December 30, 2009

Double-Up Wednesdays Means $20 Savings on Online Tickets

Waterville Valley, NH - There's more big Waterville Valley ski savings to be had online at for 2010. On Wednesdays, Waterville Valley is doubling up their $10 savings on lift tickets purchased online 48 hours in advance. The end result? A $20 savings on Wednesday lift tickets, non-holiday, purchased online 48 hours in advance at
Here's a quick look at all online savings at Waterville Valley:
- $10 Savings on Daily Lift Tickets.
Purchase a Waterville Valley lift ticket online 48 hours in advance, and save $10. This online lift ticket savings is valid seven days a week with no blackout dates.
- $20 Savings on Double Up Wednesdays
With Waterville's new double-up Wednesdays, skiers and riders can purchase a non-holiday Wednesday lift ticket online 48 hours in advance, and save $20. Starts January 6, 2010 and is good all season except 2/17/10.
Waterville Valley Info

8 Days of Partying at Stoneham: The Bud Light Bash!

Stoneham, PQ - Put your New Year’s resolutions away for another week – the holidays are not over at Stoneham! From January 2nd to 9th, The Bud Light Bash offers a great line up of parties (inside and slopeside!), live bands, rail jams, paintball races on snow and epic après-ski!

An invigorating schedule
- January 2nd: Live DJ and the Bestov House Band, starting at 9 pm.
- January 3rd: “Combat Course” at 1pm. After an adrenalin-fulled day, let’s party at the Bar Quatre-Foyers!
- January 4th: Après-ski with snowboarding and freeskiing movie projections, starting at 10 pm.
- January 5th: Discover the mountain with our pleasant guides! At night, at 9m: Rock Band battle at the Bar Quatre-Foyers!
- January 6th: Reggae theme après-ski.
- January 7th: Starting at 1 pm, rail jam and 80’s party at night at the Bar Quatre-Foyers (starting at 10 pm).
- January 8th: From 7pm to 11 pm, Slice it up II + Party at the Bar Quatre-Foyers, staring the House Band Bestov.
- January 9th: The duo Banquette Arrière live at the Bar Quatre-Foyers!

The High Lights
- « Combat Course » – January 3rd : Paintball and adrenalin enthusiasts, come and defy our combat course; riding down the slope without getting touched by the paint balls!
Starting at 1 pm – free for ticket and season pass holders.
- Party all-night – January 8th: The biggest skiing party of the province! Lounges are set-up across the popular #7 run and skiers and riders can go at it until 11 pm: the entire lit trail network will be open all evening long, including our famed snowparc and our Olympic Half-pipe! At the Bar Quatre-Foyers: Bestov!
Stoneham Info

Cajun Band in Concert at Saddleback Maine

Rangeley, Maine - Grammy-nominated Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys of Louisiana will be playing at Saddleback on Friday, January 1, 2010. Steve Riley, a widely acknowledged master of the Cajun accordion, and his band will play rousing Cajun French music to ring in the New Year.

Tickets are $25.00 and the show begins at 8:00 pm in the beautiful post-and-beam Base Lodge in an intimate setting. Pre-concert dining is available at the Swig 'n Smelt Pub as well. Concert tickets are sold online HERE or at the Base Lodge or by calling 1-866-918-2225.
Saddleback Info

The Largest Open Terrain in the Province of Quebec

Quantity Counts at Mont-Sainte-Anne!
Beaupré, PQ – With 70 cm of fresh powder received during the Christmas Holiday and 63 open slopes out of 66, Mont-Sainte-Anne is the hot spot for cool, white gold! In fact, the abundance of precipitations in the last week has allowed the resort to offer the largest open terrain in the Province of Quebec. On the way to a perfect score: 63 open slopes out of 66!
97% of the Mont-Sainte-Anne trail network is now open to skiers and riders! In addition to this happy and welcomed news, night skiing is now in operation and Mont-Sainte-Anne has the highest nocturnal vertical drop of all Canada, with 100% of its terrain available. But quantity is not everything as the resort reminds skiers and riders that it has always been renowned for its amazing snow conditions – the abundant fresh snow and our mountain operation’s team will ensure your ski vacation unfolds on optimal, exquisite snow conditions. Mont-Sainte-Anne’s sister resort, the Stoneham mountain resort, has also received over 70cm of precipitations in the last week and now offers 32 slopes.

Cross-country skiing: 170 km of open trails
Snow precipitations have also been very good at the Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross-country skiing Center, which has already opened more than 85% of its trail network for classic and skating styles. With a total of 208km of trails and fantastic XC packages, nature lovers can book an escapade to the country’s top XC centre.
Mont-Sainte-Anne Info

Mt. Hood Meadows Received 8" of New Snow

Most of it falling overnight. Fresh powder will be served up throughout the day Wednesday as the forecast calls for continued snow with another 2 – 4 inches of accumulation.

Mt. Hood Meadows lifts are scheduled from 9 AM – 9 PM daily this holiday week, with extended hours until midnight Thursday, New Year’s Eve, as part of the resort’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
Mt. Hood Meadows Info

Arapahoe Basin Announces New Lift for 2010-2011 Season

Arapahoe Basin, CO - Detachable quad chairlift to replace current base area triple chair.

This summer A-Basin Ski Area will begin construction on a new detachable quad chairlift. The new lift will replace the Exhibition fixed grip triple chair located in the base area, which was installed in 1978. The new lift will have a capacity of 2000 people per hour, a length of 2877 feet and have a vertical rise of 719 feet. The ride time will be just under three minutes, half the time of the current lift ride from base area to mid-mountain.

Construction is scheduled for mid-June and will not impact the current season’s closing date (tentatively scheduled for June 6, 2010). The top terminal of the new lift will be slightly realigned uphill and to the west away from Black Mountain Lodge. The lower terminal will remain in the same location.

