March 29, 2012

Operations Extended at Blackcomb!

Snow Base of 346 cm (136 in.), 1184 cm (466 in.) Cumulative Snowfall = Incredible Skiing and Riding Conditions

Whistler, BC - Blackcomb Mountain’s operations have been extended to May 28, 2012 to allow skiers and riders to take advantage of the incredible conditions on the mountain. Over sixty (60) days of skiing and riding remain in the season at Whistler Blackcomb, offering one of the longest seasons in North America.

“We are in the midst of another fantastic winter season here in Whistler so spring will have to wait just a little bit longer,” says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb mountain operations manager. “We’ve received over 342 cm (135 in.) of snowfall so far in March alone, making for some of the best spring conditions we’ve ever had. Extending the ski season on Blackcomb and giving the people what they want was an easy decision.”

March 26, 2012

Wilmington, New York to Host Leadville Mountain Bike Qualifier

Wilmington, New York to Host Leadville Mountain Bike Qualifier - Wilmington/Whiteface 100 Returns June 17

Wilmington, NY - For mountain bikers who like high elevation racing on the most rugged of terrain, the Leadville Trail 100 is the Holy Grail. As one of the most well-known mountain bike races, getting into the Leadville Trail 100 has always been difficult.

One way to get in is by racing in one of the six 2012 LT100 Qualifiers across the country, each offering 100 total qualifying starting positions. And once again, Wilmington, N.Y. will host one of the qualifying events, the Wilmington/Whiteface 100 (WW100), Sunday, June 17.

“The Town of Wilmington is extremely excited to host the Wilmington/ Whiteface 100 once again,” remarked Town of Wilmington supervisor Randy Preston. “I think that our race course is the most diverse course in the Leadville Qualifier Series. We have added more mileage this year going onto the fifth Town. This will make it unique and a true ‘Adirondack’ event.”

As the only LT 100 qualifier in the Northeast, the WW100 will coincide with the annual Wilmington/Whiteface Bike Fest. The race will start and finish at Whiteface Mountain, home of the 1980 Olympic alpine competitions, and weave its way through jeep roads, back country tails, Jay and Saddleback mountains and through the towns Wilmington, Jay, Lewis, Elizabethtown and Keene before a grueling 2,501-feet climb awaits the racers at Whiteface ahead of the finish line. “There’s something there for everyone,” said the LT 100 qualifying series technical director David Weins, a six-time LT 100 champion. “From single track, rugged back country roads, gravel and dirt roads, not to mention the climbs and descents, this course is going to offer a significant challenge. Perhaps similar to the LT 100 itself.”

Last year’s race drew more than 230 cyclists, nationwide, to the region including pro cyclist Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va.), who won the race. The race also included a number of recreational riders, such as Susan Lynch (Medfield, Mass.), a 51 year old spinning instructor, and Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), a 2010 luge Olympian. With 70 to 100 qualifying spots entering into the Leadville Trail 100, organizers hope that this combined with all of the activities surrounding the Wilmington Bike Fest will bring even more cyclists to the region. The WW100 is the premier event of the four-day long Wilmington/Whiteface Bike Fest.

The Bike Fest will include Pro-Trials Demonstrations, “Best Calves of Wilmington Contest,” a “Brainless” not chainless downhill event and the Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race, which is a part of the BUMPS series. “The whole idea of the weekend is to bring all types of cyclists together,” added Preston. “Wilmington and Whiteface are hidden cycling jewels and there’s no better way to showcase this area to the cycling community than through these events.”

Registration for the Wilmington/Whiteface 100 is $105 for the general public and $95 for Life Time members. Life Time employees can enter the race for $85. The race will be capped at 1,000 riders.

The top three cyclists in each division will receive awards and one qualifying slot will be given to the top male and female single speed finishers, while one more spot will be awarded to the top tandem team. The remaining LT 100 spots will be distributed based on performance and a lottery system. Racers who do come away with qualifications will have the opportunity to race in either this year’s LT 100, or next year’s.

