January 30, 2013

Arizona Snowbowl's 75th Anniversary Festivities Start Friday

Flagstaff, AZ - Arizona Snowbowl's 75 birthday candles will be dancing down the mountain at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 in a torchlight parade kicking off 10 days of anniversary festivities!

"A bonfire, food specials and prizes at Hart Prairie Lodge will warm spectators as Snowbowl employees light up the night in a procession down Sunset run," said Marketing and Sales Director Dave Smith.

Also Friday, Snowbowl will be offering 75 percent off afternoon lift tickets. Agassiz Chairlift will remain open until 4:30 p.m.; Sunset Chairlift will operate until 5 p.m.

From 1 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, all are encouraged to participate or cheer on contestants as they bring their creativity to a snowman-building contest! Individuals and teams will compete for prizes. Register by calling 928-214-4018. Contestants are asked to check in at Guest Services in Hart Prairie Lodge.

Meantime Snowbowl Goes Downtown Monday through Thursday next week with discounts and contests at participating restaurants and pubs. At 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, join some of Snowbowl's famous skiers for a Fireside Chat in the Weatherford Hotel's Zane Grey Ballroom. On Thursday, Feb. 7, Snowbowl will be celebrating wild fashions from the past. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to dress in their most retro outfits during Throwback Thursday! In addition, an evening of fun is being planned for the Arizona Snowbowl 75th Anniversary SnowDown, Friday, Feb. 8 at the High Country Conference Center with the band Mogollon. Tickets are $38, commemorating Snowbowl's first season in 1938. A table of 10 may be reserved for $380. With four feet of new snow and snowmaking, amazing conditions are forecast through February. Weekday specials such as Women's Wednesdays and Boomer Thursdays are back!

January 29, 2013

Sugar Bowl's New Website Highlights Real Estate Opportunities in Snowbound Village

Donner Summit, CA - Sugar Bowl Resort has launched a new website highlighting the real estate opportunities at the nation’s only snowbound village located on the slopes of one of West’s most legendary ski resorts.

The Village at Sugar Bowl is a slopeside village unequaled in North America. Connected by groomed ski trails, the Village homes sit below the snow-laden peaks of Sugar Bowl Resort’s Mount Disney and Mount Lincoln. When the ski lifts close for the day, the Village becomes a secluded, snowbound, quiet refuge for homeowners with unrivaled recreation only steps away. A short stroll down quiet paths takes you to fireplace-warmed dining at The Lodge. A cross-country ski from the doorstep directly connects to the groomed trails of Royal Gorge, America’s largest cross-country ski resort, and downhill skiers can slide right to their front door from the top of Sugar Bowl’s peaks.

The website gives homeowners and prospective buyers information on the availability of newly released Summit Crossing homesites, highlights re-sale opportunities in the Village at Sugar Bowl, and gives an overview of the village services, amenities and recreational opportunities.

Summit Crossing is a rare release of 25 new homesites at the Village at Sugar Bowl. The new website offers details on the prices, location and amenities available to Summit Crossing homeowners.

For prospective buyers who have a hard time visualizing the experience of living in a snowbound village, a new feature video on the Village at Sugar Bowl website gives them an inside look at the advantages of village homeownership — including reserved underground parking, snowcat transportation, dedicated express liftline privileges, and full-service home care and guest services.

The website also features improved navigation, an interactive village map showing properties currently on the market, and an informational section on the improvements planned for Sugar Bowl Resort. Sugar Bowl’s unique “lots of lifts” development approach reinvests the money made in real estate sales back into on-mountain improvements.

January 28, 2013

“Soldier on Fest” 4th edition will take place at Owl’s Head!

Mansonville, PQ - The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF), in collaboration with Canadian Forces, the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers and Mont Owl’s Head is pleased to welcome disabled Canadian Forces personnel, active or retired, in their Soldier-On Program to ASF’s annual “Soldier-On Fest 2013”. Thirty Canadian Force’s soldiers who have served in Afganistan will participate.

