanksgiving opening.

Westin And Intrawest Announce Westin Resort Tremblant

Westin and Intrawest announced plans for a 126-suite luxury condominium hotel in Tremblant, Quebec. Scheduled to open in June of 2000, the 32-million-dollar hotel will be located at Intrawest’s Tremblant resort. Intrawest will develop the property, with Westin providing sales and marketing support through a franchise agreement.

Boreal Welcomes Summer Boreal Mountain has expanded its summer activities by offering a BMX track, mountain-bike skill courses, all-terrain mountain boards, a climbing wall, in-line terrain dirt skates, and a playground structure. A two-hour session on the mountain will be fifteen dollars, a two-hour session with equipment-rental package will be 30 dollars. An all-day mountain pass is twenty dollars and 40 dollars with equipment-rental package.

Telluride To Install New Lifts

The Telluride Ski and Golf Company (Telski) has signed a contract for the three new lifts it will install this summer. The bulk of the work will happen in the Lift-four and -five area where Telski is installing two new high-speed detachable quads. Telski is also realigning and replacing Lift six at the top of the mountain in preparation for the 1999/2000 season. Also planned for the summer of 1999 is an upgrade of current snowmaking infrastructure and facilities, various trail improvements and glading, continued construction on the ski area’s new restaurant¿Club St. Sophia¿and the opening of the Telluride Conference Trade Center.

Mammoth Sells Project In Three Hours

Intrawest announced the success of its sales event for Sunstone, the newest lodging project at Mammoth. In less than three hours, buyers from all over Southern California purchased all 77 of the condominiums available in this slopeside lodge for more than 27-million dollars. Located slopeside next to Chairs fifteen and 24, Sunstone commenced construction in May with completion set for July 2000.

Vail Resorts Settles Absolut Lawsuit Vail Resorts announced that it had reached a settlement agreement in its suit concerning an Absolut Vodka ad entitled “Absolut Vail” that featured a vodka bottle wrapped in a cast. As part of the settlement, TBWA Chiat/Day Inc., which created the ad, has made a contribution to Vail Resorts’ skier safety programs. Additionally, it was agreed that the ad would not be run again in the future without Vail Resorts’ prior consent.

New Records For Sugar Bowl Sugar Bowl Resort closed for the 1998/1999 season setting records for both attendance and revenues, The resort’s paid attendance was up more than ten percent, resort revenues were up eighteen percent, and total resort visits reached almost 300,000. Sugar Bowl will be celebrating its 60th anniversary during the 1999/2000 season and announced it will complete another four-million dollars in capital improvements. The resort has also signed a contract for a new CTEC Garaventa high-speed quad on Mt. Disney. Additionally, a new beginner quad chair will be built at the new Main Lodge and five new trails will be cut on Mt. Judah.

Whistler To Add Capital Improvements

Whistler/Blackcomb announced over twenty-million dollars in capital improvements for the ’99/00 season. The resort hadn’t planned on any major developments in 1999/00 but, due to the success of the past season, the mountain’s capital plan was accelerated. A total of twelve-million dollars will be spent on two new high-speed quad chairs to be installed on Whistler Mountain. These lifts give skiers another access point from the main village, and better access to over 200 acres of varied north-facing mid-mountain terrain. An additional eight-million dollars will be spent on cutting four new gladed runs on Whistler Mountain and general infrastructure improvements on both mountains. Whistler/Blackcomb has become the first mountain resort in North America to host two-million guests in one season. The resort launched its winter season on November 20, 1998 and in five months it broke another record when it received a 633 inches of snow¿the most that has ever fallen at the resort.

Silver Creek Buys Berthoud Pass Silver Creek Holding Co., Inc., signed the final paperwork with previous owner Paul Wiebel to purchase Berthoud Pass ski area. Beginning next season, Silver Creek Resort will offer joint lift tickets that provide access to Berthoud Pass, Silver Creek, and night skiing at Silver Creek with shuttle transportation between the two areas. With the addition of Berthoud Pass¿a prime Alpine hiking area¿Silver Creek will offer scenic chairlift rides to the top of the Continental Divide and will explore recreational options such as sunrise bike tours.