Jonathan Wiesel acted as a resource for USA Today to select the Top 10 cross-country ski resorts in North America.
NOVEMBER 25, 2016, USA For those who relish enjoying the natural majesty of North America in winter while getting a killer workout, it doesn’t get much better than cross-country skiing (a.k.a. Nordic skiing). While many downhill ski resorts also maintain Nordic trails – there are a couple on this list – the best Nordic skiing is often found at dedicated resorts.
Guidebooks come and go. They are generally as reliable as yesterday’s newspapers because, by the time it finds its way into your favorite bookstore or onto one of the online behemoths, it can be woefully out-of-date.
Jonathan Wiesel, arguably America’s best raconteur of skinny skiing, has placed the newest version of his classic Cross-Country Ski Getaways: A Guide To Great Resorts, Lodges, and Groomed Trails in North America online.
Cross-country and multi-use trails can add value to real estate—and we can prove it.
Cross-country skiing has always had a complex reputation. Too simple or excessively technical, granola or Lycra, boring or terrifying without metal edges. As a business, it’s been accused of being a small black hole; as one alpine GM once said, “A cross-country skier is a kid who heads into the woods on Friday and comes out on Sunday without changing either his underwear or his $5 bill.”
Jonathan Wiesel writing studies for CCSAA
- Jonathan Wiesel has been chosen to write an extensive series of studies of the Nordic ski business for members of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association
Jonathan Wiesel joins Trax editorial staff
- Benjamin Sadavoy, publisher of SkiTrax magazine, designated Jonathan Wiesel as a contributor to the magazine. He has particular responsibility for destination coverage.
NGI forms alliance with SE Group
- Nordic Group International formed a strategic alliance with SE Group, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specializing in the planning, design, and development of mountain and resort communities throughout the world.
- NGI/SE Group’s complementary skills will concentrate initially on winter operations as a way to increase revenue for golf courses in snowbelt/snowmaking areas.
- The team’s goals include helping golf courses optimize profitability, staff retention, community service, and real estate sales. Services include feasibility studies, financial modeling, facility/trail design, and marketing.
NGI’s Jonathan Wiesel writes winter article for Golf Course Management
- Nordic Group International’s Jonathan Wiesel authored an article on the pros and cons of winter operations for golf courses. The article appeared in the July, 2009, issue of Golf Course Management.
NGI selected to lead Master Plan for major Newfoundland ski club
- NGI was selected as lead consultant to develop a Master Plan for upgrades at Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Park. The venue is in Corner Brook, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Associated consultants are SE Group (Vermont office) and SD Architects (New Hampshire).
- The project calls for assessment of existing trails, facilities, and programs; design of a new lodge; and recommendations for conversion into a multi-season operation.
Jonathan Wiesel interviewed by Mountain News Industry Report
- NGI’s Jonathan Wiesel offered his solutions to the cross-country ski world’s financial issues in an article and interview on the Mountain News Industry Report. The article was based on Wiesel’s thoughts on areas as diverse as women’s markets, operational trends, climate, the economy, equipment sales, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
NGI leads trails team at Greylock Glen project in Massachusetts
- The NGI-led trails team for the Greylock Glen Outdoor and Recreation Center project in Adams, Massachusetts assumed additional project responsibility – in this case, for all trails and infrastructure within the “hub” activity zone. NGI was contracted to design trails, terrain gardens, snowmaking, lighting and trails center features for this development area.
- Trail construction for Phase 1 is expected began summer, 2009. NGI assisted in choosing a contractor for this work and was retained to supervise construction.
Praise for Cross-Country Ski Getaways
- Jonathan Wiesel’s e-book, Cross-Country Ski Getaways, was called “the best cross country guide ever written” in a review in www.onthesnow.com.
NGI completes evaluations at $44 million Greylock Glen project
- NGI completed initial evaluations of bridging specifications, stream and wetlands crossings, and dog trail needs for the $44-million Greylock Glen Outdoor and Recreation Center project in Adams, Massachusetts.
NGI returns to Lab City for final trail routing
- Nordic Group International was invited back to Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, for final routing of new trails at the Menihek Nordic Ski Club. At the request of Iron Ore Company of Canada, they were also asked to facilitate a Winter Recreation Vision Workshop in Labrador City. Invitees included recreation groups, government agencies, local businesses, tourism entities, and other community stakeholders.
NGI principals give leading presentations at cross-country meetings
- Nordic Group International delivered major presentations at Cross Country Ski Areas Association’s convention at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. Topics covered environmental sustainability in developing and marketing trails and facilities, and the benefits and structure of marketing plans for any size cross-country operation. Presentations were selected by participants as some of the most useful and relevant presentations in three intensive days of meetings.
NGI carries out preliminary trail re-routing in Labrador City
- NGI successfully carried out preliminary re-routing of trails at Menihek Nordic Ski Club in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. NGI also discussed the benefits of state-of-the-art multi-season trails and associated facilities with local stakeholders. Funding was provided by the Iron Ore Company of Canada.
NGI completes Nordic trails study for Moonlight Basin, MT
- Nordic Group International completed a detailed Nordic trails study for Moonlight Basin, a major four-season resort in Montana.
NGI completes feasibility study for major area in Steamboat Springs, CO
- NGI completed a feasibility study for a world-class Nordic ski area and multi-season Trails Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
NGI quoted in four publications on benefits of environmentally friendly trails
- NGI’s principals were quoted in publications including Spokane Business Catalyst, crosscountryskier.com, skitrax.com, and xcskiworld.com on how environmentally friendly trails can help developers, resorts, and municipalities.
NGI facilitates guest ranch meetings
- NGI facilitated multi-day meetings between the owner and the lease-holder at Wind River Ranch in Estes Park, Colorado, to define relations and establish growth priorities.
NGI creates marketing plan for Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, WA
- NGI completed a multi-year marketing plan for the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association in Winthrop, Washington.
NGI produces market studies for cross-country areas and guest ranches
- NGI produced marketing studies on how cross-country ski areas and guest ranches can benefit from news releases, media tours, and photo libraries.