November 29, 2012

100% Open

Taylors Falls, MN - Wild Mountain is proud to announce that we are 100% open! The snowmaking crew has been at work 24/7 since Thanksgiving afternoon and they have successfully provided a blanket of white across the whole mountain.

The Main Stage Terrain Park will be skiable/ridable tomorrow. On Friday by 4pm the high speed rope tow will be operating and there will be rails and pads on the Main Stage.

Looking forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!

Mont SUTTON Opening: This Saturday December 1

Sutton, PQ - This Saturday December 1 is when skiers and snowboarders will have the opportunity to carve out their first paths in the trails at Mont SUTTON!

This Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. chairlift II will be in operation. Skiers and snowboarders will have a chance to loosen up on three trails: the Sutton-Ik, the Alouette and the Cascade. All of the main chalet Alt.400m services will be fully prepared to welcome the clients, aside from the daycare.

The operations team is working very hard with Mother Nature in order to open more trails as fast as possible. For the latest news on the gradual opening of trails and chairlifts, ski and snowboard enthusiasts can subscribe to the SUTTON e-newsletter and visit the ski conditions page at the website.

Early Season Rates Special season opening rates will be available starting this weekend:

$25 for adults between the ages of 18 and 64
$15 for all other categories
Children aged of five years old and under always ski for free at Mont SUTTON.

Hidden Valley Resort to Open Slopes Friday Nov. 30

Hidden Valley, PA - With several successful days of snowmaking and the help of lake effect snows, Hidden Valley Resort will open its slopes with limited skiing 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1 and Sunday Dec. 2.

On Friday, Continental, Bobcat and Rambler slopes along with the Learn-to-Ski Area will be open, serviced by a triple chairlift, the Bobcat and the Learn to Ski conveyors. Conditions permitting, the resort also plans to open Imperial, Cobra and Model T slopes Saturday and Sunday as well as the Blizzard quad chairlift.

“Successful snowmaking efforts combined with several inches of natural snow have set us up for a great early weekend of skiing and boarding,” Scott Bender, Hidden Valley’s vice president of operations said. “This season, we are bringing back our learn-to-ski incentive programs and very affordable stay and ski free packages so that everyone can take full advantage of Hidden Valley’s winter programs and facilities.”

Ski/board ticket prices are: Friday $20, Saturday and Sunday $25. A pre-season discount will be offered all three days on rental equipment and group lessons. Ski rental is $15/day, snowboard rental is $20/day and group lessons are $15/person.

Hidden Valley is also extending an opening weekend special $99 (plus tax) lodging package valid the nights of Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The package includes one night’s stay in the Four Seasons Lodges, two all day ski/board tickets, complimentary continental breakfast and one complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two dinners at Hops Pub.

In addition to the slopes opening, several events will also take place on Saturday. The Glaciers Pub Winter Kick Off Party starts at noon with live entertainment and food and drink specials. Those interested in new employment can attend Hidden Valley’s Job Fair 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Ski Lodge Yukon room. Also on Saturday, the Hidden Valley Race Club (HVRC) plays host to a Ski Swap in the Ski Lodge Avalanche room 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drop off for sale items is 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. A portion of the proceeds from the sale benefits the HVRC.

Windham Mountain is Opening on Friday 11/30/12!

Windham, NY - The wait is over! Windham Mountain will officially open for the 2012-13 skiing and riding season on Friday, November 30, 2012. We will start the season with top to bottom skiing and riding on 7 trails over 44 ski-able acres accessed by the Whirlwind high speed detachable quad. We are thrilled to have the winter season underway!

Ticket Rates for Opening Weekend: Friday 11/30: Adult $39, Young Adult (13-17) $34, Junior (7-12) $28 Saturday 12/1-Sunday 12/2: Adult $45, Young Adult (13-17) $41, Junior (7-12) $37

Stony Mountain Ski Area Opens this Saturday Dec. 1st

Stony Mountain, MB - Stony Opens this Saturday Dec.1 for the Season! Open 10 am - 5 pm Sat. & Sunday

They will have at least 2 runs open this weekend- possibly 4!

Base - 40 cm New snow- in the forecast!

One lift operating- the Tow rope!

November 28, 2012

Powderhorn's Special Programs

Mesa, CO - Powderhorn Mountain Resort enjoys a rich history of introducing Western Slope families to skiing and riding, and to the enjoyment of the surrounding mountain environment. In an effort to continue the tradition, the resort re-introduces its Multi-Week Youth program and The Daily Sentinel’s Learn to Ski or Ride program for the 2012-2013 season.

