July 28, 2010

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark Hosts National Flowrider Tour

Tannersville, PA - Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark is hosting the 2010 National Wave Loch Flow Tour, Sunday, July 31st. The competition is open to riders of all ages and skill levels including stand up, body board and drop knee Flowboarding. The Camelbeach stop on the 31st will be a AA rated event. Since the Camelbeach stop is a AA event, it is worth double points toward qualification of the final event.

"We love hosting this tour because it attracts riders from across the country," said Jerry Lawlor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark. He continued, "It is amazing to see the talent that is out there including our local riders."

Riders may complete an entry form before the event by visiting CamelBeach.com. The tour will travel through the U.S. and end in Utah with the National Championships at the Salomon Center in Ogden Utah on August 12th through 14th.

New Sebago Brewing Company Beer Presented at Saddleback Bluegrass Festival

Rangeley, ME - Saddleback General Manager Chris Farmer is pleased to announce that on Friday, August 6, the Sebago Brewing Company will be presenting their newest beer, Saddleback Ale, at the Swig 'n Smelt Pub in the Base Lodge as part of the weekend-long bluegrass festivities on August 6 and 7, 2010.

"We're really excited about the upcoming Bluegrass Festival and having the chance to share a new beer named for both Saddleback Lake and Saddleback Mountain with our friends is a great way to kick-off an excellent weekend of good music and great times," said Farmer.

On Friday, August 6, there will be live bluegrass music performed in the Swig 'n Smelt Pub. 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 and The Bluegrass Connection. This is complimentary and a Festival ticket is not required.

On Saturday, August 7, 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 a.m. on August 7, with music from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All VIP seating tickets are $65 and include a separate seating area in front of the stage and the closest parking. All other tickets are $35, and children 12 and under are free.

July 27, 2010

Woodward at Copper - Time to Get Some Barn Shred Sessions On

Copper Mountain, CO - Have you been wondering how to keep in “ski shape” during the off-season? Now that summer camps are finishing up for the summer, the fine folks with Woodward at Copper have announced the late summer and early fall hours of operation in The Barn, the first of its kind, 20,000 sq. ft. facility, giving participants access to Snowflex® jumps, foam pits, a spring floor, fly-bed trampolines and indoor skateboard features.

For those of you looking to get your shred on in the off-season leading up to winter, starting August 5 the Barn is open Thursdays through Sundays, for the 2, 4 and 6 p.m. One Hit Wonder, Drop-In Sessions, Barn Privates, and Skate/BMX only sessions, as well as Saturdays & Sundays for Barn Only Camp Days. After Labor Day, the Barn will be open 7 days a week for 2, 4 and 6 p.m One Hit Wonder, Drop-In Sessions, Barn Privates and Skate/BMX only sessions, while still offering the Barn Only Camp Days on Saturdays and Sundays.

The One Hit Wonder is a mandatory, one-time, introductory session that helps participants become comfortable with all the unique equipment in The Barn, as well as teaching participants the key techniques to help progress faster and safer than ever before. One Hit Wonders Sessions are available Aug. 5 – Sept. 5, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. After Labor Day, Sept. 6, through the start of winter season in early November, One Hit Wonder Sessions are available 7 days a week at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.

Once a One Hit Wonder has been taken successfully, guests are all good to participate in the Drop-In Sessions, an hour and 45 minutes of whatever you want to learn - working on individual skills and focusing training on the trampolines, jump line, rail garden, quarter pipe, log jib, spring floor or any of the skate features...basically, the whole Barn is at your disposal! For the best deal around, make sure to pick up a 5- or 10-Punch Pass for Drop-In Sessions, valid through April 24, 2011. Drop-In sessions are available Aug. 5 – Sept. 5, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After Labor Day, Sept. 6, through the start of winter season in early November, Drop-In Sessions are available 7 days a week.

Barn Private Lessons are one-on-one with a Woodward at Copper coach in The Barn. What you will work on during the lesson is completely up to you, as the staff is trained to teach beginner techniques to the most advanced tricks. NOTE: Participants must complete a One Hit Wonder session prior to signing up for a Barn Private Lesson. Barn Private Lessons are available Aug 5 – Sept 5, at Noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m., every Thursday through Sunday, and daily at the same times after Labor Day.

CBK Mountain Adventures Launches Two Eight Story Zip Lines through Camelback Mountain Resort

Tannersville, PA - CBK Mountain Adventures, the latest attraction added at Camelback Mountain Resort, launches two 1000 foot zip lines on Sunday, August 1st. The two zip lines are the newest additions to the CBK Mountain Adventures park that opened Memorial Day Weekend 2010. There are also six tree top adventure courses that take you 30 to 50 feet up into the trees of Camelback Mountain Resort, mountain Segway tours, disc golf and more, for the adventure seeker coming to the Pocono Mountains.

"The zip lines are going to be absolutely amazing. You are eight stories off the ground at one point." said Arthur Berry, III, owner Camelback Mountain Resort. He continued, "It is a rush to be so high and zipping through the ski area."

CBK Mountain Adventures is located next to Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark. There are no reservations required for the zip lines, so you can stop by for the ride of your life!

Belleayre Music Festival Kicks Off Jazz Club with Two Shows This Weekend

Highmount, NY - The Belleayre Jazz Club kicks off this weekend with two stellar shows guaranteed to please jazz aficionados. On Friday July 30 at 8pm, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson leads his renowned quartet with special guest the legendary Jimmy Cobb on drums. Javon Jackson rose to international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and has since fashioned his own signature sound. In addition to Blakey, Javon has contributed his smooth jazz style on tours and records with luminaries like Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller. Javon has appeared on over 125 recordings and has developed a formidable career as a leader. The innovative drummer legendary Jimmy Cobb, known for his work with Miles Davis on the album "Kind of Blue", will join Javon Jackson in launching the 2010 Belleayre Mountain Jazz Club Series. Tickets are $25 for general admission.