March 21, 2012

Top U.S. Skiers Race in Winter Park for The Championships

Winter Park, CO - Winter Park Resort will be in the national racing spotlight when the NASTAR National Championships and Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships combine to create The Championships presented by Nature Valley, March 22 – April 1, 2012.

Featuring four dynamic ski racing events, the action packed 10 days of The Championships includes the NASTAR National Championships, the Return of the Champions Family Challenge, the U.S. Ski Team Reunion, the U.S. Ski Team Pro-AM Team Race and The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.

The Championships are designed to rally American alpine racers and the industry around one event. Recreational racers and fans of the sport will have the opportunity to meet, race and compete with current and former U.S. Ski Team athletes, including Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Stacey Cook, Picabo Street, Heidi Voelker, Doug Lewis, AJ Kitt and more. The 10 day festival is a celebration of ski racing for all levels, recreational and elite.

March 22-25, 2012 The Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships return to Winter Park Resort bringing nearly 1200 recreational racers together in a culmination of the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. Events will include Men's & Women’s Giant Slalom. The weekend also brings après ski musical sets by celebrated New Oleans Funk & Bayonu Soul artists, The Soul Rebels Brass Band and Marc Broussard, and a screening of the latest Warren Miller film . . . Like There’s No Tomorrow.

March 26, 2012 – New this Year The Return of the Champions Family Challenge and U.S. Ski Team Reunion is a team race where family members can compete as a team against other family teams. In addition, the event is designed as a U.S. Ski Team reunion so that alumni can bring their kids and parents to the event and compete with their families. Teams must have a minimum of three family members and each team member will score points for their team within their age and gender group. Anyone is welcome to participate, Family Teams do not need to qualify for the race but pre-register is required as space is limited.

March 27, 2012 – New this Year The U.S. Ski Team Pro-Am is a team event where race league teams and teams of friends from across the country can compete for a National Championship team title. To add to the excitement, each team will add a U.S. Ski Team athlete to their roster. Team captains will select their U.S. Ski Team athlete the night before the race at a welcome reception. Each team member will score points for their team based on the best handicap they earn in their age group. Each team must have a minimum of six team members.

March 28 – April 1, 2012 The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine 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 over 400 U.S. Ski Team club programs throughout the U.S. and the U.S. Ski Team will converge on Winter Park for the five-day event. Among those expected to compete are four-time World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), three-time World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) – all of whom are Olympic gold medalists. For live updates, photos and videos follow and "LIKE" the U.S. Alpine Championships Facebook fan page.

March 20, 2012

Ski Until April 29 with the Spring Madness Festival

Beaupre, PQ - From March 31 to April 29, it’s time for every skier and snowboarder to “go loco” at Mont-Sainte-Anne! The Spring Madness Festival is the time for all to enjoy the most out of the 5 last week-ends of the ski season. On the menu: outdoor BBQs and hot tubs, concerts under the sun [starring THE NEW CITIES], big airbag, mechanical snowboard, rail jam, tubing, mountain-side sugar shack and more! With a terrific schedule of that caliber, no surprise that Mont-Sainte-Anne is open until April 29, while offering one of the longest seasons of the province.

FABULOUS CONCERT LINE-UP / STARRING THE NEW CITIIES ON APRIL 14 Ski and snowboard fanatics, music enthusiasts, outdoor event party animals… YOU ARE ALL INVITED! Check these dates in your calendar for 3 unforgettable outdoor shows!
> KICK-OFF, March 31 – 2pm: Boosted with energy and versatile, La Banquette Arrière band will get you moving with its diversified repertory of hits, tinted from the 70s to today.
> April 7 – 3pm: Classic, Rock, Pop and Alternative for all ages! Gimme4 is a groovy band with the purpose of making you smile, sing and danse at the same time! Get ready for some action.
> April 14 – 4pm: Who doesn’t know The New Cities? Jump on this unique occasion to check out the fabulous performance of this insainly popular band, for electro-rock at its best!
> NEW THIS SEASON – SURF AND TURF : enjoy the golf and bike activities of the last week-end!

