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Vermont Ski Resorts Rally Support of Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, Nov 25-26

October 18, 2017
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Last November’s races in Killington marked the first World Cup in the eastern US since 1991 at Waterville Valley, NH, and the first in Vermont in nearly 40 years, since Stratton Mountain Resort hosted in 1978. Killington will again host the Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Nov 25-26, 2017. Photo courtesy of Killington Resort

Montpelier, VT – The Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup is taking place at Killington Resort, Vermont, Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25-26, 2017, and include women’s giant slalom and slalom races, attracting athletes such as U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin. As with last year’s FIS World Cup which also was held at Killington, the 2017 and 2018 World Cup races at Killington will be broadcasted worldwide to over 60 nations, along with national broadcast coverage across the US. The event is anticipated to bring millions of dollars in economic impact to the state of Vermont.

Vermont ski and snowboard resorts have joined together to support the hosting of the Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington Resort, a move characteristic of the supportive ski community in Vermont. In Spring of 2017 the Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA) Board of Directors, comprised of leadership from nine Vermont resorts, agreed to sponsor the Killington Resort based event with a $50,000 sponsorship contribution.

“The Vermont ski industry is a unique one, where competing interests can be put aside to support common goals for the state of Vermont and our ski industry as a whole given the world stage exposure this event generates,” said VSAA President Parker Riehle. “We are proud to show a united front and welcome racers and visitors to the state together.”

Killington hosted an expectation-shattering inaugural World Cup Weekend during November 2016 that drew an estimated 30,000 spectators, and they intend to carry that momentum into future events. The Vermont Ski Areas Association contribution of $50,000 will help bolster those efforts and hopefully inspire and generate matching funds from other organizations to help defray the costs for Killington Resort.

“Given the enormous benefit of global coverage and attention this event brings to Vermont as the top Eastern ski destination in North America, it was a very welcome proposal,” said Riehle.

“As a VSAA Board member and Okemo Mountain Resort employee, I am proud that VSAA will financially support the hard work that Killington has done to bring this great event to Vermont,” said Okemo Vice President Bruce Schmidt. “The entire state will benefit from this international event as visitors from around the globe experience all that Vermont has to offer both at Killington and neighboring resorts.”

“We are incredibly grateful of the support we’re receiving from our neighboring resorts in Vermont,“ said Killington Resort President Mike Solimano. “This event not only draws people to Killington Resort for the race, but it also shows the world that Vermont is a premier ski destination and a welcoming community. The VSAA contribution only strengthens that message.”

Last November’s races in Killington marked the first World Cup in the eastern US since 1991 at Waterville Valley, NH, and the first in Vermont in nearly 40 years, since Stratton Mountain Resort hosted in 1978.

 

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Vermont Ski Resorts Put 2017-18 Season Passes on Sale for Limited Time

September 6, 2017
Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont

Riding up the lift in the cozy comfort of the bubble chairs at Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

For visitors coming to the Green Mountains of Vermont to ski or snowboard this winter, season passes are one of the best investments to make. Not only is there no better feeling on a powder day than skipping the ticket line and heading straight to first chair, but skiers and snowboarders save immensely throughout the season when they purchase a pass at their favorite resort. Many of Vermont’s resorts offer special discounts and passes like pre season deals, military, couples, student passes and more. Find out what’s on sale for the 2017-18 season:

Bolton Valley
Lowest price deadline for passes: September 25, 2017

Highlighted Pass: The Ski Bum Pass
Price: $189 through Oct 31, 2017
The Ski Bum All Access Pass is for anyone ages 18-25.

For all Bolton Valley season pass options, visit boltonvalley.com

Bromley Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 15, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Super Value Pass
Price: $525
The Super Value Pass is valid seven days a week, non-holiday for all ages (5+).

For all Bromley Mountain season pass options, visit bromley.com

Burke Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Couples Judge Pass
Price:  $1809
The Judge is valid at both Burke Mountain and Jay Peak Resort all season long.

For all Burke Mountain season pass options, visit skiburke.com

Jay Peak Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Midweek
Price: $479 (All ages)
Midweek passes are valid Monday-Friday throughout the 2017-18 season.

For all Jay Peak Resort season pass options, visit jaypeakresort.com

Killington Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 12, 2017

Highlighted Pass: 4.0 The College Pass
Price: $399 for full-time college students through December 15, 2017
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students for the 2017-18 school term get unlimited access to four resorts – Killington, Pico and Okemo in Vermont and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Killington season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Killington Resort season pass options, visit killington.com

Mad River Glen
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 15, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Value Pass
Price: Adult $551
The Value Pass is valid every day except Saturday and on holiday Sundays (Dec. 31, Jan. 14 and Feb 18 & 25).

