10/24/17 Fire and Ice

Fire: Weird warm weather pattern keeping radically unseasonable warmth in the northeast, not upsetting too many people enjoying the extended golf season but sure to be raising eyebrows at Killington; remember they’ve got a World Cup date on the calendar that’s just about a month away. Kmart began piling snow atop the Superstar trail when temps dropped earlier in October, but the current heatwave is making a mess out of it all. The snow piles aren’t visible from the angle shown above, but trust me, they’re melting up in the fog beyond the dogleg…a little golf lingo there, since the northeast is still enjoying golf season…better news elsewhere in Vermont, looks like the semi-reopened slopes at Ascutney could get a huge kickstart with the addition of a 2500′ used T-Bar. A pair of local families has pledged funding for the hardware; it all hinges on Ascutney Outdoors raising the installation funding and such. If you are interested in putting a couple bucks into this worthwhile cause, please click here…Ice: bad news out of Montana, Teton Pass Ski Resort in Choteau will not be open this winter, according to GM Charles Hlavac. Resort owner Nick Wood of New Zealand announced the closure on the resort’s website, which apparently surprised everyone including Hlavac. Wood bought the struggling ski area in 2010, fixed up lodge and lifts etc. and reopened. Teton Pass was closed for the 2011-12 season due to insurance issues. This seems to be a money issue, although Hlavac says last season’s skier numbers and revenue were average. Teton Pass is not yet listed for sale…back to World Cup news, Swiss star Carlo Janka joins Ilka Stuhec on the likely-out-for-the-season list,  apparently Janka tore the ACL in his right knee during a training run today.  Janka would’ve been tough in the upcoming Olympics, having won a super-G at Jeongseon in February 2016.  Janka won GS Gold back in 2010…Bristol Mountain NY ski and board community mourning the loss of their own 17-year-old Michael “Mikey” Lillis, found unresponsive Saturday morning by his parents at their home in East Rochester, according to a statement from U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. Lillis was an up and coming star in the USST Elite Aerial Development Program based in Lake Placid.   He’s survived by brothers Jon Lillis, reigning Men’s Freestyle World Champion, and Chris Lillis, who is also a competitor and World Cup winner.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lillis family…Boyne Resorts will require mountain ops and any on-mountain workers to wear helmets this season.  The move follows the death of employee Alexander Witt this past March, who fell while working on a steep trail at Sugarloaf, Maine.   The new company policy applies to all Boyne-owned resorts, which also include Maine’s Sunday River, the namesake resorts in Michigan, and others in Montana, Utah, Washington and British Columbia.