A recent report by the Mountain West News Bureau and Wyoming Public Radio shed light on how the residents of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, have been affected by the housing crisis sweeping through mountain communities.
The report shows how service and other low-income workers are constantly relocating due to rising rents and frequent property sales. Restaurant worker Brandy Borts, 47, said she had lived at 40 different addresses since moving to Jackson Hole in 1998. The constant relocation forced her to reduce her belongings to what could fit in a few. plastic trash cans.
“I’ve moved so many times it’s just overwhelming,” Borts told reporters.
Two others, Ryan Dorgan and Emily Mieure, worked for the local newspaper, the Jackson Hole News & Guide, yet they had to share a three bedroom house with four other people to pay the rent.
Stories like these are familiar to anyone who has ever lived in a ski resort, where rising rents and a vagabond lifestyle are common. What is new, however, is how the housing shortage caused by the pandemic has pushed hardened tenants in mountain towns beyond their respective boundaries. With high-income homeowners flocking to these destinations from the big cities, local workers are now leaving in droves.
Borts said she was finally leaving the valley after 24 years. Dorgan and Mieure had already moved to Indiana.
The flight of workers has had a huge impact on businesses that depend on their workforce. Major press briefings, Out included, reported on how the labor shortage is reshaping these cities. Restaurants are closing, outfitters are looking for qualified guides and even the ski resorts themselves are feeling the need. Just last week, the California Sugar Bowl announced it will stop ski rentals and cut other services during the busy ski vacation period due to a staff shortage.
Towns have proposed several solutions to the problem. But housing and worker shortages shouldn’t cease to be a problem anytime soon in Jackson Hole, Aspen, Colorado, or any other ski town.
Bode Miller to open Colorado Ski Academy
American Olympic skier Bode Miller is build a ski academy in Granby, Colo., as part of a multi-million dollar plan to revitalize the Granby Ranch ski resort. Called Bode Miller Ski Academy, it will occupy a campus at the foot of the station and should open for the 2025-2026 academic year.
The school will work with between 150 and 165 school-aged athletes and will offer training in alpine, nordic, freestyle and adapted skiing.
Located in the Fraser Valley, about 75 miles west of Denver, Granby Ranch has struggled with property issues and financial setbacks throughout its history.. Co-founders Bud Gettle and Kelly Klancke installed the resort’s first ski lifts in 1982, originally called the Silver Creek site. But after the two were killed in a plane crash in 1986, the ski resort went bankrupt; following two subsequent ownership changes, it was bought by Brazilians Marise and Celso Cipriani, who renamed it Sol Vista in the early 2000s, then Granby Ranch in 2012. In 2019, the the seaside resort has been seized.
In 2020 Granby Prentice Granby Holdings took possession of the resort and hired Ridgeline Executive Group to oversee management. He invested $ 4.5 million in upgrades, doubling the project Ascent of the Granby Ranch. The partnership with Bode Miller is the latest investment in this revitalization.
âTo get better you have to be honest with where you’ve been and the truth is it’s a really tough ski resort,â Andy Wirth, the new property manager, Recount the Colorado sun.
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