Posts Tagged ‘ski deals’

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

March 27, 2017

 

 

Park City, Utah, which now encompasses The Canyons making it the largest ski resort in the United States, is one of 10 world-class Western resorts that are part of the Vail Resorts collection, all included on the Epic Pass. Now, the pending acquisition of Stowe, Vermont, gives Northeastern skiers added reason to purchase the pass © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Vail Resorts just announced that the Epic Pass plans to offer unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe Mountain Resort for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the closing of the acquisition. Purchasing the 2017-2018 Epic Pass now through Sunday, April 9 ensures that skiers and snowboarders will lock in the lowest price, combined with the most benefits, such as six discounted lift tickets (“Buddy Tickets”) for family and friends.  Stowe will be the newest resort among 45 of the world’s most iconic mountain destinations to be offered with the Epic Pass (subject to the closing of the acquisition) – which includes 10 world-class Western destination resorts, among them Vail, Breckenridge, Park City, and Whistler Blackcomb.

The addition of Stowe, for the first time gives Northeastern skiers an even better incentive to purchase the Epic pass, which pays for itself after just five days of skiing, especially if they take advantage of the early bird discounted rates.

Available for $639, the Epic Local Pass offers unprecedented value to guests who are willing to plan around a few restrictions. Skiers and snowboarders would receive a total of 10 days at Stowe (subject to the acquisition closing), Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions; unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin; and access with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.

Available at $859 for adults, the 2017-2018 Epic Pass offers access to 45 of the world’s best mountain resorts – including Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, subject to the acquisition closing; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. Epic Pass holders will again enjoy limited access to 30 European ski resorts including Verbier and Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland, Les 3 Vallées in France; Arlberg in Austria; and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy. Each resort delivers an iconic experience, unique alpine traditions and impeccable service. Purchasing the 2017-2018 Epic Pass this spring ensures skiers and snowboarders the lowest price, combined with the most benefits, such as six discounted lift tickets (“Buddy Tickets”) for family and friends.

For guests interested in skiing Stowe exclusively, Vail Resorts anticipates offering limited Stowe-specific season pass options.  Details about pricing, access and benefits will be announced after the close of the acquisition.

“We look forward to welcoming Stowe to our family of world-class resorts, to continue providing our guests with exceptional experiences, and to build upon the unprecedented value of the Epic Pass,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “With the addition of Stowe, the Epic Pass would provide guests access to the East Coast’s most iconic skiing, as well as unlimited, unrestricted access to the best of the West – including Vail, Breckenridge, Park City and Whistler Blackcomb, among many additional world-renowned destination resorts throughout North America.”

You can purchase season passes and start planning their next winter vacations at EpicPass.com.

2017-2018 Ski and Snowboard Season Pass Options

Epic Pass™: Ski unlimited and unrestricted from opening day to closing day for only $859. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over four days of skiing or snowboarding. Enjoy unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition); Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin for the 2017-2018 season. The Epic Pass grants limited access to Arlberg in Austria; Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; Skirama Dolomiti in Italy and 4 Vallées in Switzerland. No restricted dates. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $449.

Epic Local Pass™: For $639, receive 10 days at Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition), Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions; unlimited and unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin; and skiing and snowboarding at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with limited restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over three days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $339.

Epic 7-Day™: Perfect for skiers in search of a week of skiing. The pass pays for itself in just over three days and includes a total of seven unrestricted days valid at Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition), Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin, plus seven free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain. The Epic 7-Day Pass is $639 for adults and $339 for children (ages five to 12).

Epic 4-Day™: A convenient option for a short ski trip. The pass pays for itself in just over two days and includes a total of four unrestricted days valid at Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition), Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin, plus four free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain. The Epic 4-Day Pass is $419 for adults and $229 for children (ages five to 12).

Those who purchase the Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass prior to April 9 will receive six Buddy Tickets that are automatically loaded onto your Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass – the best discounted rate for lift tickets that pass holders can give to friends or family to use.

Season Pass Insurance: Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Find out more at EpicPass.com.

For those who want to ski Stowe exclusively, Vail Resorts anticipates offering limited Stowe-specific season pass options.  Details about pricing, access and benefits will be announced after the official close of acquisition.

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.

Visit www.snow.com for more information.
For more travel features, visit:

goingplacesfarandnear.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/karen-rubin

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

goingplacesfarandnear.tumblr.com/

instagram.com/krubin0830/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

 

Advertisements

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

December 31, 2016
pico-122410_136e2c-karen-rubin-49er

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.