Arapahoe Basin is taking suggestions for the name of the new lift. A 2010-2011 Arapahoe Basin Season Pass or $300 gift certificate to Arapahoe Sports will be given to the person whose suggestion is selected. If multiple people provide the winning selection, the award will be given to the first suggestion received. Send suggestions to Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO and General Manager!
A-Basin Info

December 29, 2009

Big Savings at Snowshoe

Region's Most Open Terrain and Best Conditions
Snowshoe, WV— ‘Tis the season for making resolutions, and why not make your goal this New Year to spend more time with the ones you love, and jump-start those fitness goals at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The region’s #1 winter resort destination is starting off the New Year with great savings on the region’s most open terrain and best conditions. The resort has seen over 50” of natural snow this season, including almost 10” in the last week. More snow is the forecast for the start of 2010, which means you can take advantage of these great deals and enjoy powder conditions across more than 200 acres of skiable terrain.

This special two-day offer saves you up to 40%, with packages starting at just $98* for two days of lift tickets and 1 night of lodging. But you must hurry to take advantage of this fantastic deal, as it’s only good through 12/30. The deal offers one night of lodging at the Inn at Snowshoe for January 2, with a 2-day lift ticket for skiing and riding on Saturday and Sunday. You can also save 40% off 2-day lift ticket package for mountaintop junior studios, studios and 1-bedroom accommodations. Snowshoe is home to more than 1,400 lodging options, many providing slopeside convenience and great mountaintop views.
Snowshoe Mountain Info

Saddleback's New Yurt Opens

Rangeley, ME - At a ribbon-cutting Monday, Saddleback Maine celebrated the grand opening of their new yurt at the base of the Kennebago Quad lift, called Kennebago Station. Before heading up the summit quad for another run, skiers and snowboarders can now rest and refuel with soups, deli sandwiches, and drinks at the yurt, which is equipped with heat, power, and composting toilets.

"The Kennebago Station will serve daily specials, like today's bacon potato soup and seafood chowder," said Warren Cook, CEO and general manager of Saddleback. "The yurt will be open on weekends and holiday weeks, like this one, so come on up." The regular menu includes deli sandwiches, brie fondue, hotdogs, Saddleback's signature fudge, cookies, and whoopie pies. Beverages are water, sodas, beer and wine.

A yurt has a very low impact on the environment and provides a cozy place to relax on the Mountain, where skiers can enjoy the sweeping views of the Rangeley Lakes.
Saddleback Ski Area Info

Get Your Winter Sports Fix This Week at Belleayre

Highmount, NY - Skiers and riders will be greeted by a couple inches of fresh powder at the Belleayre Ski Center Monday and the forecast calls for the kind of weather that is perfect for making snow throughout the holiday week. We're skiing and riding from top to bottom with varying terrain to accommodate all skill levels with plenty of room for everyone.
Belleayre's inaugural Holiday 4 Pack is now on sale for $160 for adults and $100 for age 17 and under offering visitors a great deal on four anytime, holiday lift passes with an additional 20 percent discount at the Blue Sky Sports retail shop. This is a $54 savings for adults. Present your holiday lift ticket to Blue Sky sports on the day it was issued and receive an added 20 percent off of your purchases. This may not be combined with other on-sale items. The only dates the Holiday 4 Pack will be available to use are this week through 01/03/2010, 01/16/2010 through 01/18/2010, and 02/13/2010 through 02/15/2010. Limit one per person and the 4 Pack is non-transferable. Purchase your Holiday 4 Pack online on the Belleayre Online store.
This week, Helping Hands of New York is asking for your assistance as the local food pantry is seeking donations to help restock its shelves following the busy holiday period. Helping Hands of NY provides as many as 750 people with food and basic essentials during these trying times. Representatives will be on the mountain this Wednesday and Thursday seeking donations from the Belleayre family. Drop off some spare change or write a check to this worthy cause and help those who are having trouble making ends meet.
Belleayre Ski Center

December 28, 2009

Shawnee Mountain Kick Off Learn A Snow Sport Month

Shawnee on Delaware, PA – January 2010 is Learn A Snow Sport Month and Shawnee Mountain is pleased to announce its participation in this nationwide effort to get people outside and enjoying winter activities. We encourage those new to snow sports to take a lesson and those who are experienced, to bring a friend or the family.

Shawnee Mountain will kick off the month-long promotion on Thursday, January 7th with 100 introductory Learn to Ski or Snowboard Packages for the cost of $15 each. All proceeds from this one day promotion will be donated to the Bushkill Outreach Program. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 570-421-7231 ext. 229. Some restrictions do apply.

For the remainder of January, Shawnee Mountain will be offering a discount coupon good for a $59 Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package available online at This package includes a lift ticket, rental equipment and a group lesson.
Shawnee Mountain Info

Sugar Bowl to Host Two Sanctioned U.S. Skiing FIS Nor-Am Cup Ski-Cross Competitions

Donner Summit, CA – Sugar Bowl Resort announced today that it will host two sanctioned U.S. Skiing FIS Nor-Am Cup ski-cross competitions February 1-3, 2010. Top-level ski-cross competitors from around the world will descend upon Sugar Bowl to race the new ski-cross course on the Tunnel 41 trail, located off the Mt. Judah Express quad chair. A relatively new discipline to sanctioned ski competitions, Sugar Bowl ambassador and ski-cross competitor Daron Rahlves explained that “ski-cross is four man heats racing head to head on a motocross inspired layout, debuting for the first time in the Winter Olympics this February. I'll compete in the FIS events and then train with the US Ski-Cross Team at Sugar Bowl leading up to the Vancouver Games”. The two Sugar Bowl ski-cross competitions follow other Nor-Am Cup competitions being held in Sun Valley, Idaho and Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York. Following the two FIS Nor-Am Cup ski-cross races, the US Ski-Cross Team will train at Sugar Bowl February 13-17, 2010. The ski-cross course will then be detuned and opened for public skiing and riding.

