June 29, 2010

Grand Opening for Adventure Park!

Barrie, ON - Canada Day, the Horseshoe Adventure Park will open its doors for the first time ever! Join us to experience some of the awesome attractions this park will offer: Canada’s only fully operational zorb park (water & harness), downhill mountain biking, ridgetop mini golf, 32 foot climbing wall, summer tubing, 10,000 square foot skate park and Canada's only zip flyer.

Canada Day Weekend Celebrations!
Bring the whole family for a great weekend filled with excitement! Fireworks show, sno-cones, face painting, animal exhibit, police and fire vehicles, Adventure Park launch, bounce castles, BBQ, live entertainment and much much more!!

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area Receives the Coveted Sustainable Travel International Eco-Certification

Timberline Lodge, OR, - Sustainable Travel International announced today that Timberline Lodge and Ski Area in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest, has become the first ski resort in the world to receive third-party certification through its Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program™ (STEP). RLK and Company, operators of Timberline Lodge are being recognized for their strengths in the areas of environmental conservation, cultural heritage, historic preservation, and economic development.

STEP is the world's first comprehensive, global sustainable tourism eco-certification program offered by a non-profit organization, which is aligned with the minimum baseline Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC). STEP addresses the major environmental, socio-cultural and economic issues facing the tourism industry and the planet at large, including global climate change, biodiversity preservation, water and waste management, economic development, and social issues.

Full Musical Lineup Announced for 2nd Annual Taos Mountain Music Festival

A Full Weekend of Camping, Fun and Entertainment Planned for 2010 Festival
Taos, NM - The musical lineup has been finalized for the 2nd Annual Taos Mountain Music Festival in Taos Ski Valley, Sunday, September 5th. Headliner Gov't Mule will be joined by bluegrass/rock band Yonder Mountain String Band, blues artist Shemekia Copeland, Spanish reggae band Radio La Chusma, Jazz artist Mia Borders and locally based Mariachi Calor.

"In addition to the great music slated for this year's festival there will be activities and entertainment throughout the entire village all weekend long." says Events Director Alejandro Blake. "Concert/Festival goers will have plenty to enjoy and keep themselves entertained over the holiday weekend."

The 2nd Annual Taos Mountain Music Festival will be a full weekend event with musical acts taking place on the main stage Sunday and Saturday evening at the Stray Dog Cantina's "Pre-fest Party". Friday night will be a free outdoor movie hosted by Taos Ski Valley. Saturday there will be guided hikes, horseback riding, mountain biking, chairlift rides, rock climbing and llama trekking available to all festival attendees.

Punch Brothers Live in Concert

Girdwood, AK - The bluegrass celebration continues at Alyeska with the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile. True artists, composers and Grammy-nominees, this is music at its best and a show not to be missed!

July 23 & 24 | Gates open at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20 advance or $30 day of show
Kids 12 & under are free
Alyeska Resort Daylodge Lawn

Celebrate Independence Day at Alyeska Resort!
Stay at The Hotel Alyeska during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday week and save up to 30% on lodging.

2010 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series Continues with Vail Hillclimb on July 3

7.5 Miles, 2,500 Vertical Feet Up Vail Mountain
Vail, CO - 2010 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues Saturday (7/3) with the 34th running of the La Sportiva Vail HillClimb. Named best trail running race by Colorado Runner in 2006, the HillClimb will test local, regional and national runners with a 7.5 mile climb from Vail Village to Vail Mountain's summit, a gain of 2,500 vertical feet. The race begins at 8 a.m. in Vail Village on the paved road adjacent to Vail's Mountain Haus and ascends on gravel trails taking runners to the finish line at Eagle's Nest. The Eagle Bahn Gondola in LionsHead will operate from 8 to 9 a.m. for race-day spectators. The HillClimb is presented by the Vail Mountain Haus and is the second race of the 2010 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series.

Individual race costs are $25 for pre-registration or $35 on race-day. Registration is available by clicking here or by calling 970-479-2280. Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure where parking is free for the summer. Day of registration will occur at the race starting area until 7:45 a.m.

Sugar Bowl Resort Offers Saturday Evening Dinners at Beautiful Lake Mary

Donner Summit, CA - Sugar Bowl Resort continues its fine dinning experience by hosting seven Saturday dinners at their exclusive Lake Mary Cabin this summer. Enjoy spacious patio style dining with sweeping views of the high alpine lake, The Palisades and Mt. Disney. Serving up French inspired California cuisine from 5-9pm and supporting local non-profit organizations with 5% of gross earning from each evening going directly to the local charities. Reservations are recommended, please call 533-426-7002

July 10 - Truckee Donner Historical Society - To discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to the aboriginal, natural, civil, literary and ecclesiastical history of the Town of Truckee and surrounding area.

July 17 - Truckee Donner Land Trust - The Truckee Donner Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to preserve and protect important historic, recreational, and scenic open spaces in the greater Truckee Donner region.

July 24 - KidZone Museum - The KidZone Museum is a children's museum designed for families with children up to age seven. Our exhibits engage a child's curiosity with an array of repeat play activities. With each exhibit, we think about how children will be able to utilize their social, physical, and cognitive skills.

July 31 - Sugar Bowl Academy - Sugar Bowl Academy offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum, complete with AP classes, lab sciences, and fine arts electives, which provides high standards for personal achievement and responsibility. The curriculum is designed to give students academic competence, a life-long love of learning, and the skills needed to excel in their future opportunities.

August 7 - Arts for the Schools - Arts for the Schools provides high quality arts learning opportunities in our schools, and presents world-class musicians, dancers and other performers for the community at large.

August 21 - Pacific Crest Trail Association - . The Pacific Crest Trail Association is a membership organization formed as a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is recognized as a charitable and educational organization under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3.

August 28 - Donner Summit Historical Society - To offer lectures, seminars, and field trips that will help the community learn the history of Donner Summit and the surrounding area, and to collect and display artifacts relative to the history, and to carry on other educational and charitable activities associated with this purpose.

June 24, 2010

Winter Park's Frreride Fridays Extended Hours Begin One Week Early at Trestle Bike Park

Winter Park, CO - Freeride Fridays extended bike park hours at Trestle Bike Park will begin one week early in response to guest request and optimal trail conditions due to warm weather and an extremely hard working bike park crew. Every Friday, from 4-7pm, guests will receive discounted lift tickets, discounted equipment rental packages and all the runs they can downhill bike in three hours. Three family-friendly base activities will also remain open, Mountain Mini Golf, Amaze’n Human Maze and the Zephyr Express Scenic Chairlift. With the lingering sunshine and warm summer mountain weather, it made sense to begin the second season of offering extended hours in June.