MULTI-WEEK YOUTH PROGRAMS Powderhorn’s youth programs hold a true legacy in the Grand Valley, with testimonials dating back to the 1960s. Powderhorn hopes to keep the tradition alive by giving community youth the chance to advance their skills right at their home mountain. In partnership with Rocky Mountain Orthopedic and St. Mary’s Hospital, Powderhorn’s youth programs provide an easy and convenient way of getting out on the mountain, offering a free bus service on Saturday and Sunday, with an optional season long rental program. The multi week youth programs are age and skill level specific to meet the needs of all children in Powderhorn’s programs.

Mavericks Just for teens, Mavericks skiing and riding clinics make improving on the slopes both fun and cool. Cost for the four-week program is $199, and additional lessons are available at a discounted rate.

Freeriders Freeriders is for kids ages 8-12 who are ready to learn to ski or ride the entire mountain. Cost for the four-week Freerider program is $199, and additional lessons are available at a discounted rate.

Powdercats Powderhorn's marquee program for kids, Powdercats is a skill advancement series for ages 5-8. Cost for the Powdercats four-week program is $220, and additional lessons are available at a discounted rate.

Powdercubs (Just for four-year-olds) A multi-week program for little skiers and riders, Powdercubs is a new program for four-year-olds. Powdercubs is specifically designed for littler bodies and shorter attention spans, with an emphasis on developing skills, fun and safety. Cost for the Powdercubs four-week program is $220, and additional lessons are available at a discounted rate.

FREE TRANSPORTATION New for the 2012-2013 season, Rocky Mountain Orthopedic Association and St. Mary's Hospital are providing free bus service from Grand Junction to the resort for any child involved in Multi-Week Youth programs. Information on pick-up time and locations is available upon registration in the program.

SEASON-LONG EQUIPMENT RENTAL PROGRAM Western Slope families in need of children’s ski equipment should consider a season-long rental from the Powderhorn Rental Shop. A season-long rental saves money and time and is a benefit the resort provides to families who participate in any multi-week children's program. Rates are $99 for the season for well-maintained used equipment or $129 for new equipment.

November 27, 2012

December 1st is Opening Day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke, BC - With over 300cm of snowfall to date and a 100+cm base, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to open the ski lifts for the first day of the 2012/13 ski and snowboard season this Saturday December 1, 2012. For opening operations, skiers and riders will have access to both The Stoke and The Ripper high speed quad lifts with open terrain details dependent on weather conditions and snowfall between now and December 1st. The Revelation Gondola will be open for first upload at 8:30am and last download at 3:00pm (downloading on the Revelation Gondola will be mandatory until conditions permit skiing below the base of the Stoke Chair).

Special offers for the start of the season include a 15% discount on lift tickets based on the regular Ticket Window Rate (not to be combined with any other offer and in effect until ski terrain opens down to the Mid-Mountain Lodge) along with Ski and Stay packages from just $89 per person/night (based on double occupancy). The Lake Louise Plus Card is also on sale and offers card holders three free days of skiing and daily $20 lift ticket discounts at four top resorts including Revelstoke Mountain Resort, the Lake Louise Ski Area, Panorama Mountain Village, and Castle Mountain.

Deer Valley Resort Offers Specialty Ski Clinics With a Personalized Twist

Park City, UT - Deer Valley Resort is pleased to offer a number of specialty ski school clinics this winter, designed to help skiers enhance their skills and build more confidence on the slopes. Deer Valley's innovative ski programs allow guests to learn new techniques from former Olympians, evaluate their skiing with video analysis or simply enjoy the company of fellow skiers during single- or multi-day programs.

"Our focus at Deer Valley is on the guest experience, and that’s exactly what skiers can expect from any of our specialty ski school programs," said John Guay, resort director of skier services. "Our specialty ski school programs are designed for small groups, but all participants can expect individualized instruction to help take their skiing to a new level at their own pace."

Mahre Training Center Ski Camps are offered in three- or five-day sessions throughout the winter and available to every level of skier. Led by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre, the Mahre Training Center Ski Camps are designed to increase a skier’s balance, agility and confidence through world-class instruction. Ski camps include six hours of daily outdoor and indoor instruction, video analysis, evening discussions and personal training by the Mahre brothers. Advance reservations are necessary, and participants must be 12 years or older. Lift tickets are included in the price.

