Thursday March 6, 2014
The Intrawest Passport™ is the first-ever Ski Pass to Redefine "Family Pass" and will offer children 12 and under free skiing, as well as redefine what a "Family Pass" is all about.
Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., the parent company of several North American ski resorts, announced today the introduction of The Intrawest Passport™, a season pass that includes six days of skiing at each of six participating North American ski resorts.
The Intrawest Passport™, a first of its kind in the industry, is designed to make destination skiing easier and offer more flexibility and value for families in the 2014-2015 season.
"Times are changing and so is the traditional family structure. Intrawest understands those changes," said Bill Jensen, CEO, Intrawest Resorts. "Whether you're a traditional, single parent, or tri-generational family we've created The Intrawest Passport™ to give your family the most flexibility and affordability to come ski or snowboard our mountains."
With no blackout dates the flexibility means families can use The Intrawest Passport™ to travel on holidays or whenever it's easiest for them. The Intrawest Passport's™ special introductory price is being offered on a sliding scale, with the primary adult Passport initially offered at $549, additional adults at $399, 13-20 year olds at $199, and children 12 and under are free.
"Skiing has been passed on from parent to child for several generations. We want to encourage the passion for the sport of skiing and snowboarding for the next generation by offering true value to families," Jensen explains.
The Intrawest Passport™ will allow guests to ski/ride for six days during the 2014-2015 ski season at each of Steamboat Springs and Winter Park in Colorado; Blue Mountain in Ontario; Mont Tremblant in Quebec; Stratton Mountain in Vermont; and Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
The biggest differentiators for The Intrawest Passport™ are children 12 and under ski free. The pass offers the flexibility to define your "family" the way it works best for a skiing family, i.e. - you can include extended family members, stepfamilies, non-traditional families and even good friends that are like family. After the first primary adult pass is purchased, families can purchase up to 15 additional Passports, including:
- Five additional discounted adult Passports for $399 each
- Five Teen Passports for $199 each
- Five children under 12 ski free passes
- Extended age for "Teen" Passport: allows teens and young adults through age 20 to receive the discount.
A traditional young family of four can ski at all six resorts for as little as $948, making it, at present, the most affordable inter-mountain pass on the market. In addition, The Intrawest Passport™ only requires one adult pass to be purchased, which means a single parent and up to five children can all ski at six resorts, for a total of 36 days each for as low as $549.
The Intrawest Passport™ goes on sale this Friday, March 7th and will be offered at this special introductory price through Friday, March 14th. The Intrawest Passport™ goes on sale this Friday, March 7th and will be offered at this special introductory price through Friday, March 14th.
The Intrawest Passport™ is available for purchase at Intrawest Passport™ or at the Resorts:
Image Copyright Intrawest
Wednesday March 5, 2014
From racing firefighters and cutthroat chili chefs to Jimmy Buffet fans and pond skimmers, spring at Sunday River is always a good time - and for a good cause.
- Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation's 29th Annual Ski-A-Thon returns to Sunday River on March 29. Maine Adaptive was the first adaptive ski organization in the state of Maine. Today, 450 volunteers assist 350 skiers and other athletes with physical disabilities each year. Ski-A-Thon teams of up to five members raise a minimum of $1,000 (per team) in pledges and compete in a fun race. The annual event raises more than half of the organization's operating budget and offers a chance for the organization to celebrate everything that it stands for and has accomplished.
- The Firefighters' Race on March 30 will see fully kitted-out firefighters compete in a giant slalom race on the Lower Tempest Trail (also in teams of five).
- The Annual Chili Cook-off immediately following the Firefighter's Race, where the state's best chili concocters will vie for the coveted "Best Chili" and "People's Choice" awards. These events both raise money for Maine Adaptive, as well.
- The Parrothead Festival hits White Cap on April 4. The Jimmy Buffett-inspired festival is when Sunday River really gets on board with springtime in a big way, with specialty cocktails, live music, BBQs, and, of course, pond-skimming, which will take place at South Ridge this year. The Maine-based Parrot Head Club of the Northern Tropics will donate the proceeds from the festival's annual Margarita Mix-off to Camp Sunshine, a non-profit that supports unwell children and their families.
- Pond-A-Palooza - last, but not least, will be a stand alone event, where in the past it was just part of the Parrothead Festival, but this year, Sunday River has broken it out and created an entire event around the beloved pastime. On Sunday, April 6, the resort is hosting a Pond Skimming practice session for skiers, snowboarders, and snowbladers, and the following weekend (April 12), the first-ever Pond-A-Palooza will take place at South Ridge. Skimmers wear their wackiest outfits and compete for a 2014-2015 New England Pass and other great prizes.
More Information: Sunday River Lodging Packages | Skiing Sunday River
Firefighters' Race Copyright David McLain/Sunday River
Sunday March 2, 2014
It's not quite spring yet, but we are getting close and day by day it could go either way - winter, or spring. However, Vermont ski resorts have both seasons covered with events and activities to keep all the skiers and riders in the family busy and having fun no matter what the weather.
For example, every Saturday in March at Bolton Valley, from 2 - 4pm you can take a Snowshoe Explorer Tour at Bolton Valley. You and the family will get a great introduction of the basic techniques of snowshoeing while enjoying a guided snowshoe tour on groomed and backcountry trails.
The Vermont Open at Stratton Mountain Resort snowboard competition and music festival is March 7 - 9. Rail jam, halfpipe, big air and banked slalom events are open to amateur, pro and formerly pro riders. Live music and parties open to all.
At Castlerock Extreme at Sugarbush Resort's Lincoln Peak, show off your skills as part of the Ski The East Freeride Tour on March 8. Be judged in categories including style and line and put together the best run down Castlerock's Lift Line trail.
That's not all, check out more events and activities during early March at the ski resorts around Vermont.
Read More: Vermont Early March Events and Activities | Vermont Early March Deals and Discounts
Dog Sledding at Smugglers Notch Copyright Mike Doyle
Thursday February 27, 2014
Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah will host the U.S. Freestyle Championships on March 28, 29 and 30th.
The Championships competition was originally scheduled to be held at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe but, due to an unusual lack of snow in the Sierra Nevadas and the time necessary to build world class venues for the athletes, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has opted to move the events to Deer Valley.
Deer Valley Resort, a world renowned freestyle venue, has twice played host to the World Championships and is a perennial stop on the FIS World Cup tour and was the home for final practices of the U.S. athletes before they headed to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The competition venues are still in place and Deer Valley has the skilled staff to dust them off and bring them up to world class status on short notice.
"Deer Valley is pleased to be able to step in and host the U.S. Freestyle Championships for our partners at the U.S. Ski Team," said Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley President and CEO. "We are excited to showcase our athletes right on the heels of the Winter Games and offer our guests a chance to see them compete."
Leading the mogul team for the final event of the season where they will battle it out for the U.S. title will be two-time mogul Olympian Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA), along with 2010 Olympic medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) and his brother, 2014 Olympian Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT).
The aerial competition will include two-time aerial Olympian Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) and Olympian Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT), the FIS Rookie of the Year and fifth place finisher in the men's Sochi aerial competition.
2014 U.S. Freestyle Championships Schedule:
- Friday, March 28 - Men's and women's moguls
- Saturday, March 29 - Men's and women's aerials
- Sunday, March 30 - Men's and women's dual moguls
Deer Valley World Cup Mogul Venue Copyright Mike Doyle