March 31, 2010

Powder Days and Bluebird Skies

Big Sky, MT - March is leaving like a lion and with its departure comes snow! No Foolin’ - over 14 inches have fallen in the past 24 hours making for some AMAZING spring skiing. With only 11 days of skiing left for the season, check out what is happening at Moonlight Basin as another great season comes to a close.

Easter Weekend
Sunday, April 4, Moonlight Basin invites kids 10 and under to join us for an Easter Egg Hunt. Stop by the Madison Village Base Area at 10:30 am for your chance to find candy filled egg surprises. Plus be on the look out as the Easter Bunny will be carving the slopes following the egg hunt!

Spring Powder in Banff-Lake Louise!

Banff-Lake Louise, AB - It may be spring but the snow is still falling at Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village! hit up Lake Louise yesterday for some powder turns with the boys.

This is a great time to be on the mountains, with a ton of events lined up, the lifts The Lake Louise Ski Area running longer and the sun shining harder. The season here runs all the way through to May 24 and, being famous for its springtime powder dumps too, we're sure every day will be epic.

It’s Dumping!

Teton Village, WY - It’s closing weekend and winter has saved the best for last. Eighteen inches have already fallen in the last 48 hours and more snow is in the forecast. So put away the sun block, new snow and end of the season events will make closing weekend at Jackson Hole the best yet.

Get out your fat skis because closing weekend at Jackson Hole will have lots of fresh powder. It may be March, but we’re riding like it’s January. This is your last chance for first tracks this season!

As if the new snow wasn’t enough, closing weekend is full of fun après events to entertain after the lifts close. From 2:30pm to 5:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a band and DJs under the Tram dock. Also, if you're bringing the little ones, don’t miss the Easter Egg hunt on Sunday.

The Spring Skiing Ecstasy at Mont SUTTON

Sutton, PQ - The Easter weekend will certainly be the ideal moment to enjoy spring skiing at Mont SUTTON. The sunny forecasts and the warm weather will definitely give to Mont SUTTON a great and festive spring atmosphere!

With still plenty of snow on the trails, the BBQ at the foot of the hill, the smell of the sunscreen, the people sunbathing on the terrace of the Bar Le Tucker, the racoon eyes, the happy smiles of skiers and snowboarders who are enjoying the Mont SUTTON’s great spring conditions slope after slope… the passionate will have so much fun and take advantage of the spring promotions until the last day of the season, on Sunday April 11th. Details at

Until the end of the season, winter sports lovers will be able to ski until the sunset on Saturday April 3rd during the Réal’s Challenge. Not forgetting Easter Sunday at the mountain, where several activities and surprises are organized for the whole family! Last event of the season : the much awaited Snow on the Beach on April 10th.

The Réal’s Challenge this Saturday April 3rd
The Réal’s Challenge, thought by the visionary of Mont SUTTON, Real Boulanger, is to make sure the mountain, which usually closes at 4p.m., doesn't close before sunset on that day. In fact, for the event, the chairlift II will stay in operation as long as there is at least two people every two chairs. Therefore, the closing time will depend only on the skiers and snowboarders determination or on the sun! A gathering event for skiers that livens up the mountain and even the terrace of the Bar Le Tucker.

March 30, 2010

Blinded by the White!

Jasper, AB - Spring skiing at Marmot Basin keeps gaining momentum, with 15 centimeters of new snow in the past 48 hours and more new snow expected in days to come. With the recent mild temperatures, excellent snow coverage and a 150 cm base, this is only another feather in Marmot Basin’s cap, which has enjoyed a fantastic 2009 – 2010 ski season. Not only is Jasper National Park experiencing one of the greatest snowfall seasons in recent memory, Marmot Basin is on pace for record setting skier visits since our opening in 1964.

Jennifer Heil, 5 time World Cup Champion, will be at Marmot Basin on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. The two time Olympic Medalist will be at the Paradise mid mountain chalet at 1 pm signing autographs. Following signing autographs, Jenn will be carving turns with fans of all ages! Everyone is encouraged to come out and support Canada’s Olympic hero!

Belleayre Mountain Honors Class of 2010 Hall of Fame at Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 3

Highmount, NY - The Belleayre Mountain Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to honor individuals who have contributed in extraordinary ways to Belleayre Mountain, the surrounding Catskill region, and to the athletic discipline of snowsports. Join us this year as we honor Lewis Grocholl, Meg Monell, and John Fishkind for their extraordinary efforts to promote Belleayre and the sport of skiing in general. Hall of Fame members are dedicated entrepreneurs, New York State DEC employees, and most importantly, skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts with vision and leadership that the Belleayre community can aspire towards and respect. Meg Monell was Director of Belleayre Ski School for seven years from 1969-1977. In his two stints of employment at Belleayre, Lewis Grocholl was instrumental in helping to construct the original trail system in the 1950s when Belleayre first opened, and later was in charge of blasting most of Belleayre's signature trails including Deer Run, Roaring Brook, Dot Nebel and the most recent improvements, Onondaga and Horseshoe Pass. John Fishkind has been a Belleayre skier since 1969, an everyday skier for the last 20 years, a Charter board member of the BMRA (Belleayre Mountain Racing Association), a Charter member of Belleayre Mug Club, a Belleayre Coalition board member since 1984 and has been President of Belleayre Ski Club since 1997. Tickets are $75 per person and are all-inclusive for a night of food, beverage and entertainment. Reserve your seats in the Administration Office in the Overlook Lodge with Pat McVitty (845)254-5600 x1313.

