Breckenridge opening 500 acres of ski trails

Thanks to recent storms which dropped temperatures for snowmaking and left behind generous amounts of early-season snowfall, Breckenridge Ski Resort will expand its operating footprint to over 500 acres of skiable terrain accessed via eight lifts and select learning carpets by Saturday.

Among the new terrain, the resort plans to open runs across Peaks 8 & 9 allowing guests to access both base areas as well as a triple jump line with a handful of features in Park Lane. Additionally, the Rocky Mountain SuperChair and portions of expert, upper mountain terrain off the 6-Chair open today.

“We’re pleased to have over 500 acres of skiable terrain ready for guests this weekend,” Breckenridge Vice President of Mountain Operations, Gary Shimanowitz said. “With over 54 inches of new snow in our opening week alone and extremely favorable temperatures for snowmaking, we’re having one of the better early seasons in years.”

Peak 9 trail openings will be Silverthorne and King’s Way via the Quicksilver SuperChair as well as Crosscut and lower Sawmill. The Peak 8 SuperConnect will be open to allow back and forth skiable access between Peak 8 and Peak 9 and the Snowflake lift will operate to offer mountain access from that bed base. The Peak 9 base area will operate with full services, including ski & ride school and on-mountain dining at Ten Mile Station and The Maggie.

Associated runs surrounding 6-Chair give skiers and riders access to approximately 197 acres of expert terrain on the upper mountain of Peak 8. At this time there will be no access out from the bottom of the lift and guests need to ride the 6-Chair and then ski or ride down Upper Four O’clock in order to return to Peak 8.

Guests who wish to access the Peak 7 base area including Sevens restaurant can do so via Fort Mary B from Claimjumper. At this time no additional terrain is open for skiing or riding on Peak 7.

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

Breck for a Buck
Buy 3 days of lift tickets and lodging and get the fourth night for only $1.00! Breck for a Buck offers the savvy traveler a lift ticket and lodging package with unbeatable savings. Rules and Restrictions may apply. Discounts may vary. Blackout dates may apply. Based on availability. Visit Breckenridge.com to book.

Breckenridge Thanksgiving Dinners
Enjoy Thanksgiving at Sevens restaurant – the only on-mountain dining option in Breck for the holiday. Sevens is located at the base of Peak 7, with a stunning patio and gorgeous views of the resort and the town. The special Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu includes all the fixings of a home cooked meal without the hassle. Reservations are recommended; please call 970-496-8910.

Breck’s Cyber Monday Deal
Take Advantage of “First Tracks Fridays” and Up to 50 Percent Off at Breckenridge
Guests who book during the Cyber Monday Sale can save up to 50 percent off at the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge, the Village Hotel and the Studio Suites at the Village at Breckenridge, all located by the base of Peak 9 and within walking distance from historic downtown Breckenridge.

Also this winter, guests staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort, including these properties in the Cyber Monday Sale can take part in “First Tracks Fridays” and receive access to the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings from mid-December through March.

Check out the deals below or log on to http://www.snow.com/cybermonday for more information. These deals cannot be booked until 12:01 a.m. MDT on Dec. 1, 2014.

Heavenly Ski Resort ready to open Friday in Lake Tahoe

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Opening Day is Friday at Heavenly Ski Resort! The countdown to the 2014-2015 ski and ride season is almost over.

The first skiers and riders of the season will load the Heavenly Gondola at 9 a.m. Get here early and stay late- they’ll be raffling off free snowboards, skis, Smith goggles, and a GoPro in the Gondola line and at Unbuckle.

The Gondola and Tamarack Express will give access to 14 acres and 1.5 miles of skiable terrain on California Trail to Tamarack Return. For park fanatics, there will be a variety of terrain park features on the left side of California Trail.

Ski and ride school will offer a few different lesson options. For specifics on what those products are, give our school a call at 1-800-HEAVENLY, press 7.

Heavenly’s snowmaking team has been hard at work making snow whenever the wet bulb temperature allows, and our grooming team has taken advantage of the huge whales (piles) of snow to cover the trails and prep the lift ramps and access areas for opening.

