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Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, Is First Ski Resort in Nation to Open for 2013-14 Season

October 15, 2013
Arapahoe Basin, one of the Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts, became the first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2013-14 season (photo: Jack Depmsey)

Arapahoe Basin, one of the Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts, became the first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2013-14 season (photo: Jack Depmsey)

Colorado’s 2013/14 ski season is officially underway with Arapahoe Basin opening its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders. On October 13, at 8:30 a.m.  with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013/14 ski season. Arapahoe Basin’s opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead.

Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures and ideal humidity conditions over the past several weeks. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area began making snow on the evening of Friday, September 27, and have made snow or received natural snow most days since then. New snowmaking equipment upgrades, ideal snowmaking conditions, and recent natural snowfall have added to Arapahoe Basin’s base accumulation resulting in the resort’s current packed powder conditions. Today skiers and riders accessed the Black Mountain Express lift and enjoyed skiing on intermediate run High Noon.

For Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the exciting opening brings optimism for the season ahead. “Seeing skiers and snowboarders taking their first turns of the season is one of the highlights of the year,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO, Melanie Mills. “Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, we’ve seen the enthusiasm in skiers and snowboarders building towards this day. Thanks to helpful weather patterns and the hard work of Snowmakers and groomers, all of Colorado’s resorts will open with top notch products our guests will enjoy.”

The recent autumn snow storms and early winter season conditions brought a robust crowd to Arapahoe Basin today, signifying skiers and riders are more than ready to enjoy Colorado’s signature winter sports. “Resorts continue to focus on the guest experience, with everything from safety to service,” continued Mills. “Whether the emphasis is on families, learning or value, visitors can expect the same qualities from resorts this year that keep them coming back to Colorado season after season.”

Amid all of the Opening Day celebrations, Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, congratulated Arapahoe Basin on being first to open saying, “It’s still fall but the 2013/14 ski and snowboard season is open for business in Colorado.” He continued, “Tourism and recreation are some of our most visible and important industries in Colorado, not to mention key economic drivers, and with today’s grand opening we are looking forward to a fun-filled and snowy year on the slopes.”

The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin or Loveland. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

Here is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts (subject to change).

Listed by Resort Name:

Arapahoe Basin:                                    October 13, 2013 – Early June 2014

Aspen Highlands:                                  December 14, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Aspen Mountain:                                   November 28, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Buttermilk:                                            December 14, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Copper Mountain:                                  November 1, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Crested Butte:                                       November 27, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Eldora:                                                 November 22, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Howelsen Hill:                                       November 30, 2013 – March 16, 2014

Loveland:                                              Mid October 2013 – Early May 2014

Monarch Mountain:                                Mid November 2013 – April 13, 2014

Powderhorn:                                         December 12, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Purgatory:                                             November 29, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Silverton:                                              December 21, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Ski Cooper:                                          December 14, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Ski Granby Ranch:                                December 11, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Snowmass:                                           November 28, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Steamboat:                                           November 27, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Sunlight:                                               December 6, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Telluride:                                               November 28, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Winter Park:                                          November 13, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Wolf Creek:                                           November 8, 2013 – April 6, 2014


Listed By Open Date:

October 13:                                           Arapahoe Basin

Mid October                                          Loveland

November 1:                                         Copper Mountain

November 8:                                         Wolf Creek

November 13:                                       Winter Park

November 22:                                       Eldora

November 27:                                       Crested Butte, Steamboat

November 28:                                       Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Telluride

November 29:                                       Purgatory

November 30:                                       Howelsen Hill

December 6:                                         Sunlight

December 11:                                       Ski Granby Ranch

December 12:                                       Powderhorn

December 14:                                       Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper

December 21:                                       Silverton

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Ski NH Anytime Lift Ticket Packages Save up to $22 Off Weekend/Holiday Rates

September 17, 2013


New Hampshire’s Ski NH Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages offer one of the best deals skiers and snowboarders can find, especially if you ski primarily on weekends and during holiday periods. The tickets offer up to $22 off weekend & holiday rates at Ski NH member ski areas. The packages consist of the purchaser’s choice of fully-transferable lift tickets that are valid every day of the 2013-14 ski season.  Packages are ideal to share with friends, family and co-workers.

New for this season skiers will now have the convenient option of printing their tickets at home or work. Tickets are slated to go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 24 at 9am at

Skiers and snowboarders can choose their favorite ski areas or customize a mix of lift tickets to two or more ski areas; tickets are broken down into five price categories of $17, $27, $42, $55 and $65 per ticket. Prices will increase $5 per ticket after the October 31, early season pricing deadline. Packages begin at a minimum of six lift tickets and can be purchased in any increment above that.