For all Mad River Glen season pass options, visit madriverglen.com

Magic Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 15, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Senior (70+) / Military Unlimited Pass
Price: $399
Adults 70+ can still get after it in youthful style with Magic’s unlimited season pass. The Military Pass discount is for active military and spouses plus Veterans.

For all Magic Mountain season pass options, visit magicmtn.com

Middlebury Snow Bowl
Lowest price deadline for passes: November 30, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Student Pass (7th grade through college)
Price: $320
Ski or snowboard all season long with unlimited access thanks to the Student Pass.

For all Middlebury Snow Bowl season pass options, visit middleburysnowbowl.com

Mount Snow Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 18, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Explorer Pass
Price: Adult (30+) $799 / Youth (7-17) $599
Enjoy unlimited access to Mount Snow and 6 other Northeast resorts with the Explorer Pass.

For all Mount Snow season pass options, visit mountsnow.com

Mount Snow Resort, Vermont

Skiing down the Long John Trail at Mount Snow © 2017 Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Okemo Mountain Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Ultimate Season Pass
Price: Adult (19-64) $1,409
Ski and ride every day at Okemo with no blackout days. Ultimate pass holders also qualify for one-day, non-holiday tickets at Stratton Mountain Resort for $49.00.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Okemo season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Okemo Mountain Resort season pass options, visit okemo.com

Pico Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 12, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Adult My Pico Season Pass
Price: $449
Get unlimited access to Pico Mountain all season long with the Adult My Pico Season Pass.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Pico season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Pico Mountain season pass options, visit picomountain.com

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 31, 2017

Highlighted Pass: The Hybrid
Price: Adults (19-69) $429
The Hybrid is the best value for those who have the flexibility to ski and ride mid-week — a season pass during the week/non-holiday and a Bash Badge on weekends and holidays.

For all Smugglers’ Notch Resort season pass options, visit smuggs.com

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Stowe Mountain Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 8, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Epic Pass
Price: Adult (13+) $859
Ski as much as you want, whenever you want. The Epic Pass allows unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe in addition to 14 additional western resorts.

For all Stowe Mountain Resort season pass options, visit stowe.com

Stratton Mountain Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Strattitude
Price: $349
Valid every day with no blackout dates for ages 18-32. The Strattitude Pass also includes (2) $45 buddy tickets valid every day, non-holiday, during the 2017-18 season.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Stratton season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Stratton Mountain Resort season pass options, visit stratton.com

Sugarbush Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: September 13, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Boomer Pass (Age 65-89)
Price: $139
The Boomer Pass includes midweek, non-holiday skiing at Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen.

Sugarbush is now a part of the Mountain Collective. The Mountain Collective Pass includes two days at each of the 16 destinations plus 50% off additional days.

For all Sugarbush Resort season pass options, visit sugarbush.com

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Vail Resorts to Acquire Stowe Mountain Resort Vermont, Add to Epic Pass

March 27, 2017

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Vail Resorts is moving to complete the acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont, which would be the company’s first resort on the East Coast, and would give East Coast skiers more of a reason to buy the Epic Pass.

Vail Resorts, Inc. in February entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts’ first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the Company’s network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

This acquisition brings together Vail Resorts, a leading mountain resort operator, with AIG Global Real Estate (AIGGRE), a major real estate developer, which share a common vision for the long-term success of Stowe Mountain Resort as a premier, high-end resort for skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast. Vail Resorts is acquiring all of the assets related to the mountain operations of the resort, including base area skier services (food and beverage, retail and rental, lift ticket offices and ski and snowboard school facilities) at Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Other facilities such as the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe Country Club and certain real estate owned and held for potential future development will be retained by MMC.

“We’re thrilled to add Stowe Mountain Resort to our family of world-class mountain resorts. With the investments in both mountain infrastructure and base area facilities that AIG has made over the years, Stowe Mountain Resort has become the premier, high-end resort for East Coast skiers and snowboarders. We look forward to working with AIG to continue enhancing the guest experience and to ensure the resort’s long-term success,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Douglas Tymins, president and chief executive officer of AIG Global Real Estate, said, “Under Vail Resorts’ management, Stowe’s reputation as a premier ski destination with a commitment to excellent service will continue to grow. AIGGRE is looking forward to combining Vail Resorts’ tremendous mountain operations capabilities with our continued commitment to the development of the Spruce Peak community.”

Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vt., has undergone major capital and facilities improvements including the Spruce Peak Adventure Center, the new Meadows Quad on Spruce Peak, Evolution Stowe’s RFID tickets, passes and gates and the new Shops at Spruce Peak. Spruce Peak also has new high-speed lifts, new base facilities and gourmet restaurants. MMC will retain ownership of the renowned Stowe Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort, a 312-room hotel and spa that has already been recognized as one of the greenest and most luxurious mountainside hotels in the world, and additional slopeside real estate opportunities.

This transaction is subject to Vermont administrative review. At closing, the purchase price will be adjusted for certain agreed upon terms, including a reduction (or increase) in the price by the amount that the resort’s EBITDA exceeds capital expenditures for the period from Nov. 1, 2016, through closing. Stowe Mountain Resort is expected to generate incremental annual EBITDA in excess of $5 million in Vail Resorts’ fiscal year ending July 31, 2018.

Vail Resorts plans to integrate Stowe Mountain Resort into its Epic Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-18 winter season, subject to the acquisition closing. With the Epic Pass, Vermont skiers and snowboarders will have unlimited access locally at Stowe at an attractive price as well as the best of the West at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.

See: Vail Resorts Plans to Add Stowe Vermont to 2017-18 Epic Pass Giving Northeastern Skiers New Reason to Buy

Vail Resorts, Inc subsidiaries operate 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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Ski Vermont’s Specialty Food Days Tour Returns to the Mountains for 2017

December 31, 2016
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Ski Vermont’s Specialty Food Tour comes to Okemo Mountain Resort on Friday, February 24, 2017. At Okemo, ride to the mountain top in comfort of the bubble chair © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

From Vermont’s highly recognizable brands like Cabot Cheese, Ben & Jerry’s and Vermont maple syrup to local goodies like Kimball Brook Farm chocolate milk and Gringo Jack’s chips and salsa, enjoy all the flavors of Vermont during the Ski Vermont 2017 Specialty Food Day Tour. This season Ski Vermont’s marketing partners Long Trail Brewery, Woodchuck Cider, Silo Vodka, Mad River Distillers and Caledonia Spirits will bring an added element to the tour with beer, cider and spirits tasting.

“The Specialty Food Days Tour is such an exciting program to oversee,” said Adam Rowe, Marketing Manager at Ski Vermont. “We have some great new spirit sponsors lined up for the 2016-17 season, and some of the best local food producers in Vermont. I can’t wait to watch the skiers and riders enjoy this year’s offerings and tell others about it online through our #SnackSkiVT contest.”

Specialty Food Days for 2017 are scheduled for:

  • Saturday, January 14, 2017: Quechee Ski Area
  • Friday, January 27, 2017: Jay Peak Resort
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017: Burke Mountain Resort
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017: Mad River Glen
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017: Bromley Mountain
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017: Middlebury College Snow Bowl
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017: Smugglers’ Notch Resort
  • Friday, February 24, 2017: Okemo Mountain Resort
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017: Pico Mountain
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017: Magic Mountain
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017: Killington Resort
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017: Sugarbush Resort
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017: Bolton Valley
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017: Stratton Mountain Resort
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017: Stowe Mountain Resort

Skiers and riders can participate in a contest this year during Ski Vermont’s Specialty Food Day tour. Samplers will be encouraged to take photos of their food and beverage experiences and tag them #SnackSkiVT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Ski Vermont will choose one winner at the end of the season and send them a prize bag full of swag from Ski Vermont partners and two lift tickets for the 2017-18 season.

Returning Vermont food vendors include: Cabot Cheese, Vermont maple syrup makers, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Kimball Brook Farms chocolate milk, Gringo Jack’s chips and salsa, Karen’s Artisan Popcorn, It’s Arthur’s Fault sauces, and Ambrosia Confections. New vendors include Vermont Peanut Butter Company, Caledonia Spirits, Mad River Distillers and Silo Vodka. 

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Ski Vermont Welcomes 2017 with New Ways to Hit the Slopes, Save and Win Big

December 31, 2016
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Skiing at Pico Mountain Resort, Vermont. Vermont ski resorts are welcoming 2017 with a host of special programs and events © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Montpelier, VT – Ski Vermont pairs with partners in Vermont and across the country to provide great programs and incentives to get on the slopes this season. Long time skiers and riders, as well as those looking to learn a snowsport for the first time can win great prizes like lift tickets to Vermont resorts, skis from Rossignol and snowboards from Burton, among many other prizes this season.

Longtime participants in the national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month initiative, Vermont resorts offer $49 beginner packages during the month of January. Ski Vermont also offers the Take 3 Pass this season, which includes 3 beginner lessons for just $129. Ten participants in this program are eligible to receive a pair of Rossignol skis or a Burton snowboard at the end of the season.