Saturday, July 31 at 8pm jazz violinist Regina Carter will grace the stage of the Belleayre Jazz Club. Acclaimed as one of the most transcendent voices of contemporary violin, Regina Carter brings her tenacious force to Belleayre and will showcase her new release, "Reverse Thread". This recording is her latest contribution to the world of contemporary jazz, offering an uplifting and stirring perspective on music from home and around the world. Known for her original compositions and collaborations with many jazz greats, Regina was the first jazz player allowed to play and record with Nicolo Paganini's treasured Guarneri del Gesu violin. Tickets are $25 for general admission.

Snow King Mountain Announces 2010-2011 Season Pass Sale

Jackson Hole, WY - Snow King Resort is excited to announce its early season Winter Season Pass prices for 2010-2011. Available for a short time the discounted passes will be sold August 1 through September 30th. Offering the most affordable deal around, Snow King Mountain offers night skiing, two terrain parks, ski and snowboard lessons, base lodge with cafeteria and ice rink, and the King Tubes Snow Tube Park. New for the 2011 season is the return of night skiing on the Rafferty Lift! Night skiing will run every Tuesday through Saturday on the Cougar and Rafferty lifts throughout the Season.

"We are pleased to offer an affordable option for skiing and riding - here at The King - and also to bring night skiing back to the Rafferty side of the mountain this winter" said Tom Fortune, Director of Recreation "We appreciate the support for The Town Hill from all of our season pass holders and we look forward to a great season."

Season Pass Benefits include: free summer scenic chairlift rides, discounts on the alpine slide and other summer activities, Discounted lift tickets for your friends and discounts at end of season Pond Skimming Party.

Top 5 Places to Enjoy a Telluride Picnic Basket

Telluride, CO - Spectacular scenery, unbelievable overlooks, festivals ranging from film to blues, concerts in the park, remote mountain meadows - if you were a picnic basket, where would you rather be than Telluride? We're betting this mountain destination ranks in the Top Five places in North America to enjoy a picnic basket...and the Top Five Places in Telluride are:

1. The Mountain Village Sunset Concert Series - Every Wednesday on the lawn in Mountain Village, listen to some of the best contemporary acts around, while noshing on cheese and crackers.

2. Hiking Bear Creek Trail - A perfect hike for beginners and intermediates, the Bear Creek Trail provides spectacular views of San Juan peaks and Bear Creek. Take a basket to the waterfall at the top of the trail.

3. Festivals in Town Park - Grab a picnic basket and head for any festival in Town Park. The upcoming Telluride Jazz Festival or the famous Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are great venues to bring along a picnic basket.

4. Eco Adventures - Grab a picnic and head for one of the many summer activities Eco Adventures offers. Telluride's one-stop shop for outdoor activities, Eco Adventures provides information and booking for all activities, including fly fishing, camping, hiking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, as well as a great retail shop.

5. The Telluride Film Festival - Waiting in line to see the next Oscar nominated Film? Getting a little tired of popcorn? Telluride Picnic Baskets are the perfect movie companion for the best of the 2010 films.

So how do you create your picnic basket adventure? First, stop in at Telluride Naturals, the Telluride Resort Store or the Nature Center and purchase a custom Telluride picnic basket. Then, fill it with goods from Telluride Naturals, featuring cheeses from James Ranch, meats from Colorado Elk and wines from Sutcliffe Vineyards. Honeyville jams and jellies, Indian Ridge Farms granola, and Telluride Wine Charms are a fun addition. Get 10% off everything you put in the basket (excluding alcohol) until October 1!

The Canadian National BBQ Championships Spice Things Up in Whistler

Cooks from all over North America compete for over $5000 in cash prizes and the title of “Canadian National Champion 2010

Whistler, BC - The Canadian National BBQ Championships return to Whistler for the 9th year in a row July 30 to August 1, 2010. Considered the highlight of the Pacific Northwest's competitive BBQ circuit, the BBQ Championships will take place at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in Creekside and are sure to spice things up in Whistler for the August B.C. Day long weekend.

“For 9 years we have been hosting the National BBQ Championships at Dusty’s and every year it gets bigger and better,” says Joshua Kearns, Dusty’s Manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “With delicious food and great music, the BBQ Championships are a great way to spend the weekend with friends and family in Whistler.”

The event kicks off Friday night with a free Whole Hog BBQ Demonstration at 7pm. BBQ Champion, Jim Ericson, will teach the secrets of slowly cooking a whole hog over a 24 hour period and the hog will be served for dinner the following night at the Saturday Night Whole Hog Feed. Dinner will also be available after the demonstration on Friday night for $15. To cap off the evening, Dusty’s presents The Hip Show, a Tragically Hip tribute band who will hit the stage at 10pm.

In addition to the annual C.A.S.I International Chili Championship that will take place at 2pm, Saturday is Local’s BBQ Day. Residents can test their BBQ skills and enter for their chance to win over $2000 in cash and prizes. Entrants can compete in the Backyard BBQ Burger Competition presented by Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce or in the Budweiser “King of the Grill” competition where contestants must submit a grilled or smoked meat or vegetable item (or combination of the two) that has been cooked on-site. The events kick off at 1pm with live entertainment on Dusty’s patio from noon.