Ski areas included in the offer are Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Mount Sunapee, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain, Black Mountain, King Pine Ski Area, Dartmouth Skiway, Granite Gorge, and McIntyre Ski Area.

Ticket inventory is limited and many areas are expected to sell out quickly. Skiers and snowboarders should make their purchase sooner than later to be sure they get their favorite ski areas at the best price available. Packages can be purchased online at, or by phone (phone orders are subject to a $10 shipping and processing fee). For details on Ski NH’s Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages and to order, visit or call 800-88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464).

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 33 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

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FestEVOL concert series adds to fun of spring snowsports at Crested Butte,Colorado

March 2, 2013
In its fourth year at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, FestEVOL showcases great live music, spring skiing and riding, and all-natural foods.

In its fourth year at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, FestEVOL showcases great live music, spring skiing and riding, and all-natural foods.

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 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.

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Ski Vermont Resorts Offer January Specials, Gears up for Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

January 12, 2013
Smugglers' Notch is one of the best family resorts anywhere - where families enjoy time together snow tubing, ice skating, exploring the woods and meadows on snowshoe treks, playing at the indoor FunZone and flying high with the The ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tours. But it also offers some skiing for every ability © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Smugglers’ Notch is one of the best family resorts anywhere – where families enjoy time together snow tubing, ice skating, exploring the woods and meadows on snowshoe treks, playing at the indoor FunZone and flying high with the The ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tours. But it also offers some skiing for every ability © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Ski Vermont is excited to offer its $29 Learn to Ski and Ride Month promotion once again and boast its participation in Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 12, 2013, which offers Nordic skiing and snow-shoeing promotions.

Stratton Mountain Resort
Outside Magazine named Stratton Mountain Resort the number one resort for families this year, and for good reasons. Stratton boasts a world-class snowsport school, family-friendly lodging near the slopeside village with shops and restaurants, and activities for the kid in all of us, including dog sled rides and our lighted, lift-served tubing park. For families, the Kids Ski and Stay Free package keeps a snowy Stratton vacation affordable and is available for kids ages 17 and under on mid-week, non-holiday dates.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday is famous at Stratton for its plentiful snow and fun for families. This year is no different, with free afternoon music in Grizzly’s, free hot cocoa and sugar on snow, games and trivia, and quintessential winter activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing and more. Visit to find activities and savings for the whole family of winter lovers.

Mount Snow Resort
As Vermont’s closest major resort to the northeast’s bustling metro areas, families planning a ski trip can look forward to spending less time in the car and more time enjoying their vacation. Mount Snow’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel has an abundance of spacious room types so the whole family can stretch out. In addition to amenities like the heated outdoor pool and arcade, there is kid-friendly fun on weekends including movie nights, cookie decorating and arts and crafts. The tubing park at Mount Snow is 10 lanes of all thrills, no skills family fun conveniently located right outside the hotel. For the more adventurous folks, guided snowshoe tours are offered through naturespa.

Monday, January 14 is Grommet Jam #2 for young skiers and riders age 12 and under to get 90 minutes of instruction from Mount Snow freestyle coaches on how to properly and safely enjoy small freestyle features. A friendly competition follows with winners going home with gear from event sponsors. Registration and information is available online at

Bromley Mountain
PHAT (Protect your Head at All Times) Day at Bromley on January 19th offers Free Helmet Rentals, and a raffle for 5 KidsRule helmets. See why helmets are the only way to ski & ride!

As if a $49 ticket wasn’t good enough, ski or ride Bromley on Monday, January 21, and save your used MLK Day lift ticket. It’s good for $10 off your next weekend or Holiday All-Day Ticket! $49 lift ticket available with printed E-Coupon only, $10 off good only with returning MLK Madness tickets. Download your e-coupon today!

Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo – it’s not just for skiing and snowboarding anymore. Visitors to the popular resort can enjoy zipline tours, mountain coaster rides, ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming, year-round indoor golf, racquetball, fitness classes, aerobic and weight training, massage, sauna, relaxing by a fire, or simply soaking in a hot tub.

With MLK Weekend ahead, Okemo is ready to welcome families with a great multi-day deal on lift tickets. When skiers and riders purchase lift tickets online at, at least 48 hours in advance, they can celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special three-day lift ticket, valid January 19, 20 and 21, for just $185 for adults (a $61 savings); $160 for young adults (a $56 savings); and $125 for juniors (a $43 savings). Additional Online deals are available throughout January.