  • Every Friday extended Bike Park hours, 4pm to 7pm
  • Discounted lift tickets and equipment rental packages
  • Popular with local and Front Range riders
  • Family activities also open – mini golf, maze and scenic chairlift
  • Richard Thorpe Recognized as Ski Instructor of the Year

    Telluride, CO - Ski Instructor extraordinaire Richard Thorpe was awarded Ski/Snowboard Instructor of the year by Colorado Ski Country USA at the 47th CSCUSA Annual Meeting on June 10, 2010. The Double Diamonds Awards Dinner was held at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver, and Thorpe was presented the award by Olympic medalist Gretchen Bleiler.

    “I am truly honored to receive this award from Colorado Ski Country,” said Thorpe. “It is so nice to be recognized amongst my peers and the industry as ‘Instructor of the Year’”.

    Originally from California, Thorpe began his teaching career at Snoqualmie Summit, Washington, just outside of Seattle. He then spent 11 years teaching at Taos before moving to Telluride in 2000. Richard is a Level 3 Alpine instructor, is accredited as both a basic freestyle and children’s instructor, and is a Telluride ski school staff trainer.

    “We have one of the leading ski and snowboard schools in the country, and we are thrilled Richard is a part of our staff,” said CEO Dave Riley. “We are proud of Richard’s achievements.”

    The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Join To Create Whistler Alpine Welcome Figure

    Whistler, BC - On June 24th at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre(SLCC) in Whistler, master carver Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) will commence the carving of a Salish Welcome Figure to be placed in near Peak 2 Peak Gondola Station as a continuation of Cultural Journey Sea to Sky up Whistler Mountain. The carving is a joint effort by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the SLCC to increase the profile of Aboriginal Tourism in the region.

    Guests, community members and staff are welcome to visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler’s Upper Village to meet the carver, assist him in his carving and take some of shavings as mementos from their experience. The welcome figure is expected to be placed in the Whistler Alpine in August, 2010.

    Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) is a renowned Squamish Nation carver. He has been an influential figure to many of the younger carvers and youth of the both the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. His carving will be a traditional Salish Welcome Figure of a man with hands held open while also incorporating some of the key elements of Whistler Blackcomb. Xwalacktun said “I enjoy the opportunity to meet people as I carve and look forward their participation and questions about my work”.

    "The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is very excited to provide a grant that will help support the Cultural Journey hosted by the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations," says Dave Brownlie, President of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. "A prominent spot for the completed Welcome Figure on Whistler Mountain will culminate the Cultural Journey. The structure will also provide an additional avenue for guests to learn more about the great significance and contributions of the Squamish and Lil'wat people in this region.”

    The welcome figure carving will commence and be traditionally blessed at 1:00pm on Thursday June 24, 2010 at part of the Cultural Journey Sea to Sky Launch Celebration. The new Highway 99 sign kiosks, gateway rock signs and aluminum guide signs are also part of the initiative known as Cultural Journey Sea to Sky hosted by the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations and coordinated by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, BC.

    Three Days of Hot Rides, Cold Drinks and Free Music at Bromley

    Manchester Center, VT - Bromley’s Sun Mountain Adventure Park celebrates The Fourth and rings in the summer season in style on Friday, July 2, with the first “Fridays After Five” followed by two days of free live music and classic summertime barbecue.

    On Fridays in July and August the park stays open late, serving up $15 Adventure Passes for selected rides, two-for-$20 Sun Mountain Flyer Rides and great food and drink specials on the Sun Deck. The inaugural Friday, on July 2, features live red-hot reggae from the fabulous Equalites ("A killer reggae band with a killer female vocalist," Valley Advocate 12/03) 5-7:30 PM

    The party continue on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th, with free live music from the Satellite Shine Band and a delish barbecue on the Sun Deck, both days, from 1-4:00 PM.

    June 22, 2010

    Canada’s “King of the Mountains” to be Mayor of Sun Peaks, BC

    Al Raine to be first mayor of Sun Peaks – Canada’s newest municipality and the country’s first “mountain resort” municipality
    Sun Peaks, BC - On June 28th, Sun Peaks, the BC Interior’s largest ski resort, north of Kamloops, BC, will become Canada’s newest municipality and - under special new Provincial legislation - it will be the country’s first “mountain resort” municipality. It is only fitting that the man who will be leading the first municipal council is Al Raine. Raine, a former National Ski Team coach and husband to Senator (and Olympian) Nancy Greene Raine, has played an integral role in the development of the BC ski industry since the mid 70s and was on the first municipal council in Whistler, BC in the early 80s.

    “To be a great resort,” says Raine, who is also the former Chair of Tourism Sun Peaks, “you need to be a great community. With Sun Peaks’ new status as a municipality we will be in a better position to lobby for essential community services like a school and healthcare. Of course, there are also financial advantages, in addition to Municipal tax revenues, Sun Peaks will be eligible for a Provincial grant for small communities and as a mountain resort municipality, the local government will receive a portion of the hotel HST levied in the resort.”

    “The community is excited that Sun Peaks will finally govern many of the services it needs from within and the electorate has spoken clearly that local issues should be dealt with by local government. This community is unique in many ways and it was only a matter of time before self governance came to fruition,” says Adam Earle, Publisher of Sun Peaks Independent News. “We have a world class resort, an engaged community population and business sector, and a huge tax base, so it only makes sense that decisions regarding the future of this community are made in this community.”

    Antique Chairlift Chairs Now Available for Collectors from Ski Butternut

    Great Barrington, MA - Retired 48 to 50+ year old chairlift’s double chairs now available to skiing enthusiasts and collectors alike.

    For those interested in having a unique piece of skiing nostalgia to adorn their home or garden, Ski Butternut is offering three different styles of antique chairlift chairs for sale. Price is $200 per chair. Guests can pickup their chairs at Ski Butternut - 380State Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230.
    There are three chairlift style chairs to choose from (use link to view picture).
    There are a total of 85 chairs; 2 Mueller, 23 Borvig and 60 Carlavaro. These chairs vary in design and construction. Some used wooden slats for seats and backs, while others used metal or a more durable composite. These old double chairlift chairs are all truly remarkable pieces of skiing history. Antique chairlift chairs are quickly disappearing. Each lift chair is being sold as is. Chairs must be picked up at Ski Butternut. To secure a chair one must first call the Ski Butternut main office 413.528.2000 x111. Please have your credit card ready. Full payment will reserve a chair for pickup. Pickup can be accommodated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the same times over the weekend of August 1st and 2nd. Cash sales will also be accepted, but we are unable to hold a chair in your name until payment has been secured. Personal checks will not be accepted. All chairs are sold on a first-come first-served basis.