For the FIS ski-cross races, United States competitors must have both a current USSA membership and a FIS license, while international competitors are required to carry a FIS license complete with inscription by their home nation. Entry fees are $185 for both days, or $115 for single-day racing. February 1st will be a training day, with sanctioned competitions scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend, with numerous on-course viewing areas to enjoy the action.
Sugar Bowl Info
International Ski Federation

Christmas Rain Turned to SNOW! It is a White Holiday at Sunburst!

WOW! That is about all we can say... "WOW"
Friday's rain simply did not affect the snow conditions as much as we thought it might and the new natural snow is blending into the surface for some fantastic snow conditions.

The base is still over 15 inches over most of the runs. Sunburst is pleased to announce that almost all of the runs are open and the snowmaking crews plan to use this week's cold temperatures to make snow on the remaining two runs.

Snow tubing also remains open with 12 lanes all throughout the holidays. Natural snow is falling so it is a great time to get off the couch and have some fun with the kids.
Sunburst Info

December 22, 2009

Sugar Bowl Opens New 'Summit Chair', Skiers and Riders to Enjoy Lift-Serviced Juhah Bowl

Norden, CA – The recent winter storm that left behind more than four feet of snow on Sugar Bowl Resort, coupled with the current storm that added 10 inches more, has improved skiing and riding conditions enough for the Summit Chair to open earlier than anticipated. The CTEC-built Garraventa fixed-grip quad, rising 420 vertical feet, will make its debut at Sugar Bowl Resort on Wednesday, December 23rd. Skiers and riders can access the new chairlift by riding the Mt. Judah Express lift, then skiing a short distance to the new lift’s bottom terminal. Accessing the expert-only runs of the Judah Bowl, the new chairlift also improves lift service to Sugar Bowl’s impressive sidecountry terrain, with the new Backcountry Adventure Center taking skiers and riders on professionally-guided powder tours, teaching the skills needed for safe backcountry travel. The Summit Chair was installed at Sugar Bowl this past summer, employing environmental installation techniques that helped earn Sugar Bowl an “A” rating in this year’s environmental review from the Ski Area Citizens Coalition. The Summit chair is the resort’s 13th lift and the first to be installed at Sugar Bowl since the Mt. Lincoln Express upgrade in 2000. The resort has also planned an official celebration for the new Summit Chair on January 30th, part of Sugar Bowl’s 70th anniversary festivities.
Sugar Bowl Info

More Trails and Lots of Pleasure at Mont Sutton for the Holidays!

Sutton, PQ - Mont Sutton enters into the magic of Christmas with 80% of its ski area accessible by Wednesday, December 23rd. Four chairlifts will then be in operation with the addition of the chairlift IV, which allows the access of the trails at the summit of the mountain (well known as the areas IV and VII). Most of the trails are covered with natural snow offering variable conditions. The main trails are covered with artificial snow. The snowmaking team took advantage of this cold weather and continues to work night and day to provide a quality of trails at their best!

Without a doubt, Christmas at Mont Sutton will make lots of happy skiers with a beautiful white blanket, 4 chairlifts, the opening of the snow park, a special schedule for the Holiday season and a range of activities at the mountain and in the area.
Mont Sutton Info

1st Annual The North Face Photo Contest on

Teton Village, WY - Teton Gravity Research is proud to announce the 1st annual The North Face Photo Contest on The contest runs through January 31st, 2009. Skiers and Snowboarders can submit photos in two categories, Best Powder and Best Air. An overall winner will be chosen from these two categories. Prize packages are awarded in pairs in acknowledgment of the photographer and the athlete that created each photo. The grand prize winners will win a trip to Last Frontier Heliskiing in British Columbia.

The contest is judged by the public, who can share and vote on each photo. Awards include a trip for two to Last Frontier Heliskiing in British Columbia, four pairs of Atomic Blog Skis, 4 Large North Face Duffels, one Raging Viking North Face Jacket and four backcountry setups from Backcountry Access. Each BCA package consists of a backpack, probe, shovel, and avalanche beacon.

Sun Valley Nordic Center to Open Christmas Day

Sun Valley, ID - Sun Valley Nordic Center will open for the season Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2009.
The Nordic Center will be fully operational offering private and group lessons (both classical and skate), equipment and locker rental and retail sales.
It is even rumored that Santa may be taking a much deserved tour of the trails.

In addition, a new Guided Historic Snowshoe Tour will begin at 2 pm each Saturday and Sunday.
Sun Valley Info

January Snow Escapes, Kids Ski & Ride Free Weekends and Nordic Getaways at Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley, NH - Waterville Valley kicks off 2010 with a variety of January ski and stay deals including three Ring in 2010 with Kids Ski Free Weekends, January Midweek Snow Escapes, and Nordic Ski Getaways. Packages include access to the White Mountain Athletic Club, skating at the indoor Waterville Valley ice arena and use of the resort shuttle bus. Best of all, to maximize Sunday ski time, book any of these 09/10 Ski & Stay Deals at a participating lodge and check out as late as 3 pm on Sundays.
Waterville Valley Info

Yes, it’s an American Who Leads the Biathlon World Cup

Lake Placid, NY - Don’t look now, but it’s an American who has sole possession of the yellow bib as the World Cup leader in biathlon. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) made U.S. history, Sunday, Dec. 21, when he took over first place in the overall series standings, following his sixth place finish in the men’s 12.5 km pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Through three series stops, the 27-year-old has earned 253 points and leads France’s Simon Fourcade by seven points heading into the next World Cup race, Jan. 7-10, in Oberhof, Germany.

“This is a tremendous tribute to the hard work and dedication that Tim has shown through the years,” said Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) president/CEO Ted Blazer. “Tim has a tremendous work ethic and I can think of no athlete more deserving than him… we’re all proud and rooting for him.”

December 21, 2009

What is All This 'Everyone Needs a Snow Day' Stuff at Copper?

Copper Mountain, CO - Copper Mountain knows there are skiers and riders out there who have never felt the thrill of waking up and hearing on the radio that school was canceled. There are people who have never spent a whole day in the snow doing anything their heart desired. These people, and those who understand snow day bliss, are the reason we do what we do.
The goal is to make Copper the place people come to take a day, or two or seven and experience the mountain. The Snow Day cause is in full steam – we are dedicated to each and every one of you deserving a snow day, so we cooked up a way to help.