These participants from the Canadian Forces will come from bases in the Maritimes as well as Quebec and Eastern and Southern Ontario. With curling being added to the regular adaptive ski program, the ASF has added an extra day of activities. The five-day “Soldier-On Fest 2013” will again be held at Owl’s Head Ski Resort in Mansonville, Quebec from February 3rd to the 8th.

Wounded soldiers, several of whom are returning for their second year, will work with specially trained volunteer instructors from ASF to gain new skills and confidence in adaptive skiing. The extra day of curling activity will be held at the Curling Club of Magog, with the Provincial Adaptive Team participating and giving valuable tips and assistance.

The ASF (formally the Eastern Townships Disabled Skiers Foundation) is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1995 by Peter Treacy, himself, a disabled skier due to burns suffered in an accident many years ago. Their mission has been to establish, operate and maintain educational programs that encourage people with physical disabilities to discover new abilities through winter and summer sports. Over the past 19 years they have excelled at providing that service to individuals from Montreal to Sherbrooke. The ASF provides trained volunteers who assist these individuals to become as independent as possible in their chosen sport which fosters the development of self-confidence, motivation, increased physical strength and improved self-image while learning a lifelong sport/skill which can be enjoyed with family and friends.

“2013 RACE AGAINST CANCER” Saturday, February 9th Ski, Ride & Race For a Great Cause!

East Stroudsburg, PA - Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and the American Cancer Society are working together to increase awareness of cancer prevention and to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area will be hosting its annual “Race Against Cancer” on Saturday, February 9, 2013. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Monroe Unit of the American Cancer Society in support of their mission to eliminate cancer. The 2012 event raised over $7,500 last ski season.

Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The NASTAR race course is set on the Upper Tomahawk Race Trail; an intermediate level run. The race course is open from 10am until approximately 3pm. The cost is $8.00 for 2 runs, or $15.00 for 4 runs on the course. A lift ticket is required.

Non-skiers can get involved and join the Race Against Cancer by purchasing an “In-Honor Of” or “In Memory Of” donation card at the Ski & Snowboard School Desk. Each card will be displayed throughout the base area to show your support. A limited number of Race Gates are also available for businesses and individuals to show their support for this cause on the course.

January 23, 2013

Park City Mountain Resort Prepares for 50th Anniversary By Collecting Guests' Stories

Park City, UT - Park City Mountain Resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2013-14 winter season, and will be sharing guests’ stories as part of the celebration. The Resort is making an open call for guests to send their stories, and is accepting submissions now. Selected stories will be developed into videos that will be featured on its YouTube channel throughout the 2013-14 season.

The Resort will showcase stories from each decade of its operation, beginning in the 1960’s up through the 2000’s – so whether you were on the mountain for its first day in 1963 or more recently, Park City Mountain Resort wants to hear what you’ve discovered on the mountain!

January 21, 2013

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer Lift Tickets for a Good Cause

Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, CA - What could be better than spending a day skiing and riding Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows all day long then watching the 49ers play in the Super Bowl from the base of the “soul center” of skiing and snowboarding – KT-22 ? Bring the skis and snowboards along with the San Francisco 49er jerseys and join the largest on-mountain Super Bowl party and celebration of one of the greatest football teams in the country and of all time. The day will be a major fundraiser for The High Fives Foundation.

“We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to celebrate, in the biggest way possible, the success of a football team that our customers are wild about,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “We can’t imagine a better way to spend a day than skiing and riding Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, then celebrating the 49ers in the Super Bowl, as a benefit for High Fives Foundation, by viewing the game on the largest television in the Sierra – in this case, a huge diamond vision screen.”

Squaw will host a sensational viewing of the Super Bowl on a huge, 16-foot by 21-foot, 49- panel “diamond vision” screen at the KT Base Bar, located at the base of the KT-22 Lift. There will be festivities planned throughout the day including giveaways and promotions before, during and after the game.

“Don’t miss this incredible celebration of one of the area’s favorite football teams, all while raising awareness and funds for High Fives,” said Roy Tuscany of High Fives Foundation.

January 17, 2013

Mount Snow Launches Free Mobile App

West Dover, VT - Mount Snow Resort in southern Vermont today officially launched a new free mobile application downloadable on both iOS and Android operating systems. The new app is GPS enabled so users can track the amount of vertical and total distance they travel while skiing or snowboarding on the mountain, as well as find their current location on the trail map.

