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Gift of Travel: Ski Vermont Offers Holiday Gift Guide

December 12, 2019
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Skiing Okemo Mountain Resort, now part of Vail Resorts and included on the Epic Pass. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Getting the perfect gift for the skiers and snowboarders on your list doesn’t require busting doors, battling crowds of fellow shoppers or waiting in long lines at the checkout.Ski Vermont has compiled a handy guide to holiday shopping ideas that will bring a smile to the face of everyone who enjoys Winter In Its Original State.

Ski Vermont Wine: Ski Vermont has once again partnered with New England-based 90+ Cellars on a limited-edition red wine just in time for the holidays. This year’s release of Ski Vermont wine is the newest vintage of the same delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from California, a full-bodied red with hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, blackberry and warm oak spices, making it the perfect wine to cozy up with after a day on the slopes. The label features artwork from one of Ski Vermont’s official posters and encapsulates the feeling of watching the sun set over Vermont’s beautiful mountain ranges while squeezing in one last run.  One dollar from the sale of every bottle will be donated to Ski Vermont and used to support a scholarship program for Vermont students in areas of study relating to the snow sports industry.

Ski Vermont Take 3 Beginner Package: The Take 3 Beginner Package allows you or someone you love to take 3 beginner ski or snowboard lessons at participating Vermont resorts for one low package price of $129. Beginner skiers and riders can choose to redeem all three lessons at the same resort, or they can choose to visit a new resort for each lesson – it’s up to them. Each pass will include rental equipment for the day plus a group lesson with a professional instructor and a lift ticket to access limited beginner only terrain. Some restrictions apply. https://skivermont.com/take-3

Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport: Skiing and snowboarding are magical sports and that can change lives, supporting healthier decisions and experiences that can last a lifetime. There is no better time to fall in love with snow-covered mountains of Vermont than during a student’s 5th grade year. To help our youth get to the hills, we offer participating fifth graders, from both in-state and out-of-state, up to 88 days of skiing and riding at Vermont’s alpine and cross country resorts for just a $20 processing fee. https://skivermont.com/fifth-grade-passport

Ski Vermont 2020 50th Anniversary Poster: This very special 50th anniversary Ski Vermont poster (right) was designed to honor some of the very foundations of our organization – families, learning, history and, of course, skiing in Vermont. Made in the signature throwback style Ski Vermont’s posters are known for, it features period-correct outfits and gear as a nod to Ski Vermont’s 50th anniversary (1959-2019). https://skivermont.com/store

Killington Resort: 3-Day Discovery Program – Earn ‘Best Gift’ this year without breaking the bank with Killington’s 3-Day Discovery Program for adults (16+). Not only will you learn to ski or snowboard, but you’ll walk away with a brand-new set of skis or snowboard – all for under $400.Dinner at the Ledgewood Yurt – Earn major points with your partner this year and get the Adult Dinner Excursion to Killington’s Ledgewood Yurt this year! It’s one of their most unique slopeside dining experiences on the mountain, complete with a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride to get there.

Okemo Mountain Resort: Okemo Gift Card – This Christmas, give the gift of skiing. A gift card in any amount purchased at an Okemo retail shop can be redeemed for new items in those shops (outerwear, skis, helmets, goggles, etc.) OR apply that amount toward rental equipment for the day. Rental equipment that includes skis, boots, poles and a helmet will run from about $45 a day for a junior kit. Junior skis are designed for children under the age of 12 with varying ability levels. Sport Skis, about $65 a day, feature a softer, more forgiving flex which makes them best for beginner skiers who are looking to build confidence on the mountain. Performance skis, about $74 a day, are designed for beginner and intermediate skiers who are looking for a stiffer ski that will perform better at higher speeds. Demo skis, about $87 a day, are the best for any ability level and any condition. These are the newest and best skis Okemo carries. Choose from all mountain, women’s-specific and powder skis.

Smugglers Notch Resort: Top of the Notch Snowshoe Adventure Tour and Dinner: Treat your special someone to an unforgettable mountain adventure and leave the work to us (and gravity)! The Top of the Notch Snowshoe Adventure Dinner offers a unique opportunity to see the top of beautiful Sterling Mountain during the quiet evening hours. Sunsets, the glowing city lights of Montreal in the distance, and a four-course meal provided by the legendary Hearth & Candle restaurant, all complement this romantic evening in a rustic post and beam cabin. Diners are brought to the top of the mountain via chairlift and have the chance to enjoy a relaxing guided trek around the top of the mountain. After dinner, enjoy a downhill hike back to the base, set to a backdrop of moonlight, stars, and the glowing peaks of some of the tallest mountains in Vermont. This event even runs at the same time as Kids’ Night Out event, so if need be, the little are all taken care of! For more info, visit https://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/amenities/top-of-notch.php

