August 31, 2010

Halloween Returns to Cranmore This Fall with The Ghoullog

N. Conway, NH - Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, NH celebrates Halloween every weekend in October with the return of The Ghoullog , where visitors board the quad chairlift for a night-time ride to the summit for a haunted mountain-top tour. Coming back for its fourth year, the Ghoullog will be bigger, scarier and more fun than ever with the addition of new twists and turns to scare newcomers and return visitors alike.

The tour starts at the base of Cranmore Mountain and includes a night-time stroll through a haunted walkway to the Quad. After the 7-minute ride to the 2,000 foot summit of Cranmore, visitors tour the Ghoullog, where haunted happenings are sure to frighten and surprise the hardiest souls.

While at the summit, spectacular night-time views of North Conway Village below are sure to delight all comers. At the end of the tour, visitors enjoy a ride down the Quad chairlift to the base with a breath-taking vantage of the Moat Mountains and Mount Washington at night.

Event dates are Oct. 1-2; Oct. 8-10 (Columbus Day Weekend); Oct. 15-16; Oct. 22-23; and Oct. 28-30. Tickets are $25 for all ages with a $2 discount for online advance sales.

The Ghoullog will operate from 7-10pm with doors opening at 6pm. The ticket office, Pub and outdoor food court will open at 6pm on all dates of operation.

Cranmore's ghoul-fest will offer refreshments including a full bar in the Bloody Noose Pub. The Ghoullog also features an outdoor food court offering fair food favorites like fried dough, sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches, popcorn, caramel apples, hot cocoa, hot cider and coffee.

Bear Valley is Looking for Tough Mudder Volunteers

Bear Valley, CA - We are just weeks away from the event and want to pull our volunteers, and would be volunteers together for an informative update…..what we like to call a “pre-game warm up”.

What better way to do it then sippin’ wines at Twisted Oak Vineyards.

Our goal for the party is to sign up 100 people. Every one that signs up for a 2-day tour of duty will go home with a free lift ticket for the 2010/2011 season following the event. What’s a party without prizes? Well, it’s not….so we’ll be giving away a few bottles and prizes just to show you how happy we are you’ll be joining the fun.

Our goal for the party is to sign up 100 people. Every one that signs up for a 2-day tour of duty will go home with a free Bear Valley lift ticket for the 2010/2011 season following the event. What’s a party without prizes? Well, it’s not….so we’ll be giving away a few bottles and prizes just to show you how happy we are you’ll be joining the fun.

Got A Group?
Bring a group from your community organization and we’ll get you signed up to earn a donation to your organization just for sharing your time. Must be a group of 20 or more to qualify for donation. Of course we’ll be serving, the sometimes scandalous, but always tasty Twisted Oak selections paired with some dazzling appetizers.

Who should attend: 21 and over’s looking for more fun stuff to be a part of in our lovely foothills. No pre-requisites except a fun personality that is dying to enjoy cheering on a load of muddy athletes this fall.

Loon Mountain Announces Significant Increase in Snowmaking is Centerpiece of $1.8 Million Capital Investment for Winter 2010-11

Other Improvements include State-of-the-Art Grooming, Additional Lift Capacity, New Loading Carpet for Seven Brothers Lift and New Zip Line

Lincoln, NH - New Hampshire's Loon Mountain continues its commitment to providing a consistently great guest experience with a capital investment of more than $1.8 million to further enhance its ability to deliver the best snow conditions and superior service for 2010-2011.

Already well known for delivering great snow conditions, Loon has invested an additional $1.2 million to augment and upgrade its impressive snowmaking system that covers 97% of skiable terrain.

An addition of 428 highly-efficient Low-E HKD tower snow guns will allow the resort to boost overall snow production by as much as 150%, as well as maximize snow output at a wider range of temperatures.

For skiers and riders, this will result in more terrain opening earlier, as well as giving the Resort a better ability to replenish snow and resurface terrain even more quickly when weather conditions are less than ideal.

A new Prinoth "Beast" grooming machine, with 40% more grooming surface and pushing power than a standard machine, will provide state-of-the-art snow surfaces at Loon this winter. The Beast, the first machine of its size in New Hampshire, and one of only two in New England, will allow for more terrain to be groomed better and more efficiently. In addition to providing superior snow surfaces, this will also help the Resort reduce its fuel consumption.

Teton Gravity Research is Proud to Announce Partnership with BICEP, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy

Teton Village, WY - Today, many of our natural playgrounds are being threatened by climate change, pollution, and development. Although we are far from perfect, TGR continues to take steps as a leader in the action sports industry towards preserving these playgrounds and the world we live in.

TGR is committed to preserving the natural surroundings that provide the settings for our favorite outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding and surfing. TGR is an active member of Protect our Winters, 1% for the Planet and the Surfrider Foundation. By making changes and producing environmentally conscious action sports content, TGR hopes to lead by example. We believe that we have the ability to inspire other people and we use that influence to help educate, protect and preserve the places and lifestyle we love.

BICEP’s goal is to work directly with key allies in the business community and with members of Congress to pass meaningful energy and climate change legislation that is consistent with our core principles.

BICEP’s members believe that climate change will impact all sectors of the economy and that various business perspectives are needed to provide a full spectrum of viewpoints for solving the climate and energy challenges facing America.

August 30, 2010

Whistler Blackcomb Early Bird Season Passes on Sale

Whistler, BC - After last year’s record-breaking winter and a memorable summer, powder revelers can kick start the upcoming skiing and riding season by purchasing an Early Bird Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass for 2010.2011. From August 30, through to October 11 an Unlimited adult Season Pass is available for the Early Bird price of $1,349, a saving of $350. Unlimited Season Passholders get unlimited access to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola year-round, winter and summer.

“This season, guests will be able to take full advantage of their season pass all the way from November to May,” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “After last season’s epic snowfall and hosting the world’s biggest party, there is a huge pent up demand for skiing and riding for the upcoming winter. The season pass gives guests the freedom to really maximize their time on the slopes throughout the winter season.”

Last winter, Whistler Blackcomb welcomed the world as the Alpine Skiing Venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. And to top it all off, consistent snowfall throughout the winter months made 2009.2010 the second snowiest season on record with 1,492cm/587inches. November 2009 was also the snowiest month on record with 560cm/220 inches of snowfall.

