After an eight-month winter season, Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin ski resort has announced that it will be officially closing Sunday, June 22. A-Basin has been apart of a record breaking 2013/14 ski and snowboard season in Colorado, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. The ski area will be open and accessible for skiers and snowboarders Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 20, 21, 22) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. So, if you happen to be in Colorado this weekend, be sure to get the goods at A-Bay while you still can. For more details on the closing weekend, check out the press release below.
Press Release, Arapahoe Basin, CO:
Eight months after kicking off Colorado’s record-breaking 2013-14 ski and ride season, Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) announced that the mountain will close for winter operations on Sunday, June 22, 2014. The ski area will be open for lift-served skiing and riding this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 20-22) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Arapahoe Basin was the first ski area to open in Colorado on October 13, 2013. Over the course of this season, A-Basin received over 440 inches of snow, allowing it to extend the season past the initial June 1, 2014, closing date. February was the snowiest month for the ski area this season with over 90 inches of recorded snowfall. On Sunday, A-Basin will have operated for 241 days, including the three “bonus” extension weekends. While not the longest season on record, this season stands as one of the busiest and most successful for A-Basin.
“From our October 13 opening to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill remodel, to those extraordinary mid-season powder days to the summer skiing – this has certainly been one of the most amazing ski seasons Arapahoe Basin has ever had,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief Operating Officer.
Notable on-mountain improvements this season included a $1 million renovation to the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, the ski area’s popular après spot. In May 2014, A-Basin received the prestigious NSAA/Ski Magazine Golden Eagle Award for excellence in its waste-reduction program which focused on recycling and composting, as well as guest education. Currently, A-Basin is in the process of constructing a new Kids’ Center for its snowsports students, and expects that project to be completed in early 2015. By installing solar energy in this new building as well as other environmentally-friendly amenities, A-Basin remains committed to protecting its special mountain environment for generations to come.
Although summer is in full swing, A-Basin has already focused on creating low-cost lift ticket and pass products for next season. Arapahoe Basin will release its 2014-15 season pass and multi-day lift ticket products on July 1, 2014. Ticket packs will include a version of the ski area’s popular Elevation pass as well as a transferable lift ticket pack. Stay tuned to arapahoebasin.com for more information.
The Basin doesn’t shut down just because the ski season is over. From July 5 to August 31, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill will be open for lunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arapahoe Basin’s summer events season kicks off July 13 with Yoga on the Mountain at Black Mountain Lodge. Other events include the Summit Challenge Trail Run, a mid-mountain BBQ, and several dining events at Black Mountain Lodge. You can find more information about our summer events by going to arapahoebasin.com/summer.
The entire A-Basin family thanks all of our guests and friends for making this one of the best seasons on record. We’ll see you on the mountain again soon.
June 19th, 2014
The time has finally come. On Saturday, June 21, Whistler’s Horstman Glacier is set to open for summer shred. If you’re looking for a kick-ass place to have a kick-ass time this summer, Whistler should be on your list of places to check out. The glacier will be open and accessible for skiing and snowboarding from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily until Sunday, July 27 and will feature an outdoor BBQ (essential for summertime shredding). For more info on Whistler and/or the glacier skiing and riding available this summer, see the press release below.
Press Release, Whistler, BC:
On Saturday, June 21 the Wizard Express Chairlift will start to shuttle skiers and snowboarders up to Blackcomb Mountain’s Horstman Glacier for one of the most unique experiences Whistler has to offer; summer skiing and snowboarding.
Less than a month after the end of the winter season, Whistler welcomes skiers and snowboarders from all over the world who are chomping at the bit to get back on the snow. Completely out of sight from the valley floor, the action on Blackcomb Mountain from mid-June to the end of July draws today’s best winter athletes as well as skiers and riders simply looking to get their snow fix.
Supported by two T-bars, the glacier plays host to a public terrain park as well as private areas reserved by a long list of summer camps including Momentum Ski Camps and Camp of Champions, who both build their own massive parks.