Recent accolades include: “Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families” according to; “Ten Best Family Ski Resorts” according to Family Vacation Critic; Readers’ Choice Award winner for “Best New England Ski Resort” and “10 Best Ski Resorts for Families” according to

Bolton Valley Resort
The famous Bolton After Dark returns this season, where every Saturday night lift tickets are just $19 from 4-8 p.m. Inside the lodge, Fireside Flatbread offers up $2.00 flatbread slices and $2.00 sodas or PBR drafts. At 8 p.m., watch a free showing of a ski or snowboard movie – a great way for the whole family to enjoy after dark hours together. For parents with little tykes, Bolton Valley has introduced new Ski and Play Days, where on Wednesdays, parents can ski or ride with a full day lift ticket AND receive a full day of daycare for their child for just $79, a savings of 40% off the retail rate. Ski and Play Day also is available on Sunday afternoons from 1-4:30 p.m., and includes a half day of daycare and a half day adult lift ticket, also for just $79. Space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Extra children may be added to either day for $30/each. Call 802.434.6866 for details.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Family fun at Smugglers’ Notch Resort encompasses activities for all ages – so it’s no wonder the Resort has been recognized as #1 for its family programs for 14 years by SKI Magazine readers. Families enjoy time together snow tubing, ice skating, exploring the woods and meadows on snowshoe treks, playing at the indoor FunZone and flying high with the The ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tours.

For the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Smugglers’ lowest rates start at $85 per youth and $115 per adult per night apply to stays of five nights or more, with arrivals January 16-20, 2013. The resort offers a ski-and-stay package featuring children’s snowsports instruction, and a package including on-snow instruction for the entire family. Each package includes mountainside condominium lodging; lift tickets; use of the indoor pool and hot tubs; access to Nordic ski and snowshoe terrain; snow tubing; ice skating; use of the FunZone and teen centers; and family and adult entertainment. Call 855-814-7325 for reservations.

Sugarbush Resort
Dreaming of a snowy winter vacation to Vermont’s postcard-perfect mountains? Find it at Sugarbush Resort. Perfecting the art of the “hassle-free” getaway, Sugarbush offers luxury slopeside lodging at Clay Brook Hotel and an all-inclusive experience featuring nightlife, kids programs, shopping, lessons, day care and multiple dining options all just steps from the lifts.

There is no better time to visit Sugarbush then the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. Sugarbush has a great line-up of events that pack fun for the whole family including: A Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Kids Pizza and Movie Night, Family Italian Dinner Night; live music for après-ski and much more. Ski & Stay lodging packages and a complete list of events are available at or by calling 800.53.SUGAR.

Mad River Glen
Watch ripping young competitors fight for the win this month as Mad River Glen hosts the Junior Unconventional Terrain competition on January 12, 2013. The competition starts at 11am, and includes skiers 13 and younger. Top finishers will qualify for the Triple Crown Unconventional Terrain competition and the Ski the East Freeride Tour.

Enjoy one of MRG’s award-winning naturalist programs over the MLK holiday:

  • Family Snowshoe Adventure, January 19, 2013 – Join us for this special outing for families. While snowshoeing on easy terrain, explore the flora and fauna of the slopes. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
  • Twigs, Buds and Bark, January 20, 2013 – Explore the ecology of the hardwood and boreal forests of Stark Mountain, and learn how to recognize the buds and bark of some of our most common trees. For more info, click here.

Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Lodge offers an abundance of activities to participate in over MLK weekend. Saturday and Sunday are host to:

  • The Recess program from 12-2pm – Join the SML fitness team and learn how you can work out, get in shape and stay healthy as a family
  • Movie Time at 4 pm – Snuggle up in a bean bag chair and fill up on free popcorn as you watch some of your favorite films on the big screen.
  • Bear Factory at 4pm – Create your own stuffed polar bear, penguin, and other fun winter animals while also designing a t-shirt just for your new friend. Fill out a birth certificate to take home too!
  • Laser Tag in the Hotel! at 6pm – Come see how fun indoor laser tag can be at SML.

Stowe also offers specialty snowshoes tours including the Saturday Night Starlight Snowshoe and Yurt Tour and Just Leave Tracks Snowshoe Tour. More information is available at

Killington Resort
Fun-filled sliding under the lights? Look no further than the Killington Tubing Park. Located on East Mountain Road across from the Killington Grand Resort Hotel, the multi-lane, lift-serviced park has good times for all ages, right at the heart of the resort. Looking to warm up? Step inside for a pick-me-up at the all-new Parkside Pizza Pub. They’ll be serving up hand-tossed pizzas, family-style pasta, and hearty warm snacks and drinks to round out the evening.

Cap off your day of skiing or riding with a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride. We’re offering sleigh rides at 5:00 p.m. every Saturday through March 16, 2013, and on select additional dates, as well. Guests will depart from Cooper’s Coffee in Snowshed Lodge and enjoy a 20-30 minute sleigh ride at dusk on Killington’s trails. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Seats are limited, so be sure to get your tickets early.