For 2010.2011 guests can enjoy the Olympic legacies that remain from Whistler Blackcomb’s time in the world spotlight. The Men’s and Women’s Alpine Skiing Courses will be open for all to ski and ride this winter and there’s nothing more exhilarating than following in the tracks of Olympic and Paralympic heroes. Meanwhile, a recent $17.5 million investment in snowmaking infrastructure compliments Mother Nature’s good work. And finally, the new and improved Sea to Sky Highway makes for shorter travel time between Vancouver and Whistler.

Whitefish Sees Fresh Snow on August 29

Whitefish, MT - On August 29, snow began to fall and accumulate at the summit of Big Mountain, at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

For those planning to hike, mountain bike, zip line, or walk in the treetops that day, this was a bit of a bummer. For those in their homes across the country waxing skis, doing lunges, and breaking in new boots, however, the early snowfall was quite exciting.

Resort and US Forest Service staff measured approximately 3 inches of new snow, which was nearly completely gone by the end of the day.

"It melted pretty fast once the sun came out," said part-time Whitefish resident Christine Shea. "But we had time to make a snowman, and it sure seems like a sign a of a great ski season to come."

Weather scientists have identified a strengthening La Niña formation in the tropical Pacific Ocean, prompting the NOAA Climate Prediction Center to call for above-average precipitation and below-average temperatures for December - March in Whitefish. The last time similar conditions were present in the Pacific, during the 2007-2008 ski season, Whitefish received 426 inches of snow.

19th Annual Oktoberfest Celebrates Foliage Season at Whiteface

Bavarian Food, Drink, Live Music and More at Fall Festival
Wilmington, NY - The 19th annual Whiteface Oktoberfest, in Wilmington, N.Y., is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3. During the two-day festival, the Olympic mountain dusts off its lederhosen, fires up the oompah band and enjoys a tall mug of German beer. But it’s more than that… it’s fun for the entire family with activities including original vendors, arts and crafts, children’s rides including the popular hayride, Bavarian food, drink, entertainment, and new this year; 60-second challenges.

Of course the Whiteface Oktoberfest offers great traditional German music from Die Schlauberger, performing under the entertainment tent outside the base lodge each day, the Lake Placid Bavarians, who have been performing traditional Bavarian music in the north country for the last 19 years, and Ed Schenk on the accordion. The Cloudspin Lounge will also feature music from Schachtelgebirger Musikanten (Scha-Musi) and performing at their second Oktoberfest will be Spitze and The Alpen Trio.

As America’s #1 German band die Schlauberger is a powerhouse of musical expertise. From the moment they step on stage until they have wrung the final note from their last song, die Schlauberger has the audience up and dancing to their powerful renditions of German favorites and other crowd pleasing tunes.

Spitze will also get the audience involved with their amazing alpine show which features cowbells, the alpine xylophone, and the alphorn and of course – yodeling, while the Alpen Trio will greet Cloudsplitter Gondola passengers at the summit of Little Whiteface with the alphorns.

Finally, Whiteface also welcomes back Schachtelgebirger Musikanten for the sixth year to our Oktoberfest. The lively duo will be performing in the Cloudspin Lounge on Saturday and on Sunday.

August 27, 2010

Belleayre Festival Opera To Stage Rossini's Timeless 'Cinderella' Tale

Highmount, NY - On the weekend of August 28th, Belleayre Music Festival will be presenting our very own Belleayre Festival Opera’s fully-staged performance of Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola). This classic tale will be directed by Donald Westwood, who was recently appointed as Executive Producer for an international production of Oklahoma!, and whose productions have been heralded by The New York Times and the New York Post as exemplary and really unique. Donald Westwood, artistic director, producer, and stage director for the Belleayre Festival Opera, returns for the 12th year, bringing his unique comic vision to Rossini’s “Cinderella.” His shows are an annual festival highlight. This fully staged performance will be sung in English with a company of 45, including top soloists, Richard Tucker’s Community Chorale of the Catskills, and chamber orchestra conducted by Maestro John Covelli. All school age children and teens are invited to attend this performance free when accompanied by an adult. Opera News magazine has called Mr. Westwood’s shows “a dynamic alternative to the giants at Lincoln Center.”

FREE Children’s Opera Performance of the “Three Little Pigs”
On Sunday afternoon at 1PM there will be a free children’s opera performance of the “Three Little Pigs.”Several years ago, the Belleayre Conservatory commissioned Don Westwood to create a new children's opera based on the children's story "The Three Little Pigs." The opera had its world premiere in 2007 at the festival and received an enthusiastic reception from the audience. This interactive performance features music from great opera composers and lyrics and story by Mr. Westwood.

Hang out with the Whiteface Road Warriors in Plattsburgh, Saturday

Dress for Winter and Get a Lift Ticket to Whiteface

Plattsburgh, NY - Armed with hundreds of lift tickets, the Whiteface “Road Warriors” will be in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 28, looking for people who want to ski and ride Whiteface for free this winter.

So how do you come away these tickets for the upcoming 2010-11 ski and riding season? Be decked-out in your winter gear including goggles, helmet and boots when the Road Warriors visit the Champlain Centre Mall, from 1-3 p.m.; Plattsburgh State University, from 4-6 p.m.; and the Naked Turtle, from 6:30 p.m. until the party finishes. While at the Naked Turtle, you’ll also have the chance to win skis, courtesy of Budweiser.

Arapahoe Basin 2010-2011 Season Passes

Arapahoe Basin, CO - Arapahoe Basin’s 2010-2011 season passes are now on sale.

  • Arapahoe Basin Bonus Pass
    The 2010-11 Arapahoe Basin Bonus Pass is now available to purchase for $359 (ages 15+). The Bonus Pass provides skiers and riders unlimited usage at A-Basin for the entire 2010-11 season, plus five non-transferable ski days valid at Keystone or Breckenridge. One of those five days can be used at Vail or Beaver Creek (some date restrictions apply). A limited number of these passes will be sold. These pass prices are valid through November 14, 2010.
  • A-Basin Only Season Pass
    The 2010-11 Arapahoe Basin only Adult Season Pass (ages 20-69) is now on sale for $299, the Youth Pass (ages 15-19) is selling for $199, and the Child Pass (ages 6-14) is selling for $119. These passes are also valid for the entire 2010-11 season with no blackout dates. A pair of Colorado Avalanche tickets will be given to the first 50 people to purchase an adult pass at the Sniagrab ski show this weekend in Denver.
  • Pass Holder Benefits
    Pass holders will also receive discounts at the ski area. Discounts include friends and family A-Basin lift ticket discounts, one $25 half-day class lesson, 10% off food (excluding the 6th Alley bar), 10% off purchases made at Arapahoe Sports, 5 days of skiing at Bear Valley in California, one unguided day of skiing at Silverton Mountain and $10 off performance tunes in the Base’n Edge Tune Shop.
  • August 26, 2010

    Forest Forests, Oh My!

