March 28, 2011

Putnam U.S. Alpine Championships

Winter Park, CO - With the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals and the NorAm Cup season in the rear-view mirror, the U.S. Ski Team returns home for the Putnam U.S. Alpine Championships set for March 31-April 3 in Winter Park, CO. Among those expected to compete are three-time World Cup giant slalom champion and Putnam athlete Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA).

The championships serve as the culmination of a five-month season that crossed continents and countries so America's best alpine skiers could go head-to-head with the world. Top athletes from the over 400 U.S. Ski Team club programs throughout the U.S. will converge on Winter Park for the four-day event.

The event also wraps a full-week of alpine racing at Winter Park which opens March 25 with the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, a culmination of the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world.

"U.S. championships are always a fun way to close the season," said Mancuso, after finishing third in both the World Cup downhill and super G standings this season. "I'll definitely be racing everything in Winter Park."

On the elite World Cup level, former U.S. champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) added three more discipline titles to bring her career total to 12, while Ligety proved yet again that he is the greatest giant slalom athlete in recent years and Mancuso put on a season-long surge that resulted in victory at the final World Cup downhill.

Another notable U.S. Champs competitor is Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), who is also a former NorAm champion. This season, Kasper jumped from 64th to 17th in the world slalom rankings and earned the Europa Cup slalom title. It was the first time an American had won a Europa Cup title since Monique Pelletier also took a slalom title in 1989.

"It's a long season, that's for sure," said Kasper. "But U.S. Champs is a pretty special event. There's no other way to see where you match up against the other top athletes across the country. Plus our families are all there and the coaches from our club programs. It feels like a big reunion."

March 25, 2011

Spring Arrives in Winter Disguise!

Twin Bridges, BC - March 21 may have marked the first day of Spring, but it’s full on winter at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Days and days of snow have brought us a season snowfall total of 662” and counting! The bottom line? Spring has not sprung - get out your pow board and sticks and dive into the deeps. Be sure to get your piece of one of the most epic seasons yet.

What’s better than first chair pow turns followed by some heavy hitting jib action on custom features?

Saturday, April 2 is the Red Bull Butter Cup Pro and Am snowboard rail jam. Cut loose, spread it on and bust out your smoothest butter tricks.
  • Does your girlfriend shred better than you? Boys, put your pride aside and come out and watch girl snowboarders throw down at the Billabong Flaunt It Finals on Saturday, April 9.
  • Are you a slayer in the kitchen? Is salsa your specialty? Bust it out on Sunday, April 10 and prove your condiment mastery at the 4th Annual Salsa Showdown sponsored by Maui Jim.
  • Enjoy all the action and ski/stay for a deal with our Spring Fiesta specials.

    20…30 inches each day can’t keep ‘em away! Tahoe is the zone to be for the pro shreds as they work on this year's video parts. And while they’re in town, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort feels just like home.

    Forum Snowboard’s Daniel Ek and Stevie Bell are launching the pillows in Jack’s Bowl. Our own Stian Solberg is scoping out Sierra's legendary stashes for photo opportunities. Hannah Teter is taking a break from her busy schedule for a dose of powder R&R. Jamie Anderson returns to her home resort from YET another win at the European X Games in Women’s Slopestyle.
  • Join Us for Our Final Weekend of Skiing!

    Barrie, ON - So spring is here and you’re already thinking about your tan… get an early start on it by getting out here and enjoying the sunshine for the last few days of skiing operations! The weekend forecast is looking amazing and the ski conditions even better.
    This weekend for you to enjoy:

  • $25 lift tickets for first 500 people
  • barbeque and beer on the patio
  • tube park runs are open and as fast as ever
  • amazing retail sale with 50% off apparel and helmets all weekend
  • zip flyer open to take an incredible 2,075ft ride across the Valley
  • all Season Pass Holders welcome anytime (regardless of pass type)
  • 4 lifts and 17 runs open
  • DJ’s on hill both days spinning live
  • Rail Jam on Saturday, free to spectators

    Snowcross is returning to Horseshoe with the last stop of the season! On April 2nd & 3rd, we will play host to the Dayco National Snowcross Championship Finals. There will be tons for spectators including Vintage Racing and Pro Autograph Session.

