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Presidents' Vacation Week ... 2015

It's been a long February Vacation on Killington. Many of us have skied like never before. Jack Daniels Speed Pool TournamentThe powder has been plentiful, the air - never colder, ... and the work, never-ending. For me, the three biggsest events of the month were:

  • Skiing my favorite (and new favorite) trails: Devil's Fiddle, Patsy's, The Great White, Anarchy, Skylark.
  • The Jack Daniels Speed Pool Tournament
  • An awareness of a skiing shortcoming.

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Who Owns Which Mountain Resorts  (Listed by state in which headquartered)

CALIFORNIA

KSL Capital Partners
Alpine Meadows, California
Squaw Valley, California

NOTE: KSL also owns a 24% interest in Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia.

Snow Summit Ski Corp.
Bear Mountain Resort, California
Snow Summit, California

COLORADO

Aspen Skiing Company
Aspen Highlands, Colorado
Aspen Mountain, Colorado
Buttermilk, Colorado
Snowmass Ski Area, Colorado

Intrawest
Blue Mountain, Ontario (at 50%)
Snowshoe, West Virginia
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Colorado
Stratton, Vermont
Tremblant, Quebec
Winter Park Resort, Colorado
 
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE : MTN)
Afton Alps, Minnesota
Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado
Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado
Canyons Resort, Utah (1)
Heavenly Mountain Resort, California/Nevada
Keystone Resort, Colorado
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California
Mount Brighton, Michigan
Northstar-at-Tahoe, California (2)
Park City Ski Area, Utah
Vail Mountain, Colorado

(1) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Vail Resorts, Inc. Resort is owned by Talisker Corporation.

(2) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Vail Resorts, Inc. Resort is owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties.

MICHIGAN

Alpine Valley Holding Co.
Alpine Valley, Michigan
Alpine Valley Resort, Wisconsin
Bittersweet Ski Area, Michigan
Devil's Head Resort, Wisconsin
Mount Holly Ski Area, Michigan
Pine Knob Ski Area, Michigan

Boyne USA, Inc.
Big Sky Resort, Montana
Brighton Ski Resort, Utah (3)
Boyne Highlands Resort, Michigan
Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan
Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia (3)
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire (3)
Sugarloaf, Maine (3)
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington (3)
Sunday River Ski Resort, Maine (3)

(3) Resorts are operated under long-term agreement by Boyne USA. Resorts are owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties.

MISSOURI

Peak Resorts, Inc.
Alpine Valley, Ohio
Attitash, New Hampshire
Big Boulder Ski Area, Pennsylvania
Boston Mills/Brandywine, Ohio
Crotched Mt. Ski Area, New Hampshire
Hidden Valley, Missouri 
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania 
Mad River Mountain, Ohio (4)
Mount Snow, Vermont
Paoli Peaks, Indiana
Snow Creek Ski Area, Missouri
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire

(4) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Peak Resorts, Inc. Resort is owned by EPR Properties.

NEW YORK

State of New York
Belleayre Mountain (Olympic Regional Development Authority)
Gore Mountain (Olympic Regional Development Authority)
Whiteface (Olympic Regional Development Authority)

PENNSYLVANIA

Snow Time, Inc.
Liberty Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania
Whitetail, Pennsylvania

UTAH

Powdr Corp.
Boreal Ski Area, California
Copper, Colorado
Gorgoza Tubing Park, Utah
Killington, Vermont
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Nevada
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Pico Mountain, Vermont
Soda Springs Ski Area, California
[Snowbird: On May 12, 2014 an ownership change was announced. Ian Cumming, a wealthy businessman with long business and personal ties to Snowbird, became majority owner in partnership with Bass, who remains chairman. Ownership change since then has been marked by cost-cutting via lift closures, restaurant closures and the tunnel during the week. -WikiPedia]

Sinclair Oil Corporation
Snowbasin, Utah
Sun Valley, Idaho

VERMONT

Triple Peaks LLC
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado (5)
Mt. Sunapee, New Hampshire (6)
Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont (5)

(5) Resorts are operated under long-term agreement by Triple Peaks LLC. Resorts are owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties.

(6) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Triple Peaks LLC. Resort is owned by State of New Hampshire and CNL Lifestyle Properties has lease rights.

CANADA

Mont Saint-Sauveur International Inc.
Edelweiss Valley, Ottawa
Mont-Avila Ski Area, Quebec
Mont Gabriel, Quebec
Mont Olympia, Quebec
Mont Saint-Sauveur Ski Area, Quebec
Ski Morin Heights, Quebec

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies LTD
Fernie, British Columbia
Fortress Mountain, Alberta
Kimberley Alpine Resort, British Columbia
Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec
Nakiska, Alberta
Stoneham, Quebec
Wintergreen Family Resorts, Alberta

NOTE: CNL Lifestyle Corp. also owns Bretton Woods Resort, NH (operated under long-term agreement by National Resort Management Group), Mountain High Resort, CA (operated under long-term agreement by Mountain High Associates), Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA (operated under long-term agreement by Booth Creek Ski Holdings Inc.), Stevens Pass, WA (operated under long-term agreeement by Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, LLC), and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, MA and Cranmore Mountain Resort, NH (both operated under long-term agreement by Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, LLC).

Source: National Ski Areas Association, Lakewood, Colo.

 


They seem to ski a lifetime in one very long season. (lifted from the Boston Globe)

They seem to ski a lifetime in one very long season.

Call them true passionate loyalists celebrating a lifestyle and sport they've chosen. More a sense of pride than brash bragging rights, they span life's spectrum from affluent to not. Some work, others don't.