    Girdwood, AK - The Fungus Fair Weekend celebrates the mysterious world of mushrooms. Activities include guided forays, guest speakers and workshops.

    The Fungus Fair Weekend celebrates the mysterious world of mushrooms. Activities include guided forays, guest speakers and workshops.

    Fungus Fair Formal
    Treat yourself and your friends to a night of delectable dishes featuring the ingredient of the weekend! This popular event always sells out so reserve your seat/table now at Alyeska!
    Saturday, August 28 | 7 pm
    Tickets: $100 pp or $600 for a table of 8

    Check This Out!

    QR readers are all the rage, get a QR reader app(iPhone, Android) for your device and use it to take a pic!

    Aaron Neville and Quintet To Close Belleayre Season in Red-Hot New Orleans Style on Holiday Weekend

    Highmount, NY - The 2010 Belleayre Music Festival wraps up in red-hot style when New Orleans favorite sons, Aaron Neville and his Quintet, featuring Charles Neville, hit the stage Saturday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.
    Aaron Neville's velvety croon is as instantly recognizable as any voice in modern music. From his signature 1967 hit, Tell It Like It Is, to his chart-topping duets with Linda Ronstadt on Don¹t Know Much and All of My Life, Aaron has enjoyed a remarkable career. He has collected 16 Grammy nominations and was twice named Best Male Singer in the Rolling Stone critics' poll.
    Charles Neville's saxophone work spans virtually every musical genre and he has played with a who's who of musical giants. Throughout their long solo careers and as members of the group that bears their family name, the Neville Brothers proudly carry the torch of their native New Orleans' rich R&B legacy. The band's tight live shows are the stuff of legend.
    The Neville Brothers played Belleayre six years and thrilled the packed house from opening note to rousing finale.

    Wagon Days Celebration Labor Day Weekend, September 1-6

    Sun Valley / Ketchum, ID - On Labor Day Weekend the Cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley host the historic Wagon Days Celebration. The holiday weekend is packed with a variety of activities, many of which celebrate the valley's mining history. The highlight of the weekend is the Big Hitch Parade down Sun Valley Road and Ketchum's Main Street at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

    Below is the whole line up of activities for this weekend of fun! Visit for a full list of event times and locations.

    Monday, August 30th – Sunday September 5th

    2010 U.S. Paragliding Nationals and Pre-Paragliding World Cup (P.W.C.)

    Wednesday, September 1

    Presentation of History of Mining and the Lewis Ore Wagons in the Wood River Valley

    Friday, September 3

    Antique Fairs run through Sunday September 5 and Monday Setember 6 including:

    Ketchum Art and Antique Show
    Wagon Days Antique Show
    Hailey Antique Market
    Hailey Main Street Antique & Art Show

    Saturday, September 4

    Papoose Club Flapjack Breakfast, Children's Carnival, Silver Car Auction, TESLA Electric Summer Roadster Tour, The Go Pro & Red Bull Aerial Show, Eh-Capa Bareback Riders Performance, Blackjack Ketchum Shoot-Out Gang, The Big Hitch Parade, Tour the Ore Wagons, Sun Valley Ice Show featuring Olympic Silver Medalist & 2 X World Silver Medalist, Sasha Cohen.

    Sunday, September 5

    Papoose Club Flapjack Breakfast, Silver Car Auction, Bellevue Labor Day Parade, The Great Wagon Days Duck Race, National Paragliding Championship Award Ceremony and Event End Party, Gala Concert to benefit Sun Valley Artist Series featuring Misha Dichter.

    Monday, September 6

    Bellevue Labor Day Celebration

    August 24, 2010

    Crested Butte Mountain Resort Focuses Improvements and Capital Projescts on the Mountain for the 2010-2011 Season

    Crested Butte, CO - The focus is on the mountain as Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) prepares for the coming ski and snowboard season. Improvements designed to maximize the skiing and riding experience are taking place in preparation for the resort’s celebration of 50 years of skiing throughout 2010-2011.
    “We’ve given detailed thought to our terrain and on-mountain amenities and how the mountain is laid out,” said Ken Stone, COO of CBMR. “Our goal going into the 2010-2011 season is to maximize our assets. To accomplish that objective we’ve reconfigured things a bit, freeing up additional intermediate terrain in the process.”

    Crews are glading Horseshoe Springs – expanding tree-skiing options and, as a result, adding more intermediate terrain to the resort’s tally.

    CBMR also introduces the new Gold Link Terrain Park and Superpipe for the 2010-2011 season. By relocating the resort’s largest park and pipe, crews have created a complete freestyle park pod off the Painter Boy and Goldlink lifts. This translates to a literal playground for the park enthusiast, highlighted by the ability to progress from one park – and one feature size – to the next. The Cascade location also is ideal for larger park features, offering a consistent fall line for the jib park and half pipe. Cascade is blessed with good afternoon light, allowing for better visibility, and its proximity to mountain operations headquarters means snowcat operators have easier access and more time for preening features. The new location also leaves crews hopeful for delivery of a constructed half pipe in time for the Christmas holiday, thanks to the park’s location along the main water feed pipe for the mountain’s snowmaking system.

    With these mindful improvements and reconfigurations skiers and riders at CBMR gain back two full-length trails in the resort’s best existing intermediate pod.

    Guests to CBMR also will note increased snowmaking capabilities resulting in earlier terrain openings and a better late season base. Increased snowmaking at the base area will allow for Peachtree beginners lift and the Camp CB teaching area and magic carpets to open on the first day of the season. And, the resort is eager to utilize its $40,000 NSAA grant, which translates to 10 new high efficiency tower guns.

    August 20, 2010

    TGR Announces Jeremy Jones' Deeper 2010 Snowboarding Film - A Snowboard Adventure Into the Unknown

    Teton Village, WY - From the award winning producers at Teton Gravity Research (TGR) comes the most progressive big mountain snowboarding film to date, Deeper presented by O'Neill.