“The Grooming and Glacier Operational teams have been busy transforming Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier into the ultimate summer playground where the best in the world come to train, coach, and play in the summer.” says Adam Francis, Whistler Blackcomb’s Summer Glacier Operations Supervisor. “Our crews have been expertly pushing and sculpting the various terrain features, and installing the latest in rail, tube, bonk, and box features.”
Glacier operating hours are 12pm-3pm daily with the first upload at 11am. The journey to the glacier takes two chairlifts, the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster, and a bus ride across to ride up the 7th Heaven chair. The views on the way up are spectacular, with black bears and other wildlife often spotted from above. The Horstman Hut will be open to the public for snacks, and an outdoor barbeque with a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and glacier action. Glacier skiing and riding will run until Sunday, July 27.
Glacier skiing and riding seasons passes can be purchased at a special Early Bird rate of $415 until June 20, with regular price passes available for $485. Winter seasons pass holders are eligible to purchase a pass for $290, with winter EDGE Cardholders eligible to purchase a pass for $335. Single day glacier skiing and riding tickets are available for adults $64, youth/seniors $56, and children $32. Tickets and passes can be purchased online or by calling 1.800.766.0449.
For more information on summer activities at Whistler Blackcomb, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
June 19th, 2014
Sony has officially upped the ante with its Action Cam series in an effort to take its product to the next level. As of this week, the newest firmware updates on the POV camera series will include live streaming, motion shot mode, burst shooting, self-timing, and more. For more details on the updates for the Action Cam series, check out the press release below.
Press Release, Sony Electronics:
Sony Electronics has released a series of firmware updates for their Action Cam lineup that add a variety of new functionality including the ability to live stream video from the flagship AS100V cameras.
In addition to live streaming, the new firmware adds motion shot mode, burst shooting, and a self-timer to the Action Cam AS100V model.
There is also an update available for the AS30V model which gives the Sony Live View Remote (model RMT-VR1) the ability to control multiple AS30V cameras, improves the auto exposure and allows Wi-Fi to operate without requiring a memory card to be installed.
Formal summary of firmware updates below:
Live Streaming Capabilities via Internet (AS100V only): The AS100V will have the ability to utilize U-Stream® for live steaming content via the internet. Now you can link your favorite social accounts with the streaming to notify your friends when you’re live streaming from your camera.
Motion Shot Mode (AS100V only): The Motion Shot LE mode will be added to the AS100V to allow users to capture traces of a moving subject in one image so that it appears to be a continuous picture. Sample screen shots below:
1. Burst Shooting and Self-Timer (AS100V only): This new update enables burst still shooting up to 10fps as well as a self-timer with an option for a delay of either 2 seconds or 10 seconds.
2. Multi Camera Control, Wi-Fi, and Improved Auto Exposure (AS30V only): Another update allows for the AS30V to have multi camera control (up to five cameras) via an optional Sony Live Remote Control RMT-LVR1. Wi-Fi capabilities will now be available without a memory card inserted as well as significantly improved auto exposure.
The Action Cam firmware updates can be downloaded immediately from the following links:
HDR-AS100V Update – LINKS:
Mac OS: http://esupport.sony.com/swu/9899/US
HDR-AS30V Update – LINKS:
Mac OS: http://esupport.sony.com/swu/9895/US
June 16th, 2014
Despite less than ideal conditions up at Windells for #FreeskierWeek, the crew continues to get down. One of the more impressive maneuevers came from Crazy Karl: a switch on, front swap, back three swap, front 270 out. Can’t quite fathom that? Enjoy the Instagram vid below.