    Come out with family and friends this weekend to enjoy time together while taking advantage of the last of the winter season!
  • Ten Inch Snowfall at Holiday Valley Means More Fun on the Slopes this Weekend

    Ellicottville, NY - In like a lamb, out like a lion... March’s weather is proving the old adage to be true. Holiday Valley Resort received ten inches of snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, giving the resort a total snowfall of 251 inches so far this season...that’s almost 21 feet of snow! Even though March arrived like a lamb with milder temperatures, Holiday Valley’s average base depth is a generous 19 to 51 inches, with areas of over 10 feet of base. The new snow was groomed in to the base to make a very skiable packed powder and granular surface, which will be great for this weekend’s events.

    The annual Pond Skimming Spring Party takes place on Saturday at the base of the Yodeler slope. About 50 brave and hearty souls will ski or ride down the Yodeler slope and attempt to cross a 60 foot ice water filled pond. Prizes will be awarded to the best skimmer, the best crash, the best costume and the best child skimmer. Holiday Valley’s Ride for Roswell Team will be conducting a fundraising raffle and a cookout, a tiki bar and “Parrot Head” music will add to the festivities.

    The annual Slush Cup ski race will be held on Sunday on Edelweiss. This last race of the year is a slalom format held for USSA racers ages 13 to 18.

    Holiday Valley plans to operate its slopes until April 10 to coincide with the opening of the front nine holes of the Double Black Diamond Golf Course. “This has been an excellent season with record visits in December and January. With the new snow and cooler predicted temperatures, we’re on track for a great wrap up of the year,” said Dennis Eshbaugh, President of the resort. “We’re already planning for improvements this summer and next season with the new Sky High Adventure Park, a new quad chairlift and snowmaking expansion.”

    Monte Carlo Nite!

    Bear Valley, CA - Come join us for an evening of fun! Monte Carlo Night is this Saturday at the Bear Valley Lodge from 7 to 10pm! A $25 buy in gets you in the door and appetizers are included! Prizes for the big winners will be awarded at the end of the night. All proceeds go to Bear Valley Search and Rescue.

    Reggae Fest Beach Party Weekend March 26-27!

    Highmount, NY - Winter just ain't letting go! Since the beginning of spring it has snowed everyday at Belleayre and it’s still not golf season yet! We are nearing the end of the season but the Belleayre calendar is still packed with fun family events over the next few weeks and we still have TONS OF SNOW. Come on up to the Catskills and find out why this is our favorite month. Warm temps, great snow, soft bumps, and relaxing at a BBQ on the deck in the sun with your friends… there is nothing like spring skiing at Belleayre. It’s a taste of paradise, so very close and so affordable. $20 Wednesdays, $25 Customer Appreciation Fridays, Potter Brothers Flex Sundays and the 5 & 10 College Promotion make Belleayre the most affordable option for skiers and riders to get the most bumps for their buck. People looking to stay over should contact the Belleayre Region Lodging Association because local hotels are offering great deals for Ski and Stay packages the entire month of March. Don’t miss all of the fun events for all ages still to come such Reggae Fest Weekend, the Dummy Race, the Turn n Burn, Jimmy's Belleayre Park Jam, Gaper Day, The Pop Quiz Bump Race, and the Winni/Belle/ Wana Relay Bump Race and of course the Belleayre Hall of Fame Dinner Dance, just to mention a few.

    Bromley’s “Mom’s Day Off” Raises $7,905 to Battle Breast Cancer

    Bromley Mountain, VT - On Friday, February 4, the ninth annual “Mom’s Day Off,” a breast cancer fundraiser sponsored by and held at Bromley Mountain, drew 527 moms and raised the hefty and record-breaking sum of $7,905. That brings the eight-year total to just shy of $43,000.

    The notion behind the annual event is that any mom can ski or ride Bromley on “Mom’s Day Off” for $15 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kids. Bromley, in turn, donates the entire $15 to the VT/NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Race for the Cure people (Bromley’s been a sponsor of the race since 1995).

    As they have since the first Mom’s Day Off in 2002, the Chicks on Sticks, a group sponsored by the Alpine Sport Shop in Saratoga Springs, New York, arrived en masse, tipping 2011’s “Largest Team” scales in their favor by bringing two chartered busses filled with moms. Another perennial team, The Women of Willard (a.k.a. WOW) made the trip from the Willard Mountain Ski Area in Greenwich, New York, bringing the next largest group.

    “We couldn’t be happier,” says Rich Wiseman, Bromley’s President. “We had 420 moms last year and, to tell you the truth, I had my fingers crossed that we’d hit 500 this year. To top last year’s total by 107 is pretty terrific.”