    Follow Jeremy Jones and other top freeriders as they travel to the world's snowboarding meccas and venture past the boundaries of helicopters, snowmobiles, and lifts to explore untouched realms. Hang on tight as Jeremy faces the biggest challenges he has ever encountered in snowboarding. All night hikes, sleeping on peaks, camping 65 miles from civilization, 20 below temperatures, 10 day storms, and 20 mile days bring the adventure back into riding. Deeper puts the viewer in the athletes' boots, from the trials and tribulations to mind-boggling breakthroughs in the sport of snowboarding.

    "The Deeper crew put cameras in places and in conditions you could never imagine. It is the ultimate first-hand experience and the most insane riding I have ever seen." - TGR co-founder Steve Jones.

    This film is 100% carbon neutral.

    First Snow at Crested Butte

    Crested Butte, CO - We woke to snow on the peaks in Crested Butte this morning. This photo, taken by local photographer Rob Pennie, was shot from Crested Butte South looking toward Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Winter is on its way!

    Belleayre Festival Opera To Stage Rossini¹s Timeless Cinderella Tale

    Highmount, NY - Cinderella one of the world¹s most beloved tales, will be brought to life in a Belleayre Festival Opera on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
    This fully staged performance will be sung in English with a company of 45 performers. Included will be top soloists who have appeared in many of the world's foremost opera venues, among them: the Baltimore Opera Center, Cleveland Symphony Pops Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera.
    Artistic Director/Producer/Stage Director Donald Westwood returns to put his signature stamp on the timeless story of Rossini's Cinderella (La Cenerentola). In this variation of the traditional Cinderella story, the wicked stepmother is replaced by a stepfather, Don Magnifico. The Fairy Godmother is replaced by Alidoro, a philosopher and the Prince's tutor. Cinderella is identified not by her glass slipper but by her bracelet. The show will reflect Mr. Westwood's unique comic stamp.
    Opera News magazine has called Mr. Westwood's shows a dynamic alternative to the giants at Lincoln Center.
    Several years ago, the Belleayre Conservatory commissioned Don Westwood to create a new children's opera based on the children's story The Three Little Pigs. The opera had its world premiere in 2007 at the festival and received an enthusiastic reception from the audience. This interactive performance features music from great opera composers and lyrics and story by Mr. Westwood.

    August 17, 2010

    '50s Dance Party Turns Back the Clock at Belleayre

    Highmount, NY - The Belleayre Music Festival rolls back the clock on nostalgic fun with a '50s Dance Party: "The Day the Music Died" -featuring the Music of Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. This rollicking journey into yesteryear is sure to have the audience dancing in the aisles as the timeless hits of the era's biggest stars are recreated with authentic precision. The Dance Party Tour is a show band bringing to life the Winter Dance Party of 1959, starring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The seven-piece band performs rockabilly hits of these artists and others made famous from 1952 through 1959. Beloved classics like "Chantilly Lace," "Peggy Sue" and "La Bamba" will be featured.

    TGR Announces 2010 Ski Film, Light The Wick, Shot Using Film, HD and 3D Technology

    Teton Village, WY - The award-winning producers at Teton Gravity Research (TGR) present their newest ski film, Light The Wick. Shot using film, HD and 3D technology, Light The Wick is about sparking the flame and watching the world's best athletes blast off.

    This winter the TGR crew of athletes and cinematographers captured the most jaw-dropping footage ever witnessed. The team traveled around the world to uncharted destinations, as well as some of their favorite stomping grounds. Follow the crew as they discover the previously unskied big mountain playground of Petersburg, AK, find the best snow Croatia has seen in fifty years, ski deep pillows in undiscovered Italy, hit full throttle riding in British Columbia, and experience epic free-riding at Ripley Creek and North Cascades Heli. Don't miss Sammy Carlson and the Stevens Pass 3D experiment, the first-ever 3D ski segment. The groundbreaking dual RED One slow motion aerial shots will make you want to reach out and touch the action. Light The Wick showcases the most talented and well-rounded athletes in skiing together in one must-see film.

    This project is 100% carbon neutral.

    Nixon Von Zipper SkiX SnowboardX

    Mount Ruapehu, NZ - The 2010 Mother Freestyle Series is back this weekend with the Nixon Von Zipper SkiX SnowboardX Event on August 21st at Turoa.

    The SkiX SnowboardX is similar to alpine racing in highlighting the most aggressive and technical competitors. This is done by matching up to four competitors head to head on a specially designed course in a tournament style event where top placers are recognised and emphasised.
    Please note helmets are mandatory!

    Registration is from 8:30 - 10am upstairs in the Alpine Bar. Practise, and race briefing will run from 10am - with the event set to kick off in the Terrain Park from 11am.

    Prize giving will run from 5pm, location to be confirmed.

    Windham 2010 World Cup Festival

    Windham, NY - 08/27/10-08/29/10

    The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals are coming to Windham this summer and it is going to be a big event. There will be plenty of exciting activities including opportunities for everyone to race!

  • UCI World Cup Finals and Race the World
  • Big Wheel Race
  • Block Party
  • Free Concert & Fireworks
  • Kid’s Fun Race
  • August 16, 2010

    First Annual Sun Valley Harvest - A Gathering of Film Festival

    Sun Valley, ID - Sun Valley Resort plans to kick it in gear early with the First Annual Sun Valley Harvest; A Gathering of Film Festival, October 22-23, 2010.
    The event will mark the first of many festivities planned for Sun Valley’s 75th winter season opening Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010.

    The festival is billed as a “friendly competition to showcase the beauty of our mountains and valley - and the talent of those who live here – ski here and ride here.”

    Film and video makers entering the competition will be judged on the following criteria: compelling mountain action, consistent content with the Responsibility Code and the Smart Code, family edit (PG rated), quality, creativity, story telling and five-minute maximum.

    The first entry fee deadline will be by September 10 ($30),the second by September 30,($40) and the final deadline will be October 15, 2010.
    The festival will be sponsored by Sun Valley Resort, Level 1, Smith, Apple’s Bar & Grill and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

    Canadian Open Free Skiing Championships

    Open Senior and Junior Competitions to be held January 12th through January 22nd

    Rossland, BC - RED Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the dates of the 2011 Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships.