Skiers can also participate in men and women specific ski clinics designed for the individual needs of each skier with the resort’s Exclusively for Men or Exclusively for Women group programs. In addition to full days of professional on-hill instruction, each program includes stance, balance and alignment analysis, video analysis, test-ski equipment and social gatherings to get acquainted with fellow skiers. Men and women are paired with Deer Valley's own professional male or female ski instructors for a more specialized learning experience. Advance reservations for the men's and women's specialty clinics are necessary, and lift tickets are not included.

November 16, 2012

Whiteface Opens Saturday

Wilmington, NY - Let the skiing and riding season begin at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y. The Olympic mountain will open tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 17, six days ahead of schedule.

“The weather conditions and temperatures have been ideal for the last couple of weeks for snowmaking,” said the mountain’s general manager Aaron Kellett. “Everyone at the mountain is excited to be opening early and we’re all preparing for what’s shaping up to be a great season ahead.”

This marks the earliest opening for the Olympic mountain since 2003-’04 when the season began on Nov. 16. Three trails, Upper Valley, Lower Valley and Fox trails, will be open this weekend, with one lift, the Facelift quad. The mountain’s nursery and Kids Kampus programs will not be available.

Lift tickets are $25 for all skiers and riders and that money can be used towards the purchase of your 2012-’13 season pass.

The season pass deadline has been extended to Sunday, Nov. 18, for both Whiteface and Gore. The adult non-holiday pass is available for just $699, while the adult full-season pass is just $869. The young adult and college season pass can be purchased for $385 and the junior pass is only $299.

After this weekend, Whiteface will close Sunday, at 4 p.m., and re-open Friday, Nov. 23, in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Eldora Set to Open for 50th Season

Nederland, CO - Eldora Mountain Resort is set to open for its 50th season on Friday, November 16th. The resort will open with 3 trails and 3 lifts scheduled to operate. Hornblower and International, from the top of Challenge Mountain, and the beginner area behind Indian Peaks Lodge will be open. Cold temperatures which moved in last weekend allowed snowmaking operations to run through this week, providing a 20 inch base of machine made snow. Lifts will operate from 9am to 4pm.

With continued cold temperatures and a little help from Mother Nature, more terrain will open across the resort as soon as possible.

Also, Eldora opens the season as a Smoke-Free Environment. Smoking will not be allowed in lift lines, mazes, on lifts, or within 15 feet of decks and buildings around the resort.

Eldora will offer lessons, equipment rentals, retail accessories and food and beverage service for opening day.

Early season lift ticket pricing at Eldora will be: $55 for an Adult Full Day, $26 for a Junior Full Day(6-15yo), $38 for Senior Full Day (65-74yo), and $10 for Senior Silver (75+yo) and Child 5 and under full day tickets.

November 14, 2012

Opening Day - November 17th

Opening day festivities include the Wonder-Full Gondolas event - gifts for the first 1500 guests!

Whistler, BC - Thanks to cool temperatures, impressive snowmaking and natural snowfall Whistler Mountain will open five days early on Saturday, November 17. With five lifts running, guests will have the option to upload from either the Whistler Village Gondola or the Creekside Gondola. Blackcomb Mountain will open, as scheduled, on American Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012.

“In addition to new snow and a great forecast lining up towards the end of this week, our fleet of 220 state-of-the-art snow guns has converted over 70 million gallons of water into snow over the past few weeks. This ensures excellent on-piste coverage for quality skiing and riding on opening day,” says Doug MacFarlane, mountain manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “Despite the amount of snow we have made, we want to remind guests early season conditions will apply, especially off piste. It is important to obey mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by “Temporary Boundary” signage. Guests should be aware there will be rocks and other hazards below the snow surface; we do not recommend skiing and riding outside the temporary boundary in any circumstances.”

First upload on the Whistler Village Gondola and Creekside Gondola will begin at 8:30 a.m. on November 17. Emerald Express, Big Red Express and the Franz Chair lifts will also be running, giving guests access to 1800 vertical feet of skiing and riding terrain. Six ski runs will be open, including Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz, Papoose, Orange Peel and Pony Trail.

