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Month: November 2016

Warren Miller ski movies, 6 Decades

Did you grow up on Warren Miller ski movies like me? It started with my parents telling me how Warren Miller would come to their New Hampshire ski club meetings in the fall, with his projector to show his latest ski film. It was a great fundraiser, a fun party and the traditional kick off to the ski season. My mom would tell us she felt badly laughing at Warren Miller’s chairlift crash clips – “but they are just so funny, watching skiers pile up as they slide in to each other off the lift ramp.”

Flash forward – Warren Miller no longer narrates his ski movies, in fact he sold Warren Miller Entertainment in 2004, now the narration is Olympic skier Jonny Moseley – but the legend continues with annual ski movies filmed in remote beautiful ski locations starring the best skiers in the biz, funny narration and phenomenal footage. From Alaska to Kazakhstan, Zermatt Switzerland to the steeps of Big Sky Montana, Warren Miller’s ski movies celebrate 67 years in 2016, and this year’s ski film to debut at ski parties everywhere in November is titled Here There and Everywhere, following the previous year’s Chasing Shadows, and 2014’s  “No Turning Back”,.

Here is a list of the annual Warren Miller ski movies from 1950 when it was just Warren, his rucksack and his 9mm camera, to today spanning ski celebs from Suzy Chafee and Greg Stump, Phil & Steve Maher, Dan and John Egan to Olympians Bode Miller, David Wise, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety, Sarah Burke, Daron Rahlves, Jonny Moseley, snowboarders Seth Wescott, Gretchen Bleiler, and free skiers Chris Davenport, Chris Anthony, Seth Morrrison, Peter Olenick, Pep Fujas, Doug Coombs, Glen Plake, Scot Schmidt, the list goes on…and so does the tradition of Warren Miller…an inspiration for more ski film start ups Meathead, Teton Gravity Research, Sweetgrass and Matchstick Production…

1. 1950 Deep And Light
2. 1951 California Skis
3. 1952 Wandering Skis
4. 1953 Ski Fantasy
5. 1954 Symphony On Skis
6. 1955 Invitation To Skiing
7. 1956 Have Skis, Will Travel
8. 1957 Anyone For Skiing?
9. 1958 Are Your Skis On Straight?
10. 1959 Let’s Go Skiing
11. 1960 Swinging Skis
12. 1961 Many Moods Of Skiing
13. 1962 Around The World On Skis
14. 1963 The Sound Of Skiing
15. 1964 The Skiers
16. 1965 The Big Ski Show
17. 1966 Ski On The Wild Side
18. 1967 The Ski Scene
19. 1968 No Boundaries
20. 1969 This Is Skiing
21. 1970 Sound Of Winter
22. 1971 Any Snow, Any Mountain
23. 1972 Winter People
24. 1973 Skiing’s Great
25. 1974 The Color Of Skiing
26. 1975 There Comes A Time
27. 1976 Skiing On My Mind
28. 1977 In Search Of Skiing
29. 1978 Ski A La Carte
30. 1979 Winter Fever
31. 1980 Ski People
32. 1981 Ski In The Sun
33. 1982 Snowonder
34. 1983 Ski Time
35. 1984 Ski Country
36. 1985 Steep And Deep
37. 1986 Beyond The Edge
38. 1987 White Winter Heat
39. 1988 Escape To Ski
40. 1989 White Magic
41. 1990 Extreme Winter
42. 1991 Born To Ski
43. 1992 Steeper And Deeper
44. 1993 Black Diamond Rush
45. 1994 Vertical Reality
46. 1995 Endless Winter
47. 1996 Snowriders
48. 1997 Snowriders 2
49. 1998 Freeriders
50. 1999 Fifty
51.2000 Ride
52. 2001 Cold Fusion
53. 2002 Storm
54. 2003 Journey
55. 2004 Impact
56. 2005 Higher Ground
57. 2006 Off The Grid
58. 2007 Playground
59. 2008 Children Of Winter
60. 2009 Dynasty
61. 2010 Wintervention
62. 2011 Like There’s No Tomorrow
63. 2012 Flow State
64. 2013 Ticket to Ride
65. 2014 No Turning Back
66. 2015 Chasing Shadows
67. 2016 Here, There and Everywhere

Warren Miller Entertainment is currently owned by the Bonnier Corporation who also publish Boating, Sailing, Yachting, Field and Stream, Flying, Cycling, Waterski and Wakeboarding magazines.