    Bromley is also a sponsor of the annual Komen VT/NH Race for the Cure, held each year in July at Hildene Meadows, in Manchester (this year’s Race will be on Saturday, July 23).

    March 23, 2011

    Winter Park Again to Host Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships

    Largest Recreational Ski and Snowboard Race in the World

    Winter Park, CO - Winter Park Resort is proud to again host the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, March 24-27, 2011. This event is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race in the world, bringing racers of all ages from around the country. Over 1,200 racers and their families are expected to arrive in Winter Park between Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24. The public is welcome to watch all races, enjoy two days with live music and meeting members of the U.S. Ski Team.

    To qualify for Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, participants must be ranked in the top three in their age & gender category in their division at any of the Nature Valley NASTAR resorts across the country, as of Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

    ParrotHead Festival

    Windham, NY - Even though spring is officially here, winter at Windham is not over yet! We received about 2" of snow yesterday and up to 7" is predicted for Wednesday into Thursday. We're planning to make it count with a huge party, The ParrotHead and Spring Fling Festival is this weekend. The sun will be shining and temps will be cool...but get ready to pond skim and party!

    The festival features Jimmy and the Parrots (Jimmy Buffett cover band) on the Patio from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Celebrate with beach balls, leis, palm trees, volley ball, Frisbee, jello shots, blended beverage specials and pond skimming. Skinny Girl Margarita promotions in Legends Lounge. In partnership with the local ParrotHead chapter our "party with a purpose" will raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbia and Greene Counties.

    Whiteface/NYSEF’s Biesemeyer Wins Overall NorAm Alpine Crown

    Whistler, BC - Just one year after suffering a torn ACL, Tommy Biesemeyer of Keene, N.Y., captured the alpine NorAm men’s overall super combined crown after winning the super combined and finishing second in the Super-G, during Sunday’s, March 20, series ending races held in Whistler, British Columbia.

    The 22-year-old missed out on most of last season after suffering a torn ACL while preparing for the start of the 2010-11 Europa and World Cup series in Portillo, Chile. That injury forced him to miss the entire season while rehabbing in Park City, Utah. He began skiing at the age of three and is another alpine skier who began is career with the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) at Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y.

    “The NYSEF team and coaches that worked with Tommy are absolutely elated over his overall NorAm victory,” said NYSEF director Jay Rand. He joined the NYSEF Program as a youngster and progressed through the program, while simultaneously attending the National Sports Academy. In spite of an ACL injury last season he showed his fortitude and desire to win through this prestigious victory. It is clear that Tommy has what it takes to maintain a long and prosperous career with the U.S. ski team, and he is a great role model for NYSEF’s many up and coming NYSEF Racers.”

    Whiteface is very happy to partner with NYSEF to provide World Class training on the Olympic Mountain,” added the mountain’s manager Bruce McCulley. “We are extremely proud of Tommy’s accomplishment and wish him the best for his future.”

    Jim Johnston, Biesemeyer’s NYSEF coach added, “Tommy has an exceptional support system from his parents and coaches. It is great to see him excel to the next level, we look forward to following him on the World Cup next season.”

    Biesemeyer has one more race left this season, the U.S. national championships in Winter Park, Colo. The event begins Thursday, March 31.

    March 16, 2011

    Spring Madness Festival at Mont-Sainte-Anne

    Beaupre, PQ - From March 26 to April 25, it’s time for every skier and snowboarder to craze things at Mont-Sainte-Anne! The Spring Madness Festival is a time for all to enjoy the most out of the 5 last week-ends of ski season with BBQs and relaxing hot tubs, mechanical snowboard, rail jam, friendly competitions, picnics under the sun, mountain-side sugar shack, outdoor concerts and the best spring skiing conditions on top of everything!

    Construction of $2 Million Rides at Camelbeach Begins

    Spring Skiing Continuing with Full Snow-Covered Slopes
    Tannersville, PA - There's a lot of winter season left to enjoy wonderful skiing and snowboarding and Camelback Mountain Resort, located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, just 1 ½ hours from the New York metro area, has all the ingredients for a fun-packed day on the slopes. Even though the slopes of Camelback aren't schedule to close until April 2nd, you're probably looking at this picture and asking yourself...why would a ski resort want to push snow off their slopes? Because at Camelback Mountain Resort...the "fun" business doesn't end when the snow just means that another season begins.