Sugarbush Resort:
First Timer to Life Timer Program: The best gift a skier can give a non-skier is an introduction to the sport, so consider giving your buddy the best learn to lesson package around. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and you can grab a $49 beginner package that includes a beginner lift ticket, lesson, and rentals. But it gets even better because that $49 ticket can be upgraded into the First Timer to Life Timer Program (normally $315, but with $49 ticket it’s only $244), where upon the completion of three lessons you get a FREE Sugarbush Premium Season Pass. Add a fourth lesson to that and you get your very own FREE pair of Elan skis or a Rome Snowboard to take home with you. https://www.sugarbush.com/plan/deals/learn-to-ski-and-ride-month/

Cabin Cat Adventures: Give the gift of adventure with Sugarbush’s Lincoln Limo cabin cat. Sunrise First Tracks with early morning cabin cat skiing, Sunset Groomer Rides with beautiful summit sunset views, and Allyn’s Lodge Remote Fireside Dining with a cabin cat ride to a candle-lit gourmet feast followed by a moonlit ski down are all available for you, your friends, and your family. Rates and availability available online. https://www.sugarbush.com/activities/cabin-cat/

Pico Mountain:
Rent Pico – The ultimate gift for 2019 can only be found in Vermont at Pico Mountain. What says ‘I love you THE MOST’ like an entire mountain? Rent Pico for an epic proposal, party with your closest friends, company retreat or just because.

Adaptive Ski & Ride Lessons – Give the gift of freedom through hitting the slopes at Pico this season. Vermont Adaptive offers ski and snowboard clinics at Pico, where Vermont Adaptive instructors teach lessons for all ability levels. Students may book lessons as individuals or as part of a group.

Mount Snow Resort: Peak Discovery Program: This year, give your loved ones the gift of skiing and riding, with the Peak Discovery Program. We all have that one friend or family member that we’d love to get into the sport and now you can. With the Peak Discovery Pass, you get three lessons, rentals, and lift tickets, for just $199, so all you have to do is show up ready to learn a new lifechanging sport. Designed for the true beginner, these lessons start with the basics and work with you to grow your confidence and expertise in a fun and supportive environment.  Take all your lessons at Vermont’s Mount Snow, or mix and match across 10 resorts in the Discovery Pass program, it’s up to you.

Darn Tough Vermont: Outer Limits Ski and Ride Sock: Secret stashes are a source of pride here in Vermont, but we’re going to let you in on a little secret of our own: Darn Tough Vermont makes the best ski and ride socks out there. Added mesh panels on top of the foot and back of the leg combined with light cushion underfoot will guide soft landings lap after lap. https://darntough.com/

Skida: Extra Blue Alpine Hat: The Alpine Hat, is the perfect weight for colder days. Skida’s printed poly-blend outer fabric is fully lined with cozy mid-weight fleece – it wicks moisture, cuts the wind, and always leaves you warm and dry. Great for chilly runs, hitting the slopes, or just cruising around town. This hat goes from casual to performance without skipping a beat. And as always, Skida is made in Vermont. Visit https://skida.com/.

Burton: Step On Binding: Experience the simplicity and convenience of snowboarding’s most intuitive connection. The Burton Step On Binding offers the ultimate boot-to-binding connection for riders seeking both convenience and performance. Three connection points – two by the toe and one at the heel – deliver unmatched simplicity, security, and board control, while a quick release lever ensures quick and easy exit. The Step On is universally compatible with all current snowboard mounting systems.

Rossignol: Experience 88TI (Konect): Experience the all-mountain freedom to carve high-speed groomers and explore further off-trail. The Experience 88 TI is Rossignol’s most versatile all-mountain ski. It blends the heart of a high-performance carving machine with a freeride-inspired profile for playful fluidity and ease in any snow. The race-inspired build gives you the confidence to explore all sides of the mountain in all conditions. This ski is available in Men’s and Women’s. Give the gift of skiing this winter. Visit https://www.rossignol.com/us/ for a holiday gift they’ll never forget.

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Bolton Valley Vermont Gets 4 Feet of Snow in 4 Days, all 71 Trails Open for Skiing

March 17, 2018

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BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (March 16, 2018) – Bolton Valley Resort, located high in the Green Mountains of Vermont, has lately been measuring snowfall in feet, not inches. The resort has received nearly 7 feet of snow since March 1, 82 inches to be exact.

Last week the mountain saw 25 inches fall between Wednesday and Sunday (March 7 – 11). Skiers and riders were ecstatic to see over two feet of snow fall in a few short days.

But there was plenty more still to come as it started snowing again at the mountain on Tuesday morning, March 13. Since then snow has been falling pretty much non-stop for four days. As of 3:30pm on Friday, March 16, the four day storm total stands at over four feet of snow, (49 Inches) and it is still snowing.