    Senior Open:
    Wednesday January 12-Registration & Course Inspection
    Thursday January 13-Qualifications
    Friday January 14-Semi Finals
    Saturday January 15-Finals

    Junior Open:
    Thursday January 20-Registration & Course Inspection
    Friday January 21-Qualifications
    Saturday January 22-Finals

    This year’s Canadian Open will be the 10th anniversary of international freeskiing competition at RED, western Canada’s first ski area. A huge favorite amongst athletes, spectators, media, the industry, staff and sponsors, the event continues to reign as Canada’s premiere big mountain freeskiing championship.
    Registration for the Senior Open event is limited to skiers 19 years and older. The Junior event is open to skiers aged 7-18.

    50s Dance Party Turns Back the Clock at Belleayre

    Highmount, NY - The Belleayre Music Festival rolls back the clock on nostalgic fun with a 50s Dance Party: The Day the Music Died ‹ featuring the Music of Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m.
    This rollicking journey into yesteryear is sure to have the audience dancing in the aisles as the timeless hits of the era's biggest stars are recreated with authentic precision.
    The Dance Party Tour is a show band bringing to life the Winter Dance Party of 1959, starring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The seven-piece band performs rockabilly hits of these artists and others made famous from 1952 through 1959. Beloved classics like Chantilly Lace, Peggy Sue and La Bamba will be featured.

    Brighton Early Bird Season Pass Sale

    August 12, 2010

    Summer Announces Shocking Plans to Stick Around Northwest Montana Well Into September

    Whitefish, MT - Summer, commonly regarded as the hottest of the four seasons, announced plans to remain in residence in the Whitefish area for the month of September at a press conference today, surprising many who were under the impression that she would move farther south after August.

    “I actually try to, like, stick around until the end of September every year,” said Summer. “I don’t know why so few people show up to, you know, hang out and stuff.”

    September was also in attendance at the conference, voicing his support of Summer’s plans.

    “Rumors that Summer and I are an item have been circulating around Montana for some time now,” said September. “Well, what can I say? They’re true. I’m not going to hide it any more. I love her.”

    Donnie Clapp, spokesman for local recreation mecca Whitefish Mountain Resort, was also on hand and bragged that he’s known about Summer and September for a few years.

    “It’s actually hard to miss if you’re paying attention,” said Clapp.

    Whitefish Mountain Resort plans to run its 3-hour Zip Line Tour, Scenic Lift Rides, Walk in the Treetops canopy tour, downhill mountain bike trails, and Alpine Slide seven days per week through Labor Day, and then Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays from Sept. 10 - 26.

    “It’s really all for Summer and September. They’re really into being outside and having fun, but others are welcome to take advantage,” said Clapp.

    Sugar Bowl Resort Extends Sat Evening Dinner Series at Lake Mary Cabin

    Donner Summit, CA - Sugar Bowl Resort extends its popular fine dining experience by hosting four additional Saturday evening dinners this September at the exclusive Lake Mary Cabin, with portions of each evening’s proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. Enjoy spacious patio style dining with sweeping views of the high alpine lake and surrounding mountain vistas, while Chef Al Davis serves up French-inspired California cuisine. Dining hours are 5:30 – 9:00pm, and reservations are highly recommended.

    Sugar Bowl’s four additional Lake Mary Cabin dinners this September will be:

    September 4 – Sierra Senior Services: Sierra Senior Services feeds and supports seniors in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community so all seniors in our community will have access to nutritious meals, social opportunities, and health and wellness programs.

    September 11 – Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe: The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoption, community spay/neuter services and humane education programs.

    September 18 – Gateway Mountain Center: The Gateway Mountain Center produces programs to increase eco-literacy, health and empowerment in today's youth. Serving over 1,000 students annually from around Northern California and providing ongoing leadership, adventure and wellness programs for at-risk teens in the Truckee/North Tahoe region.

    September 25 – Sierra Avalanche Center: The mission of the Sierra Avalanche Center includes disseminating current snow pack stability information to the general public; providing educational information, knowledge, and understanding of avalanches to recreational users and groups; and facilitating communication in the region to reduce the impact of avalanches on recreation, industry, and transportation through a partnership with the United States Forest Service.

    Waterville Valley Rolls Out "Outrageous Online $35 Learn to Ski and Ride Offer"

    Waterville Valley, NH - This winter, you can try something new at a seriously outrageous price at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Friends and family can spend an entire day on Waterville's slopes learning to ski or ride for just $35 each. The online $35 learn to ski and ride offer includes a 2 hour beginner lesson, skis or snowboard equipment and a lower mountain lift ticket for the day.

    The season-long $35 learn to ski and ride deal is available for ages 7 and up and requires a purchase made 24 hours in advance at the resort's web site, It's good Sunday-Friday, non-holidays and that's all the fine print. Holiday dates are: 12/26/10 through 1/2/11, 1/15 through 1/17/2011, 2/19 through 2/26/2011.

    "It's important for new skiers and riders to learn the right way, the fun way", explains Pete Weber, Snowsports Director. "At Waterville, everyone will have the chance to excel by getting the best possible start with one of our pros. We've created the $35 deal to be so outrageous that everyone will get off the couch this winter and out on the slopes."

    To keep the outrageous fun going, new skiers and riders can upgrade to the WV Take 3 Plan. It includes a lower mountain lift ticket, a group lesson and rental equipment for any 3 days (including weekends and holidays) for $150. The lower mountain lift ticket provides access to all of Waterville Valley's beginner and novice terrain.

    Celebrate All That Summer Offers

    Girdwood, AK - Join us for a celebration of the lush blueberry season at the fourth annual Bluberry Festival on August 21 & 22 from noon until 6 pm in the pond courtyard of The Hotel Alyeska.

    This outdoor event features arts, crafts and food booths, food and wine demonstrations, guided hikes, disc golf tournament and pie-eating contest. The live music line-up includes Scout & the Harmonica Guy, Sarahndipity, AK Popstars, Bootleg Brown and the 11:20's.

    Whiteface Road Warriors Hit Albany

    Albany, NY - If you missed out on your chance to win free lift tickets, last weekend in Lake George, N.Y., to ski or ride Whiteface this winter, here’s another chance. The Whiteface Road Warriors will be back in New York’s Capital Region, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14, with even more tickets and great prizes to give away when they visit Albany.

