February 28, 2013

The Wailers Come to Crested Butte for FestEVOL 2013

Opening Band Twiddle Will Bring Funk to the Reggae Sounds of this Spring Show
Crested Butte, CO - FestEVOL, Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) springtime concert series returns for another show this spring. FestEVOL is a unique lifestyle experience combining snowsports with live music, innovative natural brands and the sustainably focused Reverb Eco-Village. In its fourth year, FestEVOL will showcase a great line-up of live music, skiing and riding, and all-natural foods to CBMR. On Saturday, March 9, local band Mine Control will start the festivities off, followed by Vermont-based band Twiddle, with special guest John Popper of Blues Traveler. The main act will be The Wailers, reggae legends and also crowd pleasers.

Concert tickets are now on sale for the Crested Butte event at www.SkiCB.com/festevol. General admission tickets are $25 per person and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 per person. CBMR season passholder discounts are available when purchasing in the Adventure Center at the resort. Lodging, lift ticket and concert packages are available at a 25% discount, when purchasing all together. Call Crested Butte Vacations for more information at 800-600-2803 or locally at 970-349-4554. Guests can also buy concert tickets onsite for $30 per person until the show begins.

This year, FestEVOL begins its three stop tour at Crested Butte Mountain Resort March 9th. Then heads east March 16th to Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont, where O.A.R will open for Yukon Kornelious and Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire on March 23, featuring O.A.R.

As a little background, FestEVOL began three years ago in Crested Butte, Colo. as an idea among friends and now partners; combining mountain sports, live music, innovative natural brands and a sustainably focused “eco village” to keep the event green and to help spread environment consciousness among concert-goers. FestEVOL teamed up with the IZSTYLE winter tour to feature the Reverb Eco Village. This interactive village includes local, regional and national environmental non-profit groups alongside alternative energy and transportation exhibits. The Eco Village also highlights all natural/organic food sampling and ski/snowboard equipment demos with Nordica skis and Burton snowboards.

Reverb is a non-profit started by Guster band member Adam Gardner, and his wife Lauren Sullivan as an effort to “green up” concert venues, including things like enhancing recycling efforts, switching tour buses to bio-diesel, and using LED lights for on-stage lighting to name a few.

February 27, 2013

Spring Deals at Mount Snow!

West Dover, VT - Snowsports enthusiasts in the northeast will find an abundance of deals to ski and ride at Mount Snow Resort in southern Vermont as March rolls in, including the Vernal Eternal Spring Pass which provides the pass holder unlimited direct to lift access from March 1 through the end of the season. As a major snow storm deposits several inches of snow on the mountain during the waning days of February, the spring skiing and riding season is shaping up to be stellar which will make the list of deals that much more appealing.

Mount Snow branded the last five weeks of the winter season Vernal Eternal as a way of identifying the timeframe that is jam packed with annual festivals, events, competitions and live music; Vernal Eternal is also known as a time when the sun is higher in the sky and the deals are easy to come by.

Vernal Eternal Spring Pass - Valid every day from March 1 through the end of the winter season with direct to lift access; non-transferable. Available online Feb. 28 for $249.

Bud Light St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Green Eggs and Kegs, live music, outdoor party and $17 lift tickets on Sunday, March 17. Lift ticket deal is only available for advance purchase online with a limited quantity of 2,000 available.

February 26, 2013

Timberline Lodge Joins Historic Hotels of America

Government Camp, OR - RLK and Company, operators of Timberline Lodge is pleased to announce it has been accepted into the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Timberline Lodge is now one of a distinctive group of hotels, resorts, and lodges throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance.

"The trend of cultural and heritage travel in America continues to grow," said Lawrence Horowitz, executive director of Historic Hotels Worldwide. "By inviting Timberline Lodge into our collection of distinguished properties, we are continuing to encourage historic preservation while at the same time showcasing the lodge's rich history. Our goal is to bring these historically special hotels and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling public."

Timberline's General Manager, Mark Vincent commented that "We are very pleased to have been recognized by The National Trust for Historic Preservation and to join this wonderful grouping of historic properties. Timberline Lodge is rich in history and architectural beauty. We love to share this special place with others. What we offer our guests is a quality, authentic, and memorable experience."

February 25, 2013

Snowing! Castle is taking shape for this weekend's Winter Carnival!

White Pass, WA - Hats off to Hugh Webber, Dave Mahre and Kevin McCarthy for their part in creating the White Pass Winter Carnival! First held in 1987, the event has become tradition for generations of northwest families. Tubing down the castle, making that first run on the Kids' Obstacle Course or competing in the Ski 4 Kids race weekend make memories that last a lifetime! We look forward to seeing you at White Pass this weekend.