This year, Whistler Blackcomb has set the bar high for opening day festivities. Along with a surprise musical act for guests waiting in line at the Whistler Village Gondola, the first 1500 people to upload either gondola will receive a gift. Tokens will range from hot chocolates to big ticket items like EDGE Cards, Snow School lessons, retail and rental gifts and surprises from partners including, Scandinave Spa Whistler, The Adventure Group Whistler, Extremely Canadian, Canadian Snowmobile, Coast Mountain Photography, CAN-SKI, Showcase, Powerade and Milk2Go.

Whistler Mountain dining locations will also be open on November 17, including Essentially Blackcomb Cappuccino Bar in the Carleton Lodge, Dusty’s Bar & Grill in Creekside, the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, and the Garibaldi Lift Co., Whistler’s world-famous location for après.

The latest version of Whistler Blackcomb’s Live Pass, Powered by TELUS app will be available for download for iPhone and Android from the Apple store and Google Play at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13. The app allows skiers and riders to track their runs using GPS, share their speed and vertical as well as take and share photos with friends via Twitter and Facebook.

November 9, 2012

Expanded ART ON THE MOUNTAIN Returns November 16th &17th

Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA - Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is pleased to announce the return of the 2nd annual Art on the Mountain show and sale, to be held this year on Friday evening November 16th from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday November 17th from 11am to 5pm, in the Hope Ski Lodge.

Surrounding the huge stone fireplace, over 25 regional painters, photographers and sculptors and new this year 28 crafters ranging in age from 17 to 84 will show and sell their artwork and wares with styles as different as their ages and prices to fit any budget. Admission is free.

Wine tastings, light refreshments and live music will be featured in the adjoining EZ Bumps Saloon.

A holiday shopping opportunity, Art on the Mountain will also serve as a preview to the coming ski season with the Shawnee Mountain Ski Shop hosting a pre-season sale. Those attending will find last season’s ski and snowboard merchandise available at up to 50% off MSRP, as well as first chance to purchase all the new gear for the winter of 2012/13. Art on the Mountain is the last fall weekend to take advantage of Shawnee’s unlimited Buddy Season Pass Sale; available for just $315 per person. If the weather cooperates the ski slopes may have a white covering during the event as snowmaking is scheduled to begin mid-November on Shawnee Mountain as temperatures permit.

November 8, 2012

It's November and the Skiing and Riding Season is Just around the Corner

Wilmington, NY - It’s November and if you haven’t tuned your skis or board, it’s time to get to it. Weather permitting, skiing and riding at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., and Gore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y., is slated to begin Friday, Nov. 23. Belleayre Mountain’s opening day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, conditions permitting.

Time is also running out to save on your 2012-’13 skiing and riding seasons pass at Whiteface and Gore mountains. Through Nov. 16, the adult non-holiday pass is available for just $699, while the adult full-season pass is just $869. The young adult and college season pass can be purchased for $385 and the junior pass is only $299.

Meanwhile at Belleayre, the adult mid-week season pass is $318, while the adult full-season pass is on sale for $742. The teen and college is available for just $263.

Season passes at all three mountains is just $210 for 70+ skiers and riders.

All three mountains have been spending the off-season gearing up for the upcoming winter. At Whiteface, snowmaking has been added to the Hoyt’s High Trail, a new Pistenbully 600 W groomer and several new low-energy snowmaking guns have also been purchased. Skiers and riders will also be able to enjoy the newly renovated Base Camp Market (formerly the Base Camp Café) and Cloudspin Lounge, both located in the mountain’s base lodge.

Gore Mountain purchased a new winch cat, a new free groomer and a new multi-season tractor. These upgrades to the grooming fleet closely follow Gore Mountain’s acquisition of 160 new high-efficiency tower guns during 201, and set the resort up for continued superb product quality during the 2012- ‘13 snow season.

The mountain’s sundeck was completely resurfaced with an attractive natural color scheme of patio bricks and underneath the deck is a replacement of the radiant heat system that melts snow and eliminates ice. The popular Tannery Pub & Restaurant was also renovated.

Belleayre has added 3,000 feet of snowmaking pipeline, replacing the Wanatuska snowmaking pipeline and extending the new pipe from the Overlook Lodge to the summit and added several new energy-efficient snowmaking guns to its fleet. Scanners have also been added at the base of the lift so that season pass holders can go straight to the lift to begin their day of skiing and riding.

November 5, 2012

Winter In The North Carolina Mountains

Banner Elk, NC - Don't miss Sugar Mountain Resort's SugarFest. Now in its 10th year, SugarFest, December 7th through the 9th, is a presentation of Sugar Mountain Ski Resort and the Tourism Development Authority of the incorporated Village of Sugar Mountain. "The unique collaboration between public and private sectors has produced an alpine celebration," Sugar Mountain Resort President, Gunther Jochl said.

