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

March 17, 2018


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 or call 877-9BOLTON.


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Advertisements 96-Hour Sale Offers Best Values on Mountain Getaways Across Vail Resorts Destinations

February 27, 2018
Park City UT_20170326_743e2 (c) Karen Rubin

Park City, Utah: Take advantage of Vail Resorts’ 96-hour vacation sale, Feb. 27-March 2 at © Karen Rubin/

BROOMFIELD, Colo.– Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the 96-Hour Sale clock starts ticking with the best values on mountain getaways across Vail Resorts and RockResorts destinations, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Lake Tahoe, Whistler Blackcomb and Grand Teton National Park.


Vail is a premier mountain resort where vibrant alpine villages are surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. Combined with exceptional terrain, award-winning dining and unique lodging options, Vail provides an incomparable experience that suits every taste and budget. Discover a lively mix of locals and guests from around the world, and enjoy a quintessential mountain resort experience in Vail. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates start at $279 per night or up to 40 percent off at The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort.

Skiers flock to Beaver Creek year after year to enjoy legendary service, world-class skiing, and an intimate alpine village. Beaver Creek’s terrain for all abilities and on-mountain gourmet dining combined with boutique shopping and lodging make for unforgettable vacations. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates start at $199 per night or up to 30 percent off at The Pines Lodge, A RockResort.

There’s something special about Breckenridge – it’s more than the mountain, and it’s more than the town. Skiers and snowboarders choose Breck for the feeling, the experiences, and the unique culture and the spirit of the community that can’t be found anywhere else. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates start at $99 per night or up to 40 percent off at the Village Hotel.

Keystone Resort is the ultimate family resort destination offering three incredible peaks, five bowls, night skiing, and in-bounds cat skiing. It is also known for its Kids Ski Free program, where kids 12 and younger can ski and ride for free every day with just two or more nights of lodging booked through the resort. Enjoy a Spring Break to remember with March vacation savings, plenty of sun and snow and the Kidtopia Music Experience event, March 2-10, featuring family-friendly concerts, free Kidtopia daily activities, a village parade, fireworks shows and more. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates start at $116 per night or up to 40 percent off at Keystone Resort properties.

Keystone Mountain Resort

Skiing Keystone, Colorado. March brings not only vacation savings, but Kidtopia Music Experience event, March 2-10, featuring family-friendly concerts and free Kidtopia daily activities, © Karen Rubin/

Getting around the pedestrian-friendly resort towns of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone is easy, so there’s no need to rent a vehicle when guests can take advantage of the friendly and convenient transportation service offered by Colorado Mountain Express. Book during the 96-Hour Sale to save 20 percent on shared shuttles, private SUVs for up to five guests, or private vans for up to 10 guests. Rates from Denver International Airport for travel through April 16 start at $54 to Breckenridge or Keystone; and $69 to Vail or Beaver Creek. All shuttles include complimentary Wi-Fi on board.


Located just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City is a world-class mountain destination providing more than 7,300 skiable acres of diverse terrain suited for every skier and rider. With the forecast calling for spring sunshine and great snow, Park City is the place to be this spring. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates offer savings of up to 40 percent and start at $119 per night at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City or $157 per night at the Silverado Lodge.


With a wide selection of vacation homes in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Lodging Company has everything skiers and snowboarders need to plan a winter escape. With mountain chalets, slopeside condos or executive homes, guests will be located close to Heavenly and all that the South Shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe has to offer. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates offer savings of up to 30 percent and start at $107 per night at Aston Lakeland Village or $299 at Zalanta.

World-class conditions on a pristine mountain high above beautiful Lake Tahoe paired with a vibrant slopeside village filled with shopping, dining and family fun make up Northstar California, what Travel + Leisure named one of the Top Ski Resorts Perfect for Families. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates start at $96 per night or up to 30 percent off at Aspen Grove Studios.

Kirkwood offers small town attitude with big mountain skiing and riding in the deepest, driest snow around and some of North America’s most diverse and challenging terrain. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates start at $96 or up to 30 percent off at the Meadows.

