Michigan Skier News



James (JB) Bartlett inducted into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame


September 2018 - Harbor Springs, MI - Leadership skills and a true commitment to the sport of skiing in Michigan have earned Harbor Springs resident James “JB” Bartlett a place in the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame. He was inducted on August 20 during a special ski industry dinner at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.


The Michigan Ski Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth of skiing and snowsports in the state of Michigan. Bartlett is the eleventh individual to join this elite group of ski industry professionals.


A graduate of Western Michigan University, Bartlett’s entire career has centered on skiing.  He started as a professional ski patroller first at Boyne Highlands and then at Big Sky, Montana. Coming back to Michigan in 1977 he took the area manager position at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, where he helped develop and patent the Nub’s Nob fan gun, which has led to faster and more efficient snowmaking. Today many ski areas across the Midwest use some derivative of this technological advancement.


Ten years later, Bartlett took over as general manager of Nub’s Nob, a position he held for 30 years. During this time he not only saw the area through numerous expansions but he also made many contributions that have improved the ski experience for all Michigan skiers and snowboarders.

He installed hundreds of snow guns on towers and “stalks,” leading the charge on permanent snowmaking installations in the Midwest. This paradigm shift demonstrated how to make snow fast with varying weather. His foresight on snowmaking infrastructure is even more critical today as Michigan ski areas contend with large weather swings.


He was a founding member and first chairman of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA). Bartlett helped form this association as he sought to create an avenue for the Michigan ski industry to speak with one voice.


Bartlett is also a Michigan gubernatorial appointee and Chairman of the Michigan Ski Area Safety Board, where he works with the state government, industry professionals and other interested parties to make recommendations for common-sense laws and best practices at ski areas. Michigan skiers can see the results of his work in things like chairlift safety, inspections, slope closures, snowmobile use at ski areas and general uniformity of operating rules for Michigan ski areas.


In addition, Bartlett gets involved in his community. He takes time to provide leadership for the Michigan High School Athletic Association as a Ski Committee member and has served on the board of the Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs Harbor Commission, West Traverse Township Planning Commission, Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, HARBOR Inc., Little Traverse Sailors, and Little Traverse Yacht Club in addition to being a West Traverse Township Trustee.


“He has a gift for communication and connection. He is the rare person that can relate to all his crew members and guests and at the same time is capable of doing every job at Nub’s Nob,” says Ben Doornbos, Nub’s Nob’s current general manager.  “JB is the guy with dirt on his hands or snow on his boots who led from the ground up and at the end of the day always had enough energy to buy the ski patrollers a beer in the Nub’s Pub,” Doornbos adds.


The Ikon Pass Expands Regional Access Into the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Northeast...Loon Mountain, Sugarloaf and Sunday River Increase Access...Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie, and Cypress Mountain Join the Ikon Pass Community


DENVER, CO, August 29, 2018 - The Ikon Pass community has expanded to all corners of the country with the addition of The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington, Cypress Mountain in British Columbia and Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan. Plus, access to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire and Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine just tripled.  



The Summit at Snoqualmie, Cypress Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain will offer 7 days each on the Ikon Pass, and 5 days each on the Ikon Base Pass with 10 holiday blackout dates, (Dec. 26 - 31, 2018; Jan. 19 - 20, 2019; Feb. 16 - 17, 2019).


Loon Mountain, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River originally offered 7 days combined between the three destinations on the Ikon Pass, (5 days combined between the three destinations on the Ikon Base Pass) and will now offer 7 days at each destination (5 days at each destination on the Ikon Base Pass), bringing access to 21 days total on the Ikon Pass (15 days total on the Ikon Base Pass).


“For 70 years Boyne Resorts has been guided by a focus to create memorable experiences for our guests and we are deeply committed to maintaining the individual character of each of our destinations. This is what the Ikon Pass is about, so we are thrilled to add our Pacific Northwest and Midwest destinations to the Ikon Pass community,” said Stephen Kircher, President and CEO, Boyne Resorts. “And by increasing access to our destinations in the East, we are excited to offer a variety of winter experiences throughout North America.”


“With new destinations in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, plus expanded access in the Northeast, the Ikon Pass now offers access throughout key ski markets in North America, opening up even more opportunities for Ikon Pass holders to explore all of our iconic destinations,” said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company.


The Summit at Snoqualmie includes Alpental Ski Area and is nestled in the heart of the Washington Cascades, less than an hour from Seattle. The destination has four base areas with two terrain parks, night skiing, winter-tubing, Nordic skiing, and terrain for all abilities. 


Cypress Mountain is located 30 minutes from Vancouver and offers skiers and riders the most terrain, vertical drop, lifts and best snow conditions on the highest peak of Vancouver's legendary North Shore Mountains. It is also the proud home of Canada's first Olympic gold medal on home snow.


Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are Northern Michigan’s premier mountain destinations, located 250-280 miles north of Detroit, offering more skiable acres than anywhere else in Lower Michigan, including the state's longest ski run. 


From a week-long vacation to unlimited days, the Ikon Pass was built with the guest in mind, to provide the best experience possible. With 34 destinations, in 12 states, four Canadian provinces, on two continents, the Ikon Pass is the gateway to a like-minded community, enduring memories, and the most iconic destinations on the planet. 


The Ikon Pass launched in January 2018 and is a collaboration of industry leaders – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Taos Ski Valley, and Thredbo. Each demonstrates integrity, character and independence that is reflected in their mountains and guests.


About Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass is the new standard in season passes, connecting the most iconic mountains across North America and Australia delivering authentic, memorable snow adventures. Brought to you by Alterra Mountain Company, the Ikon Pass unlocks access to a community of diverse destinations you want to ski and ride, including Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain and Eldora in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming; Big Sky in Montana; Stratton, Killington and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan; The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; SkiBig3 in Alberta, Canada; Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, Canada; Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico; Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta, and Snowbird in Utah; and Thredbo in Australia. Special offers are available at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, the world’s largest heli-skiing operation. For more information on the Ikon Pass, visit www.ikonpass.com.


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