Sunday is the main event where cooks from all over North America will gather to go head-to-head in five competition categories: Pork Butt, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Ribs and Pork & Cork, where contestants will be judged on their abilities to make the perfect match between BBQ pulled pork and Ravenswood’s legendary Zinfandel wine. Judges will score entries with 25 per cent weighted on appearance, 25 per cent weighted on texture/tenderness and 50 per cent assigned to taste. In addition to $5000 in cash and prizes on the line, winners will also receive an invitation to the Jack Daniel's World Championship BBQ event in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

July 26, 2010

Welcome the Glory Ridge Chairlift

Nelson, BC - Whitewater Ski Resort is very pleased to announce the summer of 2010 planned installation of the new Glory Ridge Chair. The chair was formerly identified as the BS1 lift in the Master Plan, and will service the terrain currently referred to as the Backside. “The mountain crew, in cooperation with mother nature, hope to have the lift ready to load as conditions permit this coming season” says General Manager Brian Cusack, who indicated that the project could not have been possible without the tireless support of the Whitewater staff and diligent vision of the owners, Knee Deep Development Corp.

The Dopplemayr triple chair has been purchased from Vail Resort in Colorado and is on route to Nelson. The British Columbia based Summit Lift Company, headed by Randy Gliege, a 25 year veteran in the ski lift business, has been contracted to do the lift installation. His crew will consist of a mix between local and out of area, experienced ski industry workers.

The goal for the summer is to have a good portion of the skiable terrain in the Backside area developed, creating a combination of 8 selectively logged and gladed runs which will offer great fall line skiing and an overall unique mountain experience. “We have our license to develop the ski runs and have selected Juggernaut Development Inc. to do the work” says Outdoor Operations Manager Kirk Jensen. “This summer we will focus mechanical harvesting on the area to the skiers left of the chair with further gladed advanced /expert tree skiing developed to the skier’s right of the lift line. We plan to start on the lift line first to allow the lift installation crew access and then proceed with the remainder over the summer” continues Kirk.

The harvesting of the Backside area will be spread over 2 years and once complete, the Glory Ridge Chairlift will service a total of 303 hectares consisting of 18 gladed, treed and groomed runs of primarily intermediate and advanced / expert terrain. The expansion will effectively double the developed ski terrain at Whitewater. With a major increase of total vertical drop to 2,042 feet Whitewater Ski Resort will offer some of the best lift serviced powder skiing in North America.

The Company strives to ensure that the powder skiing, and backcountry character of Whitewater is preserved and further enhanced with this ski area improvement. Whitewater is destined to become the lift serviced Powder Capital of Canada!

July 22, 2010

Finger Lakes Yoga Festival

Cortland, NY - Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Mountain Resort will be hosting the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival. This event will feature over 30 classes, with over 15 teachers hailing from all over New York State. Promoters hope to draw a crowd, and create an annual event to bring together New York's well established yoga community.

"This festival is the first of its kind" says Mathew Ingles, festival director and local yoga instructor. "We have worked hard to create an event where anyone can have a good time, yogi, or not. We want people to bring family and friends, and we want everyone to have fun."

Festival planners think this event will be a boost to the local economy. Ingles, who teaches power yoga in Ithaca, Dryden, and Cortland says, "People will be traveling into the local communities, shopping, lodging, going on wine tours, and taking part in tourist activities." Yoga is a growing business, and no doubt this event will also bolster student numbers for local yoga studios. The festival will also be providing funds to local charities.

The weekend will be three days of nonstop classes, three and four classes at a time, so people get to choose what they want to do. From six a.m. to midnight, classes will be starting about every two hours. Yoga classes for beginners, and the more advanced. Also, classes in meditation, belly dancing, nutrition, and fire dancing will be offered. "You can pick and choose what you would like to do and what classes you want to take, it's like a yoga salad bar", says Ingles.

Escape the Heat of the Hot Summer at the Belleayre Beach!

Highmount, NY - Continued record heat not seen in over a decade has made this summer at the Belleayre Beach one of the busiest ever and there's little relief in sight as the temps are supposed to remain in the 80s and 90s! Temperatures in the mountains are on average almost 10 degrees cooler than most concrete and asphalt urban areas! Summer is in full swing in the Catskill Mountains and there’s no better place to relax and chill out with a family picnic, swimming, boating, fishing, playing volleyball, horseshoes or beach games at Belleayre’s well manicured day use area. Belleayre also offers Red Cross Certified Swim Lessons for all ages. The cost to enter the day use area is $8 per carload and $20 per bus; weekend hours are from 10am- 7:30pm and weekday hours are from 10am – 6pm. So head for the mountains and beat the heat chilling out with us!

July 21, 2010

175 Model T Fords to Visit Whitefish

Whitefish, MT - One hundred seventy-five Model T Fords will descend on Whitefish, Montana and ascend the road to Whitefish Mountian Resort on Sunday, Aug. 1 for the Montana Majestic Mountain T Tour.

The Rocky Mountain Model T Club is hosting the event, which is the the Model T Ford Club of America’s only National Tour planned for 2010. The tour has 175 classic cars and more than 370 guests registered, and event organizers expect it to inject hundreds of thousands of dollars into Montana’s economy.

Visiting Model T owners are bringing cars from as far away as New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, and California.

Whitefish Mountain Resort was chosen as an ideal location to anchor this year’s tour because of its scenery, breadth of summer activities for participants such as Zip Line Tours and Scenic Lift Rides, and affordable on-mountain lodging options.

The Waybacks to Play at Saddleback Maine

Rangeley, ME - On Friday, July 30, The Waybacks will play in concert at Saddleback. Playing an inventive mix of bluegrass, country, blues and jazz, The Waybacks are known for their energetic live performances.

"The Waybacks kick off a summer of great music here on the Mountain," said Chris Farmer, general manager of Saddleback. "People say they're a great band to see perform live and we're looking forward to it. In August, you won't want to miss our Bluegrass Festival followed by Suzy Bogguss."

Tickets to The Waybacks are $18.00 and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. in the beautiful post-and-beam Base Lodge in an intimate setting with seating for only 200 people and plenty of room for dancing.

