US ski industry tallies 57.1 million visits, fifth best on record

first_imgBased on preliminary estimates, ski areas nationwide tallied 57.1 million visits for the 2008/09 season, making it the fifth best season on record. Over the last 10 seasons (1999/00 – 2008/09), the industry has averaged 56.7 million visits. The 2008/09 season represents a 0.8 percent increase from the 10-year average, and just a 5.5 percent decrease from the record 2007/08 season of 60.5 million visits. At 13.8 million visits in 2008/09, the Northeast region was up 5.5 percent from its 10-year average. Meanwhile the Southeast region, at 5.62 million visits, was up 3.8 percent from its 10-year average; the Midwest region, with 7.41 million visits, was down 1.1 percent from its 10-year average; the Rocky Mountain region, with 19.79 million visits, was up 1.3 percent from its 10-year average; and finally the Pacific West region, with 10.54 million visits, was down 5.8 percent from its 10-year average.Relatively favorable snow and weather conditions in most parts of the country during much of the season provided a strong counterbalance to the challenging economic conditions. Based on resort comments, the impact of the economy varied somewhat depending on resort location and resort type. Many day-ski areas in close proximity to major metropolitan markets benefitted as many guests chose to ski and ride at locations closer to home. Meanwhile destination resorts often reported fewer overnight visits and shorter stays. Many resorts commented that snow and weather conditions had a more powerful impact on their visitation than the economy. Overall average snowfall was down just 10 percent. The Southeast realized a 31.2 percent increase in average snowfall; the Midwest was up 1.1 percent; the Northeast was down just 10 percent; the Pacific West was down 10.2 percent; and the Rocky Mountain region was down 14.2 percent. A final report will be issued in July. For more information visit THE NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION, LOCATED IN LAKEWOOD, COLO., IS A TRADE ASSOCIATION FORMED IN 1962 FOR SKI AREA OWNERS AND OPERATORS NATIONWIDE.last_img read more