Kirkwood e (c) Laini Miranda

Skiing Kirkwood in Tahoe, California © Laini Miranda/


Spanning 8,171 acres, the vast and varied terrain of Whistler Blackcomb will entice first-time skiers and seasoned shredders alike. Two side-by-side mountains are connected by the Guinness World Record-holding PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and supported by one of the largest networks of high-speed chairlifts in the world. And with one of the longest ski seasons on the continent, it has all the makings of a top-ranked resort for a reason. 96-Hour Sale lodging rates are available at up 30 percent off across multiple properties, including Lodging Ovations.


Stowe Mountain Resort, now part of Vail Resorts, is also offering the 96-Hour Sale Save up to 50% on lodging stays through the end of the ski season (April 15, 2018).


Skiers and snowboarders looking for the best prices on lift tickets can use their smartphone or computer to purchase tickets online in advance at By purchasing lift tickets seven or more days in advance online, guests will receive the biggest savings – up to 25 percent – and the lowest price, guaranteed. Advance purchase tickets can be sent directly to a guest’s mailbox, allowing them to bypass the ticket window. Or guests can easily pick up their tickets at the resorts’ Epic Day Express windows. Once a guest has a hard card ticket, they can even load more days onto the card by purchasing additional days online. Guests can also save by booking ski school lessons online in advance at and snowboard rentals across Colorado, California and Utah can be booked online to save up to 20 percent. Many locations also offer complimentary delivery to your hotel, condominium or residence.


Acclaimed for its spectacular wildlife viewing, Grand Teton Lodge Company provides a mountain experience not soon to be forgotten. Located within the park are lodging options ranging from cozy campgrounds to charming full-service lodge rooms, cabins and cottages, open seasonally from late-May to early-October. Enjoy rustic elegance in one of 36 cabins and five-star dining at Jenny Lake Lodge; visit the historic Jackson Lake Lodge with 385 guest rooms; get closer to nature with quaint cabins and tent cabins at Colter Bay Village; or unplug at Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch. With each accommodation, guests can listen to elk bugle outside their door and spot bison, moose, bear and other wildlife roaming free among the majestic backdrop of the Tetons. Rates start at $198 per night or up to 30 percent off at Headwaters Lodge & Cabins.

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates 11 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; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts 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. For information, visit

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Spring skiing at Northstar at Tahoe

April 13, 2016

Snowboarder tries his luck at making it across the pond as part of Northstar at Tahoe’s annual pond skim during the Spring It On celebration



Spring skiing and snowboarding at Northstar at Tahoe on a beautiful bluebird day (photo by Sarah Falter)


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Colorado Ski Country Celebrates Spring with Events, Activities Galore

February 21, 2016
Copper Mountain, Colorado. Colorado resorts offer a slew of special events and activities during spring © 2016 Karen Rubin/

Copper Mountain, Colorado. Colorado resorts offer a slew of special events and activities during spring © 2016 Karen Rubin/

DenverColo. –As Colorado’s 2015/16 ski season enters what is typically the state’s snowiest month, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have calendars full of events, deals, promotions, and activities for the whole family. Between now and the end of March, guests at CSCUSA ski areas and resorts can celebrate spring and participate in fun racing events, enjoy a diverse range of live music, learn new tricks in the terrain park, partake in giant on-mountain scavenger hunts, and much more.

Here are just some of the early spring festivities at resorts across Colorado Ski Country between now and the end of March: 

Arapahoe Basin

Alpenglow Ascents Rando Challenge (Race 1 of 2) – March 12

A-Basin’s spring uphill/downhill ski mountaineering race provides a great afternoon challenge for ski area guests. Whether training for the Traverse or just trying out their randonee equipment, this race is an awesome way for athletes to work out in the alpenglow. Registration is 3:30pm; 4:30pm race start. The entry fee is $25; no lift ticket needed. For more information, visit

6th Annual Save Our Snow Celebration and Demo Day – March 26

A benefit for the High Country Conservation Center (HC3), $20 from each lift ticket sold at the window goes to the HC3. Participating guests will celebrate sustainable practices and meet Colorado companies working to keep winter white. The ski area will also be demoing local Colorado ski and snowboard manufacturers for a donation to the HC3. Guests can try out the latest in Snowsports gear, learn about A-Basin’s efforts to improve the sustainability of our business and find out how they can make a difference for the environment in their everyday lives. For more information, visit 

