‘New’ idea for a ski resort embraces old ideas

The ski area envisioned by the Mountain Riders Alliance may be similar to New Zealand's Club Fields, like Temple Basin, shown here (Camilla Stoddart)

Jamie Schectman, 41, and five partners in the Mountain Riders Alliance are within a month of announcing their development of a North American ski area, which they plan to transform into a “ski-energy center” and operate on minimalist terms and with a mix of old-school, community-focused strategies as well as innovative, modern energy solutions.

“We feel like the sport has taken a turn and forgotten about us. We’re skiers first,” says Schectman. “Some ski resorts come into a town, don’t embrace the community, and drive out the locals and soul. We don’t want to be like that.”

Learn more about this brave new idea at the Freeskiing blog at ESPN.

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