|Park City Mountain to Host Inaugural Seven Summits Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 24
Brand new this season, Park City Mountain will host the inaugural Seven Summits Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 24. Designed as a completion challenge for advanced skiers and snowboarders who truly want to conquer the largest ski resort in the United States, the Seven Summits Challenge takes participants on a winter adventure from one edge of Park City Mountain to the other tackling seven of the resort’s most iconic peaks including Jupiter Peak, Dream Peak and 9990.
This event isn’t for the faint of heart. To complete the challenge, participants will be required to hike a handful of peaks and navigate their way across some of the most advanced terrain on the mountain. Participants can choose their own routes, but must check in at all seven pre-designated peak locations on the mountain. The challenge will begin at the Park City Mountain Village and will end with a celebratory après ski party at Red Pine Lodge.
The event is designed as a completion challenge, not a race. In addition to bragging rights, all participants who complete the challenge will receive a commemorative pin and hat and will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win prizes including Helly Hansen gear.
Event registration is open now and a portion of all registration fees will benefit local Park City nonprofit, SOS. For more information, visit: www.parkcitymountain.com/explore-the-resort/during-your-stay/event-detail-page.aspx?id=%7B22ffa653-7f0c-43ea-bf14-39e577b445ef%7D
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:00 a.m. Event Check In at Legacy Lodge, Park City Mountain Village
9:00 a.m. Seven Summits Challenge Begins
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Seven Summits Après Celebration at Red Pine Lodge
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Live Après Music by Triggers & Slips on the Canyons Village Stage
Alterra Mountain Company Appoints Rusty Gregory As Chief Executive Officer
Deer Valley Resort owner Alterra Mountain Company last week announced the appointment of Rusty Gregory as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Gregory is an investor in the company and has been a member of the Board of Directors since the company’s inception in August 2017. Mr. Gregory is an experienced travel industry executive and proven mountain resort innovator. His career in the ski industry spans 40 years starting as a lift operator at Mammoth Mountain in California where he rose through the ranks to become an owner and the company’s Chairman and CEO for over 20 years.
Mr. Gregory will focus on establishing the newly-formed Alterra Mountain Company’s culture and developing the growth, operating and guest service strategies for its platform of mountain destinations across North America, while leading its more than 20,000 employees.
“I’m thrilled to be leading the Alterra Mountain Company team in its formative years at such a pivotal time in the mountain destination industry. This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with so many highly respected industry leaders and some of the most iconic mountain destinations in North America,” said Rusty Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “Together we will create a highly performing enterprise by focusing on what’s important – our guests, our employees, and our mountain communities. We will build our business by enhancing and enriching the lives and experiences of each.”
“Since the formation of Alterra Mountain Company, Rusty has served as a Senior Strategic Advisor and has been instrumental in creating its vision and direction. He has played a crucial role in the creation and collaboration of the Ikon Pass,” said Eric Resnick, Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners. “He is a clear leader in the industry and a natural fit to lead Alterra Mountain Company into the future as well as execute on our promise to innovate while enhancing the unique nature of each of our destinations.”
Last month, Alterra Mountain Company launched the Ikon Pass, a new pass product for the 2018-2019 winter season that combines the company’s 12 destinations with 11 partners from six industry leaders – Aspen Skiing Company, Alta Ski Area, Boyne Resorts, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, POWDR, and Snowbird.
“With the Ikon Pass, we have created an unrivaled platform that offers one-of-a-kind mountain experiences under one pass, by combining our portfolio of 12 destinations with 11 iconic mountain destination partners across North America,” Gregory continued.
Mr. Gregory has experience in all facets of the ski industry and resort business, including time spent as a lift operator, equipment operator, lift maintenance and construction supervisor, ski instructor, heli-ski guide, Director of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer. He founded and operated Mammoth Heli-Ski in the 1980s, Mammoth Land and Development Company in the 1990s, and became an owner of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in 1996. He engineered three sales of the company, increasing his ownership stake with each transaction. Sixty percent of Mammoth Mountain was sold to Intrawest in 1996, and the entire enterprise was sold to Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group LLC and co-investors David Bonderman of TPG and Jonathan Nelson of Providence Equity in 2005.
In September 2014, Mr. Gregory led the acquisition of Southern California’s largest and most popular ski and snowboard destination, Big Bear Mountain Resort, and created Mammoth Resorts, bringing Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit under one umbrella. He then led the July 2017 sale of Mammoth Resorts to Alterra Mountain Company.
Mr. Gregory is past Chairman of the National Ski Areas Association, Trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, and Trustee and past Vice Chairman of the Yosemite Conservancy. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Commissioner of the California Travel and Tourism Commission where he served as CFO and Vice Chairman. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the University of California Santa Barbara’s Valentine Reserve Environmental Research Fund.
“We are happy to welcome Rusty to the helm of Alterra Mountain Company and look forward to our continued collaboration,” said Bill Crown, Alterra Mountain Company Board Member and Partner of Henry Crown and Company. “We thank Bryan Traficanti for his service and leadership as Interim Chief Executive Officer and are pleased to have his continued guidance as a Board Member.”