    Camelback Mountain Resort is also home to Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, the largest outdoor waterpark in Pennsylvania. In fact, Camelbeach has more slides than any waterpark in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. "Do we really need to push snow off the slopes this early? Not usually and a lot of guests are looking quite puzzled at the fact that we are," says Brian Czarnecki, VP of Sales & Marketing at Camelback. "We're only pushing the snow off two slopes to make way for the construction of the waterpark's two new family tube rides, SandStorm and Dune Runner. Everything about these two new rides literally screams excitement. SandStorm has a pair of tantrum funnels for twice the thrills with twice the panic-inducing fun, while Dune Runner has triple dune drops that build your speed before plunging you into the waters below." adds Czarnecki.

    Over 2 million dollars will be spent on the two new slides at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, fresh off a 3 million dollar expansion of the four-story, family-friendly, Pharaoh's Phortress ride-house feature added in 2008. The park's count of rides, slides and attractions now totals over 35. Camelbeach will open on the Memorial Weekend Holiday, while the two new rides will open on June 17th.

    Whiteface Wins About.Com’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Ski Resort in the East

    Wilmington, NY - The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) today, Tuesday, March 15, announced that Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., has been selected as the 2011 Readers' Choice Award winner for best ski resort in the eastern United States. Now in its fourth year, the Readers' Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more, as selected by its readers.

    "This year's Readers' Choice Awards program had a record number of nominations submitted across more than a dozen categories and featured hundreds of finalists," said Margot Weiss, managing editor, "We are thankful to all our readers for their participation and congratulate ORDA and Whiteface on their success."

    Whiteface which boasts the greatest vertical in the east, as well as 283 skiable acres and 86 trails, was the only State of New York ski resort in the finals. The other finalists included Vermont’s Killington, Mount Snow, Stratton and Stowe.

    In December, also recognized Whiteface as one of the nation’s top family ski destinations, one of only three eastern resorts to make the list. The on-line article touted the mountain as “an ideal venue for a family ski vacation,” and also describes many of the off-hill activities found in Wilmington and in Lake Placid including a tour of the Olympic sites, ice skating and partaking in the full schedule of winter events for the family.

    Timberline Lodge Awarded a 2011 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award

    Government Camp, OR - RLK and Company, operators of Timberline Lodge
    , together with the Mt. Hood National Forest and the Friends of Timberline, a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of Timberline Lodge, have been selected to win a 2011 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. The Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage. In addition, they honor those people and organizations that have made the most of available resources in these efforts.

    The three-way partnership is being specifically recognized for its long-term collaborative stewardship of Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, and for defining public/private partnerships at their best. The award’s nominating committee was particularly impressed with the “Timberline Compact,”
    a cooperative action plan and statement of principles that recognizes the joint interest that the three organizations share in maintaining the viability of Timberline Lodge and in meeting their mutual obligations to the American people, as stewards of Mt. Hood and historic Timberline Lodge.

    March 14, 2011

    Whiteface 2011-12 Skiing and Riding Season Passes on Sale Now

    Wilmington, NY - It’s never too early to get a jump on the 2011-12 skiing and riding season at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y. Season passes for next season are on sale now, beginning at $419 for adults (ages 23-64), $299 for juniors (7-12) and just $30 for skiers or riders six and under.

    And when you purchase your season pass for the 2011-12 skiing and riding season, the rest of this season is free. That’s not all. Through Saturday, March 18, current and new season pass holders will receive 50% off all regular price merchandise at Centerplate gift shop locations including Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the Olympic Jumping Complex and Whiteface.

    This Saturday, current and new season pass holders will receive a 42% discount off all food and beverage, after 1 p.m. at Whiteface, and every Sunday this month pass holders can enjoy an all you can eat pasta buffet, $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12 or $20 for the entire family. The buffet will be served in the Whiteface Mountain Base Lodge Ausable Room from 2-4 p.m.

    Snowshoe Mountain Celebrates Last Hurrah of the Season with Free Skiing!

    Guests lodging with the mountain March 21st-27th will receive free lift tickets. Non-lodging guests will receive lift tickets for just $26 a day!

    Snowshoe, WV - Ski season isn’t over yet. Snowshoe Mountain Resort has seen 15” of new snow fall in the last week, and on Friday the resort announced that lodging guests will SKI FREE for the last week of the season, March 21st-27th. Snowshoe’s Last Hurrah festivities will also include great savings on mountaintop lodging accommodations, rental equipment, retail offerings, adventure activities and the traditional end-of-season Pond Skimming Event on March 26th.

