Mt. High hosts USASA event

Mountain High will host a USASA event on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The United States Amateur Snowboard Association is a series of
events comprised of Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Slalom, Giant Slalom, and
BoarderCross.  Competitors compete to build points toward qualification
to the USASA Nationals held at Copper Mountain Colorado. 

There are age
groups and divisions for all riders including multiple skier
divisions.  These events have prize pools, raffles, and awards
ceremonies.

Registration will be from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Big Pines Lodge

USASA Membership for 08/09: $75

USASA Non-Points Gathering Day Membership: $25

Entry Fee: $25

Lift Ticket: $25

Slopestyle:  This event is a judged freestyle competition with a course composed of table tops, hips, rails, and boxes.

Halfpipe: A judged Freestyle event located in the halfpipe.

Slalom & Giant Slalom:  This event is a timed race.

BoarderCross: This event is a race with multiple riders.  The course consists of Banks, Jumps, and Rollers.

For more information regarding the United States of America Snowboard Association please check out www.usasa.org


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Fresh tracks and night skiing at Snow Summit

Big Bear has received 3 to 4 feet of snow in the past couple of days!

New runs are open today and plenty of

terrain is available at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts with fresh machine groomed packed powder.

In addition to all the natural snow, they’ve had 5 days of continuous snowmaking and we will continue

making more snow as conditions permit.

More runs and lifts will open Friday and the lifts will be at nearly full capacity by this weekend.Arrive early for a first tracks and enjoy a

day on the snow.

Night Sessions are back!
Snow Summit’s Holiday Night Sessions begin Friday Dec. 19 and last through Jan.

3. Scheduled Friday Night Sessions run through March 6 and Saturday Night Sessions are scheduled

through March 14.

Night session hours are 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All Night Sessions are weather

permitting and subject to change.

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New Horizon opens at Mammoth Mountain

Horizon Air’s inaugural daily service from
LAX to Mammoth Mountain began today. Just in time for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy more than four feet
of fresh powder.

 The flight marks the beginning of regular LAX-Mammoth air
service throughout the winter.
Horizon’s
air service will provide travelers easy access to one of the most
visited mountain resorts
in the country, with
daily flights scheduled through April 12, 2009.

         “Horizon’s
inaugural flight to Mammoth
Mountain
is one of the
most pivotal moments in the history of the resort and the town,” said
Rusty Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain. “The air service transforms a
five plus-hour drive from Southern California
into an hour’s flight, making Mammoth even more convenient to experience.

         The
one-hour-and-five-minute flight departs Los Angeles International
Airport
(LAX) daily at
2:20 p.m. and arrives at Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) at 3:25 p.m. The return
flight leaves Mammoth at 4:05 p.m. and arrives at LAX at 5:10 p.m.  The flight will also facilitate inbound
travel from a wide variety of national and international airlines with service
into LAX.

Horizon will operate with the
airline’s Bombardier Q400 for the Mammoth route.
This 74/76-seat, high-speed, twin-engine turboprop is one of the most
technologically advanced regional aircraft in the world.

It’s as quiet
and comfortable as a jet – thanks to its special technology that
suppresses noise and vibration, its generously sized overhead storage bins, its
unobstructed under-seat space, and its ample headroom (6 feet 5 inches). The
Q400 is also among the most environmentally friendly aircraft, burning 30
percent less fuel and producing 30 percent lower emissions than comparable
jets.

         Mountain to Hit Full Operation With 4+ Feet of New Snow

         Since
last weekend storms have dropped more than four feet of snow on the mountain,
ensuring some of the best ski and snowboard conditions in the country. With
even more snow predicted in this week’s forecast, Mammoth will be opening
Canyon and Eagle Lodges for the season this weekend, with the entire resort in
full operation for the holidays.

         For
more information on Mammoth, or to purchase vacation packages including
transportation, lodging and lift tickets, visit MammothMountain.com or call
800-MAMMOTH. Flights may also be purchased through horizonair.com.