February 19, 2013

Cranmore Joins Three Mountains for New White Mountain Super Pass

White Mountain Region, NH - Bretton Woods, Cranmore, Cannon Mountain and Waterville Valley ski areas announce the launch of the White Mountain Superpass to go on sale February 23, 2013. The pass will be valid any day of the 2013-2014 winter season at all four mountains. There are no blackout date restrictions.

”There has been such great success with our combined 4NH College Pass, we all quickly agreed that offering a season pass to everyone for the same four areas was an exciting proposition,” said Chris Sununu, CEO of Waterville Valley. The 4NH pass includes the same four mountains, but is a college student-only pass and has been offered since 2008.

The new White Mountain Superpass will give skiers and riders access to a combined total of 284 trails, 41 lifts, 1,148 acres and 6,900 vertical feet; and it includes a special “Bring-A-Friend Bonus.” The bonus enables the pass holder to get a friend $15 off the purchase of a one-day full-priced adult lift ticket. The offer can be used once per day for the purchase of one ticket. Pass holders may also receive a 10 percent discount from select retail outlets at each ski area.

"We think it’s a fantastic value and certainly one of the best combined passes in the East,” said John DeVivo, Cannon Mountain’s general manager. “The Superpass really gives skiers and riders amazing options when it comes to choosing where to take their next ski trip.”

Shawnee Mountain Gives Back - 2013 Charitable Event Donations

East Stroudsburg, PA - Shawnee Mountain is pleased to announce its donation of all the proceeds from the Pennsylvania Learn to Ski Day held January 3 on the Ski Area’s Learning Center. A total of $1,340 was donated to the Bushkill Outreach. The Bushkill Outreach is a local food bank affiliated with the Reformed Church of Bushkill and St. John’s Catholic Church of Bushkill, PA.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 9 & 10, Shawnee Mountain held its annual Race Against Cancer on the Upper Tomahawk NASTAR Race Trail. Race fee proceeds, along with corporate sponsorships and individual donations raised $6,797, all of which has been sent to Monroe County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Both Pennsylvania Learn to Ski Day and the Race Against Cancer are long standing Shawnee Mountain Events and along with other fundraisers are held annually at the family orientated Ski Area.

February 15, 2013

Lake Louise Ski Area, Tube Park Now Open

Banff / Lake Louise, AB - Just in time for Family Day and for the first time ever, guests at The Lake Louise Ski Area can experience the delight of tubing. Sunny Tube Park is the latest addition to the Lake Louise Ski Area’s Base Area Play Zone and is perfect for both first timers to a ski resort, as well as seasoned skiers and snowboarders looking for a different kind of snowy adrenaline rush!

We are very excited to introduce this new activity to The Lake Louise Ski Area,” says Mike Moynihan, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager. “There is much more to our winter wonderland than downhill skiing and snowboarding. With snowshoe tours, cross-country skiing, and now Tubing at the mountain, and many more activities offered in the Lake Louise area, we are proud that all ages can enjoy a winter experience of a lifetime here.”

Sunny Tube is located at the base of The Lake Louise Ski Area and will be open seven days a week until the end of the ski season. Guests are carried up the slopes on a moving carpet, and then get to enjoy the thrill ride down a groomed, two-lane track. No previous experience is required; just bring an appetite for fun.

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Reports Sold-Out 13th Anniversary

Vail, Colorado - The 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in January,the Big Beers Festival, highly valued for the attendees' ability to connect directly with brewmasters and importers throughout a diverse weekend of events, has been deemed a success once again. A tradition held in well-renowned Vail, Colorado, garnered rave reviews from attendees and presenters, and the three-day festival has earned a reputation for attracting the "who's who" in craft beer, while remaining approachable to all interested. This year the entire event sold-out; some selections gone within the first two hours after tickets were released, including the debut option of VIP tickets and the hallmark of the event: the Commercial Tasting. Big Beers was also was the hot spot for numerous awards bestowed to both homebrewers and commercial brewers, earning national recognition for the winners as a result.

Demonstrating how an uber-successful craft beer festival (dubbed by one newspaper headline as "The Nation's Best") can still retain an intimate connection with the attendees, festival organizers responded to last-minute requests for an important Denver Broncos play-off football game to be shown during the Commercial Tasting. A selection of all-Colorado craft brewers in what became dubbed "Broncos Alley" presided alongside a five-foot television screen showing the play-off game, surrounded by more than eighty of the world's most innovative brewers, importers and their imaginative and extremely popular creations.

Diversity of programming was another key element that remained a hallmark of the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, including a homebrew competition and seminars offered by the brewmasters who presented eclectic sessions on all things brewing, from "Smoke" to "The Beer in My Cheese", and from "Brewing Belgian Styles" to "Creating Flavor: The Art of Blending Hops". A memorable event for attendees of the Cicerone Workshop (similar to a Sommelier program in the wine world) was an "off- flavor" beer tasting-not something that is usually found at beer festivals.