    With some great late season snow, Snowshoe is offering the region’s most open terrain with 39 of the Basin area’s 40 slopes expected to be open through the end of the season. That open terrain will include the resort’s famed Western Territory, offering 1,500 vertical feet and nearly 1.5 miles of leg-burning action. For those guests not able to spend the night with the resort, walk-up lift tickets for the same period of March 21st-27th will be available for just $26, or 50% off of the resort’s typical value season pricing for that period.

    Lift tickets won’t be the only discounted products at the resort. Snowshoe’s rental shops will also be offering discounts on Head and Burton ski and snowboard rental equipment, and Snowshoe-owned retail shops will be offering discounts of up to 50% on a variety of products including outer wear, footwear, skis, boards, other ski and snowboard equipment and more! Snowshoe’s Outdoor Adventure activities, including guided snowmobile tours and snowcat tours, will also be offering special Last Hurrah savings.

    On Saturday, March 26th, Snowshoe will host the annual Last Hurrah Pond Skimming Event. Daring skiers and riders will attempt to skim their way across a man-made lake on the resort’s beginner slope located just outside the Village. Snowshoe’s DJ Judd will be providing musical entertainment and revelers will compete in a “most rad” costume contest and will enjoy a Happy Hour “Survivors Party” at Moonshine Pub.

    Guests taking advantage of the FREE lift ticket offer will also see great savings on Snowshoe’s mountaintop lodging accommodations. Lodging packages start at just $125 a night for a gold-rated junior studio in the resort’s picturesque Village. Accommodating up to 4 people, that’s just $32 per night for accommodations and great skiing and riding!

    Snowshoe has seen more than 140” of natural snowfall this season and continues to boast base depth averages of more than 3 feet across its open terrain. Last Hurrah skiing and riding should provide great spring conditions and plenty of room to enjoy it!

    March 11, 2011

    Telluride Ski Resort Takes Advantage of Longer Days

    Telluride, CO - Telluride Ski Resort will be taking full advantage of the longer days and premiere snow conditions this spring as Daylight Savings begins Sunday, March 13.

    With warm days and cold nights approaching, and the snow piling up this March, the resort will shift its current operating hours of 9am-4pm to 10am-5pm beginning this Sunday in order for skiers to make the most of these great conditions.

    Don't forget to come out this weekend for the New Belgium Scavenger Hunt, Saturday, March 12. Grab some friends, don your wildest costumes and ski around the mountain in search of Big Foot, a giant chicken and their cast of characters to win prizes and raise many for the local non-profit Telluride Adaptive Ski Program.

    Burke Mountain Ski Area Offers Military Family Ski and Ride Day

    East Burke, VT - Burke Mountain invites all military personnel and their families for a ski & ride day this March, 27, 2011. Full day lift tickets will be just $10 for anyone in the military (including veterans) and their immediate family members along with $10 ski rentals and $15 snowboard rentals. Heavily discounted Group lessons will also be available starting at 12:15pm for just $20. Activities for the day will include a morning pancake breakfast and family fun race.

    Burke Mountain is located in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom and has received over 15 feet of snow this winter season, providing the best snow conditions that the mountain has seen in a number of years.

    Ontario's Biggest and Baddest Ski and Snowboard Festival!

    Barrie, ON - Just a final reminder that this weekend is the much anticipated Horseshoe Open, Ontario’s Ski & Snowboard Festival around! Join us on the slopes for Rail Jam, Slopestyle and Big Air Competitions, complimented by our SBC Photo Contest and a Coors Light After Party. We are pleased to share at this time that #1 Ranked Big Air Athlete and Silver Medalist from the 2011 World Championships, Zach Stone, has confirmed his participation.

    Elite Ski and Snowboard Camp
    Book your team in for a full week of devoted use of the hill (and Horseshoe Open set up) and the Inn at Horseshoe to complete final elite training prior to your spring series. From Monday March 21 until Friday March 25 enjoy a 5 day lift ticket, meals (buffet breakfast and $20 dinner credit) and accommodations for only $550.

    Fresh Snow! $25 Lift Tickets and $10 Rentals

    Norway, MI - Great deals, and the storm brought us 5 inches of great snow!
    Visit Norway Mountain and enjoy $25 lift tickets and $10 rentals! This special is going on everyday until the end of the season.
    And don't forget about our March passes: $49 junior or senior, $59 adult, and $99 for a family pass.

