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Ski Vermont’s ‘Check In to Win’ Program Offers Prizes for Using Mobile Tracking System

December 22, 2013
Smugglers Notch, Vermont © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Smugglers Notch, Vermont © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Ski Vermont’s Check In to Win program is returning the 2013-14 season and will be hosted by the ski and snowboard tracking application, Alpine Replay  and co-sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Check In to Win rewards skiers and riders for exploring Vermont resorts and tracking vertical, speed, jumps and more. This season the first skier to visit all 19 alpine resorts will win a pair of Rossignol skis and the first snowboarder to visit 18 resorts will win a snowboard from Burton.

Ski Vermont enjoyed a successful launch of the program during the 2012-13 season, winning the Governor’s SMART Biz Award for Marketing Excellence and a Travel + Leisure SMITTY award. It was the first statewide tourism program of its kind, promoting frequency and variety of visits to Vermont ski resorts via prize incentives.

Partnering with Alpine Replay and Verizon Wireless for the 2013-14 season allows Ski Vermont to expand the already successful Check In to Win program and make it even easier. Skiers and riders need only download the free Alpine Replay application, get to the mountain and press “play” to track the days skiing and snowboarding stats. At the end of the day, users download stats and share with friends on social media. The more Vermont resorts explored equates to more chances to win bigger and better prizes. Participants can also earn Vermont specific medals and participate in competitions like the Vertical Challenge to win a ski and stay package in Vermont.

“We are excited to expand the already popular Check In to Win program by partnering with Verizon Wireless and Alpine Replay,” said Ski Vermont’s Director of Marketing, Kyle Lewis. Our goals are to reward skiers and riders for visiting a variety of Vermont’s resorts and create an online community where you earn your bragging rights. We think of the program like a punch card at your favorite deli, except we reward you with the chance to win free lift tickets, Cabot Cheese and Green Mountain Coffee and more.”

Using the Alpine Replay application at multiple resorts in Vermont will automatically enter participants for the chance to win prizes from Ski Vermont partners such as free lift tickets from Vermont resorts, swag from Burton Snowboards, Rossignol, anon, Darn Tough and Kombi, and treats from Green Mountain Coffee and Cabot Cheese.

For more information and to download the application, visit skivermont.com/checkin

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Winter events, holiday happenings in Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks

December 10, 2013
The high-speed gondola at Gore Mountain.

The high-speed gondola at Gore Mountain.

Winter has arrived in the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks. From scores of winter events, including festivals and unique holiday happenings, to unparalleled outdoor adventure in the Adirondack wilderness, plan a visit this winter to experience the Lake George Area’s easily-accessible winter wonderland offering enjoyment for everyone, both indoors and out.

Find new improvements and winter fun at these popular Lake George Area staples:

  • Ski or ride the slopes at North Creek’s Gore Mountain, where nearby North Creek Ski Bowl is celebrating 80 years of winter recreation. Arrive on the famed snow train and enjoy easy, full mountain access with free shuttle service to and from the mountain.
  • Swing into West Mountain Ski Area for a friendly day on the slopes! For over 50 years, West has offered downhill adventure to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities in addition to snow tubing. With a new operator in place for the 2013 – 2014 season, improvements are underway in the base lodge, snowmaking efforts are being ramped up, and WiFi will now be available for all guests.
  • A glacier ice bar will premier this winter at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing when 18,000 pounds of ice will be transformed into an outdoor bar and lounge. The spectacular waterfront location of the Sagamore is guaranteed to provide a winter wonderland experience – a wintry attraction not to be missed!

Bundle up for a winter adventure – and save a bundle, too! With a variety of affordable mid-week lodging deals and Adirondack weekend getaway options, the Lake George Area invites you to journey and explore this winter without breaking the bank.

Reward yourself and enter for a chance to win an overnight stay for two in the Lake George Area!  Lucky winners will receive an all-inclusive getaway that includes lodging, breakfast, indoor and outdoor winter activities, and more. Enter by visiting http://county.visitlakegeorge.com/contest/.

The Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach, affordable, year round vacation destination for the whole family. For information on lodging, camping, dining, events, recreation and activities call 800-365-1050 X5100 or head to http://www.VisitLakeGeorge.com. Four great seasons – one outstanding destination!

See also:

NYS entices skiers, riders with special deals, world-class venues throughout state

Lake Placid, NYS’s winter resort, where you ski and bobsled like an Olympian (Photos)

Lake Placid remains New York’s quintessential winter destination (Photos)

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort proves perfect hub for enjoying Lake Placid, NY (Photos)

Holiday Deals, Events and Activities Abound at Mount Snow, Vermont

December 13, 2012

The Green Mountains of southern Vermont provide the quintessential setting for a holiday experience, and Mount Snow has the deals to make it affordable along with a host of events and activities to make it fun for the whole family.

$59 Last Minute Ski and Stay
Skiers and riders can get a night of lodging and a day of skiing for less than a lift ticket starting the evening of Sunday, December 16 through Thursday, December 20. Based on double occupancy at Snow Lake Lodge, no minimum night stay.

Holiday Jumpstart Package
Designed to provide an affordable getaway before the actual holiday week, the Holiday Jumpstart Package is available December 19 -25. Book two nights lodging and two days of skiing and get the third night and day free. The package starts at $227 per person.

Great Holiday Getaway Package
Available December 24 through January 1, the Great Holiday Getaway Package offers good value during a timeframe that most resorts typically fetch top-dollar. Stay at Snow Lake Lodge, conveniently located on Mount Snow property just a short shuttle ride to the slopes. Ski and stay rates start at $139 per person, per night.

Other Ways to Save
Purchase lift tickets at least seven days in advance online and save 10% on the cost. Reserve equipment rentals in advance online and save 5%.

The Fan Fare Card provides discounts on lift tickets every visit to the ticket window. The card costs $79, and the cardholder gets 50% off midweek non-holiday, 25% off weekend non-holiday and 10% off holiday lift tickets.

Holiday Week Activities
There will be a number of free family-friendly activities going on during the day starting December 22 and 23, then picking back up December 26 through January 1 including arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, s’mores, movies, face painting and more.

Friday, December 28 is the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza starting with Mount Snow’s ski and snowboard pros descending the Canyon trail in a brilliant torchlight glow followed by a spectacular fireworks display. All Main Base Area retail outlets will be open late along with 1900’ Burger, Cuzzins Bar and Grill and Station Tap Room.

Monday, December 31 features the first of three Grommet Jam events of the season. This educational and fun event for young freestylers age 12 and under starts with 90 minutes of terrain park instruction from Mount Snow’s ski and snowboard coaches in the Grommet Park at Carinthia, followed by a friendly competition with winners going home with gear from event sponsors. Registration is $40 per participant and the field of 70 fills up fast; advance registration is available at online.

New Years Eve
The Snow Barn New Year’s Eve Party features a live performance from one of Mount Snow’s favorites, The Jeff Tuohy Band. The 21+ party will also have light appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. Admission is $25.

New Years Eve Family Dinner and Grand Dance Party at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel will start out with a bunch of family-friendly fun including a magician, live music from Wyld Nights, a magician, party favors and buffet dinner. There will be an early champagne toast at 9:45 p.m. for folks that want to call it a night early, then after 10 p.m. a new seating will take place with a buffet dinner and the Grand Dance Party begins with DJ Rafael. Adult admission is $70, kids age 5-12 are $35.

Ski and Snowboard School
The Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard School is still taking reservations for the popular holiday week timeframe for kids lessons, age 4-14 years old as well as the new Burton Riglet program for young riders age 3-6. Make reservations online at http://www.mountsnow.com/learn-to-ski-ride or call toll free, 800.889.4411.

To make reservations for the holiday week, call toll free, 800.245.7669 or to book online, visit www.mountsnow.com.

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Youth Pay Their Age Day at Family-Friendly Mount Snow, Jan. 8

January 1, 2012

The Carinithia pipe at Mount Snow.

