Colorado ski industry leaders met last week to honor their top patrollers, groomers, and athletes. Donald Nieters of the Winter Park Ski and Snowboard School was named the state's "Ski Instructor of the Year."
As a ski instructor and trainer, Don Nieters’ technical knowledge, empathy, passion, professionalism and dedication to lifelong learning have spurred him to the top. His vision for revamping of the 3-4-year-old lesson structure has been a huge success for Winter Park Resort. In addition, Don volunteers his time to teach fellow veterans to ski through the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Colorado Ski Visits Near 14 Million, Vermont Tops 4 Million
Colorado Ski Country USA also announced skier visits at its now 23-member ski resorts increased 13 percent over last year’s total, which is nearly 12 percent above the five-year average. CSCUSA is projecting a new statewide record for skier visits of 13.8 million. The numbers reflect a percentage increase that includes the current makeup of the association and is adjusted for the departure of Crested Butte from the membership in 2018-19. Vail Resorts are also not included in the final tally.
In the East, Vermont Business Magazine reports that Vermont ski areas saw 207,000 more skier and rider visits this season than last, an increase of 5.2 percent. This season’s 4,178,533 total skier/rider visits were the most since the 2014-15 season and 1.2-percent higher than the 10-year average seen by the state’s ski areas.
Montana Professor Questions Wide Ski Health Impacts
In this presentation from National Academy and Rider Rally 2019 in Big Sky, Montana, Montana State University’s John Seifert offers research findings on the effects of wide skis on the body. In particular, he considers knee kinematics, stress, and loads as he asks the question, “Do we really need wide skis?”
I-70 Congestion Sours Denver Residents on Ski Trips
Colorado’s Summit Daily News reports that a new study from the I-70 Coalition found some skiers are making less trips to the slopes due to congestion on Interstate 70. According to the Summit Daily, “The study, conducted by RRC Associates, involved an online panel survey of Front Range skiers and riders as well as intercept surveys conducted through random sampling at the Wooly Mammoth and T-Rex parking lots in Morrison—well-known gathering spots for travelers headed to the Western Slope.”
- Peter Kray