Topnotch Resort and Spa
Topnotch Resort and Spa is a proud sponsor of The 2013 Stowe Tour de Snow – a showcase of the best of what Stowe has to offer winter visitors, locals and neighbors alike. Scheduled this year on January 20th from 12-4pm all along the 5.3 mile Stowe Recreation Path, families and friends ski, walk, snowshoe or run and participate in fun-filled activities grouped into stations sponsored by local and area businesses and organizations.

As a starting point for the event, Topnotch offers warm-up exercises courtesy of the Spa’s Fitness Director as well as warm-up and cool-down beverages. Other stations on the Tour feature everything from yoga intro sessions, Nordic terrain park, and “Learn to Ski and Snowshoe” clinics, to sled-pulling contest, slalom ski course competitions, a winter survival station, food and drinks, and other games and contests on skis and snowshoes.

All proceeds from the Tour contribute to the enhancement of the winter use of the Stowe Rec Path and the S.K.I.S. (Skiing Kids in Schools) program providing cross country ski equipment and professional instructions to Stowe School students grades 3-8. Participants can register at Topnotch’s Nordic Barn the day of the event from 12-2 or in advance online at

Trapp Family Lodge
The Trapp Family Lodge offers activities to delight every age. Home to the first cross country ski center in the country, the 100 kilometer trail network includes terrain suitable for every level of skier or snowshoer. Enjoy singalongs, guided snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, von Trapp History tours, indoor pool, climbing wall and so much more—everything to make your family vacation unique. Please visit for lodging accommodations and specials.

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Colorado Resorts Entice Offer Ski School Specials During Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month

January 2, 2013
Kids make learn-to-ski look easy at Winter Park Resort, Colorado and what a view! Colorado Ski Resorts are making it easy and affordable for guests of any age to take up skiing and snowboarding, especially during January, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, nationally © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Kids make learn-to-ski look easy at Winter Park Resort, Colorado and what a view! Colorado Ski Resorts are making it easy and affordable for guests of any age to take up skiing and snowboarding, especially during January, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, nationally © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are treating beginner guests to a number of ski school deals and packages this season that are especially attractive during the month of January, which is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

The snow from recent storms that spread across the state has left ideal conditions for beginners to learn, and presents the opportunity for seasoned sliders to expand their winter sport repertoire. With the industry’s top instructors, legendary ski schools, and packages teeming with value, guests are sure to find the resort, program, and experience that caters to their needs.

Below are lesson packages available at resorts throughout Colorado Ski Country, and ski school specials pertinent to Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

Arapahoe Basin:

Super Sunday Special

Every Sunday in January, Arapahoe Basin will have special lesson and rental packages for newbie skiers and riders. These specials are specifically geared toward first-time skiers and riders – those who have never stepped foot in a binding or on a mountain. All packages include lift ticket, rental and lesson. Lessons are half-day, morning only.

Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27

Adult ski package: $99

Adult snowboard package: $107

Kids’ ski package: $79

Kids snowboard package: $84

*lesson can be purchased a la carte for $59

One Run Lessons

With Arapahoe Basin’s One Run Lessons, Guests of any age and ability are matched with an instructor for one run from the Black Mountain Express lift to the base area. The purpose of this lesson is to suggest minor changes or improvements to the guest’s technique, and to introduce the guest to the resort’s snowsports instructors.

Dates: January 13, February 10, March 10

Times: 10am-noon

Sign-up is first come, first served, DAY OF only.

4 Lessons 4 U ($290):

Regardless of ability or discipline, guests can take advantage of four fully-transferable half-day, morning lessons for less than $75 per lesson. They can be used for kids, friends, or in combination with family members. They are available for all ability levels ages 3 and up, for child or adult skiing, snowboarding and telemark lessons (telemark lessons available Saturday and Sunday only). Lessons are good until April 28, 2013. Lift Tickets are not included and are available for $15 for kids and $25 for adults. More information can be found at


Adult Beginner’s Magic™
Learning to ski and ride isn’t just for kids. Aspen/Snowmass welcomes adults to Elk Camp Meadows in Snowmass, where students will learn to ski and ride mid-mountain in a private area specific to beginner skiers and snowboarders with their very own lift and magic carpet.

Aspen/Snowmass pros will get beginners out and about on the “easy” runs that will challenge them just enough. The accelerated learning method and equipment helps students succeed, and the resort’s top pros teach the lesson. Students will learn the basics of skiing or snowboarding from pros who practice a teaching method that promotes peak performance and confidence, and educates about the right equipment and mountain awareness. Aspen/Snowmass is so confident in this lesson that they created a unique package around it.

Available at Snowmass and Buttermilk every day, this program is best for adults who are first time beginners or who are only comfortable on beginner terrain. Beginner Levels (green terrain only levels 1 – 3) Lesson is a full day: 10:00am – 3:00pm and includes: lesson, beginner magic rental equipment, and a beginner area-lift ticket.