Aspen Snowmass

16th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam – March 18-27

The 16th annual Bud Light Spring Jam will bring two weekends of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen Snowmass. The festival features everything from the 17th annual KickAspen Big Air, where skiers and snowboarders compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain, to free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts with acts such as Nahko and Medicine for the People, Big Gigantic, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Other events include a snowboard Banked Slalom competition, Terrain Park Boot Camp sessions that offer instruction on how to slide a box or hit a rail in a mini-park at Snowmass, as well as the inaugural Colorado Collegiate Freeride Championships. For more information, visit


10th Mountain Division Day at Cooper – February 19

Each year Cooper honors the men of the 10th Mountain Division to whom we owe our existence as an industry and an organized winter sport. The day will culminate with an S-Formation “Ski-Down” on the Molly Mayfield trail. Several surviving veterans are expected to participate, and those who are unable to ski will ride in one of Cooper’s 12-passenger Chicago Ridge snowcats. For more information, visit

Cooper Mogul Competition – March 19

Cooper invites skiers to test out their bump skiing skills in the competition course and have a chance to win cash and other prizes. The competition will be divided into Junior (11-17) and Adult (18+). Prizes in the Junior group will include awesome selections of Cooper swag, and a 2016/17 season pass for 1st place. Prizes in the Adult category will include a cash purse and pass products. The course will be bumps-only. Scoring will be based on turns (75%) and speed (25%). A “bonus” 5% will be available for air, but air must be taken from a mogul, as no jumps will be built in the course. Inverted aerials not allowed. For more information, visit 

Copper Mountain

USSA U-19 National Championships – February 28 – March 4

Copper is home to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association’s under-19 Alpine Championship 2016. The best of the best in alpine ski racing, ages 16-19, will compete for a National title in slalom, giant slalom, downhill and Super G races. For a detailed schedule, visit

Moonlight Dine & Ski – March 19

Join Copper Mountain for their last Moonlight Dinner of the 2015/16 ski season. Participating guests will ride the lift to Solitude Station, where they will enjoy fine dining and live entertainment. Once dinner is complete, guests are invited to ski down a groomed run under the moonlight. The evening finishes in Center Village with a celebratory cocktail. Learn more at 

Crested Butte

Ski Town Breakdown – March 19

Skiing, springtime and music go hand in hand at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The resort hosts its annual Ski Town Breakdown on Saturday, March 19, featuring a free KT Tunstall show in the base area. After spending a day on the slopes, guests at Crested Butte will enjoy this awesome singer and songwriter that is sure to wow the crowd with her energy, spirit and jams! For lodging deals visit 


Easter Sunday – March 27

Eldora is hosting Easter Sunday of fun for everyone. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to say hello to all the children and he will hit the slopes as well for some fun on the snow. In addition, the resort will host an Easter Egg hunt for kids in the base area, featuring eggs loaded with candy and great prizes including Eldora goodies and more. For more information, visit 

Howelsen Hill

25th Annual Steamboat Pentathlon – March 5

The Steamboat Pentathlon, hosted by the City of Steamboat Springs Parks & Community Services Department, is a one-of-a-kind spring event featuring five athletic disciplines in one race. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Steamboat Pentathlon, which was first held in 1991. Participants can race as individuals, dynamic duos or as a team, with both short-course and long-course options available. The race is comprised of five separate stages that include alpine skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, mountain biking and running. Stick around after the race for the after party, featuring free food, drinks, prizes and participant raffle. All participants receive a swag bag, event t-shirt, free lunch and chances to win great prizes. For more information and to register, visit 


Ski With A U.S. Forest Ranger – Wednesday, March 9

The U.S. Forest Service and Loveland Ski Area team up to host Loveland’s Ski with a Ranger Day. Guests can join a Forest Service Snow Ranger for a fun, free, and easy run centered around the relationships between Loveland and the land we all enjoy so much. Topics include glacial geology, winter ecology, local history, and partnerships and are suited for all ages (recommended for ages 8+). Meet at Ptarmigan Roost Cabin at the top of Chair 2 at either 10:15am or 1:15pm for a run with the Snow Ranger. Loveland will host another Ski with a U.S. Forest Ranger Day on Saturday, March 26.