    Teton Gravity Research's 4th of July Blowout Sale

    Teton Village, WY - TGR is celebrating the 4th of July with our biggest blowout sale ever. The sale is site wide and includes all DVD's for $10, hats and beanies for $10, hoodies and pants for $25, stickers for $1.50 and much more. The "TGR 4th of July Blowout Sale" will run from June 29th thru July 5th at midnight. Visit www.shop.tetongravity.com to stock up on DVD's, gear and accessories at discounts never before offered. Inventory is limited so don't wait to get an incredible deal on your favorite TGR items!

    Black Fly Triathlon, Kids Tri & Festival at Waterville Valley

    Waterville Valley, NH - Claimed as one of the most scenic races in the country, The Black Fly International Triathlon is back at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire from July 9-11, 2010. On Saturday, July 10, Black Fly Tri competitors will be swimming .25 miles in Corcoran's Pond in the Valley, biking 21 miles along the Mad River to the towns of Thornton and Campton, and running 5 miles on Tripoli Road as it winds through the surrounding White Mountain National Forest. A 4 mile Black Fly Bike Time Trial finishing with a tough 1.5 mile climb to the base of the Waterville Valley Ski Area will be held Friday night. The Short Course Black Fly Tri, a fundraiser for the National MS Society, is on Sunday and includes a .25 mile swim, 15 mile bike and 3.4 mile run. Competitors can do one event, or join in the race for the title "Lord of the Flies" by competing in all three.

    The Little Buggers Kids Triathlon goes off on Saturday at 3:00 pm. A fun event for ages 6-12, kids will compete in a 25 yard swim, a 1.5 mile bike followed by .5 mile run. Proceeds from the Kids Tri will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire.

    BuzzFest, two days of family fun created around the Triathlon, will feature bonfires on the beach, BBQ's, Black Fly Biergarten, live music, pie eating contest, Kids Zone and fireworks. Waterville Valley Resort also offers plenty of entertainment for before and after the race, with miles of hiking and biking trails, golf, tennis, ice skating, chairlift rides and The Rey Center and Curious George Cottage. Summer Unlimited lodging reservations for the weekend can be made through Central Reservations at 1-800-GO VALLEY.

    Awards for competitors, Lord of the Flies and the Bust a MOOOOOOVE best finish line celebration will be presented at Sunday's ceremony. The Black Fly Tri is put on by EndorFUN Sports, the creation of multi-sport athlete Keith Jordan. In its 9th year, the goal of EndorFUN is to bring world class races to New England, by offering top quality organization and amenities in beautiful locations. It is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

    June 16, 2010

    Staff is Stoked and Ready for Summer Camps to Start

    Copper Mountain, CO - Woodward at Copper, deep in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, is the first indoor/outdoor snowboard and ski camp on the planet with a focus on terrain park and pipe progression. The 20,000 sq. ft. Woodward at Copper Barn gives campers access to Snowflex® jumps, foam pits, a spring floor, fly-bed trampolines and indoor skateboard features. Summer Camps also include access to skiing/riding on-snow in Woodward at Copper’s summer terrain park.

    The Woodward at Copper staff has been incredibly busy getting everything ready for summer camps and campers will wait no longer. The 2nd annual summer camp sessions at Woodward at Copper begin on Thursday, June 17 and the entire staff is excited to welcome summer campers once again. The first week of Woodward at Copper summer camp will be geared towards adults, women and competitive teams. Athletes will be coached; however there will be no overnight counselors or Copper activities during this Session. USASA PacSun is sponsoring this first session.

    2nd Annual Poconos' Wurst Festival

    Shawnee on Delaware, PA - Come experience the best of the wurst! Shawnee Mountain Ski Area will be hosting the 2nd Annual Poconos’ Wurst Festival this July 17th & 18th with all the brews, brats, and music you could want.

    With both Polish and German themes, the event will feature 3 stages of music, traditional costumed dance performances, Dachsund “hot dog” races, ethnic craft vendors, and plenty of wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and crafted brews. Kids’ entertainment will also include “Ski” the Polish Magician, juggling shows and face painting.

    Eighteen-time Grammy Award winning Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra will be headlining the event. “America’s Polka King” will be performing on Saturday, July 17th with his ensemble on our main stage. Joe Stanky and the Cadets from Nanticoke, PA will also be playing on Saturday as well as The Austrian Boys German quartet from Connecticut and The Schwarzzenegger Connection from the Catskills region of New York. Sunday’s entertainment headliner will be Grammy Award winning Walt Groller and his Orchestra from southern Pennsylvania. This band, said to create the “happiest music in the world”, will have you clapping your hands, singing along, and dancing to traditional melodies and lively polkas. Also playing on the main stage on Sunday, one of the hardest working Polka bands in the Northeast, Pennsylvania’s own John Stanky and the Coalminers. The Schwarzzenegger Connection and The Austrian Boys will also join us again on Sunday, July 18th. Other entertainment will include Krzysztof the strolling Polish Accordion Player, the Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble from Philadelphia, PA on Saturday and the United German Hungarian Dancers from Langhorne, PA on Sunday. Make sure to bring your lederhosen and beer steins to this Oktoberfest in July!

    The Poconos’ Wurst 5K Trail Run will be held in conjunction with Sunday’s festivities. Benefiting the Pocono chapter of Girls on the Run, the race starts at 8:30am. The trail course is geared for beginner/novice runners and walkers and will be held on the grounds of the Ski Area on a tree lined open trail. Race participants will receive free admission to the festival on Sunday.

    The festival and race will be held rain or shine. Advanced Festival Admission Tickets, Adults $12 and Children ages 5 – 12 $10, age 4 and under FREE, are now on sale. Plenty of FREE onsite parking is provided.

    Lift-served Mountain Biking and Hiking to Open Friday, June 18, 2010

    Deer Valley, UT - Lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic rides will be available from Snow Park Lodge via the Silver Lake Express chairlift and from mid-mountain via the Sterling Express chairlift beginning June 18, 2010.
    Deer Valley’s Bike Rental Shop offers bike rentals, repairs and essential equipment for riders. Deer Valley operates its own Mountain Bike School, offering scheduled clinics and tours for all abilities.