Weekend festivities begin Friday, December 7th when the 19th Annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic introduces Olympic Gold Medalist Diann Roffe to an eager group of enthusiasts taking part in three days of personalized instruction on the slopes. The all-inclusive clinic is open to everyone and includes three days on the slopes, video analysis, tuning seminar, and a banquet Saturday night.

Later that evening at 7p.m., 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie, will perform his signature skate routines for the public. The approachable Wylie is a great showman who interacts with all the skaters, from beginners to expert. If you've never seen or held a real Olympic gold or silver medal, stop by the ice rink. Paul and Diann will share their medals and Olympic experiences with you.

During the evening's skate show on Sugar's 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink, delight in the beginning of the three-day SugarFEAST. To keep you warm and well-hydrated a hot chocolate and whip cream bar will flow creamy, smooth chocolate pleasures.

The weekend, in what has become a can't miss' opportunity, ski and snowboard manufacturers roll out the newest equipment for an unmatched demo inventory that allows any valid lift ticket holder with a driver's license to sample the latest in ski and snowboard technology.

Participating brands include Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol, Ride and Line. Just bring your boots, register, and test drive the good stuff' from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The SugarFest demo is brought to you by Ski Country Sports.

SugarFEAST continues throughout the weekend. Browse through the cafeteria line each day to experience the "Soup Safari". Or later at 5 p.m. North Carolina BBQ and Sweet Tea should satisfy your appetite after a productive and rewarding day demoing the season's new equipment.

At SugarFest, Après ski isn't a thing of the past. The fireworks continue with an impressive pyrotechnic display you can take in from the base lodge just before 6 p.m. as you kick off your boots and enjoy great food and warm drinks. Live bluegrass music from SugarFest's favorite local music group, BOSS HAWG delivers a footstompin' good time. The Last Run Lounge will feature SugarBrew's award winning "best in show" Southern Tier, Choklat, Porter brewed in Lakewood, NY. Of course, a good ole german beer, Spaten will be on tap among others. No shortage of beverage selection here.

On Sunday beginning at 10 a.m., come out and watch or throw down with some of the area's most daring and creative riders and skiers as they deliver thrilling entertainment during the Rail Jam. Over $4,500 in cash, prizes and giveaways, courtesy of Alpine Ski Center, RIDE Snowboards, Salomon, Burton, Scott, Oakley, 686, One Ball Jay, The North Face, Dalbello and Dakine. Be sure to preregister at any Alpine Ski Center throughout the Southeast.

November 2, 2012

Great Early Season Conditions at Loveland!

Loveland Pass, CO - Great Early Season Conditions!
Who’s got the best early season skiing and riding here in Colorado? Loveland Ski Area does! It's been just over a week since opening day and we have already opened more terrain. In addition to Catwalk, Mambo, and Home Run, we now have Spillway and Lower Tempest open to give you more great early season skiing. Lower Tempest is now the temporary home to the terrain park, boasting 7 features for your jibbing enjoyment.

Loveland’s snowmakers are continuing to work hard to open more terrain as quickly as possible. Although the forecast is calling for sunny weather through the weekend, cooler evening temperatures are allowing them to make a lot of progress and we hope to open Richard's Run very soon. Make plans to join us this weekend and take advantage of some of the best early season conditions and most affordable lift tickets in Colorado!

November 1, 2012

Early Season Promotions for Crested Butte

Crested Butte, CO - Crested Butte Mountain Resort is already gearing up for Ski Free on Opening Day, whereby on November 21, 2012, all guests will ski for free at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, no strings attached. With a desire to continue the Ski Free promotion, the community has teamed up with the resort to offer Ski Free with Lodging, as well as offering their Butte Bucks program to entice local holiday shopping.

“Opening Day at Crested Butte Mountain Resort is almost a rite of passage, one that deserves to be shared with as many skiers and snowboarders as possible,” explains Scott Clarkson, vice president of sales and marketing. “Everyone loves free skiing which has been synonymous with CBMR since the early 1990’s. To further the tradition after Opening Day guests can ski for free with a lodging stay through Dec.19 at participating lodging properties in Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte and throughout the Gunnison Valley. We welcome everyone to come and enjoy."