July 20, 2010

Boatworks Marina Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival - Two-Weekend Spectacular

August 13-15 and August 20-22

Tahoe City, CA - Set on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Boatworks Marina Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will give visitors a special opportunity to meet with more than 45 artisans and craftspeople showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts including photography, oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry and much more.

Providing a unique venue for patrons to view original handmade creations while enjoying the outdoors, this free event take places over two weekends, August 13-15 and August 20-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at the Boatworks Marina Green in Tahoe City, an open grassy area overlooking Lake Tahoe between the Boatworks Mall and the Tahoe City Marina at 760 N. Lake Boulevard right off Highway 28.

Among this year’s featured artists is award-winning jeweler Meg Black-Smith of Nevada City who has been making jewelry for more than 20 years, bringing quality, professionalism and top-notch artwork to every show. Meg uses gold and sterling silver to create her Victorian style pieces. By using precious metals and striking gemstones, Meg solders and casts the swirls of silver and gold into works of wearable art including rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants.

Dirk Yuricich of Stateline, Nevada will be showcasing a variety of photos that feature the Lake Tahoe area, available in a variety of sizes from note cards to large pieces. This self taught photographer uses a 35 mm SLR camera to capture landscape images, wildlife, abstract, travel, photojournalistic and documentary images. Dirk's passion is travel, so travel photography makes up a fairly large portion of the images you will see at the Festival including a collection of beyond-the-average-tourist view of Japan, a large selection of Europe, Ecuador and Bali photos, and of course beautiful Lake Tahoe/ mountain images.

Karen Colbert of Incline Village is one of Lake Tahoe’s most recognized artists, creating a variety of hand crafted functional quilts for the wall. Her unique twist of using color instead of complicated quilt patterns make her pieces stand apart visually from more traditional quilts. “My work forces the viewer to want to get a closer look, then step back to see the beauty of the whole piece,”
sys Karen. “The vibrancy of the colors makes you stop to look, whether you like fabric or not.”

Locavores Rejoice!

Vail, CO - A recent group meeting at the Vail Cascade Resort was treated to an exceptional “green” dining event. With a nod to attendees who desired a scrumptious meal that also had less impact on our earth, chefs from Atwater on Gore Creek created a menu that ensured the ingredients had not traveled far. Not only was the food primarily organic, 98% of the food was sourced within 100 miles of the resort qualifying in the popular “locavore” category (people who desire to eat food that is gathered within a local range of less than 100 miles). Banquet Chef Brian Busker was the creative genius for the edible “dirt” made from dehydrated mushrooms and olives that served as the base for colorful seasonal vegetables.

July 15, 2010

Telluride Seeks Imput on Ski Area Master Plan

Telluride, CO - The Telluride Ski Resort is asking for input from full and part-time residents as well as visitors on how they would like to see the ski area progress.

"We want the public's input, and are using this innovative approach to reach more people who are interested in the future of the ski resort," said CEO Dave Riley.

With the United States Forest Service requesting an update of the resort's master development plan, and the Town of Mountain Village currently updating its own comprehensive master plan, now is a perfect time to express opinions and ideas on the progression of the ski area.

Share your vision for this spectacular alpine community by contributing now at www.tellurideskiresort.com/survey.

Charlie Daniels Band to Rock Belleayre July 24

Highmount, NY - Southern rock icon and legendary fiddler, Charlie Daniels brings his blistering live show to the Belleayre Music Festival stage on Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m. for an evening of flat-out fun and old-fashioned rock jamming.
Hard-charging anthems like The Devil Went Down to Georgia and The South¹s Gonna Do It are among the signature tunes that propelled the Grammy-winning band to international success and more than 20 million albums sold in a career that spans half-a-century. Those hits and many more will be rolled at Belleayre in an evening filled with fast-paced fiddling and sizzling guitar.
Charlie's music blends rock, country, bluegrass, blues and Gospel that is quintessentially Southern and universally enjoyable.
Charlie broke through as a record maker with 1973¹s Honey In the Rock and its hit hippie song Uneasy Rider. His rebel anthems like Long Haired Country Boy shot his 1975 collection Fire On the Mountain to double-platinum status.

SNOW!! 36cm of Fresh Snow!!

Perisher Valley, NSW - The predicted blizzard arrived with heavy snowfalls across the entire resort, starting early yesterday morning and continuing through to the wee hours of today, with 25cm received overnight alone! It's cleared up today and the resort is looking good!

Our mountain crews have been busy preparing new lifts and runs for opening, including Pretty Valley at Perisher and Kaaten Triple Chair at Smiggins. Blue Calf T-Bar at Guthega also opened today for guests staying at Guthega, there's no access to Blue Cow as yet but we'll be working on it. The toboggan slope will also opened today.

Roundhouse Gondola to Open Earlier

Sun Valley, ID - Beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 16, the Roundhouse Gondola will begin operation at 9 am.

Hours for the remainder of the summer season will be 9 am to 4 pm. daily.
All River Run Plaza base facilities also will open at 9 am including Pete Lane’s for downhill bike rental, The Coffee Cart, Brass Ranch and the Flow Zone.
Roundhouse Restaurant will continue to be open for dining 11 am to 3 pm.

July 14, 2010

Hundreds of Ducks found in Blue Nile Adventure River

Duck Race Series Scheduled at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

Tannersville, PA - Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark has selected three local charities for the Big Give 2010. Camelbeach is partnering with these charities to help raise money and have some fun at the same time. The three local charities are The Stroudsburg YMCA, The Sherman Theatre and The United Way of Monroe County.

Each charity has the opportunity to sell up to 500 ducks for $10 each before their race and the day of the race. 100% of the proceeds from the Duck Race Series will be donated to the respective charities. Each charity will also have a promo code to use to sell admission tickets for Camelbeach that are valid all summer, until September 6, 2010.

