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August 2012

Who & What's New For 2012

Summer Program at Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc. has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for a comprehensive summer activities plan at Vail Mountain. Vail's summer activity effort, named Epic Discovery, a Summer Mountain Adventure, will encourage "learn through play" by featuring environmental educational elements interspersed between numerous new activities located in already developed areas of the mountain.

They will work with The Nature Conservancy to bring scientific content to the eco-discovery experiences and will be contributing 1 percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue toward forest restoration projects. Proposals for Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone are pending.

Aspen to offset electricity use
Aspen Skiing Company is taking a leading role in developing an innovative form of clean energy from coalmine methane. Aspen is the capital investor in a new project at Elk Creek Mine that uses waste methane to generate electricity, downgrading the methane to CO2. The project is a first of its scale in the United States, and helped net the resort a National Ski Area Association Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence this year.

Big White Ski Resort named "Family Ski Area of 2012"
Australia's leading ski publication, "Snow Action Magazine", recently bestowed this accolade on Big White. Snow Action lists a complete A to Z of reasons why Big White is the top resort for families… ranging from "awesome accommodation options across the mountain", to the "Mini Z's" snowmobiles which provide fun for the kids.

"We are all thrilled that Big White has been given the distinction of top family resort," says Senior Vice President, Michael J. Ballingall. "Our mission has always been to ensure that we do everything we can to make the family ski resort experience a great one. From our Ski School Kids Centre to the nightly games and events that we host, including Carnival Night, Family Après, and our fabulous fireworks show each week, we have something for everyone and all ages."

Australia is a key market for Big White, where each year, hundreds of Aussies put away their swimsuits and pack up their snow boots for this favorite winter destination. Easy to access for Australian guests, Kelowna International Airport has daily non-stop flights from Vancouver B.C., Seattle, and starting this December, Los Angeles.

Far West Travel

Mammoth Mountain Summer Adventure trip will be held this summer from July 29 to August 5, 2012. We will plan an adventure a day, and anyone interested in the trip can make arrangements to join Far West either the full week or any portion of the week. There will be a flyer out soon which will include sign-up information for the trip.

  • FWSA Dive Trip 2012 will be to Cayman Brac September 1 to September 8, 2012. Contact Randy Lew for information. more...

  • Cruise the Panama Canal from September 28 through October 12, 2012. If you have any questions, contact Gloria Raminha or call her at 661-800-8229. more...

  • Aspen/Snowmass is the selection for the 2013 FWSA Ski Week. The dates are February 2 to 9, 2013. Contact Gloria Raminha for more information. more...

  • Far West Mini Ski Week will be to Mt. Bachelor with lodging at The Riverhouse in Bend, OR. Dates are March 25-30, 2013. This trip is limited to the first 100 people who sign-up and pay their initial deposit. Contact Gloria Raminha for more information. more...

  • Far West International Ski Week to Innsbruck, Austria is March 2-10, 2013, with an extension to Garmisch & Munich from March 10-17, 2013. Contact Debbie Stewart for more information. more...

  • Far West Ski Week 2014 will be in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Beaver Creek was chosen for the 2014 Ski Week from the many bidders at this year's convention. The dates will be January 25 to February 1, 2014. Trip details will be available at a later time. Thanks to Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, Telluride, Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine, Skigroup.net, Sports America Tours and Ski.com for presenting their bids at our recent convention.

Communication News

Far West Skier's Guide
The 2012-2013 Far West Skier's Guide will be our 25th Annual. How time flies! We invite you to be a part of it as an advertiser. Contact Leigh Gieringer for more information at 480.600.6099. more...

Summer Vacation Choices

Americans Prefer Beach Over Mountain Vacations: Sea and sand beat out mountains when it comes to Americans' preferred vacation venue, but it was a close contest, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. While 72% expressed a favorable opinion about a beach vacation, 66% did likewise for a mountain vacation. The swing vote is women, 11 % of whom said they "like" the idea of a beach vacation, but 19% were "strongly" in favor of the beach over the mountains. Equal numbers of men would be happy either way.

2012 Summer Olympics

Female Canoeist Says LOGOC in Breach of Equality Act: What a great Olympic summer it's been! We've all been glued to our televisions watching the event. From the beach volleyball to gymnastics to the swimming, a number of new records were set! However, one canoeist, who has represented Great Britain a number of times in the past in the canoeing World Championships, has filed a complaint stating inequality in competition.

She wants the organizers of these Olympics in the UK bound by equalities rules, to conduct an in-depth examination of the gender bias in the canoeing program, and in the Olympic sports program in general. The Canadian courts have already decided that a national organizing committee of the Olympic Games is carrying out a governmental function when it stages the Olympics. Ms. Rippington just wants LOCOG to get on with conducting the equality impact assessment, as it is obliged to do, so that London's Olympic legacy includes a positive contribution to the ongoing efforts to achieve equality of opportunity in the Olympic movement and in sport generally."

Download a Word Document of the August 2012 News Flash.

If you have information for future editions, email editor Debbi Kor.




Travel connections into the interior of BC got a huge boost July 10 when United Airlines announced it would start a daily NON-STOP flight between Los Angeles and Kelowna beginning December 19, 2012.




The new Epic Discovery activities will include zip lines, ropes courses, mountain excursions and Forest Flyers™ with extensive environmental and interpretive programming. [photo Vail Resorts]




Aspen plans to use waste methane from Elk Creek Mine to generate electricity. [photo Aspen Skiing Company]




Big White Ski Resort, awarded North America’s #1 Family Resort, is Canada's largest totally ski-in ski-out resort village.




Far West going to Beaver Creek, CO for 2014 Ski Week, January 25 to February 2, 2014.




Samantha Rippington has launched a challenge to LOCOG with the aim of allowing women’s canoeing to be an Olympic sport.
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