June 12th, 2014
Valle Nevado is not the only resort in the Andes Mountain range getting battered with snow right now. However, due to a massive amount of recent snowfall, the Chilean resort has made the announcement that it will be opening for the 2014 ski season two weeks ahead of schedule. That’s right, as the Southern Hemisphere gets dumped on in the early part of its El Nino season, Valle Nevado, Chile will now officially open on Friday, June 13. So, if you happen to be in South America tomorrow, leave the superstitions about Friday the 13th aside and break out your boots and poles, the 2014 season in Chile is officially underway.
For more info, see the press release provided by Valle Nevado, below.
Press Release, Valle Nevado, Chile:
Valle Nevado announces that due to heavy early snowfall, the ski resort will open two weeks before the scheduled date for the 2014 season, this Friday, June 13. While El Niño weather patterns have forecasted favorable weather conditions for the central Andes this year, the amount of snow received in the past few weeks has already exceeded expectations, and promises an even better season than previously rumored. Valle Nevado currently has nearly three feet of snow, with more flurries predicted in this week’s forecast. Valle Nevado’s hotels will remain closed until June 27, however most trails, select restaurants and other services will open for day skiers and those lodging in condominiums.
This year there are more reasons than ever to visit Valle Nevado, Chile’s premiere ski resort. Earlier this year Chile joined the U.S. visa waiver program and the $160 reciprocity fee for U.S. visitors has been lifted, making air travel to Chile more convenient and affordable than before. In addition, Valle Nevado just became one of the very first southern hemisphere members of the Mountain Collective Pass, joining the ranks of legendary resorts Alta Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Whistler/Blackcomb and Mammoth Mountain. U.S. Mountain Collective pass holders for 2014-15 receive 2 free lift tickets during Valle Nevado’s 2014 season, and “top-tier” pass holders from member resorts receive 50% lift tickets for up to 7 days.
North American residents have even more ways to save this 2014 season. Skiers can receive up to 35% off hotel reservations for the week of July 11-18, with half board and lift tickets included. Travelers looking for a more independent experience receive up to 25% off apartment rental rates for the same week, July 11-18, with rates starting at just USD $309 per apartment per night in participating condominiums. Plus, an additional 25% discount is available on lift tickets when booked along with your room reservation.
Lastly, as part of Valle Nevado’s USD $150 million Master Development Project that seeks to turn Valle Nevado into the first full service mountain village in the region, the resort announces the inauguration of a new restaurant, La Leñera, serving hearty mountain fare in a cozy lodge setting, as well as two new apartment buildings, El Plomo and Tupungato.
June 12th, 2014
Colorado Ski Country USA announced today that the 2013/14 ski season ranks as the best season to date in the state of Colorado. According to statistics presented at the CSCUSA’s 51st annual meeting this week, Colorado totaled an estimated 12.6 million skier (and snowboarder) visits statewide in the ’13/’14 season, which is more than ten percent higher than the previous season. Colorado resorts also topped the growth rate among the other states within the Rocky Mountain region with a rate of 6.4%. This is great news for the Centennial state, as well as the ski / snowboard industry as a whole. Let’s get more people out on the slopes next season—tearing up the white fluffy stuff that we all love. For more info on the statistics and what CSCUSA had to say on the topic, see the press release below.
Press Release Colorado Ski Country, USA
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today at the association’s 51st Annual Meeting that statewide skier visits totaled an estimated 12.6 million for the 2013/14 ski season, thereby making it the best season on record in the state. This estimation shows Colorado being up more than 10 percent compared to last season and more than 8 percent compared to the five-year-average.
“Seeing our visitation punch through the 12.5 million level and best our prior mark demonstrates the vibrancy of Colorado’s ski industry and the passion of our resident and visiting skiers and snowboarders,” stated Melanie Mills, president & CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “With two consecutive years of growth, momentum is certainly in our favor as our resorts continue to set the industry standard in terms of snow quality, skier safety and guest service.”
Colorado resorts outperformed the ski industry nationally, which saw the Pacific regions heavily impacted by drought. Colorado resorts also bested the growth rate of 6.4 percent in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. where snow conditions were more comparably favorable.