Get your official Ski Patrol name:
We’re all about the people, so we want all the Snow Day lovers to unite with our Ski Patrol. If they’re going to be a part of the Ski Patrol, each and every one of them is going to need a Ski Patrol name. Here are a few examples: Tank “Two Plank” McFarland, Fred “Now You See Me Now You Don’t” McGillicutty, and Heidi “Icy Hot” Reynolds. So after you check the inbox and before you go to Facebook, help spread the good word and type your way to
Snow Day Lodging Package:
Copper is making it easy to enjoy a Snow Day this season with the Buy One Get One at 50% (or 4th night free) lodging package. Book one night of lodging and we’ll knock 50% off the second night. That equals 25% off each night, or if you stay for four nights, the last one is free. That’s what we like to call Copper Math of Awesome. Fun Details: This package is based on double occupancy in a silver standard room. Other restrictions apply.
Copper Mountain Resort

Kimberley Alpine Resort Holiday Fun

Kimberley, BC - In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, Kimberley Alpine Resort is excited to offer a variety of special activities for all ages to enjoy. Not only with a full mountain of skiing and riding fun to enjoy, Kimberley Alpine Resort will also offer all kinds of activities to keep guests entertained from morning to night during the holiday season. A full schedule of activities is planned starting December 23rd to January 3rd such as photos with Santa, night skiing, family skate with hot chocolate around the fire pit, and even a scavenger hunt complete with prizing!
Kimberley Alpine Resort Info

Diamond Peak / Hyatt Regency Poker Run

Incline Village, NV- Diamond Peak and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe are hosting the second annual poker run on January 3, 2010. The event is from 10:00am- 12:00pm. Registration is at the Diamond Peak base lodge at 9:00 am and the entry fee is $10, which includes a T-shirt. There are five dealers at different locations on the mountain with a deck of cards. Each participant is given a game card with clues on where to find the dealers. Participants will ski or snowboard around until they find all the dealers. After their poker hand is completed they return it to the base lodge. The award ceremony will be on the outside deck where the top five hands will win prizes. Diamond Peak will also offer live music by Under the Radar.
Diamond Peak Info

World Class Ski and Snowboard Clinics at Sugar Bowl Resort

Donner Summit, CA – Sugar Bowl’s Mountain Sports Learning Center continues a strong tradition of specialty ski and snowboard clinics in 2009/10, targeting specific types of skiers and riders, improving learning curves and creating fun and encouraging environments stemming from time spent with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Offering world-class instruction from experienced professionals, upcoming clinics at Sugar Bowl include:
Learn with the Ladies
One or two-day clinics focusing on ski and ride improvements for active and energetic women, the Learn with the Ladies clinics also include yoga, massage and wine tasting to create a memorable on and off-mountain experience. 11 year PSIA certified instructor Billie Cornell instructs.
Senior’s All Mountain Adventure Camp
Designed for skiers and boarders age 55 and over, these three day clinics offer a fun and adventurous outing using modern contemporary ski techniques to improve mechanics and subsequently reduce fatigue.
Any Mountain, Any Turn, Any Time
Focusing on tactical approaches to incorporate modern techniques with each skier and rider’s personal style, the Any Mountain clinics will yield maximum efficiency in all snow conditions and terrain types.
Sugar Bowl Info

Belleayre Readies for Holiday Skiers

Highmount, NY - The snow is flying at the Belleayre Ski Center. The calendar says Monday is the first official day of winter but it's actually been here for weeks now. The snowy white cover says it all with trails open from top to bottom, from the east side to the west side. Each day, new trails and terrain will open up for your skiing and riding pleasure.
Roaring Brook, the longest skiable trail in the Catskills will be open offering a top to bottom skiing and riding experience that you can only get at Belleayre. Dot Nebel, Yahoo along with other exciting and challenging trails will be opening this week as well.
Belleayre continues its "12 Days of Christmas" with Dec. 22nd "Two for Tuesday" where you get two lift tickets for the price of one. On Wednesday, Dec. 23rd, the first 25 customers receive the employee discount of 40 percent off at the cafeteria. Thursday, Dec. 24th, kids under 12 ski and ride for free.
Christmas Day is also "Senior Day" where anyone age 62 and older gets a free lift ticket. Everyone else pays a special holiday price of only $25. Our holiday rates begin on Saturday, Dec. 26th for the coming week with the mountain opening up as much terrain as Mother Nature will allow.
Belleayre Ski Center Info

Cranmore Mountain Lights Up North Conway This Christmas Vacation Week

North Conway, NH - Cranmore Mountain will be the place for families this Christmas vacation week with a variety of fun events and activities, ranging from its second annual New Year's Eve event, a terrain park competition, live family entertainers, fireworks, night skiing, snow tubing and more.

New Year's Eve at Cranmore will give families a fun and early night of festivities with fireworks at 7:30pm, and skiing and riding until 8pm. In addition to fireworks, Cranmore will also offer a fire dancer performance at 5-7pm. Their Arctic Blast Tubing Park will slide away until 9pm New Year's Eve and every night during vacation week.

Cranapalooza will light the skies with night skiing and fun activities on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 in addition to New Year's Eve. Cranapalooza is Cranmore's Saturday night festival where children can make s'mores with Cranmore's penguin mascot, get their face painted and get free goodies and prizes while playing games with C-more. Live music and children's entertainment also takes place every Saturday night.

Not to leave out older kids, teens and others who love to shred, Cranmore's Darkside Terrain Park will serve up the first terrain park event of the year, the Monster Mash. The Monster Mash rail jam competition takes place in the Darkside Terrain Park on December 27. The Monster Mash is sponsored by Eastern Boarder.