Mr. Gregory will be based out of Alterra Mountain Company’s headquarters in Denver, Colo. Bryan Traficanti, interim CEO, will return to KSL Capital Partners, LLC as Head of Asset Management and remain a board member of Alterra Mountain Company.
Snowbird Brings Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Online
Snowbird has flipped the switch on five Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations for year-round use. The stations, along with an additional 110-volt outlet, are available to electric car owners who want to enjoy worry-free travel in beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon.
“We’re excited to be able to provide transportation options for our guests and employees above and beyond bus services and our carpool initiatives,” said Hilary Arens, Snowbird’s Director of Sustainability.
The stations are located in the Snowbird Cliff Lodge parking structure via Entry 4. The chargers were installed with the assistance of grants and donations from Tesla, Rocky Mountain Power and Utah Leaders for Clean Air. Snowbird has been pursuing the requisition and installation of these chargers since 2017 and support Snowbird’s sustainability goals of reducing carbon emissions from vehicles traveling in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
“Snowbird has strived to be a good steward of the land in Little Cottonwood Canyon for more than four decades,” Arens said. “These chargers represent our continuing efforts to fulfill our long-term sustainability mission.”
Snowbird is not the first resort in Utah to offer EV charging stations but it now has the largest capacity of any other ski resort in Utah. The chargers will be available to Snowbird day and overnight guests and are located conveniently in covered parking, out of the elements.
Spring Temperatures Bring Value Vacation Packages at Deer Valley Resort
Ski season is in full swing at Deer Valley Resort, the #1 ski resort in North America, and timing is right to book spring skiing packages. Experience bluebird skies, warmer temperatures and increased sunlight for more time to play and mountain luxury at a great value. With an award-winning Ski School and Children’s Center, spring getaways to Deer Valley provide an ideal alpine escape for all ages.
Deer Valley Resort’s spring package lineup includes:
Spring Ski & Stay Package
Experience the 2017 World Ski Award’s United States’ Best Ski Resort and save 15% on lodging and lift tickets. Package is valid February 21 through March 9, 2018. A minimum of two lift tickets total must be purchased with this package. Minimum night stay is required and varies by property. Not valid at Black Diamond Lodge.
Spring Lodging Special
Save 15% on lodging when you book your Deer Valley Resort spring ski vacation. Package is valid March 9 through March 24, 2018. Minimum night stay is required and varies by property. Valid only at Deer Valley, Silver Baron Lodge and Deer Valley Signature Collection.
Late Value Package
Experience Deer Valley Resort during the late winter season periods and receive 25% savings on lodging and lift tickets at a wide range of accommodations managed by Deer Valley. Package is valid March 25 through April 8, 2018. A minimum of two lift tickets total must be pre-purchased with this package. Minimum night stay is required and varies by property.
Late Season Family Value Package
Kids ski FREE and save 20% on lodging, lift tickets and kids’ ski rentals. With family friendly amenities, including an outdoor pool and hot tub, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, in-town shuttle and an on-site restaurant and rental shop, all within close proximity to Snow Park Lodge and ski school, the Lodges at Deer Valley and Silver Baron Lodge are the perfect choices for families vacationing at Deer Valley Resort. Package is valid March 25 through April 8, 2018. Receive one complimentary lift ticket, per paying adult, for children 12 and under per day, as well as two Deer Valley children’s ski rental discount vouchers. A minimum of two lift tickets total must be purchased with this package. Minimum night stay is required and varies by property.
The following apply to all packages: At time of booking, offers are based on availability at select properties, on new reservations only and packages cannot be combined; tax and service fees are not included; purchase of daily adult lift tickets is, at times, required to obtain lodging discounts; end dates are checkout dates. Please speak with a Vacation Planner to clarify all package details. Visit deervalley.com for additional packages and promotions.
Eighteen Westminster College Students and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Student-athletes Named to Team USA
Westminster College congratulates its 18 U.S. Ski & Snowboard student-athletes who are competing for Team USA in South Korea. All of campus is watching and cheering them on as they pursue their athletic dreams.
Westminster is proud to be an Official Education Partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body for competitive skiing and snowboarding. U.S. Ski & Snowboard nominated 18 Westminster students for the 2018 team ahead of the Olympic Games. The athletes represent the United States in events like giant slalom, moguls skiing, snowboardcross and Nordic combined. Athletes train at the Center of Excellence in Park City, while studying 30 minutes away at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
Together, Westminster and U.S. Ski & Snowboard help national athletes achieve excellence in the classroom and on the slopes. More than 140 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes have attended Westminster College since the partnership began in 2005. The average GPA for all Westminster U.S. Ski & Snowboard students is 3.6. While they all compete in snow sports, they’re individually earning degrees in and exploring varied passions like art, entrepreneurship, physics and biology. They balance intense training schedules and rigorous coursework with inspiring determination.
