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Powdr sells Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts

The Denver Post reports:

Powdr Corp. has sold its Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts for $183 million, ending a tumultuous year for Utah’s most popular ski destination.

"Selling was the last thing we wanted to do, and while we believe the law around this issue should be changed, a protracted legal battle is not in line with our core value to be good stewards of the resort communities in which we operate," Powdr CEO John Cumming said in a statement. "A sale was the only way to provide long-term certainty for PCMR employees and the Park City community. My family and I are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role in making PCMR what it is today, and we deeply appreciate the dedicated employees and all of the people who have supported us over the years."

The deal requires Vail Resorts to retain Park City Mountain Resort employees.

Powdr owned the Utah resort for more than 20 years, growing it into one of the most popular ski areas in North America.

The sale ends a legal battle that pitted Cumming’s Powdr against its landlord Talisker Land Holdings. Powdr in April 2011 was a few days late in renewing its longterm lease with Talisker for more than 2,800 acres of upper terrain at Park City Mountain Resort. That lease, which dated back to the 1970s, had the resort paying roughly $150,000 a year.

Talisker took the opportunity to oust Powdr. It leased its neighboring Canyons ski area to Vail Resorts, offering the continent’s largest resort operator the chance to run Park City Mountain Resort if it handled the legal eviction process. Vail promised Talisker $25 million a year plus a share of revenue for the 4,000-acre Canyons, with an eye toward taking over Park City Mountain Resort and creating the largest single ski area in the country.

Powdr promised a fight. Cumming said if Vail and Talisker prevailed in the eviction, he would rip his chairlifts from the upper terrain and run a smaller resort from the base area land he owned on the border of the mountain and the village of Park City.”

DRAMA! Read the story at the Denver Post >

Alta got 10” of snow on June 18th. Yes, they did.

Alta got 10” of snow on June 18th. Yes, they did.

Study: Gay weddings could bring $15.5 million to Utah economy

Contrary to its reputation in the wake of the Prop8 campaign, the Utah tourism industry is very gay friendly — we’ve been hosting skiing and snowboarding trips there since 2006. And if same-sex marriage is legalized, we can see a whole lot of destination weddings in Utah’s spectacular mountains & canyons!

Read more at the Salt Lake Tribune >

Gorgeous #powder days in #Utah!!! #wasatch #snowbird #alta #brighton #ski #skiiing #snowboard #snowboarding #lgbt #gay

Gorgeous #powder days in #Utah!!! #wasatch #snowbird #alta #brighton #ski #skiiing #snowboard #snowboarding #lgbt #gay

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ashleigh Cox, a 21-year old BYU student who was killed after being caught in an avalanche while snowshoeing in Utah.
Avalanche risk is VERY HIGH right now in both Colorado and Utah. In parts of the Wasatch, the risk is rated as EXTREME. Please be safe out on the mountain and follow avalanche risk warnings!
Visit the Utah Avalanche Center >

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ashleigh Cox, a 21-year old BYU student who was killed after being caught in an avalanche while snowshoeing in Utah.

Avalanche risk is VERY HIGH right now in both Colorado and Utah. In parts of the Wasatch, the risk is rated as EXTREME. Please be safe out on the mountain and follow avalanche risk warnings!

Visit the Utah Avalanche Center >

Wow. Here’s what Snowbird looks like today with 53” of new snow!

Come with us in March >

(by Snowbird)

@WasatchEquality files lawsuit against Alta, claiming right to snowboard

@MyAltaUT sits on National Park Service land. @YoBeat reports:

On January 15, 2014, Wasatch Equality and four individual snowboarders filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Utah against Alta Ski Area and the United States Forest Service, seeking to permanently enjoin Alta from enforcing its anti-snowboarder policy and snowboarding ban. The plaintiffs also seek a declaration from the Court that Alta’s snowboarding prohibition, as enforced by the Forest Service, violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and is therefore unlawful.”

Read more at YoBeat and visit WasatchEquality.org >

Love this photo of the day from Powder, snapped at Snowbird in Utah!
Sign up now for our ski-in, ski-out trip in March >

Love this photo of the day from Powder, snapped at Snowbird in Utah!

Sign up now for our ski-in, ski-out trip in March >

Utah Judge Unexpected as a Hero to Gay People

The NYT has a fantastic write up about Robert J. Shelby, once celebrated by right wing conservatives, now a hero to LGBT people for finding Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

Check out the article >

First Gay Marriage in Summit County Officiated By Park City Mayor

We gotta give a huge shout out to the awesome ski town of Park City, Utah, whose mayor presided over the first same-sex wedding ceremony in Summit County.

SKI BUMS has always found Park City to be a fantastically welcoming, LGBT-friendly community, and we had an unforgettable day last year at Park City High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

Congrats to all the happy couples who are now getting married in Utah!

Listen to the story at KPCW >

Our #LGBT friends in #Utah are facing some major challenges this week — please share this to support #marriageequality in one of the most beautiful states in the USA!

Our #LGBT friends in #Utah are facing some major challenges this week — please share this to support #marriageequality in one of the most beautiful states in the USA!

Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down As Unconstitutional

@AP: A federal judge has struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages.

Pro Skiers Break World Record with Autograph Signing Event at @Snowbird

Snowbird, UT - What started out as an idea to bring professional skiers to ski with Snowbird guests, has grown so large, the creators of the event decided to register it with the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest autograph signing by professional athletes. “

The best skiers and snowboarders in the world come to Snowbird, and we’re honored to make history with their visit this season,” said Dave Fields, Vice President of Resort Operations.

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We’re so stoked to be going back to @BrightonResort this season! Sign up now for our trip… the group’s gonna be awesome!

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