Colorado’s 13th on-mountain skiing or riding death this season, and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office confirms it came at Breckenridge. All 5 of the fatalities in Summit this season have been on the 5 mountains of the Breck complex. This time, the victim was 12-year-old Logan Goodwin from Hermosa Beach, California. Sheriff’s officials say Logan ran into a tree stump on the upper part of Peak 8’s beginner run called Springmeier. He had been wearing a helmet, but the county coroner’s office says injuries to his midsection, his abdomen, were the fatal ones. Logan was flown to Children’s Hospital of Aurora, but it was too late. The Summit Daily newspaper reports the state’s average of skiing & snowboarding deaths each season the past decade has been around 12.
Affiliates of the Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners announced overnight Sunday into Monday that they had come up with a deal to buy another major resort operator, Intrawest Holdings. Aspen Skiing’s Jeff Hanle…
Hanle says those new properties have all been doing well on their own, so Skico will not step in and tell the folks there how to run them. He says each has done a great job with their local people, so there’s no need to rock those boats. The new firm that’ll oversee those operations hasn’t yet been named, but it won’t be called anything like Intrawest or Aspen/Snowmass. Aspen takes over competing resorts including Steamboat; Snowshoe, West Virginia; the operations of Winter Park; Stratton, Vermont; and other properties across the continent including Canada’s Mont Tremblant and Blue Mountain. California’s Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and neighboring Alpine Meadows, both already owned by the KSL firm, will also be brought under the umbrella of the new operating company when the deal’s complete. The transaction’s total value is said to be around one and a half billion dollars. Hanle adds that each resort’s season pass operations will continue as normal for 2017 & 18. There won’t be a single pass that’ll get you onto all the mountains of the new Aspen Skiing Company– at least not in that first year.
Another death from the weekend… The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says an unidentified man died in an ATV rollover Saturday afternoon… the off-road vehicle rolling down an embankment along JQS Road near Rifle. Police say the man had been found to have been wearing a seat belt. A friend who’d been riding with the late man initially called 911, then updated authorities once he was able to climb down to the body. The victim hasn’t yet been publicly named, pending notification of family members.
And you’ll recall that story of last week’s court ruling that was a partial victory and partial defeat for embattled Aspenite Lee Mulcahy, who’s now a candidate for Mayor. He was fired from his long-time ski instructor job several years ago, but Mulcahy has contacted KSNO to clarify that he was still employed when he was handing out flyers advocating a labor union be organized by Skico workers. He points out those flyers have been ruled free speech on his part, protected by the Constitution’s 1st Amendment. He claims he hadn’t been “publicly bashing” Skico as we reported, when he was permanently banned from all of its properties and facilities. Last week’s ruling said Mulcahy can actually step onto the surfaces of US Forest Service land Skico manages, but it doesn’t have to allow him on its private property like lifts or hotels, or sell him a lift ticket. As far as a lawsuit after his firing to get him out of employee housing since he wasn’t an employee anymore, Mulcahy says it wasn’t him suing the City of Aspen, but the city filing suit to evict him from a unit he says he built. Another court hearing is set for the 5th of next month, to determine whether Mulcahy can walk into Skico-owned Four Mountain Sports stores. One of those stores at Aspen Highlands is said to be the only place where in the summer a ticket can be bought for the public RFTA bus to ride up and see the federally-managed Maroon Bells.