Far West News Flash: October 2014

WHO & WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014-2015

Deer Valley Purchases Solitude Mountain Resort

Deer Valley has entered into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort, to being operations in May, 2015.  Solitude is an incredible resort, which is in a position with their widely varied terrain to attract local and destination skiers.  For the upcoming 2014-15 ski season, Solitude will operate as usual under the leadership of the DeSeelhorst family. To foster the most effective and strategic change over, select Deer Valley staff will work alongside Solitude staff during the next six months to evaluate resort operations and gain knowledge about the Solitude brand and culture. Deer Valley will then take full ownership of Solitude Mountain Resort on May 1, 2015.

Easier Reach to Your Ski Destination through Denver

This winter, new flights and expanded service from major hub airports will make Colorado Ski Country USA more accessible to skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. New service from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington D.C, to name a few, will bring domestic and international guests directly into the heart of Colorado Ski Country more conveniently than ever before.  From DIA, travelers can reach seven resorts in less than a two hour drive, or hop on a commuter flight to any number of destination resorts, including Aspen , Durango , Eagle, Gunnison-Crested Butte, Montrose, or Steamboat.  In some cases, with these additional flight options, guests can fly direct to their choice resort from their originating city, such  as Atlanta , Chicago , Dallas , Newark , Phoenix , and   Seattle and can be slope side in no time.

Women’s Ski Jumping USA

Sarah Hendrickson showed why she is the world champion in women’s ski jumping by soaring to a first place finish in the US Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday, October 12th in Lake Placid , New York .  Sarah said she was happy to jump, what she called, “two satisfactory” jumps, and ended up in first place.  Her teammate, Jessica Jerome, followed with a close 2nd.  Jessica stated that the conditions were good, they all jumped well, and anyone could have won, but she was happy for Sarah.  She said that they are all pushing each other to prepare well for their upcoming competitions.  The US Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team will be returning to Park City to continue their training.  Coach Alborn plans to name the 2014/2015 team in early November.

Steamboat Moves to Protect Their Trademark Name:  We all recognize the trademark ” Ski Town USA “ that has gone along with the Steamboat name for decades.  Both Steamboat Ski Resort and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have registered Ski Town, U.S.A. with the US Patent and Trademark Office, having used the term since 1959.   On the heels of the launch of a marketing campaign by Visit Salt Lake to promote Salt Lake City and its four member resorts (Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird) as Ski City USA, which appeared to be an effort to attract visitors away from places like Park City and Steamboat, Steamboat Springs, Colo., moved to protect its trademark Ski Town, U.S.A. in the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado by filing a complaint against Visit Salt Lake, the four mentioned resort areas.  It looks like Visit Salt Lake will have to come up with another idea.

1989 World Alpine Ski Championship Time Capsule to be Opened

For the past 26 years a bronze rectangular object has stood guard in the hall, outside of the entrance to the Vail Public Library, adorned with the trophy that was presented to the medal winners at the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships.  The 1989 organizers assembled the capsule prior to the start of the Vail Valley’s first World Championships.  They intended for the time capsule to be opened prior to the start of the next Championships the community was fortunate enough to host,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 Organizing Committee.  “Somewhere along the way, the capsule and its contents got forgotten in the buildup to the 1999 World Championships.  Now, just three and a half months away from the 2015 Championships, it will be fun to reminisce on those first Championships and see what is contained inside the capsule.” The capsule will be opened on October 21st, in conjunction of the start of the Council’s regular work session.  The 1989 World Championships marked the first time in almost 40 years that the event had been hosted in the United States.  A then record number of 42 nations were in attendance, represented by a total of 291 athletes.  The 2015 World Championships will feature some 600 athletes from an estimated 70 nations.


Far West Ski Foundation and KIND Causes

One of the Foundations’ efforts is to support the rehabilitation for wounded servicemen and servicewomen.   The Vail Veteran’s Program is participating in KIND Causes – a program from KIND Snacks that supports ideas aimed at making the world a little kinder.  Each month, KIND gives $10,000 to an individual or organization spreading kindness to those in need. Through the month of October, you can vote for this cause here:   http://causes.kindsnacks.com/cause/vail-veterans-program/.  Each vote will bring the Vail Veteran’s Program one step closer to receiving the grant.  By voting, you are committing to doing a kind act or good deed of your own.  The thought here is that small acts make a BIG impact, and we can all benefit from paying it forward. Contributions to the Far West Ski Foundation may be made online at: www.farwestskifoundation.org or by mail to: FWSF, Box 861 , Fallbrook, CA 92088.


Save the Date

The San Diego Council of Ski Clubs is delighted to host the 83rd Annual Far West Ski Association Convention at the luxurious Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego , California from June 4-7, 2015.  Make plans to arrive early and stay late to take advantage of all that San Diego has to offer.

Optional events on Thursday will feature a Historic Trolley Tour of San Diego, the Seal Tour on San Diego Bay and a very special evening Sunset Dine Out on the USS Midway. Friday events include a golf tournament, kayaking, biking, and a trip to the San Diego Zoo.

Make your room reservations now!!  Call 1-800-772-8527 or book online at our FWSA room reservation site at http://bit.ly/FWSA-lodging. When calling for a room reservation, be sure to reference our group name – Far West Ski Association.  Our special group rate offers a choice of accommodations in one of the high-rise towers, or a charming garden bungalow.  Free Wi-Fi in guest rooms is included.

For complete details about all the Salute to San Diego – Convention meetings, educational seminars and events, visit www.fwsa.org.  The website for the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center is located at www.towncountry.com.  For additional information, contact Eileen Sanford, Host Council Convention Coordinator at eileensanford12@gmail.com.  FWSA industry partners can contact Debbi Kor, FWSA VP of Marketing and Sponsorships at fwsadebbi@comcast.net.

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