If there isn't any plans for a rotating titty bar I don't give a damn about Innerwest or Fail!
I think your mistake is thinking that the attractiveness of the women in some of these ski towns is anywhere near the attractiveness of women in Arizona. There are some hotties in ski towns, sure, but in my experience going to strip clubs in the sticks, strip club gigs don't usually draw those girls.
Import. Import. Import! Yeah, AZ is awesome in that department.
We used to stop every now and then at this topless bar in Rock Springs Wyoming for a beverage or two. I'm so happy that it was a very, VERY dark bar inside.
I've said and I hold to it that there would be 3 power players. I didn't see Aspen coming but I hold to it that Boyne will be one of the survivors. I'd look for them to do some buying really soon.
Have you seen that John Kircher has become the sole owner of Crystal Mountain in WA? The other three mountains owned by Boyne are Big Sky, plus Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands in Michigan. The other Boyne mountains are long term lease arrangements.
I saw that as freeing up cash to buy something
Boyne is doing a really good job with Sunday River. I thought it was really well run.
Hmm, reading what John Kircher said in the blog entry and other articles it seemed that he is happy to change his focus to just one mountain. He's been living there for 20 years. It was a share swap. Although haven't seen what's going to happen for the job of being charge of Boyne West operations. Summer plans call for spending $5 million in capital improvements.
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Kircher, 59, for years oversaw the western operations of Boyne, which spanned Washington, Utah and British Columbia. It was he who led the purchase in 1997 of the Crystal Mountain ski area from a group of 850 shareholders.
But in late March he swapped out his shares in Boyne for complete ownership of the resort, where he has lived for two decades.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” Kircher said in an interview. “You can get 100 percent of all the fun of being in the ski business from one place rather than multiple resorts. So I’m kind of scaling back, concentrating on one place I really enjoy.” * * *
A website about future development plans was rolled out last year for Big Sky called "Big Sky 2025." Plans called for spending $150 million in the next decade.
Thinking about what will happen with pass offerings for 18-19. Right now, all pre-merger Intrawest mountains are on the Max Pass, while everything else is on the Mountain Collective. There are 4 scenarios as to what could happen for 18-19.
1. No changes. Pre-merger Intrawest resorts stay on the Max Pass and everything else on the Mountain Collective. Current system works fine, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
2. Move all non-Intrawest resorts to the Max Pass. Since Intrawest was one of the founding members of the Max Pass, they have high degree of control over how that pass works, so they may want to be part of it for that reason, as well as it being the preference for Intrawest's management. It also allows them to work with the other Max Pass resorts in the east where it has a strong presence to keep Vail from ever being competitive there.
3. Move all pre-merger Intrawest resorts to the Mountain Collective. Since there are currently more resorts under Aspen/Intrawest/KSL on the Mountain Collective, it might make sense to use that pass instead, and it would boost their presence in Colorado, having almost all non-Vail mountains on the same pass, with Crested Butte and Copper the notable exceptions on the same pass. However, they'd lose the benefit of having the other Max Pass resorts that are close to population centers as feeder hills in the east.
4. Introduce a new pass for unlimited access to all 13 resorts that is similar to the Epic Pass, while leaving both the Max Pass and Mountain Collective. This would allow them to keep business within their own resorts, not relying on other Max Pass or Mountain Collective members, and would be highly beneficial to those who already ski at one. However, it would likely alienate all business that their resorts were getting from the previous passes they were on. For example, I won't be skiing Tremblant or Stratton anymore if they leave the Max Pass, since that is the only multi-resort pass that makes sense for me given that I get the add-on rate from my Whiteface pass.
#3 Aspen was a founding member of the Mt Collective but I'm thinking now that they are not a stand alone resort they may bail. I'd say it's a 33.3% odds
66.6% they form their own pass to compete directly with Epic and bail on both MC and Max greatly weakening both and leading to the battle of the titans btw Aspen and Vail which is clearly what this is all about.
"It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport."
Artic Explorer Fridtjof Nansen