Giant Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, March 27

Visit Loveland on Easter Sunday for a giant Easter Egg hunt. Participating guests will gather at Loveland Basin for first chair at 8:30 am and keep their eyes peeled for the giant Easter eggs hidden on the slopes and around the base area. Huge eggs mean huge prizes like skis, snowboards, outerwear, lift tickets and more. This is an event for all ages.

The Easter Bunny will also be enjoying the slopes and there will be a more traditional Easter Egg Hunt just for kids off Lift 7 at Loveland Valley, a separate base area just for beginners. For more information about spring events at Loveland Ski Area, visit


Telemark Festival  – February 21

Monarch is hosting a series of telemark workshops, tours, and other activities to show some tele love. Guided Mirkwood tours and tele lessons are available for $55. For more information, stop by the season pass desk or email 


Spring Break Fun at Purgatory for the entire Family, March 5-20

With games, giveaways and unique activities every day for kids, teens and adults, it’s nonstop fun for everyone during Spring Break at Purgatory in Durango, Colorado. Guests can enjoy live music, tubing hill parties, sleigh rides, dog sledding, family movie and game nights, snowshoeing, free yoga and meditation classes, teen dance and karaoke parties, and more. Purgatory’s March festivities continue with the Purgatory Cardboard Derby on March 26. For details, visit

Kids Ski free during Spring Break at Purgatory. Guests can save 25% on lodging and receive free lift tickets for the kids. For more information, call 800-525-0892 or book online at   


Night Skiing – February 26-27

The 3rd Annual Night Skiing is also the inaugural year of the Flat Top Flyer high speed detachable lift. Two runs from top to bottom, one of which will lead to the terrain parks which are illuminated as well. For beginners, the EZ Rider Lift will be operational and one EZ run will be under the lights. Tickets from 4:00PM-9:00PM will be $56 for 13 & Up and $35 for 12 & Under. Tickets from 12:00PM-9:00PM will remain the same as our normal ticket prices. Season Pass and P-Card Holders will be able to ski for free both nights (Mid-Week passes only good for Friday). In addition, Powderhorn is hosting a USASA Rail Jam under the lights! For more information, visit 

Ski Granby Ranch

Rock the Ranch

Granby Ranch hosts Rock the Ranch on Saturdays in March with live musical entertainment. Guests can start the month off on a good foot by skiing or riding for a cause at the Dress in Blue fundraiser event for the Colon Cancer Alliance on March 4th. At night head out on the slopes after après ski at Granby Ranch Grill for the only Night Skiing in Grand County, Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm – 8pm for only $17. Mom and dad can get out early on Saturdays for the Morning Intro Ski Tour, a beginner’s opportunity to get into the sport of Alpine Touring.

Beach Bash – March 26

Closing weekend is jam-packed with the Beach Bash celebration on Saturday, March 26, which includes snow cones, leis and a pond skim. The day will close with night skiing on the mountain and a Moonlight XC Ski and Snowshoe on the Golf Front 9. On the last day of the season, Sunday, March 27, head up the mountain for a Sunrise Easter Service, enjoy a special Easter Brunch at Granby Ranch Grill and visit the Easter Bunny during the Easter Egg Hunt. To celebrate the nearing bike season, the resort will be holding its first Granby Ranch Meltdown, an on-snow downhill bike race and kids’ fun ride. Register to race or come cheer as bikers get air and cruise through the turns on the way to the finish line. For more information visit 


Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concerts – March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9 & 10

The Steamboat Ski Area will again be rockin’ during the winter ski and snowboard season as the Rocks the ‘Boat Free Concert Series returns for the 17th season offering a great mixture of various musical genres. The Rocks the ‘Boat series has brought together everything from bluegrass and New Orleans style rhythm & blues to a traditional Irish sound to flat out rock and roll. The spring lineup includes:, Afrolicious, Magic Giant, Goonies, Jakubi, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ozomatli and a soon to be announced band for closing day.

