$20 MILLION IN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE SKI AREAS
Following the state’s second best ski season, New Hampshire’s ski areas have invested an estimated $20 million in capital improvements ranging from a ski area reopening to purchasing new rental equipment.
Skiers will notice improvements at Nordic centers in Bretton Woods, Jackson and New London.
At Bretton Woods, new Nordic trails are being added to the trail network linking the cross country center with the new Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center in Crawford Notch. The new educational outdoor center will also offer tours and lectures available to guests of The Mount Washington Hotel & Resort. For more information, call (877)873-0626 or visit www.brettonwoods.com.
Improvements at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation include upgrading the Hall Trail, a new bridge, and improvements to grooming machinery.
The Norsk Cross Country Center in New London has added two new trails and renovated several existing trails. In order to facilitate a longer ski season, a new remote parking lot will be added.
Maplelag Selected as Best Cross Country Ski Area
Maplelag Resort in Callaway, Minnesota has claimed the title of North America’s best cross country ski resort based on the results of the 2002/03 Best XC Ski Resort Poll presented by Fischer Cross Country Skis and SportHill Performance Clothing. Cross country skiers from 39 different states and provinces submitted poll ballots, which rated over two hundred different ski areas.
The 2002/03 Best XC Ski Resort Poll focuses solely on Nordic ski resorts across North America. Cross country skiers rated their favorite Nordic ski resorts in seven different operational and characteristic categories including scenery, trail quality and grooming, the lodge facility, food service, staff friendliness and service, and how the resort caters to families. The poll was distributed to 70 Nordic ski areas across the nation and skiers voted based on their perceptions of the respective resorts.
Other areas that led regional qualitative ratings as best Nordic ski resorts included Best in the West - Montecito-Sequoia Nordic Ski Resort in Los Altos, California; the Mountain Region’s Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana; New England’s Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham, New Hampshire; and the Mid Atlantic’s Lapland Lake XC Ski & Vacation Center in Northville, New York.
NEW TRAIL ASSOCIATION FORMED ON MINNESOTA’S NORTH SHORE
The Sugarbush Trail Association (STA) was formed as a non-profit corporation to manage, maintain and improve the non-motorized trails of the Sugarbush Trail system near Tofte, MN. Tofte is located in Cook County in the tip of the Arrowhead area of Minnesota. Local silent sport enthusiasts spearheaded the movement so that a better trail system can be achieved and to implement visions for the future. More information on the Sugarbush Trail Association is located at www.sugarbushtrail.org.
In April, a proposal to build a 12-room inn with a helipad, restaurant and stable, was stopped by the efforts of the Snowlands Network and the Reno-based Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Winter Sports (CSAWS) and other skiers. The proposed bed and breakfast was planned for 1.8 acres in the middle of Tahoe Meadows, a small, popular area that offers easily accessible, quality cross country and Telemark skiing to the public, on the north side of Mt. Rose Highway. Snowlands President Marcus Libkind and CSAWS Director Gail Ferrell, along with other concerned skiers, presented convincing arguments against the project. Approval for the project was denied and subsequently the Forest Service has expressed interested in buying the property.
Tahoe Meadows, on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest southwest of Reno, has been a popular area for cross-country and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing for over 20 years. In 2000, the Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Winter Sports (CSAWS) with the support of Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, secured a non-motorized designation for the south side of Tahoe Meadows. In an effort to preserve cross country and backcountry skiing on the north side of Tahoe Meadows the group is seeking a non-motorized winter designation for the area.
In March, the Wasatch-Cache National Forest Revised Plan was released after a four year planning process. In the Revised Plan, 7,500 acres have been newly designated non-motorized area, while 540,000 acres remain open to winter motorized use. Currently, there are no groomed cross country ski trails on the WCNF and there are 180 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
ALASKA WINTER OLYMPIANS FOUNDATION TO BE FORMED
Nine Alaskan athletes, all of whom participated in the 2002 Winter Olympics, have come together to promote education, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for sports in Alaska. Their goal is to create an organization that will ensure the future success of Alaska’s Olympic athletes.
The group hopes to provide Alaskan athletes with assistance as well as support for their Olympic endeavors. To accomplish their goals, the group has proposed to establish a nonprofit organization with the following mission: promote the Olympic ideals and winter sports and recreation in Alaska, create a venue for the community to contact local Olympians for participation in events such as public speaking, school visits, and volunteer work in the community, and raise funds for the competitive athletes of Alaska.
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SKI BIZ NEWS
Toko US Reorganized
The Swiss company Toko is part of the Mammut Sports Group, which markets the Mammut, Raichle and Ajungilak brands. Climb High, Inc. in Shelburne, VT is also owned by the Mammut Sports Group and has distributed those brands to specialty stores.
Based on management decisions made in spring 2003, Climb High will now distribute Toko branded products. All billing, logistics, and customer service operations will be conducted at Climb High office in Shelburne, Vermont. All sales, marketing, and product management activities will be conducted out of the Sales and Marketing Office in Heber City, Utah. Toko brand manager Ian Harvey said, "This will allow me to leave the logistics and bookkeeping to Climb High and to focus on what I truly have a passion for, such as service, product development and building the brand."
In addition to the Climb High distribution decision, Toko has announced it will take over the marketing the Yoko XC brand. In the past, the two brands had been linked in crossover marketing that led to some consumer confusion. Shipping in September, the new product will be similar to the Yoko product in the past, but will carry the Toko brand identity.
For more information regarding these events or Toko, please contact Ian Harvey at ian@TokoUS.com or (866)TOKO-USA.
Doc DesRoches, former head of Ski Industries America, Dies at Age 86.
Ralph A. "Doc" DesRoches, 86, died on June 30, 2003, at his home on Clearwater Lake in Industry, ME. During World War II, Desroches served in the 10th Mountain Division, training ski troops at Camp Hale, Colorado and Lake Placid, New York.
From 1963 – 1981, Doc served as executive vice president and CEO of Ski Industries America (now SnowSports Industries America), the national trade association of manufacturers, importers and distributors of consumer ski products. He managed the organization and its respective trade shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and its now permanent home, Las Vegas and played an integral role in shaping the association as the industry knows it today SIA LAUNCHES "WINTER FEELS GOOD", NATIONAL PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
In response to numerous government reports citing the lack of physical activity in the United States, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) launched Winter Feels Good this past summer, a nationwide public awareness campaign that promotes the health, fitness, social aspects and benefits of snow sports participation. This initiative, targeted at kids under 14 and their parents (particularly moms) includes: an educational component through its website, www.winterfeelsgood.com, a community outreach program and a media relations component.
NEW GENERAL MANAGER FOR SILVER STAR
Michael Sherwood, CGA, has been appointed to the position of General Manager, Silver Star Ski Resort Ltd. Mr. Sherwood takes on the role of General Manager after spending the last 18 months as Company Controller. Sherwood can be reached by contacting Silver Star Mountain Resort at
250/542-0224 or by email at email@example.com.