The Best of Show award winning homebrewer, Charlie Gottenkieny from Littleton, CO, won with 'Winter Solstice Saison' which will now be commercially brewed by the Dry Dock Brewing Company and co-entered in the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition in Denver, Colorado this October. The winner of the People's Choice Award, Odell Brewing Co. from Ft. Collins, CO, was the chosen winner via popular vote from the attendees during the Commercial Tasting for their new seasonal 'Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout', which was provided for the attendees at the welcome reception and in the Fireside Bar over the course of the Big Beers Festival. Shawn DeWitt of Coronado Brewing Co. won the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Pairing Taste-off for the second year in a row with Coronado's Hoppy Daze Belgio IPA paired with Purple Haze on Raisin Rosemary Crisps from Cypress Grove Chèvre. The win put him in competition with Steven Pauwels from Boulevard Brewing Co, who is the only other Brewmaster to win the Big Beers CraftBeer.com Taste-off twice.

The festival's success continues to boom: The Commercial Tasting welcomed more than 1,100 attendees, and more than eighty breweries and importers showcased their wares--a significant increase over the 2012 festival--and the Fireside program was so popular that more than twenty-five donated five-gallon kegs were consumed on the first two nights.

February 12, 2013

February Vacation Week Events at Cranmore Mountain

N. Conway, NH - - Cranmore Mountain, located in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley, is the place to be this President's Day vacation week. With skiing and non skiing activities and a full schedule of family events, there is something for everyone.

This February vacation week includes a special farm themed Cranapalooza and fireworks sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger on February 16th, and a Hollywood themed Cranapalooza and fireworks sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink on Saturday, February 23rd. Both of these dates include a bonus family friendly magic show at the Artist Falls Lodge from 4:30-5:30pm, with magician Ryan Mahoney. February also includes a bonus Cranapalooza on Wednesday, February 20th.

Friday, February 22nd, Stonewall Kitchen will be on the deck of Zip’s Pub & Grille with free product samples, and Rockstar will be on property sampling drinks on Saturday, February 23rd.

Cranmore's terrain parks are hosting their second freestyle event of the season, Saturday, February 23rd- RAMP Sports and Arbor Present Retro Fest Rail Jam. Grab your skis and boards, along with your best day glow gear and come out and throw down. Registration starts at 9am in the main base lodge and is $10 plus a lift ticket or seasons pass. The event will start at noon in the Double Feature Park. Winners will walk away with new skis or a board courtesy of the presenting sponsors and other prizes from sponsors, Dakine, Shreddy Times and Frontside Grind. RAMP Sports will be on property throughout the day with demo equipment.

Après entertainment is scheduled daily in Zip's Pub and Grille, February 16th through the 23rd and feature some of the best musicians in the Valley and surrounding areas.

February 11, 2013

The project East Coast Ski Bromont Successful Real Estate Contest

Bromont, PQ - The East Coast project won two awards at the Gala Domus APCHQ which took place last Saturday. Team Ski Bromont property was awarded trophies "Project and / or residential development of the year, multifamily" and "Construction of single-family $ 260,000 and less than $ 500,000." These accolades from industry are very popular, while the project will begin the third phase of its launch next spring.

"We are extremely proud of this recognition. East Coast Project is a project of great complexity involved in its planning, since it is located directly in the mountains and we are committed from the outset to integrate all of its components seamlessly in its environment. The awards in the last Domus Gala confirm the innovative spirit of our team behind the project, "says Charles Désourdy, President and CEO of Ski Bromont and Bromont Ski property.

Project East Coast, located on the Versant du Lac Ski Bromont, should include forward a hundred homes, available in different types of houses, condos or two to six units, single family homes and land for self. Sales Phases 1 and 2 have progressed rapidly, the marketing of two new buildings condos, respectively five and six units and three golf Phase 3 will be announced in the spring.

February 7, 2013

Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Burton Snowboards Debut Pirates Riglet Park

Champion, PA - Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania’s premier family-friendly resort, is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Pirates Riglet Park, , in partnership with Burton Snowboards, is set for 4 p.m., Friday, February 8.

Designed to introduce children as young as 3 to snowboarding, the Riglet Park is an introduction to snowboarding; a learning park for kids. The look, feel, and environment will be a creative blend of baseball and snowboarding. This unique Burton Riglet Park will be set up like a baseball field complete with a home plate view of PNC Park, the Pirate Parrot and more.

Inside the park will be a diverse selection of fun features like a cone zone where the kids will learn to weave in and out while being towed by their coaches, giant-sized bases, oversized baseball bats for jibs, a dugout for an on-snow chill-out zone, a t-ball area for kids to hit snowballs off the tee, and a home plate fort with a mini chairlift to practice safe loading and unloading skills.