Opening Day kicks off at 8 a.m. at the bottom of the Gondola in Heavenly Village with a live DJ, the Heavenly Angels, giveaways, and free Heavenly Donuts. Get there early because the first 100 guests will get Heavenly Swag and will be entered into a pre-opening raffle for a pair of skis or snowboard.

At the first Unbuckle at Tamarack après party of the season at 3:30 p.m., the first 100 guests will also receive a raffle ticket for a pair of skis or snowboard, a GoPro and Smith goggles, as well as Hard Rock Hotel and Casino swag.

The California Base Lodge will be available for free parking. We will be running free shuttles every 20 minutes between the Cal Base and the Gondola.

 

Mammoth Mountain video of opening weekend

Mammoth Mountain’s 2014-15 season is now underway, but many are still recovering from an amazing opening weekend at Mammoth.

They put together a quick video edit of the festivities on and off the hill, which you can find here

This weekend new terrain including Discovery Chair, Facelift Express and Thunderbound Express are set to open, providing access to Saddlebowl, Sesame Street and Lower Main Park, with more on the way.

Vail Mountain to open on Friday at 9 a.m.

Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, will open for the 2014-2015 season on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 with access out of both Vail Village and Lionshead as well as return routes to both base areas.

“We know that we’ll be opening both base areas, but we’re going to give our snowmakers, groomers and patrollers one more night to confirm exactly what we’ll be able to open on Friday morning for Vail’s opening day,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Stay tuned for an update tomorrow.”

Vail Mountain lifts will open at 9 a.m. throughout the early season to accommodate early-morning operations. Skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.

First tracks! Snow! Mammoth Mountain opens for winter

Cheers go out from the skiers and boarders riding the first chair of the winter at Mammoth Mountain this morning. (Photo by Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain Ski Area)

Cheers go out from skiers and boarders riding the first chair of the winter Thursday morning at Mammoth Mountain. (Photo by Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain Ski Area)

Let the skiing and snowboarding begin!

Mammoth Mountain opened Thursday morning for the 2014-15 winter season with some snowy weather – hopefully a preview of the months ahead. Flurries added to the 12-16 inches of natural and manmade snow already at the resort.

Broadway Express was running with access to Broadway and Upper Main Park. The Unbound Terrain Park crew set up 10 jibs and one jump in Upper Main Park, which was quickly filled with freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

After first chair, Greg Dallas, Mammoth Mountain’s COO, offered his greetings: “Thank you for being here and sharing the excitement and passion of opening day with us. … Here’s to a great year!”

That’s what we’re hoping for too.

Information: www.mammothmountain.com

Mammoth Mountain celebrates Thursday opening

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Dust off your skis and snowboards, call your friends, and start this season off right. Mammoth Mountain is kicking off opening day on Thursday with its traditional Broadway Express banner breakthrough and annual beer toast. Enjoy live music, food, and drinks on the Main Lodge sundeck during the day, contests in the park and more.

Lift ticket prices on Opening Day are just $50, purchase yours today

 Opening Weekend Event Schedule

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13​

7am – Free coffee and hot cocoa at the Little Mill snowcat at Broadway Express
7am – DJ in the Monster booth at Broadway Express
8:29am – Countdown to kick off 2014/15
8:30am – #MammothsOpen! First chair and annual banner breakthrough
11am – Beer toast on the Main Lodge Sundeck and drink specials at Tusks Bar. Try a mimosa’s or the award winning bacon bloody mary.
11:15am-3pm – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
8pm – Mr. Plant viewing the Volcom & Pat Moore at Wave Rave Snowboard Shop on Main Street
9pm – Snowboarder Magazine’s Foreword premiere at Wave Rave Snowboard shop on Main Street.  Featuring Mammoth Team Athletes Jaeger Bailey & Garrett Warnick

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14

1-4pm – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
7-10pm – Giro Season Opener: Pathology Film Premiere hosted by Giro Snow at Campo Mammoth

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15

11am – Hang out in Main Park featuring the Mophie Jam, 32 TF debut, DJ in the Monster DJ booth and specials at the Little Mill
1-4pm – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
6:30pm – Eastside K9 Fundraiser: Days of My Youth movie viewing at Canyon Lodge

*Conditions permitting
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Ski free, stay free packages at Jackson Hole Ski Resort

Jackson Hole Ski Free Stay Free vacation packages are even better than before, and now through November 27th, 2014, receive a $200 airfare credit on December and January stays or a $300 credit for March bookings.