Other features include the latest snow conditions and lift report, events calendar, live cams display, news, deals and links to the resort's social media channels.

"This is a completely free product that will really help our guests navigate not only the mountain, but the entire resort, as well track runs, track vertical feet skied and so much more," said Matt Gebo, Mount Snow director of marketing and events. "It will enhance the guest's experience during their visit and also allow them easy access to resort information through their mobile device no matter where they are."

Mount Snow worked with application developer Resorts Tapped, a company that specializes in creating "iPhone and Android apps for winter resorts", to produce the product.

January 16, 2013

Freestyle Stars Head to Lake Placid

Wilmington, NY - Olympic freestyle skiing stars in moguls and aerials will come together for the first time this season returning to the 1980 Olympic slopes of Lake Placid, N.Y. for the USANA Freestyle Cup this Thursday through Saturday. The USANA Cup will mark Olympic champion Hannah Kearney's (Norwich, Vt.) return to competition after a training crash took her off the slopes in October. Heather McPhie (Bozeman, Mont.) will be looking to continue her winning streak after sweeping the first two international competitions.

The event will be televised by NBC, Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. EST along with additional coverage on NBC Sports Network, Sunday, Jan 20, and Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. EST. The moguls event on Thursday will be broadcast live on the USSA Network at USSkiTeam.com from 1:45-3:15 p.m. EST with aerials streaming Friday from 8:15-9:10 p.m. EST.

Whistler Blackcomb's Nintendo Terrain Parks Get an Overhaul

Whistler, BC - The Whistler Blackcomb Nintendo Terrain Parks span 99 acres and are home to a 22 foot superpipe maintained by a Global Pipe Cutter, a snowcross track, and more than 150 features. This year Whistler Blackcomb is excited to announce some major changes to the parks including an overhaul of the Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park on Blackcomb, a park specific winch cat and many more new park features.

The Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park on Blackcomb has been revamped featuring jumps ranging from 40 to 80 feet. The large jump line, previously in the Habitat Terrain Park on Whistler, has been relocated to the Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park on Blackcomb. Helmets are still mandatory within the Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park but guests will no longer need to purchase a separate pass to access the park.

“The park is the best it's ever been and the big jump line has really been stepped up,” says TJ Schiller, professional skier and X Games gold medalist. “The jumps are perfectly shaped with longer, steeper landings. It's really helped me get ready for my long season.”

Also new for the 2012-2013 season is an upgraded park specific winch cat. The upgraded winch cat allows the parks crew to groom and manicure steeper landings.

“Whether you’re a seasoned park professional or it’s your first time up the mountain our Nintendo Terrain Parks are all about progression,” says Brian Finestone, Terrain Parks Manager, Whistler Blackcomb. “From the very small jumps in the Nintendo Terrain Garden to the 80 foot kickers in the Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park there is something for everyone.”

Whistler Blackcomb and the Nintendo Terrain Parks will host a number of freestyle events throughout the year including the upcoming North Face Park and Pipe Open Series which takes place January 14-17. The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series will feature some of the world’s best freestyle skiers as they compete for a place in the upcoming Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. The Nintendo Terrain Parks will also host the King of the Rail competition presented by Showcase four times during the year and the Park Rider Ski and Snowboard event five times during the year.

January 14, 2013

New Hampshire's Loon Mountain Announces Lineup of Women's Skiing & Snowboarding Camps

Lincoln, NH - This winter, Loon Mountain Resort will present a series of ladies-only camps to help women take their skiing and riding to the next level. The camps are designed to foster a collaborative learning environment, where students and coaches work together to improve their skills and forge lasting relationships with each other.

The first of these workshops, the Women’s Performance Camp, is designed for women who ski at an intermediate level or above, and will take place on January 26-27. With the help of expert female coaches, video analysis and more, skiers will gain the knowledge and confidence to rip black-diamond steeps, hit the moguls, and float through the trees.