    What do you need to do to win? It’s easy. On Friday, the Whiteface Road Warriors will be at the Farmer’s Market Friday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Red Square, from 8-10 p.m., Saturday, they’ll be at the Cross Gates Mall (in front of Best Buy)11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., plus other mystery locations those two days looking for you to show up wearing your winter ski gear, including a helmet, goggles, skis or ski boots. If you’re spotted dressed for winter… you’ll automatically win a lift ticket to ski Whiteface this 2010-’11 ski season.

    Be sure to keep an eye out for the Whiteface Road Warriors the remainder of this summer. Next weekend, Aug. 20-22, you’ll find them in Saratoga, N.Y. This fall, trips are also planned to New York City and across the border into Canada to promote the great skiing and riding at Whiteface.

    August 9, 2010

    Lone Peak’s Racing Fun!

    Big Sky, MT - Round 6 of the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series is quickly approaching. The series travels to Big Sky country August 21-22 to compete on the ski slopes of Lone Peak Mountain at Big Sky Resort. Just north of Yellowstone National Park, the Klim Big Sky XC promises to offer an exciting and challenging venue. All eyes will be on undefeated Brian Garrahan of Boulder Creek, Ca as he fights for a perfect season.

    On Sunday spectators will have the opportunity to watch Garrahan and the rest of the racing action from the resort’s Swift Current ski lift. The lift rises 1,647 feet out of the base area to the top of the race course, near the mountain’s tree line. From the top of the lift, adventurous spectators will be able to hike down to the infamous Rock Garden, a 200 foot uphill rock climb reserved for the experts and pro Black Diamond race course. The base area will feature a lawn chair friendly endurocross section, perfect for families to enjoy the racing action.

    Youth and novice racers will be competing for national title points on Saturday on the Green Circle course. Intermediate races on the Blue Square course kickstart at 9:30am on Sunday and the 3 hour expert/pro races leave the starting line at 12:30pm.
    Big Sky Resort will only open its gates to motorcycles once a year. The resort’s amenities make this the perfect race weekend for everyone. Hotels, vacation rental condos, retail shops, and restaurants are all located within steps of the starting line. There are plenty of activities for the non-racers in the family such as evening movies, spa treatments, golf tee times, world class fly fishing, guided day tours of Yellowstone National Park and much more.

    Whitefish Mountain Resort Announces New Winter Uphill Traffic Policy

    Whitefish, MT - Whitefish Mountain Resort announced a revised policy for winter uphill traffic today, loosening previous restrictions and providing increased opportunities for participation in the increasingly popular winter activity.

    The new policy is a revision of a set of guidelines that was agreed upon by Whitefish Mountain Resort and the Flathead National Forest in February, 2010. On March 1, 2010, the resort announced that it would be accepting written comments from the public pertaining to the policy, with the goal of improving the guidelines for the following ski season. Comments were accepted via email or USPS between March 1 and April 4, 2010 (the closing day of the 2009-2010 ski season).

    “There are five main things we worry about when it comes to uphill traffic,” said Chester Powell, operations manager for the resort. “People getting too close to heavy grooming equipment in the evenings, potential collisions between uphill and downhill traffic during the day, people getting way too close to high-voltage electrical and high-pressure water lines during early season snow making, people putting themselves in areas where avalanche control work is happening, and people leaving ruts in freshly groomed snow in the evenings that can sometimes set up and be dangerous for skiers the next morning."

    Powell said that several incidents involving skiers getting dangerously close to grooming equipment at the beginning of the 2009-2010 ski season made it clear to resort management that something needed to be done.

    Alpine Season Pass Pricing Will Increase at Midnight on August 15th!

    Barrie, ON - Horseshoe Resort Alpine Season Passes are on Sale and Start at Only $99!

    Purchase your pass before August 15th and reap all the benefits possible!

  • get the lowest possible price by saving over 60% off regular pricing.
  • Purchase and process your Season Pass before August 15th to receive one FREE All Day Access Pass to our new Adventure Park.
  • Purchase before August 15th and get entered into a draw to win Down with Webster VIP and backstage passes!
  • Season pass holders receive perks 7 days a week, from free tubing to half priced rooms and kids programming all winter long.
  • New this year there are no blackout periods! Ski from the day we open until the day we close with no restrictions.
  • August 5, 2010

    Waterville Valley Launches Wicked Long Ski and Stay Weekends for 2010-11

    Waterville Valley, NH - Waterville Valley has come up with a winning formula to turn the usual ski weekend into a real mini vacation thanks to a wicked early 12:30 pm Friday check in and extra late 3 pm Sunday check out. The extra time on and off the slopes comes at no extra charge making this the deal of the coming season.

    "We started offering extra late Sunday check-outs last winter. Our guests were thrilled that they could enjoy Sunday morning on the slopes instead of taking prime ski time to pack the car", explains Jim Wefers, Director of the Waterville Valley Resort Association. "This season we're focusing on starting the weekend off right by giving guests more Friday time. The ski season is too short as it is so we're going to make sure everyone gets the most out of their weekend".

    Wicked Long Ski Weekends are offered on 2 Night Ski & Stay Packages, over 12 non-holiday weekends. Prices start at $89 per person/night, double occupancy in December and $158 per person/night, double occupancy in Jan, Feb, and March. For an even longer weekend, the resort offers a Sunday Stayover for 50% off the lodging. Skiers can then take advantage of Waterville Valley's popular 2 for 1 Mondays.

    16th Annual Pocono Garlic Festival

    Fantastic Food, Exciting Entertainment, Educational Tent, Awesome Artisans and Garlic Galore!

    Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA - Sixteen years of garlic-y goodness! A local tradition, the Pocono Garlic Festival is happening again on Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5. Host site Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is pleased to offer a sampling of the regions’ local farms, food vendors, crafters and entertainers for the Poconos locally-based, premier food festival.

    Home Grown
    This event is truly all about the garlic and all the garlic featured, sold and used for food preparation at the event is grown and harvested in the Poconos. Local farms providing garlic and produce for the festival include: Knob View Farm, the Josie Porter Farm, Rolling Hills Farm, Fairman Farm, Burdick Creek Gardens, Mapleland Farms, Swarmbustin’ Honey, Tassleberry Farm, Apple Ridge Farm, Mountaindale Farms and Vista Farm.