    Entertainment this weekend is Mark Young. He will be playing in Toasty's Bar on Saturday from 1pm-5pm.

    March 9, 2011

    $0.50 Lift Tickets for 50th Anniversary

    Tuxedo, NY - Ski Sterling Forest opened in December 1961 and many remember learning to ski and snowboard there as a child. Many of those skiers and snowboarders are now bringing their children to the same beloved ski center, albeit bearing the new name Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center.

    December 2011 will mark the 50th Birthday for the ski center now known as Tuxedo Ridge. To celebrate, Tuxedo Ridge is offering 50¢ lift tickets this Saturday, March 12, from 9am-5pm.

    There is still tons of snow and spring skiing is better than it has been in decades! said James Mezzetti, owner. We wanted to do something special to kick-off the 50th year and 50¢ lift tickets is just the start of the festivities. We plan to celebrate all summer and next winter with fun events and promotions.

    In addition to 50¢ lift tickets on Saturday, Tuxedo Ridge is also offering $5 snow tubing for hour-long sessions beginning at 6pm. Sunday, March 13, is the annual Carboard Cup Racewhere participants enter a sled made out of cardboard and duct tape (for free) and race down the mountain.

    Irish I Was Skiing or Riding Party

    Windham, NY - 10 days until St. Patrick's Day! Start the party early at Windham Mountain this weekend. Legend has it that if you catch a leprechaun you get the gold (kids can catch the leprechaun who has gold coin chocolate). We will feature the Greene County Pipe and Drum band from 11am-2pm, and Rosemary Campbell School of Irish Dance will perform on the patio at 1 pm. The Ruffians an Irish soul band will play in Legends Lounge from 3pm-6pm with Guinness drink specials all weekend.

    March Madness Moon and Starz (03/19/11)
    Come take your best foul shot and join the festivities on the back patio with our favorite band, Johnny Moon and Starz, games, and stilt walkers. Windham Mountain is offering $25 lift tickets for skiers and riders wearing college team jerseys. To validate your pass jersey must be worn and visible each time you enter the lift corral. Johnny Moon and Starz will play from 2 pm - 5 pm on the back

    March 8, 2011

    Fiesta del Sol

    Angel Fire, NM - Angel Fire Resort is gearing up for its annual spring break celebration, Fiesta del Sol. March 12-19, the resort will rock the slopes with live entertainment, family-friendly games, and on the snow events. The fun starts on Saturday, March 12 with the Red Bull Buttercup and a USASA Slopestyle event. A face painter will be onsite all week and the Base Camp (a kids and teens fun zone) will host a variety of events such as a ping pong tournament and Rock band competition. On Tuesday, March 15, the resort will sponsor the popular spring break Bud Light Keg Toss.

    Sugar Bowl Resort Hosts Final Stop of 2011 Rahlves' Banzai Tour

    Season Pass Restrictions Lifted and Core Appreciation Day Added for the Weekend

    Norden, CA - The 2011 Rahlves' Banzai Tour comes home to Sugar Bowl for the final stop of the season with the famed Silver Belt Banzai and Rahlves Super Finals. After successful tour stops at Alpine Meadows and Kirkwood and with a $30,000 prize purse on the line at Sugar Bowl, the Silver Belt Banzai is sure to be 2011's most exciting on-snow event.

    150 of the best skiers and riders from around the globe will race in Saturday’s time trial qualifiers down the famed Silver Belt Gully, hoping to be fast enough down the course to advance into Sunday’s Banzai racing format, which pits 4 racers at once battling down the course with limited rules but to stay on course and finish in the top two spots to advance to the next round. Winners take home the prized Silver Belt Banzai buckles and their share of the $10,000 prize purse, with an additional $10,000 awarded to the overall tour point leaders. Following the finals, Daron Rahlves himself will challenge the three men's ski winners from each tour stop to a one run, winner-take-all $10,000 Super Final. Further information and online registration for competitors is available at

    Recognizing the event's festive vibe and fan friendly atmosphere, Sugar Bowl will be lifting all Season Pass restrictions for the Banzai weekend, meaning any and all Sugar Bowl season passholders will be welcome to enjoy the Banzai racing, parties, bbq’s and awards, even if their Season Pass was otherwise blacked out for this weekend. In addition, Sugar Bowl will offer any 2010/2011 season pass holders from other ski resorts a free CORE Daily Pass on Saturday and Sunday of the Banzai weekend only, a $19 value, giving a $12 savings on lifts tickets for the remainder of the season. And great news for all our Daily CORE Pass holders, this Sunday, March 13, is a CORE Appreciation Day. Lift tickets for all Daily CORE Pass holders are just $39 for adults, and $27 for young adults and seniors. All the more reason to come on up to Sugar Bowl this weekend and enjoy the Silver Belt Banzai festivities, which include a lively vendor village, a Saturday après party at Judah Lodge benefiting the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation.