For more travel features visit:

goingplacesfarandnear.com

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

goingplacesfarandnear.tumblr.com/

instagram.com/krubin0830/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

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.

 

For more travel features, visit:

goingplacesfarandnear.com

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

goingplacesfarandnear.tumblr.com/

instagram.com/krubin0830/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

Vail Resorts Mounts 96-Hour Ski Sale Feb. 23-26 With up to 55% Off Lodging

February 12, 2016
Keystone Mountain Resort

Take advantage of Vail Resorts’ 96-hour sale to book a trip to Keystone Mountain Resort, Colorado © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Snow.com 96-Hour Sale clock starts ticking with the best rates on vacations across Vail Resorts and RockResorts destinations, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Grand Teton National Park and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

A Mountain of Vacation Values

With up to 25 feet of snow in Colorado and Utah this winter, there are plenty of fresh tracks for one more ski getaway this season. Rates at the Keystone Lodge & Spa, which has undergone substantial upgrades throughout the property and guest rooms, start at $179 per night – a savings of up to 45 percent! Mountain Thunder Lodge in the heart of Breckenridge offers a variety of lodging choices including studio, one- to three-bedroom condominiums and two- and three-bedroom town homes at up to 40 percent off with rates starting at $173. Vail aficionados can also enjoy lodging savings of up to 40 percent with rates at The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort in Vail Village starting at $253. In Beaver Creek, lodging rates can be found with savings of up to 45 percent, including The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, where rates start at $269 with easy access to the resort’s world-class slopes. Save up to 30 percent at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City with rates starting at $119 and discovery the country’s largest ski resort. In Lake Tahoe, skiers and snowboarders can save up to 25 percent on lodging with rates starting at $105 at the Meadows in Kirkwood, $199 at Aspen Grove in Northstar and $199 through Lake Tahoe Lodging Company. www.Snow.com/96HourSale

Go Green and Save Green on Transportation

The 96-Hour Sale values continue with ground transportation from Colorado Mountain Express. Keep an extra vehicle off the road, leave the driving to the pros, sit back, enjoy the views or keep up-to-date with complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Save $15 per person on roundtrip shuttles from Denver International Airport to Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek and other Rocky Mountain destinations. www.RideCME.com

Gear Up Online and Save

For those who prefer to travel lightly, RentSkis.com can help skiers and snowboarders save on baggage fees and then some. Get ahead of the game by booking rental equipment online across more than 90 locations in North America and save up to 20 percent. www.RentSkis.com

Celebrate and Save with the National Park Service Centennial

For a different type of mountain vacation, the National Park Service celebrates 100 years this summer across its parks including the spectacular Grand Teton National Park. Also known as the Serengeti of the West, where the bison, moose, bear and other wildlife roam free visitors to the park can listen to the elk bugle from a cozy, classic cottage at Jackson Lake Lodge in the heart of the park with rates starting at $195 per night – a savings of up to 35 percent.www.GTLC.com

96 Hours to Island Time

Choose white sand beaches for an unforgettable retreat at Half Moon Jamaica, located just 10 minutes from MBJ airport. Relax and unwind at the award-winning Fern Tree Spa, play Golf at our 18-hole, par-72 championship course, or dine at the renowned Sugar Mill Restaurant.  Luxury Rooms/Suites start at $299.  Villas start at $2,126 per night – a savings of up to 25 percent. www.HalfMoon.RockResorts.com

Snow.com 96-Hour Sale participating properties and services include:

  • Vail, Colo.
    • The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
    • The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
    • The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail
    • Austria Haus
  • Beaver Creek, Colo.
    • Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort
    • The Pines Lodge, A RockResort
    • Beaver Creek Resort Properties
  • Breckenridge, Colo.
    • One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge
    • Crystal Peak Lodge
    • Mountain Thunder Lodge
    • Village Hotel & The Village at Breckenridge
  • Keystone, Colo.
    • Keystone Lodge & Spa
    • The Inn at Keystone
    • Keystone Property Management
  • Park City, Utah
    • Grand Summit Hotel
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City
    • Silverado Lodge
    • Sundial Lodge
    • Vintage on the Strand
  • Grand Teton National Park
    • Jenny Lake Lodge
    • Jackson Lake Lodge
    • Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
  • South Lake Tahoe, Calif. & Nev.
    • Lake Tahoe Lodging Company
  • Kirkwood, Calif.
    • Mountain Club
    • The Meadows
    • Sun Meadows
  • Truckee, Calif.
    • Northstar Condos
    • Ski Trails
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
    • Half Moon, Jamaica
  • Colorado Mountain Express
  • RentSkis.com

Visit www.Snow.com/96HourSale to book or for more information. These deals cannot be booked until 12:01 a.m. MST on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 and will expire at 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Other restrictions may apply.

