This month’s John’s Corner is a guest post from Chris Smith of Sun Country Tours and Mt. Bachelor. Sun Country Tours celebrated its 40th season this year. Here, Chris shares his perspective about the business, the industry, and the river.
“People who love to eat are always the best people,” once said Julia Child. The food & beverage pros who head up POWDR properties agree, tackling the “what’s for lunch” question from hungry visitors with a host of well-thought-out and unique options. Food and beverage play an important role in our strategy to be local at the core. From harvesting local ingredients to partnering with regional influencers, tapping into community sources will help each resort, and each F&B venue, be the best version of itself, which is our goal across POWDR.
POWDR has always been committed to protecting the environment and inspiring participation, and in 2017, that commitment was formalized with the Play Forever platform. The concept was borne from the idea that outdoor companies, as well as recreationists, have an obligation to preserve the places they use and love so that those in the future can have the same opportunities available today.
John D. Cumming lights a match
Interview by Mike Horn
In an era when the ski resort industry is consolidating ownership at an unprecedented rate, independence takes on a deeper meaning. For POWDR, parent company of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain since 2007, remaining independent is as much about business operations as it is about executing a vision that fosters community and a healthy environment.
Do you remember when the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Accord? ... What a brilliant move! … Or at least that is the way I’m trying to think about it as I wrestle with the reality of climate change and the potential it has to negatively impact us all.
On a beautiful Saturday at the end of September, 355 Eldora and POWDR staff and volunteers gathered for the first-ever Eldora Mountain CleanUp presented by Subaru. Held on National CleanUp Day, September 21, teams spread out across the resort and collected trash, garbage and waste—4,000 pounds worth—including scrap metal, wire/fiber/conduit, metal ski poles and plastic. 62% of the waste collected waste was recycled and diverted from the local landfill.
Come one, come all to check out the new powdr.com! It uses lots of videos, features all POWDR businesses, includes fun statistics about each one, and tells the fascinating story of POWDR and its founder, John Cumming. Also, meet your fellow employees as teams from different POWDR properties are featured. Check it out at www.powdr.com.
Mountain Dew and the Adventure Sports Network Group have announced that Copper Mountain will host the annual Winter Dew Tour in 2020 and 2011. The 2020 event will be held this Feb. 6-9.
The timing is perfect. Copper is in the midst of a $100M transformation, and the resort is committed to empowering and inspiring the next generation of action sports athletes with its year-round Woodward facilities and event programming.
POWDR’s vision is to inspire every human being with cool experiences in awesome places. Introducing Woodward Mountain Parks this season brings us one step closer to our vision.
Q: First off, tell me about life growing up and your experience in the ski industry.