To tempt the early season traveler, the resort and the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce has aligned the Ski Free with Lodging promotion with Butte Bucks, a program that promotes shopping locally for the holidays to take place over the same time period. From November 21 through December 19, 2012, guests visiting the area can also shop in the local stores and eat at local restaurants at a twenty percent discount, when pre-purchasing Butte Bucks.

Butte Bucks is a program coordinated by the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, where shoppers buy minted coins with a $10 value for $8 each. The coins or “Butte Bucks” can then be used, dollar for dollar, throughout town at participating shops and restaurants, giving the buyer a twenty percent discount off all purchases. The idea is to get locals and guests to shop for the holidays locally. What better way to welcome guests to Crested Butte than to offer them free skiing and deals on shopping?

“We are very excited to extend our popular Butte Bucks program this season to our visiting guests and locals alike,” says, Daniel Marshall, executive director of the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce.”We offer a tremendous number of shopping opportunities in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. This program allows our visitors to bring some of the Butte back home at a discounted price.”

New Challenges for Everyone at Stoneham This Winter

Stoneham, PQ - Stoneham Mountain Resort pulled out its heavy artillery this fall to offer three big on-mountain changes for the upcoming season! Nobody will be left out since each new feature concerns different skill levels and needs! New glades, lengthening of the Olympic half pipe and a redesigned pre-opening party are expecting you this winter at Stoneham!

NEW FOR FAMILY – Intermediate glade located in the Family Zone
With the development of two new glades for the upcoming winter, Stoneham bumps up its number of runs to 41, including 10 glades for different skill levels. La Biche [French word for “doe”] is one of them and will be located in the Family Zone of the mountain [in the detachable quad chairlift area]. An intermediate run, this new glade will be added as a neighbor to 3 other recent similar glades suited for all; La Caribou, La Wapiti and L’Orignal. Families and glade lovers will be spoiled by the number of choices in this family mountain section!

NEW FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS – Expert glade for an adrenalin rush!
L’Urubu [name of a bird of prey] offers a new challenge for skiers and riders in search of thrills! This new glade classified as a double-black diamond offers a 300 meter ride on an exciting vertical drop. On top of these two new trails, Stoneham’s team is keen to build a 3rd one for winter 2013/2014.

NEW FOR FREESTYLERS – Olympic half pipe gains 15 meters
During this special year in which the LG/FIS Snowboard World Championships will be held at the mountain [a first edition in the whole province!], the resort wants to raise standards in all courses, particularly in regards to its Olympic half pipe. Being already an official National Training Center, the infrastructure will be extended by 15 meters uphill [for a total of 145 meters long], which will allow professional athletes to squeeze in an extra jump for every run. This also means additional hits for all skiers and riders!
NEW FOR PARTY ANIMALS – The Bud Light STOPEN celebrates the season to come on November 23
True to its tradition, Stoneham offers a memorable party at the mountain the week before its opening! This winter, the BL STOPEN is a redesigned concept, in which the traditional rail jam will be followed by a competition with cash prizes. A Pull-In underwear show will also take place indoors in a new atmosphere, following the presentation of ESK MEDIA and BROTHERS FACTORY new ski and snowboard freestyle movies. To keep the party going on all night, the resort will also host DVBBS, a popular DJ act that opened for the LMFAO concert during the Québec City summer Festival this past July.

Mother Nature's Trick Is Sugar's Treat

Banner Elk, NC - The mega storm, Sandy, or can we call it a "Southeaster" pounded the East Coast, ushering in winter in the North Carolina Mountains. Over nine inches of natural snow, cold temperatures and round the clock snowmaking provided the perfect elements for Sugar Mountain Resort's unprecedented early opening and first time ever October opening. In its 43 year history, Sugar Mountain Resort's earliest opening was on November 5th in 1976.

Snowmaking began Sunday evening, October 28th and continues around the clock. A six to thirty inch base of natural and manmade packed powder surface covers the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. The Summit #1 Lift is in operation to the 3/4's station. Special early opening lift/slope ticket prices are $30 for a full-day session and $25 for a half-day session. For a real time look at the slopes through the live, streaming web cam please log on to

Sugar Mountain Sports Shop, located in the Base Lodge is open and features the finest in winter apparel and footwear, quality gift items, and souvenirs. New winter items are arriving daily.

Sugar's 10,000 square foot outdoor ice rink and tubing park are scheduled to open in mid-November or as weather permits.