January 29, 2010

The Ski Channel Announces The First Annual "SNOWBIZ 250"

The Top 250 Most Influential People In US Snowsports For The 2009/2010 Season
Denver, CO - Steve Bellamy, Chairman and CEO of The Ski Channel TheSkiChannel.com announced today at the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show that the network has launched its first annual "SNOWBIZ 250." It's a list of the most influential people in snowsports for the 2009/2010 ski and snowboard season. The comprehensive list includes athletes, agents, resort owners and executives, retailers, manufacturing executives, doctors, coaches, mayors, governors, filmmakers, publishers, editors, writers, network executives, and numerous other influential figures in the snowsports industry.
This year, athletes scored high, as two tied for first place as the most influential people in the industry. Lindsey Vonn, the World Cup Champion gives America great hope to win Gold Medals in Vancouver and is an unmatched media darling right now. Shaun White is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, a tremendously decorated snowboard champion as well as a cottage industry by himself. Last place or #250 went to Soldier Mountain owner and actor Bruce Willis. You can view the list online by clicking TheSkiChannel.com

Lake Placid Sends a Dozen to Compete in Vancouver Olympics

Lake Placide, NY - There has never been an Olympic Winter Games in which at least one Lake Placid, N.Y. area athletes hasn’t competed. As a mater a fact, the very first winter Olympic medal ever awarded, gold, was to Lake Placid native and speedskater Charles Jewtraw, during the 1924 games in Chamonix, France. This February, there will be a dozen area athletes competing in Vancouver/Whistler, Canada for American pride and Lake Placid legacy, all of whom honed their skills on the Lake Placid Olympic venues.

6" of Powder at Powderhorn

January Ends on a Huge Note

Teton Village, WY - Winter unleashed its full force on the Tetons, plastering Jackson Hole with 62” of snow since Tuesday January 19th. Mountain conditions are at all time highs, from over the head powder on the Hobacks to fresh groomed corduroy on Sundance and Gros Ventre. The hollering of skiers leaving trenches behind them down Rendezvous Bowl was audible across the hill.
100% Open
On the heels of Casper Bowl and the Crags yesterday, Saratoga Bowl opened today. Kodak-worthy powder blanketed this legendary terrain making landings softer than the proverbial feather bed—easily topping the list of best all time runs for any skier.

Best of all—another storm is scheduled to touch down this weekend—and with the current base coverage conditions are likely to be top tier once again. As of yesterday, Jackson Hole had received 239 inches of snow--more than any other major resort in the Rockies, except for neighboring Grand Targhee, which has received 249 inches.
Jackson Hole Info

January 28, 2010

With Record Snowfall and Technical Approval, Whistler Blackcomb and VANOC are Games-Ready

Whistler, BC - With the backdrop of a record snowfall and the blessing of international ski officials, the finishing touches are being applied over the next 16 days to the Olympic alpine ski racing venue. Whistler Blackcomb, host venue for the men's and women's alpine skiing competitions, and consistently rated as one of the top ski and snowboard resorts in the world, is Games-ready -- with an unprecedented 9.9 metres (32 feet) of snow. The first alpine athletes start their training on designated training runs on February 5 and on the Olympic courses on February 10. The first alpine competition is the Men's Downhill on February 13, the first day of Games competition.
"International Olympic Committee delegates recently skied the course and were very pleased with the results," says Tim Gayda, Vice President of Sport, VANOC. "From the beginning of the season, VANOC and Whistler Blackcomb crews have worked hard together to prepare the courses to create a very dense base of snow that involved a massive snowmaking effort. Add to that the incredible amount of natural snow that has fallen in Whistler this season, and we're now ready to deliver an Olympic-class alpine skiing venue that will live up to the reputation that the renowned Dave Murray Downhill course holds the world over. We look forward to debuting the spectacular new woman's course on Franz's Run. VANOC has now taken over the Men's and Women's courses entirely from Whistler Blackcomb ski operations and we're in to the home stretch on our final preparations."

Deep snow at Whistler Blackcomb is not unusual, but reaching the average annual snowfall (10.13 metres/ 33 feet) this early is truly unique. Since snow reporting began in the 1979/80 season, this is the first time that Whistler Blackcomb has received this much snow by the end of January. The prior record was set in 2006/07 when 945 centimetres or 31 feet of snow fell by January 31.
Whistler Info

A Foot of Fresh and SIA comes to Denver!

Georgetown, CO - Although we didn't get quite the snow the southern mountains did, over a foot of fresh snow fell on Loveland this past week. Slowly but surely the mountain is filling in and making for some excellent skiing and riding conditions. Most of the snowy weather has passed for now and the weather forecast for this weekend looks like mild temperatures and sunny skies; perfect skiing weather!

Loveland is also excited to welcome the Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Convention to Denver after 37 years in Las Vegas. The SIA convention features over 3,100 exhibitors and will bring an estimated 20,000 people to the Denver area through the weekend. In addition to the convention, ski areas including Loveland will be hosting apres parties to show off Denver's great nightlife and promote Colorado's amazing skiing and riding.

Loveland Hosts Apres Party in Denver for SIA!
Join Loveland Ski Area in Denver at Katie Mullin's Irish Restaurant & Pub for drink specials, giveaways and fun as we help welcome the SIA Tradeshow to Denver. Loveland Ski Area will be giving away lift tickets and 4-Paks each night and even a 2009-2010 Season Pass on Saturday night. Thursday night features a piano sing-a-long at 9:30pm. On Friday from 5-8:00pm, Pairadeux takes the stage followed by the resident DJ at 10:00pm. And you don't want to miss The Potcheen Folk Band on Saturday night for some Celtic Pirate Punk Rock at 10:00pm.
Loveland Info

A Weekend at Crested Butte for $99

Women's Droppin' In Snowboard Camp

Lincoln, NH - Loon Mountain's annual Women's Droppin' In Snowboard Camp takes place March 6-7, 2010 and is being presented by Oakley. The camp is designed for intermediate women riders, age 13 and up, who want to build their riding skills in the park, pipe and on groomed trails.

"This camp is all about learning to ride freestyle in the park, the pipe and on the trails in a super-fun, supportive and instructive atmosphere," commented Carla Hess, the camp's head coach since its inaugural year in 2004. "Whether you're learning your first ollie or looking to improve your current repertoire of tricks, this camp will help you achieve those goals and give you the building blocks to continue progressing, even after the weekend is over."

The weekend begins with a yoga clinic to get participants in the perfect mindset and condition for landing their new tricks. Then they'll move to the Oakley 'Goggle Bar,' where then can custom-build their own pair of goggles before they even take their first run.

