1/11/18 Too Much or Too Little

Too much, as in parts of the Swiss Alps, tourists are stuck in Zermatt with snow too deep to ski, avalanche danger too high to do anything. But skiers are a flexible bunch, so they’re getting by on sex and beer…meanwhile parts of the northern Sierras, southern Rockies and Pacific NW still looking for snow; China Peak Resort in California picked up a dusting yesterday but still looks bleak. If you aren’t familiar with it, China Peak is near Fresno, decent ski area…up north a bit in Oregon, Willamette Pass ski resort is also closed for lack of snow. Locals have little else to go on during the winter, as the highway pass is closed, so the pain goes well beyond disappointed skiers…ok time to learn a new name, Alterra Mountain Company. This is the moniker for the partnership formed between KSL Capital Partners of Denber, and Aspen Skiing Company, which is owned by the Crown family of Chicago. KSL and SkiCo formed this partnership last year to purchase Intrawest properties, as well as Mammoth Mountain CA and Deer Valley UT.   This name will become increasingly important as the group competes with Vail Resorts for nationwide pass sales. Other resorts on the Alterra roster include Winter Park, and Steamboat in Colorado, Stratton Vermont, and in California Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, June Mountain, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. No word yet on whether the Aspen areas will be part of any pass products, but I expect they will…and photo above taken last night at Mountain Creek NJ, where local high school racers await their turn in the start house.