 

For more travel features, visit:

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

goingplacesfarandnear.com

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

goingplacesfarandnear.tumblr.com/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

New MAX Pass Gives Access to 22 Premier Ski Destinations in North America

October 17, 2015
  • 5 Days at Each Resort with a Total of 110 Days on the Slopes for $719 USD
  • Perfect for Weekends at Resorts near Home and Destination Trips—All on One Pass
  • The M.A.X. Pass Pays for Itself in as Little as Seven Days
  • Buy Now Prices Increase on November 1st
Copper Mountain Resort in Summit County, Colorado, one of the Powdr resorts, is one of 22 North American ski/snowboard destinations included in the MAX Skicard program © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Copper Mountain Resort in Summit County, Colorado, one of the Powdr resorts, is one of 22 North American ski/snowboard destinations included in the MAX Skicard program © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Last spring, Intrawest, Powdr and Boyne Resorts jointly launched the new and revolutionary M.A.X. Pass and it’s available now for the 2015-2016 winter season. This “Multi-Alpine Experience” ski pass gives skiers and snowboarders access to 22 unique and legendary mountains across North America for the 2015-2016 season. M.A.X. Passholders can experience five days at each of the 22 participating resorts with a total of 110 days on the slopes and no blackout dates for $719 for adults, $519 for teens (ages 13–17), $269 for youth (ages 6-12), and US$29 for children (5 and under). These fall prices are available only until October 31, 2015.

Participating resorts by region include:

Northeast/East
Killington, Vt.
Loon Mountain, N.H.
Pico Mountain, Vt.
Snowshoe, W. Va.
Stratton, Vt.
Sugarloaf, Maine
Sunday River, Maine

Rockies
Big Sky, Mont.
Brighton, Utah
Copper Mountain, Colo.
Steamboat, Colo.
Winter Park, Colo.

Midwest
Boyne Highlands, Mich.
Boyne Mountain, Mich.

West
Boreal Mountain, Calif.
Crystal Mountain, Wash.

Lee Canyon, Nev
Mt. Bachelor, Ore.
The Summit at Snoqualmie, Wash.

Canada
Blue Mountain, Ont.
Cypress Mountain, B.C.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec

“Skiers and riders are always looking for new resorts to explore, terrain to master and experiences with friends and family to remember. The new M.A.X. Pass gives winter sports enthusiasts the opportunity to get the most value out of their winter season while experiencing unique mountains and a variety of incredible terrain throughout North America. The M.A.X. Pass gives skiers and riders the flexibility to ski where they want and when they want and The M.A.X. Pass pays for itself in as little as seven days,” the company said.

“Boyne Resorts is proud to align with two companies who share our true passion for creating unique destinations and resorts across North America to offer the best multi-mountain pass on the market,” said Stephen Kircher, President of Boyne Resorts’ Eastern Operations. “M.A.X. Passholders have the freedom to use the pass however they choose—from single day visits and long weekends to longer ski trips over the holidays.”

“Our three companies, Powdr, Intrawest, and Boyne, have always focused on creating a great experience at our resorts,” said John Cumming, CEO of Powdr. “Now, with the M.A.X. Pass, guests can have amazing experiences both close to home and at destination resorts around the country, with premier resorts in the Northeast, Mountain West, Pacific Northwest and Canada.”

“We joined forces with Boyne Resorts and Powdr to develop an innovative product that provides access to more incredible mountains in North America than any other pass in the market. Our goal is to provide our guests with a pass that provides maximum choice on when, where, and how long they ski at a great value. The M.A.X. Pass is a great way for skiers that have never owned a season pass to enjoy the flexibility they crave and the ability to save money versus buying day passes at several resorts,” said Tom Marano, CEO of Intrawest.

No Blackout Dates
The M.A.X. Pass is valid for the entire 2015-2016 ski season at all 22 mountains with no blackout dates, meaning all holidays are includedDays do not need to be used consecutively and days are not transferrable from one mountain to another.

Buy Now for Lowest Price
The M.A.X. Pass is on sale now at theMAXpass.com and is available at the current fall rate through October 31, 2015.