A private park will be set up exclusively for Droppin' In participants, so they will have the perfect setting for concentration and learning, without the distraction of the activity in the big park. Each day includes a video review, so the coaches and pro riders can provide more feedback to each participant and participants can really see their improvement.
Loon Info

Saturday Nights Alright for Skiing and Boarding

Windham, NY - OK, we stole the subject line for this message from Elton John and changed it to suit our purposes. Actually, Friday is all right for skiing and riding at Windham Mountain, too. More than all right, it's a BLAST! So this is a heads up: winter goes fast. There are only five more weekends of night skiing and riding, and all of Presidents' Week. Sieze the day, er, night. The adventure park is also open Friday and Saturday nights for snow tubing, ice skating, the rock climbing wall and the new Snow Ball. It feels so right under the lights!
Speaking of lights, have you heard about Friday Night Lights? It's Windham's new race series on the NASTAR course. Put together a team, race against other teams and enjoy a great apres ski scene at Legends afterward. Legends will also be the site of another great band, The Gyst, this Saturday at 3pm. On Sunday, a fundraiser for the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation will be another opportunity to hit the NASTAR course. Slope Spies from Clear Channel will be here giving away prizes.
Windham Info

Festive Fun February Events at Cranmore Mountain

N. Conway, NH - Cranmore Mountain, North Conway 's hometown ski resort, will be home to the most events and activities in Mount Washington Valley for the month of February, especially during the President's Day school vacation period.
Cranmore's signature Cranapalooza events will feature fireworks at 7:30pm on Sat. Feb. 13th and 20th. "It's a unique experience, being able to ski, ride or snowtube at night under the fireworks," stated Cranmore general manager, Ben Wilcox. "Even those who do not ski can come enjoy the Cranapalooza activities."
Cranmore's new indoor Fun Zone will also be open extended hours during the vacation period in addition to its regular Saturday night hours. Located at the Cranmore Family Fitness Center , the Fun Zone will be open daily from Feb. 13-20. It gives families a fun indoor arena in which to play, with a giant bouncy house, 65-foot obstacle course, and pick up games of tennis, floor hockey and dodge ball. New for this year is the addition of North Conway's only indoor mega-trampoline, the Euro-Bungy. A variety of ticket options are available for Fun Zone, Euro-Bungy and indoor climbing wall at the Fitness Center.
The Arctic Blast Tubing Park, NH's most popular, will also be open extended hours during the vacation period, from 9am - 9pm daily from Feb. 13 - Feb. 20th.
Cranmore Info

January 26, 2010

Taos is First Stop for Big Mountain Battle Series

Taos, NM - Taos is getting set to first stop on Helly Hansen’s popular Big Mountain Battle series. The Taos race will take place Feb. 6, before the tour continues at various stops around the country. This is the first year Taos Ski Valley will be included in the celebrated event.
The Big Mountain Battle races challenge two-person teams to intense, three-hour long big mountain courses. At Taos Ski Valley’s race skiers and snowboarders will trek all over the famed mountain resort, hiking up challenging climbs and searching for hidden checkpoints in the woods. First place finishers will win an all-expenses paid trip to Aspen/Snowmass where they’ll represent their Taos Ski Valley in the final Battle in the Bowls on Mar. 28.
The top three teams will be awarded prizes from Helly Hansen, Thule, Powder, Dakine, GoPro Cameras and Smith Optics. Competitors can also win other categories, including Fastest Hike, Most Vertical, Most Runs and Most Lift Rides.

“Last year’s Big Mountain Battle Series was a huge success,” said Marshall Rutman, Helly Hansen’s North American Marketing Manager. “It’s a truly unique event that will challenge skiers and snowboarders of all levels. I’m excited to have Taos added to the schedule and look forward to even further expansion in 2011.”
Taos Info

January 25, 2010

Recording of a Lip Dub at Mont SUTTON

Sutton, PQ - On Saturday, January 30th, skiers and snowboarders will hit the Mont SUTTON’s trails while singing, because a lip dub will be recorded on the song “Celebration” for the 50th season of the mountain, with the collaboration of CKOI and Publici-Terre.
Everyone who wants to participate to the lip dub is invited to the CKOI stand at 8:30 a.m., close to the main chalet. Welcome to everyone, and of course with all the family!

What is a Lip Dub?
It is a new phenomenon on the Web, that is just getting more popular. A lip dub is a video recorded in only 1 sequence, during which all the extras are doing a lip-sync on a specific song. The only editing that requires a lip dub is adding the original soundtrack on the video and to synchronize the lip-sync. Then, the lip dub is webcasted.

Sugar Bowl Resort to Run Legendary Silver Belt Banzai

Norden, CA - Top freeride skiers and riders from around the world will descend upon Lake Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl Resort March 13th and 14th, 2010 for the running of the Silver Belt Banzai, a unique race blending the excitement of ski-cross/boarder-x action with the tradition of a downhill race. Starting atop Sugar Bowl’s famed Silver Belt Gully, skiers and riders will race out of the gate in four and six-person heats with the simple rules of staying on course and finishing fast enough to beat the other racers and advance to the next round. Up to 100 skiers and riders ages 16 and up, both men’s and women’s divisions, will compete in the race. Qualifying heats will be run on Saturday March 13th, with winners earning a spot in Sunday’s final races and a chance for cash prizes. Entry fees are set at $100 per racer, which includes a lift ticket valid for the first day of racing, and both days of racing should the competitor advance to Sunday’s finals. If a lift ticket is not needed, entry fees are set at $50 per racer for the event.
Celebrating its 70th season, Sugar Bowl is steeped in tradition and history, and the Silver Belt Downhill is an integral part of the resort’s storied past. Dating back to 1940, for many years the race was considered the preeminent North American race for skiing’s elite. Racers would travel from their home resorts to compete for top honors on the challenging course, always finishing the event with a legendary celebration. The 2010 race will keep the tradition alive, enticing today’s top skiers and riders by incorporating racing’s latest discipline of skicross and boarder-X action. Each afternoon will finish with festivities including live music and a post-race party in the Judah Lodge on Sunday.
Sugar Bowl Info

Red Lodge Mountain Resort Announces Plans for 50th

Red Lodge, MT - Red Lodge Mountain Resort is announcing plans for their 50th anniversary celebration. On February 27, 2010, the resort will mark its birthday with a day of festivities, celebrating its first 50 years of operations and looking forward to the next 50.
A major highlight of the day will include a special ticket deal for skiers and riders. On Saturday, February 27, 2010, the mountain will be offering lift tickets at the special price of 2 for $50. In addition to the special ticket deal, the day will also feature a historical display of the past 50 years of operations in the Loft of the Main Lodge, and a special après ski event featuring live music, a cake cutting and drink and food specials.

Red Lodge Mountain Resort is calling on all skiers and snowboards from past and present to help contribute to the historical display. Those having any artifacts from the first 50 years of Grizzly Peak/Red Lodge Mountain Resort are invited to share them with the public during the celebration. From old uniforms to classic photos, the mountain would be honored to borrow and display them. Those wishing to participate are asked to call the marketing department at 406-446-2610 ext. 105 or
email Email Red Lodge
Red Lodge Info

Crested Butte Opens Famous 'Extreme Limits' Terrain

Crested Butte, CO - The world famous “Extreme Limits” began to open today at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. In addition to eight inches of new snow on smooth beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain overnight, skiers and riders are celebrating the ability to once again visit parts of the resort that offer some of the toughest in-bounds skiing in North America. Characterized by deep snow-holding tree glades, exciting drops into soft landings, and truly challenging expert runs, the Extreme Limits terrain has been a draw for many years, highlighted by the resort’s history of hosting the World Extreme Freeskiing Championships for the past nineteen years.

Ensuring that the terrain was safe for skiers was the top priority of the ski patrol and mountain operations crew. Although Crested Butte fans have been “chomping at the bit” to get to the expert-only terrain, “making sure that safety came first was essential”, according to Chris Corliss, Mountain Manager.
A great way to explore the Extreme Terrain is with Wendy Fisher, who will host a special Valentine’s Ski Clinic, February 13-15 for those who “love” to ski, as well as offering private lessons and other ski improvement clinics throughout the season. Fisher, a former Olympic skier and United States Extreme Freeskiing champion, is also a Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ambassador.
Crested Butte Info

January 21, 2010

“Mom's Day Off” Breast Cancer Benefit at Bromley

Manchester Center, VT - On Friday, February 5, 2010, Bromley Mountain will be sponsoring their eighth annual “Mom’s Day Off” fundraiser to benefit the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
The idea behind “Mom’s Day Off” is simple. For $15, moms can ski or ride Bromley for the full day when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kids. Bromley, in turn, donates the entire $15 to Komen’s VT-NH Affiliate (the Race for the Cure people).
“Over the past seven years, this event has raised just shy of $30,000,” says Bromley’s President, Rich Wiseman. “Last year was my first Mom’s Day Off and I have to tell you, it was an incredibly moving day. The energy was amazing, and we raised a record $5,500… we’d love to break that record this year.”

