10/23/17 Stuhec out for season, More EB-5 chicanery

Biggest news from the weekend concerns World Cup Ladies Downhill defending champ Ilka Stuhec (pictured above), who injured her left knee yesterday in a pre-season training run in Pitztal, Austria. “…the Slovenian skiing champion tore anterior cruciate ligaments. For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” said spokesman Tilen Lamut in a prepared statement…our friends at the New England Ski Industry website are reporting that all may not be as it seems with the Saddleback Maine deal. In case you haven’t heard, Saddleback is being sold to a group of investors from Australia who have no experience running a ski resort. Apparently the deal hinges on the Aussies scaring up EB-5 investors, and the pedigree of the people who are putting the deal together may not be all it is cracked up to be. Personally? I really don’t see Saddleback operating this season, but naturally I hope I’m wrong. And as an aside, if you haven’t looked at the NESI website, it’s well worth a click.