Costs run as follows: Full day: $203, full day with 7-day advance purchase: $193, one day extension: $143 per day. Three full days: $429, three full days with 7-day advance purchase: $408. More details can be found at

Copper Mountain

Save 50% on 2nd Day Ski and Ride School Adult Lessons

Learn how to ski and ride right the first time. Copper Mountain Ski and Ride School offers 50 percent off on second day lessons when a two day adult lesson is purchased. For more information please visit

Free Lift Access For Beginners At Copper Mountain

Learn to ski and snowboard at Copper Mountain without breaking the bank this January. Easy Rider carpet in Center Village is free for those just learning how to slide down the mountain. Once guests get the hang of skiing and riding and are ready to test their skills on more beginner terrain, a lift ticket for Pitchfork beginner chairlift is available for $15 and is the perfect terrain to hone in on new skills. Both tickets are available at a Copper Mountain ticket window and available all season long.

Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month Is Not Just For Never Evers

Learn how to spin in the park or conquer a box or rail with Copper Mountain Ski and Ride School and Woodward at Copper. Start the day at the Schoolhouse for skiing and riding then head to the Woodward Barn for a unique and fun experience on trampolines and in foam pits. Lesson packages include a lift ticket, lunch, and real-time GPS tracking provided by Flaik for superior safety and peace of mind for parents. Walk-ups are accepted until 9 a.m. on the day of lessons. Advanced Reservations are highly encouraged, for more information please visit

Crested Butte

North Face Guide

For guests interested in an extreme skiing or riding experience, but looking for some tips and tricks for success, CBMR’s Ski and Ride School created the North Face Guide. This in-bounds group tour allows participants to experience the resort’s famed extreme terrain, concentrating on skiing and riding off the High Lift and in the North Face area of the mountain. The tour includes an evaluation and light education, helping adventure-minded guests make the jump to extreme skiing and riding in a safe and controlled environment. Call Crested Butte Ski & Ride School for reservations 970-349-2211. More information can be found at


First Timer Lesson Package

Eldora’s First Timer Lesson Packages provides new skiers and riders with a four hour group lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket for just $119. Eldora’s lower mountain terrain is perfect for first-timers looking to develop their basic skills. For more information please visit


3 Class Pass

Loveland Ski Area’s 3 Class Pass encourages a lifelong love of snow sports by rewarding first time skiers and snowboarders ages sis and up that complete three lesson packages with a free season pass. Newcomers can also pre-purchase the three lesson packages and use the pass all winter long.

Loveland Explorers

Explorers is a six week program where intermediate skiers and snowboarders ages 7-14 train with top level coaches from The Loveland Ski and Ride School and The Loveland Ski Club to develop their skills. Children learn and explore with the same coach all six weeks and the groups are limited to six students to one coach. Package is $469 and includes six full day lessons with lunch and a season pass.

The Loveland Ski and Ride School offers a unique private lesson for families looking to learn to ski or snowboard together. Up to four family members age seven and older learn together with the same instructor in a two hour newcomer lesson for first time skiers or riders. The $395 includes two hour lesson, beginner lift tickets and equipment rentals for four people. More information can be found at

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is offering three new low cost packages during January 2013 for children and adults who want to learn how to ski and snowboard. These new packages are only valid at Purgatory January 7-31, 2013 as part of national “Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month” and are geared toward people who have never skied or snowboarded and want to learn.

2-Day Basic Beginner Package only $149, a savings of up to 43%

Includes a full-day ski or snowboard lesson for adults/children, basic rental equipment for two days, and two days of lift tickets.

Lodging Plus 2-Day Beginner Package starts at $189 pp, a savings of up to 39%

Includes the 2-Day Basic Beginner Lesson Package ( lift tickets, rentals & lesson), plus two-nights lodging, based on quad-occupancy in Lodge at Tamarron. Some restrictions apply.

1-Day Basic Beginner Package only $79, a savings of up to 47%

Includes a full-day ski or snowboard beginner lesson for adults/children, basic rental equipment for the day, and a beginner lift ticket.

Be Back Beginner Discount Card

Upon completion of the 1-Day, 2-Day or 2-Day plus lodging programs, participants will receive a card good for discounts on lessons, lift tickets and rentals for the remainder of the season through March 31, 2013. These discounts are valid for use of the beginner only.

Lift tickets: $50 adults; $40 students; $30 kids

Lessons: $39 half-day group lesson; $59 full-day group lessons

Ski or snowboard rentals: $20 adult basic; $17 kids

Blackout dates apply: 2/16-2/17 and 3/10-3/16

Basic rental packages include skis/snowboards, boots, poles and helmet. Pre-registration is required for participation. Visit for details and to register.