U.S. Freestyle Championships – March 18-20

Freestyle skiing makes its return in late March as the Steamboat Ski Resort hosts the 2016 US Freestyle Championships, featuring the America’s best men and women mogul and aerial athletes, including Olympic, World and National Champions. The 2016 Championships will take place across the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex, which consists of the Voo Doo aerial venue and the 1,000-foot vertical long adrenalin generating Mayer’s Mogul Course. Steamboat has one of the premier freestyle facilities in the country and is the place that launched numerous athletes on their way to the pinnacle of the sport including World Champion Ann Battelle, Olympic medalists Nelson Carmichael and Travis Mayer as well as 2014 Olympian and US Champion Eliza Outtrim. For more information about spring events at Steamboat, visit


Defiance Challenge – March 4

The Defiance Challenge features ten hours of skiing on expert terrain. Lifts open at 7:00 am and close at 5:00pm. Proceeds from the event are split between the Sunlight Ski Patrol and the family of a fallen patroller with the National Ski Patrol. Registration is $150.00 per team and includes event hat, T-shirt, lift ticket, after event dinner and party. For more information, visit

Melanoma Awareness Day – March 5

Sunlight will host free skin screenings in the lodge from 10:00am – 2:00pm as well as a prize drawing featuring a Sunlight Season Pass and other prizes. All proceeds are directed to the Melanoma Research Foundation. For more information, 


Rail Jam at the Beach – March 12

Participate in Telluride’s annual Rail Jam, located at the Beach in Mountain Village. Registration begins at 12:00 pm at Mountain Village BootDoctors and runs until 2:00 pm. Freestyle sessions begin at 2:00 pm, the competition kicks off at 4:00 pm and awards start at 6:00 pm. 

Helly Hansen Scavenger Hunt – March 27

Helly Hansen will be hosting an on-mountain scavenger hunt using their app and geocaching. Guests who download the app will be notified when they are close to free Helly Hansen gear. From 1:00 – 3:00 pm, there will be a free beer tasting at Gorrono Ranch with Telluride Brewing Company and SweetWater Brewing serving up some of their most popular beers. For more information, visit

Winter Park Resort

The 41st Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup – February 26-28

The Wells Fargo Ski Cup celebrates its 41st anniversary with a weekend featuring world-class disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Broncos alumni and amateur skiers/snowboarders coming together to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).

The weekend is highlighted by three races, the Corporate Challenge, a Pro Am style race where teams of five friends, family or coworkers are paired with an NSCD Competition Center athlete and compete for prizes; the Kids Snowplow Sprint, which features up-and-coming NSCD athletes and able bodied young skiers; and the Wells Fargo World Disabled Invitational. The weekend also includes a giant silent auction with items perfect for any budget. All proceeds go directly to fund NSCD programs, which serves over 3,000 participants on an annual basis and has delivered on its goal to “enable the human spirit through therapeutic recreation and sport” for over 45 years. For more information, call the NSCD at (303) 293-5711 or visit

Wolf Creek

Weekend Fun Races at Wolf Creek

Fun Races at Wolf Creek Ski are held every weekend throughout the season with eight races in February and March. The modified giant slalom course with a dual race format is free to both skiers and boarders. With more than 14 age brackets, men, women, boys and girls of all ability levels are able to race for gold, silver and bronze medals. Races begin ‪at 11:00 a.m., awards are ‪at 3:30 p.m. on the sun deck of the main day lodge.

Wolf Creek will also be hosting a Wolf Creek Challenge Series. The series will include two races: A Giant Slalom with 40+ gates and a Super-G race course. The Challenge Series races are open to teams and individuals.  Entry rates for the races along with dates can be found on

Local Appreciation Days

Local Appreciation Days at Wolf Creek offer all guests a discounted lift ticket. No I.D. is required, everyone is a local that day. Lift tickets are $43 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for children. College Days offer students with a valid college photo I.D. and printed, current class schedule a break from the books and a $43 discounted lift ticket. For a calendar of races, local appreciation days, and clinics visit

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Ski into Spring at Vail Resorts

March 19, 2015
Tubing at Keystone Resort. Spring is a wonderful time to be on the mountain © 2015 Karen Rubin/

Tubing at Keystone Resort. Spring is a wonderful time to be on the mountain © 2015 Karen Rubin/

Warmer weather and longer sunlight hours offer snow enthusiasts prime opportunity for enjoying spring skiing and snowboarding across Vail Resorts. Reap the benefits of exceptional snow conditions and high-energy events and activities at Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort in Colorado; Park City Mountain and Canyons Resort in Utah; and Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe.