Windham Mountain is Going Out with a Bang

Windham, NY - Old Man Winter is no April Fool. We have received HISTORIC snowfall this winter and still have 100% of our terrain open. Windham Mountain and the Northern Catskills have the most snow in the east. That's right everyone; no one has more snow than Windham Mountain. With all trails open - why not enjoy them one more time.
  • All 2009/2010 Windham Mountain season passes will be honored this week and weekend. Ski or ride with your 2009/2010 midweek season pass, nightclub card, or Sunday season pass for the rest of this week AND this weekend.
  • Your Windham Mountain mid-week Gravity Card will be good this weekend as well. When you bring your Windham Mountain mid-week gravity card you will receive a $15.00 discount off our current weekend price.
  • Winter Makes a Comeback in Jackson Hole

    Teton Village, WY - According to the National Weather Service, winter has decided to make a major comeback in the Tetons, effective immediately. Lest we thought the 2010 ski season would end with sunny skies, beers on the deck, and jamming with Grace Potter Rendezvous Peak Forecast employed a special phrase reserved for the deepest snow forecasts: “heavy at times.” Here is what the Rendezvous Peak Forecast has to say about the following 36 hours: A MAJOR STORM SYSTEM IS…EXPECTED TO MOVE IN AS THE EVENING WEARS ON. LIGHT PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD THIS EVENING AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES BY MORNING. TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 1 TO 2 FEET IS EXPECTED IN THE HIGH COUNTRY.

    Click Here for video of Jackson powder!

    Storm of the Decade Drops 33" on Mt. Hood Meadows

    Mt. Hood, OR - The storm of the decade raging on Mt. Hood has dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in the last 48 hours at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. Snow accumulated at rates of up to 2 inches of snow an hour and has increased the base depth to almost 11 feet. In the past 24 hours, 19 inches of fresh light powder has fallen.

    The awesome conditions have prompted the resort to extend the season. Meadows will operate daily through April 25 and will continue on weekends in May through May 16. The additional six days in May will bring the total days of operations this season at Meadows to 172 days.

    The resort is offering a special 5 Time Spring Pass for just $99 beginning April 1. The direct-to-lift pass allows the holder 5 days of epic spring riding at Meadows for under $20 / day. It can be purchased online to save time at or at the resort and it can be upgraded to the unlimited spring pass for just $80.

    Celebrate Easter at Whiteface

    Wilmington, NY - Whiteface is celebrating Easter on Sunday, April 4, with an Easter service, breakfast buffet and Easter egg hunt.
    The non-denominational Easter service begins at 8:15 a.m. at the summit of Little Whiteface. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Ausable Room located in the Base Lodge.
    Following the service there will be an Easter buffet in Lookout Café, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The buffet includes sausage frittatas, scrambled eggs, French toast, ham, coffee and juice, assorted baked breads, muffins and Danishes. The cost is $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors and $6.95 for children under 12. An Easter egg hunt for youngsters, between the ages of 7-12, will begin at 11 a.m. on Boreen, where skiers will begin at the top of the trail and non-skiers at the base of the trail, while an Easter egg hunt for youngsters six and under begins at noon on the Mixing Bowl.

    This is also the final Super Sunday of the ski season. It’s Retro Sunday, time to pull out the old neon one-piece ski suits and remember the days gone past, adult lift tickets are just $35, teens are $30 and juniors are $25.

    This year’s pond skimming contest is slated for Saturday, April 10, at noon outside the Base Lodge. The free event is open to all skiers and riders. Contestants will be judged on distance, splash, best costume and more. Registration will take place at the guest services desk from 9-11:30 a.m.

    Stoneham’s Arctic Spas Super Splash; A Promising Easter Sunday

    Stoneham, PQ - It’s a unique and spectacular Easter Sunday that skiers and riders will enjoy at Stoneham Mountain Resort on April 4th! The 11th edition of the well-known Arctic Spas Super Splash will be celebrated at the base of the mountain in which, as the tradition goes, skiers and riders will try to ski on water across a 120 foot long artificial lake! The weather forecast is at its best; warm temperatures and sunny skies are expected!

    The most ambitious skiers and snowboarders will put effort and courage together to cross the giant pool of 120 by 30 feet! They will take on the slope in the hopes of gaining enough speed to cross the artificial lake without sinking! Not to worry; professional divers from Nautilus will rescue the castaways and two warm hot tubs will be set up beside the giant pool for the participant to relax and warm up. Each year, 500 people come and enjoy the event and feel the energy! Some adepts even come dressed up to make the show even more exciting!

    March 29, 2010

    Fernie & Kimberley, British Columbia

    Fernie Alpine Resort received a whopping 25cm/10in of snowfall overnight and over 36cm/14in in the last 4 days while Kimberley Alpine Resort had a nice dumping of 10cm/4in in the past 24hrs. Conditions in the 5 alpine bowls at Fernie Alpine Resort are incredible! Who said it's spring? It ain't over 'til the Griz hangs up his musket!

    photo credit: Robin Siggers

    Spring Hours Start March 29

    Flagstaff, AZ - The Arizona Snowbowl has announced their closing date of April 11, 2010. The resort will remain open with daily operations through April 4, and then reopen for one final weekend, April 9-11 (they will be closed April 5-8). They will change their lift operation hours to 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM starting Monday, March 29.

    "It has been such an incredible season! We still have over 8 feet of snow on the upper mountain and right now the spring skiing is incredible," states Dave Smith, Snowbowl's Marketing Director. "With the resort opening at 10:00 AM, it gives the snow time to soften up from the overnight freeze and reflects the behavior of the skiers. The demand drops predictably every season so we match our operation to that demand."

    Snowbowl will offer 50% off breakfast which includes FREE coffee, hot cocoa or fountain drink from 8:30-10:00 AM.

    Their very popular Family Fridays will continue April 2 and April 9. Both the Hart Prairie & Sunset lift will operate until 6:00 PM. Starting at 2:00 PM, lift tickets and rental equipment are only $10 each.