2015-16 Season Pass Holder Add-on Benefit for only $269
Skiers that have purchased a qualifying season pass at their favorite participating resort are eligible to purchase the M.A.X. Pass Add-on for only US$269 for adults, $219 for teens (ages 13–17), $169 for kids (ages 6-12), and $29 for children (5 and under). The M.A.X. Pass Add-on provides five days of skiing/riding at each participating resort, except those accessible with the qualifying season pass. That’s up to an additional 21 mountains for $269 for an adult pass. For more information visit www.theMAXpass.com

Purchase M.A.X. Pass ONLINE ONLY at theMAXpass.com. For additional info, email info@theMAXpass.com.

Follow on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. #themaxpass

Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers for over three decades. The Company owns interests in seven four-season mountain resorts with more than 11,000 skiable acres and over 1,140 acres of land available for real estate development. Intrawest’s mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America’s major ski regions, including the Eastern United States, the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Southwest and Canada. The Company also operates an adventure travel business, the cornerstone of which is Canadian Mountain Holidays, the leading heli-skiing adventure company in North America. Additionally, the Company operates a comprehensive real estate business through which it manages, markets and sells vacation club properties; manages condominium hotel properties; and sells and markets residential real estate. Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SNOW). For more information, visit www.intrawest.com.

Boyne Resorts is the largest family owned four-season resort company in North America; founded in 1947 by Everett Kircher.  A Michigan-based corporation, Boyne Resorts owns and/or operates award-winning mountain and golf resorts and attractions throughout the United States and Canada including Cypress Mountain near Vancouver, British Columbia, official freestyle skiing and snowboard venue of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Sugarloaf and Sunday River Resort in Maine,  Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Michigan, Big Sky Resort in Montana, Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Tennessee, Brighton in Utah, Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington.  For more information on Boyne Resorts, visit www.boyneresorts.com.

Powdr is an active entertainment company, headquartered in Park City, Utah. Powdr has a network of businesses including eight mountain resorts (Copper Mountain Resort in Summit County, Colorado; Killington Resort and Pico Mountain in Killington, Vermont; Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon; Boreal Resort and Soda Springs Resort in Donner Summit, California; Lee Canyon Resort near Las Vegas, Nevada; and Gorgoza Park in Park City, Utah); Woodward, world-class action sports camps and progression centers with four locations (Camp Woodward in Woodward, Pennsylvania; Woodward West in Tehachapi, California; Woodward Tahoe at Boreal Resort in California; and Woodward Copper in Summit County, Colorado); Outside Television, a national television network dedicated to the active lifestyle; Human Movement Management, an event production company; and Powdr Enterprises, launched to activate and integrate the Powdr platform and build new, complementary businesses, partnerships and programming. For additional information on Powdr, visit www.powdr.com.

For more travel features, visit:

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

goingplacesfarandnear.com

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

Stowe, Taos Ski Resorts Join The Mountain Collective

August 18, 2015
Stowe, Vermont has joined The Mountain Collective

Stowe, Vermont has joined The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective™ has widened its geographic reach with the addition of two premier ski destinations: Stowe joins The Mountain Collective as their first resort on the East Coast, while Taos extends passholder access into New Mexico.  The resorts join Sun Valley, AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Blackcomb, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Whistler in British Columbia, and Thredbo in Australia, in offering unparalleled access to some of the best ski and snowboard terrain.

Mountain Collective passes are now on sale for $399 US. The Mountain Collective™ Pass includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the eleven destinations (AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Stowe, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Taos, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb), plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. Pricing for kids aged 12 and under is $99 for the 2015-16 season, making the Mountain Collective™ Pass an ideal option for families.

The Mountain Collective™ Pass grants access to 21 mountains with more than 43,400 acres of terrain and 271 lifts and an unmatched reputation for snow quality, quantity and steeps. Passes are available online through an exclusive technology, distribution and marketing partnership with Liftopia at www.MountainCollective.com. A limited number of passes are now available for only $399 US while supplies last.

In addition to being able to ski or ride at eleven leading destinations, extra benefits available to Mountain Collective pass holders include exclusive lodging deals and two bonus days at Valle Nevado, Chile and the Hakuba Valley, Japan. Additionally, passes come with a complimentary, one-year Protect Our Winters (protectourwinters.org) membership. The Mountain Collective is committed to being in business forever and partners with Protect Our Winters with the mission of uniting the winter sports community on the important issue of climate change. The partnership also offers a 50 percent discount on lift tickets to premier season pass holders at the participating resorts throughout the season.