Soak-Up the Sun: Vail Resorts Top Five Decks

Perched at the summit of Vail Mountain, overlooking Sun Up Bowl and Blue Sky Basin, Hawks Nest Deck at Vail offers a great spot for a mountaintop picnic this spring. Centrally located and easily accessed by three chair lifts this spot is often packed with skiers and snowboarders enjoying the spring weather and afternoon sun while making use of the complimentary gas grill. And, new this spring enjoy a taste of the tropics at The Beach at Vail, featuring an outdoor tiki bar and tropical drink specials at Mid-Vail, plus music from DJ Ramona every Saturday afternoon.

Luxurious and family-friendly Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado offers skiers and snowboarders a respite from stellar spring skiing conditions at Mamies Mountain Grill, an on-mountain, outdoor restaurant featuring a large sundeck, purchase and grill your own lunch and Umbrella Bar. Take in stunning views of McCoy Park and the surrounding mountains while listening to the live music on Thursdays and Sundays.

Why wait until après to join in on the party? New this season, Heavenly Mountain Resort rolled out a mid-day party on the deck at East Peak Lodge on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The mid-day party features on-snow activities, like corn hole, a live DJ, an outdoor grill, and the lovely Heavenly Angels. Bask in the California sun with friends as you enjoy a notorious spring skiing day at Heavenly.

Enjoy lunch in the historic Mid-Mountain Lodge at Park City Mountain resort which once serviced over one thousand miners a day. Now the carefully renovated venue offers delicious lunch options from the 10th Mountain outdoor grill serving a wide array of savory, barbequed favorites for guests to enjoy from its expansive outdoor deck, framed by picturesque mountain views.

Lookout Cabin is just one of several on-mountain dining destinations at Canyons Resort, known for its table-served Rocky Mountain cuisine. Skiers and snowboarders relax in the open air taking-in incredible views of Wasatch Range from the deck in between runs, with their favorite cocktail in hand from the full-service bar.

Springtime Events and Activities

Guests heading to Vail Mountain can Spring Back to Vail April 17-19 at the biggest end-of-season party featuring free live concerts by Portugal. The Man, Trampled by Turtles and The Greyboy Allstars. Closing day also brings the annual World Pond Skimming Championships, a spectacle entailing floatable (and sometimes sinkable) athletes launching themselves off an on-snow jump into an icy pond, in attempt to exit the pond on both feet.

Beaver Creek celebrates spring with SpringFest enchanting Beaver Creek Village daily through April 11. Activities for all ages include parades, comedy shows, glow stick ski-downs, fireworks, American Jukebox ice skate nights, complimentary snowshoe tours, teens trampoline  tricks class, scavenger hunts, daily 3 p.m. Cookie Time, Family FunFest carnivals, science tents, Easter Egg Hunt and more. Save up to 35 percent off on spring lodging with Beaver Creek’s Spring Break Escape offer.

Breck Spring Fever at Breckenridge Ski Resort is back, bringing with it the biggest spring party in the Rocky Mountains from March 21 through closing day, April 19. On-mountain and in-town signature events include the Throwback Throwdown snowboard event to celebrate the resort’s 30th anniversary of snowboarding; and the FREE Bud Light Concert Series with four days of big-name acts on the mountain including Third Eye Blind, Eric Paslay, American Authors and the Infamous Stringdusters.

Offering whimsical daily programming for families, Keystone Resort’s Kidtopia offers indoor and outdoor activities including Kidtopia Fireworks, Pajama Family Brunch, and the world’s largest snow fort perched at 11,640 feet on Dercum Mountain. Parents can treat their kids age 2 – 14 to Kids Night Out which includes movies, games, arts & crafts, snow tubing and dinner for $85 per child. The Slush Cup pond skimming event will round out the 2014-15 season on April 12 showcasing crazy costumes, impressive falls, great commentary and a chance to have one last hoorah at Keystone.

The Unbuckle Après Party at the Tamarack Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort, rated as the No. 1 après ski party in North America by Forbes, is Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation après ski party featuring music, drinking, dancing and the lovely Heavenly Angels – ripping skiers by day and go-go dancers when the sun dips below the Sierra. Unbuckle those ski boots and snowboard bindings, and take your après game to the next level each Friday and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., enjoying half-priced drinks, food specials, a guest DJ, the Heavenly Angels, giveaways and lots of dancing.