Cranmore Info

Wildcat Mountain Supports Governor’s January Learn a Snow Sport Month

Learn to Ski or Snowboard Free January 4th through January 10th

Pinkham Notch, NH – New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has proclaimed January 2010 as Learn a Snow Sports Month recognizing that winter recreation is an important part of the state’s lifestyle and rich winter sports history. In doing so, the state of New Hampshire joins several other states across the nation taking part in the snow sport industries campaign to introduce persons to winter sports. Wildcat Mountain has been introducing persons to winter recreation since it began offering lift-serviced skiing and riding over 50 years ago. Today, with a current staff of 84 instructors that collectively represent over 850 years of experience and 91% certification rate by the Professional Ski Instructors Association & American Association of Snowboard Instructors, that tradition continues with the Wildcat Mountain Learn-to-Ski and Learn-to-Ride programs intended for first-timers.

As a special offer to support January’s Learn a Snow Sports Month, Wildcat Mountain invites “never-evers” to sign up for a FREE Learn-to-Ski/Ride lesson package, including rentals and novice lift ticket, during the week of January 4th -10th. In addition, and with no obligation to receiving the aforementioned FREE first lesson package, persons will also be able to purchase three additional lessons as part of the First Tracks Pass package at a discount price. The First Tracks Pass package includes three additional lessons, equipment rental & novice lift tickets, and a FREE Wildcat Mountain full season-pass at the conclusion of the program. The cost for the First Tracks Pass package during the special Learn a Snow Sports Month will be only $189: a savings of $30 off the normal low price of $219. The free Learn-to-Ski/Ride and discount First Tracks Pass programs are available for first-time skiers & snowboarders only ages 13 and up. Reservations are required and space may be limited.

Wildcat Mountain Info

Santa Claus Rides for Free at Camelback Mountain Resort on Christmas Eve

Tannersville, PA - Santa Takes a Break Before Big Night

Camelback Mountain Resort will celebrate the season with its annual Skiing Santa’s Day on Thursday, December 24. All skiers and snowboarders dressed as seasonal characters will be eligible for a free lift ticket for the day. “Being out on the slopes and seeing Santa and the characters is great,” said Charles Blier, general manager. He continued, “It brings the holiday spirit to the resort.”

To receive your all day pass please report to Guest Services before 10am on Christmas Eve Day fully dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, an elf or reindeer. A group photo will be taken at 11am.

Camelback Info

Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole

Teton Village, WY - For the second year running, skiers and snowboarders from across the country waited to ride the new Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole with plenty of anticipation. And those in line were not disappointed. You could hear the “ahhs” as 100 pairs of eyes were transported from the base to the summit breaking through a cloud layer that revealed their reward, blue skies and huge snow covered peaks.

The Aerial Tram and all the remaining major lifts, groomed runs and halfpipe at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort were opened today, expanding skiable terrain at the Resort to 4,139 vertical feet. On-mountain dining facilities and other resort services were all fully operational in time for the busy holiday season.

Jackson Hole Info

Winters Creek Lodge Inaugural Day is Monday!

Reno, NV - Mt. Rose's Winters Creek Lodge is opening Monday, Dec. 21st, the first day of winter! The building includes a new food court, Sky Bar and restrooms. The hours of operation for the Winters Creek Lodge are 7:30 am-6:00 pm on weekdays and 7:30 am-6:00 pm on the weekends.

Enjoy new food options in the Winters Creek Lodge including paninis, wraps and more!

Remember, Blazing Zephyr 6 opens at 8:30 am, so park over at the Slide Bowl and get breakfast in the new Winters Creek Lodge before hitting the lift.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Info

December 18, 2009

Welch Village Ski & Snowboard Resort Breaks Snowmaking Record

Welch, MN - Welch Village Ski & Snowboard Resort had converted over 40 million gallons of water from the Cannon River into manufactured snow, covering 160 acres of slopes with adequate snow base for the entire ski and snowboard season ahead. Snowmaking began on December 3rd as ambient temperatures dropped below 32 degrees and river water temperatures attained less than 40 degrees F. Production rates of snow during the past two weeks averaged over 100,000 cubic feet per hour, providing up to four feet of snow base to virtually every slope at the resort, a new record.

A major change in weather patterns occurred the first week in December, from a near record warm November, to more normal temperatures by December 10th. Snowmaking has continued 24/7 for over two weeks, enabling snow production at a record pace, utilizing the more then 150 snow guns at the resort.

Beginning December 26th virtually all the slopes including those in the Back Bowl will be open for the season. This includes a new tree run added to the Back Bowl off the new chairlift installed last year. In addition to the manufactured snow, the resort has received over 12 inches of snow from nature, adding to the base and the ski and snowboard experience.

Welch Village Resort Info

Timberline Ski Resort's Winterfest Celebration

Davis, WV - The ski slopes and the ski lodge at Timberline Four Seasons Resort will be alive with activity during the resort’s annual Winterfest celebration, December 26 – January 3rd. The traditional protracted holiday celebration begins the day after Christmas and extends through the New Year’s weekend. In addition to the many family holiday celebrations being held throughout the villages of Timberline, the ski lodge will be alive with activity and service food, beverage and providing entertainment from 6 am until closing at 2 am.

Visitors can choose to ski any of the variety of ski trails. Timberline is noted for spectrum of trails including one-third beginner, one-third intermediate and one-third difficult. Families may enroll children in the well recognized children, ski program, available every day during Winterfest. Food service is available daily at 6 am in the Timberhaus cafeteria and 11- 2 am in the Fireside Grill and Timbers Pub, all within the ski lodge. During the Winter Fest there will be almost around the clock activities in the lodge and live entertainment every night from December 26 through January 2: December 26- DJ Dub, December 27 and 28- J.B. Tenney, December 29-30- Karaoke with Cin, December 31- New Years Gala Champagne Celebration with the Bush Monkeys Band, January 1- DJ Dub and January 2- Karaoke with Cin.

Timberline Four Seasons Resort Info

New Snow Opens More Terrain for the Holidays!

Loveland, CO - After a foot of fresh snow this week not only are the conditions great, but Loveland Ski Area will be able to open more terrain as well! Over 10" fell on Sunday night giving us what we needed to open most of the runs off Chair 6 as well as Firecut off Chair 2. There is still plenty of more terrain to open, so keep thinking snow!

