Crisis brings opportunity.
The saying is a popular one and a belief that has been proven over time. It is also a mantra for those looking for a silver lining during these dark times of global financial crisis. For some that glimmer of hope may be a forgotten business model that dates back to the early 1800s...the cooperative.
For those that enjoy skiing and snowboarding, the cooperative business model has helped to open their global consciousness to a marketplace that needs assistance. Enter Shames Mountain. A skiing and snowboarding dreamscape with impressive terrain, huge amounts of snow and easy-access Shames Mountain is literally bringing the worldwide snow enthusiasts together in hopes of assisting a failing ski area to revive itself into a guest-inspiring,
community-appreciating, eco-friendly mountain cooperative playground.
For now, Shames Mountain is a little-known powder paradise.
With a chairlift, rope tow, ski school, rental shop, lodge and grooming department, the ski area boundaries outline 3,532 hectares (8,730 acres), of which 144 hectares (252 acres) have been developed into inbound riding. A landscape of 1,500 to 3,000 foot vertical drops, sustained fall lines and great storm skiing, this section of the Coast Mountain Range was researched, chosen and developed in the early 1990s by the Ski Northwest Society because of its impressive terrain and annual snowfall (1,200 centimeters or 480 inches per year).
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