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Fresh powder is Heavenly

The First Major Tahoe-Area Snowstorm of the Season Hits Heavenly with More Than a Foot of Snow

  • In Colorado, Vail and Beaver Creek are on track to break December snowfall records with more than 4 feet of snow this month and a winter storm advisory in effect through tomorrow
  • Falling snow brings falling prices on lodging deals and flights into Reno for Heavenly and Eagle/Vail for Vail and Beaver Creek

 

Winter doesn’t officially arrive until Dec. 22, but try telling that to skiers and snowboarders who are enjoying the first powder turns of the season at Heavenly Mountain Resort (www.skiheavenly.com). The first major Tahoe-area snowstorm of the season delivered lots of fresh powder on the Heavenly slopes.

Thanks to the new snow, the Heavenly mountain operations team has opened lots of new terrain. The same storm that’s hitting Heavenly is expected to move into Colorado.

Over the weekend, the Colorado resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone were hit with up to two feet of fresh powder and are bracing for another winter storm. Since Dec. 1, Vail (www.vail.com) and Beaver Creek (www.beavercreek.com) have tallied more than four feet of snow and Beaver Creek is on track to break its December snowfall record.

 

Deep Snow, Deep Savings

Now is the time to book your last-minute holiday stay or January ski vacation. Airfares have dropped significantly in the past few weeks and Vail Resorts vacation planning experts recommend skiers and snowboarders take advantage of the falling prices and falling snow. The best bets:

  • Last-minute holiday stays. A $149 Christmas vacation. Stay for $149 per night through Dec. 25 in the heart of the Vail Village at the Austria Haus Hotel. www.VailAllTheLove.com
  • A post-holiday getaway. Look for deals the first full week of January (anytime after Jan. 4) – like the January Ski and Stay Package at Heavenly for just $85 per person, per night. www.skiheavenly.com
  • Mid-January rates like the $99 room rates at Breckenridge and Keystone are a sure bet. www.snow.com for more information and restrictions.

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Mountain High gets two feet of snow

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More than two feet of new snow has fallen at Mountain High SKi Resort in Wrightwood and that number is expected to rise as snow showers blanket the region. 

The West Resort is now 100% open with 31 trails and a good mixture of beginner to advanced terrain.  The East Resort will open later this week. Operators are currently evaluating the North Resort for a possible weekend-opening as well. 

Mountain High’s late opening was seen as an omen by many but this major winter storm has put the Wrightwood Resort right where it wants to be pre-holiday. 

All three resorts will be open for skiing and snowboarding by Christmas, and the North Pole Tubing Park will open this Friday as well. 

For a complete listing of lifts and trails along live cams and custom weather forecasts log onto www.mthigh.com.

 

Says John McColly, Director of Marketing, “It’s fantastic out there.  I just got off the mountain and it’s as good as I’ve ever seen it.”

 

Ticket rates return to regular price first thing tomorrow morning but skiers and snowboarders looking to save money can still get a season pass for just $349.  That’s $250 off the regular rate but this sale ends Sunday, December 21st, so guests are advised to act quickly.  For avid skiers and snowboarders, a season pass is the best way to save money and pays for itself in just six visits.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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HEY, HEY, HEY! The big winter storm blew in bringing with it steady snowfall. The powder is beginning to accumulate and forecasts call for up to a foot by this evening.

The conditions are the best of the season with a powder to packed powder surface! Around the clock snowmaking is in full operation and with these favorable conditions; we expect to continue making snow through the week.

Chains are required on all 3 routes into Big Bear, but it’s worth the drive. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain currently have 5 chair lifts operating with terrain for all levels and abilities.

Snow Summit’s Miracle Mile and Bear Bottom beginner area are open. The Park Run is open today at Bear Mountain, and Central Park and Inspiration runs offer 16 jibs and 4 snow features.

More lifts and runs will open SOOON! See you on the slopes, dude!

To view the Bear Mountain map of open runs and runs to open next please click HERE.

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Think snow at Big Bear resorts

20836-boarding.jpg Bear Mountain’s Central Park and Inspiration runs are building the feature count with 15 jibs and 5 snow features for skiers to enjoy.

Snow Summit is now open with Miracle Mile open top-to-bottom, and Bear Bottom open for beginners.

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain have 4 chairlifts and terrain available for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders.

A major winter storm is expected early next week which will set us up for the Holidays! Snowmaking looks favorable beginning Saturday night and into next week.