Northstar California Resort will host the final Mountain Table Dinner of the series on March 27. Epicureans are invited to discover the essence of Northstar’s laid-back California luxury as they savor a gourmet, five-course menu of California-sourced ingredients. Guests are whisked up the mountain on a twilight gondola ride to the signature Zephyr Lodge where they will enjoy a feast for the senses as each course is masterfully created to highlight the flavor notes of each wine varietal from the prestigious Frog’s Leap Winery.

Visitors of 100-percent-open Kirkwood Mountain Resort will ski to their heart’s delight in signature Lake Tahoe weather where top-to-bottom, spring snow conditions are offered to skiers and snowboarders on all of its 86 trails.

With warmer temperatures come outdoor events including Park City Mountain‘s Spring Concert Series every Saturday as well as Snowasis, an unforgettable weeklong winter family festival in the Resort plaza filled with on-snow and après entertainment for everyone in the family including scavenger hunts, live music, racing, carnival activities, movie nights and much more. The Kids Après Party features a wide array of activities for the mountain’s youngest snow enthusiasts to partake in.

Celebrate the 2014-15 season at Canyons Resort in Utah during their 10-day free concert series in the Resort Village, and cap off a stellar winter season at the Pond Skim on March 21 when costumed daredevils will attempt to successfully cross a 100-foot pond on skis or a snowboard.

Springtime Deals

With so much going on in the spring season, the best way to access Vail Resorts is through EpicDay Express Tickets, a newly implemented mobile ticket platform giving guests the ability to purchase daily lift tickets online and on their mobile devices, in advance or up-to-the-minute before enjoying the mountain at the guaranteed lowest price. Bypass the normal ticket windows to get on the mountain faster at as much as 25 percent off the lead rate. Existing hard card lift passes may be instantly reloaded, allowing skiers and snowboarders to head right to the lift. For guests who need a new hard card, an express lane will be available at ticket windows for added convenience.

Guests can take their mountain experience to a new level by securing Lodging at Vail Resorts managed hotels and vacation rentals across Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe resorts where vacation packages and deals of up to 35 percent off are available to guests booking spring travel through the end of the season. To book, visit or call (866) 486-3420.

Spring is also the optimal time to Turn in Your Ticket in order to secure the lowest price and most benefits for 2015-16 season passes. Turn in today’s lift ticket toward your new 2015-16 season pass when you pay in full. Tickets must be turned in for pass credit, at the end of the ski day and in-person only. This promotion is valid for new pass holders only, and only one ticket may be applied per pass.

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Spring at Park City Mountain, Canyons Resorts Filled with Events, Concerts

February 18, 2015
Park City Mountain Resort ski school.

Park City Mountain Resort ski school.

With Spring Break right around the corner, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort announce a schedule jam-packed with events through the end of the winter season. With favorites like Pond Skimming and Operation Smile Celebrity Ski Challenge and new family activities, events, and Easter celebrations, guests will find plenty of entertainment through spring in the mountains.

Park City’s annual spring festival, Snowasis, begins March 28 with a family-friendly carnival in the resort plaza and culminates Easter Sunday, April 5 with the Resort’s traditional all-mountain Easter Egg Hunt. The nine-day program celebrates everything about Park City Mountain Resort that makes it one of North America’s top-ranked family resorts by the most respected publications in the ski, travel and family industries. A diverse event schedule features a different activity each day, including: on-mountain scavenger hunts; live music; avalanche dog meet & greets; a movie night and more.

This year, Canyons celebrates spring with the 8th annual Spring Grüv festival. The 10-day festival, beginning Friday, March 20, includes activities such as Jibbin’ for Juniors and EpicMix Scavenger Hunt, free big name concerts like Keller Williams, Nahko and Medicine for the People, and The Motet, and Park City’s biggest on-snow party, Pond Skimming.

Beginning February 21 at Canyons and March 7 at Park City, a free après concert will entertain guests every Saturday afternoon starting at 3 pm in the base areas. The concert series include a variety of bands and musical tastes for the entire family to enjoy. Some have a regional following in the Utah area (The Patwa Reggae Band and The Motherlode Canyon Band), some are nationally renowned (Tribal Theory) and others provide an 80s theme party (The Breakfast Klub).

