News Roundup, 10/11/16

Photo courtesy Echo Mountain Resort

11 October 2016 — news of the day is that currently shuttered and troubled Echo Mountain CO (near Denver) has indeed been sold, third time in a decade. Nora Pykkonen sold the ski area to Peter Burwell, a young entrepreneur who will operate it as SkiEcho LLC. Says they’ll open in December! Burwell’s family once owned a number of hotels at Snowmass…The widow of John Sherwood, a 43-year-old NJ resident who died at Breckenridge back in April, is suing for wrongful death. Suit says a 16-year-old NH boy was skiing with the Waterville Valley Academy “Black & Blue” competitive team under the tutelage of coach Dan Shuffleton. The boy, his mother, Shuffleton, WVA and a number of other parties are named in the suit. Sherwood was skiing on the Tiger trail (I think that’s Peak 8) when he was allegedly clobbered from behind and killed.  The suit can be viewed by clicking here…Maine’s Mt. Abram says it will open a half dozen new trails this season…Vail Resorts, Inc. has reported net income of $149.8 million for fiscal 2016, an increase of more than 30 percent over previous…snow falling at Aspen Mountain as I type this…reminder the FIS World Cup season kicks off next weekend (October 23rd) on the ice in Soelden, Austria.  Ted Ligety, who blew out his ACL last season, says he’s ready and returning…more tomorrow