On Sunday, January 8 kids ages 6-18 pay their age for a lift ticket to ski at Mount Snow Resort in Southern Vermont during Youth Pay Their Age Day. It is the eighth straight year the resort has provided this straightforward offer making it very affordable for families with children to enjoy a day out on the mountain, and it truly is as straightforward as it comes; if a youth is 14 years old, they pay $14 for their lift ticket.

“We are so happy to provide this great day for families every winter because it has gotten such a positive response since we started doing it eight years ago,” Mount Snow general manager, Kelly Pawlak says. “We are committed to providing a great family experience and Youth Pay Their Age Day is a great example of one of the many family-friendly offerings we have during the winter.”

In addition to Youth Pay Their Age Day, Mount Snow also offers three Kids Ski & Learn Free Weeks (January 15 – 20, February 26 – March 2 and March 4 – 9, 2012) during which kids ages 4-12 years old get free 3, 4 or 5 day lift tickets and free half-day lessons when accompanied by an adult that purchases a 3-5 day lift and lodging package.

There are plenty of events for the younger ones as well featuring Mount Snow’s Grommet Jam Series which is for boys and girls age 12 or younger to hone their terrain park skills with instruction from ski and snowboard pros followed by a friendly competition with winners walking away with prizes from series sponsors Smith Optics, Oakley, Neff, Contour and Rome. Grommet Jams are scheduled December 31, 2011, January 16, 2012 and February 20, 2012.

For more information on Mount Snow’s family friendly deals, events and activities visit mountsnow.com/family-activities-guide.

See also:

GUNS N’ HOSES: MOUNT SNOW’S TOPNOTCH
SNOWMAKING MAKES EXPERIENCE MEMORABLE

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Christy Sports Facilitates Online Reservations for Ski/Snowboard Rentals

January 21, 2011
Keystone Mountain Resort, Colorado

No matter where you ski or snowboard, having quality, well-fitting boots and equipment can make all the difference in the experience © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The mountain slopes are crowded this season, and whether you are an occasional skier or snowboarder and don’t have your own equipment, or you don’t want to pay airline fees to transport them and want to use this opportunity to demo the latest equipment, you should consider making an online reservation so not to be disappointed about not being able to get the equipment you want.

No matter if you are skiing in Vermont, Colorado, Utah or Maine, Christy Sports, a ski and snowboard retailer with more than 40 locations throughout the Rocky Mountains, has created a national network of affiliate ski rental shops that serves as a resource for booking ski and snowboard rentals. So no matter where you ski, the Christy Sports Rental Network can serve as a one-stop shop for coast-to-coast ski rentals and so you can ditch the hassle of airline baggage fees and hauling your own equipment.

The best brands and equipment including: K2, Rossignol, Burton, Nordica, Salomon, Volkl, Lange, Ride and Dynastar are available through the network. When you make reservations more than 24-hours in advance, you can qualify for discounts from 10 to 20 percent off, depending on affiliate store location. The Christy Sports locations will also honor its Kids Ski-Free program, where one child under 12 receives a free rental package with the purchase of an adult 4-day rental package at Christy Sports and Door 2 Door locations.

To make a rental reservation, visit http://rental.christysports.com/index.php. You can select your desired location to rent skis; once the store is selected, you can make an online reservation.

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort has Fly Free, Ski & Stay Deals

January 7, 2011

From the resort that created Friends & Family Fly Free and the 100-Inch Special comes an offer so good it is only available for the month of January. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) announces its $599 Fly, Ski and Stay deal, which includes a roundtrip flight into Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC), three days of skiing or riding at CBMR and a four-night stay at The Grand Lodge. CBMR has received 189 inches of snow so far this season and conditions are perfect for a post-holiday visit.

“This is one of our biggest and best deals of the season,” said Daren Cole, CBMR’s vice president of sales and marketing. “A note to all of those procrastinators who have been waiting to book a trip: the snow is incredible and this offer can’t be beat. What are you waiting for?”

