The Goodwill Games have stuck a perfect landing: Lake Placid, N.Y. The made-for-TV games will host its first winter competition Feb. 17-20 at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Media mogul Ted Turner created the event in 1986 to bring together Soviet and U.S. athletes who missed competing in the boycotted Olympics in the Eighties. Chad Fleischer, the reigning U.S. downhill champion, and aerialist Eric Bergoust, the 1998 Olympic gold medalist, have already agreed to compete. Organizers have arranged the ultimate in goodwill: a seven-figure purse for the athletes.
Mount Snow, Vt., seems an unlikely choice to host ESPN’s fourth annual Winter X-Games. The first East Coast venue for the “extreme” sports festival (Feb. 3-6) can’t compete with former host Crested Butte, Colo. (Mount Snow vertical: 1,700 feet; Crested Butte vertical: 2,775 feet). What Mount Snow does offer is proximity to Eastern cities, which ESPN hopes will translate into bigger crowds and better access to major media outlets.
Spend The Night
The Sheraton Tamarron Resort in Durango, Colo., is offering a New Year’s Eve room rate that’s guaranteed to sober anyone up: $99,000. There’s one catch: You get to keep the 528-square-foot room. Along with the title to the unit, the $99,000 millennium package includes two sets of skis, boots and poles, two Purgatory season passes, two sets of golf clubs and a dual membership to the resort’s golf course. Noisemakers and funny hats not included.
Though it hosts a million skier visits a year and is home to a ski resort that is the first to open and the last to close on the East Coast each year, few people had ever heard of the town of Sherburne, Vt. Last summer, the town fathers finally caved in and started calling the town what everyone else calls it. Does Killington ring a bell?