Learn to Ski or Ride Season Pass Series

The Season Pass Series is designed for first timers ages eight and up who are new to either the sport of skiing or snowboarding and ready to commit to three lessons. At the end of the lessons, students have a great foundation and will be able to take their new skills all over the mountain. Additionally, when they complete all three sessions, they will get a free season pass for the rest of the season.

Lessons are a full day Group Lesson with an hour break for lunch and run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $299 for adults including lesson, lift and rental and $249 for ages 8 – 17 including lesson, lift and rental and is available in three different tracks:

Intensive Series:

December 21-23, 2012 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) OR

January 2-4, 2013 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Saturdays Series:

January 5, 12, 19, 2013

Sunday Series:

January 6, 13, 20, 2013

Young At Heart

One of the most popular programs at Powderhorn, Young at Heart is for skiers or riders over age 50 and this January special sessions will be held specifically for January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Join the resort every Thursday to ski with friends and a guide from the Ski and Ride School. Groups are divided by ability, with an emphasis on fun, camaraderie and ski time. Stay after the lifts close for the weekly apres ski party in the Sunset Grille. Learn to Ski and Snowboard sessions will be held Jan 10, 17 and 24.

Young at Heart begins on December 20th and continues every Thursday until the mountain closes in spring. Sign in by 8:40 a.m. Groups go out promptly at 9:00 a.m. More information can be found at

Ski Cooper

The 3 Lesson Season Pass Program is available for first time skiers and riders at Ski Cooper. Participants can pay as they go and upon completion of the third lesson, they are eligible to receive a Ski Cooper 2012-13 season pass. Details and more information can be found at or by calling (800) 707-6114.

Ski Granby Ranch

Get on the Snow

Ski Granby Ranch has long emphasized beginner-friendly ski environments and instruction, and to turn first-timers into lifelong skiers, they’re offering a Get on the Snow (GOTS) program, where newbies complete two days of comprehensive instruction (including lift tickets and rentals) for $199 – and walk away with a season pass to boot.

The GOTS program emphasizes watching and learning with others in a group setting which creates a comfort level for the beginner. GOTS is offered January through mid-March, some date restrictions apply and reservations are required. Details can be found at


Learn to Ski & Ride Package

The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School’s Learn to Ski & Learn to Ride clinics pair first time winter enthusiasts with some of the best instructors in the industry, including former Olympians, collegiate athletes and more. The resort is so confident that “Never Ever” students will be skiing or riding comfortably on green runs after their three-day programs that they guarantee it. Learn to Ski & Learn to Ride Packages offer three days of instruction, gear rental, lift tickets and the same instructor for all three days of instruction for 16 year olds and up. The Learn To Ride Program is part of the signature Burton clinic and features specialized equipment and proven teaching methods designed to help first-time snowboarders. Booking Learn To Ski or Learn to Ride Packages seven or more days in advance can result in a discount. For reservations call 800-922-2722, and for more information visit


Learn to Shine

The Learn to Shine program at Sunlight encourages beginners to take on three days of lessons with a free 5-day ski pass awarded upon completion. The package includes three days of lesson, equipment rental and lift tickets for $325. Guests can choose what days to take their lessons, whether they are consecutive or not. More details can be found at

3-Day Beginner Skiing Adventure
Enjoy miles of beginner terrain with instructors teaching skills that will have guests successfully skiing on their first day. With the 3 Day Beginner Package, guests can buy two days and get the third day free – includes lift, lesson, and rental. First time skiers only. 11:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Learn to Ride Beginner Snowboarding
Telluride partners with Burton Snowboards to offer the best experience in snowboard instruction. Included in the lesson are specifically designed beginner snowboards, boots, and bindings – which quickens the learning curve. Smaller class sizes and gentle terrain complete this unique experience. Package includes lift, lesson and rental. With the Learn to Ride Beginner Snowboarding Package, buy two days and get the third day free – includes lift, lesson, and rental. First time snowboarders only. Learn to Ride Beginner Snowboarding is offered 11:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. More information can be found at

Winter Park

Bob’s Mogul Camp

Winter Park is home to North America’s infamous natural bump terrain, Mary Jane. With six hours of daily coaching from Winter Park Pros, guests will be navigating the bumps best in no time. Students finish out the day with a special après party and video analysis. Winter Park Ski + Ride School Director, Bob Barnes, and his top mogul coaches perfect bump skiing for novices and experts. Groups are based on ability level and range from blue bump runs to double diamond bump runs.