CBMR’s $599 Fly, Ski and Stay deal must be booked by Jan. 31, 2011 for travel through Feb. 10, 2011. The offer is available for $699 between Feb. 11 and Apr. 4, 2011 (with the exception of Mar. 12 – 24, 2011). Prices are per person based upon double occupancy and taxes and fees are not included. Guests must fly into GUC on departure and return flights; this offer applies for select destinations based upon available airfare.

For more information or to book this package contact Crested Butte Vacations at 800-600-2803, www.skicb.com.

Colorado’s history has been punctuated by many notable events and happenings but none has been as fun-filled as the advent of skiing. Skiing arrived in Crested Butte 50 years ago this season and the resort is planning to make the most of this milestone. CBMR’s yearlong celebration of skiing and riding history in the Gunnison Valley includes the resurrection of time-honored events (many involving costumes – it IS Crested Butte, after all), community activities and the opportunity to honor prominent figures from Crested Butte’s past.

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian store-fronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, whether beginner or burgeoning national champion, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. This season, Crested Butte celebrates 50 years of skiing and riding with a year-long celebration, Crested Butte-style. www.skicb.com

For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (800) 600-2803 or visit the web site at www.skicb.com.For information on ski area real estate opportunities call (970) 349-4999 or (877) 805-6109 or visit the website at www.cbliving.com.

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Spectacular Famcations on the Slopes & Beyond in Gunnison-Crested Butte CO

January 5, 2011

In Gunnison Crested Butte, Colo., family merriment and total relaxation abounds in 1880s-era towns that are rich in history, charm and friendliness (photo courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort).

Take winter fun to the next level, Rocky Mountain-style, in Gunnison Crested Butte, Colo., where family merriment and total relaxation abounds in 1880s-era towns that are rich in history, charm and friendliness, and there are Fly Free and Rent Free deals that make the trip wallet-friendly, too.

At the Ski Area, Mt. Crested Butte

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR, www.skicb.com) offers fun for all ages, even if you don’t ski! Of course there are plenty of options to cruise all levels of slopes on your own or with a guide/instructor, and skiing is free for kids age 6 and under.

The Adventure Park is for all ages with a covered ice-skating rink, bungee trampolines, rock climbing wall and lift-served tubing hill.  You also can tap into the magic of sleighride dinners to Uley’s Cabin pulled by a snowcat and daytime and moonlight snowshoe tours.

There are skiing and snowboarding lessons for youth and adults at CBMR, as well as through Adaptive Sports Center (www.adapativesports.org) for family members with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.  There’s also child care for the wee ones, not to mention Kid’s Night Out, available every evening from 4 – 8 p.m. for ages 4 – 12.  Dinner and access to the Adventure Park and tubing hill are part of the Kid’s Night Out activities.

During ski season, the Trailhead Children’s Discovery Museum will be open every day in the Outpost Building next to the Adventure Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Kids can enjoy an indoor playground, science experiments, art stations and several exhibits, with special events held every weekend at various times.  Admission is $6 per person.  For information and schedule of events, go to www.trailheadkids.org.

The museum and Crested Butte Music Festivalare teaming up to offer a Kids Rock winter entertainment series especially for families with children between ages 2 – 9.  The performances will be held on the four Saturdays from Feb. 19 – March 12.  Charlie Hope (singer), Wise Fool (puppetry, theatre & more), Jim Jackson (clown) and Jim Cosgrove (kid rocker) are currently on the schedule.The series will take place at 4 p.m. in the Mountaineer Square Ballroom in Mt. Crested Butte, except the Feb. 26 show will be at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts.  The cost is $5 per person for each concert.  For more information, go to www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.com or www.trailheadkids.org.

 

In Town, Crested Butte Area

The Crested Butte Nordic Center has cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding all in one place. The Nordic Center grooms more than 50k of trails and offers instruction, equipment rentals and many events.  Use of the outdoor ice rink and sledding hill are free, and a pass is required to use the groomed trails. Call (970) 349-1707 or visit www.cbnordic.org.

If you’d rather not expel your own energy to get around and love horses and dogs, check out one of these great options.

