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Killington celebrates fall, gears up for winter with deals on passes, tickets, packages

October 1, 2011

Killington's K-1 Express gondola

Peak foliage has arrived at Killington Resort along with lodging deals and the biggest Brewfest weekend ever with the Brewmaster Dinner, Kickoff Party and over 70 beers on tap at Brewfest. The K-1 Express Gondola will spin daily, October 1-10 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. offering scenic rides to Killington Peak that feature spectacular views of five states and Canada. Plus hiking and the Killington Golf Course are open daily through October 10. Route 4 East and West are open, so get in your car and head up to Killington to check out nature’s fireworks.

Save Big on Fall Foliage Lodging Packages
Soak up autumn’s broad palette of red, gold, orange and amber and save with a lodging package that includes a round-trip ride on the K-1 Express Gondola to a magnificent view atop Killington Peak. Additionally, starting October 2 -10, book a two night stay and get your third night FREE, plus everyone on the reservation gets a FREE round-trip ride on the K-1 Express Gondola.

Purchase Season Pass before Oct. 14

With a number of on-mountain improvements wrapping up and the 2011-12 ski and snowboard season quickly approaching, now is the time to grab your Killington Season Pass before the price increases on October 14, 2011.

At Killington Resort this winter, you’ll experience the all-new Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars and deck that replaced the Superstar Pub, newly re-graded trails, improved snowmaking and tons of great events including the Winter Dew Tour, January 19-22, 2012.

Unlimited Season Pass
$1199 for Adults (ages 19-64), $799 for Youths (6-18) and $799 for Seniors (65+). If you’re chomping at the bit for first tracks, then you know you’re going to need unlimited access to both Killington and Pico Mountain. Plus, the Unlimited Season Pass is loaded with numerous benefits including discounts on food, spa services, Snow Sports School programs and more. Learn More

Blackout Season Pass
$829 all ages. With only 18 blackout days, this pass is perfect for those who hit the slopes ten or more days during the season and want to avoid peak periods. Plus, Blackout pass holders will receive two floating days that may be used on any blackout day of their choice. Learn More

Midweek Season Pass
$499 all ages. The Midweek Pass offers outstanding value for those with the flexibility to ski before work, after school, or just to play hooky on a powder day. Learn More

October 13, 2011 is the last day to grab your Killington Season Pass before prices increase. Additionally, all Killington Season Passes are also valid at Pico Mountain.

Save big this season with K57 tickets and Express Card.

K57 Tickets
For only $57, experience The Beast of The East this winter. Score the best deal of the season on a one-day adult lift ticket with 18 blackout* dates. K57 tickets are available online only for a limited time. Buy now

Killington Express Card
For skiers and riders using the mountain four or more days this season, the Killington Express Card offers direct-to-lift access. Available for $86 for a limited time, the Express Card gives you 50% off weekday and 25% off weekend and pea* day window ticket rates (Blackout/Peak days: December 26, 2011 – January 1, 2012; January 14 – 15; February 18 – 26, 2012) Buy Now

RSVIP PROGRAM FOR RETURNING GUESTS

You’re no stranger to Killington Resort and your loyalty shouldn’t go unrewarded. So, Killington is offering you this season’s absolute best deal on the largest variety of lodging. It’s all part of our RSVIP program exclusively for returning skiers and riders. But, like most things in life, you need to act fast because this offer expires November 18, 2011.

Save 30% on lodging & lift tickets for 3-nights/3-days or longer during non-peak periods this winter, and 25% during peak periods!* The RSVIP Ski & Stay package is available December 23, 2011 through April 7, 2012. LEARN MORE

Save 10% off our already discounted Ski Week package. The Ski Week Package is our best value featuring huge savings on lodging, lift tickets and KIDS SKI FREE! LEARN MORE

To book, call 800-320-7797, or visit http://www.killington.com.

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Killington Holds Online Auction to Help Vermont Farmers

September 13, 2011

Many Vermonters including local farmers lost everything in tropical storm Irene. Many people are already helping the storm recovery in a variety of ways, however, here’s another chance to offer your support.

