Spring Fever Festival and great skiing at Breckenridge

With over a foot of new snow falling in Breckenridge since Sunday - and more in the forecast – spring skiing is at its best as Breck’s Spring Fever Festival enters a fourth week of events, offering more of the Bud Light Concert Series and plenty of Easter festivities!

The Bud Light Concert Series continues on Friday and Saturday with two festival powerhouses: Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band on April 18 and Blues Traveler on April 19 to close out the concert series for the season. Both shows are free to the public and the entertainment is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on a specially-constructed stage facing One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort, at the base of Peak 8.

Sunday will be a family-filled day of Easter events, starting with a sunrise service on Peak 9, then an on-mountain Easter egg hunt on Peaks 8 and 9.  This year, Breck is using compostable Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt and a new prize redemption process will help reduce waste by making sure fewer eggshells and candy wrappers are left on the mountain.

Vail Mountain plans sunrise service on Easter Sunday

Vail Mountain will host its annual interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 6 a.m. inside at Eagle’s Nest. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open to the public at 5:30 a.m. to transport guests from Lionshead.

Free baked goods and beverages will be provided. In addition, there will be two afternoon Easter services outside at Eagle’s Nest: one scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Simonton Deck also known as the Holy Cross observation deck, and one at 2:30 p.m. on the Marketplace deck.

For those planning to attend the Easter sunrise service, the Town of Vail is offering free parking for vehicles that enter the Lionshead parking structure after 5 a.m. and depart prior to 10 a.m. Upon departure, attendees should inform the booth attendants they were at the service.

For the sunrise service, the gondola ride is complimentary and guests are not permitted to bring skis or snowboards. Following the service, guests will be asked to download the gondola. Guests will need a lift ticket or scenic ride ticket for the 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. service.

For more information about Vail Mountain, call the Mountain Information Center at (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245) or visit www.vail.com.

Sans fresh pow, Snow Summit shifts from boarding to biking.

After storing skis and snowboards in the attic, at Snow Summit it's time to break out the mountain bikes. (Snow Summit photo)

After storing skis and snowboards in the attic, at Snow Summit it’s time to break out the mountain bikes. (Snow Summit photo)

Snow Summit will open its renowned bike park for the 2014 summer season on Friday, making it the first lift-serviced bike park to open this year in North America.

“We can’t wait to kick off another great summer season at Snow Summit Bike Park,” said Chris Riddle, vice president of marketing for Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “We’re excited to be the first bike park to open for the season, and we’ll be one of the last to close. It’s going to be a long, fun season here at Snow Summit.”

The resort’s inaugural Summer Kickoff Party will be held on Saturday. The bash will transform the base area at Snow Summit into a Vendor Booth City, featuring dozens of brands like Troy Lee Designs, Five Ten, Smith Optic, Ryders Eyewear, Marin Bikes, Freestyle USA, and Trek. DJ Slip Matt will be spinning from the Red Bull MXT, and guests can enjoy raffles, prizes and product giveaways all day. Drink specials will be available for the 21 and older crowd.

The Snow Summit Trail Crew and Gravity Logic are preparing new features and trail designs, including a re-routing of the Westridge Trail. A new, top-to-bottom beginner trail is set to open by July 4.

Mountain bikers can enjoy dozens of downhill and cross-country trails, as well as new features that will change throughout the season.

Summertime season passes for the bike park are available for $279.

Other summertime activities including hiking, sightseeing, and the Scenic Sky Chair. Guests can take in breathtaking views at 8,200 feet from the Scenic Sky Chair and spend the day enjoying the outdoors, wildlife, and fresh mountain air while hiking Snow Summit’s many trails. Or, guests can take a break from the action and relax with games, delicious barbecue, and panoramic mountain views from the View Haus restaurant located atop Snow Summit.

The Sport Shop also will be open with a great selection of summer gear and accessories.