    Winter Goes Out with a Splash at Burke Mountain

    East Burke, VT - As another winter comes to an end, Burke Mountain welcomes Spring with its 21st annual Pond Skimming Celebration on Saturday, April 3. The most popular and boisterous event of the season, residents of the Northeast Kingdom and beyond come out of the woodwork after a long winter to watch contestants skim the 80 foot long pond for a chance at the title of King & Queen of the Pond. The event begins at 1:00 PM at the bottom of Warren’s Way, just above the Mid-Burke Lodge, with barbeque and beer garden opening at noon. This year’s costume theme is “movie characters,” so put together your best costume, and compete for the title of King or Queen! Winners will receive a season pass for the 2010/2011 ski season. For those hearty souls who brave the chilly waters, there will also be prizes given for Best Costumes, Best Exit, Biggest Splash, and Best Wet Look. While participants agree that it’s fun to compete, spectators have an equally good time. There will be a live broadcast by WGMT Magic 97.7 FM, and of course, dramatic spills, chills, and splashes!

    Easter, Spring Festivities and Fresh Snow? Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham!

    Beaupre, PQ - From April 2nd to 5th, Easter festivities will take over Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham Mountain Resort with thematic packages and promotions, an on mountain sugar shack, bunnies and chocolates! With nearly 40 cm of fresh snow received during the last week, glide sports enthusiasts from all around will gather to celebrate Easter at the mountain and take advantage of perfect spring conditions! A reminder that it will be the last skiing week-end at Stoneham, although its sister resort stretches out its season until April 25th!

    Easter, BBQs, spas, taffy and live shows!
    At Mont-Sainte-Anne, for the occasion of the Volkswagen Spring Madness festival, which is now a classic, smoking BBQS, exterior spas, inflatable games and live music will entertain the crowd at the base of the mountain. In addition to the miniature farm in which the young and the young at heart will pet the animals, giant bunnies will be giving out more than 2 000 chocolate Easter eggs during the week-end! (Giant bunnies will also be at Stoneham!) Also, it is mandatory to stop by the sugar shack located on the popular and familiar slope La Pichard, where you can try exquisite home-made taffy!

    People ski on water on Easter Sunday – at Stoneham!
    On April 4th, Stoneham and the Super Splash Arctic Spas welcomes the most ambitious skiers and riders to cross the giant pool of 120 by 30 feet; one of the most spectacular competitions out there! The original challenge is open to everyone, costs $10 and starts at 12:30 pm. Sign up at 8:30 am in the main chalet and practice starting at 10 am.

    March 26, 2010

    Mt. Rose Pink Bash

    Reno, NV - Join us for the Mt. Rose Pink Bash April 3rd from 10:30 am-5:00 pm at the Winters Creek Lodge!

    The Pond Skim is limited to the first 50 people who sign up- register today by calling 775-849-0704 x200 or Email Here!

    Prices Drop at Sun Valley for Spring

    Sun Valley, ID - Beginning Monday, March 29, Early/Late Season lift rates will go into effect continuing through the end of the season, April 18.
    Also, beginning Tuesday, March 30, daily lift ticket prices on Dollar and Baldy will be discounted for adults, children, (under 13) and seniors (65 & over).
    For Baldy, a one day adult ticket will be $56, children $34 and seniors, $45.
    For Dollar Mountain a one day adult lift ticket will be $30, children $25 and seniors $25.

    The last day for skiing at Sun Valley will be Easter Sunday, April 4.

    Last Weekend to Ride at Stony

    Stony Mountain, MB - This will be the last weekend for this season to ride or ski at Stony. All runs are open and we received 8 cm of snow yesterday! The Annual Slush cup will be on Sunday at 2 pm- come celebrate Spring Break!

    March 24, 2010

    The Gathering at RED Mountain April 2 - 4: Bios and Bands for the Gathering

    Rossland, BC - RED Mountain and POWDER Magazine are presenting The Gathering from April 2 – 4th, 2010. With the countdown on for the spectacular ski party, the event is crystallizing to be an event for everyone to enjoy!

    “The Mountain Mash Up”, Friday, April 2nd (doors open at 6:30), located at RED Mountain Day Lodge will play host to a number of photographers and adventurers from around the world and the After Party will be featuring Wassabi Collective. Wassabi Collective’s “sound fuses everything from pop, rock, hip hop, roots reggae, funk, jazz and everything in between, wrapping it all up with their own identifiable twist that has captivated dance floors and won them legions of fans across the country.”

    Swift. Silent. Deep will have its Kootenay Premiere Saturday, April 3rd at the Rossland Miner’s Hall (doors open at 3:30pm). The regional matinee showing will show the story that changed the face of hardcore ski culture in North America and ultimately redefined a sport. Click Here for Trailer!

    “In the Crosshairs”, presented by Powder Magazine, will commence Saturday, April 3rd at the Rossland Miner’s Hall (doors reopen for the evening 6:30pm). The event will host some of the most decorated POWDER Magazine photographers who’ll be showcasing some of their best work. The After Party will feature Five Alarm Funk: “The band’s wicked cross-rhythms and frenetic, costumed stage show appeals to jazz fans and clubs kids alike. Five Alarm Funk has carved out a word of mouth fan base from a series of crowd-pleasing performances at clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout Western Canada.”

    Come Together at Windham

    Windham, NY - Winter is not yet finished here in the Northern Catskills. Look for some snow Thursday night into Friday before a high pressure system takes over for the last week of March. A dry cold front will slip through on Thursday, and temps will turn quite cold for late March by Friday. The weekend looks nice for spring skiing/riding (and Pond Skimming) with sunshine and temps in the 40's during the day. Nighttime temps in the 20's will help set up the snow and make for great spring conditions once the sun and warmer temps hit the snow in the morning. These weather conditions will keep the snow consistency firm in the morning and gradually softening through the day. This is a great pattern because the snow doesn't get too heavy by early afternoon - we call it 'hero snow'.

    Pond Skimming will be here on March 27th-if you haven't participated before, this is your chance! Sunny skies and great temperatures will make this event a blast this year - the grooming staff will work all morning to construct a 75' pond out in front of the lodge. Join us around noon - even if you don't want to participate, this is a must see! And, don't forget, DJ Pat del will be on the patio starting at 10am Saturday and chair and table side drink service is still being offered, featuring $3 drafts! Come soak up the sun and spring skiing with Windham Mountain!