Skiing Santa Visits Loveland!
There is nothing Santa likes more than skiing (other then Christmas of course!) and this Christmas he visits his favorite ski area, Loveland! Keep your eyes peeled this holiday season for the Skiing Santa. He'll be cruising around the mountain with goodies for everyone and great photo opportunities.

Loveland Ski Area Info

Lots of Snow at Kimberley Alpine Resort and Ready to Celebrate Community

Kimberley, British Columbia - Kimberley Alpine Resort is ready to open for the season on Friday December 18. With over 30cm of fresh snow in the past week and more snow on the way, in addition to pleasant temperatures, skiing and snowboarding should be amazing this opening weekend! On Friday December 18, North Star Express Quad, Owl Magic Carpet, and Easter Triple Chair will be operating with more than 80% of the mountain open! The Tamarack Chair will commence operation on Saturday December 19 with more terrain and runs opening daily.

In the spirit of celebrating the start of a new ski season, Kimberley Alpine Resort will say "Thank-you" to local communities with a special Community Appreciation Day celebration on Sunday December 20th. Local residents of Kimberley, Marysville, Wasa, TaTa Creek, Wycliffe, and Cranbrook are invited to join in the skiing and snowboarding fun with complimentary lift access for the day. Tied into the celebration of community, Kimberley Alpine Resort will host a charity BBQ selling $2 burgers to locals from 11:00am to 2:30pm with proceeds going to the Kimberley Food Bank. Please note that photo ID and proof of local residency are required in order to receive a complimentary lift ticket for December 20th and to participate in the charity lunch.

With Christmas fast approaching, get the best value and a great stocking stuffer with the SKI MORE CARD - offers 3 FREE days and Daily Discounts for only $69.95 + GST. Hurry! Sale ENDS Dec 26, 2009!!!

Kimberley Alpine Resort Info

Homewood Mountain Resort to Open Friday, December 18

Homewood, CA - All Terrain and Chair Lifts Scheduled for Opening Day

West Shore Lake Tahoe’s Homewood Mountain Resort will open to skiers and snowboarders Friday, December 18. Due to this month’s banner snow storms (five-plus feet of snowfall thus far), all chair lifts and 100 percent of Homewood’s terrain will be available on opening day.

Recent cold temperatures have been advantageous for snowmaking as well. “The mountain has had great success with making snow this December,” said Kent Hoopingarner, general manager at Homewood Mountain Resort. “Snowmaking efforts, combined with natural snow accumulation, have given the mountain incredible conditions for opening day and beyond,” he added.

Homewood Mountain Resort Info

Windham Mountain's Six Pack Card

Windham, NY - 30% Off Six Lift Tickets - No Blackouts

-Six full-day lift tickets for $275.00
-30% off the regular lift ticket price
-Valid any day including holidays
-Fully transferable, so you can share one with a friend*
-A great value for all skiers who love Windham Mountain!- including you

Hurry! Offer expires December 25th!
Windham Mountain Info

Midweek Rates at Wintergreen for $69/person

Wintergreen, VA - Forget Old Man Winter … bring on Cold Man Winter. With winter forecasts promising low temperatures and ample snow, Wintergreen Resort – a prime meeting destination with a reputation for unmatched accommodations and innovative activities – is giving groups yet one more reason to select the resort for their next outing by offering attractive midweek packages that start at just $69 per night, per person.

The midweek package is valid for Sunday through Thursday night stays, Jan. 3 through March 2, 2010 (non-holiday periods only). While accommodations range from studios up to seven-bedroom condominiums and homes, the rates will not exceed $89/person per night. The resort’s group overnight packages include lodging and lift ticket for skiing or snowboarding the following day.

Wintergreen Info

December 16, 2009

RED Mountain Vertical Value Cards Sale Extended!

Due to high demand and our proximity to the Holiday season, RED Mountain Resort has decided to extend the sale of Vertical Value cards to December 24th, 2009.

“With such strong demand this year for Vertical Value and our timing to the Holiday season, it makes for a great stocking stuffer” stated Erik Kalacis. “It is a tremendous card that offers a lot of value. With the cost of a lift ticket you get discounts all season long as well as up to $192 worth of free day tickets for skiing or riding on top of that.”

With the skiing and snowboarding season just off to a start, one of the best snowpack in years and a snowy forecast, the Vertical Value Card will hit the sweet spot for gifts this season.

Cards are on sale until December 24th, 2009 and are available at the resort, over the phone (1-800-663-0105) or online.

Red Mountain Info

Good News at Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Timberline snow guns are wide open, blowing huge amounts of snow!

Snowmaking now on: White Lightning,Salamander, Flag Spruce, Ceiling, Upper Dew Drop, Top of the Wall, White Out, Timberline, Winterset Spur

Enjoy tons of great terrain for the Holidays!

Timberline Info

Open Trail Count Jumps for the Weekend at Windham Mountain

The outlook for this weekend is for skiing and riding on 175 acres (66% of the total) on over 12 miles of slopes and trails. Windham is planning to up to have 27 trails and ALL LIFTS in operations this weekend. Please stay up to date on the progress by checking the website. Windham is very confident that they will have all of the major trails and slopes open before the beginning of the Christmas holiday.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort to Host Media Appreciation Day

Greek Peak will host a Media Appreciation Day on December 19th and invites representatives from all media outlets and their families to spend a free day at the resort to learn about all of the resort’s offerings and future plans. The event is also an opportunity to thank the media representatives for the coverage that they provided in promoting past Greek Peak programs and events.

“Media Appreciation Day really gives us a chance to speak one on one with media reps and put a face with the news.”, states Kevin Morrin, Director of Sales and Marketing.“ “More importantly, it gives them an opportunity to experience Greek Peak first hand and have fun while doing it.”
To quality for the free day of skiing, snowboarding or tubing please bring your press credentials or business card.

