Last week, President Biden was making a trip throughout the Western United States for various reasons. During his time in Utah, he made a trip up to Park City. TownLift reported that this was for a Biden Victory Fund fundraising reception at a home in The Colony.
For ski industry nerds like myself, the interesting part of the fundraiser was one of the four people that hosted it: John Cumming. He is the founder of POWDR, which owns/operates various ski resorts across North America, which includes Snowbird, Copper Mountain, Killington, Mt. Bachelor, Eldora, the Woodward brand, and more. The ski industry is definitely becoming more active in the political sector, so it’s interesting to see a fundraiser hosted by a major ski industry player.
Biden does have a background in skiing. While attending law school at Syracuse, he learned to ski at Sugarbush Resort. Since then, he has frequented ski resorts in Colorado. In 2010, he was spotted at Beaver Creek. Biden made a variety of ski trips to Aspen Snowmass during the 2010s, and he spoke at the 25th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. In 2019, we shared a video of Biden going over the plaza at Two Creeks in Snowmass to say hey to a family. He also gave an Epic Pass shout-out in a commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, which was the second biggest headline of the day.
The President wasn’t the only major political candidate to recently make a trip to Park City. Back in July, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a donor conference at the St. Regis at Deer Valley. According to NBC News, the weekend was a way for the campaign to regroup based on its rough start and try to mount a new strategy for success in the 2024 primaries. Based on the latest polls, this attempted regroup didn’t exactly help out his campaign.
Biden’s visits to mountain communities will continue this week. According to the Nevada Globe, he will be vacationing at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, NV over the weekend.