The S-Word? Since when is Snow Bad

 We enjoyed putting this piece together for Ski Area Management. It’s safe to say that not all weather reporters are the outdoorsy type. Here’s the rest of the story.

Photo by Troy Hawks.

Photo by Troy Hawks.

 

SAM Magazine—Ithaca, N.Y., Feb., 19, 2015—Over the past couple of weeks, politicians, meteorologists, and even destination tourism officials in the Northeast have been giving snow a bad name, adding to the challenges resorts face in drawing visitors. Elected officials and meteorologists are advising people to not go outside, and a visitor’s bureau went so far as to recommend that people head to Florida. READ FULL ARTICLE

Finding Balance: Silver Medalist Mike Shea and the Road to Sochi

 

Mike Shea finding balance.

Mike Shea finding balance.

Originally published by Club Colorado – The Official Blog of Colorado Ski Country USA

One year ago Mike Shea, paralympic snowboarder and 2014 silver medalist was standing on a podium at Russia’s Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre just 30 miles from the Black Sea. That moment was the realization of a dream of more than four years.

Shea, then donning a shining silver medal, was one third of the U.S. sweep of the debut of Paralympic snowboard cross. Standing with Shea were teammates Evan Strong, gold medalist, and Keith Gabel, who won bronze. If there’s such a thing as “break-out” season in ski and snowboard racing, 2013/14 was it for Shea. His silver medal performance in Sochi frosted a season that included becoming the first overall para-snowboard World Cup Champion and he posted several other first and second place finishes.

But seven years earlier Shea was on the opposite end of the spectrum of an Paralympic silver medalist. He was an alcoholic and addicted to pain medication. It was a road he had been traveling down for the past few years. Selfishness grew, destructive incidents mounted, and family and friends grew tired of being lied to and used. Shea finally reached the road’s dead end in 2006. REQUEST FULL POST

NSCD President Becky Zimmerman Sees Lives Changing Every Day

Becky Zimmermann, CEO of the National Sports Center for the Disabled, from her offices at Mile High Stadium.

Becky Zimmermann, CEO of the National Sports Center for the Disabled, from her offices at Mile High Stadium.

 

Stories of perseverance, trauma, determination, struggle, dis-appointment, hard work, athletic achievement, triumph, and an occasional tear; it’s just another day at work for Becky Zimmermann, president and CEO of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).

NSCD is based in Winter Park with administrative offices at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Zimmermann’s desk is just a few chain lengths away from the North end zone.

She grew up in Evergreen, earned her MBA at the University of Colorado, and she’s been NSCD’s CEO since 2012. She’s well recognized for her work in planning and designing major resorts around the world including Hakuba 47 in Japan.

This year America’s longest running competitive ski race, the Wells Fargo Ski Cup, celebrates its 40th running. It’s the signature fund raiser for the NSCD and draws 5,000 fans to Winter Park Resort. Here’s more from our chat with Becky Zimmermann. (Originally published by Club Colorado – The Official Blog of Colorado Ski Country USA).

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Record 200,000 Fans Turn Out For Alpine World Championships At Vail/Beaver Creek

Vail Mayor Andy Daly has a moment with 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. (Photo courtesey of the Mayor.)

Vail Mayor Andy Daly has a moment with 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. (Photo courtesey of the Mayor.)

 SnoCountry.com checked in with Vail Mayor Andy Daly, a ski industry veteran, who said his town was blown away by the fan participation, particularly for the Men’s Downhill Feb. 7. Estimates are some 20,000 fans filled the grandstands and lined the course for the downhill alone. This was the third time the event has been held in the Vail Valley.

“The number of spectators was bigger than any other alpine race in the U.S., and based on feedback from some of our friends in Park City, even bigger than the Olympic races held there in 2002,” Daly said. READ FULL ARTICLE

How a Bus Ride Ignited Zach Miller’s Paralympic Dreams

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Originally published by Club Colorado – The Official Blog of Colorado Ski Country USA

If you were a young boy growing up with cerebral palsy, and all you really wanted to do was play sports and keep up with the other kids in school, but you couldn’t, you’d probably have some down moments.

You might get discouraged if you weren’t as strong as the others, or couldn’t run as fast, or jump as high. There would probably be days that you felt somewhat alone in your circumstance.

Put that same young boy on a bus with a few dozen other children – all with similar challenges and heading for a day of skiing and snowboarding – and you might find that by the time he gets home he has a totally new perspective on life. It was just such a bus ride that ignited 15 year old Zach Miller’s passion for snowboarding. REQUEST FULL POST