Information: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com/summer

Easter deals and activities at Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village in Canada

Easter is coming up. Enjoy spring skiing with the Easter Bunny all weekend long at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, take part an Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Buffet at Mt. Norquay as they wrap up the season, or show up for Easter Skiers Church on the slopes of Sunshine Village followed by an Easter Egg Hunt.

Last Minute Easter Weekend Deals

Enjoy fantastic spring skiing conditions this Easter weekend with these blackout free, ski and stay deals.

MOUNTAINEER LODGE FROM $109 PER PERSON

Enjoy Easter or the extended ski season at the Lake Louise Mountaineer Lodge: 3 nights and 2 days skiing from $109, per person, per night.

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TWO DEALS FROM FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS

The Fairmont Banff Spring Hotel has two deals for the Easter holidays:

Fairmont Banff Springs• Spa Deal: Enjoy 3 nights, 3 days skiing, plus complimentary spa access to the award winning Willow Stream spa (one pass per adult) starting at $160 per person, per day.

30% OFF: take your time with 3 nights and 2 days skiing from $134 per person, per night Resort Closing Dates: (subject to change)

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Season End Dates

All dates are subject to change.

  • Mt. Norquay: April 21 (sorry, we accidentally put April 24 last week)
  • Lake Louise Ski Resort: May 11
  • Sunshine Village: May 19

Extended Hours for Spring Skiing: 

  • Sunshine Village has extended hours on many lifts to 4:30pm and Jack Rabbit for ski out until 5:00pm
  • Lake Louise has extended the front-side lifts to 4:30pm on Saturdays. Enjoy the extra skiing!

Love your mother – Earth, that is – during the Tahoe Truckee #EarthDay fest.

The 2014 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival returns Saturday to Squaw Valley, giving kids and adults the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy. The free community event takes place in The Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At a diverse array of earth-friendly booths, participants can get dirty in the “composting zone,” explore new ways to recycle, learn about solar energy, and check out “EarthCapades” – a series of environmental presentations designed to teach viewers ways to protect and preserve Earth’s natural resources.

The free-admission event also boasts live music, raffle prizes, a dance presentation, “Trashion” show, and community recycling event to collect old or used household batteries.

There also will be free return bus service from the festival to North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee.

Information: http://tahoetruckeeearthday.com

TahoeTV edited a video showing a previous Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival. (Note: The date on the video is from last year.) >>>

Still time to buy the Mammoth value pass before prices go up

Other resorts have closed for the season, but they’re still skiing and riding at Mammoth Mountain and that’s no surprise to us with seasons that typically go from November – May. If you think it’s too early to purchase a Mammoth Value Pass for next year, consider this: if you buy before April 15th, you will get the lowest price of the season, and you can use your pass today! That’s a season and a half of pure fun.
Buy your Mammoth Value Pass and enjoy exclusive perks like:

* Unlimited shredding at Mammoth and June all season long (No black-out dates)
* Five Early Ups – Those mornings where we open the mountain up early for exclusively for MVPs
* Low price lift tickets for your friends
* Add money to your pass so you don’t have to carry cash on the slopes. Plus, you get a 20% bonus for every dollar you purchase over $100 byApril 15
* Discounts on Mammoth’s premiere slopeside lodging, retail, equipment rental and lessons
* Tons of additional summer and winter perks

Adult (19+) $689
Child (7-12) $199
Youth (13-18) $519
Senior (65-79) $369
BUY<br />
NOW
The MVP pass pays dividends year after year because it gives you access to the most dynamic, wide-open terrain in California. Just imagine how many more Mammoth Stories you’ll have to share when you buy your pass.

Season finale nears for Sugar Bowl, as the Lake Tahoe area resort plans ahead

Winter skiing and spring kite flying combine for a day of fun on the snow at Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge.

Winter skiing and spring kite flying combine for a day of fun on the snow at Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge.

With Sugar Bowl’s snow season coming to an end this Sunday, skiers and snowboarders can get their final runs in for free with the purchase of a 2014-15 season pass, the resort has announced.

