Words by Alta Ski Area general manager, Onno Wieringa
Hello Alta Skiers,
As we approach the longest day of the year, I want to pass along a few updates.
Our great AltaSnowbird partners now have a new controlling interest owner, Mr. Ian Cumming. Ian has lived and skied at AltaSnowbird for years and we welcome him into his new position and look forward to his presence as AltaSnowbird tackles the challenges of economic and environmental sustainability.
Ian’s presence ushers in a new chapter for our long-time storyteller, reciter of poetry and all-around great man, Mr. Dick Bass. Dick’s vision, passion and commitment took Snowbird and Little Cottonwood Canyon a long way along the road of improvement from the mining and timbering wasteland that Snowbird started with. A sewer line, natural gas pipeline and the Cliff Lodge addition are economic and environmental highlights of Dick’s 40+ years with Snowbird.
Our Corkscrew summer run grooming project is well under way. We have moved utility pipes onto place on the snow and have plowed away most of the winter snow. We are now waiting for a little more melt to proceed. We are excited about the outcome of having Corkscrew to become a more skier-friendly run, all or part of the Rustler cat track being able to be snowed in by mid-winter, and about the reclamation of the Nina’s Curve erosion gully with the overburden pile that sits between Corkscrew and Nina’s Curve.
A great part of our winter skiing experience is preceded by the 1000’s of hours of summer maintenance by our lift, cat, snowmaking, building and IT crews. Not many see their work however we all enjoy the fruits of their labors.
After 28 years, Tim Evenden has retired from the Albion Grill. We thank him for his years of great skier service. We will take over operations, starting with opening the Albion Grill this summer from July 1- September 7. We will be open Monday through Friday from 11- 6, and from 9- 6 on weekends and holidays. Stop by for food, provisions, a cold beer and maybe a glass of wine if we can jump through all of the licensing hoops.
AltaSnowbird will again be a part of the Mountain Collective with our great partners Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb. This pass is as cool as it gets as an enticement to get out and ski other great mountains. The pass will go on sale again in the early fall. Go to mountaincollective.com for details.
We hope to have our Wasatch Benefit package in place again this season as an extra value for our premium season pass holders. All of the partners- Snowbird, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley are busy straightening out a few details. We hope to have the final information about the benefit in July.
Alta continues to be an active participant in the Mountain Accord environment, recreation, transportation and economy study effort. We are represented on all four of the topic committees. By 2015 the study effort hopes to identify alignment and transportation alternatives to address current canyon congestion and to handle the projected Wasatch Front doubling of population in the next 30 years. You can find more information and ways to get involved at mountainaccord.com.
The lawsuit filed against us because we are a skier’s mountain is slowly grinding its way through the legal process and the lawyers’ offices.
Thank you for skiing with us last winter and have a great summer.
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