Springfest Funs Continues at Whiteface

Wilmington, NY - For the remainder of the season, ski and ride the Olympic mountain for just $58 for adults, $48 for teens and seniors and $38 for juniors. Pass holders from any other mountain can ski and ride at Whiteface for 50% off a lift ticket and current pass holders can bring a friend for 50% off a lift ticket for the remainder of the season.

Beginning Friday, catch some big air on the BagJump™. Jump like the pros do, try new tricks, practice your style and get bigger airtime all while landing safely on a cushion of air underneath. Prices for the BagJump are $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and Sunday and $10 for a one jump ticket. A three-day pass is $40.

It’s also Maple Weekend too at Whiteface. The Shipman Youth Center and the Cornell Cooperative Extension will be demonstrating how the sweet treat is made and maple samples will be available. Maple candy can be found at the Face Lift, while maple cotton candy will be located between the Mixing Bowl and the gondola.

Plus the J. Lohr Café and Wine Bar will have gourmet food demonstrations, Friday, at 3:30 p.m., and there will be park sessions in the terrain park, at 1 p.m. a tuning workshop at 1:30 p.m. and the Brookside Apparel technical clothing session at 3 p.m. Don’t miss out on the live music on the Cloudspin Deck, Saturday, and Spring Street will be playing on Sunday on the deck of Mid-Mountain Lodge too

"Summer Flavoured" Spring Skiing at Mont SUTTON

Sutton, PQ - With temperatures more than comfortable and sunny forecast for the coming days, all of this combined with trails still covered in snow at Mont SUTTON, we can expect a memorable week for skiers and snowboarders who will make the most of spring… or summer skiing fun! Who would’ve known!

The snow cover at Mont SUTTON is still great on several trails! This said, some trails also offer bare-spots to the delight of spring skiing enthusiasts looking for an additional challenge! With the warm temperature forecast in the next days, Mont SUTTON recommends to visit the conditions page on to get informed about the number of trails and chairlifts open, as well as the weather on the day of your visit.

Spring Events on the Program Mont SUTTON still has spring activities on the program until the end of the season! It is important to note that it’s still too early to know the last day of the season at Mont SUTTON, who wants to stay open as late as possible, according to the conditions and the number of skiers and snowboarders on the hill!

March 16, 2012

Whistler Blackcomb Surpasses Average Annual Snowfall

Whistler, BC - With 35 cm (14 inches) in the past 24 hours, Whistler Blackcomb has officially surpassed their average annual snowfall (1,042cm, 410 inches) with more than two full months remaining in the ski/snowboard season. Since Friday March 9, Whistler Blackcomb has received over 183 cm (6 feet) of snow bringing their total snowfall to an impressive 1066 cm (35 feet).

“La Nina has not disappointed us this year and we have had an incredible season so far,” says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations Manager. “March has brought us some amazing storm cycles resulting in more than 222 cm, and six 20 plus centimeter days. All of this snow coupled with over 1,100 acres of groomed runs each night makes it the perfect time to ski and ride at Whistler Blackcomb.”

The 2011/2012 season is the third consecutive season that Whistler Blackcomb has surpassed their annual average snowfall before the end of March. Whistler Blackcomb enjoys some of the most consistent and reliable snow accumulations compared to any major resort in the world. Their consistent snowfall coupled with one of the biggest snowmaking infrastructures in North America makes for amazing skiing at Whistler Blackcomb from early season to late in the season.

Beat the Spring Break Crowds at Loveland!