“Owning 22 percent of the national skier market speaks volumes to the reputation of our state as the top ski destination. Visitors choose to come here because of what our resorts have to offer; superior skiing, easy access, resorts of every variety, and resort staff who provide unparalleled guest service,” said Mills.
CSCUSA’s 21 member resorts hosted an estimated 7.1 million skier visits during the 2013/14 ski season despite having faced challenges with skier traffic on state roadways and sensationalized media hype surrounding the new recreational marijuana law.
“From the start of the season Colorado was in the national spotlight as media focused on the snow and the legalization of marijuana. All eyes were on the ski industry as the two stories unfolded during the ski season,” explained Mills.
Abundant early season snowfall and ideal snowmaking conditions in the fall prompted an October 13, 2013 opening for Colorado’s ski season. As snowfall continued, some resorts opened earlier than planned and opened more terrain earlier than usual.
“By Thanksgiving the ski season was off on a brisk pace backed by excellent early season conditions,” said Mills. “We got the word out that Colorado had snow and prime winter conditions, and that helped set up a robust holiday visitation period.”
In January and February, snow storms continued and were widespread across the state. During this time several factors kept visitors engaged in skiing and snowboarding: ideal snow conditions, enjoyable winter temperatures, positive economic news and the Winter Olympics.
“A variety of things came together to fuel mid-season visits and the results had major ski weekends bustling with guests, particularly Martin Luther King and President’s Day,” commented Mills.
Snowfall continued well into spring and bolstered Easter visitation despite the unfavorable late calendar date of the holiday. Healthy conditions allowed many resorts to extend their season or add additional weekends to their operating schedule.
“Overall it was a very positive season, we’re encouraged by the numbers and are hopeful this momentum continues,” said Mills.
During the course of the 2013/14 season Colorado resorts highlighted the importance of skier safety, resorts’ top priority, in several ways including by participating in National Safety Awareness Month. Additionally, several CSCUSA resorts were recognized for their safety programs as recipients of the 2013/14 National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Awards including: Steamboat Ski Resort for Best Use of New/Social Media and Copper Mountain for Best Terrain Park Safety Program.
Skier visits are the metric used to track participation in skiing and snowboarding. A skier visit represents a person participating in the sport of skiing or snowboarding for any part of one day at a mountain resort. These numbers are preliminary results and subject to final adjustments by CSCUSA members. The decision to release individual numbers is up to each individual resort.
June 12th, 2014
It’s official, the World Heli Challenge will be shaking things up for the 2014 competition in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. This year, the competition will host a new “Call Up” format, in addition to a big pool of cash and prizes.
As always, the NZ ski and snowboard challenge will provide the best heli-accesible zones of Southern New Zealand for elite skiers and cool-boarders. However, this year, skiers and snowboarders alike are able to team up (in any combination with a total of two skiers/snowbarders, one filmer) to enter an online video entry competition—”The Call Up,” in an effort to earn their spot in the 2014 competition. All video entries must be two to three minutes in length and submissions will be accepted June-August. Two winning teams will be voted upon and assigned a professional action sports photographer before competing head to head in a World Heli Challenge from September 7-15.
The four-man winning team (two athletes, a filmer, and a photographer) will split NZ$10,000 cash and a ton of prizes. Don’t miss out on your chance to win big; find your dream-team and enter the comp. For more info on the event, see the press release provided by the World Heli Challenge, below, or sign up, here.
Photo by Tony Harrington / World Heli Challenge
Press Release, World Heli Challenge:
The World Heli Challenge is shaking things up this winter with the launch of a new format, featuring a worldwide “Call Up” to all freeriders and filmers who would like a piece of the action. Those who make the cut will share in the rewards with the addition this year of a generous pool of cash and prizes valued at NZ$32,000.