    Non-Stop Music and Shows
    Musical headliners Zydeco-A-Go-Go will be returning to the Pocono Garlic Festival this year along with local favorites, the Daisy Jug Band, Blue Emerald, the Juggernaut String Band, the Lost Ramblers, Jazz Juice, Kate & CJ, the Roamin’ Gabriels and Frank Sinatra impersonator Eric DeLauro. The PA Dance Network will also be returning with several dance performances throughout both days. With two outdoor stages, an outdoor children’s area and petting zoo, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations and strolling acts, festival goers will enjoy a wide variety of non-stop live music and “garlic themed” novelty shows and entertainment geared towards the whole family.

    The festival will be held rain or shine. Advanced Festival Admission Tickets, Adults $7.50 and Children ages 5 – 12 $6, age 4 and under FREE, are now on sale. Plenty of FREE onsite parking is provided.

    Loon Mountain's Fall Line-Up of Events Kicks Off with the Labor Day Family Fun Weekend

    Fall Events Also Include New Hampshire Highland Games, Nor'easter Festival, and Oktoberfest

    Lincoln, NH - New Hampshire's >Loon Mountain says good-bye to summer with its annual Family Fun Weekend, September 4 & 5. Each day Loon will host live music at the Adventure Center while guests can also enjoy Loon's newest activity-the zipline which stretches right across the Pemigewasset River.

    The resort also offers mountain biking; bungee trampoline; rock climbing; scenic gondola skyrides; hiking; horseback riding and more.

    In its 35th year, the New Hampshire Highland Games (September 17-19) is a three-day festival celebrating all things Scottish. Gates open daily at 9:00 a.m. for the event and highlights include:

  • Gathering of the Scottish Clans (over 60 clans and societies represented)
  • Massed Bands
  • Sheepdog Trials
  • Celtic World Music Concerts
  • New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship
  • Scottish Athletics
  • National Highland Dance Competition
  • Solo Piping & Drumming
  • Scottish Harp (Clarsach) & other instrument competitions
  • August 4, 2010

    Music in the Mountains

    Sun Valley, ID - The 26th season of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's free music series continues through August 17 at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

    The 33rd annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival, August 6 & 7, is presenting artists Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, and Kelly Willis! Come out for this weekend full of fun at Hop Porter Park in Hailey.

    Mickey and the Motorcars are coming to Bellevue again on August 10! Don't miss this event that benefits the Bellevue Labor Day celebration.

    Due to popular demand Don Felder, An Evening at the Hotel California will be performing an encore performance at this year's Danny Thompson Memorial on August 18 in the Sun Valley Pavilion. This concert benefits the Danny Thompson Memorial Leukemia Fund which supports St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute and the University of Minnesota Cancer Center. Presented by US Bank.

    7th Annual 100 Day Pig Roast celebrates 100 days until the opening of Bald Mountain for winter sports on August 21. Reggae bands will play at a street party at Apple's Bar & Grill at the Warm Springs lift area.

    Rediscover the joyous spirit of John Denver’s music on August 31. Jim Salestrom and friends, including special guests from John Denver’s previous band: Bill Danoff, Denny Brooks, Jim Horn, Alan Deremo, Chris Nole and Pete Huttlinger, will perform a John Denver tribute concert.

    Sun Valley Music Festival, September 25 will feature Paul Tillotson's Love Trio and more.

    Winter Park Resort Brings the Big Top Circus to the Mountain Top

    Winter Park, CO - With the return of the Zoppé Italian Family Circus to Winter Park Resort, imaginations will be captivated in the intimate 500 seat tent located at the base of the resort, near West Portal Station. Guests will enjoy a one-ring circus performance that honors the history of the Old-World Italian tradition, August 6-8 and 13-15. New this year, children can live their dreams of circus life during the five-day Winter Park Circus Camp, August 9 -13. This exciting summer event will bring families together while exploring the wonders of the performing and visual arts of the circus at Winter Park Resort.

    The Zoppé Italian Family Circus will be holding performances August 6-8 and 13-15, 2010. 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. Lively characters will perform unique stunts throughout the heartfelt story. Circus ticket pricing: Adults $13; Kids (4-12) $8; Family 4 Pack $35; Kids (3 & under) FREE. Circus performance times: Weekend #1 - Friday, Aug 6- 7:00pm; Saturday, Aug 7 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm; Sunday Aug 8 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm; Weekend #2 – Friday, Aug 13 - 7:00pm; Saturday, Aug 14 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm; Sunday, Aug 15 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm.

    Classic Rockers America Bring Anniversary Show To Belleayre

    Highmount, NY - America, a band that dominated radio airwaves throughout the 1970s and whose signature folk-rock sound still resonates today, will bring its hit-filled 40th Anniversary Tour to the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.
    Chart-toppers like Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway and Sister Golden Hair helped define a musical era. America recorded 11 hit singles and 17 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums, making it one of the most successful bands of the era.
    Founding members Gerry Buckley and Dewey Bunnell are in the midst of America's 40th Anniversary Tour that rocks with hits from start to finish.
    The band's first album, America, was released to popular acclaim. A Horse With No Name struck a chord with listeners and the album catapulted to the top of both U.K. and U.S. charts by April 1972.

    Buy Now, Save Over 60% Aug. 4- Oct. 29 Purchase the 4 Pass! Four Friends, Four Passes at $998 Each

    Telluride, CO - Telluride Ski Resort's annual Summer Pass Sale kicks off Wednesday, August 4, 2010. The sale offers all pass products at deeply discounted rates through Oct. 29, with savings up to 60%. With the addition of the new Gold Hill Stairs and the Gold Hill Chutes terrain expansion, spectacular Palmyra Peak, Revelation Bowl, great restaurants and new gladed terrain, this season is the season to buy a season pass at the Telluride Ski Resort.

    Back by popular demand - the 4Pass! New last season, the 4Pass costs just $998 per person, a savings of nearly $1000, with four friends purchasing together. An easy way to get a pass AND three ski buddies guaranteed ! The season adult pass is offered at $1298, more than 30% off the regular season price of $1950. Junior passes are $225 (ages 13-18) and the kids' rate is $175 (6-12 yrs) during the sale, a savings of nearly 65%. Senior passes cost $599 (ages 65 +), as compared to $925 in-season. With proof of 12 credit hours at an accredited college, College Passes can be purchased at a $349 pass sale price, $775 in season. Children 5 & under pay only a $25 processing fee for a season pass for the convenience of bypassing the ticket line each day. No date restrictions apply to season pass products.