Ski Vermont aims to reward already established Vermont-loving skiers and snowboarders this season with the new Bring-a-Friend program and the 2016-17 Season Scavenger Hunt. For those that want to introduce a friend or family member to skiing or snowboarding, they simply need to refer them (or gift them) a Ski Vermont Take 3 Pass and help get them to the slopes and into their first lesson. The first 100 participants will receive 2 lift tickets to a resort in Vermont.

Social-savvy skiers and riders can participate in the inaugural Ski Vermont Scavenger Hunt this season. Each week, starting on Thursday, December 29th, Ski Vermont will announce the resort, product and prize of the week on Instagram and Facebook. Participants post photos of the resorts and/or product that week to be entered to win prizes from Ski Vermont partners like Darn Tough socks, Skida headwear, Vermont maple syrup and more. Two lucky participants will walk away with a Burton Process Flying V snowboard or a pair of Rossignol Soul 7 HD skis at the close of the season.

“We are extremely excited to launch new initiatives for both beginners and established skiers and riders this season,” said Ski Vermont’s Director of Marketing and Communications Sarah Wojcik. “With great incentives provided by our partners and Vermont resorts, Ski Vermont aims to reward those visiting our Green Mountains and reveling in the state’s official winter sports – whether for the first time or hundredth.”

For the 17th year in a row, Ski Vermont is offering the Fifth Grade Passport, allowing fifth graders to ski virtually for free up to 88 days at Vermont alpine and Nordic resorts. For more information on Ski Vermont’s programs and incentives to slide, visit skivermont.com.

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Get Best Prices on Vermont Resort 2016-17 Season Passes Before Deadline

September 30, 2016
Okemo, Vermont, where you can enjoy bubble chairs, has joined the M.A.X. Pass program so you can get a season pass and for the add on, give 5 days at 31 other mountains, including its sister resort, Crested Butte © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Okemo, Vermont, where you can enjoy bubble chairs, has joined the M.A.X. Pass program so you can get a season pass and for the add on, give 5 days at 31 other mountains, including its sister resort, Crested Butte © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Season Passes at Vermont ski resorts make for one of the best deals around for skiers and snowboarders. Many resorts offer special preseason discounts. Here are this year’s highlights and pricing deadlines for Vermont resort season passes:

 

Bolton Valley- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 31. The Ski Bum Pass- $179 for anyone ages 18-25 and full time college students. Bolton’s Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass includes the benefits of the Freedom Pass (which used to be a $50 add-on), giving unlimited visits with no blackouts to Bolton Valley and up to three days skiing at each of the 12 other ski areas, spanning the country from Alaska to Maine, for a total of 36 free lift tickets. These include Magic Mountain  in Londonderry, VT (which is just being acquired by a group of locals who are making millions of dollars of new investment), Granite Gorge on the Keene/Roxbury Line in southwestern NH is close to Keene State College; Black Mountain in Jackson, NH.

All passes can be found at www.boltonvalley.com

Bromley Mountain- Pricing Deadline, Oct. 15. Super Value Pass– $525 – Ski Bromley 7 days a week, non-holiday with the Super Value Pass, www.bromley.com.

Burke Mountain- Pricing Deadline: Oct.10. The Judge- $899, valid at both Burke Mountain and Jay Peak Resort, skiburke.com .

Jay Peak Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct.10. Jay Adult Season Pass- $779, Ski or ride Jay Peak every day of the week, jaypeakresort.com

Killington Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 15. Adult Unlimited-$1,289, Killington’s adult unlimited pass gives unrestricted access to the Beast all season long; M.A.X.ify your Killington Unlimited Season Pass: Add-on 30 resorts, 5 days at each, 0 blackout days – starting at only $299 for adults, and $199 for youths,  www.killington.com.

Mad River Glen- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 15. Adult Full Season Pass- $771; A free season pass is available for kids 12 and under with the purchase of a Family Mad Card or any Adult Season Pass. The Family Mad Card-$209. Get 3 transferable day tickets good any time during the ski season plus free season passes for all kids who are ages 12 and under.  Receive $5 off any additional full day lift ticket purchased throughout the season, www.madriverglen.com.

Magic Mountain: Pricing Deadline: Oct. 31. Couples Unlimited Pass-$858. Magic offers 2 passes for couples living at the same address at a discount this season, www.magicmtn.com

Middlebury College Snow Bowl- Pricing Deadline: Nov. 30. Adult Season Pass-$420

Ski or snowboard at the Bowl all season long for under $500; Student Season Pass- $310 (7th grade through college), www.middleburysnowbowl.com.