Bromley is also a sponsor of the annual Komen VT/NH Race for the Cure, held each year in July at the Hildene Meadows, in Manchester (this year’s Race will be on Saturday, July 17).
Bromley Mountain Info

Windham Community Reaches Out to Those in Need

Windham, NY - Recent news has reminded us of how easily our daily lives can be disrupted and how impressively a community can rally to support those in need.

Locally, the town of Ashland (right next to Windham) lost its town hall and fire house in a major fire. The cost to replace the facilities and equipment is expected to be over $1 million. Insurance money will not come close to meeting that cost, as the new facilities will need to be built to updated standards. Windham Mountain would like to help, and we hope you can join us. This Saturday, every ticket window at the mountain will be accepting donations. The resort will match those donations up to $1,000. If you can't make a donation in person, you can mail one to The Town of Ashland Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 129, Ashland, NY 12407.

On a much larger scale is the tragedy of the earthquakes in Haiti. As a company that employs workers from all over this hemisphere, we have a strong sense of solidarity with and empathy for our neighbors to the south. On Saturday, January 23, donations will again be accepted at the resort's ticket windows, matched up to $1,000 and given to the American Red Cross. We thank you in advance for anything you can give.
Windham Mountain Info

Belleayre Offers Special Deals for Jets Fans Sunday

Highmount, NY - Calling all New York Jets fans. The Belleayre Ski Center has a deal for you this Sunday, January 24. Show your team spirit by wearing your green and white Jets attire and we will offer you a half-day morning lift ticket for skiing and riding. This way, you can be back home in time for the kick-off of the big game Sunday afternoon. Get here early, ski and ride until noon and still be home in time to watch the game.
Or, you can join us here in the Overlook Lounge for the game where we will be offering specials on drinks throughout the game. So come out and support Gang Green. Show your colors and enjoy the big game here at Belleayre. Go Jets! J-E-T-S JETS, JETS, JETS!
Belleayre Ski Center Info

A Weekend Not to Be Missed at Mont SUTTON!

Sutton, PQ - Celebrations and festivities for the Mont SUTTON’s 50th season continue on January 23rd and 24th with a weekend full of entertainment. Several activities for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, are scheduled to gather together and to have fun outside while enjoying the great fresh air! On the program: activities and promotions for the National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Week, races for the fun of the whole family at the “BMW Thrill on the Hill” and tastings of local produces at the “Spot light on ice wine” event.
“Spotlight on Ice Wine”
In addition to the gourmet meals with wine experts who will delighfully combine food and wines at Auberge des Appalaches in Sutton, at École d’hôtellerie in Cowansville and at Auberge and Spa West Brome for the “Spot light on ice wine” event on January 23rd and January 30th, other activities are scheduled at Mont SUTTON this coming Saturday.
On specific days, winter enthusiasts can discover the many pleasures of the ice wine at the mountain. On the menu: chocolate truffles in all restaurants of the four mountain chalets, ice wine tea at the “Bar Le Tucker” and, from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. the vineyard L'Orpailleur will be at chalet Alt. 680m to have you discover their ice wine.
Mont SUTTON Info

January 19, 2010

Winter Park Celebrates 70th and Mary Jane's Birthday

Winter Park, CO - Winter Park Resort and the Winter Park - Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce are rolling all the January events into one weekend, a three day Winter Carnival to celebrate the resort’s 70th anniversary and Mary Jane’s birthday bash , January 22-24, 2010.
The celebration starts on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7p.m. with the 27th Annual Chef’s Cup Dinner and Dance, benefiting Winter Park Competition Center youth programs. This annual event showcases food from the finest chefs and restaurants located throughout Grand County. Attendees can enjoy a silent auction, cocktails, live music, dancing and sampling of area chefs’ best dishes as they compete for your approval for the People’s Choice award. Advance tickets are $55 per person, 2 tickets for $100 or $65 per ticket at the door and include complimentary beer and wine along with unlimited sampling. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 970-726-1590, or in person at the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.

On Saturday and Sunday, the party continues on the slopes of Mary Jane with free bump tips, a snow sculpture contest, live music, après ski party in Club Car Restaurant and birthday cake in honor of the late-1800s lady of the evening. Mary Jane is best known for her steeps, deeps and VW-size moguls- epitomizing what winter in Winter Park, Colorado is all about.
The weekend is a county-wide celebration; along with activities at Winter Park Resort, guests can enjoy dog sled racing, skijoring, snowshoeing, plus other winter fun throughout each day in the town of Winter Park and Grand Park located in Fraser.
As night falls on Saturday, the party moves to Main Street in Winter Park as Hwy 40 becomes the epicenter of the celebration with music in Hideaway Park, a parade of lights and the highlight of spectacular fireworks overhead. Music begins at 4pm, parade begins at 6pm.

The Sooner You Buy, The Sooner You Save

Stratton Mountain, VT - The season is in full swing and savvy skiers and boarders are already saving big with Stratton’s X2 card.

For about the same price as a one-day lift ticket, you can join them and get your first visit free, then save up to $30 every time you visit for the rest of the season.
This picture pass also lets you skip the ticket window and head right to the slopes. The X2 card is your ticket to enjoying everything there is to love about Stratton, from our grooming to our snow. Get yours before March 1 and you’ll also enjoy a 1-year subscription to SKI Magazine.

Belleayre Presents Winter Festival Week and 'Taste of the Town'

Highmount, NY - Belleayre will be a busy place this week and next as we prepare to kick off our annual Winter Festival Week this Saturday, January 23 with the Kids Winter Carnival and a Slopestyle Park Jam sponsored by Stoked Mentoring. All week, a variety of activities are slated in communities around the area including parades, bonfires, skating parties and more. And we will again offer the popular "Taste of the Town" on Monday, January 25. On top of that, all lift tickets will be only $20 with $10 rentals during Winter Festival Week which runs from Jan. 25 to 29.
Meanwhile, this coming week, we will be offering our Wednesday $20 lift ticket and $10 rental special to help ring in 2010 for the remainder of the month of January. Mother Nature added over five inches of new snow Sunday night to add to the snow depths all over the mountain. And to help make your visit to Belleayre more affordable, we are offering a kids ski free, stay free promotion for those 17 and under in partnership with the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association. Book your reservations with any BRLTA member and present your voucher on the mountain for your child's free lift ticket.