    Open daily, beginning Friday, June 18, 2010, (conditions permitting) through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., then an additional weekend, September 11 & 12, 2010 (conditions permitting).
    Lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic rides are offered from the Silver Lake Express chairlift
    at Snow Park Lodge and the Sterling Express chairlift located mid-mountain. Lift tickets, bike rentals and lessons are available from both Mountain Bike Rental Shops, located at Snow Park Lodge or outside Silver Lake Lodge at mid-mountain.

    Alpine Meadow To Open Tomorrow!

    Turoa, NZ - Get your gear out, scrape off the summer wax and get your thermals on, as the Alpine Meadow is opening on Thursday the 17th of June. That's two days earlier than planned! We will be starting up the Magic Carpet for those keen to make a few turns on a fresh blanket of Winter White while the Alpine Cafe serves some of the best breakfasts around. Further facilities will open as conditions allow. Patrol has been up to visit the snow stake at Turoa and they are reporting 80cm with over 10 cm of that falling in the past few days.

    Whakapapa is looking good too! There has been snow down to low levels the past few days and snowmaking crews are out in full force. Not long now and things will be humming all over the place. Whakapapa's season is looking good for the 26th of June so no matter where you prefer to ski or ride, we will see you up here very, very soon!

    Spend Father's Day at Hope Lake Lodge & Indoor Waterpark

    Cortland, NY - Tired of doing the same old thing every Father's Day? Sick of getting yet another tie? Hope Lake Lodge & Cascades Indoor Waterpark are the perfect change of pace this Father's Day weekend!

    Check out our great afternoon picnic buffet featuring Memphis Style Ribs, BBQ Beef Brisket and more!

    Picnic Buffet is served from 12:00pm - 4:00pm on Sunday, June 20th. Cost: $19.95 adults / $10.95 Children 12 & Under / 3 & Under FREE

    Strings and Solstice at Alyeska Resort

    Girdwood, AK - Alyeska Resort is bringing together the best of Bluegrass, Country and Folk. Catch Great American Taxi featuring Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, up-and-coming band The Greencards, local favorites Melissa Mitchell, Wellstrung and many more.

    On the Daylodge lawn, festival gates open at noon. Music from 1 pm to midnight. Beer Garden, food and local arts & crafts booths, too.

    Adults: $30 advance / $35 day of show
    $25 advance / $30 day of show
    Kids 12 & Under FREE!

    Belleayre Beach Opens Full Time for Summer Saturday, June 19

    Highmount, NY - When Belleayre Beach opened for the summer of 2010 Memorial Day Weekend as it has every year since 1993, one thing was different; the record setting crowds that showed up to enjoy the facility. Stellar Memorial Day Weekend weather led to a record setting Sunday when almost 700 people came out to swim, boat, fish, hike, picnic and just lounge around the well manicured park in Pine Hill at the base of Belleayre Mountain. The Belleayre day use area offers facility amenities such as a white-sand swimming beach, kayak and paddle boat rentals, BBQ facilities and rentable pavilions with electricity and grills for private parties, reunions and other gatherings.

    The Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill Lake opens full-time for the season on Saturday, June 19; weekend hours are from 10am- 7:30pm and weekday hours are from 10am – 6pm. This is the third year that the Red Cross Certified Aqua School at Belleayre Beach will be selling aquatics programming for children and adults. Be sure to visit Belleayre's website for class and specialty workshop listings; registration is currently open. On weekends Eco-Adventures are scheduled throughout the summer, offering local nature activities free of charge to all guests such as making walking sticks, informative talks about nature, the Junior Naturalist Program for Kids and more. The Junior Naturalist animal of the year is the snapping turtle and all graduates of the program receive a patch with a snapping turtle on it. Come and discover what a hidden gem this park is. The cost to enter the day use area is $8 per carload and $20 per bus. Swimming, boating, fishing, picnics and beach games are all affordable summer fun for the whole family!

    Summer Solstice Twilight 5K Run/Walk, 10K and Free Kid's Fun Run

    Vail, CO - The Vail Recreation District's (VRD) 2010 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series will kick off the season Saturday (6-19) with the La Sportiva Summer Solstice Twilight Trail Run featuring a 5k walk/run, 10k and kid's fun run on Beaver Creek Mountain. The Summer Solstice race will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund (VVCF) with racers enjoying free food from the Dusty Boot and music by local, Blue Grass favorite, Hardscrabble. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the kid's fun run, followed by the 5k and 10k at 5:30 p.m.

    Proceeds from the race will benefit the VVCF, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 that provides financial assistance to residents of Eagle County who are experiencing a medical crisis. According to Karen Simon, VVCF Executive Director, the fund raised and distributed a record $700,000 to locals in need last year, and the trail run is important to its success. "In the past two years we've generated nearly $10,000 from the running race for the charitable fund," said Simon. "We hope to increase attendance this year and encourage people of all running/walking abilities to usher in the start of the summer by enjoying a beautiful evening and helping out a great cause in the process." Simon and her 13-member volunteer board will be at the event to provide information about the VVCF. Several board members will also be participating in the race.

    June 15, 2010

    More Fun Beginning at Whiteface Friday

    Freaky Friday and the Saturday Night Ice Shows Also Begin this Weekend
    Wilmington, NY - Whether it’s mountain biking, disc golf or a scenic gondola ride, it’s all available beginning this Friday, June 18, at Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y.
    In the summer, Whiteface doesn’t just hibernate and dream of those deep powder days. Beginning Friday, the eight-person Cloudsplitter Gondola will reopen for the summer and carry passengers from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface. At the summit of Little Whiteface an observation deck and picnic area awaits, as well as breathtaking views of the Adirondack high peaks, Lake Champlain to the east, and even Canada to the north. The cost is $18 for adults and juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 65+) are $13.

    The Whiteface Mountain Bike Park opens for the summer and fall season Friday for a bonus weekend. Riders will have the chance to experience 27 of Whiteface’s mountain bike trails or ride the cross country flume trails from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Bikers access the trails by using the Cloudsplitter Gondola or the mountain bike park bus.

    Telluride Recently Named 4th Most Charming Town in America 30-50% off Bluegrass, Wine Festival and 4th of July Lodging Available

    Telluride, CO - The premier lodging provider in Telluride, Telluride Resort Lodging, announced incredible summer specials today. Telluride's unmatched festival scene, combined with an array of outdoor adventures, a superior golf course and accommodations to fit every need, makes it one of the must-visit summer mountain destinations in the country.

    Last Minute Bluegrass 50% Off -The world renowned Bluegrass Festival, June 17-20, boasts lodging specials up to half-off with two or more nights in Telluride, Mountain Village, and Bear Creek Lodge.