  • Board a horse-drawn sleigh at Lazy F Bar Ranch south of Crested Butte for a scenic, 35-minute ride to a rustic 1950s cabin overlooking the East River and indulge in a five-course meal.  Visit www.lazyfbarranch.comor call (970) 641-0193.
  • Head out with Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures for a one-hour ride in the Almont area.  Halfway through the journey, warm up by the fire at Almont Resort with a cup of hot cocoa.  Visit www.fantasyranchoutfitters.com or call 888-OUTFITT.
  • There is nothing quite like being pulled by a team of dogs in the thick of mountain terrain capped with snow.  Dog sledding with Lucky Cat Dog Farm is one of those lifetime experiences not to be missed.  Visit www.luckycatdogfarm.com or call (970) 641-1636 for details about lunch tours and short tours.

Enrich your mind at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, where there are displays about local history, including skiing, ranching, mining, local personalities and more. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame also is located in the museum, along with a gift shop that all ages relish. Just down the street, catch a concert or art exhibit at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts and take in a little theatre at a production presented by Crested Butte Mountain Theatre.  Or get the creative juices flowing and paint your own pottery at The Pottery Place, which is part of The Studio Art School, which offers art classes for all ages.

Must-stops for young families on Elk Avenue are Pooh’s Corner and Petite Lavish, and teens love sitting on the floor on pillows or beanbags to eat gourmet pizza at The Secret Stash and shopping for the latest sunglasses at Shades of Crested Butte and styles at Retail Therapy.

Gunnison Gateway

Families looking for less-expensive lodging during the ski season or for an easy excursion from Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, check out Gunnison, home of Western State College.

Gunnison Valley RTA buses run several routes a day between Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte for only $2 per ride.  Enjoy a day at the Gunnison Recreation Center’s entire facility for only $4 for kids ages 5 – 17 and $6 for adults; kids under 5 are free.  There is an indoor pool with slides, rock climbing wall, gym, gymnastics room and game room.

You are never too old or young to learn how to ice skate.  The City of Gunnison Ice Facility at Jorgensen Park features three sheets of ice: an indoor NHL-size rink, outdoor Olympic-size covered rink, and outdoor frozen pond.  The admission cost for the indoor rink is $3 for ages 18 and older, $2 for ages 5 – 17, and free for kids under 5.  Skate rentals are $3 per pair.  There is no cost to use the outdoor rink and pond.  Check for public skate times at both rinks; the pond is dedicated to open skating. For the Rec Center and ice skating facilities, go to www.cityofgunnison-co.gov.

There is outstanding Nordic skiing and snowshoeing along backcountry routes and groomed trails at Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area west of Gunnison.  This combined with VanTuyl Ranch, the Western State College practice field on campus and Jorgensen Park encompasses approximately 45K of trails groomed by the Gunnison Nordic Club.  Rent equipment at Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods or All Sports Replay.

While downtown, don’t miss stopping by the Gunnison Arts Center. Younger kids also will request a stop at Circus Train while teens enjoy dining at Mario’s Pizza & Ristorante.  Don’t miss sweet treats at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Gunnison and Crested Butte.

Wallet-Friendly Family Vacations & Deals

When traveling by air to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) on United, Continental and American between December 16, 2010 and April 3, 2011, take advantage of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Friends and Family Fly Free deal.  Buy two airline tickets and get the third free when staying in CBMR’s lodging properties for at least four nights. The maximum number of free tickets per itinerary is three (for a booking of nine tickets), and the maximum travel credit is $400 per free airline ticket.  There are no blackout dates, but the offer is based on availability and can end at any time. This deal cannot be combined with any other offers and is valid only on new reservations.