    The widely popular 6-Day and 10-Day Passes, as well as the Telluride Card offer no date restrictions and incredible deals through the Summer Sale. The 6-Day Pass costs just $450 and the 10-Day Pass just $650. The Telluride Card offers 20% discounts throughout the season, and the passholder skis FREE the 1st day. The Limitless Lesson Pass, available to ages 15 and over, enables the cardholder to unlimited adult group ski & snowboard lessons throughout the season. Holiday blackout dates do apply.

    Lifts Open This Saturday for Mountain Biking

    Bear Valley, CA - Mark your calendars, get your mountain bikes tuned up and hiking shoes dusted off as Bear Valley Mountain is firing up the chairlifts for summer fun on the trails. With access to over 20 miles of dirt roads for biking and hiking, this is your opportunity to lap some of your favorite trails, explore new ones or take advantage of the lift as a starting point for that all day epic ride you’ve been waiting to enjoy. Single ride tickets availabile for hikers too, so come on up and take in the breath taking 360 views at 8500ft.

    August 3, 2010

    Lone Peak’s Revenge at Big Sky Resort

    Two-Day Mountain Bike Race on Andesite

    Big Sky, MT - On August 14 and 15 the Andesite Mountain will come alive with the sounds of pedaling bikes, puffing lungs and cheers from the crowd as Lone Peak’s Revenge returns to its roots on the trails on Andesite Mountain. Riders will compete for $5,000 in prizes, raffles and giveaways.

    Spectators and riders alike will enjoy great food and beverage from The Lotus Pad on Saturday and Gallatin Alpine Sports and Twenty6 Designs on Sunday. Sponsored by Gallatin Alpine Sports, the event is part of the Montana Off-Road Series (M.O.R.S.).

    On Saturday August 14 the cross-country racers will compete in beginner, sport, and expert/pro categories. The pro and expert classes will start at 10 a.m. with the beginner class kicking it into high gear at 10:10 a.m. followed by the sport class at 10:20 a.m. A kid’s fun race will follow the expert class finish. The pro and expert class will run three laps of an improved, mostly single track 6.7-mile loop that will take riders around Andesite Mountain. The sport class will pedal through two grueling laps and the beginner’s will complete one.

    On Sunday the 15, hold on to your helmets. Riders will drop-in at 11a.m. and tear down the Revenge trail on their way to high speed corners, drops, jumps and brake grabbing terrain. Practice laps and discount lift tickets for competitors will be available on the 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Competitors may register online for $25 until August 13 at 10 p.m at Here. The registration fee will be $30 on race day and racers can sign up at the race start at Big Sky Resort from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Please be aware and allow for extra travel time on HW 64 to the resort due to road work. For additional race information, please contact race director Tom Owen or the staff at Gallatin Alpine Sports at 406-995-2313.

    Mother Nature Adds 64cm of Snow to Perisher in the Last 48hrs

    New Snowfalls Coupled with Record 800,000 Cubic Metres of Snowmaking Deliver Great Conditions

    Perisher Valley, NSW - Mother Nature joined the party by adding 64 centimetres of fresh snow at Perisher, Australia's largest Alpine resort, Sunday though Monday. Prior to the new snowfall, Perisher had achieved a new Australian record in snowmaking, producing over 800,000 cubic metres of snow with depths of up to 3 meters in some areas.

    With further falls of up to 20 centimetres forecast later this week by the Bureau of Meteorology and the resort's greater natural snow reliability, Perisher can now provide skiers and snowboarders access to almost 1245 hectares of snow covered terrain.

    "The four resort areas of Perisher, Blue Cow, Guthega and Smiggin Holes will be interconnected this weekend" said Gary Grant, General Manager "With all this terrain available on just one ticket, Perisher represents exceptional value to our guests" Grant went on to say.

    Perisher is planning additional investment in snowmaking to increase coverage to 110 hectares. The resort plans to have all trails linking its four ski areas covered throughout the winter season.

    Summer Fun, Beach Balls, and…..Ski Boots?

    Dress for Winter and Get a Lift Ticket to Whiteface

    Lake George, NY - It may be August, but never too soon to begin thinking about winter and skiing the Olympic mountain, Whiteface in Wilmington, N.Y. Saturday, Aug. 7, it’s your chance to win free lift tickets for the upcoming ski season. Whiteface Mountain is sending out their Road Warriors to find winter enthusiasts and hook them up with lift tickets and other cool stuff.

    What do you need to do to win? It’s easy. The Whiteface Road Warriors will be at the Million Dollar Beach, Campgrounds, Main Street, and other mystery locations in Lake George, N.Y. this Saturday, looking for you to show up wearing your winter ski gear, including a helmet, goggles, skis or ski boots. If you’re spotted dressed for winter… you’ll automatically win a lift ticket to ski Whiteface this 2010-’11 ski season.

    Be sure to keep an eye out for the Whiteface Road Warriors the remainder of this summer. Next weekend, Aug. 13-15, the Road Warriors will be in Albany, N.Y., at the Farmer’s Market at the Empire State Plaza, Washington Park, Red Square (co-hosting the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad) and the next weekend, Aug. 20-22, you’ll find them in Saratoga, N.Y. This fall, trips are also planned to New York City and across the border into Canada to promote the great skiing and riding at Whiteface.

    New Webcams Are On The Way

    Mount Ruapehu, NZ - There are big changes coming to our Webcams. We have five new static HD cameras with wide angle capabilities being installed at Whakapapa Ski Area.

    The new cameras will be located -
    - Two cameras will be installed into the new Knoll Ridge Cafe. One will be pointed east towards pinnacles and slightly uphill and the other pointed toward the top of the Valley also taking in part of Knoll Ridge T-Bar.
    - One camera is to be installed in a location that will capture the Staircase slopes
    - One new camera will be located in Happy Valley. This camera will be repositioned to inside the glass and point down the slopes more toward the bottom chairlift
    - One new camera for the Western slopes. This camera will be dependant on network access, so is likely to take longer to install than the other four.

    We are also working on getting the weather station information with wind and temperature information for you at each camera! There is a lot of work that will be going on behind the scenes to get these tasks done, as well as a few changes to the webcams page on GeoNet's camera looking up towards Whakapapa will also be available which means you will get a view from the Highway of what things look like as well as an on hill perspective of conditions.