Saddleback Announces Ten Year Season Pass

Special Pass Part of Resort's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Rangeley, ME - Today, Chris Farmer, general manager of Saddleback announced that Saddleback's new Decade Pass is for sale. The Decade Pass will provide unlimited skiing and riding for ten consecutive years at Saddleback and costs $5,000.

The Saddleback Decade Pass is available now.
"Saddleback is excited to offer this unique pass," said Farmer. "It is one of the ways we are honoring Saddleback's 50th anniversary this year and we look forward to celebrating the anniversary in other ways through the upcoming months with our friends and loyal fans."

In honor of Saddleback's 50th anniversary, only 50 Decade Passes will be issued. For more information or to purchase a Decade Pass, click here.

July 13, 2010

Saddleback Offers Complimentary Moose Watching Tours in Rangeley

Rangeley, ME - Saddleback is once again offering complimentary moose watching tours twice each week in Rangeley during the summer months. Moose watching, a popular form of wildlife recreation in Western Maine, provides excellent photo opportunities and is a fun, family activity. Saddleback Moose Tours depart from the Guest Service Center on Main Street in Rangeley on Monday and Thursday evenings on the Saddleback Shuttle. Tours are about an hour and a half long, depending on how many moose are seen each night, and are free for all locals and guests visiting the Rangeley area.

"We've been seeing a record number of moose on our tours this year, frequently eight each night," said Kara Wilson of the Guest Service Center. "We've also seen baby moose, foxes and deer. The tours are a great way for people to see Maine's wildlife up close and Saddleback is pleased to provide this free tour."

The Moose Tour follows Route 16, also known as 'moose alley,' which heads to the Eustis-Stratton area.

Reservations are required. Tours typically depart around 7:15 pm, but times change as daylight wanes in the later part of the summer. Please contact the Guest Service Center at (207) 864-5496.

Jackson Hole & Teton Village Association

Teton Village, WY - Canon and American Park Network are offering FREE professional digital video workshops at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on July 29 and 30. Come and learn from professional photographers and videographers while practicing with top-of-the-line Canon digital SLR equipment at no charge. Participants will learn all of the basics of camera function and cinematography, as well as basic video editing. Upon completion, participants will be able to download their videos from the Web.

The free video programs will take place twice daily on July 29 and 30. The workshops begin each day at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the Gabe Room, located on the third floor of the Bridger Center, above JH Sports.

Space is limited. Participants should arrive approximately 30 minutes early. Participants may also pre-register online at www.PhotographyInTheParks.com.

No cameras are necessary. Canon digital SLR bodies and lenses and other video equipment will be available for use by participants, though guests are invited to bring their own Digital SLRs if they feature video capabilities.

Mt. Bachelor Promotes Two Employees

Bend, OR - Mt. Bachelor is pleased to announce the advancement of two longtime
employees, Amy Ohran and Curtis Norsen. Amy leaves her former position as Director of
Snow Sports School to become Director of Staff Resources and Development, overseeing all aspects of the employment experience for the resort’s 700+ employees. Curtis Norsen expands his current role as leader of the Ski Patrol through the addition of risk management and safety awareness and education responsibilities for the entire company as Ski Patrol & Risk Manager.

Amy’s experience and knowledge working with all ages of guests and staff throughout her 19 years of service at Mt. Bachelor will make the transition into her new role seamless as she cultivates connections between the mountain environment, staff and guests. “I am ecstatic about the opportunity presented by this new position. I strongly identify with the initiatives I have been charged to carry out on behalf of our team and am excited to utilize my operations and guest services experience to support and guide the management and staff of Mt. Bachelor,” said Amy Ohran.

While in his previous role as Ski Patrol Manager, Curtis Norsen managed the professional Ski Patrol staff, coordinated alignment with the volunteer Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol chapter, and was directly responsible for all aspects of mountain safety. Now in his 15th year with Mt. Bachelor, Curtis’ new role as Ski Patrol and Risk Manager will encompass all previous duties and the added responsibility of assessing and mitigating risk and safety concerns of every operating department and area of the company.

“As a patroller and patrol manager I have always been involved in the risk management side of Mt. Bachelor and I look forward to the opportunity to expand our safety and education programs at the mountain for our guest's and all our employees,” said Curtis Norsen. “We are very proud to see Amy and Curtis in new roles with expanded responsibilities. They both exemplify the positive attitude, dedication and commitment we value highly in our leaders at Mt. Bachelor. I’m eager to see their continued growth and development and where their new positions take them as individuals and Mt. Bachelor as an organization,” said Dave Rathbun, President and General Manager of Mt. Bachelor.

July 12, 2010

3rd Annual "Keep on Rollin' Charity Car and Bike Show

Brighton, UT - We are pleased to announce the "Keep on Rollin'" Charity Car & Bike Show on this Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Brighton Ski Resort. Over 250 classic and custom cars and motorcycles will be on display from Noon until 5:00 pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds innovative research, and improves the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

The event is being organized by the Utah Chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Steering Committee member Ryan Stevenson is president of this year's event. Ryan suffered a spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident three years ago that left him paralyzed. Ryan's love of classic cars and the support of his family and friends were instrumental in his recovery. Ryan believes that it is his responsibility to do what he can to help find a cure for paralysis and help others with spinal cord injuries. Keep on Rollin' is Ryan's way of giving back to the community and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, who have given him so much support.

"We are really grateful for the fantastic support we have received from the business community and the many volunteers who have come together to assure this event will be a huge success. We expect over 2500 people to attend the show, and we hope to raise $25,000 for the Foundation. So, please plan to escape the summer heat and join us up at Brighton on this Saturday July 17th to see some really great cars & bikes, support a really great cause, and enjoy some great food and fun!" said Stevenson.

Local businesses have donated more than $5000 in prizes that will be awarded by raffle drawings during the event. Suggested donation for admission is $2 per person or $5 per family.