From Jan. 5 – Feb. 16 and Feb. 27 – March 10, 2011, Kids Fly Free on American Airlines when flying with a parent to GUC.  The child must be age 12 or under, and his or her birthday is required in order to confirm the reservation. The adult purchasing the full-fare airline ticket is responsible for all taxes, fees and charges for the child’s airline ticket. This offer is subject to availability, and all travel (inbound or outbound) must be completed on or by March 10, 2011.  Inbound travel from origin to Gunnison must commence between Sundays – Wednesdays; outbound travel from Gunnison to origin must commence between Mondays – Fridays.  The minimum length of stay is two nights, and the maximum length of stay is 30 nights. Other restrictions may apply.  For both Fly Free deals visit www.skicb.com and call Crested Butte Vacations to book at (800) 810-7669.

Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte not only comes to where you are staying and custom fits equipment and picks it up when you are done, they are offering a Kids Rent Free special.  With every paying adult (minimum two-day rental), one child age 12 and under rents for free.  This deal is subject to availability.  Call (970) 349-0722 or (888) 349-0722 or visit www.blacktieskis.com.

Vacation Packages & Visitor Information

To find out more, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s toll-free number (800) 814-8893 or visit www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com.  Find the Tourism Association on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gcbtaor follow on www.twitter.com/gcbta.  The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport in Gunnison is served year-round by United Airlines and during the winter season by American Airlines and Continental Airlines.

About Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado

Gunnison-Crested Butte is nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in southwest Colorado.  Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing.  Gunnison-Crested Butte is also a haven for outdoor summer activities.  In the warmer months, visitors can choose from recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding.  Year-round visitors enjoy distinctive restaurants, unique shops and stimulating cultural opportunities, and have a wide range of lodging options — from rustic inns to guest cabins and bed-and-breakfasts to full-service resort hotels.

Gunnison, county seat and a real western town, is home to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, Gunnison Whitewater Park, Gunnison Valley Observatory, Pioneer Museum and Western State College, which offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional fields.  Both Crested Butte and Gunnison have thriving historic central business districts packed with shopping and dining opportunities.

Recognized as the “Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the Colorado Legislature and one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2008, Crested Butte is 28 miles from Gunnison and the site of rich mining, ranching and skiing heritage and home to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.  Only three miles up the road is the resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, home to the ski area, an active base area, the area’s conference center, and outstanding hiking and biking trails.  Marbleis located in the Upper Crystal River Valley along the Elk Mountains and is the gateway to nearby Crystal, home to one of the most photographed mill sites in the country.Marble has seven sites on the National Register of Historic Places and is the location of the Yule Marble Quarry.

In Gunnison County, visitors will find the Curecanti National Recreation Area, where dinosaur fossils were recently discovered; the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water and home to the largest Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States; and The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, one of our country’s newest national parks.  Gunnison County includes the quaint and historic towns of Pitkin, Gothic, Tin Cup, Marble, Powderhorn, Almont and Crystal, plus the better-known communities of Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.  Gunnison County is part of the West Elk Loop and Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byways.

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Kids Fly Free to Telluride this Winter

January 5, 2011

Telluride Central Reservations is welcoming 2011 with a “kids fly free” deal on select American Airlines flights. Pair with Telluride’s $89 Stay and Ski package and be the family hero.

Planning a trip without the kids? Save $100 per ticket booked on select American Airlines flights through April 2. That means airfare can start as low as $148 from Chicago (plus tax and fees) or $246 from New York City (via Chicago, plus tax and fees), making a Telluride getaway even more accessible and affordable this spring.

Kids Fly Free: Make it a family affair in Telluride this winter, and take the kids along for free. Kids fly free on select American Airlines flights from January 5 – February 11, 2011.

  • Promotion applies to inbound travel on: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Promotion applies to outbound travel on: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Children 2–12 years of age fly free. One child free for each adult fare paying ticket. Ages 13 and over will be considered an adult and will pay the applicable adult fare.
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Valid Dates: January 5, 2011-February 11
  • More Details: Book by January 26, 2011
  • The “Kids Fly Free” promotion is available only by calling Telluride Central Reservations (not bookable online): 1-888-605-2578.

$100 Off American Airlines Flights: Receive $100 off select American Airlines flights from or via Chicago on Saturdays for travel from January 1, 2011 – April 2, 2011. This offer is valid for the first 100 tickets purchased.