Stowe Mountain Resort, located just outside the vibrant city of Burlington in northern Vermont, offers some of the best of East Coast skiing and riding between the inter-connected Spruce Peak and Mt. Mansfield, the highest elevation in the state.  Stowe regularly receives over 300 inches of snow each season and covers 80% of their diverse terrain with world-class snowmaking, offering the very best snow surfaces east of the Rocky Mountains. Passholders will have access to 485 acres of terrain over a 2,360 foot vertical drop.

“Stowe Mountain Resort is delighted to be part of Mountain Collective,” says Robert McEleney, President & CEO of Stowe Mountain Resort. “As the only Eastern resort among 11 distinctive and iconic destinations, Stowe offers a superlative overall experience both on and off the mountain to the most discerning skiers and riders traveling in this part of North America. Stowe Mountain Resort, a place we call ‘bigger than a mountain,’ combines skiing’s most storied history with new enhancements that range from outdoor ice skating to a new children’s Adventure Center and base area village at Spruce Peak.”

The Mountain Collective™ is an international alliance of premier ski destinations providing the Mountain Collective™ Pass, a lift ticket that includes two days of riding at all partner resorts and 50% off additional days at each resort.  The Mountain Collective™ includes AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Stowe, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Taos, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb – resorts that are focused on providing the best in snow terrain for skiers and snowboarders.

Visit www.MountainCollective.com or call (800) 705-6286 for more information.

For more travel features, visit:

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

goingplacesfarandnear.com

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass Lowest Price Guaranteed Until Sept. 7

August 18, 2015
The view of Lake Tahoe from the slopes of Northstar Ski Resort, California, a Vail Resort. Vail Resorts' Epic Pass provides unlimited skiing to a dozen resorts The view of Lake Tahoe from the slopes of Northstar Ski Resort, California, a Vail Resort. Vail Resorts' Epic Pass provides unlimited skiing to a dozen resorts © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The view of Lake Tahoe from the slopes of Northstar Ski Resort, California, a Vail Resort. Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass provides unlimited skiing to a dozen resorts The view of Lake Tahoe from the slopes of Northstar Ski Resort, California, a Vail Resort. Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass provides unlimited skiing to a dozen resorts © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Labor Day Weekend is the deadline to get the best price on Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, offering guests access to unrestricted, unlimited skiing for the 2015-16 winter season at a dozen premier ski resorts in the U.S., and perks at a couple of international resorts. Available for $769 for adults and $399 for children, pass holders gain unlimited, unrestricted access to over 32,000 acres at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland.

“The Epic Pass offers unparalleled access to the best skiing in the U.S.,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “The Epic Pass provides the best value, is the easiest to use and is the most popular pass.””

For visitors looking to take only one ski trip during the 2015-16 winter season, the Epic 4-Day provides four days of unrestricted access to Vail Resorts’ mountains in Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe. At just over $1,200 for a family of four, the Epic 4-Day represents a 35 percent savings compared to lift tickets.

Vail Resorts 2015-16 Upgrades

Guests can look forward to $50-million in new improvements combining Park City and Canyons to create one Park City across 7,300 skiable acres of terrain; the project is one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history and will be ready for the 2015-16 winter ski season. The plan includes the eight-passenger two-way high-speed Quicksilver gondola with mid-station and new trails, upgraded King Con and Motherload Lifts, new Miner’s Camp Restaurant, snowmaking upgrades and restaurant renovations.

Vail Resorts is also investing $10-15 million more in other resort improvements to elevate the guest experience, bringing its five-year resort investment total to more than $515 million. Improvements include upgrading Vail Mountain’s Avanti Express Lift (#2) to a six-passenger high-speed chairlift, expanding the “refreshing” snowmaking system at Beaver Creek, adding new snowmaking on the recently opened Peak 6 terrain at Breckenridge and rejuvenating the Keystone Lodge. More information on upgrades can be found at http://news.vailresorts.com.

Vail Resorts season pass information:

  • The Epic Pass: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $769. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No blackout dates. A child pass is $399.
  • Epic Local Pass: Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions. For $579, get unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, as well as Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton, with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in less than four days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $299.
  • Epic 7-Day™ pass is great for guests who don’t plan to ski more than seven days next winter. The pass features seven unrestricted days of skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. The Epic 7-day is $579 for adults and $299 for children (ages 5-12). In addition, pass holders will receive a total of seven free days of skiing at Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton. The Epic 7-Day pays for itself in under four days of skiing and riding and provides more than 45 percent savings compared to lift tickets purchased at the lift ticket window next season.
  • The Epic 4-Day: Is optimal for guests planning one ski vacation during the 2015-16 winter season. $389 for adults and $219 for children (ages 5-12). Ski any four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin, plus a total of four days at Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton. This pass pays for itself in just over two days and offers a savings of over 35 percent compared to lift tickets. And, for a little over $1,200 a family of four can ski four days at the best ski resorts in the U.S.