Greek Peak Info

December 15, 2009

Snowboarder Swims His Way Out of Loveland Pass Avalanche

A Denver snowboarder was able to ride and swim his way out of a large avalanche on Loveland Pass around noon Tuesday.

Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office Major Rick Albers said Alec Meyer, 25, caused the avalanche and "it broke on him." Meyer rode it almost to the bottom, but when the avalanche started to flatten out he started to sink.

Meyer used a swimming motion to keep himself on top of the slide, and he was only buried to his mid-section. His girlfriend saw the accident, skied down and helped free him. No one was injured.
Read More at the - get the latest avalanche info and stay safe!

'UnReel' Lodging Packages During the Sundance Film Festival

Deer Valley Resort’s Lodging and Reservations department offers the very best selection of Deer Valley® properties all year long. Now through February 9, 2010, the Resort is offering remarkable lodging packages and specials.

“During this early winter period after the holidays and before the busy President’s Week holiday, we have a wide range of accommodations available and are now able to offer unprecedented pricing with relaxed minimum night stay requirements,” says Dirk Beal, Resort director of sales. “Now is a special time of year to enjoy a very affordable vacation at Deer Valley, even if it’s just for a day or two of skiing and a few nights of dining and lodging. The sun is out, the skies are blue, the snow is great and the slopes are not crowded. Hopefully this sampling of affordable lodging packages will entice our guests to squeeze in a little extra time for themselves enjoying Deer Valley Resort in the next several weeks.”

Sundance Film Festival Special! ~ Buy 3, Get the 4th Night Free: Buy three nights get the fourth night free at select Deer Valley properties during the Sundance Film Festival. Offer is valid January 17 to February 9, 2010. Please call one of our Vacation Planners for assistance in selecting available accommodations and mention SFF Special to receive this offer.
Deer Valley Info

Brighton Resort Announces 7th Annual Quad Wednesday

For this Wednesday, December 16, skiers and snowboarders can purchase an area day pass for just $15.00 when they bring one full grocery bag of non-perishable food for a donation to the Utah Food Bank. For more information concerning types of food needed see the Utah Food Bank website. Last year Brighton Resort collected over 25,000 pounds of food. Don't miss this opportunity to help Utah's hungry and break last years total while having fun skiing and riding for just $15.00.

Brighton Resort Info

Sun Valley Ready to Debut New Terrain Park, 18-Foot Superpipe

Brian Callahan named new Terrain Park Manager

This season Sun Valley Resort has come together with Snow Park Technologies to construct a world class Terrain Park on Dollar Mountain.
With a whole new jump line located in Old Bowl on Dollar Mountain along with 12 brand new rails, boxes and jibs, it is sure to become a Number One contender, according to Sun Valley’s new Terrain Park Manager Brian Callahan.
Callahan comes to Sun Valley from Breckenridge, CO and has worked at terrain parks for the past eight years. He also has skied professionally for 15 years and was on the Pro Mogul Tour.
“Sun Valley is going quite legit with its partnership with SPT. My goal is to take Sun Valley to the top in three years,” Callahan said.

He is partnered with Peter Columbo, Sun Valley Resort’s new terrain park builder. Columbo was most recently at Mammoth Mountain. His team will consist of four terrain park builders using three dedicated snow cats to build and maintain the park. They also will build a Progression Park on Half Dollar which will include features the entire family can enjoy.
Sun Valley’s Half Pipe on Baldy’s Warm Springs also gets a makeover. SPT has built a “perfect” world class 18-foot Super Pipe which will be cut nightly to ensure highest quality, according to Callahan.
Sun Valley’s new Terrain Park, the Progression Park and the Super Pipe will all open this Saturday, December 19, 2009.

Sun Valley Resort Info

Wisp Resort Adds New Winter Amenity - Ice Skating Rink

Wisp Resort continues to expand their winter amenities to go beyond skiing and snowboarding. This winter Wisp is installing an Ice Skating Rink near the Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park to offer guests another family-friendly activity.

The 50’ X 85’ oval Ice Rink was purchased from Ice Rink Events, a company with over 30 years of experience in the ‘ice business’. The Ice Skating Rink operates by running cooling pipes under a floor that are powered by a 100 ton chiller to keep approximately two to three inches of water frozen. A mini-Zamboni® will groom the surface daily for Skaters. (fun fact: The Zamboni® was named after it’s inventor Frank J. Zamboni in California in 1953.) The Ice Skating Rink at Wisp will have the true ambiance of a winter ice skating wonderland with benches to rest on, twinkle lights hung, a bonfire area near and warm beverages to sip. It will be the only Ice Rink in Garrett County.

The Ice Skating Rink will operate in conjunction with the Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park and the Mountain Coaster hours of operation. The cost of a 90-minute session with skate rental is $16 per person. A 30-minute lesson is available for $20 with advanced reservations. An Intro-to Ice Skating Package is $29 and includes 90-minute session, skate rental and 30-minute lesson. Bear Claw Adventure Packages are available which include a Snow Tubing session, Mountain Coaster ride and Ice Skating session, prices vary. Groups of 20 or more may be eligible for discount on Ice Skating, call Wisp Group Sales Team at 301.387.4911.

Wisp Resort is Maryland’s only all-season ski, golf and recreation resort, overlooking Deep Creek Lake from Marsh Mountain in the heart of Garrett County, the state’s westernmost county. With more than 65 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest inland lake. Wisp Resort is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington, DC, and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh and a 45-minute drive from Morgantown, West Virginia and Cumberland, Maryland. By implementing state of the art snowmaking technology and a cutting edge resort management system, Wisp has raised the bar for resort performance and efficiency.

Wisp Resort Info

Ski BIG BEAR Continues to Experience Extraordinary Growth!

Recreation Management Corp. (d.b.a. Ski Big Bear) and Masthope Mountain Community are in the second year phase of a $3 million expansion plan that continues to enhance the winter experience for the entire lake region of the Pocono Mountains.

