Resort Report: World Cup, owner on the run, plug-in cars & fire!

An absolutely scintillating Resort Report, with the latest U.S. World Cup stops, a bankrupt ski area owner who may be on the lam, Arizona forest fires, Colorado expansions and much more.
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Five U.S. resorts were confirmed as sites of 2011-12 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup ski and snowboarding events. Aspen, Beaver Creek and Telluride, CO, along with Deer Valley Resort in Utah and Lake Placid, NY highlight the calendar announced by the FIS after its annual meetings in Portoroz and Ljubjana, Slovenia. “Our World Cup events are the ultimate showcase for our athletes,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Executive Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. “They're an opportunity for our athletes to compete on the home field and at our nation's best venues, in front of American fans and viewers.”

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup will return to Aspen Nov. 26-27 for a women’s giant slalom and slalom showcasing U.S. stars Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. Action continues on the Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek with a Dec. 2-4 men's downhill, super G and giant slalom highlighting Olympic medalists Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht, along with World and Olympic Champion Ted Ligety who was a winner in the Beaver Creek GS last December. From Dec. 14-17 World Cup snowboarding will return to Telluride for the third straight year. And freestyle returns to perennial hosts Lake Placid Jan. 19-21 and Deer Valley Feb. 2-4.

Tamarack owner wanted by judge

Tamarack Ski Resort developer Jean-Pierre Boespflug has been found in contempt of court for missing “yet another hearing” regarding the resort’s foreclosure, according to a story in the Associated Press. Boespflug, who is French, was ordered to appear in state court after missing a deadline for turning over financial documents relating to the resort in May of 2011--more than one month ago. Boespflug is the majority owner of Tamarack Resort. He claims he lost up to $45 million in resort investments during the real estate crash of 2008. His whereabouts are unknown.

Breckenridge Peak 6 project hits review

Breckenridge’s proposed Peak 6 project has been release for public review and comment accord to the Forest Service. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement includes three management alternatives in detail: A no-action alternative and two action alternatives. The Proposed Action, or Alternative 2, has been identified as the Forest Service preferred alternative. This would develop approximately 550 acres of lift-served and hike-to skiing on Peak 6 within the existing Special Use Permit boundary. The terrain would be accessed by a proposed six-person lift and by traversing from the existing Imperial Express lift. Also, two facilities would be constructed including a top terminal ski patrol/warming hut and a 150-seat guest services facility at the mid-station.

Vail starts Rose Bowl replacement work

Vail Resorts has begun work replacing the Rose Bowl lift at Beaver Creek with a high-speed quad chairlift. The new lift will accommodate up to 2,400 people per hour, and will cut the previous ride time in half to five-and-a-half minutes. According to the Summit Daily newspaper, Vail is hoping the lift will spread out crowds around the mountain, and reduce pressure on the Centennial Lift and the Cinch Express. The new lift should be running by mid-November.

Restaurant keeps cooking despite fire

Arizona’s Wallow fire was already the 2nd largest fire in the state’s history at press time, with only 5 percent of the fire contained. One of several burning in the southwest, it didn’t deter the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to keep Ski Valley and the Iron Door restaurant atop Mount Lemmon pen during the closure of Coronado National Forest. The Associated Press reported that according to Sky Valley operators, the forest service originally planned to shut down the road leading to the popular ski lift and restaurant but changed its mind after protests from the owners. People will now be able to ride the lift but there are restrictions: no hiking, no picnicking and no going into the forest (which could be on fire).

Stevens Pass gets electric car stations

Two electric car-charging stations have been installed at Stevens Pass ski area in Washington State, potentially making it the first ski area in the world to install the chargers. According to Plugincars.com, “The stations also make Stevens Pass the first business on U.S. Route 2 to support plans to make that green and lush scenic mountain corridor EV-tourist friendly. Now it's just up to the state to follow through on plans to install a series of DC Fast Chargers to support them.”

Bromley outlines leadership changes

Joseph J. O’Donnell, owner of Bromley Mountain ski area and Vermont’s summer Adventure, addressed the previously reported leadership change at Bromley. Mountain Resort Management LLC, owned by Brian and Tyler Fairbank, is retained as the management company for Bromley Mountain and Bill Cairns, former Director of Resort Operations, has been promoted to General Manager and will manage day-to-day operations. President Rich Wiseman retired in early May. O'Donnell said, “This gives us the opportunity to leverage all of what makes Bromley special with the business practices that have been so successful at Jiminy, and now Cranmore.”

--Peter Kray

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