    Wine Festival 30% Off - Sommeliers and expert wine connoisseurs flock to Telluride from throughout the world for this growing event. Receive 30% off three or more nights lodging, with a bottle of Colorado's own Sutcliffe Vineyards wine included.

    4th of July - Celebrate the Fourth of July for free! Stay four or more nights over the 4th of July and get the 4th night free AND a $100 Hop Garden gift card.

    "These are unbelievable last minute deals on lodging, with a few extra perks added in," said Hollie Hannahs, Executive Director for Telluride Resort Lodging. "Telluride Festivals are just outstanding fun for kids and adults alike."

    Telluride Resort Lodging is also offering 25% off all 2010 Festival Lodging. Later summer festivals not to be missed include Telluride Jazz Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Telluride Blues-n-Brews. Fantastic lodging options are available in both Telluride and Mountain Village. Telluride's free Gondola stays open until 2:00 a.m. during festivals making stays in Mountain Village a convenient option for festival goers!

    Pedalfest Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race

    Deer Valley, UT - The 19 Annual Pedalfest Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Deer Valley Resort. The race was canceled, June 12, 2010, due to weather conditions. This is the seventh race in the Intermountain Cup Series and takes place on the trails near Snow Park Lodge and is for all ability levels. All races will start at 6:15 p.m., except kids’ races, which will begin at 6 p.m. Day-of registration is available from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Snow Park Ticket Office.

    Taos Mountain Music Festival

    Taos, NM - It has just been confirmed that Yonder Mountain String Band will be appearing at this year's Taos Mountain Music Festival in Taos Ski Valley, NM. Yonder Mountain String Band will be joining headliner, Gov't Mule, along with a full festival lineup performing throughout Sunday, September 5.

    "We are very excited to have Gov't Mule and Yonder Mountain String Band on the bill for the 2nd Annual Taos Mountain Music Festival," says Taos Ski Valley's Event Director, Alejandro Blake. "We anticipate they, along with the other acts slated to be on the bill, will attract many enthusiastic music fans to our beautiful mountain town".

    Arapahoe Basin Receives CSCUSA Industry Awards

    Arapahoe Basin, CO - On Thursday, June 10, 2010 Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) acknowledged outstanding industry professionals at its Double Diamond Awards Dinner in Denver in conjunction with its annual meeting. Three of those awards went to Arapahoe Basin ski area employees.

    The CSCUSA industry awards have been presented to the best of the best in the categories of snow maintenance professionals, athletes, instructors, and ski patrollers for their leadership and commitment to Colorado’s ski industry. Tony Cammarata, Dick Dreyer and Alan Henceroth all won excellence awards in their field. The winners are chosen based on professionalism, dedication, contribution, leadership and attitude.

    Patroller of the Year – Tony Cammarata, Arapahoe Basin
    Tony Cammarata, Assistant Patrol Director, has been a valuable asset to the Ski Patrol at Arapahoe Basin for 16 years. Tony’s strongest suit is his unbelievable charisma with all types of audiences. He can motivate fellow patrollers at the end of an eight month season or entertain children during an on-hill safety talk. Cammarata recently received the Purple Merit Star from the National Ski Patrol for life saving actions. He is always willing to jump into action to help any ski area department or guest to keep the day running smoothly. COO and General Manager of A-Basin, Alan Henceroth said, “Proactively, he has designed and implemented numerous improvements to the Arapahoe Basin medical program. He is widely respected and admired by his peers.”

    Slope Groomer – Dick Dreyer, Arapahoe Basin
    Dick Dreyer has been with Arapahoe Basin operations for over thirty years. He has seen Arapahoe Basin through a breadth of changes, such as the addition of snowmaking, terrain parks, and the expansion into Montezuma Bowl. He was very influential in the implementation of many of these projects and continues to be a mentor to all of A-Basin’s cat drivers.

    President's Award – Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin
    The President’s Award was given to Alan Henceroth, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, for his industry leadership and support for the trade association. Melanie Mills, President of CSCUSA speaks highly of Alan, “Whether it’s service on an important board or committee that needs industry representation or brainstorming solutions to individual issues, he’s a go to guy for us.”

    The Arapahoe Basin team is proud of Tony, Dick and Alan’s achievements and thank them for being part of Arapahoe Basin – The Legend.

    June 14, 2010

    “Summer Solstice”

    Vail, CO - The inaugural year of “Summer Solstice” will kick off at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa on June 19 with outdoor adventures, poolside activities, yoga workshops, spa and dining specials and much more. Unique attractions will even include snow-cones and miniature remote control “yacht races” in the infinity pool; a homage to summertime festivals reminiscent of days gone by.

    A focus on wellness at the property’s 78,000 square foot fitness center, Aria Spa & Club, will be highlighted by a speaker series including subjects such as meditation, life-coaching and nutrition. Workshops in yoga and couples massage will also be featured, and special sessions on everything from kayak classes to self defense will be offered as well. Aria Spa & Club at the Vail Cascade has a plethora of mindful health offerings, visit vailcascade.com for up-to-date information.

    The entire property will be radiating with Solstice flavor from special summer options at Atwater on Gore Creek, with the resort’s signature restaurant utilizing the best Colorado has to offer with “field to table” dinners created from items purchased fresh at the local farmer’s market. Also glowing will be the return of Candlelight Night, an evening of dining lit only by flickering candles to not only help reduce the impact of energy use, but to benefit Habitat for Humanity, with 10% of the evening’s proceeds donated to the local chapter of the charity.

    Lodging packages are presented to fit any visitor’s needs who would like to take advantage of Summer Solstice at the Vail Cascade Resort, a property managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, including special “Colorado Resident” rates, a tennis package, “Stay two get one free” and many more options—all can be viewed and reserved on the Solstice web-page at VailCascade.com.

    Fifty Percent Off Everything At Sugar Mountain Sports

    Banner Elk, NC - This 4th of July weekend we're opening our ski shop to offer you 50% Off EVERYTHING in the Shop. NO EXCEPTIONS! Visit us Friday, July 2nd; Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th ONLY from 10 am until 6 pm.
    Sugar Mountain Sports features the finest in ski, snowboard and leisure apparel and also offers a large variety of souvenirs and gift items. You'll find a wide array of products from Spyder, Burton, Marmot, Scott, Uvex, Oakley, Ugg, Merrell, Columbia Footwear, Sorel, Nils, Spy Sunglasses, Dale of Norway and much, much more.

    Don't forget scenic chairlift rides to Sugar's 5,300 foot peak begin Friday, July 2nd and run through Monday, September 6th. Lift rides operate every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am until 5:30pm.