Six Ski-With-A-Friend Benefit Tickets

Epic Pass, Epic Local and Epic 7-Day pass holders will automatically receive six discounted Ski-With-a-Friend lift tickets to use for friends and family. All pass holders receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Mt. Brighton, Afton Alps and Arapahoe Basin. Additional season pass benefit information can be found at www.epicpass.com.

Season Pass Insurance Option

Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Coverage applies for all Epic season passes and is valid for the 2015-16 ski season.  Season pass insurance starts at just $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Biggest Savings of the Year on Lodging

Throughout the year, Epic Pass holders save up to an additional 20 percent off the lowest lodging rates and existing promotional packages with Vail Resorts owned and operated properties. The discounts are even deeper this week when pass holders book during Vail Resorts’ biggest sale of the year, the 96 Hour Sale, by Friday, August 21 at 11:59PM MDT.

Direct Flights to Nearby Airports

Access to Epic Pass resorts is easy with direct access to Denver International Airport (DEN), Eagle County Airport (EGE), approximately 25 minutes west of Beaver Creek and Vail; Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), approximately 1 hour northeast of Lake Tahoe, and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), approximately 35 minutes from Park City.

For more formation on the Epic Pass, visit www.epicpass.com.

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two 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, Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. 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.

See also:

Northstar California scores with new programs: Tost, 4Her, Mountain Table Dinner and slideshow

Keystone, Colorado is Perfect Destination Mountain Resort For Families and slideshow

Night & Day in Heavenly: Your Inner Angel & Devil Both Get Time to Play At Resort that Straddles Nevada & California

Breckenridge Mountain Resort Is Worth The Hike

Beaver Creek: Penultimate in Rocky Mountain Skiing

A Mancation to Heavenly Mountain, Lake Tahoe

 

For more travel features, visit:

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

goingplacesfarandnear.com

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

Vail Resorts Opens Sales on 2015-16 Epic Pass at Sale Price of $769 thru April 12

March 10, 2015
Keystone, Colorado is one of the 11 iconic Vail Resorts where you have unlimited skiing and riding privileges for the season with the Epic Pass © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com © Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Keystone, Colorado is one of the 11 iconic Vail Resorts where you have unlimited skiing and riding privileges for the season with the Epic Pass © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com
© Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Vail Resorts has just put the 2015-16 Epic Pass on sale, affording unlimited access to 11 U.S. resorts that collectively offer more than 32,000 acres of terrain. Until April 12, the Pass can be purchased for just $769 for adults and $399 for children, with $49 downpayment to lock in the rate. What is more, you can use lift ticket purchased after March 10 toward the purchase price.

The Epic Pass allows skiers and snowboarders to experience iconic resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Park City all season long. With Park City merging with Canyons Resort over the summer and becoming the largest U.S ski resort, plus the benefit of $85 million in resort improvements for guests last season, $492 million since 2010 and more improvements to come over the summer of 2015, the Epic Pass offers unrivaled services, skiing and snowboarding under one pass.

Skiers and snowboarders can put just $49 down by Sunday, April 12, to lock in the lowest guaranteed pass price for next season, with the balance due in September. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing and offers a 35 percent savings compared to lift ticket purchases at the lift ticket window. For guests planning on just one ski vacation, the Epic 4-Day offers four unrestricted days of skiing or snowboarding, valid all season long. At $389 for adults, the Epic 4-Day pays for itself in just over two days with a 35 percent savings from the lift ticket window.

“The Epic Pass continues to offer the best deal in the ski industry with access to legendary resorts across the country and some of the best skiing and riding in the world,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “This is the best time to lock in the lowest price for yourself, friends and family, and experience the benefits of owning a season pass for next ski season. The prices will only go up, but we’ll continue to offer unparalleled guest offerings at all of our resorts.””

Starting March 10, guests can benefit from the Turn in Your Ticket program this spring, which allows skiers and snowboarders to apply the cost of their day lift ticket towards the price of an Epic season pass for the 2015-16 ski season. Guests can bring their day ticket to a season pass office at any of the Vail Resorts owned mountains and let the staff know they’d like to put the money towards any season pass product.