January 25-27, 2013
February 13-15, 2013
March 1-3, 2013
Meeting location: Mary Jane Moffat Room; 8:30am
6 hours a day / $519

Wolf Creek

Beginner Ski and Board Package

The Beginner Package at Wolf Creek Ski Area keeps things easy for first timers by offering never-ever skiers and snowboarders a combination lift and group lesson ticket. The $56 includes four hours in a group ski lesson plus the beginner Nova double chairlift. Lessons are from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with a one hour break for lunch. For $66 the lesson includes the same deal for snowboarders. This package is offered to adult skiers/boarders as well as to children, ages nine and older. More information can be found by visiting

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opens Gravity BagJump to Adventure Park

December 29, 2012
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

Always looking to create a more innovative and unique experience for guests, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

BagJump™ is a versatile product that can be used all year round, from beginners to professionals, for Olympic level training or just for recreation; giving the feeling of “landing on a cloud” when jumping into it. In Crested Butte, the BagJump will act as a place for kids and adults to sled into on a tube and for skiers and snowboarders to test their freestyle skills. In the summer months, adrenaline seekers can free fall into the bag off an elevated platform.

“Adding the Coke Zero Gravity BagJump continues to fulfill our goal of adding new attractions to the resort for summer and winter months,” says Nick Herrin, the director of resort services for CBMR. “It is a safe, yet exciting experience for any age.”

The BagJump is part of the Adventure Park ticket for unlimited use and available for Platinum Season Passholders. The BagJump is now open daily from 1 – 5 p.m.

Skiers and riders will be required to go through a safety course to receive a stamp of approval in order to utilize the BagJump on their skis and boards.

“The Crested Butte facility is one of the best I’ve ever worked with,” adds Elliott Levitt, US Representative for BagJump. “I look forward to BagJump being a part of the operations in Crested Butte for many years to come.”

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, just up the road from a small historic town. With vibrant Victorian store fronts and expressive local characters, it 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, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit to Crested Butte. 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.

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

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Mount Snow Opening for the 2012/2013 Winter Season on Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2012

Mount Snow Resort announced today that it plans to open for the 2012/2013 winter ski and snowboard season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, with five trails covering about 30 acres of skiable terrain serviced by three chairlifts. The southern Vermont resort has been making snow every night for the past week, taking advantage of even the shortest windows of snowmaking temperatures in an effort to get the season off to a good start.

During a time of year when many ski areas only offer open terrain at higher elevations where snowmaking conditions are better and skiers and riders must download on chairlifts to the base of the mountain, Mount Snow has been experiencing a string of temperature inversions during which the air is much colder at lower elevations than it is at the summit. Because of this weather anomaly and the high snowmaking production at lower elevations that results from it, the resort will start the season by operating two of its high speed quad chairlifts that reach roughly three-quarters of the way up the mountain but no summit access.

“We’ve seen some pretty interesting temperature patterns over the last week, or so. When the warmest temperature reading in northern New England is at the summit of Mount Washington, you know things are a little funny,” said Mount Snow’s Director of Operations, Dave Moulton. “Once we get some cold temps up top, it won’t take us long to get enough snow down to open the terrain up there.”

Mount Snow plans to operate chairlifts from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. If snow conditions permit, the resort will move to normal midweek hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on Monday.

Lift tickets for opening day will be $49 for adults (age 19-64), $39 for youth and seniors (age 6-18, 65+), $30 learning terrain-only (Discovery Shuttle Triple) and kids age five and under ski and ride for free.

Events for opening weekend include a Turkey Hangover Hill Climb on Friday, Torchlight Parade and Fireworks display on Saturday and grand opening celebrations for The Cupola retail shop as well as the Snow Barn nightclub. For more information on opening weekend, snow conditions and deals visit

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Fundraisers for Vermont Adaptive’s Ski Challenge 2012 at Pico Mountain Can Earn Lift Tickets, Season Passes, Ski/Ride Package

February 20, 2012

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment, will host its annual Ski Challenge fundraising event on Saturday, March 10 at Pico Mountain. A retro '80s is this year's theme © 2012 Karen Rubin/

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment, will host its annual Ski Challenge fundraising event on Saturday, March 10 at Pico Mountain. A retro ’80s is this year’s theme. People do not have to participate in the race to attend the family-friendly gala after the day’s event. Gala-only tickets are available.

In addition, Killington Resort and Pico Mountain are providing lift ticket and season pass fundraising incentives in order for the non-profit to reach its event goal of raising $100,000.