    Lift ticket prices are $12 for a one-time round trip ride and $25 for an all-day ticket. Kids 4 and under ride free with a ticketed adult. Groups of 20 or more may purchase one-time ride tickets for $6. Advanced reservations are required for group rates. Please call 828-898-4521 x 261 for group reservations.

    We also invite you to attend the Banner Elk parade in downtown Banner Elk on Saturday, July 3rd at 11 am and the Blowing Rock parade on Saturday, July 3rd in downtown Blowing Rock at 2 pm. See Sugar Bear and many of his friends a top Sugar Mountain Resort's snowmaking float at either parade.

    June 10, 2010

    Saddleback Owners Announce New Management Structure

    Rangeley, ME - Bill and Irene Berry, owners of Saddleback Maine, announced today that Christopher C. Farmer, Esq., will become general manager of the ski resort effective immediately. Farmer, a native of Franklin County and graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, has been serving as director of real estate, planning and development, and legal counsel to the mountain resort since May of 2008. The second and third generations of the Berry family will become more actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the resort. Warren Cook, whose management contract has come to an end, has decided to leave and pursue new interests; however he will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.

    Bill Berry commended Cook for his outstanding service and hard work in reorganizing Saddleback's management, and putting a strong structure in place that will allow Farmer to hit the ground running in his new role. An overall commitment to guest service, quality snow surfaces and active marketing of Saddleback has resulted in the increase in numbers of skiers and riders buying lift tickets and season passes.

    Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park Will Open for Summer Saturday

    Winter Park, CO - The sun is shining, the grass is green, and summer at Winter Park Resort starts Saturday, June 12 with the official opening day. The Zephyr Express chairlift will start running at 9:30 a.m. for bikers to access Trestle Bike Park. Base area activities will open at 10:00 a.m.

    Trestle Bike Park is the fastest growing bike park in the United States, home to 33 miles of downhill and freeride trails including 175 stunts and features. Throughout June, Trestle Bike Park will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with all day passes available for $34/person. Check www.TrestleBikePark.com on Friday, June 11, 2010 for an opening day trail status update to see which of your favorite trails will be open. Before you hit the trails, have fun and work on your bike handling skills on two pump tracks or bring the younger riders to practice in the Kids’ Skills Zone, located at the base of the Trestle Bike Park. The bike park crew is also working hard to complete a top to mid-mountain singletrack trail by opening day, Saturday, June 12, 2010. All trail openings are based on conditions and additional trails will open as conditions permit.

    Ticket to the Tetons!

    Buy Now and Save!

    Wilmington, NY - The adult (ages 23-64) Whiteface/Gore non-holiday pass is just $549 until Thursday, June 17. After that it increases to $659 before Nov. 18. That’s a savings of $110! The blackout dates for the non-holiday passes are Christmas week, Dec. 26-Jan. 2; Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Jan. 15-17; and President’s Week, Feb. 19-26.
    To purchase the season pass, log on to www.WhitefaceLakePlacid.com, or call 518.946.2223. Financing is available for adult full season passes when purchased on or before Thursday, June 17.
    Whiteface was also chosen by SnowEast Magazine readers as the East’s favorite resort. Whiteface topped such resorts as Sugarloaf and Sunday River, both in Maine, and even Killington, in Vermont. More than 3,500 readers took part in the poll and they also tabbed Whiteface as the most scenic resort and their favorite destination village.

    June 9, 2010

    Summer at Sundance

    Sundance, UT - Experience the best of the European Alps, right here in Utah. Few places in the world have the majesty, beauty and convenience of Sundance. We offer a full roster of Summer activities – from our popular Scenic & Full Moon lift rides to our Mountain biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking and Horsebackriding.

    Sundance has over 10 miles of alpine hiking trails, from meandering forest to steep mountain terrain, with an additional 25+ miles of single track biking trails. Both hiking and biking trails can be accessed from the lift. State of the art full suspension bikes can be rented at our Mountain Outfitters Shop, and don’t forget about private or group instructions.

    Family Fridays Continue at Snowbowl

    Flagstaff, AZ - With the success of the popular Family Fridays at the Arizona Snowbowl this past winter season, Snowbowl is continuing the program throughout the summer. They will be offering a 50% discount on all Scenic Skyride tickets and 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages on Friday afternoons, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

    "This program has been very popular the past few winters and now we are extending the program to summer so local families can take advantage of this opportunity like they did during the winter. Flagstaff is a great place to spend weekends with the family and there are so many exciting activities. Now it will be even more fun. Start the weekend, Friday afternoon, with a discount on the Scenic Skyride, then take the family to downtown Flagstaff for dinner followed by Movies on the Square", states Dave Smith, Snowbowl's Marketing Director.

    Saddleback Maine's PEAK Program is Expanded to All of New England

    Rangeley, ME - Saddleback Maine is expanding the ski resort's PEAK (Promoting Education and Activity for Kids) program to honor roll students in all of New England. Honor roll students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are now eligible to purchase a season pass for only $99.00. Maine honor roll students can purchase a PEAK pass for just $59.00.

    "Our Maine PEAK pass was such a great success this past season, we thought, why not encourage all of New England's kids to do well in school?" said Bill Berry, owner of Saddleback. "The program is a great way to encourage our children to excel in school and enjoy outdoor recreation in winter."

    Launched in 2009, Saddleback's PEAK Program originally rewarded Maine's honor roll students in grades K-12 with a discounted season pass. Now, Maine honor roll students qualify for the $59 season pass and honor roll students in the other New England states qualify for the $99 season pass. The PEAK program, supported by Governor Baldacci, is designed to encourage students to perform well in school, to help curb childhood obesity, and to promote getting outside and enjoy winter sports.

    Wildcat Mountain Scheduled To Open for Motorcycle Week “Ride To The Sky” Dates

    New Hampshire’s Highest Scenic Gondola Ride Is Free for Dads on Fathers Day
    Pinkham Notch, NH - In addition to operating the weekend of Saturday, June 12th & Sunday, June 13th, Wildcat Mountain will be open during the legendary Laconia motorcycle week, weather permitting, on Monday, June 14th and then will re-open again to begin operating daily Thursday, June 17th thru the fall foliage season of late October. The two special midweek opening dates align with the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s annual “Ride To The Sky” events when it allows access to motorcycles only. On those same days, vacationing bikers are invited to come fly Wildcat Mountain on New Hampshire’s only ZipRider zip-line cable ride, the state’s highest scenic gondola, or to simply enjoy the mountainside cafĂ©.

