Ski resorts cheering heavy snowfall

This week’s storm left up to a couple of feet of snow in the mountains, adding to an already-substantial snowpack. Ski resorts say the weather has been a gift from the sky that has helped them get through the recession.

Ski industry faces further consolidation

Vermont’s largest family-owned ski resort was sold last week to a Florida real estate investment trust. Management will stay the same at Okemo Mountain Resort. But the transfer of ownership reminds some in the industry of how challenging consolidation can be.

Morning Newscast: March 18, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Five-hundred fewer businesses registered with the state of Vermont in 2007 than in previous years. That’s the according to the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division, which oversees business registrations; The economic news is bleak and the U.S. dollar keeps falling. But there may be a bit of a silver lining, the state’s ski areas are getting a boost from foreign skiers…

Big ski developer’s plans prompt worries

There’s growing concern in the northeastern Vermont town of Burke that a developer’s plans for a big expansion at the Burke Mountain Ski Area are out of scale with the area.