Mount Snow- Pricing Deadline: Dec. 15. Drifter Pass-$399, offers unlimited access, with no blackout dates for those aged 18-29, www.mountsnow.com.

Okemo Mountain Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 10. Peak Pass -$1,359 provides skiing and snowboarding every day at Okemo with no restrictions.  M.A.X. Pass Add On,s $299 until Oct.12, www.okemo.com

Pico Mountain: My Pico, My Way.-$449, Get unlimited access to Pico Mountain all season long for under $500, www.picomountain.com.

Quechee Ski Area: Family of 4 Season Pass-$625, www.quecheeclub.com

Smugglers’ Notch Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct.31. Adult Season Pass-$609, www.smuggs.com.

Stowe Mountain Resort- Pricing Deadline: Nov. 6. Young Adult Pass (19-34) $599,  www.stowe.com

Stratton Mountain Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 10. Strattitude Pass -$329, valid every day with no blackout dates for ages 18-32 (the age raised from 18-29), www.stratton.com

Sugarbush Resort . For20s All Mountain 7 Pass- $469, features unlimited skiing and riding at Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen for ages 19-29; Mt. Ellen 7 Plus Pass- $985, Ski Mount Ellen plus 5 days at Lincoln Peak (anytime) and enjoy spring skiing at Lincoln Peak after Mt. Ellen closes. www.sugarbush.com

Suicide Six- Pricing Deadline: Nov. 30. Adult Season Pass-$449, valid every day. All season passes at www.woodstockinn.com.

See SkiVermont.com for more info.

 

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Okemo Mountain Resort 2016/17 Season Passes on Sale at Discount, With Bonuses

March 24, 2016
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Enjoying the bubble chairs at Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort Season Passes for the 2016/2017 ski and snowboard season are available for purchase now. Savvy skiers and riders enjoy substantial savings when they buy their season passes for next winter by April 30, 2016. Some Okemo season passes offer benefits including skiing at Okemo’s sister resorts: Mount Sunapee Resort, in N.H. and Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado, plus three days at nearby Killington. As an added bonus, any skier or rider who purchases a pass for next winter on or before April 30 will receive discounts for Okemo’s Adventure Zone this summer.

New this year, anyone with a registered Okemo Real.Easy Card can purchase a season pass online at okemo.com and load their season pass onto their RFID-enabled card. Made of durable plastic, cards can last for years and Real.Easy Cards offer direct-to-lift convenience.

For ultimate access and the best benefits, Okemo’s Ultra Pass covers it all. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the slopes every day at Okemo, Mount Sunapee or Crested Butte with no restrictions for $1,519, for adults, if purchased by April 30. This premium pass offers special benefits like three complimentary days of skiing or riding at Killington, early lift access at Okemo on weekends and holidays, discounts on dining, retail purchases, Spring House fitness memberships and more.

A popular season pass returning for 2016/2017 is Four.0 The College Pass. It provides full-time college students with unrestricted access to Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Killington and Pico at a price that fits a student’s budget: just $349 when purchased on or before August 31.

Additional season pass products include Okemo’s Peak Pass, Value Pass, Millennial Pass, Sunday Plus Pass and Midweek Pass.

For more information, call 802-228-1600 or visit okemo.com.

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Save on Vermont Ski & Snowboard Resorts’ 2016/17 Season Pass this Spring

March 24, 2016
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Take advantage of the nifty bubble chairs at Okemo Mountain Resort © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Skiers and riders can save on next season’s turns at Ski Vermont resorts by purchasing 2016-17 season passes this spring. Some deals include free skiing and riding for the rest of this season and other perks like discounted summer access, lessons, equipment and more.

Bolton Valley’s lowest priced season passes are on sale from now through April 4, when prices will go up. College kids check out the Ski Bum Pass (ages 18-25) for just $159.  The Senior Plus (ages 75+) start at $29 and the Night Pass at $119. Youth passes start at $99 if purchased with an All Access Adult pass which starts at $489.

Bromley Mountain is currently offering the lowest discounted rates available for 2016/17 season passes. Skiers and riders can save up to $155 on each pass when purchased before May 15, 2016.

Pay in three interest free installments with the 1-2-3 Payment Plan, only offered through May 15, 2016.  For complete pass options, rates and payment plan info, visit bromley.com.