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Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips

Ski Resort Opening Dates

6kitzbuhel-hrb-markus-pow2Ski resorts are opening across the North East and out West faster than you can say #Winteriscoming. The West has already gotten a few big snow storms. Meanwhile New England finally has cold weather to blow snow after a very mild start to November and October for that matter. Now what really  matters to skiers: opening dates at your favorite ski places:

Killington opend first in the East October 23, a week after Arapahoe Basin Colorado. A Basin was the first ski resort open in the country. Bretton Woods was next to open in the east.

Stowe, Sugarbush, Sunday River, and Loon Mountain Resort open Wednesday, November, 23. These are perennial big snow makers and often first ski resorts in the east to open.

2-ski-timberline2Sugarloaf opens Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24.

Cranmore Mountain, Cannon, Waterville Valley and Mount Sunapee Resort plan to open Black Friday, November 25 – so we’ll call that White Friday in ski country.

Gunstock Mountain Resort opens Friday, December 2, Burke in Vermont and Black Mountain in NH open Saturday, December 3

Ragged Mountain Resort, Wildcat and Attitash are aiming for early December.

big-sky-heather-moonlightOut West, Mammoth is open in California. In Colorado,  Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Purgatory and Loveland are open, as well as Arapahoe Basin

In Canada, Lake Louise and Sunshine in beautiful Banff are open.

In Europe, Solden, Hintertux and Stubaier Glaciers in Austria are open. In Switzerland, Gstaad, Zermatt, and Saas Fe are open. Val Thorens and Tignes in France are open for skiing.

Get out there and enjoy the early season skiing!

Winter is coming ski friends…see you on the slopes soon!

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Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips & Luxury Ski Trips,

Photos by Greg Burke

CNL, EPR, Vail Resorts- Who owns what ski resorts?

1sunrise-express-baseAre you ready for the latest in mountain mergers and alpine acquisitions? EPR Properties of Kansas City is buying up 15 ski resorts from CNL Lifestyle Properties. This shouldn’t affect your ski winter – but its wild news with wicked big numbers.

The total ski package is $830 million in a complicate formula of stock, cash and holdings and assets.

Because of the long-term lease agreements between CNL and each of the 14 resorts, no operational or season passholder big-sky-moonlightchanges are expected from the sale to EPR, which is expected to close in the spring of 2017 according to Ski Area Management, SAM Magazine.
Karl Kapuscinski, president and CEO of Mountain High and Stevens Pass, said even though the lease for the properties is changing hands, it’s business as usual. “It’s similar to a home mortgage being sold to another bank. Nothing really changes except who you write the check to.”

The EPN/CNL ski resort sale includes

2-ski-timberline2Brighton Ski Resort, Utah (Boyne Resorts)
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo. (Triple Peaks)
Cypress Mountain, B.C., Canada (Boyne Resorts)
Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Tenn. (Boyne Resorts)
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Mass. (Fairbank Group)
Loon Mountain Resort, N.H. (Boyne Resorts)
Northstar, Tahoe CA, managed by Vail Resorts
Mount Sunapee Mountain Resort, N.H. (Triple Peaks)
Mountain High Resort, Calif. (Mountain High Holdings LLC)
Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt. (Triple Peaks)
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Calif. (Booth Creek)
Stevens Pass, Wash. (Stevens Pass Mountain Resort LLC)
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, Maine (Boyne Resorts)
Summit-at-Snoqualmie Resort, Wash. (Boyne Resorts)
Sunday River Resort, Maine (Boyne Resorts)

big-sky-ianMeanwhile Vail Resorts now owns or at least operates 13 ski resorts, and half of the 10 busiest ski areas on the continent, the top three being Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, and Breckenridge.

Vail, Colorado
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Breckenridge, Colorado
Keystone, Colorado
Park City (and Canyons) in Utah
Heavenly, Lake Tahoe, California
Northstar (management contract only, purchased by EPR)
Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe, California
Whistler Blackcomb, BC Canada
Perisher, Australia
Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin
Afton Alps, Minnesota
vail-heather-simbaMt. Brighton, Michigan

Vail Resorts also holds the RockResorts brand, with luxury ski lodging properties including The Lodge at Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Pines Lodge and The Osprey at Beaver Creek , One Ski Hill Place at Breckenridge, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Winter is coming ski friends…see you on the slopes soon!

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Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips & Luxury Ski Trips,

Photos by Greg Burke

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