    Then on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 20th, dads (and grandfathers too) can enjoy the Wildcat Express scenic gondola for free when one or more other family members purchase an adult or junior gondola ride. The only one of its kind in North America, the Wildcat Express transforms from New Hampshire’s arguably fastest and most powerful summit quad chairlift during the winter and spring skiing and riding season to the state’s highest summer and fall scenic gondola. The 6,700 foot cable line transports the enclosed 4-person scenic gondolas offering a unique guest experience and opportunity to view Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range from atop the over 4,000 foot summit. The Wildcat Express scenic gondola is the best way for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leash, to enjoy the legendary views and scenery.

    Fat Tire Bike Week

    Countdown to Season Kick off this Saturday!

    Perisher Valley, NSW - It's only a matter of days now until the official start to the 2010 snow season at Perisher and Mother Nature has come to the party with a cold front crossing the Snowy Mountains and snow falling all day.

    We have been told to expect to receive around 20cms of fresh snow, just the start we need! Plus our snowmakers have been operating the guns continually since Monday night in preparation for opening weekend skiing and boarding.

    Full details on this weekend's operations will be on our website soon, and keep checking the snowcams to see how we're going.

    Projected Opening Dates - Mt Ruapehu

    Mt Ruapehu, NZ - With the recent landing of the big white blanket over Mt Ruapehu things are looking a lot more seasonal around here! Snow to low levels closed the Ohakune Mountain Road for the past few days and Bruce Road to Whakapapa has been restricted to 4wd’s or chains for the past few mornings. We had snow down to Ohakune, National Park, and they even closed the Desert Road for a bit! Snowmaking crews headed up for a night shift and managed to help mother nature along a bit too.

    Things are well under way for the projected opening dates of the 19th of June for Turoa and Whakapapa following one week later on the 26th of June. Follow along with us as the place gets ready for the season ahead on our web cams and Video Snow Reports. See you up here soon!

    June 8, 2010

    Great American Taxi - “Reckless Habits”

    Nashville, TN - In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, their uninhibited sound a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk, gospel and good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll. That loose, anything-can-happen feel is the hallmark of Reckless Habits, the band’s second album, which was recorded in Loveland, Colo., with producer Tim Carbone (from Railroad Earth) working together to bring the feel of an onstage performance to the recording process. Reckless Habits was released through Thirty Tigers on March 2, 2010.

    When banjo player Mark Vann of Leftover Salmon died of cancer in 2002, the band lost momentum. Salmon singer/guitarist/mandolinist Vince Herman had a few rough years and survived a broken neck before joining keyboardist Chad Staehly for a superstar jam to benefit the Rainforest Action Group in Boulder in March 2005. “We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig,” Herman recalls. “It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again.” The band’s current lineup includes Herman, Staehly, guitarists Jeff Hamer and Jim Lewin, bassist Brian Adams and drummer Chris Sheldon.

    Great American Taxi has been compared with roots rockers like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, the Byrds and Little Feat. Herman finds the comparisons flattering. “We’re definitely connected to all the acts in the country/rock spectrum, as well as the spirit of Gram Parsons and Woody Guthrie,” he says. “We want to address the issues appropriate to our times, while making music that gets people up and moving.”

    “The band is a true democracy,” Staehly adds. “We tinkered with the tunes on the road, with everybody having input. In the studio, Tim would suggest ideas to make them sound bigger and brighter.” Carbone brought in the Black Swan Singers — Sheryl Renee, CoCo Brown and Shelly Lindsey — to add gospel flavored backing vocals. He also brought the Peak to Freak Horns — Justin Jones, sax; Nathan Peoples, sax; Dan Sears, trumpet; and Dave Stamps, trombone — for some New Orleans-style brass accents, as well as pedal steel player Barry Sless (Dane Nelson Band, Moonalice) and banjo man Matt Flinner.

    The band makes its way back to its native Colorado for several summer shows including Durango (6/10), Telluride (6/11), DENVER (6/12), Vail (7/3), and Fort Collins (8/23).

    Their latest video for the track American Beauty is here!

    The band’s also recently donated a track to raise awareness of the coal miners’ relief fund. The song is “Appalachian Soul” and we’re trying to get it out there in any way we can.

    Loon Mountain Adds New Zipline, Extended Hours, and Entertainment Series to Summer Adventures

    Lincoln, NH - Loon Mountain, featuring New Hampshire's longest scenic gondola skyride will open for summer operations on June 26. Adventures include horseback riding, glacial caves, and the Loon Mountain Adventure Center with bungee trampoline, mountain bike rentals and tours, climbing wall and more.

    An exciting new addition for this summer, vacationers will have another exhilarating activity to enjoy - a new zip line, opening in early July. Starting at Loon's Adventure Center, located at the base of the mountain, guests will be able to soar from the Adventure Center over the Pemigewasset River, and back again.

    Also new for this summer, the Loon Adventure Center will have extended hours until 7:00 p.m. from opening day through September 5.

    Windham Mountain Appoints Seasoned Marketing Professional

    Windham, NY - Windham Mountain announces the appointment of George Driscoll to the position of Director of Marketing and Sales. Driscoll comes to Windham Mountain with a broad background of ski and hospitality industry experience.

    "We are extremely excited and pleased to have George Driscoll join our team here at Windham Mountain", stated president and general manager Tim Woods. "We believe Windham Mountain is well prepared to move onto new levels of service, market segments, partnerships and experiences and we believe that George is just the guy to help take us there".

    Whitefish Mountain Resort Set to Open for Summer 2010

    Whitefish, MT - Whitefish Mountain Resort will open its new and improved Zip Line Tours and the Alpine Slide on June 18, with Mountain Biking, Scenic Lift Rides, and Walk in the Treetops Tours set to open June 26.

    The resort will operate 7 days per week from June 18 until Labor Day, Sept. 6. After that, all activities will be available Fridays - Sundays through the end of September.

    Whitefish Mountain Resort's popular Zip Line Tour and Alpine Slide were new for Summer 2009, but the resort has already embarked on an expansion. Crews are putting the finishing touches on two new zip lines for the tour, bringing the total to six and making an average tour about three hours long. Both new spans are higher and longer than any of the original four, each new span being approximately 1/3-mile long and more than 300 feet above the forest floor.

    June 7, 2010

    Celebrate the Fourth at Burke Mountain

    East Burke, VT - The ski lights up on Friday, July 2nd at Burke Mountain. For the second year, Burke Mountain will host the Vermont Fourth Festival kick off fireworks celebration. The excitement starts at 5pm with evening chairlift rides, a home style barbecue with beer garden, live entertainment on the patio, volleyball and kids games. At sundown, the skies will light up with a fireworks show by RS Fireworks. Admission to the event is $10 per car.