“The Women’s Performance Camp is a camp run by women, for women,” says Erin Bell, a Women’s Performance Camp coach and veteran 14-year Loon ski coach. “The goal is not to make women ski more like men, but for women to ski more like women, gain confidence, and enjoy a wider variety of terrain.”

The Women’s Performance Camp includes a two-day lift ticket and 12 hours of teaching by some of the most experienced female coaches on the East Coast. Sponsors Billabong, Chaos, and Barefoot Wine will provide complimentary goodies to camp participants. Loon will host a second Women’s Performance Camp later in the season, on March 9-10.

“Selfishly, I think it’s great to get women to become better skiers,” Bell says. “That way, I don’t have to ski with the boys all the time.”

Snowboarders will get their chance to shine during the Women's Droppin’ In Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Camp, presented by Oakley, on March 30-31. This camp is designed to motivate the woman who is looking to progress into the park and pipe, or strengthen the park skills she already has. Oakley-sponsored pro skiers and snowboarders will serve as coaches, teaching participants how to have more fun on the mountain and improve their freestyle skills. Past Droppin’ In coaches have included Gretchen Bleiler, Marie-France Roy, and Kristie Leskinen. The camp includes breakfast, lunch, yoga sessions, an Oakley gift bag stuffed with goodies, and more.

These camps regularly sell out, so interested women are encouraged to reserve their spots as soon as possible by calling 1-800-229-LOON (5666). For more information about the Women’s Performance Camps or the Women's Droppin’ In Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Camp, visit Loonmtn.com and look for Snowsports Camps & Workshops under the ‘Lessons’ tab.

January 11, 2013

Senator Schumer to Visit Greek Peak Mountain Resort

Cortland, NY - U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will visit Greek Peak Resort, which was at risk of shutting down last summer, to celebrate a successful ski season and provide updates on the tourist destination's future in the ongoing sale process with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Schumer will also push for the FDIC to work with Greek Peak Resort through the sale and ensure that the ski resort remains open for the long term and employees stay on the job.

Last year, Greek Peak's lender failed and was put into conservatorship by the FDIC, who took over the company's loan. Senator Schumer successfully urged the FDIC to offer a lifeline to help this Cortland County tourist destination keep its doors open until the winter ski season arrived. Since then, Greek Peak has had a successful early ski season and has kept all of its nearly 1,000 employees on the job. Schumer will make his push for the resort to stay open and to keep employees on the job for years to come.

January 9, 2013

Wee Ski Returns to Mt. Van Hoevenberg... 50k of Nordic Skiing Available

Wilmington, NY - The cross country ski center at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, in Lake Placid, N.Y., continues its Wee Ski Nordic recreational program, Monday, Jan. 14. This fun family-based “mom and me” program is designed to introduce cross country skiing through play, focusing on the joy of outdoor activities.

The program held each Monday through Feb. 4, not only introduces children to cross country skiing, but also works to fine-tune skills through play in a fun, outdoor environment. Wee Ski is designed for children two to four years of age.

The program begins with an adult and child outdoor ski/play period from 9:45-10:30 a.m., followed by an inside play period for the kids and fun adult ski time from 10:30 a.m.- noon.

Day care is also provided from 10:30 a.m.- noon. This program is family based, so dads and grandparents are always welcome. The cost is $40 per child.

In addition, the cross country center’s Pathfinders learn to ski lessons continue this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. The six-week age and ability based program is for children ages four and older. Ski lessons are designed to introduce children to the techniques that will make a lifetime of skiing enjoyable. The program also serves as a preparatory course for children entering the Lake Placid Ski Club Bill Koch Program or the NYSEF Nordic Snow Cats and Trailblazer programs.

The Nordic ski season is in full swing. Bolstered by the recent Nor’easter, which arrived in time for the holidays, cross country skiers are enjoying 50-kilomters of skiing on a packed powder surface.

January 7, 2013

Pats Peak Ski Area Celebrates 50 Years With A 50-Foot Long Cake

Henniker, NH - Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination, celebrates 50 years under the Patenaude family ownership, which makes it the longest continuously operating ski area run by the same owner. Saturday, January 5, 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of Pats Peak.