Saturday, January 23rd is Belleayre's 60th Birthday with a Kids Carnival at Discovery Lodge. There will be ice carving demonstrations and a Belleayre Birthday Rail Jam sponsored by Stoked Mentoring. Saturday night, be dazzled by the beauty of a Torchlight Parade down Yahoo.
Belleayre Info

MT National Guard Recognizes Whitefish Mountain Resort for Military Discount Program

Whitefish, MT - The Montana National Guard awarded Whitefish Mountain Resort CEO Dan Graves with a letter and commemorative coin on Saturday, Jan. 16 in honor of the resort's military discount program.
In 2007, Graves significantly expanded military discounts at the ski area to include 50% off lift tickets, free basic equipment rentals, 50% off group lessons, and 25-50% off on-mountain lodging for active-duty and retired members of the armed forces, as well as their spouses and dependents.
The letter, from Brigadier General John E. Walsh, was read aloud by Lt. Colonel Boettcher, who lives in Kalispell.
"The efforts your resort team members make to welcome and host military families every year is [sic] very much appreciated. Support such as your helps to ensure our National Guard families have exciting opportunities to enjoy some time together," said Gen. Walsh in the letter.
Graves, dressed in ski equipment and a Whitefish Mountain Resort jacket, accepted the framed award and said a few words about why he instituted one of the most aggressive military discount programs in the ski industry.
Whitefish Info

OLympic Torch Arrival Revives Spirit of '88 Games

Kananaskis Village, AB - There is no other ski resort in Canada that shares Olympic Spirit like Nakiska Ski Resort, host of the 1988 Olympic downhill events and official National Training Centre of Alpine Canada Alpin. Relive Nakiska's Olympic history and revive the spirit on Olympic Spirit Day, Wednesday January 20th, when day 83 of the Olympic Torch Relay brings the eternal flame to Nakiska Ski Resort.
The pre-party celebration begins on Tuesday January 19th with the Monster Energy Hospitality Rig at Nakiska. Skiers and snowboarders will get revved up with Monster Energy drink samples and pumping tunes while they wait in anticipation on the eve of the Torch Relay arriving at Nakiska.
The party amplifies with Olympic Spirit Day on Wednesday January 20th. Festivities commence with a fantastic morning of skiing and snowboarding at Nakiska Ski Resort (lift ticket/season pass required) followed by a live DJ spinning on the upper deck of the Daylodge from 12pm-2pm along with a festive BBQ in the plaza (à la carte, weather permitting). The ceremonial Torch carrying will take place shortly after 1pm. Cheering spectators will watch as a parade of Nakiska ski club athletes proudly ski down the North Axe run waving Canadian flags as the Torch hand-off takes place at the Silver Chair Express base.
Come show your Olympic Spirit by wearing everything red (mittens, hats, shirts, etc.), waving Canadian flags, and elevating the spirit for our athletes. Guests are invited to come out to Nakiska and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the plaza and watch the Torch exchange at no expense. Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of an amazing afternoon Olympic Spirit Day lift ticket special for $19.88 + GST (lift access from 12:30pm - 4:00pm).
Nakiska Info

Vail is New Location of Carmichael Training Systems

Vail, CO - will be the site of Carmichael Training Systems' newest High Altitude Training Camp from June 22-26. Renowned as a year-round center for athletes of various disciplines and ability levels, Vail is fast becoming the nation's leading destination for visitors who want to pursue their recreational passions, and take their skill set to the next level.
Created in 2000 by Olympian and elite cyclist Chris Carmichael, Carmichael Training Systems leads the performance coaching industry with the application of the latest sports science knowledge for nutrition, fitness, and endurance training. Best known for his work as Lance Armstrong's personal coach, Carmichael was instrumental in the cyclist's comeback to his competitive best after his bout with testicular cancer. Carmichael has since coached a number of the world's top athletes, as well as thousands of recreational athletes in their pursuit of personal bests.
"Training camps are an important component of improving as an athlete; the ability to focus entirely on your sport often leads to dramatic advances in confidence, skill, and fitness. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to combine the ultimate training and coaching experience with the ultimate vacation experience in Vail," says Chris Carmichael, founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems. "The rides will be like nothing on earth, and nobody will be bored when they are off their bikes in Vail."
The Carmichael High Altitude Training Camp in Vail will allow guests to experience classic Colorado summer rides while being coached by the world-class staff of Carmichael Training Systems. Rides will vary from breath-taking climbs, steep descents and flat valley roads. Participants will experience amenities typically reserved for professional cyclists, from post-ride massages, to individual power file analysis with the coaches. This camp is structured to accommodate riders of all levels and is relevant for both mountain bike and road cyclists.

January 18, 2010

Powder Alert

Windham, NY - Windham woke up to 6 inches of fresh powder this morning and the slopes are in amazing condition. All trails are open, the terrain park is dialed and the Big Air Bag is just waiting for you to make the leap of faith. And if you haven't seen the Snow Ball yet, check out this video.
Windham Info

Camelback Mountain Resort Announces Launch of Mobile Site

Tannersville, PA - Camelback Mountain Resort announces the launch of their mobile website. This will allow cell phone users to connect to the internet and view the text version of the website.
To access the site, browse to SkiCamelback.com and click the mobile site link in the bottom menu. Users will be able to look up the operating hours, ticket prices, upcoming events and rental information.

"Launching our mobile site gives our guests one more gateway to information about all the fun things going on here," said Ray Palumbo, Director of Information Technology, at Camelback Mountain Resort.

Camelback is also hosting the Rob Corchnoy Memorial Giant Slalom Race on Sunday, January 24th. Check in will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 am at the Sunbowl Lodge. The race will commence on Cliffhanger at 9:30am.
Camelback Info

January 15, 2010

R’osez le Mont-Sainte-Anne for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation

Beaupre, PQ - Mont-Sainte-Anne invites all sports enthusiasts to participate in a unique activity: R’osez le Mont-Sainte-Anne for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation! The resort is innovating and proposes a winter fundraiser that offers a ski marathon open to all. A pasta diner with silent auction will come after the challenge, before the much appreciated artist Yann Perreau offers a private concert for the cause, at the base of the mountain. For this first edition, the event organizers are thinking pink and will propose very ‘’feminine’’ demos, sampling animation from our partners to all participants and visitors there to cheer them on!

Outdoor Day for ALL: Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing!
The activity is open to everyone: men, women, kids, families, colleagues and neighbours; whatever your fitness level, all can participate in this friendly marathon. The participants have to complete, alone or with a team, a total of 21 or 42 runs during the day to complete their half-marathon or marathon. This year, teams can truly participate together: runs can be done simultaneously! For instance: a team of 2 people can complete their alpine skiing marathon (a total of 42 runs) doing 21 runs together. The same rule is applicable for the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing marathons but in this case, the total will be accumulated in km. Several interesting prizes will be raffled among those that will have completed their challenge.
Private Concert of Yann Perreau, Trattoria at the Base and Silent Auction at the Summit!
This unique outdoor day will be followed by a hearty pasta meal at our trattoria specially set up in the Chalet at the base (with musician!) or at the summit Chalet, where the silent auction will take place. At night, Yann Perreau (5 nominations at the 2009 ADISQ, winner of the “author/compositor prize” of the year) will certainly heat up the Château Mont-Sainte-Anne (room Noroit/Suroit, at the base of the mountain) with his exquisite music, influenced by Europe and India. The private concert will start at 8 pm and will begin with the draw of prizes for the participants.
Mont-Sainte-Anne Info

50 Reasons and More Not to Miss the 50th Season of Mont SUTTON

Sutton, PQ - The 2009-2010 season of the Mont SUTTON will be one of celebrations with people loving this mountain and celebrating 50 seasons of skiing passion at Mont SUTTON. From the beginning of the season until the ultimate celebration on December 17th, 2010, Mont SUTTON has scheduled a range of special events, promotions and special attentions all with the theme “50” : a day of 50 gifts at the mountain, a Rallye “all 50”, 50 % discount every last Wednesday of each month on presentation of the printable online voucher… All of this to celebrate these 50 seasons of passion! A lot of emotions and loads of fun are on the agenda!

