July 29, 2011

Timberline Lodge Achieves Gold Standard of State’s Sustainability Program

Government Camp,OR - Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge is proud to have become the first Oregon hotel and ski area to achieve gold level recognition in Travel Oregon’s new “Sustainable Business Challenge.” The Oregon Tourism Commission, otherwise known as “Travel Oregon,” has recently created “Travel Oregon Forever.” This program is dedicated to helping partners in the tourism arena identify, develop, and promote their business with a dedication to sustainability initiatives. The overall goal is one of preserving and protecting Oregon and its’ natural resources. Timberline spokesman Jon Tullis said “Of all our resources that we utilize to promote Oregon as a tourism destination, it is our natural resources, particularly this state’s marvelous scenic beauty, which is the most important.” Operators of Timberline lead the company through the “Sustainable Business Challenge” in order to quantify and qualify Timberline’s sustainability efforts at the coveted Gold Level of recognition. “We recognize that we are operating in a cherished landscape valued for its scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, and economic characteristics” Tullis added. “So we are dedicated to stewardship and sustainability, and we are pleased that the good folks at Travel Oregon are strong allies in these efforts.”

KJ Denhert, Global Noize Open Belleayre Jazz Series with Otherworldly Sounds

Highmount, NY - KJ Denhert brings her unique "urban folk and jazz" to the Belleayre Music Festival on Friday, July 29 and Global Noize follows on Saturdaykj, July 30 with a mesmerizing blend of jazz, world music and electronica. Both shows start at 8 p.m. The double-header weekend marks the opening of Belleayre's Catskill Mountain Jazz Series. Held in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Jazz Club in the Overlook Lodge, the shows offer genre-breaking music that is both complex and accessible. General admission tickets are $26 for each show.

July 19, 2011

Belleayre Mountain Voted Top 3 Favorite Eastern Resort in 2011 SnowEast Reader Survey

Highmount, NY - The results are in and Northeast skiers and riders have spoken. With over 6000 votes counted in the 2011 SnowEast Reader Survey, Belleayre Mountain ranked in the Top 3 in Overall Favorite Eastern Resorts, behind only industry powerhouses Killington and Mount Snow.

SnowEast readers recognized Belleayre’s efforts over the past decade of growth, placing Belleayre in the top 10 Favorites in several categories. Belleayre has become renowned for their expanded snowmaking operation and expert grooming and the voters responded recognizing Belleayre as 6th in Favorite Snowmaking and 5th in Favorite Grooming.

Having opened in 1950 with the first chairlift in New York State it’s no surprise that Belleayre was voted 3rd in the Favorite Classic Resort category behind Mad River Glen (VT). Belleayre opened with a temporary base lodge and parking for 300 and has grown over the past 60 years to 171 skiable acres serviced by 8 lifts, with 55 trails, terrain parks, and extensive glades. With Belleayre’s expanded glade skiing, it is no longer necessary for expert skiers and riders to make a four hour drive to Vermont to get a taste of the trees. Belleayre employees’ hard work, dedication and teamwork have helped Belleayre to prove itself to be a leader in the ski industry. This is evidenced by the fact that over the past decade Belleayre has grown from 70,000 skier visits to an average of 170,000 skier visits.

Boreal Reopens for Summer Shred 2011

Donner Summit, CA - Dig into the garage to break-out your skis and snowboards. Boreal is reopening for one-day of snow fun under the summer sun. Thanks to the 800" snowfall season, we still have a ton of snow left on the mountain for you to shred.

To celebrate the announcement of Woodward Tahoe, Boreal will open the Castle Peak Quad accessing one run with one terrain park on July 23rd. Skiers and riders will be able to jump and jib under the summer sun from 9am - 2pm. Lift tickets will only be $25 for teens/adults (ages 13+) and $15 for children (ages 5-12). 2011/2012 season passes will be accepted

July 7, 2011

Chair Two is Now Open for Scenic Lift Rides, Lift-Accessed Mountain Biking

Whitefish, MT - Chair Two is now open at Whitefish for Scenic Lift Rides and lift-accessed mountain biking. This is a temporary activity while Chair One is closed.

Prices for round trip Scenic Lift Rides will be $8 for adults and $5 for juniors and seniors (7-12 and 65-69). The Scenic Lift is free for children 6 & under, adults 70+ and 2010/11 Winter Season Pass Holders. One way tickets are $4. The lift will be open from 10 a.m. and last ride up 5:30 p.m.

Mountain bikers will be able to access the Summit Trail from the top of Chair Two. Hiking is not allowed on this trail. Tickets are required for bikes. Bike tickets are Adults (13-64): $13 for one ride, $18 for 2 rides, $23 all day. Juniors (7-12) and Seniors (65-69): $9 for one ride, $12 for 2 rides, $15 for all day.