“The ski industry is an important part of our community and it is an industry based on the mechanical technology of snowmaking, snow grooming and lift operation. It’s essential to develop a short and long range business plan that provides for year round maintenance and refurbishment for all equipment, includes ongoing capital upgrades to replace older components with new equipment and technology and also adds something new every season,” says Ron Schmalzle, President of Recreation Management Corp, operator of Ski Big Bear.

“The sport of skiing is an investment for a family and we are committed to our goal of offering our customers one of longest winter seasons in the Pocono Mountains. Our customer has developed confidence that we will continue to invest in our product and offer the very best and safest product possible. We feel this dedication to our infrastructure coupled with an experienced and customer-focused staff is the reason for our extraordinary growth during this challenging economic period,” says Ron.

One of the major improvements for this season is replacing the original 35 year old Thundercloud chairlift with a new double/double chairlift. The new double/double chairlift is two new lifts sharing the same towers enabling Ski Big Bear to transport twice as many people. Combining this latest upgrade with last years second Magic Carpet lift, all 6 lifts are new or totally rebuilt within the last 12 years.

Other parts of this latest capital improvement plan include expanding an already impressive snowmaking plant to include a new fleet of low energy snowguns, tower and fan guns, increased water pumping capacity and expanded electrical capacity. The final stage of the capital improvement plan will include continued expansion of the terrain park by developing more terrain, building and purchasing more rails, boxes and equipment, re-grading parts of the mountain, adding drainage, increasing the parking capacity and eventually creating a new maintenance area and Ski Patrol Center. Ski Big Bear also plans to expand the rental shop building and continue to purchase new ski and snowboard equipment.

On the marketing side, the Ski Big Bear slogan is “WE ARE WINTER”. Ski Big Bear launched a new website last year and continues to build the website to enhance communication with customers. This season Ski Big Bear added a number of live web cameras throughout the mountain so people can see a live shot of what’s going on. New for 2009 is an online storefront to sell products and Ski Big Bear logo items.

Ski Big Bear is embracing the social media realm to ensure constant updates and communication with an information seeking customer base. “Our customers want to know what we are doing when they are not here. Through social media avenues we can stay in touch and ensure everyone is aware of upcoming events, new snow or a big enhancement,” says Lori Phillips, administrative and marketing manager. “Customers can become a fan on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, make us a favorite on YouTube, get snow condition texted to their mobile phone or visit our website for daily updates. We have a wonderful social network that generates excitement for the winter season at Ski Big Bear,” says Lori.

Ski Big Bear is open for skiing, snow tubing and snowboarding December 12 (weather permitting) until mid-March. Visit and check out our live web cam, conditions, hours, news/events and more. Season passes and season rentals are on sale now and additional information is available at or by calling 570-685-1400. The Mountain Top Village, all built over the last 5 years, includes a country store, skier services building and beautiful 25,000 square foot lodge that is home to a great variety of food and beverage services.

Ski Big Bear Info

New KSR Opens for 2010 Winter Fun


Saturday Dec 19th at 9am…2009/ 2010 Season Starts
The weekend of Dec 19th will start the 2009/2010 season off in style with Chalet and Fanny Runs serviced by the T-Bar Lift in operation from 9:00am to 4:30pm Saturday.

The Temperatures over the past week have been excellent for snowmaking operations which went into full operation on Dec 6th. Mother nature gave the resort an early Christ-mas Gift with over 30 cm of natural snow. This has provided the resort some of the best start of season skiing and snowboarding conditions in years.

The resort is offering reduced rates for the opening weekend with a Full Day Lift Ticket at $20. What other healthy fun filled outdoor activity can you do for only $2.65 per hr?

Kamiskotia Ski Resort will be open for business Dec 23, 24, 26, 27th to 30th. The midweek, weekend and holiday hours schedule will be in effect for the rest of the season.


Over 7 hours skiing or boarding. A 65% discount off regular price so… what are you waiting for?

Info for Kamiskotia

Starting Dec. 18th Bear Valley will be open 7 Days a Week

Bear Valley had an awesome powder weekend with 68 Inches of new snow in the last week, the riding was fantastic!! Thanks to all that came out and enjoyed the fun.

Bear Valley will BE CLOSED Monday Dec. 14 - Thursday Dec. 17th.

But be sure to make plans to head up for the holidays. Starting Dec.18th we will be open season 7 Days a week.! Lots of activities and events planned on the Mountain and in the village.

Bear Valley Info

Mont SUTTON's opening : Saturday, December 12th

Mont SUTTON opens this Saturday, December 12th! From 8:30 AM, all the Mont SUTTON’s employees will be ready and excited to start this 50th season, and this, of course, with lovers of this beautiful mountain!

Loads of fun, early season rates... and a surprise!
The chairlift II will be in operation on Saturday to allow skiers to enjoy their very first downhill at Mont SUTTON on the Sutton-Ik and Alouette trails. At an altitude of 680m, those trails are for beginner and intermediate skiers. From this first weekend, all the services of the mountain will be available to customers, except the daycare.

An early season rate will be available: $ 25 for adults (18-64 years old) and $ 15 for all other categories.

Also, this Saturday, all the season pass holders who will take possession of their passes and the 50 first people who will buy a lift ticket will receive for free a set of 6 glass mounts of the Mont SUTTON 50th season.

The Bar Le Tucker will open at 2:00 PM, with its après-ski menu more tempting than ever in the new Carlsberg Lounge. With the new fireplace at the lounge, the après-ski at Mont SUTTON is now a must!

The snowmaking continues and the available ski area will gradually get larger. To stay up to date, see the snow conditions page at or subscribe to our free SUTTON e-newsletter.

A ski day at $ 5
On Thursday, December 17th, ski all day long at the yesteryear’s price: $ 5! As usual on the anniversary day, from 1:30 PM, the birthday cake will be shared... until the last piece. At the Bar Le Tucker, a “50th season quiz” and the $ 5 pint will make your après-ski more enjoyable!

To the ski and snowboard lovers, we wish you a great start of the season!

Mont Sutton Info