Marching Along

Mid-Atlantic season winding down; Virginia leader Wintergreen Resort quiet for the week but they’ll spin one more weekend on Saturday…move west a bit, Snowshoe WV sez they’re going until the end of the month. Not sure what that’s gonna look like but we’ll take it…Southwest Colorado’s Purgatory Resort on the receiving end of a whole lot of snow last week, never seen them looking so good. Purg sez they’re daily through April 7 and weekends thereafter…New York’s southern Adirondack throwback Oak Mountain wrapping it up next weekend…Michigan feeder hills Alpine Resort and Vail-owned Mt Brighton are both done for the season as of yesterday…Glimmer of hope in Northern New England; A Boston investment firm named Arctaris Impact Fund has made an offer to buy Saddleback Mountain, pledging to invest up to $30 million to restart the Maine ski resort, which has been closed for four years. Otherwise, the sale price and terms of the possible deal have not been disclosed. The resort was recently involved in some kind of wacky deal with an Australian “investement” group, that fortunately fell through…The White Circus wrapped up the season in Soldeau Andorra, and all you really need to know is that Mikaela Shiffrin won just about everything, and a couple of tech skiers retired. German star Felix Neureuther bows out with 13 career wins, 47 podiums, and a handful of World Championship medals. He was a great slalom skier who had the misfortune of timing his career with Marcel Hirscher — Felix finished second in the slalom discipline three times. Hirscher, meanwhile, won the mens overall again. That’s his 8th straight, which is kind of hard to imagine. He also took the slalom and GS globes, tallying 9 wins along the way. Shiffrin garnered 17 wins this season, which beat Vreni Schneider‘s 30-year-old record of 14 wins in a season, set back in 1988-89. On the ladies’ side, Swedish techie Frida Hansdotter announced her retirement, she had 4 victories, 35 podiums, and grabbed Olympic gold (photo above) along the way. Hansdotter was still quite competitive, notching 8th place in the overall this season.