Steel Nation Associations’ Mock Mock Draft

first_imgGreen Bay PackersA QB who isn’t a jerk.They haven’t had one since before Brett Favre.  Seattle SeahawksA better musician to attach themselves to.Out of all the great music to come out of Seattle, the team hitched their wagon to Macklemore in 2013. They realized what a drastic mistake this was and they draft a truly talented Seattle musician this time around.  Houston TexansSomeone Who Actually Cares about themReality is, nobody cares about the Texans so the team decides to draft someone who does.  Atlanta FalconsDeion SandersThey decide to bring Prime Time back to make them relevant again.  Miami DolphinsSomeone with IntegrityClearly the team lacks this guy so they figured they better add at least one to the roster.  Tennessee TitansA better nameThey currently have the worst name in the NFL so they decide to fix it by drafting a new one  With so many publications and TV stations putting out mock drafts, it all seems kind of ridiculous. Who can really predict every pick in the first round, let alone the entire draft?Sure, you can predict team needs but who can’t do that. So with that said, we decided to put together our own mock draft. Each team gets a pick, based on something they need.Enjoy the Steel Nation Association Mock Mock Draft. Dallas CowboysA real GMJerry Jones finally understands he’s not an actual GM and brings in a real one to run the football operations.  San Francisco 49ersA punching bag with Jim Harbaughs face on itEveryone in their building wanted one.  Kansas City ChiefsA Pick Up TruckIt’s the only way to get Andy Reid on and off the field these days.  New England PatriotsA better way to cheatSince getting caught cheating, the Pats have not won a Super Bowl. The team figured they better devise a better way of not getting caught so they can win titles again.  Tampa Bay BuccaneersA Pirate ShipThey figure they need one to board so they can get out of town after continually disappointing their fans year after year.  Cleveland BrownsA PrayerThey need more than one to get to the promised land but figured they better draft on to get moving in the right direction.  Jacksonville JaguarsA New CityThe team finally realized the only way they’ll survive is by getting a new city to play in  Minnesota VikingsBrett FavreHe’s better than any QB they currently have and lord knows he’d probably play.  TeamPickReason Arizona CardinalsA Toilet BowlThe team realized they belong in one.  Pittsburgh SteelersA 250,000 seat stadium.There isn’t a Steeler fan out there who doesn’t want to attend a game live. So the Steelers decided to pick the largest stadium in the history of sports to accommodate as many fans as possible on Sunday afternoons.  Baltimore RavensA New set of team colorsTough guys don’t wear purple, the Ravens decide to man up and pick a color to fit their tough guy mentality.  Oakland RaidersA ClueThey haven’t had one in over a decade  Carolina PanthersA league changeThe team decides they are better suited for Arena football and draft a league change.  Washington RedskinsA new ownerThey finally realize they can’t win anything with Danny Boy so they draft a new owner.  Chicago BearsMike DitkaThey decide the only way they’ll truly be relevant is to bring Iron Mike back.  Buffalo BillsA time MachineThe Bills figured the only way they’d get good again is to go back to the early 90’s.  Cincinnati BengalsA law abiding CitizenThe Bengals figured they need at least one on their team.  Denver BroncosA Ball that bounces their wayIn the big games, that hasn’t happened for them so they decided to draft one that would.  San Diego ChargersCool TemperaturesWith the perfect weather year round, the players stop caring about football and only care about surfing. The cool temperatures were brought in to refocus the team back on the task at hand.  New York JetsA QB ControversyThis is a requirement for the Jets  Detroit LionsChanging football into hockey.It’s the only thing they win in that town.  NY GiantsA Ball that only goes to their playersIt’s the only way to stop Eli from throwing picks  New Orleans SaintsAnother devastating HurricaneIt took that to motivate the team last time so they decide to draft another one.  St. Louis RamsA highlight reel of 1999They needed something to watch that they could enjoy  Indianapolis ColtsA new Twitter password for Jim IrsayThe team figures the only way to keep their crazy owner off Twitter is to draft a new password and keep it from him.  Philadelphia EaglesSanta ClauseAfter booing him out of the stadium years ago, they decide to bring him back to make things right.  Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at read more

OlyFed Announces Staff Leadership Promotions

first_imgFacebook237Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Federal Savings (OlyFed) is pleased to announce the promotions of three team members.Josh Deck. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal SavingsJosh Deck, is now Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Deck joined OlyFed in 2011 as the bank’s Risk & Compliance Officer and in 2015 he was promoted to Senior Vice President.Prior to his work at OlyFed Deck was a commissioned bank examiner with extensive knowledge in compliance and regulatory management. As EVP/COO, Deck will oversee management of the bank’s operations and set the comprehensive goals for the performance and growth of the organization.Mike Bowen. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal SavingsMike Bowen, was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is now a member of the bank’s executive team. Bowen joined OlyFed in 2017 and he leads the organization’s IT and digital banking teams.With more than 15 years of experience managing business critical technology systems, Bowen has been recognized with several awards for his commitment to life-long learning and collaborative teamwork.Leanne Marty, Corporate Secretary, was named Vice President and officially joins the bank’s senior leadership team. Marty joined OlyFed in 2014 as Executive Assistant and was promoted to Corporate Secretary in 2019.Leanne Marty. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal SavingsFondly nicknamed by her colleagues as the “Chief Excitement Officer,” Marty is the past recipient of the Employee of the Quarter Award and the Kris Fischer Excellence in Customer Service Award.“I am so excited we are able to provide these incredible people and professionals with growth opportunities, which will help our customers, community and organization thrive long into the future,” Lori Drummond, OlyFed President and CEO said. “We are fortunate to have so many talented and caring people on our team and Josh, Mike and Leanne bring an extensive set of skills and expertise to help further carryout our mission to improve the overall quality of life for our friends and neighbors that bank with us.”last_img read more