  • Terms & Conditions:
  • Book by January 31, 2011
  • Valid for travel from January 1, 2011 – April 2, 2011
  • Valid for the first 100 tickets purchased
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Promotion valid for flights from or via Chicago (ORD) to Montrose (MTJ) that leave or return on a Saturday
  • Not valid with other air promotions
  • The “$100 Off American Airlines Flights” promotion is available only by calling Telluride Central Reservations (not bookable online): 1-888-605-2578.

Telluride Central Reservations has Stay & Ski packages from $89 per person per night. Enjoy three days of skiing the legendary terrain of Telluride Ski Resort and stay for five nights in one of the many properties in the Telluride Central Reservations’ portfolio. 888-605-2578,  www.visittelluride.com

For more information about Telluride, visit www.visittelluride.com, or go to Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitTelluride.

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JANUARY IS LEARN-TO-SKI MONTH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE SKI AREAS

December 18, 2010
Waterville Valley, NH

Waterville Valley is one of the 37 Ski New Hampshire resorts offering Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month programs in January © 2010 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

During the month of January, Ski New Hampshire and its 37 member resorts will participate in a national program to introduce guests to the sports of skiing and snowboarding.  Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is a program taking place across the United States that features special offers making it easy and affordable for people to learn to ski, snowboard, cross country ski or snowshoe, and for current skiers & snowboarders to enhance their skills by taking lessons from professional instructors.

Among the special offers being featured in New Hampshire is Learn to Ski & Ride Free Week from January 3-9. 2011.  During this week, 14 NH ski areas will be offering a limited number of free learn to ski or snowboard packages.  These packages include a free beginner lesson, free equipment rentals, and a free beginner lift ticket or trail pass to those who register in advance.  Participants must visit http://www.SkiNH.com/JanLearnToSki to register and download a Learn to Ski or Ride Free Coupon; they then contact one of the 14 participating areas to make a reservation for a specific day that week.  Participating alpine areas include Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, Cannon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Wildcat Mountain, Cranmore, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain, King Pine and Black Mountain; participating cross country areas include Great Glen Trails, Purity Spring Resort XC & Snowshoe Reserve, Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center and Sunset Hill Nordic Center.

Every day of the ski season, New Hampshire’s ski areas already offer specially-designed learn to ski and ride programs to introduce new people to the sport. In addition to these learn to ski and ride packages, there will be many other special programs offered during January that normally are not available.

Among these offerings, guests will find savings on lift tickets for those who bring a friend to try the sport, special pricing on learn to ski or ride packages, and follow-up rewards for first timers who choose to hit the slopes or trails again.  Guests can visit SkiNH.com’s January Learn to Ski page for full details & offers at SkiNH.com/JanLearnToSki.

Visitors to SkiNH.com can also enter to win a learn to ski or snowboard weekend for two.  The grand prize includes two days of beginner lessons at King Pine and two nights’ accommodations at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison.  The second place prize includes two days of beginner lessons at Gunstock Mountain Resort and one night’s accommodations. Third place prizes include learn to ski or snowboard packages from Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Cranmore Mountain, Granite Gorge and Pats Peak, with other areas expected to contribute even more in the upcoming weeks.  The contest runs from January 1-31 and winners will be notified the first week of February.

Nationally the program is being promoted by Glen Plake, Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month’s official spokesperson.  Plake, with his infamous mohawk, is one of the world’s most recognized skiers and ambassadors of the sport.

“For some good, healthy exercise, skiing and snowboarding are a great incentive to get outside and enjoy winter with family and friends,” said Alice Pearce, president of Ski NH.  “As our slogan says, ‘Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate.'”

To learn more about Ski NH’s Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month events and New Hampshire’s 37 downhill and cross country resorts, visit www.SkiNH.com.

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 37 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging and guest service properties in New Hampshire.  For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com.

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Fun Freebies Add Value to Colorado Ski Country Destination Resorts

December 17, 2010
Crested Butte

Families visiting Crested Butte can take advantage of the free skiing for kids six and under, free Mountain Express shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte and free fourth night of lodging (photo courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort).