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July 8, 2010

Fridays After Five and Free Live Reggae at Bromley

Manchester Center, VT - Nothing says summer like free hot reggae so head to Bromley’s Sun Mountain Adventure Park this Saturday, July 17, because The Equalites are heating up the Sun Deck from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

And don’t forget Bromley’s new Fridays After Five, Friday nights in July and August from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Adventure Passes for select rides are only $15, Sun Mountain Flyer Rides are $15 each or two for $20 and there are great food and drink specials out on the Sun Deck all evening long.

Go to www.Bromley.com for a virtual ride on the Sun Mountain Flyer, scope out all of the other rides and attractions and check the Events page for the summer’s complete lineup of free family-friendly music and shows (be sure to read all about Tasty Tuesdays – FREE ice cream!).

Hip Singer-Songwriters Joseph Arthur & Meghan Wolf Play Belleayre July 16

Highmount, NY - Hip singer-songwriters Joseph Arthur and Meghan Wolf will offer tantalizing blend of innovative tunes at the Belleayre Music Festival on Friday, July 16 at 8 p.m.
Joseph Arthur's one-man band show draws rave reviews wherever he plays. Utilizing looping techniques and an array of effects pedals, he create a full instrumental accompaniment for penetrating songs.

Joseph is smart, surprising and infinitely rewarding, constantly stirring the imagination with his writing and playing. He will also be painting during his amazing musical showcase.
A painter, a soloist and songwriter, Joseph¹s prodigious talents prompted Peter Gabriel to personally sign him to his record label. He has toured with the likes of R.E.M., Ben Harper and Gomez and has had his song ³In the Sun² covered by Chris Martin of Coldplay and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and remixed by Justin Timberlake.
On her first album, Theory of Gravity, and Meghan Wolf debuts a musical presence that is both down to earth and cosmopolitan ‹ blending organic rhythms and soulful lyrics with modern beats and an urban vibe.
Her penetrating vocals and impassioned performance recall virtuosos Joan Baez and PJ Harvey, with contemporary undercurrents of Radiohead and Morcheeba.
Meghan's flair for performance is underlined by the fact that she has already built a successful career as an actor, with appearances on Law and Order, The Education of Max Bickford, All My Children and in numerous commercials.
The show will be held in the intimate confines of the Overlook Lodge, transformed during the festival season into the Belleayre Music Club. Food and beverages will be available during the performance.

Winter Park Resort Bustles with Family Activities During the Summer Months

Winter Park, CO - With free activities and value priced season passes and family four packs for base activities, Winter Park Resort is summer perfection for budget conscious families. Guests can explore mountain biking, hiking, Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide and new family activities and events. Unique to Winter Park are the engaging and educational free daily family activities that stretch the imagination while bringing families together in The Village at Winter Park all summer season.

After an adventure filled day on the mountain, The Village at Winter Park will offer families free* daily activities. Toddlers to teens and parents to grandparents can learn and experience something new each day this summer.

The Circus is Coming to Town
The big top is headed to the mountain top this August. The Zoppe Italian Circus will be holding performances August 6-8 and 13-15, 2010. Guests will be welcomed into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Circus ticket pricing: Adults: $13, Kids ages 4-12: $8, Family 4 Pack: $35, Kids 3 & under are FREE.

Covelli Leads Belleayre Orchestra In Evening of Romantic Classics

Highmount, NY - Love will be in the air as Maestro John Covelli leads the Belleayre Festival Orchestra in an enchanted evening of romantic classics on Saturday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

Maestro Covelli will conduct the orchestra and will also perform as a soloist on Tchaikovsky¹s Piano Concerto #1. Asher Raboy will serve as guest conductor.
It was 19 years ago that Maestro Covelli led the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the first concert in what would evolve into the Belleayre Music Festival. Few conductors on the world stage today qualify more than John Covelli as a performer of multiple talents and diverse experience.
At this year¹s festival, he performs as both conductor and soloist in presenting a concert of spectacular romantic orchestral favorites. The program includes Schubert's ³Unfinished Symphony² and Rimsky Korsakov¹s ever-popular ³Capriccio Espagnole.²

The virtuosic finale features Mr. Covelli performing a riveting rendition of the celebrated masterpiece, Tchaikovsky¹s First Piano Concerto. It is considered one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky's works and among the best known of all piano concerti. Van Cliburn won the First International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 with this piece, much to the astonishment of people worldwide, as he was an American competing in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Maestro Covelli had a longtime dream of establishing a regional orchestra and he realized this ambition in 2004 with the creation of the Belleayre Festival Orchestra. He will lead this dynamic group at the July 17 show.

July 7, 2010

Summer Has Finally Arrived and It's Time to Plan Your Escape to Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain, WA - Join us at Washington's highest restaurant for a Sunset Dinner or Sunday Brunch. Executive Chef Aaron Willis prepares NW cuisine that rivals the striking views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range. Ride up the Chinook and Rainier Express chairlifts and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.

Scenic lift rides are available Saturdays & Sundays all summer long from 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Ride up the Chinook & Rainier Express chairlifts and bask in the beauty of the mountains! On a clear day you'll not only experience an "in-your-face" view of Mt. Rainier but you can also see 4 other major Cascade volcanoes!

There's a multitude of family fun activities to choose from. Take a guided horseback ride into the alpine wilderness, explore many hidden lakes and waterfalls found along the hiking trails, surround yourself with wild flowers, play disc golf, dine at the top of a mountain and more.

