Monday March 10, 2014
Not to make anybody envious, but Breckenridge Ski Resort has announced it is extending the resort's ski season by one additional week, from Monday, April 21 through Sunday, April 27.
The extra week is planned in consideration of the deep snow pack and terrific conditions that can be expected at Breck's elevation in the spring. In January, Breckenridge was the snowiest resort in the U.S. and has received more than 28 feet of snow so far this season.
During the past two years Breck has extended their regular season with extra weekends tacked on, and with this year's significant snowfall, resort officials made the decision to include the extra weekdays as well.
"It's been such an amazing season for snowfall in Breck that even with a month and a half to go in the regular season, we are confident that we will be able to offer terrific conditions in the extended week," said Pat Campbell, executive vice president and COO at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Breck will open three of the resort's signature peaks during the extended week, Peaks 6, 7 and 8, with Rip's Ride, 5 Chair, Colorado SuperChair, T-bar, Imperial SuperChair, Independence SuperChair, Zendo Chair, and Kensho SuperChair all slated for operation..
In past years' extended seasons, only terrain on Peak 8 was open. This year's package will provides another chance to be able ski or ride Breck's newly-added terrain, Peak 6, during the final days of its inaugural season.
Skiing during this extended week will be free for 2013-14 Vail Resorts season pass holders, whose passes will still operate during the extended week. In addition, Breck will offer a specially-priced, $66 lift ticket for purchase at the ticket windows.
Here's another good deal if you are new to skiing or snowboarding. Beginner group lessons for adults and children and private lessons will be available during the extended week and start at $95 for adults or $105 for children.
More Information: Breckenridge Ski School | Skiing Breckenridge
Peak Six Courtesy Breckenridge Ski Resort
Saturday March 8, 2014
There are some great spring skiing conditions setting up all around the country. I've heard from a number of readers who love skiing in the spring but find they get too tired too quickly.
This is the time of year to layer off, put a little sun screen on, and ski the afternoon sun. But, it seems pushing all that mashed potato snow around can get some quads screaming while the sun is still high in the sky.
R. Mark Elling, author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing has given us some tips on how to more efficiently ski the corn and slushy wet stuff we find in the spring. Mark is certified as a Level III Alpine Ski Instructor and is head boot fitter at Mount Bachelor Ski and Sport and owner of Mercury Mobile Performance, a custom footbed and bootfitting service.
Read and follow Mark's advice and you'll be spending more time skiing on the snow than sunning on the deck.
Image - Mark Elling at Mt. Bachelor © Kirk DeVoll
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