Loveland Basin, CO - Spring Break is upon us and it sure has brought the warm weather! The sun has been shining on Loveland for the past week bringing that classic Colorado Spring Skiing; warm weather, blue skies and soft snow! Not only does Loveland have great conditions, but you can also beat the spring break crowds and save big with our affordable lift tickets, great food, and exceptional Ski & Ride School programs.

Spring a Great Time to Learn
With warm sunny days and soft snow, spring is the best time of the year to learn, and what better place than Loveland Ski Area. Spring break promises to be busy at the destination resorts and the Loveland Ski & Ride School can help you avoid the crowds and save some money. The Loveland Ski and Ride School is currently taking reservation and you can save even more by booking 48 hours in advance. Book your lesson today!

While at Loveland Valley this Saturday, March 17th, keep your eyes out for Shamrock Sparkles, a children’s entertainer who is sure to add some fun to your St. Patty’s Day celebration.

Subaru’s Master the Mountain
Subaru and Loveland team up to bring back the popular Master the Mountain event focused on promoting a safe and enjoyable snowrider environment. Come out and join us this Saturday and Sunday, March 17th and 18th for mini-lessons, family races, avalanche demos from the Loveland Ski Patrol, fun games, prizes and tons more all taking place at the Subaru tent at the base of the Basin. There is no cost to participate and the first 100 Subaru’s get VIP parking!

March 15, 2012

Ski and Ride into Spring at Belleayre Mountain

Highmount, NY - It’s not golf season yet! Halfway through March, the Belleayre calendar is still packed with fun family events over the next few weeks. There is nothing like spring skiing at Belleayre. Come and find out why March is one of the best times of the year at the Belle when sunshine and snow go hand in hand… soft bumps, goggle tans, skiing and riding in t-shirts, followed by sunning yourself on the Overlook deck near the BBQ. It’s a taste of paradise and so very close.

$25 Customer Appreciation Wednesdays and Fridays help 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 events for all ages such as the Tailgate Competition, the Dummy Race, the Cardboard Classic and Reg gae Fest Weekend just to mention a few.

Mt. Bachelor Announces the Springtacular Season Pass Sale and Operations

Bend, OR - The Mt. Bachelor Springtacular Season Pass is now on sale, and offers access to one of the longest winter seasons and the most spring terrain in the country.

Springtacular season passes purchased before March 28th will be valid beginning April 1, providing an additional eight days of skiing and riding. Passes purchased after March 28th, will be valid beginning April 9th. Springtacular passes will be honored through the end of the winter season.

With more than 30 feet of snowfall to date and one of the deepest settled base depths in the US at 12 feet, Mt. Bachelor has committed to operating through Memorial Day weekend, conditions permitting, with a scheduled closing date of May 27th, 2012.

Spring hours will begin April 16th, with lifts running 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily to take advantage of warmer temperatures to harvest optimal spring corn snow conditions. Beginning April 30th, Mt. Bachelor will operate four days per week, running Thursday - Sunday through closing day.

March 14, 2012

New "Spring" Season Pass Triggers Major Winter Storm at Mt. Hood Meadows

New “Spring” Season Pass Triggers Major Winter Storm at Mt. Hood Meadows - Unlimited Spring Season Pass - $149 good every day the rest of the season!

Winter storm dumps more than 2 feet of snow with more forecast!

Mt. Hood, OR - Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort’s new “Unlimited Spring” season pass went on sale Monday – offering the rest of the season for just $149. And right on cue the weather changed to winter, bringing a severe winter storm, which so far has dropped more than two-feet of snow at the resort. With a winter advisory and storm watch posted, the short term forecast has more snow with accumulations of two or more feet the rest of the week. The resort currently has a 140 inch snow depth in the base area, one of the deepest in the country.

Mt. Hood Meadows has announced daily operations through April 29, and is considering extending operations on weekends into May depending on conditions and interest. The resort has also extended its “Meadows After Dark” Wednesday – Sunday night operations through Sunday, April 1. The “Unlimited Spring” season pass is good the rest of the season, and at $149 represents one of the best values in late season skiing and riding found anywhere. The pass can be purchased on the resort’s website or at the ski resort.