At Noon, the two riders in the #50 Golden Chair on the Peak Double Chair Lift, Kyle and Dylan, were pleasantly surprised by Boris and Snowball and each given a gift basket of Pats Peak memorabilia.

The center of the celebration was a 50-foot long cake. Hannaford of Concord, NH made and decorated the 50-foot long cake, which featured photos of Pats Peak’s history from its groundbreaking to the newest improvements. Wayne and Sally Patenaude, the owners of Pats Peak, with their grandchildren cut the cake. Skiers and Riders gathered in the main lodge to sing "Happy Birthday to Pats Peak" and eat cake!

The fun continued with an Apr├Ęs-Ski Party in the Sled Pub with a Harpoon Beer Promotion, Live Music by Nick’s Other Band and contests for Best Retro Outfit, Oldest Pats Peak Trail Map and Oldest Pats Peak Brochure.

“It was a great day to celebrate with all our guests. Lots of people joined us to enjoy a piece of cake to celebrate our 50th birthday. Family is what we have been all about for fifty years and it was great to celebrate with everyone”, says Wayne Patenaude, Owner of Pats Peak.

January 4, 2013

Park City Mountain Resort to Host Sprint U.S. Grand Prix January 30-February 2, 2013

Park City, UT - Park City Mountain Resort hosts the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Snowboarding and Freeskiing Halfpipe competitions January 30 – February 2, 2013 in its Eagle Superpipe. Some of the world’s best snowboarders and freeskiers are expected to take advantage of the opportunity to earn points toward qualifying for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, which will include halfpipe medal events for both snowboarders and freeskiers. All events are free to the public and spectator-friendly.

“Park City Mountain Resort’s pipe is one of the best in the world and now that it is my official home resort, I am even more proud to compete here,” said Jen Hudak, a Park City All Star and Grand Prix Ski Halfpipe competitor.

2010 Snowboarding Halfpipe Olympian and 2013 Grand Prix competitor Louie Vito shared his own excitement, “I love coming back to Park City, home of the 2002 Olympics, for a Grand Prix. You take a great contest series like the Grand Prix and put it where the historic USA Olympic Sweep happened and it is just a cool feeling being there.”

Qualifying and semi-final rounds begin Wednesday, January 30, with Snowboarding Halfpipe Finals taking place Friday, February 1 and Freeskiing Halfpipe Finals Saturday, February 2. Also on the program, the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Big Air competition on Wednesday, January 30 is sure to be a fan favorite.

Best Deal in Ski Country

Telluride, CO - Skiers and riders in Phoenix and the Bay Area can now take advantage of the best travel deals imaginable in ski country, Two for One airline tickets straight to the slopes of Telluride Ski Resort.

The Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization (TMRAO), Telluride Ski Resort (TSG) and Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) put the deal together with Allegiant Air to offer Two for One airline tickets from Phoenix-Mesa airport (IWA) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) non-stop to Telluride Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). This is a special that brings unmatched value to a skiing vacation.

“To my knowledge, there is no program in the industry where travelers can get two for one airline tickets and skiing opportunities at two of the country’s top resorts,” said Michael Martelon, President & CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board. “It’s unheard of to have this kind of option, and we’re excited to be able to offer it.”

This winter, Allegiant is offering one-way fare from Phoenix starting as low as $46.99 one-way ($93.98 round-trip)*. Flights from Oakland start at $49.99 one-way ($99.98 round-trip)*. The flights into MTJ started December 15 and conclude April 3. Tickets must be purchased by January 31, 2013 for the Two for One offer for use by April 3, 2013. This offer is based upon availability. For a complete flight schedule, visit www.allegiantair.com.

With the collaboration of Telluride Ski Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort launching the Ultimate 6 Pass, a 6-day pass that is good for 3 days of skiing and riding at each resort, guests can now use the centrally located airport for their travel arrangements and have the opportunity to ski both areas in one vacation. The TCB Ulimate 6 Pass is available through Liftopia.com at the unbeatable rate of $439 through January 31, 2013.

“This is a unique opportunity to experience Southwest Colorado skiing at two of Colorado’s top resorts in a single trip,” said Ken Stone, Executive Director at Telluride Ski Resort. “Combine this with the low cost of Allegiant and the fact that we will pay for every other airline ticket and you have the absolute best deal in ski country.”