Epic Pass, Epic 7-Day and Epic 4-Day Pass

The Epic Pass™ delivers unlimited skiing and snowboarding all season long at 11 U.S. resorts. With unlimited and unrestricted access, skiers and snowboarders can ski as much as they want at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Epic Pass is $769 for adults and $399 for children (ages 5-12). The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding and offers a 35 percent discount compared to lift ticket window purchases. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass affords the best value in the ski industry.

Epic 7-Day ™ pass is great for guests who don’t plan to ski more than seven days next winter. The pass features seven unrestricted days of skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. The Epic 7-day is $579 for adults and $299 for children (ages 5-12). In addition, pass holders will receive seven free days of skiing at Mt. Brighton or Afton Alps. The Epic 7-Day pays for itself in under four days of skiing and riding and provides more than 45 percent savings compared to lift tickets purchased at the lift ticket window next season.

Epic 4-Day ™ pass is optimal for skiers and riders planning on one ski trip next year, but want to save on lift tickets. The Epic 4-Day provides four unrestricted tickets, valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. The Epic 4-Day is $389 for adults and $219 for children (ages 5-12). Epic 4-Day pass holders also receive four free days of skiing at Mt. Brighton or Afton Alps. For just more than $1,200, a family of four can ski four days of their choosing. The Epic 4-Day pays for itself in over two days of skiing or riding with a 35 percent savings compared to lift tickets purchased at the lift ticket window next year.

Season Pass Benefits
Epic Pass and all Vail Resorts season pass holders will receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Mt. Brighton, Afton Alps and Arapahoe Basin. Season pass holders also automatically receive six discounted Ski-With-a-Friend Tickets, on most passes. All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable. Additional season pass benefit information can be found at www.epicpass.com.

Season Pass Insurance Option
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferrable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Coverage applies for all Epic season passes, valid for the 2015-16 ski season.

Current benefits and prices on Epic season passes are only guaranteed through Sunday, April 12, 2015. To purchase a season pass online or to find out more information, visit www.epicpass.com.

 

For more travel features, visit:

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

New: Moral Compass: Great Places to Go Where the Going Does Good

moralcompasstravel.info

 

Discounted Rates Kick in for Spring Skiing at Keystone Resort, Colorado

February 18, 2015

Spring skiing at Keystone, Colorado offers best of all worlds - great snow, long days, warm weather, and discounted rates © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Spring skiing at Keystone, Colorado offers best of all worlds – great snow, long days, warm weather, and discounted rates © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

March and April is the perfect time to plan a trip to Keystone Resort, Colorado, when rates are discounted, the days are long, there is night skiing (free on the day of arrival), the weather is warm and the snow is soft.

Discounted lodging offers, including savings of up to 50 percent off, are available for select dates and accommodations during the remainder of the ski season. All stays of two nights or more include Keystone’s Kids Ski Free offer for children 12 and younger. Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program contains no red tape, fine print, or blackout dates and is available daily, including weekends and holidays.

During Keystone’s Secret Season, Feb. 20-March 5, guests can receive up to 50 percent off mid-week visits and up to 33 percent off weekend stays. One-bedroom condos in River Run Village, a central location within walking distance of lift access, begin at $148 per night. In addition to fewer people on the mountain during this time frame, plenty of free family-friendly activities are available daily.

For guests looking for a perfect spring break getaway, 50 percent discounts on lodging options are available from March 19-27 for any length of stay. Additionally, 33 percent off lodging stays are available all season long.

March and April offers skiers and riders the chance to enjoy soft snow, plentiful late-season powder days, and sunny afternoons perfect for enjoying an après beverage on one of the resort’s many decks or patios. Keystone’s renowned night skiing operation will be available for most of the month of March, taking advantage of longer days and providing the opportunity for sunset turns and fun under the stars.

Warmer days and softer snow make spring a perfect time for newcomers to the sport to take advantage of Keystone’s Ski&Ride School. With lessons for all ages and abilities, families can hone their skills and pass on their love of snow sports. Late season at Keystone is also highlighted by a number of fun events, whether you choose to spectate or participate; rail jams, pond skimming and the hilarious annual Red Bull Schlittentag are all perfect events to plan a trip around.

Keystone’s 3,148 skiable acres of terrain, average of 300 days of sun a year, discounted lodging, free daily activities, and lots of on- and off-snow activities all combine to provide the ideal location for Spring Break vacations. When not skiing or riding, Keystone’s Kidtopia offers free daily programming; from a 4 p.m. Cookie Hour to Saturday night fireworks, there are a variety of additional activities to enjoy. Plus, Keystone’s many award-wining dining options provide the perfect backdrop for family gatherings, intimate date nights and memory-making outings with friends.