    Saddleback to Honor Roger & Patsy Page's Commitment to Region and Resort

    Rangeley, ME - On April 3, Saddleback staff and friends will honor longtime members of the Rangeley and Saddleback communities, Roger and Patsy Page. Festivities will begin at 2:30 pm in the Swig 'n Smelt Pub and will be MC'd by former Saddleback owner, John Christie. Members of the community are encouraged to join the celebration to share stories about the Pages and help honor one of the area's ski greats. A portrait of Roger Page painted by Rangeley Lakes Regional School senior, Emma Christensen, will be unveiled at the event.

    "The one constant in Saddleback's 50-year history has been Patsy and Roger," says former Saddleback general manager, Tom McAllister. "They've always been there. In all the ups and downs of the mountain, you could always count on Patsy and Roger, whether you were looking for advice or just wanted to talk, they were there."
    In 1946, Roger started working at Stowe where he was in charge of the youth programs that produced the likes of Billy Kidd and other great Olympians. His other students included Maria VonTrapp of the famous singing VonTrapp Family, and Whiting Willauer of the Flying Tigers. In 1953, when the Saddleback Corporation was formed, the Pages bought 100 shares.

    "Roger Page has been a hero of mine for over fifty years, from his coaching days at Stowe, to his teaching in the ski school at Sugarloaf, to his considerable role in the history of Saddleback, dating back to its very beginning," said Christie. "How fitting that Roger and Patsy be honored by the place to which they devoted so many of their talents, and so much of their lives. We're all fortunate that they are part of our lives."

    March 23, 2010

    World Snowscoot Championships at Mont SUTTON

    Sutton, PQ - On March 26th, 27th and 28th,, action and adrenaline will be on hand at Mont SUTTON’s trails during the World Snowscoot Championships, a sport that certainly turn heads on the slopes. During three days, more than 80 athletes from Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, USA and of course Canada - about 20 riders from Quebec from the Canadian snowscooter Team – will compete in this much awaited event. This competition will certainly offer to the spectators a range of emotions!

    Quebec athletes to watch:
    - Christian Martin, 3rd in Freestyle at the World Championships 2008 - Maxime Godin, 4th at the World Championships 2008
    - Vincent Brault, 5th at the World Championships 2008, best Quebecker in the Scooter-X and excellent multidisciplinary athlete
    - Nicolas Clément, excellent multidisciplinary athlete
    - Isabelle Plante, 2nd in Dual Slalom at the European Championships 2004
    - Caroline Morency, who is more competitive season after season

    Colbie Caillat Kicks Off Sun Valley Pavilion Concert Series

    Sun Valley, ID - Pop star and Grammy Award winner Colbie Caillat will perform at the Sun Valley Pavilion Sunday, May 30.
    The singer/songwriter is best known for her hits, “Bubbly,” “Realize,” “The Little Things,” and “Feelings Show.”
    Caillat and Jason Mraz won a Grammy for their best pop collaboration for the song, “Lucky.”
    Caillat’s visit to Sun Valley has been made possible through a coordinated effort by Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, May 28-31.

    Spend a Special Evening with Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars

    Girdwood, AK - Celebrating culinary and wine delights, Seven Glaciers Restaurant proudly introduces a new dining experience. The Seven Glacier Wine Dinners will be educational, delicious and life-inspiring. Dinner will be seated family-style, and there will be an opportunity to engage with a representative from the winery. Each featured vintner will be paired with a custom-selected Chef Tasting Menu prepared by Seven Glaciers Chef Tanner Exposito.

    March 28: Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars
    For wine lovers, Silver Oak and Cabernet Sauvignon are synonymous. Special guest: Silver Oak expert Nora Comee. $125 pp.

    Whistler Blackcomb Freezes Decade-Low Season Pass Prices

    Whistler, BC - Whistler Blackcomb has announced a price freeze on Unlimited Season Pass prices for the 2010/2011 season; the lowest price in a decade. The Adult Unlimited pass will be available for $1,099 if purchased by April 30, 2010. This is the first time passes are available for purchase in the spring, providing even more value to pass holders.
    “Last season we had an incredible response to our lowest-price-in-a-decade season pass pricing,” says Stuart Rempel, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “The strategy last year was to address a number of unknowns surrounding the Olympics and ensure guests had incredible value with their season pass. The response was incredible; we sold more unlimited season passes last year than the previous year. This showcased to us pass holder’s see significant value with this product and we wanted to maintain this momentum.”

    An additional benefit to purchasing this spring includes savings on the introduction of the HST. If purchased before April 30, 2010 the 2010/2011 season pass total cost is $1,154 including five per cent GST. If guests wait, the early bird season pass will cost $1,299 plus 12 per cent HST bringing the total cost to $1,455. Savings are over $300 if purchased by April 30, 2010.

    March 22, 2010

    Reggae Fest Beach Party Weekend at Belleayre Mountain

    Highmount, NY - After a stellar weekend of perfect spring skiing conditions and fun events such as the Cardboard Classic, the Pine Hill Arms Triathlon, the Tailgate Competition, and a free concert by the New Paltz band the Trapps, Belleayre refuses to slow down as Marchapalooza rolls on. And with late season rates in effect, midweek season passes now valid seven days a week, $20/$10 Wednesdays, $25 Fridays, and Potter Brothers Flex Day Sundays for the rest of this season, skiing and riding has never been more affordable. Visit Belleayre and find out why this is our favorite time of year. There is nothing like getting a great goggle tan while skiing in a T-shirt.

    This Saturday and Sunday March 27 & 28 come on out for the annual Belleayre Reggae Fest Beach Party Weekend featuring live music, a BBQ on the deck, a wading pool, snow volleyball, games, prizes and more. Live music will be provided by The Dead Beats on Saturday and Dr Jah and the Love Prophets will be jammin' on the Overlook Deck in the sun on Sunday.