The resort’s Nordic Center will also continue Thursday – Monday operations through Sunday, April 1, and a special $40 unlimited track pass is available for cross country skiers.

March 9, 2012

Over 120 cm's/4ft in The Last Week

Banff, AB - With over 120 cm of dry, light Canadian Rockies powder falling in Banff – Lake Louise in the past week the area’s three resorts, Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area, and Sunshine Village are experiencing epic conditions.

High fives and shouts of joy radiated from the resorts over the past week as skiers and snowboarders realized that the ski season is far from over. “There is nothing better than seeing the excitement on people’s faces as they pull up to the chairlift anticipating their next run, it is the reason why we are all here,” says Dan Markham, Director of Marketing and Sales at Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine.

This fantastic late season snowfall ensures great spring skiing in Banff National Park, which boasts one of the longest season in North America running until late May.

Great Spring Like Conditions at Loveland Ski Area!

Loveland Basin, CO - Even though it’s not technically spring yet, it sure feels like it here at Loveland Ski Area! March started off with some heavy snowfall but has since given way to warm temperatures, blue bird skies and perfect spring skiing conditions. The forecast is calling for this nice weather to stick around through the weekend and what better way to enjoy it than skiing or riding at Loveland!

GOALS Vertical Challenge
Get Outside and Learn Something, or GOALS, hosts the Get Up, Get Down, Get Out Vertical Challenge to help raise funds for their program. GOALS focuses on multi-day wilderness river trips for kids to help teach them important leadership and life skills. Gather pledges for vertical feet and join us on March 10th to see how many vertical feet you can ski or ride in a day. Flaik brings their unique GPS units to track you skiing in real time. A fun challenge, prizes for winners, all for a great cause.

Live Music Series Continues
Loveland’s Live music series continues this Saturday, March 10th with a solo performance by artist Ron Kohler on the patio of the Basin. On Sunday, March 11th, our resident musician Mark Morris returns with his solo bluegrass and folk tunes that are a great way to wind down after an amazing day on the slopes!

Exciting Offer from Toggenburg Mountain

Fabius, NY - From now until April 1st, get the lowest prices for Toggenburg Mountain on next season! Take advantage of this great offer of $225 per person, and save big! Includes lessons! ideal for everyone 8-64. Check out the web for more details and to sign up. Don't be an April Fool- buy now and save big! Season Passes at THE lowest prices in CNY!

March 5, 2012

Make the Most of the School Break at Mont SUTTON and Become “King of the Hill”

Sutton, PQ - On top of having loads of fun on the snowy trails at Mont SUTTON and of taking part in a wide range of outdoor activities, skiers and snowboarders who chose this destination during the school break will also have the chance to be crowned King of the hill and win a $200 SUTTON gift card at the end of the season! How to do so? Simply “check-in” upon your arrival at the mountain via the app “Become King of the Hill” available on Mont SUTTON’s mobile website -

It’s important to remember that a few weeks ago Mont SUTTON launched the mobile version of its Website, which offers, among other things, the app “King of the hill”. For every check-in on the King of the Hill app from the mobile site, skiers and snowboarders will accumulate points according to the frequency of visits. The “King of the Hill” will be the one who has accumulated the highest amount of points at the end of the season and will win a $200 SUTTON gift card.

The school break becomes an ideal opportunity to accumulate visits at the station and then, accumulate points!
Overview of the school break activities at Mont SUTTON
  • Giant volleyball games on the snow
  • Treasure hunt on the trails
  • “Ski-entific” workshop with funny experiments for children
  • Skis and snowboards engraving session with the Sûreté du Québec
  • Friendly jam in the snow park
  • Mexican après-ski at the Bar Le Tucker
  • CTV Montreal Snow Bash
  • Telemark demo with Le Yéti
  • March 2, 2012

    Hang On To Your Gear!

