London Barrelling: The Surfdome

by The Editors on February 22, 2007

Surf DomeAdd London to the list of cities hoping to cash in on the coming wavepool frenzy. This one, called the Surfdome will reportedly cost £30 million and feature New Zealand wave makers ASR’s latest wave making technology.

According to This is Hertfordshire the site will have three pools, a climbing wall and those ever present profits centers: shops, bars and restaurants. It is scheduled to open in “early 2009.”
[Link: Thisishertfordshire]


The Story of Silverton Mountain

by The Editors on February 22, 2007

Jenbrill-1In his new novel Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon describes Silverton, Colorado the way it was during its mining heyday in the 1880s:

Just a little grid of streets set in a green flat below the mountain peaks, but for wickedness it was one of the great metropolises of the fallen earth. . . Jittering Jesus.

That little grid has changed very little in the last 130 years, but there is new reason to visit: Silverton Moutain. We’ve mentioned it several times before, but in an age when huge multinational corporations buy and trade resorts like collectable cars, it’s comforting to know that a good ol’ do it yerself resort is still possible. That’s why we never tire of hearing the story of how Aaron and Jenny Brill did it. The Denver Post’s Jason Blevins explains.
[Link: Denver Post]


SP Land Buys Killington and Pico

by The Editors on February 20, 2007

It will take people much wiser in the ways of ski area management to explain exactly what all this means, but here are the players: SP Land has purchased Killington and Pico from the American Skiing Company for $83.5 million dollars plus $2 million of capital leases, etc. . . SP Lands and the Powdr Corp. (owner of six resorts including Park City and Alpine Meadows) have formed a new venture that will operate the two resorts.

ASC has already sold Steamboat (to Intrawest), Mount Snow and Attitash (to Peak Resorts Inc. of Missouri), leaving it with The Canyons, Sugarbush and Sunday River). For the rest of the details follow the jump to a letter from ASC’s CEO B.J. Fair.

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Intrawest Ropes Steamboat

by The Editors on December 19, 2006

Intrawest, the real estate and resort company that was purchased earlier this year by the private-equity firm Fortress Investment Group for US$2.76 billion, has signed a deal to purchase Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp for $265 million in cash. The deal is expected to close by the end of this snow season and will add Steamboat to its already long list of properties.


Tony Hawk Rolls A Coaster

by The Editors on December 14, 2006

F BigspinlogoProving once again that there is no end to the marketing opportunities for the Tony Hawk brand, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is happy to announce a new roller coaster called Tony Hawk’s Big Spin which will open to the public in March 2007. While Tony is obviously “honored and excited to be part of this opportunity,” the crew at Skate and Annoy has a little different take:

“If you are already figuratively sick of Tony Hawk, this summer you can be literally sick of him on Tony Hawk’s Big Spin.”

[Link: Skate and Annoy]


Community Snowboard Parks

by The Editors on December 14, 2006

PlandrailThe City of Portland, Maine Parks and Recreation Department has built two new snowboard rails for public use. As soon as the first big snowstorm is forecasted the city says the rails are going up at the big sledding hill at Portland’s Payson Park.

“We’d always find on the weekends, after a long weekend, there’d be homemade versions of terrain park stuff,” said City Arborist Jeff Tarling, “So we thought we’d make something that’s a little more sturdy and safe, and try to see how it goes.”

This news comes nearly a month after The City of Denver in partnership with Winter Park Resort announced plans for a snowboard park at Ruby Hill one of the metro Denver’s prime sledding spots. It’s good to see a couple communities thinking intelligently about the kids.
[Links:, Rocky Mountain News]