The West Virginia Division of Tourism announced its 2004 Stars of the Industry awards on October 15, 2004, and DCSki Columnist John Sherwood was among the honorees. Sherwood received second place in the “Best Web/Internet/E-Magazine Writing” category, for his Firsthand Report from a trip to Timberline Resort, published in early April. This is the second year in a row that DCSki has been recognized by the West Virginia Division of Tourism.
Arnout Hyde Jr., who established the Wonderful West Virginia magazine in 1968, received the tourism Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the past four decades, Hyde has contributed photographs showcasing the beauty of West Virginia in publications ranging from magazines to calendars and pictorial books.
Parry Petroplus was named Tourism Professional of the Year, recognizing Petroplus’s role in developing and revitalizing Morgantown’s Wharf District.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort received the Mountain State Award. The Mountain State Award recognizes an event or facility that stands above the rest in providing a variety of activities for tourists, quality, distinctiveness, marketing efforts and/or attendance, and impact on the state’s economy and//or image.
Other award categories include best print article, best print photography or layout, best broadcast, and several advertising categories. A complete list of winners can be viewed here.
The International Ski and Snowboard Association (ISSA) recently launched a new web site, located at http://issa-sports.org/. ISSA will be sponsoring a number of races throughout Mid-Atlantic resorts this winter, in order to avoid leaving a large number of dedicated ski and snowboard racers without a league after the Washington Ski International Racing Program was dissolved earlier this year.
Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operator in the world, will be presenting the film Postcards from the Lodge on November 22, 2004 at the Fairmont in Washington, D.C, located at 2401 M. Street. The film showcases 40 years of helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks will be available at the 6:30 p.m. showing. The film is free, but reservations are required by November 15; reservations may be made by calling (800) 661-0252 or visiting this web site. Canadian Mountain Holidays also has a local representative based in Maryland, Barb Follett, who can be reached by calling (240) 506-9421.
Canadian Mountain Holidays operates out of 12 remote mountain lodges in the British Columbia, most accessible only by helicopter. The operator arranges trips including lodging, gourmet dining, and 8-15 ski runs per day on untracked snow. Most trips are one week in length, although some 3- or 4-day trips are also available. The trips are geared towards intermediate and advanced skiers.
Visit www.canadianmountainholidays.com for more information.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.