Wildcat Mountain Offers Free Guided Tours Every Wednesday in July and August

Pinkham Notch, NH - Wildcat Mountain and the Tin Mountain Conservation Center are once again offering the “Wednesdays at Wildcat” summer naturalist program every Wednesday in July and August from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Pinkham Notch in the White Mountain National Forest is a memorable summer outing for families of all ages to explore and learn about the diverse ecology of the region and “Wednesdays at Wildcat” is just one opportunity to take advantage of. Program topics change weekly and range from learning about the flora and fauna of the forest and fresh water ecosystems to those of the higher alpine environment, including wildflowers, mosses, waterfalls, frogs, and moose to the geology of the surrounding mountains and Presidential Range.

“Wednesdays at Wildcat” runs through August 25th. Reservations are not required, and programs are geared for all ages. Meet at Guest Services in the Wildcat Mountain base lodge shortly before 10am. Admission is free, except on those “Alpine Discovery” tour dates that require a trip on the Wildcat Express scenic gondola to the summit. Round-trip Wildcat Express scenic gondola tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children ages 6-12, $13.00 for seniors ages 65+, and ages 5 and under ride for free. Picnic lunches are available for purchase, including the Family Fun Pack which includes gondola skyride, lunch, and tour for two adults and two children for $64.95. In case of inclement weather, the program may be held indoors using slide shows and interactive displays.

New Rock This Country Music Fest at Waterville Valley in July

Waterville Valley, NH - The new Waterville Valley Rock This Country Music Fest is coming up on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1. The five band line up is a who's who of the region's top country performers plus the Don Campbell Band, straight from Nashville, Tennessee. Just 11 miles from New Hampshire's Interstate 93, the resort's location surrounded by 4,000' mountain peaks will provide a natural amphitheater and spectacular background for two days of country rock music. Advanced ticket sales for both days of the festival will be $25 for adults and $18 for ages 6-18.

Bringing new country music to the Waterville Festival are the 5 member Eric Grant Band on mandolin, banjo, fiddle, keyboard, bass, drums and the accomplished instrumentalists and vocalists of the 5 piece progressive Tammy Jackson Band. New England based Tom Dixon Band will perform their unique combination of smooth country vocals and the beat of southern country rock. Folk and bluegrass musicians, the Crunchy Western Boys are set to deliver a foot stomping performance with mandolin, bass, fiddle, guitar, dobro, banjo and vocals. Saturday night's 6:00 pm headliner, The Don Campbell Band , a national winner of the True Value/Colgate Country Showdown at the Grand Ole Opry, will deliver a blend of original adult contemporary, country and rock music. Don has opened for Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis and many other country, folk and rock greats. Singer-songwriter Don Campbell, a national winner of the Jim Beam Back Room Band Search in Nashville, TN, recently recorded a new song, "Won't Wash Away" in response to the historic flooding that recently hit Tennessee.

Held rain or shine in Waterville Valley's Town Square, bands are scheduled Saturday from 11:30-9 and Sunday 10:30 - 4 pm.

Dinner at Sun Valley Resort Includes Free Opera House Movie

Sun Valley, ID - Now Sun Valley guests can enjoy a free movie after dining at most resort restaurants.

Dinners at Bald Mountain Pizza, Trail Creek Cabin, The Ram and Gretchen’s will come with a free Opera House movie. The offer will continue through the summer season.
Movie vouchers will be available to each diner for an early or late movie on the same evening.

Jackson Hole & Teton Village Association Present Concerts on the Commons

Teton Village, WY - This summer Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the Teton Village Association are hosting a free outdoor concert series in the newly completed Village Commons in the mountain base area. Starting July 18th there will be 5 (non-consecutive) Sundays of free concerts culminating with the JJ Grey and Mofro show on September 5th.

Anna Olson, Brand Director at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort comments: “The summers in the village are unbeatable—and there is hardly a better way to enjoy them than hanging out with friends, jamming to live music in these incredible surroundings. The Village Commons are what we have been waiting for: a free outdoor community gathering place. Bring your friends, and cut loose in the shadow of the Tetons.”

July 18th – Benyaro
August 1st – The Pimps of Joytime
August 8th – Leslie and the Badgers
August 15th – Lunkur
September 5th – JJ Grey & Mofro

92.5 The River MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN Concert at Cranmore Aug. 5th

N. Conway, NH - Cranmore Mountain today announced the line up for the new 92.5 The River Music on the Mountain concert slated for Aug. 5, 2010. Headlined by the Atlantic Records recording artists, NEEDTOBREATHE, with Vermont’s Grace Potter and the Nocturnals plus opener Robert Francis from LA, the concert promises to bring a dynamic musical assortment to Cranmore’s slopes, right in the heart of North Conway Village, NH. The concert is sponsored in part by Newcastle Brown Ale, Cranmore Mountain Resort & 92.5 The River.

NEEDTOBREATHE hail from Possum Kingdom, South Carolina and formed in 1999. On their latest album, The Outsiders, NEEDTOBREATHE has truly come into their own, seamlessly blending arena-ready soundscapes with a decidedly Southern sensibility. Tracks from that album currently heard on 92.5 The River include "The Outsiders," "More Time," "Something Beautiful" and "Washed by The Water."

The band has honed their live show the old-fashioned way - putting in the time, spending years on the road. Aside from their skillful musicianship, there's a spontaneous energy that intangibly connects them with their audience, and their powerful performances have helped build a dedicated fan base that's been clamoring for The Outsiders.

July 2, 2010

Hike the Bear Den Mountain this Summer

Wilmington, NY - In addition to exploring both the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympic venues, visitors often come to the Wilmington/Lake Placid, New York region to experience the outdoors. This summer, beginning Friday, July 9, visitors will have the opportunity to take a half-day, guided hike of Bear Den Mountain.

Hikers will meet at the Whiteface Base Lodge and begin their trek, each Friday morning at 10 a.m., from the Kids Campus. During the three-and-a-half hour long hike to the summit, Whiteface guides will describe the mountain's natural history, plants and wildlife. Once at the top, the summit offers breathtaking views of the famed Ausable River, Adirondack high peaks, Whiteface Ski Resort and the town of Wilmington.