Bromley season pass benefits include saving 50% on one-hour private lessons, 20% savings off full price retail items in the Bromley Shop by Potter Brothers, and one free all day pass to the Mountain  Adventure Park. All Bromley Season Pass holders ski for half price, midweek non-holiday at Jiminy Peak. Full season pass holders also get $15 off weekends & holidays, and Super Value pass holders receive $15 off non-holiday weekends.

Jay Peak Resort  has frozen all pass rates so they’re the same as last year with best prices ending on May 9, 2016. Passes purchased early also include extra lift tickets to share with friends. Purchase a Judge (Jay Peak + Q Burke) Adult pass (includes standard Adult, Family Adult, and U29 passes) and get 3 lift tickets for the 2016/17 season valid at either Jay Peak or Q Burke. Purchase a Jay Only Adult pass (includes standard Adult, Family Adult or Couple passes) and get 2 lift tickets (4 lift tickets for couples) valid for Jay Peak only through the 2016-17 season.

Canadian guests, with valid proof of current residency, can purchase their season pass at par by cash or check. See more information at jaypeakresort.com.

Killington Resort and Pico Mountain: Killington season pass means access to the longest season and the most terrain in the East, with steeps, parks, glades and cruisers spread across seven peaks. For best prices on the Unlimited Pass, purchase by June 16, 2016 or check out the discounted Blackout, Midweek or Vermont Student Pass. Check out some of Killington’s favorite pass holder perks and join the club.

College kids can enjoy skiing and riding Killington, Pico, Okemo and Jiminy Peak for just $349 and 50% off 1-day lift tickets for friends with the 4.0 The College Pass. New Pico pass holders will be eligible to use their pass midweek at Killington through April 1 and at Pico weekends through the end of the 2015-16 season.

Mount Snow Resort is introducing a new pass product – the Peak Pass. It’s the only unrestricted ski pass that offers unlimited skiing or riding at seven northeast mountains in four states for just $599. Youth pricing starts at $60 for kids under 6 years old. Prices will increase on April 30, 2016, so purchase early and ride the rest of the 2015/16 season for free.

Okemo Mountain Resort is offering savvy skiers and riders substantial savings when they purchase their Okemo season passes for next winter by April 30, 2016. Some Okemo season passes offer benefits including skiing at Okemo’s sister resorts: Mount Sunapee Resort, in N.H., Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado, plus three days at nearby Killington. As an added bonus, any skier or rider who purchases a pass for next winter on or before April 30 will receive discounts for Okemo’s Adventure Zone this summer.

Q Burke Mountain: Purchase 2016/17 Q Burke season passes before May 9, 2016 and save hundreds of dollars with Tier 1 pricing. Other incentives include two free non-restricted full day Q Burke lift tickets with the purchase of adult winter Q Burke season pass. Purchase an adult winter Judge season pass and receive one free Great Big Kingdom Card. The Great Big Kingdom Card is a pre-loaded card which includes three non-restricted full day lift tickets for Q Burke or Jay Peak.

Stowe Mountain Resort: Enjoy two days of skiing and riding at Stowe Mountain Resort during the 2016/17 season with theMountain Collective Pass. Limited numbers of the pass are available now and include 24 days of skiing and riding at 12 destinations and 50% off lift tickets for additional days for just $379.

Stratton Mountain Resort’s 2016/17 season passes are on sale with best rates through April 22, 2016. Starting with the Sunday Pass from $219 to the Summit Pass with Early Access, there’s a perfect pass for everyone. Stratton access is also available through the M.A.X. Pass which includes 25 mountains for one low price of $599. Other Vermont resorts include Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. The M.A.X. Pass Add-on can be added to a Stratton season pass for just $299 opening access to 24 other peaks.

Sugarbush Resort Sugarbush Resort is offering free skiing and riding from March 21st through the remainder of the 2015/16 Winter Season with the purchase of select 2016/2017 season passes. By purchasing next year’s season pass this spring, Sugarbush skiers and riders lock in the best rates. Adult 2016/2017 season passes can start as low as $339. Full details on season pass pricing are available at sugarbush.com. Lowest available pricing is valid through May 4, 2016.

2016/17 seven-day passes will include free dependent passes. Purchasing an Adult All Mountain 7 Pass comes with a free dependent All Mountain Pass for a child age 12 and under. A family of four  with two kids under the age of 12 could purchase two Adult All Mountain 7 Passes and ski for just $575 per person. A Mt. Ellen 7 family of four can ski for just $270 per person, and a Mt. Ellen 7 Plus family for just $398 per person.

All 2016/17 All Mountain 7 pass holders receive a 2016 Summer Season Pass for free,  which includes scenic lift rides, lift-served mountain biking and disc golf. All other 2016-2017 winter pass holders can add a 2016 Summer Season Pass for just $30.

