Archive for June 2016

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Pro tip: when acquiring a ski area with a passionate community, storied history and key stakeholders including a nationally respected resort management college, mountain biking destination and olympic caliber ski academy, perhaps don't rename the mountain after yourself as a first order of business. Even if you saw it in a Hollywood movie.

That oddity (and much more like it) is what transpired at the briefly named Q Burke Mountain in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom over the last few years.

A side effect of the alleged EB5 scandal in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is the ousting of the often combative Quiros family management at Burke Mountain, bringing a sigh of relief to skiers, stakeholders and staff as they rally around what they hope will be a more stable period of mountain operation and community cooperation.

Not only is the Q gone from the name but a brand new hotel was built and finished right before the change of the guard. In this episode we'll chat with many community stakeholders as well as tour the brand new Burke Mountain Hotel.

Season 2 of Wintry Mix is made possible by www.Inntopia.com.

Additional support comes from www.Snowbird.com, www.SkiVermont.com, www.PeakResorts.com and www.LLBean.com.

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A swath of international resort marketing brainiacs were in Stowe, Vermont back in May for an annual gathering produced by Wintry Mix supporter Inntopia.

Seminars, data crunching, speakers, wining, dining, etc, all centered around the quest to get folks to book trips and increase tourism. Mostly digitally.

For the sake of the podcast, I invited a few of these tech buffs to my studio (porch) in order to poke and prod them for your enjoyment.

Season 2 of Wintry Mix is made possible by www.Inntopia.com.

Additional support comes from www.Snowbird.com, www.SkiVermont.com, www.PeakResorts.com and www.LLBean.com.

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Canada's northeastern lands are dotted with small, mostly indigenous, communities which operate far differently than those in the US and more populated areas of Canada. There are few roads, few people and limited economies. Also icebergs and polar bears. 

In episode 24 we connect with Dr. Andrew Bresnahan, who was born in one of these communities and now practices medicine in the region. 

Season 2 of Wintry Mix is made possible by www.Inntopia.com. 

Additional support comes from www.Snowbird.com, www.SkiVermont.com, www.PeakResorts.com and www.LLBean.com.

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