    As part of the Beach Party fun, the Dummy Race gives you a chance to flex your creative muscles on Saturday, March 27. Build a "dummy" on skis or a snowboard and let it rip down the mountain on a course set up behind the Longhouse Lodge. Dummies can be just about anything; a person skiing, the Beast of Belleayre, a giant fish tank - you name it. Just make sure it sits on skis or a snowboard, then shove it off the starting line and watch it go! The winners are crowned based on creativity of the dummy, longest run, and most spectacular crash. Fair warning - take pictures before you launch, since the huge jump at the end of the course ensures your dummy won't be too recognizable at the end. Entry is free. Race starts at 1 pm behind the Longhouse Lodge.

    Telluride Ski Resort Announces Backcountry Guiding Program

    Telluride, CO - The Telluride Ski Resort announces the development and implementation of a guided backcountry skiing program to begin as early as this week. Terrain in both Bear Creek and Alta Lakes will now be accessible for guided backcountry skiing with Telluride Backcountry guides.
    Working with the Telluride Ski Patrol’s snow safety department, the guide service will determine backcountry accessibility and travel daily. This program, in conjunction with the USFS issuance of a special use permit, will commence on March 23, 2010.

    Working with the Telluride Ski Patrol’s snow safety department, the guide service will determine backcountry accessibility and travel daily. This program, in conjunction with the USFS issuance of a special use permit, will commence on March 23, 2010.

    The Canyons Resort Extends Weekend Hours of Operation for Remainder of Season

    Park City, UT - In celebration of daylight savings time and the spring skiing and riding season, The Canyons Resort, Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort, will be extending weekend hours on select lifts for the remainder of the season. Beginning Friday, March 26th, guests will enjoy an extra hour of skiing and riding on the High Meadow and Saddleback Express lifts, as well as the Flight of The Canyons gondola. Guests will be able to load these lifts until 5pm on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) until closing day on April 11th.

    Waterville Valley Holds Prices on 2010-11 Nordic Season Passes

    Waterville Valley, NH - The Waterville Valley Nordic Center has announced it will hold rates on 2010-11 season passes if purchased by the May 31 early price deadline. From anytime to midweek to a family pass, there is a full line up of Nordic passes to choose from. The Anytime Pass starts at $129 with Junior (ages 6-13) and Senior (65+) Passes at $79. Families, up to five members, can purchase a Family Nordic Pass, good anytime, for $399. As a bonus, all 2010-11 Anytime Nordic Passes include 20% off retail purchases made at the Nordic Center.

    A Midweek Nordic Pass is good any Monday-Friday, non-holidays, plus weekends prior to Dec. 24 and after March 20 for $99. More details and information on all options can be found at Call 1-800-GO VALLEY to receive a Nordic Season Pass brochure/application. The resort also offers Nordic club, team and coaches passes for training. Groups should contact the Nordic Center directly about these programs.

    Behind the Scenes with Banff’s Next Top Models!

    Banff-Lake Louise, AB - Everyone knows Banff-Lake Louise is famous for great snow, tons of it, and amazing scenery. But what you don’t know, is that we’ve just played
    host to the next big thing in skiing – Banff’s Next Top Model! We invite you to take an exclusive, behind-the scenes look at the winner of our biggest competition yet.
    Click here for the video:

    March 19, 2010

    Skiing 80 days for a Milestone Birthday

    Sun Peaks, BC - Four years ago when he was 75 years old, Nick Maika skied as many days as his age during the winter season at Sun Peaks Resort.

    Today at Sun Peaks, Nick officially hit 80 days on his Sun Peaks seasons pass as he once again celebrates a milestone birthday in 2010. Nick turns 80 years old in August.

    Nick is a member of the Sun Peaks Antiques, a group who meet three times a week at the BC Interior resort to ski and share stories of the day. Many of his fellow Antiques were on hand as Nick skied his 80th day.

    “I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” Nick said after skiing down to the base of the mountain. “I wanted to do it for myself, and 2010 is a great year to do it. With the Olympics and Paralympics happening this year, it will help me remember that 2010 was also the year I accomplished this.”

    Nick’s daughter Frances came up from the Kootenays to ski with her dad on his 80th day.
    “I’m super proud and I can only hope to ski 80 times the year I turn 80,” she said. “He’s taught all of us kids not to pay attention to your age.”

    Ski Santa Fe Extending the '09-'10 Season

    Santa Fe, NM - The Skiing and boarding is so spectacular that conditions demand that we extend the season an additional week to April 11th. “The string of storms from El Nino has put the snow pack at over 126 inches and we just have to keep going”.

    -Spring Hours of Operation for Ski Santa Fe
    Spring Hours of operation for skiing and boarding at Ski Santa Fe begin on Monday, March 22nd 2010 through closing day April 11th, 2010. Chair lifts will open at 9:30am and close at 4:30pm.

    The Ticket, Rental, Snow Sports School, Wintermill Sports Shop and Skier Services will open at 8:30am. Half day - 9:30am to 1:00pm or 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

    Lifts accessing the upper mountain, the Millennium and Tesuque Peak Triple chairlifts, will close at 4:15PM and the lower mountain lifts will close at 4:30pm.

    All facilities will be open including Snow Sports School, Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center, La Casa Cafeteria (indoors), Totemoff’s Bar, the Wintermill Sports Shop and Rental Shop.

    Ski Santa Fe has a 126 base and the days are beautiful. Come up and enjoy the winter sun

    Day light saving time has made the afternoons the time to ski!

    March 16, 2010

    Kokanee 80's Freeride Weekend at Fernie Alpine Resort

    Fernie, BC - Get ready for a mega weekend on the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort with the Kokanee 80's Freeride this Saturday March 20. In celebration of the upcoming release of Hot Tub Time Machine (John Cusack's retro-ski movie that was filmed at Fernie Alpine Resort), bust out your totally tubular 80's gear to compete for big time prizes with spiffy games such as 80's Gear Swap, 80's Dance Off, Best 80's Metal Holla, and Most Rad 80's Outfit. CJAY 92 will get the party started in the afternoon and feature the return of DJ Jimmy King and Harvey J. Warren who will be spinnin' some sweet 80's tunes from 2-5pm in the Plaza.