“I think the type of person that I am — and most athletes are — is a little type-A,” explains Megan McJames, three-time Olympian, amateur baker, Westminster junior and finance major. “We like to do our best at everything. When you’re pursuing your best in sports, those skills translate into school and vice versa.”
2018 Team USA members from Westminster College
Maddie Bowman (freestyle): junior, biology
Bryce Bennett (alpine): first-year, undeclared
Ryan Cochran-Siegle (alpine): sophomore, physics
Alex Ferreira (freestyle): sophomore, finance
Bryan Fletcher (Nordic): junior, health education
Taylor Fletcher (Nordic): sophomore, marketing
Jared Goldberg (alpine): sophomore, undeclared
Faye Guilini (snowboard): junior, accounting
Devin Logan (freeskiing): sophomore, communication
Wiley Maple (alpine): sophomore, history and psychology
Megan McJames (alpine): junior, finance
Madison Olsen (freestyle): sophomore, business
Abby Ringquist (ski jump): junior, art
Morgan Schild (freestyle): first-year, undeclared
Liz Stephen (cross-country): first-year, undeclared
Brita Sigourney (freestyle): junior, business
Darian Stevens (freestyle): first-year, business
Jacqueline Wiles (alpine): first-year, undeclared
Getting a Buzz On: Coffee Culture in Salt Lake
Salt Lake is buzzing with a dynamic coffee culture that’s been on an upward swing for the past few years. From nitro-poured cold-brewed coffee to siphon coffee makers that seem as much alchemy as science, downtown Salt Lake has become nationally known as the place where beans and baristas are taken seriously. For a tasting, here are five coffee shops where small-batch, direct-sourced roasts are king.
Publik Coffee Roasters – Named for the Dutch word for “community,” Publik is housed in a 12,000-plus-square-foot building that was once used by a lithographer. This is a dual-level space with lots of seating, outfitted with reclaimed materials and Alpha Dominche Steampunk machines. The original Publik is in downtown Salt Lake City. Publik Kitchen in the 9th and 9th district serves their coffee as well as a full menu, and a third location is in the Avenues neighborhood. www.publikcoffee.com
The Rose Establishment – In a century-old former meatpacking plant close to Pioneer Park, The Rose Establishment exclusively serves Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco. Those seeking nitro-poured cold-brewed coffee on tap have found nirvana. The buzzy Rose Establishment has a full breakfast and lunch menu, welcomes you with the aroma of house-made pastries and baked goods, and serves Four Barrel espresso as the perfect eye-opener. www.theroseestb.com
Salt Lake Roasting Co. – A Salt Lake staple since the 1980’s, Salt Lake Roasting Co. is a true pioneer in craft coffee in Utah. It’s the city’s oldest coffee roaster and owner John Bolton mentored under the legendary Alfred Peet (Peet’s Coffee). Sourcing beans that are always Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified, the coffee is freshly roasted in-house and the pastries made fresh daily. There’s a downtown location on 400 South and a newer branch near the Leonardo Museum. www.roasting.com
caffe d’bolla – Run by husband-and-wife owners John and Yiching Piquet, caffe d’bolla is located close to the public library and dubs itself “Salt Lake City’s first artisan roaster and siphon coffee bar.” This is where to find single origin coffees from small farms and estates. The Pichets artfully employ a siphon coffee maker, which utilizes boiling water and a vacuum effect to create a memorable cup of coffee. This for those who treasure a slow, carefully created coffee experience. www.caffedbolla.com
Blue Copper Roasters – In the heart of the 9th and 9th District, Blue Copper Coffee Room is housed in an industrial space with a sizeable outdoor patio. They use small-batch roasted beans, with a rotating selection of boutique bean offerings sourced from reputable importers. At the moment, they are working with partners in Colombia and Nicaragua. Take your brew to another level with their specialty and seasonal beverage syrups. www.bluecopperslc.com
Snowbird Founder Ted Johnson Passes Away at 91
Snowbird Founder Ted Johnson passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at the age of 91. Johnson was critically injured when hit by a drunk driver while crossing a street in California.
Johnson first came to Utah chasing the legendary Little Cottonwood Canyon powder and ended up working at Alta in the 1960’s. He quickly realized the potential for a second resort in the canyon and began buying up mining claims and looking for investors. A chance meeting with a Texan named Dick Bass began a partnership that resulted in Snowbird’s opening in December 1971.
“Almost everything at Snowbird – from the Tram to the village to the spirit of Snowbird’s first employees – started with Ted,” said Snowbird President and CEO Bob Bonar, who worked for Ted before the resort opened. “It was Ted’s vision, intellect, endearing personality and persistence that brought Snowbird to life.”
Bass bought out Johnson’s interest in Snowbird in 1974.
Affectionately known as the Silver Fox, one of Snowbird’s iconic runs from Hidden Peak to the base is named in Johnson’s honor. Ted is survived by his wife Shirley, his children, Peter and Kylie, and three grandchildren as well as his partner and spouse at the time of Snowbird’s opening, Wilma.
A celebration of Johnson’s life is being planned for this spring.