Skiers and riders have a lot of options to get more out of their ski season this year as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts build in value to ski vacations with an assortment of free activities. From concerts, to races, to lift tickets, savvy deal seekers will find plenty of choices for fun and enjoyment offered completely free of charge.

Here are some highlights:

Arapahoe Basin’s May Concert Series is not only free but entertaining. Free concerts will be held in the base area every Saturday in May from 1pm-4pm. Guests are invited to follow spring skiing with libations and live music.

Aspen/Snowmass plays host to a number of events throughout the season, including the X-Games, World Cup Races and concerts. All events at the four mountains are free.

Families visiting Crested Butte can take advantage of the free skiing for kids six and under, free Mountain Express shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte and free fourth night of lodging.

Sitting at the edge of Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Resort provides breathtaking views of the valley. Guests can take in the scenery on a free, one-hour guided mountain tour. Tours are offered every Saturday and sign-up is located at Guest Services.

Guests at Purgatory now have the chance to experience the latest craze in winter sports—snowbiking. Purgatory Ski and Ride School offers free snowbike licensing, which guests will need to have before speeding down the slopes. Rentals are available at Purgatory Rentals.

Kids at SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch can go straight from the slopes to the sledding hill for more fun on the snow. The Sledding Area is fenced off from ski traffic and provides kids and adults alike with a perfect place to play when the lifts are closed.

For those who want to stay out of the cold, Telluride offers free gondola transportation between the resort, the Intercept Lot, and the core of the Mountain Village. The gondola runs seven days a week from 7:00am-midnight.

Wolf Creek’s “Fun Series” offers races of all kinds during the 2010-2011 season. Entry is free and open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. The fastest racers in each age and gender category will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals and eternal glory.

Steamboat has free skiing with Olympians Billy Kidd and Nelson Carmichael. Guests can get pointers from the best while skiing on Heavenly Daze or Nelsons’ Run. Grooming reports will let people know what days Billy is skiing at 1pm, as well as which Sundays Nelson is conducting his free clinic.

Free Skiing

Copper Mountain offers free snowcat rides to the legendary Tucker Mountain, where skiers and riders can access more than 273 acres and 1,200 vertical feet of terrain. Cats run on select days from 10:00am-1:30pm and depart from the base of the Mountain Chief Lift.

Echo Mountain wants to help parents pass on their love of skiing and riding to the next generation. Lift tickets for children age five and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Season Pass holders at Eldora can enjoy free access to the Nordic Center as well as more than 40 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing. Just steps from the ski lift, Eldora’s Nordic trails meander through forests, snow-covered alpine meadows, and mountain peaks. The Nordic Center offers complete rental packages, lessons, and clinics.

For those who have never tried skiing or riding before, Loveland has a great deal. Guests who purchase a 3-Class Pass from Loveland Ski and Ride school will receive a free season pass to help them work on their turns all season long.

Monarch Mountain has free deals for skiers and riders of all ages. Children ages six and under, as well as seniors ages 69 and over, can ski for free all season long.

Guests at Silverton Mountain can earn free unguided ski days by volunteering for Boot-Packing Days. Those who want to participate should show up—with pants duct-taped to boots—at the base area at 8:45am on any of the scheduled boot-packing days and be ready to pack down snow with their boots. No experience is required but participants must have a beacon and probe. Each day of boot-packing earns a free day of unguided skiing.

One of Colorado Ski Country’s Gems Resorts, Ski Cooper offers Gems Cardholders one free season pass after completion of three lessons.

Guests at Sunlight Mountain who print a coupon from www.sunlightmtn.com can get a free child lift ticket with the purchase of two adult lift tickets.

 

When guests book a minimum of two nights of lodging at Winter Park between Opening Day and Christmas Day 2010, they will receive one free lift ticket per night booked. The “Ski Free at Winter Park” lodging package is available online at www.playwinterpark.com.

For Colorado Ski Country destination resorts trip planning information and tools, visit http://www.coloradoski.com.

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