Boyne Grabs Another Mainer

Was planning to preview the pending FIS World Cup season opener, but news broke this morning that Boyne Resorts has agreed to purchase Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine. Shawnee — not to be confused with equally enjoyable Shawnee Mountain in the Poconos — has been owned and operated for the past 27 years by Chet Homer, who had this to say: “I cannot think of a better future for Shawnee Peak and with Boyne Resorts being a family-owned business and the next steward of this mountain, this is a terrific outcome for our team, our guests, and my family.” For their part, Boyne already owns Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine, which are much different animals than Shawnee. Depending on what they do with their pass options, this could be a nice benefit for Sugarloafers who can’t make the long drive on a given day. Yes, we can probably expect some development at Shawnee, and in general it will probably evolve into something less hickish. While very few old school skiers & boarders want that sort of thing, it’s better than having the resort grow tired and shut down…speaking of shutting down, rumors have been circulating that Hickory Ski Center in New York’s Adirondack region is rising from the ashes. This is a wonderful throwback area, all surface lifts, and a base lodge so frozen in time it is simply off the charts in terms of awesomeness. Anyway, it’s been just a bunch of rumors, but now we’re seeing some active “help wanted” stuff in the area. Keep your fingers crossed…yes the World Cup white circus kicks off this weekend in Soelden, Austria. Among the things to be aware of this season is that they’ve scheduled a rather even balance between speed and technical events, so for the first time in years it won’t be heavily favored to the techies. Mikaela Shiffrin is said to be competing in both speed and tech, but what that means in terms of which ones and how many is unconfirmed. I tell you this, if she shows up at a speed event, she’s a podium threat. Heck, she’s always a podium threat. Have a nice weekend, and think snow!

Photo courtesy Shawnee Peak