More runs and lifts will open as snowmaking continues. Think snow!

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Kids fly free to Colorado ski resorts

Winter snow storms blew through Colorado this week, dumping several feet of fresh powder on the Rockies and winter enthusiasts couldn’t be happier.  With an average snowfall of 300 inches a year, Colorado offers a wonderful winter vacation. 

With 26 ski resorts offering more than 2,000 trails and nearly 40,000 acres of mountain terrain, Colorado also provides visitors with a variety of off-the-slopes winter activities including dog sledding, ice jeeping, snow shoeing and ice climbing.

Resorts across the state are offering great values on airfare, lodging, lift tickets and more.   For a complete list of travel packages, vacation deals and travel itineraries visit www.colorado.com/deals.  

Fly the Pocketbook-Friendly Skies:

  • Kids Fly, Ski and Stay Free in Aspen/Snowmass this winter.  Aspen/Snowmass is partnering with Frontier Airlines to offer families the ultimate Colorado adventure with their Kids Fly/Ski/Stay Free package. Purchase a minimum 3-day/4-night package including airfare, lift tickets and lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass before Dec. 23, 2008 and for each adult booking one child (12 and under) flies, skis and stays completely free of charge. Adults who include a minimum 3-day ski or snowboard rental through Four Mountain Sports as part of their package also receive one child equipment rental absolutely free. For more information, contact Stay Aspen Snowmass at www.stayaspensnowmass.com/frontier or call 800-214-7669.  Reservations for this special package must be booked via telephone and cannot be booked online.

  • Kids Fly Free to Vail and Beaver Creek this winter on American Airlines. American Airlines is rewarding parents who book a vacation into the Vail/ Eagle Valley Regional Airport with their Kids Fly Free program. For each paid adult fare (age 18 and above), American is offering one free child’s airline ticket for ages 2-12, now through Feb. 13, 2009. Families must travel to the resort between Sunday and Wednesday and from the resort between Tuesday and Friday. This offer is valid for travel Jan. 4 – Feb. 13, 2009, with no blackout dates. Additional restrictions may apply. For details visit www.snow.com or call 800-404-3535.
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Mountain High opens top to bottom

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Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood plans to open top-to-bottom for skiing and snowboarding on Wednesday. Temperatures dipped into the 20s Monday  and Mountain High had an incredible night of snowmaking.

Four trails on Mountain High West, Upper Chisolm, Lower Chisolm, Cruiser, and Sunnyside, are planned to open with a base of 6-12″ of man made snow with service from Blue Ridge Express and Coyote chairlifts. Lifts will run from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and night skiing will be available from 5-10 p.m. 

“The amount of snow that we’ve been able to make in such a short amount of time is a great testament to the improvements we’ve made in our snowmaking system,” said Karl Kapuscinski, President and CEO. “Our new snow guns and system upgrades are allowing us to take advantage of the cold, dry temperatures and open a considerable amount of terrain for our guests.” 

The Faultline Terrain Park crew will have a full lineup of boxes and rails. There will also be terrain options for beginner and intermediate riders. Winter Sports School expects to offer private lessons beginning on Friday and group lessons are expected to begin once Snow Flake chair opens. 

Early season ticket pricing will be in effect at $40 for an Adult 8-Hour ticket and $35 for an Adult 4-Hour ticket. Lift tickets for children ages 7 to 12 will be just $24 and night tickets (valid from 5-10pm) will be $30.

Please note prices are subject to change without notice.  Visit mthigh.com for a complete list of prices and programs.

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Ski the Canadian Rockies

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Fly right into Canadian Rockies International Airport in Kimberly with Delta Airlines for all the Top Resorts in the Canadian Rockies

Packages Starting at $1045 US dollars

Price Includes:

  • Delta flights from Los Angeles
  • 7 nights lodging (Kimberley Inn), 6 day lift ticket, transfers
  • All taxes

$50 off per person if booked by Dec 15. Additional $50 off if paid by check.

Only Minutes from Fernie, Kimberley and Panorama.

Easily accessible to Red, Whitewater, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke & Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine.

Skican Ltd. is licensed under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, Registration No. 1068997 and Quebec government permit No. 16156432-701.

(888) 4-SKICAN (475-4226)

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