The Snow Gauge went one-on-one with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and asked the tough questions about Perisher developments, expansion plans and just what can be done about expensive lessons.
Key points from the chat:
- Much hinges on a government report on Perisher that is slated to be handed down in October
- Village and key developments at Perisher could still be a decade away
- There’ll be no superpipe in Perisher
- Concedes more needs to be done with lesson pricing
- A Japanese resort is in the Epic Pass crosshairs
Obama was surprised to learn about the Epic lock-out dates until he realised he was A) American and B) Not short of a quid.
Ok, you are sure to know about Whistler being added to the Epic Australia Pass for 2017/18, another big winner for the Vail Resorts juggernaut.
But there’s another change that’s understandably been publicised a little less.
Last season there were 11 lockout dates; that is 11 days in which you couldn’t use the pass.
Now there are 21.
Enough to get you re-considering? Or do you think it is a justified trade off for getting Canada’s No.1 resort on the ticket (albeit for a combined 10 days with Vail)?
Michael Sharwood had the last ski run of his life all worked out: a run down the Blackcomb Glacier on his 80th birthday.
Like many of the best laid plans it didn’t eventuate as what seemed to be the most innocuous of falls ended his skiing days three years short in January this year.
But Michael doesn’t want your sympathy. He’s skied 110 resorts over 52 years. He’s travelled the world. He’s made life long friends. He conceived (well, conceived of!) his only daughter on a chairlift in Aspen.
This is his story. And a thank you to the sport he loves so much.
Anthony Sharwood doing some spring preparation on the Lake Run, Portillo. Pic: Glenn Cullen
September and October don’t have to be no-man’s (or woman’s) land for skiers and snowboarders looking for somewhere to ride.
These are my top five resorts to ride around the globe that will be rocking for another three to seven weeks so there’s plenty of time to get you fill before the northern hemisphere winter starts.
All resorts listed are based on current conditions and my first hand experience, well except for one place I haven’t got to quite yet …
But they’ve had two feet and I’ve got nowhere to stay!
The snow’s coming and you don’t have a bed. Everywhere is full. But The Snow Gauge has run the rule over some left field options for NSW – they may not be the closest or always the absolute best but they can mean the difference between a riding a powder day – or just reading about it.
And they reckon a week in politics is a long time.
Have a look at what’s happened in our skifields over the past week and it’ll have you start thinking Donald Trump is the new normal.
There was the glorious day that was Wednesday 13 July that finished with up to 85cm of snow and a top temperature of -3.9 degrees all day at Perisher Valley. Then Saturday tipped out at 10.3 degrees. Tuesday had 21.6 mm rain. Friday is calling for tops of 7 degrees. After that? A lazy two feet of snow over a couple of days. Head hurt yet? Mine does.
So the deal is you’ve left it late again waiting for the perfect storm but are fast running out of options with Perisher, Thredbo and Jindabyne fuller than a centipede’s sock drawer. Here my friends are the alternatives …