Canyons Resort welcomes back the fan favorite Canis Lupus, a race through half a mile natural halfpipe filled with banked turns, rollers, and natural features. The brave test their limits on March 7.  Back for the fourth year in a row, Canyons and Park City are thrilled to host the Operation Smile Celebrity Ski Challenge on Saturday, March 14 at Park City Mountain Resort. Watch top celebrities race for Operation Smile in a quest to provide surgeries for children with cleft lips and cleft palate. This race is free for spectators.

While all events are free and family-friendly, Park City and Canyons offer programming specifically geared for the younger generations to enjoy. At Park City, kids can enjoy their own après ski party every Saturday in Legacy Lodge while parents enjoy the après concert series. At Canyons, everyone can enjoy roasting marshmallows for s’mores on the Umbrella Bar deck during the Sunday S’mores program.  Easter activities include Easter Egg Hunts and visits by the Easter Bunny. Other activities the kids may enjoy include magicians, balloon artists, jugglers or cowboys who entertain with rope tricks and quick draw competitions.

For a full schedule of resort activities, visit and

For guests of both Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, EpicDay lift tickets make it easier and faster than ever to get to the slopes. Purchase tickets online in advance of your visit and find the lowest price on lift tickets to Park City and Canyons guaranteed, and skip the ticket office upon your arrive. As a bonus, lift tickets purchased at either resort are valid at both resorts. More information can be found at

Park City Mountain Resort is located in the heart of Park City, Utah and is only a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Park City Mountain Resort will join with Canyons Resort to create the single largest ski area in the United States. More information at

With thrilling adventures across 4,000 acres and nine mountains of majestic terrain, Canyons Resort, located in stunning Park City, is Utah’s largest and most dynamic ski and snowboard resort. Canyons’ lively resort village bustles with nine hotels including the Grand Summit Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Park City, and two dozen dining restaurants like the award-winning farm-to-table venue, Farm at Canyons. The Orange Bubble Express, North America’s first enclosed and heated chairlift; Ski Beach, a lively après ski gathering area; Iron Mountain, featuring 300 acres of terrain; Utah’s only lift-served gravity bike park and the fast-paced Zip Tour make Canyons a must-visit year-round resort. With Salt Lake City International Airport just 35 minutes away, Canyons is conveniently accessible from anywhere in the world. For more information, visit


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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/

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

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 or call 877-204-7889. Follow the resort at @KeystoneMtn on Twitter or at


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

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

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

FestEVOL, Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) springtime concert series returns for another show this spring. FestEVOL is a unique lifestyle experience combining snowsports with live music, innovative natural brands and the sustainably focused Reverb Eco-Village. In its fourth year, FestEVOL will showcase a great line-up of live music, skiing and riding, and all-natural foods to CBMR. On Saturday, March 9, local band Mine Control will start the festivities off, followed by Vermont-based band Twiddle, with special guest John Popper of Blues Traveler. The main act will be The Wailers, reggae legends and also crowd pleasers.

Concert tickets are now on sale for the Crested Butte event at General admission tickets are $25 per person and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 per person. CBMR season passholder discounts are available when purchasing in the Adventure Center at the resort. Lodging, lift ticket and concert packages are available at a 25% discount, when purchasing all together. Call Crested Butte Vacations for more information at 800-600-2803 or locally at 970-349-4554. Guests can also buy concert tickets onsite for $30 per person until the show begins.

This year, FestEVOL begins its three stop tour at Crested Butte Mountain Resort March 9th. Then heads east March 16th to Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont, where O.A.R will open for Yukon Kornelious and Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire on March 23, featuring O.A.R.

As a little background, FestEVOL began three years ago in Crested Butte, Colo. as an idea among friends and now partners; combining mountain sports, live music, innovative natural brands and a sustainably focused “eco village” to keep the event green and to help spread environment consciousness among concert-goers. FestEVOL teamed up with the IZSTYLE winter tour to feature the Reverb Eco Village. This interactive village includes local, regional and national environmental non-profit groups alongside alternative energy and transportation exhibits. The Eco Village also highlights all natural/organic food sampling and ski/snowboard equipment demos with Nordica skis and Burton snowboards.

Reverb is a non-profit started by Guster band member Adam Gardner, and his wife Lauren Sullivan as an effort to “green up” concert venues, including things like enhancing recycling efforts, switching tour buses to bio-diesel, and using LED lights for on-stage lighting to name a few.

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