8 November 2016 — Finally enough cold temps for Colorado’s Loveland to complete the Mambo/Catwalk/Home Run route which serves as their early season white ribbon of death; they’ll have it ready to go and spin the #1 lift on Thursday…regret we missed a shout-out to midwest fave Mt. LaCrosse in Wisconsin; they ran their annual ski swap this past weekend. This hill takes advantage of one of those countless natural ravines that formed over the millenia to feed the Mississippi River, and serves up some great skiing. Photo above shows how seriously they take their snowmaking! Won’t be long now…guns are back on in Vermont; Killington still laying down a base on Superstar to get ready for the World Cup technical events in a couple weeks…down the road at Okemo they’ve kicked off their snowmaking efforts and promised opening “ASAP” but that looks a little optimistic to me…friends of mine in Flint MI tell me they’re looking forward to the Warren Miller film on the 17th, always a fun pre season ritual and this year includes a terrific tribute to Stein Eriksen….back to Vermont, Burke Township says Burke Mountain missed its muni tax payment yesterday, just shy of $409,000. Federal receiver Michael Goldberg sez the taxes will be paid when a $13.3 million settlement with Citibank is received; that is expected on November 20th. The town could exact a hefty fine, which might be a case of cutting off their nose to spite their face. Still a dicey situation at the former Q-Burke Resort….other World Cup news, rising Canadian star Dustin Cook says he’ll be back for the Super G event at Lake Louise later this month. Cook really mangled his knee over a year ago while training on the glacier at Soelden, Austria.
Photo above courtesy Mt. LaCrosse, Wisconsin