    Taos, NM - Great advice from Lee Fulmer at Taos Ski Valley Lost and Found Department:
    Although gear theft is fairly rare at most ski resorts, it does sometimes occur. A more common scenario involves instances of mistaken identity, especially when rental equipment is involved. In either case, the name of the game is recovering the missing items as rapidly as possible so you can get on with your hard earned holiday.

    I’m always amazed when skiers/riders come in to report missing gear, and are unable to provide accurate descriptions or specifications of their property. It’s really challenging to find something when you don’t know what you are looking for. Also amazing is the number of guests who report missing rental equipment, but can’t remember what they rented or from where they rented. The following are a few tips I’ve picked up while working several years in Skier Services and in Lost & Found at world-famous Taos Ski Valley.

    To begin with, know your gear. When you purchase equipment, take a moment to record information such as manufacturer, model, serial number and other pertinent information, e.g. “Stokli Stormrider skiis, 178 cm with Marker Titanium 12.0 bindings” or “Never Summer snowboard, sn 1 154 07645454 with Burton Lexa bindings.” Take a good photo and keep it on your phone or ipod. Having this information with you when you take off for your favorite slope can greatly help in the recovery of missing items. You can “customize” your gear to make it easily recognizable. Colorful decals, stickers and tuning shop logos are usually free, easy to apply and are not quickly or easily removed without a scraper. Consider having your equipment engraved with your name and contact information. Sports equipment stores and resort rental shops can usually provide this service. If you are using rental gear, write your name on strips of masking tape and place one on both of your skis. Be sure to keep your rental contract with you as it contains information for positively identifying your rentals.

    Distinctively marking your equipment has other advantages, such as facilitating quick and positive identification of items if they become lost or stolen. This can also help ensure you don’t accidentally pick up someone else’s equipment. Additionally, it serves as a deterrent to would-be thieves who know it will be much harder to sell or even use easily recognizable gear.

    The next step to consider is how to secure your gear during breaks on the slopes. Almost all resorts have locking ski and board racks. Use them. A dollar or two is cheap insurance for your investment, and can save your vacation. If locking storage is not available, an old trick is to split up your skis. When skiing with a buddy, mix your skis into two unmatched pairs, or separate your own pair by putting one on one rack and the other one some distance away. Finally, there are several relatively inexpensive portable ski locks on the market which, while they can be cut, are a definite deterrent. Our resort ski shop manager Daniel Aguilar recommends a small combination cable system, such as the Burton Tether Lock or the Burton Cable Lock, both of which cost between $15.00 and $20.00.

    Here are a few common sense recommendations for safe keeping of valuable personal items. First, if you don’t NEED it, don’t bring it to the mountain. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even rings aren’t really necessary to snow sports activity and can get tangled in goggles, helmets and gloves and fall into the snow. Secondly, make sure your wallet, credit cards and keys are securely zipped in an inside pocket, preferably one you use for nothing else. Finally, don’t diddle with your gear on the chairlift. Secure your poles, keep your gloves and goggles on; and, if you can possibly do without it, don’t text, tweet or talk on your cell phone. Wait until you get to the top to make clothing adjustments or return calls.

    So, if you’ve heeded all my sage advice and taken every precaution and still end up missing gear, here are a few suggestions to expedite its recovery. Almost every resort has some form of Lost & Found service, and this is definitely the place to start. Provide all the pertinent identifying information I’ve outlined above as soon as you discover the loss, and be sure to give your full, accurate and legible contact information. At Taos Ski Valley, Lost & Found activates an established protocol which immediately notifies several key departments to start a mountain wide search.

    If you are missing rental gear, be sure to notify the shop you are using. If it is a case of mistaken identity, you may find the equipment has been turned in by the person who mistook it for theirs. Inquire at other shops in the area, as it may have been mistakenly returned to the wrong location.