Killington Resort created an online auction, “From the Ground Up,” to assist Vermont farms that sustained damage from tropical storm Irene. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund to help local farmers begin to rebuild.

Starting September 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST, From the Ground Up will open online for bidding on items such as an Unlimited 2011-12 Killington season pass, first gondola ride of the 2011-12 season, two VIP passes to any one of the 2011-12 Dew Tour stops, including 2 one-day lift tickets to the host resort, one week of Woodward Camp at Cooper Mountain, Red Sox tickets for four at the Budweiser Roof Deck Table, a Burton Nug snowboard signed by Jake Burton and much more.

Fortunately, Killington Resort received minimal damage from tropical storm Irene, however, many of our local farmers lost everything. From the Ground Up online auction will help Vermont farmers replace infrastructure as well as help cover losses sustained from the storm.

Killington Resort expressed gratitude for the generous auction items provided by local businesses as well as Resort partners and sponsors.

From the Ground Up auction bidding will conclude on September 25, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST.

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Mount Snow is First Ski Resort on Foursquare Social Networking Site

January 24, 2011

Mount Snow, Vermont, has become the first ski resort to form a partnership with foursquare social network.

Mount Snow has entered into a partnership with foursquare, becoming the first ski resort to launch a brand page and badge campaign on the popular social network.  Foursquare is a location based mobile platform makes areas easier to explore and provides deals and prizes for users “checking in” to their venues.  Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues that they want to visit. Foursquare is rolling its service out to only about 15 ski resorts, with only a few on board at the moment.

Out of all the ski resorts in North America, why start with Mount Snow?  “Because we’re awesome! (ok, and the foursquare founders are pass holders here),” said Dan Gullotti, Mount Snow Interactive Marketing Manager.  In one day 250 people followed Mount Snow, within 48 hours that number jumped to nearly 5000.

“My brother [foursquare Co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley] and I have been visiting Mount Snow for years, so we’re especially excited to see our home mountain putting so much effort behind their foursquare tips, Specials and badge promotion,” said Jonathan Crowley, Director of Business Development for foursquare. “We’re confident this partnership will give foursquare users some extra incentives to visit one of the best mountains in the east.”

On Thursday January 20th guests checking in at the main base lodge could visit the Marketing Office and receive a free Carinthia beanie.  Specials will be active in Mount Snows various venues, including food & beverage outlets, tubing, retail shops and the naturespa.

Bragging rights go to those who are able to unlock the Mount Snow badge but perhaps the biggest battle is for the right to be Mayor, which will include a major perk; a reserved parking spot!

Be sure to continually check into Mount Snow venues to unlock specials at Cuzzin’s, Station Tap Room, the Snow Barn, Backside Snowboards and more.  To friend Mount Snow on foursquare go to www.foursquare.com/mountsnow.

MOUNT SUNAPEE RESORT HOSTS ULTIMATE GROOVE TELEMARK CAMPS FOR WOMEN JAN 22, MAR 12

January 3, 2011

On Saturday January 22 and March 12,  Mount Sunapee is hosting Ultimate Groove Telemark Camps for women. Created by Heather Paul, two-time national telemark champion, the camps emphasize adventure, camaraderie, and fun. “We aim to provide women with a way to access and develop personal skills, whether they are physical, mental or spiritual, in a winter environment that puts them in touch with their greater groove in life,” said founder Heather Paul. Each Camp includes a full-day of instruction, under the supervision of local telemark expert Tori Burke, in small groups with video analysis to help visualize improvement. The Camp caters to all ability levels including beginners. Rental equipment is available at Mount Sunapee. The cost including a lift ticket is $217 and $170 for season pass holders. For more information or to register go to http://www.ultimategrooves.com

VERMONT SKI RESORTS ARE FULL OF HOLIDAY CHEER

December 12, 2010

Stratton Mountain Resort is wonderfully welcoming for families © 2010 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The holidays make December all the more enticing in Vermont’s snowy mountains with festivals, events and good natured cheer emanating from the resorts. Here is a sampling of some of the resorts’ special holiday events and deals.

Families visiting Smugglers’ Notch Resort over the winter holiday periods will enjoy a full complement of package inclusions and special activities like bonfires and barbecues during Christmas Week and New Year’s.