Skiers and snowboarders can pair up with a mate and win their way into the legendary heli-accessed freeriding event through a video entry competition – The Call Up. Teams of two athletes – any combination of skiers/snowboarders – are invited to submit their 2-3 minute edit to earn their place in the 2014 World Heli Challenge.
Just two teams will make it through to the World Heli Challenge, which will be staged from 7-15 September in a new setting in Mackenzie Country around Aoraki Mt Cook and Ohau.
The teams will go head to head in a World Heli Challenge over 9 days including up to two heli-accessed event days in terrain surrounding New Zealand’s highest peak. The winning athletes and their filmer will be assigned an experienced action photographer who will complete their 4-person teams for the Challenge.
One of the notable changes to the event this year is the lucrative cash purse and prize pool now on offer for the competitors. This is the first time a cash prize has been on offer for the athletes. The ultimate winning team will share in NZ$10,000 cash ($2,500 each), and the Runner Up team will split NZ$4,000 ($1,000 each). The photographers and filmers are also in the running for additional prizes from iON Cameras and Canon to reward the best edit and portfolio from the competition.
Event founder and director Tony “Harro” Harrington talks about the changes, “We are really excited about this new model, especially because we’ve put a big reward on the table with serious cash and prizes up for grabs, not to mention the outstanding experience of heli-accessed riding in the backcountry of New Zealand.”
“There is just so much untapped talent out there and we are fired up to see the entries come in and blow us away with their freeriding and their edits. We are confident that both athletes and filmers will be excited by the Call Up theme of “Big Adventure/Big Rewards”. We know there are plenty of Heli Challenge alumni who will be pumped to tackle this new format and defend their titles and we’re also excited about the raw talent we’ll unearth through the Call Up.”
The World Heli Challenge has always been about creating jaw-dropping content and stories and this commitment to profiling athletes, the stunning New Zealand alpine environment and the adventure lifestyle remains central to the new format with the Canon Shootout still a key feature.
The iON Showcase Awards Night to announce the winners and ‘showcase’ the event in a film festival style will be held in Queenstown on the night of the 18 September.
The World Heli Challenge is made possible thanks to the support of iON Cameras, Carlton Dry, Canon, Volkl, Marker, Wilderness Heli, Southern Alps Guiding, Points North Heli Adventures, Exide and Lake Ohau Lodge and Snow Field.
June 11th, 2014
Ski Portillo is kicking off the 2014 southern hemisphere ski season with five-plus feet of brand new snow. The Chilean resort, known as being the “the finest ski experience in the southern hemisphere,” has announced that it will open for the season on June 21. Also, with this year named an El Niño season, skiers can expect for there to be a lot more snow in the forecast. Located a mere two hours from Santiago, Ski Portillo may be the place to be in South America this summer (winter). For more information on the resort, visit the website, or see the information provided by Ski Portillo, below.
Ski Portillo, Chile:
With excellent early season storms delivering nearly five feet of snow, Ski Portillo, Chile announces that the season will kick off on June 21, 2014. With an El Niño season forecast for the southern hemisphere, the season is expected to be colder and wetter than average, great news for skiers and snowboarders who want optimal snow conditions.
Renowned as the finest ski experience in the southern hemisphere, Ski Portillo offers an authentic experience is rich in culture, family-owned hospitality and awe-inspiring beauty. Ski Portillo offers only 7-day ski weeks, with prices starting at US$2,100 at the grand Hotel Portillo and US$1,390 at the Octagon Lodge (prices are per person based on double occupancy at Hotel Portillo and quad-occupancy at the Octagon Lodge and include 7-nights accommodations, four meals daily, and eight-day lift ticket as well as all the amenities of the resort. For information or reservations, visit www.skiportillo.com, call 1.800.829.5325 (US toll-free), or email email@example.com.