Take Part to the Party!
Since the beginning of the 50th season, Mont SUTTON has organized, on specific days, special activities and surprises for the customers with more to come. In addition to the regular activities scheduled on the calendar, as per the coming Senior’s week for $25 from January 18th to 22nd, many activities and promotions “all 50” are on the calendar.
Promotions of the 50th Season
In order to carry on with the theme of the 50th season, Mont SUTTON has also several unique promotions for the snow sports lovers, who want to share moments full of festivities. Among others, 50 lucky parked cars in one of the Mont SUTTON's parking lots will receive a "Mont SUTTON license plate" on January 16th. Also on the program : every last Wednesday of each month of the 50th season, skiers and snowboarders will get 50% off their lift ticket on presentation of a coupon available at montsutton.com, a surprise will be given for the 50th day of the 50th season, “Tuesday’s 2nd beer for 50 cents at the Bar Le Tucker during the month of February, a free après-ski at Spa Bolton.
Mont SUTTON Info

Snowbowl Prepares for National Safety Week

Flagstaff, AZ - The National Ski Area Association's 11th annual National Safety Week is January 16-22, 2010. During the Week, over 50% of the 326 member ski resorts participate in many different ways to encourage slope safety.
During the 2008-2009 winter season, the Arizona Snowbowl's Safety Committee, which is employee driven, came up with the phrase, BAAH! (Be Alert, Accidents Hurt) and stars Sammi and Stella, the Safety Sheep. Their efforts earned them their first ever National Safety Award for the Best Overall Safety Program for 2009.
This year, Snowbowl is planning to kick off National Safety week activities on Saturday January 16, 2010 with their new "Safety Camp" as the center piece of the event! They will have activities for all ages, engaging employees and guests to think about safety both on the slopes, in the lodges and at work. During Safety Week, children and young adults will be asked of their knowledge of the skier/rider responsibility code "Winter Rules!". Those that know the "Winter Rules" or learn the rules will receive a "Safety Pass", which will entitle them to discounts in the lodges and at our mountain retail shops. In addition to the discounts, a free mid-week lift ticket will be given to the first 250 participants.
Snowbowl Info

January 13, 2010

Big Fun on the Grand Mesa

Mesa, CO - Tons of great winter events at Powderhorn Resort.

Powderhorn Info

Dress Like Captain Morgan this Saturday and Ski/Ride for Free

Win a Chance to Ski with the National Captain Morgan on Sunday

Tannersville, PA - This Saturday, January 16th, we are hosting another "Dress Like the Captain" day. Please come to Guest Services fully dressed as the Captain, including, hat, jacket, pants, beard and sword to receive your free lift ticket for the day. You will also be entered into the contest to ski or ride Sunday, January 17th with the National Captain from 1pm to 3 pm and attend a VIP party at the Glen Lodge from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

"This is a fun day at the Mountain because seeing all of the "Captains" on the slopes and in the terrain park adds to the atmosphere." said Charles Blier, General Manager/Executive Vice President at Camelback Mountain Resort. He continued, "We are also holding a halfpipe competition at noon on Saturday, so there is a lot going on this weekend."
Camelback Info

Roger Pepper Camp for Teen Burn Survivors in Crested Butte

Mt. Crested Butte, CO - Port Richey, Florida resident Brandon Wolf found refuge in the Adaptive Sports Center’s Roger Pepper Camp for teenage burn survivors when he was 14 years old. Now, at 22, he is coming back to serve as a chaperone for the camp that helped him come into his own as a teenager.

This winter’s camp is made up of eleven new and returning attendees from Texas, Florida, Missouri and Washington, who will ski and snowboard at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and ice climb in Ouray, Colorado. All activities will be led by instructors from the Adaptive Sports Center. Campers will share a home in Crested Butte for the week, where they will gather for group meals and socializing in the evenings.
Roger Pepper Camp founder Allison Massari nearly lost her life in a car accident in 1998, and established the camp in 2001. Roger Pepper was the man who pulled Massari from her burning car, saving her life and risking his own. Roger Pepper Camp is run by the Adaptive Sports Center and is funded entirely by private donors; participants pay nothing to attend. The camp is run for one week in the summer and one week in the winter. Massari, an artist, teacher and inspirational speaker, will attend a portion of this winter’s camp, with plans to share her story and words of advice with the group.
Crested Butte Info

Diamond Peak Presents the Burton Jiblet Series

Incline Village, NV- The Burton Jiblet Series at Diamond Peak is a jam style competition for Intermediate/Advanced skiers and snowboarders of all ages to showcase their most awesome trick on our feature. There will be 3 competitions throughout the season with the Burton Invitational on April 3 and 4th for all participants who qualify. The first stop for the Burton Jiblet Series is on January 16th. The competition will take place on special features in front of the Base Lodge deck. The event is open to skiers and snowboarders of intermediate/advanced abilities.

Special features will be made just for the Burton Jiblet. It’ll be a jam-style format with a winner-take-all cash prize for each of the Open divisions in the Burton Invitational. The price of the event is $10. All of the registration money goes into a winner-take-all pot.
Awards ceremony will be held after each competition. The open division will be competing for cash prizes and there will be great prizes for all the divisions.For more information regarding this event, please contact Barb Archer at 775-832-1120.
Diamond Peak Info

Half Pipe Competition and National Captain Morgan Skiing this Weekend at Camelback Mountain Resort

Tannersville, PA - On Saturday January 16, 2010, Camelback Mountain Resort will have an in-house Halfpipe competition. Registration will take place from 8am to 10:30am in the Big Pocono Family Eatery.
Practice will take place from 11am to 12pm. There will be two heats for each age group. The top three from each group will move directly to the finals and battle for podium position. Thousands of dollars of prizes will be donated by The Loft, Camelback Mountain Resort and the ski shop consignment program.

We will also be riding with the National Captain Morgan captain on Sunday, January 17th. He will be on the slopes from 1-3 pm skiing with local winners from "Dress Like the Captain" events that have taken place over the last few weeks.
"We have a great weekend coming up. The halfpipe competition is always exciting. It is energizing to see the range of ages that come to compete and show off their skills in this event," said Charles Blier, General Manager/Executive Vice President of Camelback Mountain Resort.

Every Wednesday is Ladies Day at Camelback....buy one lift ticket and get one free! Camelback Mountain Resort was voted the #1 favorite resort in the Pocono Mountains. Camelback has more trails and the only halfpipe in the area. Visit skicamelback.com for more information and online promotions.
Camelback Info

January 12, 2010

Taos Ski Valley - Get Up Close and Personal

Taos, NM - You love the Ernie Blake Snowsports School because we teach you to ski and ride all of Taos at an easy price. (Bumps! Trees! Powder! Hiking! Carving!) In fact, so many of you love our classes, sometimes they can feel a bit too popular.

This year, attend our afternoon group classes and be very pleasantly surprised by our small group size. Each class is limited to three students. 3! The $51 price is the same as our morning groups, but the afternoon small size assures even more personal attention. Our3-person max applies to every afternoon group lesson, including our famous afternoon Mogul Mastery classes, and snowboarding!
Imagine – for $51.00 you can take a 2-hour group class that’s more like a $250 private lesson. Taking more than one class? Purchase 3 afternoon tickets and save $12.00. Afternoon classes meet at 1:15 daily. Stop by the Ski School Ticket Office in the Resort Center.
Taos Ski Valley Info

Sugar Bowl Celebrates 70 Years of Skiing and Boarding

Donner Summit, CA - Since 1939, Sugar Bowl Resort has offered some of the finest skiing and riding in the Tahoe region. To celebrate 70 years atop Donner Summit, the venerable resort will host a weekend of festivities January 29th – 31st, including special lift ticket rates, prize giveaways, apres music, on-mountain trivia challenges and an official opening ceremony for the new Summit Chair. Local favorites Truckee Tribe will play the Judah Lodge on Saturday afternoon, and Sugar Bowl’s own Daron Rahlves will race toward SkierX gold at the X Games in Aspen with special viewing parties at the Judah Lodge.
Opening for business on December 15, 1939 with a light layer of snow and the first chairlift in California, Sugar Bowl’s founders were true pioneers of Tahoe skiing. Lift tickets that first season were 25 cents to ride up and down, or $2 if you were skiing Mount Disney. Founder Hannes Schroll envisioned a European-style ski resort filled with family and friends, great food and drink, and of course exceptional skiing. Schroll’s vision is now a reality, with 13 lifts servicing four distinct peaks, 95 trails across 1,500 acres, three progressive terrain parks, a historic base-area Lodge, and a staff dedicated to the guest’s experience. Sugar Bowl still boasts the highest annual snowfall in North Lake Tahoe with 500” on average.
Sugar Bowl Info

January 11, 2010

Sun Valley to Celebrate NSAA 'National Safety Week'

Sun Valley, ID - What is Smartstyle? Do you know “Your Responsibility Code?”
What is the most important “Get Smart” tip for Freestyle Terrain Park riders?