    Don't forget to join us for more 80's craziness in the Griz Bar at 8pm. DJ Jimmy and Harvey J. will be back to rock the night away to your 80's fav's at the Hot Tub Time Machine pre-release celebration!

    Spring according to Mont SUTTON : Savings, Entertainment and Awesome Conditions!

    Sutton, PQ - The temperature is warm these days and gives to the ski a “Spring flavour”! For sure, the trails at Mont SUTTON still have plenty of snow. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy exceptional conditions during the coming weeks, in addition of great Spring promotions and entertainment organized on the mountain for the occasion.

    Snow on the Beach, a top Spring event!
    The much awaited Snow on the Beach will take place on April 10th. This wacky event, which is as fun to participate as to watch, consists in crossing a lake on skis or board. Participants even dress up in funny costume to get a higher score and of course to offer a greater show! A must to see! Participants, spectators and winners can win many prizes. After the performances, the fun continues with the “Splash Party” at the Bar Le Tucker.

    For this 6th edition, a part of the money received will be donated to the Boulanger-Bédard foundation, which helps children and teenagers in the area of Sutton.

    US Ski Mountaineering National Championship at Jackson Hole

    Teton Village, WY - The US Ski Mountaineering Championship presented by Marmot, is an endurance race without equal. Now in its 10th year the “Randonee Rally,” as it is often referred to, takes participants on a human-powered wild ride through some of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s most exciting terrain.

    Starting in the Teton Village base area with skins on, the race draws competitors high into the Tetons before sending them down some of the most precipitous Jackson Hole classics. The race culminates with an airy climb up Corbet’s Couloir via a vertical ladder to the cheers of onlookers. In celebration of its 10th year race organizers Forest Dramis and Cary Smith worked closely with JHMR Ski Patrol to create an entirely new 7800’ race course, and a 3800’recreational course, for the uninitiated.

    Cary Smith, race organizer and the 2006 National Champion comments: “With almost 8,000 feet of climbing and descending the new race course sets a new standard for Ski Mountaineering races in North America. It takes a mountain like Jackson Hole, and the unparalleled community of athletes that live here to create an event like this. It is going to be a ski mountaineering ‘tour de force,’ and the ultimate way to test your big mountain endurance. The prizes this year are unbelievable, thanks in large part to Marmot. We hope you’ll join us!”

    Rocky Mountain Super Pass Unveiled at $409

    The popular Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus is back for another year at an astounding value with unlimited skiing and riding at Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain plus six unrestricted days at Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® for only $409.

    “The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus is back with exclusive savings over the next three weeks for Colorado’s most loyal skiers and riders,” said Rob Perlman, vice president of sales & marketing for Winter Park Resort. “With double the Friends & Family benefits at Winter Park and Copper Mountain, plus six days at Steamboat for the same price as the popular Rocky Mountain Super Pass, now is the best time to purchase a pass for next season.”

    Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus holders will enjoy the following benefits:
    ·Unlimited skiing and riding at Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain, plus six unrestricted days at Steamboat
    ·NEW for 2010/11- Double the Friends & Family discounted tickets to 20, available for use anytime during the 2010/11 season (only available at Winter Park and Copper, 10 per each resort)
    ·Discounts on resort food and beverage, retail, rental, and ski and ride lessons
    ·Discounts off full-window rate lift tickets at most Intrawest resorts including Whistler Blackcomb, BC (excluding Colorado resorts)
    ·Special pass holder offers via the Pass Perks monthly emails.

    "Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat are three globally-recognized mountain destinations, reminding us what's best about Colorado skiing," said Andy Wirth, vice president of sales & marketing for Steamboat. "The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus provides unequalled value to everyone by bringing these three incredible brands together on one pass."

    March 15, 2010

    95 Boarders in Leis Show Up for 2010 Nate Chute Hawaiian Classic

    Whitefish, MT - The 11th Annual Nate Chute Hawaiian Classic at Whitefish Mountain Resort drew 95 pro and amateur snowboarders from around the country for a Banked Slalom and Boardercross Saturday and Sunday, March 13 - 14.

    In the Banked Slalom, each rider attempted two runs on the North Side of Big Mountain. The course descended lower Goat Haunt and into George's Gorge, a treat for spectators riding Chair 7. Sunday's Boardercross saw riders battling in head-to-head competition under sunny skies.

    After two days of competition, Hugh Black and Sarris McComb were the overall winners in the men's and women's pro division, respectively. Craig Kuzma took home the top prize in the men's amateur 21+ division, Baily Eaton won the women's amateur 15+ division, Baylon Connolly of the Whitefish Freestyle Team prevailed in the men's amateur 15-20 division, and Sam Vitek prevailed in the boys' 15- division.
    Whitefish Info

    Searchmont Resort is Open!!

    Sault Ste Marie, ON - Contrary to semi-popular belief and some media reports, Searchmont Resort is still open and enjoying spring conditions and warm deck temperatures. After an early morning radio report today implying that all facilities in Northern Ontario were now closed, the Resort’s phone starting ringing off the hook from skiers/boarders ensuring their March Break Mountain plans were still a go.

    Dan Missere, General Manager, has been posting condition reports to his daily blog on the Searchmont website and says that the snow is holding, especially on runs accessed by the Quad. “Looks are deceiving when the snow gets dirty”, says Missere, “You have to ski it to believe it. While things soften up later in the day, you can still easily get through it or hang out on the deck where temperatures have reached up to 20 degrees celcius.”

    What’s particularly amazing is how good conditions are considering a total snowfall of only 140 cm this year. Missere states “Our Outside Operations crew has done an incredible job of maintaining conditions this season. Snowmaking, grooming, stockpiling and pushing snow are what have got us to a point where we might indeed be the last mountain standing. Kudos to their planning and hard work”.

