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I'm please to announce that MRA's prototype Mountain Playground is installing a large solar array to offset roughly 70% of their annual energy consumption.    Solar Switch on for Maine Ski Area   Mod note: moved with permission of the Thread Starter
I've felt for a long time there should be an ski industry focus group, made up of both veterans and up and coming leaders.   Clearly the status quo is not working, as shown by rising lift ticket costs, Gen X and Y not entering the sport as much as Pre Boomers and Baby Boomers are exiting, and continued closures of smaller, independent, community-foucsed ski areas.
Here's a great article that was written up after the survey results were reported.   Fighting for the Little Guys Powder Magazine, May 28, 2014
Here's a post we did on the New Zealand Nut Cracker, which certainly falls under the category of uphill ganr.   http://www.mrablog.com/the-new-zealand-nut-cracker/
Here are the results of the Community Ski Area Survey   http://www.skiessentials.com/page.cfm/Chairlift-Chat/SURVEY-RESULTS-1.html   http://www.skiessentials.com/page.cfm/Chairlift-Chat/SURVEY-ANALYSIS.html
The Crowdfunding campaign ends at midnight, local Olympic Valley time. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/squaw-valley-help-decide-its-future
IOV's chairman Fred Ilfeld letter in the Sierra Sun   http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/northshore/11161866-113/town-community-valley-squaw
Sierra Sun has a poll on the incorporation   http://apps.tahoedailytribune.com/utils/polling/poll_results.php?poll_ident=4163
Here's an interview I just completed with Mountain Advisor.    http://www.mtnadvisor.com/article/mountain-town-behind-the-incorporate-olympic-valley-movement/?id=384
I personally think it is a watershed moment (pun intended) in Mountain Communities around North America. In many ways, this is an answer to Hal Clifford's 2001 Masterpiece, Downhill Slide. Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad For Skiing, Ski Towns and the Environment.
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