5/22/17 — News Roundup

22 May 2017 — A foot of fresh at Arapahoe Basin this weekend spelled spectacular conditions this weekend, the A-Team made one last trip for the season, driving up from Colorado Springs to shred the wet n’heavy. They report that the corduroy was pleasant, but the off-piste stuff put their leg muscles to the test. Photo above has Austin and a friend ready to drop in yesterday afternoon…sorry to report that ski lift innovator Artur Dopplemayr passed away last week; according to the company “Artur Doppelmayr was a pioneer. He was a ropeway builder through and through, and transformed the Doppelmayr company from a workshop operation into an internationally successful industrial enterprise. We mourn the loss of our one-time CEO and chairman.” Among the firsts that Artur developed were the detachable quad chairlift at Breckenridge, CO in 1981, the 8-passenger gondola lift at Steamboat CO in 1986, and the 6-seater chairlift at Mont Orignal – Lac Etchemin, Quebec in 1991…we’re pleased to report that Swedish ski cross star Anna Holmlund is out of a coma and communicating verbally, five months after suffering brain injuries in a training crash in Innichin, Italy. No word yet on the likelihood of further improvement…brouhaha continues over the disabled skier collision at at Snowmass last April that left two skiers injured. Originally the volunteer instructor, Stuart Pendleton of New Mexico sued Michael Sura of Snowmass, CO after Sura crashed into Pendleton and a disabled veteran who had tipped over on a bi-ski. Now Sura is suing Aspen Skiing Co., the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans, along with two additional volunteer instructors! What a mess…southwest ski magnate James Coleman has announced that the company is investing $15 million for the 2017/2018 season in their properties including Purgatory Resort and Ski Hesperus in CO, Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff AZ, Sipapu Ski Resort and Pajarito Mountain in NM…Mountain Creek NJ has declared bankruptcy, citing five consecutive bad ski seasons, but also sez this is just a restructuring of finances and business as usual blah blah blah. Fact is the resort has a sewer bill due for $tens of millions, you can figure out the rest.