    Fifteen of eighteen runs and all lifts are still running with the Four Hour Flex and Conditions Guarantee still in effect. Lift ticket pricing will be discounted when service is reduced. Rentals are only $9.95 plus tax for the rest of the season. Snowbus Service is done for the season. On Saturday March 20, the annual Slush Cup, Downhill Dummy, a Downhill Bike Derby and live entertainment are a go. SAFA’s Big Air and NOD’s Nancy Greene race are under review.
    Searchmont Info

    The Canyons offers the Ultimate Guest Grooming and Snow Cat Experience

    Park City, UT - The Canyons Resort announces a brand new guest experience available through our grooming department. Guests will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to operate a groomer or snow cat on the mountain.

    These options include the “Ride with a Groomer” package, a $75 package that includes a 2 and a half hour ride in the groomer, this starts at 5:30pm at the base of the gondola. Guests will receive a ride in one of The Canyons’ 330 horse power groomer. This is a full on-mountain and night grooming experience, including an explanation of grooming and what is involved, techniques, challenges and conditions. Guests will get to experience everything from a ride down a steep run to eating a sack lunch on the hill.

    The second opportunity is to “Ride with a terrain park operator.” Every night, The Canyons’ terrain parks are meticulously shaped by our terrain park cat operators. Guests will have the opportunity to ride along with the terrain park groomers as they prepare the mountain for the next day. This will be $75 and is a 2-hour ride.

    The third opportunity for guests is to “Drive a Snow Cat.” Guests will be able to experience driving a massive snow cat in a controlled situation. An operator from The Canyons will be in the cat with the guest as they feel the 330 horse power of plowing, pushing and tilling technology in their hands. Guests will get to drive, till, turn, plow snow, and even groom a run if they feel comfortable. This will be $500 for a full grooming shift.

    Lastly, guests will be able to participate in “The Doc’s Run Parade” every night at about 5:15pm and in the morning at 8am. The entire grooming fleet at The Canyons is unleashed onto Doc’s Run. In the evening, all of the machines head up Doc’s Run on to the rest of the mountain. Guests will have the opportunity to watch the entire fleet head up the hill from the deck of Doc’s run while enjoying a drink or dinner.
    Canyons Info

    Free Tickets Today! Get My FREE Ride at RED!

    Rossland, BC - RED Mountain is back again with the Annual “Get My Free Ride” – a day where patrons can come and ski or snowboard with a complimentary lift ticket TODAY!
    This is an opportunity to get out and get a taste of skiing and snowboarding if you haven’t had a chance to get out. “We appreciate the community and understand that sometimes people aren’t in a position to get out and ski or snowboard” states Mika Hakkola, “we want to give people a chance to get out and enjoy life if they’ve not had a chance to ski or snowboard this season.”

    Also, RED Mountain Snowsports is offering $10 group lessons. Come to RED Mountain today, Monday, March 15th and enjoy spring skiing or snowboarding for FREE.
    RED Mountain Info

    Waterville Valley, Bretton Woods and Cranmore Hold Prices on 2010-11 Threedom Passes

    Waterville Valley, NH - Three of New Hampshire's most popular resorts have announced they will hold the price on next season's Threedom Passes if purchased by the May 31 deadline. With a combined trail count of 195, 12 terrain parks, 893 acres of skiing and riding and 28 lifts, the Threedom Pass delivers the most skiing and riding in New Hampshire on one pass. If purchased at the resorts now, new passholders also get a bonus of skiing the rest of this season too. Passes can be purchased on site at the resorts; online sales begin Wednesday, March 17.

    A 2010-11 Threedom Pass valid any day at Waterville Valley and Cranmore with blackout dates at Bretton Woods will cost $679 for 18+, $399 for teens (ages 13-18) and $339 for juniors (ages 6-12). An anytime option with no blackout dates at all three resorts is $779 for adults, $469 for teens and $409 for juniors. Blackout dates include 12/26/10-1/2/11, 1/15-16/11, 2/19-26/11.

    2010-11 Threedom benefits feature $15 off on weekends and holidays for friends and family, night skiing and riding at Cranmore and Bretton Woods, Nordic skiing and resort lodging discounts. Threedom Passholders can also bring a friend for 50% off midweek, non-holiday periods to Waterville Valley and Cranmore.

    March 13, 2010

    Winter Park Celebrates the Luck of the Irish

    Winter Park, CO - A full day of activities are planned at Winter Park Resort to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, mountain style. Wednesday, March 17, will kick-off at Mary Jane with the Tire Biters Ski Club hosting a ski race to benefit youth ski programs and Winter Park Ski & Ride School will offer the last Gravity Goddess Ski Clinic of the season. After a day on the slopes, guests can make their way to The Village at Winter Park and Derailer Bar for live music and après drink specials.

    The informal ski club, Tire Biters Ski Club, will again host their annual fund raiser for youth ski programs with an open Giant Slalom style race and traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunch at Mary Jane. Fee is $25 per person for race entrance and lunch ticket, lift ticket sold separately. Sign-up is from 8am to 10am in the Mary Jane Center cafeteria. Awards will be given in six age classes for the downhill race, from young adult to 70+ years. For over 40 years the club has been skiing together and enjoying the Fraser Valley with year round activities. For details on the benefit race or other activities, contact Bob Singly, 970.726.9802.

    One of Ski & Ride School’s most popular programs, Gravity Goddess Mid-Week Clinic, is designed specifically for women and taught by Winter Park’s top female instructors. March 17, 2010 is the last clinic of the season for this unique program that will encourage women in a comfortable and supportive environment. Starting with skills analysis, participants will receive individual coaching on style and technique. Clinic fee of $90 includes 6 hours of instruction and lunch at Mary Jane; lift ticket at additional cost. Skiers Only.

    After a day enjoying spring skiing and riding, guests can après ski with two live bands and food and drink specials. Gather in Discovery Center in The Village at Winter Park for the lively Irish band Claddagh from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and sit back on the deck of Derailer Bar for live music from 2pm-5pm with acclaimed blues artist, John Nemeth. Claddagh will then play at Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café, in the heart of The Village at Winter Park, from 8pm-10pm.