    The next action you take should be to retrace your steps, thinking about every possible location you have been with your gear since arriving. About one in ten of my customers do recover their own lost items, as they know best where they have been and what they are looking for. If you do recover your missing items, please take the time to let everyone involved know to call off the search. In our department, we keep files open for a minimum of 30 days. Closing a file allows us to spend more time looking for items that are actually still missing.

    As I previously stated, theft at resorts is not a common occurrence. I sincerely hope you never have a snow-sport adventure ruined by having to deal with stolen, lost or missing gear. But if you do, maybe the information I’ve shared with you will help with the recovery and return you to the mountain as rapidly as possible.

    March 1, 2012

    March Roars in Like a Lion with a Major Leap Day Storm!

    Highmount, NY - True to the cliche, March is in fact roaring in like a ferocious lion as the Northeast is getting pounded with a major Leap Day Storm that is supposed to last through the night into tomorrow! You might have no snow in your back yard, we have tons of it in ours and we made most of it ourselves! Add to that fact that we are currently in the middle of the first major winter storm of the season that is forecasted to dump up to ten inches of powder and Belleayre is looking like the place to be and to ski as we have been adding new terrain all week!

    When you think of New York, you think of Manhatten, Staten Island and Long Island etc. When you see snow, you think skiing…the public perception that winter is over is wrong because you might not have tons of snow in your yard, but we sure do! It’s the best of both worlds - a busy, bustling day, shopping, dining and hanging out with friends off of the slopes in the local villages and a short car ride to the slopes to get some mileage on your skis and boards with some pristine conditions. You CAN have your cake and eat it too at Belleayre Mountain. Although Mother Nature has been downright nasty to us this season, we have finally gotten a break; conditions have been getting even more spectacular! The latest snowfall combined with snowmaking temperatures this past week have helped to make up some grounds. There is a perception of the lack of snow and that skiing is done and over with; but we are open for business and we have snow, and tons of it! The snow on the mountain is a spectacular sight!

    There is nothing like fresh snow, cool crisp air and perfect corduroy in the morning! The staff at Belleayre Mountain is overtly friendly and the terrain is beautiful and not only do you get the perfectly groomed out snow under your feet as you rip down the slopes but you get the beautiful views on your way up to the top! Don’t let Mother Nature get away easy – we haven’t! Remember, we aren’t fighting the perception of no snow; we are knocking it down full force and stomping all over it! Skiing is what you make of it and Belleayre is a place for good times, good people and good old fashioned fun out on the slopes.

    Snowmaking has been in progress over the last few nights and Mother Nature has finally been pitching in and starting to pull her weight too. Snowmakers have been beefing up the open terrain and the groomers have been working their magic. We are in peak season right now and conditions couldn’t be better as we have been adding new terrain all week!

    2012 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup to Be Held in Winter Park

    Winter Park, CO - Over 100 athletes representing more than seventeen countries will take to the slopes as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup comes to Winter Park Resort March 6th-9th, 2012. The World Cup is held every other year in the United States and this year the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is hosting the event at Winter Park. Between 10 and 15 elite NSCD athletes will be participating in three different categories, Visually Impaired, Standing (Cerebral Palsy, Amputees) and Sitting (Spinal Cord Injuries, Spina Bifida). Several NSCD athletes are returning to the World Cup, including Alana Nichols (USA) and Adam Hall (NZL). In 2010, Nichols took first place in downhill and third place in Super G at the World Cup in Sestriere, Italy. Adam Hall has 7 World Cup podium appearances and 3 World Cup overall medals.

    The last race of this caliber in North America was the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. A schedule of events for the World Cup may be viewed Here!

    The NSCD is among the largest adaptive sports and outdoor therapeutic recreation programs in the United States. Each year through the NSCD, children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, rivers, mountain trails and golf links to learn more about sports and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports to individuals with almost any cognitive or physical disability.