    Marchapalooza is Underway at Belleayre Mountain

    Highmount, NY - Marchapalooza is underway at Belleayre Mountain so come on up to the Catskills and find out why this is our favorite month. Warm temps, great snow, soft bumps, and relaxing at a BBQ on the deck in the sun with your friends… there is nothing like spring skiing at Belleayre. It’s a taste of paradise, so very close and so affordable. Why go to St. Moritz when Belleayre is just right up the road. March is the month for skiing and riding and Belleayre has great deals for everyone. $20 Wednesdays, $25 Customer Appreciation Fridays, Potter Brothers Flex Sundays and the new 5 & 10 College Promotion make Belleayre the most affordable option for skiers and riders to get the most bang for their buck. People looking to stay over should contact the Belleayre Region Lodging Association because local hotels are offering great deals for Ski and Stay packages the entire month of March. And the Belleayre spring calendar is packed with fun family events for all ages such as the Pine Hill Arms Triathlon, the Tailgate Competition, the Dummy Race, the Cardboard Classic and Reggae Fest Weekend just to mention a few.

    The 5 and 10 College Promotion
    Can’t afford to go out West for a Spring Break Ski Trip? Don’t be jealous of your friends who go away. Bring the party to Belleayre for an affordable Spring Break Getaway. For the month of March, groups of 5 or more college students pay $25 per person, everyday. Bring a group of 10 students or more and get lift tickets for $20 per person. To participate in this promotion visit the Guest Services Desk at either Overlook or Discovery Lodge. Each person in the group must show a current valid college ID or a letter from the school’s Bursar’s Office verifying current enrollment.

    Belleayre Mountain and the Center for Spectrum Services have partnered to present a special Ski for Autism Day to be held at Belleayre on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Belleayre Mountain has generously donated 200 specially-priced lift tickets to be sold by Spectrum Services with all proceeds to support the many programs that are offered by the Center for Spectrum Services to enhance the quality of life for children with autism and their families throughout the Hudson Valley. Special $25 lift tickets (first 200 registrants) will provide guests with a full day of skiing, as well as automatic entry into the Race for Autism ski and snowboard race taking place the same day. Purchasers interested in participating in the race can register on the mountain on the day of the event. Center for Spectrum Services will also be presenting an information table to increase community awareness and operating a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $25 and will be available on a first come, first served basis at Belleayre Mountain beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 12th. The Race will begin at 10:30 on Yahoo. Helmets are required.

    Celebrate the Luck of the Irish with Another Super Sunday at Whiteface

    Wilmington, NY - It’s another Super Sunday, this Sunday, March 13, at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y. Come celebrate the luck of the Irish with “Shamrock” Sunday, presented by Bud Light, at the Olympic mountain, where skiing and riding is just $35 for adults, $30 for teens and $25 for juniors.

    While at Whiteface, skiers and riders can log on to Whiteface’s Facebook and Twitter pages as clues are revealed throughout the day for the on mountain scavenger hunt and win gear from local ski shops including Cunningham’s Ski Barn, Maui North and Viking Ski Shop. At 3 p.m., the party moves to the Cloudspin Lounge for drink specials, prizes, and live music from Trenchtown Oddities.

    Whiteface boasts the greatest vertical east of the Rockies, 283 skiable acres and 86 trails and was recently named the number-one ski resort in the eastern United States by readers of SKI Magazine. The mountain also received high marks for its Après-Ski (#2), Dining (#2), Family Programs (#2), Scenery (#2), Terrain/Challenge (#2), Lodging (#4) and Overall Satisfaction (#5). And for the 18th consecutive year, Whiteface/Lake Placid was chosen number-one for its Off-Hill Activities, thanks to its array of Olympic-style sports including bobsledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, ski jumping, as well as events such as World Cup racing, shows and concerts.