One international mover and shaker that likely no one on EpicSki has ever heard of is Masayoshi Ohkubo, President and CEO of Nippon Cable a company that I believe was started by his father.
Nippon Cable's first direct ski area venture into North America was in 1992 with the purchase of Tod Mountian near Kamloops B.C which they have turned in to Sun Peaks Resort and with this summer's expansion, have made it the second largest ski resort in Canada (in skiable terrain).
At the time of the Tod Mtn. purchase Nippon Cable was the largest manufacturer of aerial cable in Asia, owned 5 ski areas in Japan, a luxury golf course in Kelowna B.C AND 40% of Doplymar Lift Co., one of the leading lift companies in the world.
That same year Blackcomb, which was owned by Intrawest, was also doing a $50M base development at Mont Tremblant, and they were having Doplymayr instal a lift on the Blackcomb Glacier. Due to having to drill pilons through the glacier for the lift installation and other expenses, Intrawest got into cash flow problems and the next thing you know, as the rumor goes: $20M later, likely in cash, labour and materials, Nippon Cable ends up owning 25% of Blackcomb. A few years later when Intrawest bought Whistler, Nippon Cable anti-ed up to maintain their 25% share.
It is most certainly NOT a coincidence that the Peak to Peak Gondola, installed at Whistler/Blackcomb in 2008 for $50M, is a Doplmayr.
It is no surprise that all the chairs at Sun Peaks are Doplmayrs and probably not a coincidence that the only surviving pre Nippon Cable chair from the Tod Mtn. days is also a Doplmayr, circa 1980.
Btw, Masa's Bar & Grill at Sun Peaks is named after MASAyoshi Ohkubo