January 3, 2013

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Returns to Deer Valley, January 30 to February 2, 2013

Park City, UT - The world’s best aerial and mogul skiers return to Utah this winter to compete in the 2013 FIS Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup, hosted once again by Deer Valley Resort.

The World Cup will feature three disciplines, including moguls, dual moguls and aerials and marks the 11th World Cup event hosted at Deer Valley, in addition to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and two World Championships, making the resort an esteemed venue for the international freestyle community.

“We are thrilled to have the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup return to Deer Valley for another year,” said Coleen Reardon, director of marketing for Deer Valley Resort. “Champion and White Owl runs prove to be the perfect venue for these world-class skiers, as well as for the thousands of spectators that turn out for this annual event.”

Expected to compete in the 2013 World Cup mogul competitions are two of Deer Valley’s sponsored athletes and ambassadors, Bryon and Brad Wilson. With longtime roots in Park City, this brotherly duo, both of whom are members of the US Freestyle Ski Team, has accomplished a lot in their short tenure as Ski Team athletes. Bryon won the bronze medal at the 2010 Olympic Games, Brad has climbed his way up the World Cup rankings, and together the two are excited to take their success to the slopes of Deer Valley.

“We are honored to support the Wilson brothers on their path to World Cup and Olympic gold,” said Reardon. “Bryon and Brad are very talented athletes and great ambassadors for freestyle skiing. We’re thrilled they chose to represent Deer Valley and consider this resort their home.”

Men’s and women’s mogul events are scheduled on the Champion ski run on Thursday, January 31 and Saturday, February 2. Men’s and women’s aerial events will be held on the White Owl ski run on Friday, February 1. Finals for all disciplines will take place in the evening, with a fireworks display concluding on each night. Each discipline will also be filmed and televised on NBC and NBC Sports Network the following week.

The World Cup celebration will kick off with a free concert by Cold War Kids on Lower Main Street in Historic Park City on Wednesday, January 30 from 7 – 9 p.m., with a fireworks show to immediately follow.

Diversity Day Goes POP at Pats Peak on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Henniker, NH - PATS PEAK, southern New Hampshire’s favorite mountain, announces its 12th annual Diversity Day Goes POP to be celebrated on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2013 from 3pm to 9pm.

Diversity Day Goes POP, Pay-One-Price, for just $45 skiers and riders can enjoy access to skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, rentals and lesson tips from 3pm to 9pm. Snowtubing is from 5pm to 9pm and Lesson Tips are from 4pm to 6pm.

Diversity Day at PATS PEAK celebrates the work, spirit and vision of Martin Luther King by hosting a special winter fun event. This winter fun event commemorates the importance of diversity, nondiscrimination, and freedom. It’s an opportunity to come to the slopes of New Hampshire no matter a person's ethnicity, social, or economic background.

“Diversity Day Goes POP is a program that encourages people who may believe that this is a sport out of their reach to try skiing or snowboarding," says Jim Wall, Director of Services.

Focusing on the diversity of cultures around the world, world music will be showcased in the lodge complete with a DJ and dancing.

January 1, 2013

Sugarbush Resort Experiences Two Record-High Days for Skier Visits Over the Past Week

Warren, VT - Sugarbush Resort announced today that it has experienced two record-high days for skier visits over the past week. The resort is reporting an increase of 14% over the busiest Christmas week ever recorded under the ownership of Summit Ventures. Summit Ventures has owned the resort for the past eleven years, and has been run under the leadership of Win Smith, a former chairman of Merrill Lynch International.

Smith attributes the strong week to the combination of several elements.

“It has been the perfect storm: pent-up demand from consumers, strong season pass sales, the cooperation of Mother Nature in providing cold temperatures for snowmaking and early-season snow, and lastly, the beautiful snow that began to fall just before the holidays. Sugarbush was the first resort in the East to be 100% open in December, and we’re off to a great season!”

The resort experienced its busiest day ever this past Friday, December 28th, where visits were 9% higher than its previous record.