Located approximately two hours from Santiago and accessible via non-stop flights from numerous North American cities, Ski Portillo is the dream South American ski destination. Its incomparable setting – on the shores of the Lake of the Incas and surrounded by 19,000-foot Andean peaks – delivers an unsurpassed experience with world-class skiing and snowboarding and excellent service thanks to a one-to-one guest-to-employee ratio. Families, singles, couples, groups of friends—as well as many national ski teams—all love Portillo for its beauty, wide-open slopes and ample snowfall. The resort accommodates a maximum of 450 guests a week, eliminating crowds and lift lines, and affording guests the sensation of skiing at their own, private Andean resort.
Hotel Portillo Renovation
During 65 years in operation, Ski Portillo has continued to innovate and improve in order to elevate the ski week experience for guests, while maintaining legendary traditional hospitality. Currently, the grand Hotel Portillo is in the midst of a multi-year renovation which includes a redesign of the standard lakeview guestrooms. Close to 50 percent of the lakeview guestrooms will be renovated in time for the 2014 season with a sleeker, more contemporary room design that includes unique Chilean touches such as sustainably grown Lenga wood walls and ceilings and Chilean sheep wool throws.
Ski Portillo Skiing & Ski School
Ski Portillo’s 14 lifts, including the famed Va et Vient lifts found only at Ski Portillo, access terrain catering to skiers of all abilities. Ski Portillo’s ski and snowboard school features the world’s most qualified instructors; nearly 100 percent instruct year-round, teaching at the finest resorts in the Northern Hemisphere when they are not in Portillo. While less-experienced guests will find wide-open and uncrowded slopes, Portillo is famed for its steeps, and the area is surrounded by easily accessed backcountry terrain. Ski Portillo’s instructors also provide expert off-piste guiding for experienced skiers.
2014 Ski Portillo Heli-Skiing
From July to September Ski Portillo guests can experience the services of heli-skiing through Suma Air (www.sumair.com), which allows guests to access the endless acres of untracked powder snow in the mountains that surround Portillo. Suma Air flies a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter (with low noise level, GPS navigation and a luggage compartment), with a capacity of four passengers, a guide and the pilot. Ski Portillo provides the professional, who is in charge of guiding skiers during heli-ski trips. For information, contact Ski Portillo. Heli-skiing bookings are subject to availability, snow and weather conditions.
2014 Special Weeks – Wine Weeks, Friends Week and More
Family Weeks – Free night at Ritz Carlton Santiago for U.S. guests.
During Family Weeks (July 5-12, July 12-19, July 19-26, and July 26-Aug. 2), Portillo offers enhanced activities for children and families. As an added incentive to U.S. families, Ski Portillo is offering any guests of Hotel Portillo staying from July 5 – Aug. 2 a complimentary night at Ritz Carlton. This offer is subject to availability, has additional restrictions and has no cash value.
Chilean Wine Week (Aug. 2-9) and Chilean Wine Fest (Aug. 23-30) feature Chile’s top vineyards, with winemakers offering complimentary daily wine tastings and other special events for wine aficionados.
Friends Week (Aug. 16-23) is a favorite for old- and new-Portillo friends with additional special events on and off the mountain.
Kids Free Ski Weeks – During June, late August and September, Portillo offers “One Child Skis/stays/dines Free,” and “Two Children Ski/stay/dine Free” weeks, which represent a savings up to US $4,400. One child ski free promotion is available June 21-28, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, Sept. 6-Sept.13, Sept. 20-Sept. 27. Two children ski free promotion is available Sept. 27-Oct. 4.
2014 Ski Clinics
In addition to offering one of the finest ski schools in the world for guests looking for instruction or professional guiding, Ski Portillo is honored to welcome many of the world’s finest ski guides and pros to our slopes. Following are currently scheduled clinics for the 2014 season:
Ski with the Superstars with Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom, Mike Douglas, Chris Anthony and Wendy Fischer – Aug. 9-16
NASTC (North American Ski Training Center) – Aug. 9-16
Ski with Kim with Kim Reichhelm – Aug. 9-30
Clendenin Ski Method with John Clendenin – Sept. 9-14
July in Portillo – World Cup
The 2014 World Cup will take place throughout neighboring Brazil from June 12 – July 13, 2014. In celebration of the World Cup, Ski Portillo will have large screens throughout the resort for fans of both skiing and football/soccer to be able to follow their favorite teams and matches while on vacation in Portillo.