Skiers and riders will all be challenged by these questions and rewarded with answers and free prizes January 16-22, 2010 when Sun Valley celebrates the National Ski Area’s Association “National Safety Week.”
A heads-up, fun approach will be taken to heighten the awareness of slope safety in Sun Valley – on Baldy, at the new Super Pipe, in Dollar Mountain’s new Terrain Park and throughout both mountains.
And, the Smartstyle message will go off-mountain and into the classroom when the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, avalanche dogs and Terrain Park personnel meet students at Hemingway and Hailey Elementary schools. Third, fourth and fifth graders at Hemingway will be visited Tuesday, January 19 and the same grades at Hailey Elementary School will host the Sun Valley Mountain Dept. staff Wednesday, January 20, 2010.
Because Sun Valley Resort takes the safety and well being of its guests very seriously, skiers and riders on Dollar and Baldy will be invited to participate in a variety of safety oriented activities throughout “National Safety Week.”
Sun Valley Info

January Will be Jamming at Belleayre

Highmount, NY - Conditions are perfect on the slopes of the Belleayre Ski Center and besides the great skiing and riding, there are plenty of other attractions in store this January at New York's Winter Snow Park.
On Wednesdays, Belleayre offers $20 lift tickets with $10 rentals all month long. This will lead us into our annual Winter Festival Week at the end of the month where lift tickets will be $20 and rentals $10 from January 25th through 29th.
This Friday, Belleayre will again offer Customer Appreciation Day with $25 lift tickets. What a great way to start the long, holiday weekend. Speaking of weekends, we will host the Belleayre Cup Race this Saturday with prizes being awarded for a variety of age groups for both men and women. On Sunday, the United Way of Ulster County will be hosting a charity event. The first 200 guests who donate $10 to the United Way of Ulster County will receive a coupon for a $25 lift ticket good for that day only. Donation tables will be set up in the Garden Room of the Overlook Lodge and next to the Guest Service Desk in the Discovery Lodge.
Make your reservations for the 7th Annual Taste of the Town on Monday, January 25th at the Discovery Lodge. This year's theme is "Murder on the Mountain," a murder, mystery dinner. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds will go to the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association. For ticket information, call (845) 254-5600, ext. 1361.
This year's Snowball Dinner and Dance will be held Saturday, January 30th in the Discovery Lodge. Sponsored by the Coalition to Save Belleayre, the Snowball is an annual fundraiser for the Belleayre Music Conservatory. Join us this year as we honor the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation for improving the quality of life in the Catskills for more than 40 years. Tickets are available by contacting Donald Myers at (845) 254-5600 ext 1361.
So make plans to visit the Belleayre Ski Center where the skiing and riding can't be beat.
Belleayre Info

Commander Cody Playing in Concert at Saddleback Maine

Rangeley, ME - The Commander Cody Band will be playing at Saddleback on Saturday, January 16. A mix of honky-ton, country and rockabilly, Commander Cody is on tour to promote their first studio album in 20 years, Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers.
Tickets are $18.00 and the show begins at 8:00 pm in the beautiful post-and-beam Base Lodge. Concert tickets are sold online at SaddlebackMaine.com, at the Base Lodge or by calling 866-918-2225.
Originally formed in 1968, today the Commander Cody Band is comprised of George Frayne a.k.a. "The Commander" (leader /keyboards/vocals), Steve Barbuto (drums/vocals), Rick Mullen (bass) and Mark Emerick on lead guitar and vocals.
Saddleback Info

Tim Burke Still Best in World on Biathlon World Cup Tour

Lake Placid, NY – Local athlete Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) once again earned the yellow bib on the Biathlon World Cup Tour today in Oberhof, Germany by placing second with a time of 40:00.2. Burke’s current World Cup ranking is 329 points, 3 points ahead of Russia’s Evgeny USTYUGOV.
Bill Demong (Vermontville, NY), 2009 Nordic Combined World Champion, took gold today in Val di Fiemme, Italy in the Nordic Combined World Cup with a 33:49.9. Today’s competition places Demong in 9th place in World Cup standings, with 307 over-all points.
US Bobsled Athlete John Napier (Lake Placid, NY) was on the podium again today in World Cup action from Konigssee, Germany where he and his teammates Charles Barkley, Steven Langton, Christopher Fogt won bronze with a first run of 48.72 and a second heat of 48.59, giving them an overall time of 1:37.31.

January 7, 2010

Saddleback Maine's Armed Forces Day Held on January 10

All Present and Past Members of the Armed Forces Ski Free

Randeley, ME - All U.S. Military veterans who have served in the armed forces from WWII to the present can ski at Saddleback for free on Saddleback's Armed Forces Day, Sunday, January 10, 2010. Military ID or DD214 will be required. There will be a ceremony at noon at the Base Lodge with Major General John "Bill" Libby of the Maine National Guard acting as MC, a live band from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington and bagpipes as well. This is Saddleback's way of showing the men and women who have served in the armed forces their appreciation.
"We are offering this day as a token of our appreciation to the men and women who have served our country," said Warren Cook, CEO and general manager of Saddleback. "All of our staff are looking forward to sharing our mountain with our troops this Sunday."
Saddleback is offering a special lodging package as well. All veterans can reserve a Ski & Stay package for $49.00 per day/night (at max occupancy). Other non-veteran occupants would pay only $69.00 each. Reservations can be made by calling 877-864-5441.
Saddleback also has a Learn to Ski or Ride Special for only $49.00 for veterans, which includes rental of either ski or snowboard equipment and a 2-hour lesson. Veterans that don't know how to ski can still take advantage of this special day. Veterans who choose to come again this season may purchase two days for only $118 and receive a third day free. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Ski and Ride School at 877-864-5441 ext 139.
Saddleback Info

Nature Valley World Cup Freestyle Returns to Lake Placid

Road to Vancouver Continues to Make its Way through Lake Placid
Lake Placid, NY - The Nature Valley Freestyle World Cup will be making its way back to Lake Placid, N.Y. and Whiteface Mountain, where competition begins, Thursday, Jan. 21, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 24. The four-day event, at both Whiteface and the Olympic jumping complex, will feature mogul racing, nighttime aerial competitions, and getting ready for its Olympic debut, February, in Vancouver, Canada, ski cross… which will also be making its second appearance the East Coast.
As the 2010 Vancouver Games draw closer, the competition between athletes for slots on the Olympic teams will becoming more intense. The 2010 Nature Valley Lake Placid Freestyle World Cup event will carry more weight than usual for these international athletes. The deadline for submitting freestyle team rosters to the International Olympic Committee is Sunday, Jan. 24, making this event the final opportunity for many of these competitors to qualify for their respective Olympic teams. Mogul racers, aerialists and ski racers will need to perform well at this event to earn the points they need to solidify their positions and move on to the 2010 Winter games.
The 2010 U.S. freestyle team is loaded with talent and will be headed up by nine Olympians and reigning World aerials champion Ryan St. Onge. The American lineup also includes Patrick Deneen, a 2006 Olympian and 2009 World Cup moguls champion, as well as Hannah Kearney, the 2008 U.S. aerials champion and 2006 Olympian.
Whiteface Info

Nakiska with Best New Year Snow and Olympic Spirit Revival

Kananaskis, AB - Nakiska Ski Resort is in the top snowfalls for the last 48hrs in the Alberta Rockies with 11cm's of fresh snow. With tonnes of early season snowfall and the largest snowmaking system in Alberta, the new natural snow amps up the already superb skiing and snowboarding conditions at Nakiska Ski Resort.