Sugar Bowl Resort has lowered prices for most season passes and expanded pass privileges, including limited free skiing at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, plus Sun Valley and Grand Targhee when booking lodging. In addition, pass options also include special pricing for Sugar Bowl-Royal Gorge combo passes, accessing 200-kilometers of groomed XC trails across 6,000 acres at North America’s largest cross country resort.

Royal Gorge XC standalone season passes also are available.

New this season, Sugar Bowl Unrestricted season passholders will get four free lift tickets to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows; Slightly Restricted season passholders will get three; Midweek passholders will get two. Lift tickets are valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday, during the 2014-15 ski season.

Season passholders also are automatically entered into the CORE rewards program, where skiing and food and beverage purchases add up to rewards.

Information: www.sugarbowl.com/seasonpass

Vail Mountain offers lots of skiing through April 20 with 24 feet of snow

Thanks to more than 24 feet of snow so far this season, Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, will continue to offer more than 4,800 acres of terrain through closing day, Sunday, April 20.

Terrain for all ability levels will remain open, including Blue Sky Basin as well as China, Tea Cup, Sun Down, Sun Up and Game Creek bowls, and virtually the entire front-side of Vail Mountain including the Golden Peak terrain park.

“Consistent snowfall has provided incredible conditions at Vail throughout the winter and will allow us to keep a large majority of terrain open through closing day,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Guests can look forward to great spring skiing and snowboarding to close out the 2013-2014 season.”

The majority of lifts on Vail’s front side will continue to operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Back Bowls will close at 3:30 p.m.

Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts and guests are advised to check mountain terrain and lift status reports on www.vail.com or the mobile site,http://m.vail.com for most up-to-date information.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reports record year

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reports a strong 2013/2014 winter season characterized by some of the best snow totals  and snowpack depths in the resort’s nearly fifty years, in addition to another  year of record skier visits.

The season  finished with 500 inches of snow, and 140 inch snow depth  making this the fourth deepest snowpack in the 48 year history of the resort.

The  resort’s approximately 563,631 skier visits surpass the previous record set  last winter.  The increase in skier  visits of 12% over last year was achieved with visitation increases in every  month of operation.

“This  winter was the ‘perfect storm’ for JHMR, with a confluence of many factors contributing  to the season. Mother Nature delivered 500 inches of snow, our good fortune of  winning the #1 SKI Magazine ranking,  plus increased air service from twelve US cities all came together to create a  great experience for skiers and riders this year,” stated JHMR President, Jerry  Blann.

“Furthermore,  the Kemmerer Family has consistently invested in JHMR for the long term,” Blann  notes – over the past 18 years the Kemmerer Family has invested an average of  $8 million per year into improvements to the resort.  By comparison over this period, JHMR has  averaged 2.3 times more capital spend per skier visit than all Rocky Mountain  Resorts as a group.

 

Mammoth Mountain offers value pass at last year’s price

Go MVP and get more than a full season of fun on California’s highest, most exciting mountain for the same cost as 2-3 weekends at the slopes. For a limited time, you can lock in last year’s price at Mammoth Mountain, and you don’t even have to wait until next season to start using it.

Mammoth Value Passholders enjoy exclusive perks like:

* Unlimited shredding at Mammoth and June all season long (No black-out dates)
* Five Early Ups – Those mornings where we open the mountain up early for exclusively for MVPs
* Low price lift tickets for your friends
* Add money to your pass so you don’t have to carry cash on the slopes. Plus, you get a 20% bonus for every dollar you purchase over $100 by April 15
* Discounts on Mammoth’s premiere slopeside lodging, retail, equipment rental and lessons
* Tons of additional summer and winter perks
Adult (19+) $689
Child (7-12) $199
Youth (13-18) $519
Senior (65-79) $369
PURCHASE NOW
When you do the math, it’s an incredible value – as many as 240 days of skiing or riding for the price of 7. Hurry, prices rise after April 15th.