    Immediately following the fireworks, local favorite the Wicked Smart Horn Band will begin a performance in the Tamarack Grill. Tickets to the concert can be purchased at www.SkiBurke.com, in person at the Burke Mountain Guest Relations Office, or by calling 888-BURKEVT.

    The Vermont Fourth Festival is three days of fun and events in the Lyndon and Burke areas of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. In a collaborative effort between Lyndon State College, the Burke and Lyndon Area Chambers of Commerce and Burke Mountain Resort, Vermont Fourth Festival highlights include the kick-off fireworks celebration at Burke Mountain, the Vermont Fiddle Championship in Lyndonville, the Burkelyn Arts Craft Fair, and a Bluegrass Concert.

    June 3, 2010

    Snowy Mountains of Music Festival June 11th-14th

    Perisher Valley, NSW - The 2nd Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music will be held in venues in Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes in the NSW alpine area during the opening weekend of the Australian ski season.

    It is the opening weekend of the Australian Ski season so it will be cold and there will be snow definitely at the front of the Perisher Valley and hopefully elsewhere! Snow making machines have been installed to ensure skiing is an option as well!

    Only $99 for 4 day festival pass & $299 for 4 day festival pass PLUS 3 nights accommodation, bed & BREAKFAST – in the snow!

    120 concerts and 40 bands over 10 venues in the mountains it’s a smorgasboard of music from blues to roots, gypsy, folk and trad headlined by none other than Jeff Lang, Blue King Brown, Mista Savona & Chase the Sun!

    June 2, 2010

    Saddleback Bluegrass Festival Now a Weekend-Long Event

    Rangeley, ME - Rounding out a day-long music festival featuring two of the top names in bluegrass music, there will now be additional live bluegrass music performed in Saddleback's Swig 'n Smelt Pub in the Base Lodge on Friday, August 6, 2010 prior to the Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, August 7, 2010. The pub will open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Two great Maine bands will perform from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., The Mueller Family, a band that has delighted audiences across the country and Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection. No ticket is required.

    "People are also welcome to bring their own instruments for some spontaneous playing in addition to the local bands performing in the Pub. It will be a great way to kick off a weekend of music and fun," said Mark Robie, festival director. "Everyone who has a ticket for the Bluegrass Festival is welcome to camp for free on the mountain as well." Camping and lodging will be available on and off-mountain. Camping reservations are required.

    The Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass festival will feature two of the top names in bluegrass music; the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Del McCoury Band, along with the Infamous Stringdusters and performing together Darol Anger, Scott Law, Sharon Gilchrist, and Sam Grisman. Maine-based bluegrass bands, The Jerks of Grass, and the Stowaways will be performing as well.

    Festival activities include live music, beer gardens and Saddleback Country Style Barbecue.
    Festival gates open at 9:00 AM on August 7, with music from 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM. All VIP seating tickets are $65 and include separate seating area in front of the stage and the closest parking. All other tickets are $35, and children 12 and under are free.

    Annual Kids Free Fishing Day at Wildcat Mountain Pond

    Pinkham Notch, NH - The Annual Kids Free Fishing Day at Wildcat Mountain is scheduled for this Saturday, June 5th at the Wildcat Mountain pond located in Pinkham Notch. Kids aged 15 and under are invited to fish from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., followed by afternoon fishing for all ages. There is no charge for the day, no fishing license is necessary, and all are welcome.

    Jeff Swayze, a fly fisherman with Agiocochook Fly Fishing Adventures with many years of experience fishing local waters, will be on hand to offer kids one-on-one instructions in rigging gear and all things having to do with fish and fishing. Jeff will also offer two fly fishing demonstrations, one at 9:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. with an opportunity for anyone interested to give it a try. Prizes will be awarded during the morning session.

    Kids Free Fishing Day will happen rain or shine. Kids should bring an adult and their own gear. The fishing pond at Wildcat Mountain is accessible via the “C lot” entrance located approximately a quarter mile past the main entrance on the north-bound side of Rt. 16 heading toward Gorham, New Hampshire. For more information about Agiocochook Fly Fishing Adventures, visit www.ComeFlyFishNH.com.

    June 1, 2010

    View From The Top

    Mt. Ruapehu, NZ - Projected Opening Dates
    The crew up here at Whakapapa and Turoa are hard at work getting things ready for everyone this season. Things are on track for the projected opening dates of the 19th of June for Turoa and Whakapapa following one week later on the 26th of June. Follow along with us as the place gets ready for the season ahead on our web cams and Video Snow Reports. See you up here soon!
    Snow Making Underway
    The team at Turoa spent much of Monday morning blowing snow down on the meadow with the snow making crews at both areas primed and ready to get more snow on the ground whenever conditions will allow it. There has been snow throughout the day and more in the forecast so mother nature is doing her bit to help us out too.

    Deer Valley Resort's Summer Adventure Camp to Open Monday the 7th of June!

    Deer Valley, UT - Deer Valley’s Summer Adventure Camp, for children two months to 12 years of age, will open Monday, June 7, 2010. Kids may attend daily, weekly or for the entire summer season. Campers will participate in an array of activities designed to ensure they are creatively challenged and entertained. The eleven-week program is filled with arts, crafts, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, team-oriented sporting events, weekly field trips and many more age-appropriate activities. Campers also participate in a bi-weekly community service project, the Summer Adventure Volunteer Effort (SAVE).

    Monday through Friday, beginning June 7 through August 20, 2010 (excluding Monday, July 5 and Friday, July 23). Camp hours are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with organized activities from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Summer Freeride Camp

    Your Own Private Park & Pipe!
    Girdwood, AK - Take your freestyle skills to the next level at Alyeska Summer Camp - two sessions June 7 to 18. Consider this your own private terrain park. Half-pipe also in the works. Camp is open to all ages of intermediate level and above. (Must be comfortable on Chair 6 terrain.) Learn more with low coach-to-camper ratio. Our relaxed coaching atmosphere is flexible and fun. Camp also includes demo equipment supplied by select sponsors. Protect your head, bring the helmet.

    Two Sessions: June 7 - 11 and June 14 - 18*
    Camp Hours: 10 am - 4 pm

    Featuring top coaches from around the US:
    Tim Durtschi, Alex Wilson, Bode Merrill, Wyatt Caldwell, Jules Reymond, Matt Mo, Lonnie Kayk & many more!