Telluride wants into the million club
TELLURIDE – Sun Valley is not the only ski resort that figures it must get bigger, or at least busier. That has been the essential message coming from Crested Butte, which has been limping along at less than 400,000 skier days annually and wants to pump up to 600,000 by adding significantly more intermediate terrain, improving airline connections and bulking up the base-area lodging.Something similar is now being said at Telluride, where the Horning family, who bought the ski area least year, are reporting things just aren’t as good as they should be. Again, the story is that there is a minimum threshold for ski area operations.”Telluride is about the size of Steamboat in terms of what it takes to operate,” Ken Stone, the new executive vice president for marketing for the Telluride Ski & Golf Company. He explained that Telluride needs about as many employees to operate as Steamboat, but Steamboat has regularly had more than 1 million skier days, and Telluride has had 360,000.Among the other ski areas in what might be called the “million club,” nearly all are operated by Vail Resorts, Intrawest, or the American Skiing Co.
Ski area administration, however, seems to be in disarray. Ray Jacobi, the ski area chief executive, has been booted after only 10 months on the job. No replacement has been named, although Stone will be part of an interim working group supervising operations.Sun Valley plans to spiff up to grow ski numbersKETCHUM, Idaho – Like a bunch of other ski areas in the West, Sun Valley thinks it must create a bigger, more modern ski area in order to make sufficient money for Earl Holding, the owner.
Despite being the oldest destination ski resort in the West, Sun Valley’s skier days have been hovering at around 400,000 per year for the last decade. More skiers are needed to make some economic sense, says the resort’s general manager, Wally Huffman.To that end, Sun Valley is planning two new bottom-to-top gondolas and several detachable quads to replace existing fixed-grip lifts. There also is to be more terrain for beginners, intermediates and experts but no major whole-sale expansions, unlike what is proposed at Crested Butte. The resort also proposes to plow some money into snowmaking and upgrade or replace some of the on-mountain restaurants.All of this will make Sun Valley more like Vail, Aspen, and the rest of the industry leaders. The improvements are to occur in the next 10 years, Forest Service and BLM willing.Still in the “dream” stage, reports the Idaho Mountain Express, is an expansion of the skiable terrain onto the backside of Baldy Mountain.
PARK CITY, Utah – Know the difference between the East and the West? A former Connecticut resident says governments in the East do not allow people to leave trash cans out on the streets. In Park City, where she now lives, they do.That could be changed if the city council adopts a law she is pushing. Cans would have to be removed from the street and driveways soon after being emptied. “Where do you go and see the barrel sticking out all over the place?” asked the woman, Rosemary Sweeney. “You don’t.”Enforcing this matter of aesthetics will cost $1,500 to $4,000 per month, city officials tell The Park Record.
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