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Canaan Valley follows Snowshoe’s lead with season extension

Fellow West Virginia snowsports resort Canaan Valley will also extend its season to April 6, the AP reports.

In-bounds avalanche death ruled not Winter Park’s fault

A Colorado court has ruled that the 2012 death of a skier in an in-bounds avalanche at Winter Park resort does not entitle his widow to trump the state’s cap of a resort’s liability. Like Snowshoe, Winter Park is owned by Denver-based Intrawest. The February 13 edition of the Denver Post has the story about [...]

Lake Tahoe snowboarder’s body found in tree well

The body of a 25-year woman who went missing while snowboarding at Alpine Meadows, a Lake Tahoe-area resort was found December 30, according to a news report. Shawnte Marie Willis was found by a group called Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. The young woman reportedly went missing two days earlier during a storm that produced [...]

Intrawest sells Mountain Creek

Intrawest sells Mountain Creek

Snowshoe’s parent company Intrawest appears to have shed another resort asset as part of its ongoing effort to curtail debt in the wake of the last winter’s embarrassing threatened foreclosure. A New Jersey newspaper is reporting that the resort long known as Vernon Valley and/or Great George, but which operated under Intrawest as Mountain Creek, [...]

Tubing accident at Massanutten draws lawsuit

Snowshoe officials will surely be eyeing the $25 million lawsuit filed against Massanutten Resort in Virginia after a snowtuber there was paralyzed. The Daily Progress has the story.

Fortress gets to keep Intrawest, after all

Thanks to several recent sales of once-promising resorts and a reported infusion of $150 million in new money, Snowshoe’s parent company, Intrawest, will remain in the hands of the hedge fund, Fortress, that nearly lost the chain of resorts in the middle of the Olympic Games.

Snowshoe gunning for ‘most snow’ title

Only Wisp now stands ahead of Snowshoe (in the mid-Atlantic, one presumes), according to OnTheSnow.com.

Homestead’s Sepp Kober honored

Sepp Kober, the 89-year-old “father of southern skiing,” was honored Saturday with a celebration, covered by the Staunton newspaper, prior to his expected induction into the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

The ever-shrinking Intrawest…

Panorama, Copper, Squaw; and now it’s sunny Sandestin that appears to be leaving the Fortress/Intrawest resort chain. The good news for us Snowshoers is that reducing debt = higher likelihood of investment in the other Intrawest assets, e.g. Snowshoe.

WV patroller/politician wants more ski areas

It might not have been meant that way, but it looks like a gentle diss of the Snowshoe’s Western Territory as not enough. The Charleston Gazette has the story.

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