Early Booking Offer for 2015 Season
For guests wanting to plan in advance for the 2015 season, Ski Portillo is announcing in advance its 2015 early booking offer, valid until Dec. 31, 2014. Guests confirming a 2015 ski week by that date are guaranteed 2014 prices. This special offer is for North American reservations only, subject to availability, and a 50 percent deposit is required at the time of booking. It must be purchased by Dec. 31, 2014, and is valid only for Saturday – Saturday Ski Weeks for the 2014 season; other restrictions may apply. More information about Ski Portillo is available at www.SkiPortillo.com.
Ski Portillo Sister Hotels
Ski Portillo also owns and operates two award-winning sister hotels – Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, and Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa located on the banks of Lake Sarmiento in Torres del Paine National Park. Tierra Atacama is open year-round and Tierra Patagonia is open from Sept. 1 – April 30, so a trip to Ski Portillo may be combined with visits to these iconic hotels.
About Ski Portillo
For 65 years, Ski Portillo has seamlessly united the spectacular beauty of the Chilean Andes, the pure joy of skiing and snowboarding, the camaraderie of friends and family, and the resort’s unique brand of hospitality and service, delivering unforgettable vacation experiences where guests create the memories of a lifetime. Ski Portillo was awarded the best ski resort and the best ski resort hotel in Chile by the 2013 World Ski Awards. For reservations, call 1.800.829.5325 (U.S.) or email Reservas@SkiPortillo.com. For more information, visit www.SkiPortillo.com.
June 11th, 2014
Yep, It’s nearly that time of year again. The infamous iF3 (International Freeski Film Festival) Movie Awards are officially on the horizon (September 2014), and registration for the festival is open for all film companies. Producers are able register for the following categories: Professional, Amateur, and Web/New Media. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for the event, as you must sign up before July 22, 2014. Click this link to register now, or, for more info, check out the iF3 website. Best of luck, y’all.
June 10th, 2014
Industry news this morning: longtime Nordica staffer Willy Booker has joined Fischer as President and CEO. Reports suggest Matt Berkowitz, Fischer’s TM and Director of Alpine Marketing & Product, will hide upwards of 12 Smirnoff Ice bottles somewhere in Booker’s office as a welcoming gesture. Watch out, now!
On a serious note, Congrats to Booker and to Fischer on this big step. More provided via the official press release below.
Press Release, Auburn, NH — June 9, 2014
Fischer Sports, a family-owned, global leader and supplier of snow sports products, announces today that Willy Booker has been selected as the new President and CEO of Fischer Skis US, LLC., effective July 7, 2014.
Franz Föttinnger, Fischer International CEO, stated, “We are very excited about the addition of Willy Booker as new CEO and President of Fischer Skis US.”
“Willy’s vast experience and knowledge of the ski industry in the United States is just one step in a greater plan to further establish our brand as a leader in the US alpine market.”
Booker joins Fischer after serving as President of Nordica USA for the past four years. Prior to his role as President, Booker worked in the company’s sales, product management and marketing departments from 2002-2010.
Exposed to the ski industry from an early age, Booker grew up skiing at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado where his mother managed the area ski shop. Moving to the East Coast, Willy pursued his racing career at Burke Mountain Academy, which led him to the alpine team at the University of Vermont where he was an All-American.
“I’m very excited and humbled at the opportunity to join such an iconic and high quality family-owned brand,” said Booker. “I’m eager to get to work with the Fischer teams both here in the US as well as in Austria and help them position the brand for further growth and success in the future.”