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Ski Vermont’s Check in to Win Program Expands to Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing

December 5, 2015
Pico Mountain, Central Vermont

Skiing down 49er at Pico Mountain. Win prizes when you use the app in Ski Vermont’s Vertical Challenge © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Last season nearly 16,000 skiers and riders “checked in” with Ski Vermont to win prizes and bragging rights. After two successful years partnering with Trace Snow and Verizon Wireless, Ski Vermont is partnering with SnoCru to expand the Check In to Win program to cross country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts.

“This season we wanted to be able to offer the same incentives to all snow sports enthusiasts, regardless of how they choose to recreate on snow,” said Ski Vermont’s Director of Marketing, Kyle Opuszynski. “We will award the first alpine skier, snowboarder and nordic skier that visits all of Vermont’s applicable resorts with brand new equipment.”

The goal of the Ski Vermont Check In to Win program is to get skiers, riders and snowshoe enthusiasts to explore more of Vermont’s trails and resorts. Alpine skiers and snowboarders participate by downloading the Trace application on their phone to track their days, runs and vertical feet. Nordic skiers and snowshoers will download the SnoCru application to document distance and map their tracks.

All participants are entered to win prizes each time they explore new resorts and can earn Vermont medals while competing against other skiers and riders in Vermont. Prizes come from Ski Vermont partners like Darn Tough, Rossignol, Burton, anon, Long Trail Brewing, Skida, Vermont Spirits, and more. The first skier, snowboarder and Nordic skier to visit all the applicable resorts will win Rossignol skis and bindings, a Burton snowboard and a Rossignol cross country set up respectively.

Jayne Johnson from Milford, New Hampshire was the first winner to take home a pair of Rossignol skis and bindings as her reward for being the first to ski all 19 public Vermont resorts during the 2014-15 season. Read more about her adventures at skivermont.com. New this year, winners will receive Trace tracking devices that mount directly to skis and snowboards, providing more accurate data than ever.

The annual Vertical Challenge will resume in 2015-16 as well. The 2014-15 season winner, Rob Weiss from Albany, New York, logged almost two million vertical feet snowboarding at Killington Resort over an impressive 85 days on the hill.

“Year after year, we continue to see Vermont’s biggest fans proving their dedication to our mountains and we applaud them for their efforts. We also envy their time on snow,” says Opuszynski.

Watch Ski Vermont’s Check In to Win video and stay up-to-date on opening dates and conditions at skivermont.com.

 

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Vermont Ski Resorts Bundle Plenty of Joy This Holiday Season

December 3, 2015
Okemo Mountain, Vermont

Okemo Mountain, Vermont (c) Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Bucolic villages surrounded by snow covered pines welcome weary travelers on their way to Vermont’s picturesque mountain peaks this holiday season. Slide down snow, share delicious family meals, and warm up by the fire together with a hot cocoa or trusty Vermont brew. Vermont ski and snowboard resorts are a majestic destination during the holidays and they offer cheerful activities and delightful packages for families and friends who want to escape it all and enjoy winter in its original state.

Mount Snow Resort

The holidays are a special time at Mount Snow. The Christmas holiday week is full of events and activities including Grommet Jam #1 for kids age 12 and under on Monday, December 28. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Torchlight Parade and Fireworks display plus family activities and more.

Stratton Mountain Resort

Stratton welcomes the most wonderful time of year with ideal skiing and riding conditions, family fun events, and mountain comradery. Christmas vacation happenings include live music, fireworks and holiday celebrations. Book early on lodging and save. For a full events listing, visitstratton.com/events.

Bromley Mountain

Bromley looks forward to a festive holiday season, kicked off with a super Santa ski deal on December 25. Wear a red suit, beard, hat & bowl full of jelly belly on 12/25 and ski or ride all day for $25. December 26-27 will feature the Sun Mountain Sessions Snowboard Camp, a 2-day shred fest for kids ages 12-18, complete with coaching, giveaways and special pro appearances. Got kids? In addition to great ski and board programs during the day, they’ll have the Kids Lounge ready for entertaining the most important young guests. Video games, Vew-Do boards and an indoor Riglet Park are just a few of the nightly activities scheduled from December 26 through January 2. Plus, Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk of Ventrilo-tastic characters will perform on 12/28 from 5:30-6:15pm for an extra special Kids Lounge.