In addition to free lift tickets for children 12 and younger, guests who stay two or more nights receive free night skiing access on day of arrival, free ice skating with 20 percent off skate rentals and free yoga class admission.

As one of the closest ski resorts to Denver, Keystone is the ultimate location for families to enjoy the allure of the mountains; be it on skis, snowboards, ice skates, snow tubes or horse-drawn sleigh rides. For more information about Keystone, visit keystoneresort.com or call 877-204-7889. Follow the resort at @KeystoneMtn on Twitter or at http://www.Facebook.com/Keystone.

 

For more travel features, visit:

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

New: Moral Compass: Great Places to Go Where the Going Does Good

moralcompasstravel.info

Check out our newest travel site for special deals, insiders’ tips at tidbitts.com: http://www.tidbitts.com/karen-rubin/where-in-the-world

Score Super Lift Ticket Savings on SuperBowl Day with Liftopia

January 26, 2015
Score savings of up to 30% off the walk-up window rate at Copper Mountain, Colorado on SuperBowl Sunday, through Liftopia © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Score savings of up to 30% off the walk-up window rate at Copper Mountain, Colorado on SuperBowl Sunday, through Liftopia © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Short Lift Lines, Open Slopes and Advance Purchase Lift Tickets Up to 80 Percent Off Make It Easy to Ski One Bowl Then Watch the Other on Feb. 1

SAN FRANCISCO – With more than 115 million people expected to stay home and tune in to the big game on Feb. 1, it’s the perfect time to hit the slopes.  Liftopia, an online and mobile marketplace for advance purchase lift tickets and other mountain activities, is helping skiers and riders take advantage of uncrowded runs and short lift lines before the 6:30pm EST kickoff on Game Day with savings up to 80 percent on lift tickets when booked in advance.

Even those heading to Phoenix can take advantage of these deals before the big game, with lift tickets at Arizona Snowbowl (2.5 hour drive from Phoenix) starting at $49.99 on Jan. 31 (19% savings) and $45.99 on Feb. 1 (26% savings compared to the walk-up window rate when purchased in advance).

“Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best days of the year to get out on the mountain. There’s always time to start the day on the snow with some friends before you spend some time on the couch with some friends. Burning a few calories makes the wings all the more enjoyable,” said Evan Reece, co-founder and CEO of Liftopia.

Here is a sample of Liftopia’s Game Day offers when purchased in advance, with more available at www.liftopia.com:

California

  • At Mt Baldy save up to 62% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $25
  • At Snow Valley save up to 45% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $34
  • At Homewood save up to 13% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $54

 Colorado

  • At Arapahoe Basin save up to 31% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $59
  • At Copper Mountain save up to 30% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $89
  • At Sunlight Mountain save up to 28% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $42.99

 New England

  • At Jay Peak save up to 38% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $45
  • At Waterville Valley save up to 44% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $42
  • At Okemo save up to 21% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $73
  • At Killington save up to 16% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $77

 Other Regions

  • At Arizona Snowbowl save up to 26% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $45.99
  • At Gore Mountain (NY) save up to 20% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $66
  • At Mont Blanc (QC) save up to 41% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $23
  • At Sun Valley (ID) save up to 28% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $79
  • At Snowbird (UT) save up to 28% off the walk-up window rate with lift tickets starting at $68

 (All prices are based on availability and will change dynamically.)

Liftopia operates one of the largest online and mobile marketplace and resort technology platforms serving the ski and mountain activity industry.  Skiers and riders can purchase lift tickets, equipment rentals, meal vouchers and more from more than 250 ski areas in North America on Liftopia.com and via the Liftopia mobile app, with savings of up to 85% off walk-up window rates when purchased in advance. The Liftopia Platform, a cloud-based commerce solution, provides resorts with access to the industry’s most advanced data-driven pricing models along with sophisticated business intelligence and customer analytics to better control and create predictability from advance purchase sales. The Liftopia platform also enables resorts to  integrate variable pricing through their own branded websites and mobile channels. Founded in 2005, Liftopia is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading institutional and angel investors. Visit the Liftopia blog or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

 

For more travel features, visit:

www.examiner.com/eclectic-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-national/karen-rubin

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures

New: Moral Compass: Great Places to Go Where the Going Does Good

moralcompasstravel.info

Check out our newest travel site for special deals, insiders’ tips at tidbitts.com: http://www.tidbitts.com/karen-rubin/where-in-the-world