Bolton Valley Resort created a line-up of fun holiday events for Christmas Week 2010 that are family-oriented and affordable and with all-inclusive packages that offer true ski-to-your-door lodging. Families will enjoy a holiday week filled with skiing and riding, fireworks and more.

There is no better time to come home to Stratton Mountain Resort than the holidays. The resort is keeping with tradition and has planned a season full of extraordinary events from the popular Ross Powers Boardercross Camp to the much anticipated Winter Yoga Cleanse.

Heading into the holidays, Killington Resort is decking the halls and celebrating with events, free learn to ski/snowboard days and attractive vacation package deals. Some highlights include the Rails 2 Riches Rail Jam and the celebration of World Snowboard Day.

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, just 11 miles from Killington, is offering affordable winter packages for everyone. The resort features its popular Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, with an extensive trail system of 60km and decadent cuisine to enjoy after a day of outdoor adventures.

At Stowe Mountain Resort, buying lift-tickets seven days in advance saves money and adds value, even during the holidays. Stowe’s Vacation Rewards Program combines lift tickets with a menu of other on-mountain benefits, and many Stowe area lodges are combining it with a place to stay.

Okemo Mountain Resort celebrates the holidays with visits from Santa and a family New Year’s Eve celebration that includes a dance party and a fireworks display.

To sweeten your post-holiday travels, Ski Vermont has flight discounts and ski packages available. Visit www.jetblue.com/deals/ski-vermont and use promo code SKIVT for 10% off your flight between 1/5/11 – 2/15/11. This offer is available on trips booked before 12/18/10.

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Smugglers’ Notch Resort is top pick for families in SKI Magazine “Top 50 Resorts” rankings

October 24, 2010

For the 12th year, Smugglers’ Notch Resort in northern Vermont has been selected as #1 for family programs by readers of SKI Magazine in the magazine’s annual survey for their “Top 50 Resorts.”

“We are thrilled to again receive this recognition,” says Bill Stritzler, Smugglers’ owner and managing director. “Years ago we focused our mission on being the best resort for family fun, anywhere. Responding to families’ vacation interests and recreational needs is the cornerstone of our operations here at Smugglers’, enhanced by the careful attention our employees pay to customer service.”

Further emphasizing the Resort’s appeal to vacationing families, Smugglers’ received top 10 ranking among Eastern resorts in the categories of overall satisfaction, value, lodging, off-hill activities and service. Smugglers’ also received top 10 recognition for the challenge and variety of its terrain. Smugglers’ three mountains and 78 trails feature 1000 acres of terrain for all abilities, from the novice skiers and riders enjoying Morse Mountain’s gentle runs to the extreme experts taking on Madonna Mountain’s gnarly double and triple black diamond Fab Five trails.

In a departure from traditional ski school instruction, Smugglers’ Snow Sport University offers experiential on-slope learning to students. Accompanied by an instructor-guide, skiers and riders explore terrain appropriate for their ability level, from wide learning trails and gentle cruisers to narrow steeps and woods. All-day children’s camps for skiing and snowboarding instruction start at age 3 for young skiers and riders, and an innovative program based in Smugglers’ Treasures Child Care Center introduces 2 ½ year olds to skiing with fun age-appropriate instruction techniques.

New Zipline Canopy Tour

Responding to increasing interest by families in soft adventure experiences, a year round zipline canopy tour is planned to open at the Resort in December 2010. Participants on the 2.5-3-hour tour, the first of its kind in Vermont, will ride more than 4,000 feet of cable on eight sections of zip line, cross suspension bridges, and rappel from trees. Scenic lookout and tree platforms in a mature forest consisting of stands of hemlock, white birch and sugar maple will yield stunning views of the Resort, Mount Mansfield and the Green Mountains. In keeping with the Resort’s commitment to environmental stewardship through nature-focused programs that combine learning and fun, Smugglers’ canopy tour guides will highlight the ecology and natural history of the area to participants.

For additional information on Smugglers’ Notch Resort, visit http://www.smuggs.com. The Resort’s vacation planning and information phone number is 1-800-451-8752.

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