Children in the Riglet Park program will begin their adventure in the Pirates Locker Room area of the Tiny Tots’ Snowboard School. Inside the locker room, which is inspired by the real Pirates locker room, kids will be issued their own locker with their nameplate on it, a Pirates helmet and a specially designed Burton vest. The vest looks like a Pirates jersey and features a handle on the back to help support the kids while learning. After a team meeting, the coaches load the kids onto the Pirates ship and will whisk them to the park to begin their lesson. At the entrance of the Burton Pirates Riglet Park, the kids will be welcomed by a giant baseball bat and ball hand-carved by one of the best wood sculptors in the world, Bob King.

Lesson programs in the Riglet Park will combine Burton’s industry-leading Kid's Learn To Ride equipment, Riglet teaching methods, Seven Springs kids coaches and an amazing environment, which equals the best way to introduce kids to snowboarding. One of the key pieces of technology that makes the magic happen is the Burton’s Riglet Reel, a specially designed reel that attaches to the nose of the 80, 90 and 100cm kids’ snowboards. Thanks to the Riglet Reel, coaches can tow kids on their snowboards, so they quickly learn how to balance, move and control their boards. Riglet Reel technology combined with Burton’s Riglet Park and Learn To Ride boards, boots, and bindings enhance and expedite the snowboarding process.

“The Pirates Riglet Park collaboration with Burton and the Pirates has created a forward-thinking project that will provide an innovative level of youth snowsports programs and set Seven Springs ahead of the industry in progressing these programs,” said Joel Rerko, Seven Springs Mountain Operations Manager. “The concept was simple – kids love baseball and playing outside, so we built a baseball field loaded with playground-like features that will have kids snowboarding with extreme confidence and having a blast in little to no time.”

February 6, 2013

A-Basin Announces New Elevation 3 Pass

Build-your-own three-day A-Basin adventure starting at $119
Arapahoe Basin, CO - Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) announces the new Elevation 3 Pass, a three-day ski pass good anytime through the end of the 12/13 season, starting at $119 for adults and $89 for children ages 6-14. Guests can also add three-day dining and rental vouchers to the pass, allowing them to elevate their entire on-mountain experience at a discounted rate. The pass goes on sale Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the season pass office and online at ArapahoeBasin.com.

Additionally, the legendary Pallavicini is open all day, every day for skiing and riding. Runs open include 13 Cornices, Standard and International.

Winter Carnival Day

East Stroudsburg, PA - The base of Shawnee Mountain will come alive on Sunday, February 24 with a festive carnival atmosphere and a fun day for Skiers, Snowboarders, Snow Tubers and Spectators.

Presented by Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and sponsored by Coca-Cola, Winter Carnival Day will feature ice sculpture, music, fun games and trivia contests, product sampling, outdoor BBQ, prizes and giveaways.

Shawnee Winter Carnival will also feature a live ice carving demo from the talented artists at Sculpted Ice Works. Sculpted Ice Works from Lakeville, PA will transform a 300 pound block of ice into a giant ice throne in front of the festival crowd. Skiers, riders, tubers and Shawnee Mountain guests will be able to take photos on the giant ice throne when it is completed.

The Shawnee Mountain Junior Development Team will perform a Skiing and Snowboarding Skills Demonstration on the Thundercloud Trail and Greenhouse Slope in full view of the base area spectators.

WSBG 93.5 Radio Station will provide DJs with outdoor music and giveaways all from the base of Shawnee Mountain. Red Bull will roll in for Winter Carnival Day with free samples.

The majority of activities will take place from 11am to 2pm in the base area, slope side. Funnel cake, kettle corn, crepe and roasted nut concessions along with face painting and carnival games for the kids will all add to the Winter Carnival atmosphere!

February 4, 2013

Top Riders at Seven Springs Mountain Resort Qualify to Compete at the Burton US Open in Vail

Seven Springs, PA - The Burton US Open Snowboarding Qualifiers presented by MINI concluded today after two amazing days of slopestyle and halfpipe competition at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. At the event, the 10 best men and five women per discipline earned a piece of a $20,000 prize purse, and now advance to compete against some of the world’s biggest names in snowboarding at the 31st annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI in Vail, Colorado from February 25– March 2, 2013.

While the snow fell, top men and women put down some big runs during the halfpipe competition earlier today. Along with the winners from yesterday’s slopestyle event, they will compete at the US Open in Vail alongside world-class confirmed riders, including Kelly Clark, Mark McMorris, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson, Iouri Podladtchikov and more.

The freeskiing portion of the US Revolution Tour begins Tues., Feb. 5. Designed to serve as a stepping stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level, the US Revolution Tour series pre-qualifies a portion of its field and then opens registration to any athlete, but is focused towards riders 13-19 years old and will award the top juniors an invite to be part of the US Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, the US Open, USASA Nationals, and participate in Project Gold camps. Some of these competitors can and will go on to the Olympic Trials!