Vermont Adaptive has established a special page on, enabling both participants and non-participants in the Ski Challenge to reap the benefits of raising money for Vermont Adaptive. The incentives and fundraising levels include:

$200 in pledges = (1) 2012-13 Pico Mountain Lift Ticket

$300 in pledges = (2) 2012-13 Pico Mountain Lift Tickets

$500 in pledges = (2) 2012-13 Killington Lift Tickets

$750 in pledges = (1) 2012-13 Pico Mountain Season Pass

$1,000 in pledges = (1) 2012-13 Killington Midweek Season Pass

$1,500 in pledges = (1) 2012-13 Killington Unlimited Season Pass

$2,000 in pledges = Complete Rossignol Ski or snowboard Package

Those interested in participating in the fundraising can create an individual fundraising page at

Every $100 in pledges enables Vermont Adaptive to provide a full-day skiing scholarship. The cost of an outing with Vermont Adaptive for the consumer can range from a $15 for a two hour canoeing session to $90 for a full day ski lesson, including instructors, ticket and adaptive equipment. All of the school and advocacy groups that the organization works with are also subsidized by Vermont Adaptive; school groups are charged a reduced rate starting at 50% off, and participants receive the same one on one experience as any individual who participates.

“We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director. “This is our largest winter fundraiser and monies raised will help us to underwrite some of the costs of our adaptive programs and allow more people with disabilities to participate. We are so thankful to our resort partners like Killington and Pico, who continually step up and come through with us with amazing support. We couldn’t be who we are without partners like them.”

This year’s Ski Challenge includes a day filled with skiing and fun, timed racing and a night complete with family-friendly grazing stations with a retro-’80s theme and music, awards, and dancing. Saturday begins with check-in for participants from 8 – 9:30 a.m. in the Sunshine Room in the Pico Mountain base lodge. The fun race begins at 10 a.m. The race is open to all ages and abilities of skiers, riders and tele-skiers. Each racer will complete two times runs. Participants are encouraged to create teams of three and compete in costumes as well. Awards will be made in various categories for all participants, from best individual times to fasted teams, best costume, youngest and oldest participants, as well as acknowledging top fundraisers.

Beginning at 4 p.m. the event moves to the Killington Grand Hotel. A cash bar and Silent Auction begin at 4 p.m. Then the night continues with awards, dinner and dancing. The Silent Auction will wrap up around 7:30 p.m. A DJ will be spinning retro ’80s tunes.

Registration includes a special wool IBEX Outdoor Clothing beanie as well as full-day lift ticket for March 10, 2012 to Pico, Ski Challenge festivities, awards, and the après-ski party. Apres-ski party tickets can be purchased in advance as well. Registration is online at

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Ski New Hampshire Resorts Offer Deals, Special Events for February Vacation Weeks

February 15, 2012

Snowboarding at Waterville Valley. New Hampshire ski resorts now have a deep base of snow for skiing and riding, and special deals and events for the February vacation © 2012 Karen Rubin/

The slow snow start of the 2011-12 ski season is now a distant memory with a deep base of snow statewide. The upcoming February school vacation weeks offer kids and families of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the fun part of winter along with special events at the state’s ski resorts.

Thanks to intense snowmaking efforts over the past three months, New Hampshire’s ski areas have made the most of a winter that has brought below-normal snowfall totals to most of the United States. Although many New England residents have bare ground in their yards, most of New Hampshire has natural snow on the ground and alpine areas have enhanced natural snowfall with hundreds of hours of snowmaking. As a result, not only are the downhill conditions surprisingly good, most of New Hampshire’s cross country ski areas are also open with over 450 kilometers of trails available.

“It’s very easy to look out your window at home and assume that the ski areas may not have much snow, which really is an unfortunate misconception. Thanks to cooler temperatures, we’ve retained much of the natural snow that has fallen and ski areas have spared no expense utilizing modern snowmaking technology to pile the snow deep over the past few months,” stated Alice Pearce, Ski NH’s president.

Vacation weeks allow families to enjoy time together and take advantage of the fun part of winter in New England. Ski areas realize that and offer a variety of activities to entertain everyone. Special events are scheduled through the week including fireworks displays, family ski races, après ski entertainment for adults and kids, and much more. For a complete list visit

Among the offerings are Disney’s Get Out and Play with giveaways, games and more at Gunstock on February 18. King Pine at Purity Spring Resort will host Retro Day and a Scavenger Hunt on February 19. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge family-friendly race series visits Black Mountain, Crotched Mountain, and Mount Sunapee over the holiday break. Live music and auctions are part of the Childhood Cancer Lifeline Event at Pats Peak on February 25-26.

New Hampshire’s ski areas also continue to offer a wide variety of year-round attractions for guests. Among the non-skiing activities offered are mountain coasters, zip line rides, canopy tours, giant swings, dog sled and sleigh rides, ice skating and much more.

Although it may be considered a holiday period at resorts, many discount offers are still available. Ski NH’s Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages offer $11-$21 off of holiday lift ticket rates, are valid anyday, and are fully-transferable so they can be shared with family and friends. Many ski areas also have daily lift ticket specials, discounts for buying online in advance, family deals and much more. Visit for full details on all of these February vacation offers.

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 38 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

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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.

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