The guided hike is $65 per person and includes an official limited edition Whiteface High Sierra™ hydration pack (retail value $100) and a picnic lunch. Hiking boots are strongly recommended and children should be at least 12-years-old to participate.

New Zip Line is Now Open

Lincoln, NH - New Hampshire's Loon Mountain Resort is pleased to announce that the new zip line adventure spanning the Pemigewasset River is now open.

Riders soar more than 700 feet across the river, and then ride a separate line to cross back to the Adventure Center. The Loon Zip Line Adventure is unique because of its river crossing, and is the latest addition to the adventure and activity offerings at Loon Mountain.

A round trip zip is $25, and riders must weigh a minimum of 100 lbs. and no more than 250 lbs. Kids 12 or under must meet the weight requirement and be accompanied by a paying adult.

July 1, 2010

Soak Up the Summer Sun!

Big Sky, MT - The sun is shining, the creeks are flowing and the wildlife sightings have been incredible - it’s time for you to plan your visit to Moonlight Basin this summer.

Whether you’re on your way to Yellowstone National Park or looking for something exciting to do for the day, we have activities to please everyone in your party. Here are some top picks from our Mountain Concierge to make the most of your stay:

• Play nine unforgettable holes of golf at The RESERVE at Moonlight Basin with a “Stay & Play” package.
• Grab a hiking trail map and discover one of several trails at Moonlight Basin, including the new Ulreys Lake trail.
• Explore Moonlight Basin’s backyard on a nature-filled horseback ride with Cedar Mountain Corrals.
• Pamper yourself with a retreat to the Moonlight Spa.
• Cast away your stress with one of our Fly Fishing Clinics.
• Enjoy a special BBQ dinner, entertainment and family fun on the deck of the Moonlight Lodge.

Happy Canada Day

Kelowna, BC - What better way to celebrate the best country in the world than with a ride at one of its best bike parks! Happy Canada Day from all the staff at Silver Star and Big White.
You think our winter grooming is good, wait until you ride Rock Star! The conditions are as good as they get. The hard-packed berms make for solid and quick riding. The only dust you're going to see is the stuff you kick up at The Saloon and Bulldog. Plus our bike camps are in full swing, so take the time and improve your ride this summer.

Don't forget to check out our NEW CAMPING facilities at Silver Star!

We've also added some scenic trail rides to our summer menu. Silver Star Trail Rides offers one and two-hour horseback adventures through the beautiful mountainscape. It's a great way for families to gain a whole new perspective of Silver Star. Plus we're offering our winter and summer season pass holders an exclusive 10% discount this weekend.

The Okanagan Summer Wine Festival is quickly approaching but there's still time to book your weekend away. Great local wineries paired with fine dining, tapas, heavenly chocolate, and scenic guided wildflower tours with Roseanne Van Ee of Outdoor Discoveries. Plus we've got great accommodation packages starting at $146, like our Night Out Under The Stars.

Broadway Superstar Patti LuPone Brings Soaring Vocal Talents to Belleayre

Highmount, NY - Patti LuPone, one of the brightest stars in Broadway history, will display her soaring vocal talents in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m. Patti made a triumphant solo concert debut at New York¹s Carnegie Hall in ³Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,² resulting in a sold-out encore performance and she will perform this show at Belleayre.

Patti has carved out an impressive resume covering the entertainment spectrum. Her most recent plaudits came with she swept the 2008 theatre awards, including the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance for her role as Rose in ³Gypsy.²
These honors were the latest in a series of awards that began when Patti catapulted to Broadway superstardom as ³Evita,² earning the 1980 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Actress in a Musical.

During the past three decades, Patti has fashioned an unparalleled Broadway resume and has also garnered critical acclaim for her impressive list of TV and film roles.
Patti¹s movie credits include ³State and Main,² ³Summer of Sam,² ³Driving Miss Daisy² and ³Witness.²

She is also familiar to millions of viewers guest appearances some of TV¹s top shows, including ³Ugly Betty,² ³Will & Grace² (as herself), ³Frasier² (Emmy nomination) and ³Law & Order.²

Patti¹s Belleayre performance promises the opportunity for the audience to experience the mesmerizing talents of a true superstar.

Super Early Bird Belleayre Mountain Season Passes Go On Sale 7/1!

Think Snow!
Highmount, NY - Although July might seem a little early to start thinking about snow, Belleayre Mountain will begin to sell season passes for the 2010-2011 skiing and riding season and this summer is the time to buy and save.
While season pass prices are going to remain the same price as last year and the usual early bird prices of $50 off are in effect through 11/30/2010, people who buy their Belleayre season passes this summer will reap additional rewards and added value perks. Early bird adult season passes are going to be selling for $676 but people who buy in July will get an additional 20% off the price. That’s only $540 dollars for a full adult pass with no blackout dates. Junior passes are only $172, senior passes are $468, and college students who produce proof of enrollment with a letter from the school’s bursar’s office will only be $203 for a full season pass. A midweek pass is only $220 in July and family packs are $511 per adult and only $132 per junior pass. Buy your passes online at the Belleayre Store Here.

What is There to Do at Woodward at Copper Summer Camp?

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.

When Woodward at Copper campers are not riding the summer terrain park or learning new skills in the Barn, they are probably going to be having a blast with new camp friends doing one of the many activities here at Copper. They are all included with a week at camp. The activities include: bumper boats, go-karts, create-a-skate, climbing wall, The Digglers, the Quad Power Jump, mini-golf, Ping-Pong, Guitar Hero, pool, bocce, geocaching, croquet, horseshoes, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, skateboarding and many more. Below are some examples of the camper’s favorite activities (besides skiing and snowboarding).

Woodward at Copper on YouTube!