The New Year snow creates an excitement around the resort that Nakiska will carry through with a welcoming of the Olympic Torch Relay on Wednesday Jan 20th. There is no other ski resort in Canada that shares the Olympic Spirit like Nakiska Ski Resort, host of the 1988 Olympic downhill events and official National Training Centre of Alpine Canada Alpin.
Nakiska Ski Resort is proud to be part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Our spirit is infectious, so come share your support on Jan 20th and wear your Red Mittens, Red Hats or anything you have that is RED to share the spirit of the Games. We want a SEA of RED to support our Canadian Athletes as they compete against the best in the world at the 2010 Olympic Games.
Be part of this special event by re-igniting the spirit of the flame at Nakiska Ski Resort and sharing the goodwill of 1988 Olympic legacy! Nakiska Ski Resort is proud to be the official site of the Canadian National Alpine Championships as we continue to do all we can to support Canadian athletes to be the very best they can be. National Team Olympic Training Camps will be taking place at Nakiska from February 1-20, 2010.
Nakiska Resort Info

Ruby Hill Rail Yard in Denver Opens

Winter Park Resort, Denver Parks and Recreation and Christy Sports Team Up To Bring Winter Sports To City Of Denver Free Of Charge

Denver, CO - Winter Park Resort announces the earliest recorded opening day of Ruby Hill Rail Yard, Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 12 p.m. Ruby Hill Rail Yard is a free urban terrain park for skiers and snowboarders, located at the intersection of Platte River Drive and Jewell Avenue in Denver.
“With Ruby Hill we’re able to bring the mountains to the metro area, to the backyards of city dwellers that may not otherwise have the chance to experience rails on a regular basis,” said Bob Holme, terrain park and youth marketing manager at Winter Park Resort. “Plus, this is a great way to give back to a community that has supported Winter Park Resort for the past 70 years.”

This is the earliest opening for Ruby Hill since its inception in 2006. The rail yard will be open through the end of February, weather permitting. To prepare the park, snowmaking equipment has pumped more than an acre of snow and a snowcat, on loan from Winter Park Resort, is putting the final grooming touches on the terrain park.
Ruby Hill is a result of the partnership between Denver Parks and Recreation, Christy Sports and Winter Park Resort. Winter Park provides the rails, terrain park design and staff; Chirsty Sports provides free rental equipment; and Denver Parks and Recreation provides youth programs. Thirty volunteers and private donations also help make the terrain park possible.

January 6, 2010

Copper Says 'You Deserve a Snow Day!'

By now, you should know the fine folks at Copper believe that Everyone Deserves a Snow Day…remember that feeling of waking up and hearing on the radio that school was canceled.
Simple and plain, you deserve a Snow Day at Copper and your boss is probably thinking “no way,” so we cooked up a way to help. Head over to the “I am Employed” section of YourSnowDay.com, where there are a plethora of tools to help you change your bosses mind.
Make The Call:
If your boss is a stickler and you need a little help asking for that snow day off, Captain Fred McGilicutty is your man. Head to YourSnowDay.com, plug in your boss’s phone number and he’ll do the rest.
Snow Day Soundboard:
Head to YourSnowDay.com where you’ll find some useful sounds (cough, cough; sneeze, sneeze) to make your boss wonder if you are going to need more than a day off.
No problem, we understand the struggle. Copper wants to add a little right to the wrong the economy is dealing you. Head over to YourSnowDay.com, click on the “I am Unemployed” section. You can either hook up with people who can offer up extra help in your job search, or send us 739 words or more explaining how the economy has left you jobless, and enter to win a Snow Day of your own at Copper. Restrictions apply.
Copper Info

Woman’s Day Magazine Recognizes Crested Butte Mountain Resort as One of the “Ten Soaring Ski Resorts”

Mt. Crested Butte, CO - Crested Butte Mountain Resort was recognized as one of the “Ten Soaring Ski Resorts” in the world by Woman’s Day Magazine, a lifestyle publication in print for over 70 years. As one of only ten resorts named in the article, and the only Colorado ski resort on the list, Crested Butte Mountain Resort joined other locations such as Chamonix-Mont, France; Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; and Kitzbühel, Austria. Crested Butte Mountain Resort was selected due to the variety of skiing, from gentle and scenic beginner terrain to the highest number of double-black ski runs in the state of Colorado. The selection process also identified the resort’s high quality of guest service and après ski activities. Frequently referred to as one of the “last real ski towns”, the resort offers an intimate and genuine experience to visitors through both the small Victorian era town, and the modern base area amenities.
Crested Butte Info

You'll Go Head Over Heels for Zorbing

Windham, NY - Zorbs have officially invaded the Windham Mountain Adventure Park. While it may sound like an alien creature, a zorb is actually a large, inflated ball in which two passengers can roll around, hamster style. Oh yeah, admit it, you've been jealous of those cute little rodents all these years.
We debuted the zorb during the holiday period and it was a huge hit. See for Yourself how much fun it is, and think about giving it a spin. Coming soon: a second zorb with LED lighting for wild nighttime rides. It's just another outdoor recreation innovation from the people who brought you the first Big Air Bag in America. Come out and play!
Windham Info

January 5, 2010

Sport, Fresh Air and Learning: A Matchless Combination!

Sutton, PQ - Is there something healthier than learning while exercising outdoors? The Mont SUTTON’s Snow School offers new programs this season from the youngest to the oldest of all levels. For example: new features on the weekend programs, the lessons for adults only and the introduction packages. Lots of active outdoor fun and learning for everyone! Find all the details at the SUTTON Snow School at MontSutton.com/school.

The SUTTON Snow School’s weekend programs last 8 Saturdays or Sundays. A different thematic is scheduled every week for the Little Scouts Club and for the Explorers Club. The SUTTON Snow School starts its programs on January 9th for the Saturday’s lesson and on January 10th for the Sunday’s lesson.
Mont Sutton Info

Thiago Touches Down at Sun Peaks

The Official Snow Bum Arrives for 3-Month Stay

Sun Peaks, BC - As the Best Job in the World wrapped up in Queensland, Australia on New Years Eve, the winner of a promotion inspired by the Queensland video contest arrived at a BC Interior Ski Resort.
29 year old Thiago Lucena from São Paul, Brazil landed at Kamloops Airport today to begin a three-month stay at Sun Peaks Resort as their official Snow Bum. His role? To ski, snowboard, dogsled, snowmobile, attend resort events, and then tell the world about his experiences using social media avenues such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Thiago will also be writing blogs for www.snowbumcanada.com.
A crowd of journalists, resort representatives and curious onlookers were on hand to welcome Thiago as he stepped into the airport terminal off a flight from Vancouver.