    St. Patrick Day specials at Derailer Bar include Car bomb - $7.00; Shot of Jameson - $4.00; Guinness Cans - $6.00; Coors/Coors Light, Old Milwaukee, Keystone Light and PBR – 12oz - cans - $3.00; and Corned Beef and Cabbage with mashers $10.95.
    Winter Park Info

    March 10, 2010

    Woodward at Copper Winter Day Camp Prices Reduced for March

    Copper Mountain, CO - Woodward at Copper is pleased to announce that in recognition of spring time they are reducing the Winter Camp Day prices for the entire month of March. The new March Winter Camp day price is now only $129 if you have your own lift ticket, and $169 with a lift ticket, down from $199 per day. This great price reduction is officially underway, and is valid until March 29, 2010. In addition, for the females out there, don’t miss the final Women’s Winter Camp Day on Sunday, March 28.

    Winter Camp Day

    The Winter Camp Day* is the best value for your Woodward at Copper winter experience and will utilize the indoor features in The Barn as well as Copper’s on-mountain park and pipe features. A Winter Camp Day includes setting up a goal for the day, such as "I want to learn how to do a 360 degree spin today.” Campers then start the day inside the Barn with a warm up and stretch, and begin working on the tricks they want to take to the snow on the trampolines, foam pits and Snowflex jumps. After lunch, which is included, the campers will spend the afternoon taking those new skills to snow in Copper Mountain’s terrain parks and the NEW Woodward at Copper exclusive airbag jump. There is also time during the day to skateboard so bring your skate deck.

    Helmets are required for all campers. Winter Camp Days are offered to anyone 8-yrs-and-up who is comfortable skiing/riding on intermediate terrain or higher, every Fri., Sat., Sun., and Mon., through April 18, 2010. Guests can take advantage of a single Camp Day, 2 or 3 Camp Days consecutively, with a 5% multi-day discount applying.

    Women’s Winter Camp Day – Sunday, March 28

    Want to ski and ride with other girls and have a female coach? Want to learn new tricks in a safe and progressive environment? Want some free gear? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Women’s Winter Camp Day* is for you. The final Women’s Winter Camp Day is Sunday, March 28, and will also follow the same March discounts as the regular Winter Camp Day - only $129 if you have your own lift ticket, and $169 including a lift ticket, down from $199 per day. The women’s winter camp days have dedicated women coaches, as well as tons of prizes and swag from Gnu, Orage, Betty Rides and Bollé.

    Copper Info

    March 1, 2010

    Kokanee SpringFest Descending on Red Mountain

    Rossland, BC - RED Mountain is thrilled to announce Kokanee SpringFest will again be descending on the resort for another year of festivities from March 6th to 14th. With over 400cm of snowfall this season, RED Mountain is in excellent shape for spring skiing and snowboarding. Kokanee SpringFest will play host to tons of challenging and enjoyable events.
    In addition to these events, RED Mountain Resort Lodging is complimenting the event with their “The Big Break – Spring Special”. The offer is ideal for those that want to spend some time together as a family. The offer provides those that stay with RED Mountain Resort Lodging free lift tickets and lodging for kids 12 and under as well as 25% off Full day Kids Group lessons. Offer is available from March 1st to 31st.
    RED Mountain Info

    Huge Spring Savings

    Reno, NV - Mt. Rose just received 13-17" of fresh snow and we have several great spring deals! Right now Mt. Rose lift tickets are sold on at an even more discounted rate than before. Adult lift tickets now cost $52, Senior/Teen tickets cost $35, and Super Senior/Child tickets cost $12 when you buy online. Buy your tickets online for the best value!
    Mt. Rose Info

    Camelback Mountain Resort Hosts Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge

    Tannersville, PA - On Saturday, March 6, 2010, Camelback Mountain Resort will host the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Competition. Registration will begin at 8:00am in the Big Pocono Family Eatery and the race will begin at 11:00am with race awards and a victory party at 3:00pm. Admission is free with a lift ticket and open to all ages and abilities.
    "In the past, the Mt. Dew Vertical Challenge has proven to be one of the most exciting events of the season. With the energy of the competition as well as all of the fresh snow this week, Camelback is looking forward to another energizing weekend," said Brian Bossuyt, Director of Product Development and Guest Services.

    Participants may print their registration forms from home to save time on Saturday by visiting and clicking on the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge link. Participants in Saturday's competition have a chance to qualify for finals which will be held at Loon Mountain, NH on March 27, 2010. Good luck to all the participants!
    Camelback Info

    "Free Seniors Only Clinics"

    Incline Village, NV - Diamond Peak Ski and Snowboard School is proud to announce they will be having 2 FREE “Seniors Only Clinics”. It is for anyone over 55 years old who may not have had a lesson in years or may have shaped skis. The purpose of these clinics is to show people how to ski more effectively and extend their ski days and years on the snow with new contemporary movement patterns.

    The “Seniors Only Clinics” will be held on March 10th and 24th from 10am-12pm. This 2 hour clinic will be one part social, one part educational and three parts fun. Come join us and experience what it feels like to ski like a kid again. Lessons will meet at the Base Lodge in the Fireside room at 9:30am. No reservation required.
    Diamond Peak Info

    50th Anniversary of the West Virginia Governor’s Cup Race Scheduled at Timberline

    Davis, WV - The annual West Virginia Governor’s Cup Race will be held Saturday, March 6, through Monday March 8, at Timberline Four Seasons Resort. The event features two days of fun, racing, giant slalom, slalom and prizes.

    West Virginia’s Governor, Joe Manchin, is scheduled to present awards to the racers at 2 PM, Sunday, March 7, at the Timberline Ski Lodge.

    The event, organized by the Tucker County Alpine Festival is the oldest ski race in the South. Race registration begins Friday, March 5, 6 PM to 9 PM, and 7:30 to 8:30 AM, Saturday, March 6, at Timberline. Races begin at Timberline 9:30 AM on both days.

    Timberline’s race staff, headed by John Lutz, will set up a challenging giant slalom race on Saturday and a slalom race on Sunday. On each day there will be two runs. and registration will be open until the day of the event.
    Timberline Info