The resort has all 71 trails and six lifts open. Powder conditions can be found all across the mountain.  2018-19 All Access Season Passes are on sale now and skiers and riders can ski for the rest of this season for free when they purchase a pass for next season. Also, skiers can ski for the next five seasons for less than the price of four seasons with the new Five Year Green Pass.

Bolton Valley offers 71 trails for alpine skiing and riding, over 1200 acres of high elevation backcountry terrain, 15km of groomed Nordic trails, a complete Sports Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding. All-inclusive, true ski-to-your-door lodging packages are from $75/person/night. For more information, visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.

 

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Vermont Ski Resorts Ready for Holidays as December Storm Drops 2 Feet of Snow

December 14, 2017
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Stowe Mountain Resort on December 13, 2016 (photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur).

Just in time for the holiday season, Mother Nature has gifted Vermont’s slopes with up to two feet of snow this week. This abundant early season snowfall allows for expanding open terrain at resorts and has enticed above average amounts of mid-week visitors. With resorts dropping ropes and making snow, and most of the remaining Vermont ski and snowboard areas planning to open this weekend, Vermont’s open terrain will double over the next week and could be close to 100% open over the holiday.

Mount Snow Resort held their annual Founders Day Celebration on Tuesday, December 12 with crowds that rivaled a busy Saturday afternoon. “In what has become a Mount Snow Founders Day tradition, we once again saw a 10”+ powder day correspond with our $12 lift tickets. This meant that our guests paid roughly $1 per inch of powder on Tuesday. Not a bad deal!” said Jamie Storrs, Communications Manager at Mount Snow.

Further north, Burke Mountain saw a 60% increase in open terrain from Tuesday to Wednesday thanks to 15 inches of snow overnight. Nearby at Jay Peak Resort, reservations jumped 30% as the storm rolled in with visitors booking for this coming weekend as well as the holiday period. Similarly, in Southern Vermont, 18 inches of fresh snow at Stratton Mountain Resort resulted in an increase in mid-week and holiday reservations.

Stowe Mountain Resort, now part of Vail Resorts and its Epic Pass, has had an exceptional start to their season with mid-week skiers and snowboarders expanding beyond Vermont residents to guests from states to the south and north of the border. Director of Communications at Stowe Mountain Resort, Jeff Wise, said that the early season snowfall and cooler temperatures have them planning to open 100% of their terrain by Christmas.

At Sugarbush Resort, President and Owner, Win Smith said that thanks to the cooler weather, “we have had terrific snowmaking temperatures and have already blown over two thirds of what we do in a normal year. And now Mother Nature has given us over a foot of snow to add icing to the cake!”

Other Vermont resorts that have relished in Mother Nature’s bounty this week include Bromley Mountain, Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Okemo Mountain Resort. Smugglers’ Notch Resort will have top to bottom skiing and snowboarding on all three of their mountains, Morse, Madonna and Sterling come this weekend. Okemo Mountain Resort expects to double their trail count from last Saturday, December 8th to this Saturday, December 16th and Bromley Mountain began their weeklong operations a day early thanks to the natural snowfall.

Vermont’s cross country centers welcomed over 15 inches of snow to their trails, too. Centers like Trapp Family Lodge and Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center reported winter wonderlands on their properties, with Trapp Family Lodge operating 8 km of trails and Blueberry Hill operating 57.3 km. Kingdom Trail Association and Rikert Nordic Center are 100% open, with many other cross country centers opening more terrain in the coming days with added snowfall.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Vermont resorts like Mad River Glen, Pico Mountain and Middlebury Snowbowl are avidly awaiting opening day on Friday, December 15th and looking forward to opening with more terrain than previously anticipated. General Manager of the Middlebury Snow Bowl, Peter Mackey said thanks to the 14” of snowfall, “we’ll be able to open two trails on just natural snow this weekend that we hadn’t planned on.”

As the snow continues to fall across the Green Mountain State, stay up to date with Vermont’s most recent trail conditions and weather alerts at SkiVermont.com and explore resort information, deals and events via the Ski Vermont Resort Finder.

See also:

Bubble Chairs, Great Snowmaking Give Okemo Mountain Resort an Edge

Mount Snow’s First Ever Devin Logan Experience Provides Template for New Women’s Programs

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

September 6, 2017
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Riding up the lift in the cozy comfort of the bubble chairs at Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Snow Resort, Vermont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Skiing down the Rumrunners Trail at Smugglers’ Notch © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ski Vermont’s Specialty Food Days Tour Returns to the Mountains for 2017

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

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

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

Specialty Food Days for 2017 are scheduled for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

All passes can be found at www.boltonvalley.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See SkiVermont.com for more info.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit skivermont.com.

 

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

December 5, 2015
Pico Mountain, Central Vermont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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