“It’s exciting to be here! I never expected to be treated like a celebrity,” said Thiago at Kamloops Airport. “This is going to be an incredible experience. When I go to Chile and Argentina, it’s only 10 days of skiing…this is 3 months!”
Tourism Sun Peaks’ President Christopher Nicolson says the Snow Bum contest was inspired by the Queensland promotion and it’s very fitting that Thiago arrives at Sun Peaks for HIS dream job, after Ben Southall wrapped up his year as the Island Caretaker in Australia. “After the build up over phone and email, it’s great to meet such a fantastic individual in person.”
Sun Peaks Info

Rocky Mountain Sky Tram Premiere

“Rocky Mountain Sky Tram”
National Geographic Channel
Thursday, January 7 at 6pm (MST)

Teton Village, WY - In April of 2006 Jackson Hole’s famed Aerial Tram made its final winter voyage to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. The removal and subsequent construction of a bigger, better, and faster tram is one the greatest feats of engineering in the ski world, and the subject of a National Geographic production called “Man-Made: Rocky Mountain Sky Tram” scheduled to air this Thursday at 4pm Eastern time.
The show, which chronicles the amazing story of the most iconic lift in North American skiing, is part of a series on the greatest engineering marvels, and the stories behind them. Peter Pilafian, producer of this National Geographic television program, as well as the original DVD version, “Cable To The Sky”, adds: “When people step into their bindings on top of Rendezvous Mountain--in my opinion the greatest ski mountain in the US, they probably are amazed at how fast and smoothly they got there. Now this new documentary will peel back the layers of a uniquely challenging construction project: building America’s tallest ski lift and keeping it safe. It is the fascinating story of a heroic team effort, bad weather, and state-of the-art engineering.”

From the National Geographic Channel: “For over 40 years the Big Red Box at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, carried skiers, hikers, paragliders, and sightseers up to the 3200 meter (10,600 ft) summit of Rendezvous Mountain. But nothing lasts forever…”
Read More at NationalGeographic.com

Local Athletes Win Big at New Year's Eve Rockin' Rail Jam

Whitefish, MT - Whitefish Mountain Resort's Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Team took home wins in four of eight divisions at last week's New Year's Eve Rockin' Rail Jam, the team's first event of the season.
The 5th Annual Rail Jam took place on terrain park features, including rails and boxes, which were specially set up on the slopes above Ed & Mully's Lounge for the event. A record sixty-five registered contestants did their best to impress judges with style and skill in two half-hour jam sessions; one each for snowboarders and skiers.

Each discipline was split into four divisions: Women's Amateur, Boys' Amateur, Men's Amateur and and Open class.
The Whitefish Mountain Resort Freestyle Team, coming off of an intensive four-day Holiday Training Camp, produced four first-place finishes: Marley Rodwick (Women's Ski AM), Ryan Heaverland (Men's Snowboard AM), Parkin Costain (Boys Ski AM), and Braedon Ortt (Boys Snowboard AM).
Whitefish Info

Learn a Snow Sport Month

Incline Village, NV - Diamond Peak is joining the national effort of the snow sport industry to promote “Learn a Snow Sport Month.” They are offering programs during January 2010 for children and adults who want to learn a snow sport or who want to improve their skills. This effort is to get family and friends outside in the winter to learn new activities and get some exercise.
Diamond Peak has a Burton Snowboard Learn to Ride Center. They offer Burton’s specially designed snowboards which are softer flexing and easier to turn. Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton snowboards, states in the National Ski Area Association Journal “Through the continued efforts of our Learn to Ride partner resorts, we are seeing increased retention rates for first-time riders, with some resorts reporting retention of up to 80 percent.”
In addition to Diamond Peak’s daily programs they are offering lesson packages for just $29 to learn to ski or ride during the week of January 11-15th. This package includes 1 hour 45 minute group lesson, equipment and beginner lift ticket. Learn to Ski and Burton Ride Week is available for ages 7 and up; lessons start at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. For ages 4-7 group lessons are $70.
Diamond Peak Info

Belleayre Introduces 'Kids Ski Free, Stay Free' for Children 17 and Under

Highmount, NY - The Belleayre Ski Center, in partnership with the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association announces the age for ski free, stay free package has been raised to children under 17 at a participating hotel, motel or bed and breakfast with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. Book your accommodations at any participating BRLTA member and your child stays for free and skis for free at Belleayre. Just present your stamped, hotel voucher at the ticket window.
Something else that's new at Belleayre during January, every Wednesday, we will be offering skiers and riders $20 lift tickets and $10 rentals. And that's not all! This Wednesday promotion will lead up to our Winter Festival Week the end of January culminating with $20 lift tickets and $10 rentals all week from January 25th through January 29th.
This Saturday is Scout Day. Scouts and their immediate family members will ski for $34 per person. Rentals are just $23. All you have to do is bring a valid Scout ID to any ticket window. All Scouts are entitled to a free, any level group lesson with the purchase of their lift ticket. If you have a group of 15 or more, please make reservations in advance by calling (800) 942-6904 ext. 2474.
Belleayre Ski Center Info

January 4, 2010

64 Trails Open at Saddleback

Rangeley, Maine - Approximately three feet of snow fell at Saddleback since New Year's Eve, allowing the ski resort to open all but two of its trails, including Casablanca, the largest glade in the Northeast.

"The weather folks were spot on with their forecasting of this most recent weather event," said Conrad Klefos, director of marketing at Saddleback. "The storm trough pulled directly over Saddleback and it dumped! Best estimate we have is 24 to 30 inches overnight which brings the snowfall total since Thursday to 34 to 42 inches."
Klefos was one of the first skiers to try out the new 44-acre Casablanca. "I believe that this glade will catch a lot of wind blown snow and we will ultimately have some very deep bases there. The glade skis very well and it was exhilarating with this deep thick powder."
Saddleback Info

Race for your Country at Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks Family Cup begins TODAY!

Sun Peaks, BC – Guests from around the globe gathered in the Sun Peaks Village to ring in 2010. Now as the new year gets underway, these international visitors will be raising their home flags and racing for their country during the 4th Annual Sun Peaks Travelplan Family Cup, beginning today!
The Family Cup grows every year and the 2010 edition is no exception, with activities for the next seven days, leading up to the marquee event on Saturday, January 9…the Family Cup Giant Slalom Races. Countries will be going head to head in this fun, recreational race, battling for the Family Cup and of course, bragging rights!
Leading up to Race Day, resort visitors can participate in obstacle courses, along with ice skating and tubing parties.
New this year for the Family Cup is the High Roller Mountain Marathon, which will have participants visiting tents set up at the top of every chairlift and rolling dice, in an effort to accumulate the most points!
Another new event is the Après Ski Olympic Fashion Show, taking place Thursday, January 7th at the brand new Morrisey’s Public House in the Delta Residences.
Sun Peaks Info
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Big Snow hits Jackson Hole

Teton Village, WY - With over 19 inches of snow since Wednesday morning, Jackson Hole is ringing in the new decade with big vertical and deep powder. A huge Rocky mountain storm is forecast to hit the Tetons over the weekend, bringing one to two feet of new snow, heavy at times.

Home to the largest continuous vertical in the country, open access to the endless Teton backcountry, and an Aerial Tram to whisk you over 4,100 feet in under 9 minutes — no other mountain even comes close.

Fly Free to Jackson Hole
Announced earlier this week, the incredible ‘Buy 2 Get 2’ airline offer valid from any departure city in the country, on any airline, has been extended till January 15th*. With half price on airline tickets for a group of 4 people, lift ticket and lodging packages starting at $81/night—January in Jackson offers the combination of best value, smallest crowds, and biggest snow.
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