Okemo Mountain Resort

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, Okemo celebrates the holidays with a selection of sugarplum-packed, family-fun events and activities plus a great pre-Christmas lodging offer. Okemo’s `Twas the Week Before Christmas Package offers rates 50 percent less than holiday rates that begin after Christmas! Skiers and riders can save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars with an Okemo lodging reservation for three nights or more, starting December 18 with departure by December 26. Call (802) 228-1600.

Quechee Ski Area

The Quechee Club will host a variety of family fun activities for all ages over the holiday. Enjoy the alpine ski area or more than 10 miles of Nordic Trails, sledding, ice skating, or explore the wilderness on snowshoes. Quechee encourages embracing the outdoors. In addition to premier lodging and amenities, the Recreation Department runs full winter programming with daily schedules that include events like family Movie Night and Kids’ Night Out featuring adventures like indoor rock climbing and mobile laser tag. Off campus trips are also available and include best-of Vermont winter activities like Dog Sledding and backcountry snowmobile tours. For more information about premier rentals and holiday vacation happenings, please visit www.quecheeclub.com or call (802)295-9356.

Killington Mountain Resort

Killington is set to host the 2nd annual Jingle Jam at the Mouse Run terrain park on December 19, 2015. Skiers and snowboarders will donate unopened presents to the Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County in exchange for half-off their registration fee. During December the Killington Grand Resort Hotel will also host the Vermont Holiday Festival to benefit the Vermont Foodbank, featuring hundreds of uniquely designed evergreen trees, Santa’s Workshop for kids, and free Sleigh Rides.

Sugarbush Resort

The whole family will find some fun during the holidays at Sugarbush. But first, don’t miss The Big Kicker, the winter kickoff party co-hosted with Mad River Glen complete with films, freestyle expos, food, presentations, and more. Christmas week, enjoy everything from Christmas Dinner and S’mores Cookout to VINS Birds of Prey Performance and Kids’ Cooking Class. Don’t miss the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display on New Year’s Eve, as well as a dog parade earlier in the day.

Bolton Valley

Nothing brings friends and families together for good times quite like the holidays, and holidays spent on snow create lasting memories. Bolton Valley’s cozy base village will be trimmed in white lights for the holidays, creating a festive atmosphere for guests at the resort. In the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the mountain will be full of guests enjoying skiing, riding and daily family events. The Indoor Amusement Center will be open every day this week. Free, family oriented evens include a Magic Show and a Balloon Twister creating balloon sculptures. Skiers and riders will also have a chance to warm up around a campfire with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies or head inside for family movie night. Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade at 8:30pm on Thursday, December 31.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Enjoy savings and convenience every day, holidays included with Stowe ByPass. At Stowe Mountain Resort you can simply sign-up for ByPass online at no-charge and go direct to the lift every day you ski or ride. Add to that instantaneous savings by automatically paying the discounted ByPass rate, even during the holidays, the first time you’re scanned at the lift each day. The Evolution Stowe Card has replaced traditional tickets, using RFID technology for optimum convenience and value throughout Stowe Mountain Resort.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

December is Holiday Magic Month at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Throughout the month, families visiting Smugglers’ can create their own holiday magic through cookie decorating, craft workshops, and evening elf tuck-ins with bedtime stories. Christmas Eve highlights include the arrival of Santa, and a torchlight parade and fireworks. Smugglers’ ushers in 2016 with a New Year’s celebration featuring a bonfire, torchlight parade, fireworks, late night entertainment and dance parties, and a variety of dining alternatives. The Kids’ Night Out program at Treasures nursery offers children ages 3-11 their own New Year’s fun with dinner, games and entertainment available until after midnight. December vacation packages starting at $129 per adult and $99 per youth ages 3-17 include condominium lodging, daily lift tickets, outdoor ice skating, use of the heated pool and hot tubs, the indoor FunZone with games & inflatables, daytime and evening snow tubing, use of cross country skiing & snowshoeing trails, and nightly family & adult entertainment. (www.smuggs.com/skivtw, 855-814-7325)

Q Burke Mountain Resort

Spend the Holidays at Q Burke Mountain Resort with plenty to do for the whole family. There will be special appearances by the man himself, Mr. Santa Claus, and gingerbread house decorating and sledding on the slopes of Burke Mountain. Be one of the first to stay in the new Q Burke Hotel and Conference Center with plenty of amenities to keep the whole gang entertained. Outdoor heated pool and hot tub, family arcade, fitness center, fine-dining, coffee shop, and a relaxing day lodge ambiance will let you revel in the journeys of the day while relaxing fireside enjoying company. Finish off or start another day with Dinner and Comedy on Saturday, December 26th with Tony Bates and Jim Colliton in the Q Burke Darling Conference Room.

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