No matter, they're in the 100 Club at Killington.

Admission?

Ski or snowboard at least 100 days in a single season - a remarkable milestone.

"This really is a diverse group," said general manager Mike Solimano. "Some guys work construction and take a good portion of the winter off so they can ski 100 days. This isn't just about people who are retired. Some are ski bums."

With its beastly long season that began Nov. 3 and crossed 100 days of operation on Tuesday, two skiers crossed the threshold that day with a handful of other hardy souls hovering around that coveted century mark.

Amazing.

The club didn't officially begin until the 2012-13 season, when a diehard skier nearing his seasonal 100 days for the first time in his life asked Solimano for a photo op on that eventful day. That happened, the skier's name even put in lights. From that, Solimano formed the club. Fifty-seven did it that season; 128 achieved it last year, according to resort communications staff.

Some even repeated and even tallied upward of 140 days.

What do they get for braving a postman's ski bag of shifting weather, conditions, and curveballs?

A baseball cap and bumper sticker.

The central Vermont mega-resort keeps track of skier days by scanning passes, something some skiers consider annoying.

"Funny, after the first year some started asking to be scanned," said Solimano.

With the East's longest season produced by snowmaking and natural snow, the resort can sustain the 100 Club. In 2013-14, the season lasted from Oct. 23 to May 18 with a reported 196 inches of snow. In 2012-13, it ran from Oct. 13-15, then Nov. 5-May 26, with a 208-inch seasonal snowfall total.

Recreational skiers Larry and Peggy Golonka found the club by accident. Retired since 2002, the Sutherland couple met at Killington in the mid-1990s and now spend the winter there. Lifelong skiers, they'd been tallying 100-plus days on their own before Peggy was told one day after her pass was scanned she was in the club and could get her hat.

"I said, ‘What? Really," said Peggy, 64.

She and Larry, 71, now have two hats each.

Skiing's their thing, but not every day.

"If it's a 25 below windchill we don't go out anymore," said Peggy. "If it's pouring rain, we won't go out."

The couple doesn't always ski together, and Peggy has a few days more this season, over 70, than Larry, a retired Department of Environmental Protection engineer.

"Skiing is our passion," said Peggy. "We have friends who find every excuse not to ski. That is their right. We don't boast about this in front of other people because some of them can't do this yet."

Neal Gore of Bedford, a retired stockbroker, had 92 ski days last season when he discovered the club. He used to ski with his wife Nancy, but when she gave it up after an injury he continued a few days a week without her from their Killington ski house. Last season Nancy picked up a local magazine that had a piece about the club, listing some members and asked Bob if he knew any.

He did.

Then she asked him if he would like to ski 100 days.

He skied nine more.

"It's not a big deal," he said. "The big deal is that I skied every day and enjoyed every day. As long as I can ski, I will. My wife is very understanding. She knows my passion."

The club isn't exclusive to retirees. Kevin Flannery, 44, probably won't make the club this year. But the Weymouth warehouse product consultant can basically live anywhere as long as its by an airport, so Killington was home for six months last season. When he wasn't traveling, he was skiing and made the milestone.

A Midwest transplant, he learned to ski about 20 years ago and stayed in New England because of skiing.

An admitted fair-weather skier, he was out most days but draws the line in a driving rain.

"This year I won't go anywhere near 100," he said. "To hit the 100 days you would have to live up there for the majority of the time. Not living up there makes it difficult."

But he hopes to try again next season.

Nor is it exclusive to skiers.

Local snowboarder Kaitlyn Hummel, 29, works 60-70 hours per week as a realtor and bartender at a Killington Road tavern near the mountain's base, meaning she has mornings to ride, even doing sunrise hikes with her dog using a split board.

She's also a repeater, going for three consecutive years in the club. Now, she's more than midway through her 2014-15 quest.

"I just really love being in the mountains and enjoying the fresh air, the peace of being on the hill," said the native Vermonter. "That's why I live in Vermont. I have a deep love of the mountains."

Hummel was driven to ride 100 days when she fell snowboarding a few years ago and fractured two vertebrae in her back. Terrified, she didn't know if she would ever ride again.

"That was my motivation, the spark to get back on the hill," she said.

Living in Killington, she uses the mountain like many in the city and suburbs might use the gym, fitting in her time on the mountain depending on her schedule.

"That's what we call Superstar [Express Quad], the gym because it's five minutes from the bottom to the top and you can get in a lot of runs in a short amount of time," she said.

For Hummel, the club isn't about bragging rights.

"For me, it certainly is not," she said. "I just love to be on the mountain and love to snowboard."

No such thing as a bad day on the hill for this bunch.

And if the Big K has a 199-day season like the last, they just have to show up every other day.

Marty Basch can be reached at marty.basch@gmail.com.

 

 

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El Nino: 75%
"Killington had a decent winter last year and with the arrival of El Nino we see ample snow and many great days on the slopes. It will all come down to the track of the moisture rich southern Jet Stream and how one storm arrives after another across the region. Looks for a slow start to the season but a great ending so enjoy. More..."

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Killington Brewfest Weekend

Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241' of Vermont's finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, a plethora of fabulous food offerings and over 100 of the finest craft beers in the region. One of Killington's most distinctive annual celebrations, the Brewfest gets bigger and bigger every year. Now an action-packed multi-day event with two sampling sessions, you’ve got plenty of time for all the activities, beer and food you can handle.
Schedule Snapshot:
Friday, October 3, 2014

  • Brewfest Golf Tournament: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • VIP Tasting Session: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Tasting Session: 8:00-11:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

  • Brunch with the Brewers: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • VIP Tasting Session: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Tasting Session: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
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