Ski Free Stay Free packages are being offered from all North American cities, all airline carriers, and all major lodging partners  –  showcasing the immense variety of available accommodations from slope-side luxury to more affordable options.

With these new package options, guests receive a free night of lodging and a free day of skiing when they purchase four nights or more for qualified dates.

“If you are considering a ski vacation, this is definitely the time to purchase; with the increased airfare credit in the early season and the new credit for March bookings, along with lodging and ticket savings make Jackson Hole easier to get to and more affordable than ever before,” stated Adam Sutner, Chief Marketing Officer of JHMR.

In the area of accessibility, Jackson Hole has improved air capacity by another 8% on top of last season’s similar improvement.  This winter will feature non-stop flights from 13 major US cities, bolstering Jackson Hole’s position as the most accessible destination resort in the Rocky Mountains.

Additionally, the majority of the new capacity has been added in early season and late season.  Jackson Hole’s goal is to offer a better-than-ever early season skiing product combined with better-than-ever access.

Further enhancements in air accessibility include new non-stop service from Washington D.C.’s Dulles Airport. The overall winter air schedule details flights that start earlier in December and the majority of those routes run through closing day of the winter season on Easter Sunday, April 5th 2015.

Jackson Hole Airport, with its completed new baggage claim system and $30 million dollar expansion over the last few years, now presents a more efficient and comfortable arrival and departure experience. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is just a short 30 minute drive from the terminal, offering convenience and proximity to one of the most beautiful winter playgrounds in the world.

Book online or with a travel expert by phone 888-838-6606.

Warm temps delay Breckenridge Ski Resort opening

Breckenridge Ski Resort announced that unseasonably warm weather experienced throughout the region this past month will cause a delay to the resort’s opening day, originally scheduled for today. The resort plans to announce a revised opening day early next week in order to provide skiers and riders as much information as possible.“While we have been very optimistic about snowmaking efforts for Friday, warmer temperatures this week have slowed our efforts. As with all our resorts, our top priority is to provide our guests with a superior early season product,” said Breckenridge Vice President of Mountain Operations, Gary Shimanowitz. “Breck has one of the longest ski seasons in the country, and we want to make sure the experience is fun and safe from the start.”

The resort will provide daily updates at Breckenridge.com/2014OpeningDay and will announce a revised opening early next week.

WAKE UP BRECK DETAILS FOR NOV. 6
On Thursday, Nov. 6, Breckenridge Ski Resort hosts the 12th annual “Wake up Breck” community thank you event throughout Breck, with town and ski area management staff on hand to provide complimentary coffee and exclusive commemorative Breck mugs at local coffee shops throughout town. The giveaway begins at 7a.m. and continues only while supplies last! Find the list of participating coffee shops at Breckenridge.com/Wake-Up-Breck.

New this year, Wake Up Breck is being sponsored by EpicPromise, the Company’s new sustainability brand to engage Summit County locals and guests in one of its core values, “Do Good.” To celebrate the launch of EpicPromise locally, Breckenridge Ski Resort is making a donation – $1 for every mug – to Trout Unlimited for the work the organization is doing to restore Illinois Gulch, a special place near Breckenridge that is contaminated with mine waste and pollution. Learn more at www.epicpromise.com

STAY CONNECTED
Visit Breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all season long and learn more about Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge watch official resort videos at www.YouTube.com/Breckenridge, and follow @Breckenridgemtn on Instagram and Twitter.

New nonstop service from London to Lake Tahoe ski resorts

In partnership with Ski Lake Tahoe, Thomas Cook Airlines has today announced the UK’s first non-stop air service, from London Gatwick (LGW) to Reno (RNO), with the first flights taking place in December 2015.

The twice weekly service to Reno from Gatwick, opening up a host of ski holidays for UK travellers, departs on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The flights begin on Dec. 19, 2015 and runs until 9th April 2016.

“It’s fantastic news that we’re able to offer skiers from the UK the first ever non-stop flights to Reno-Tahoe, opening Lake Tahoe as a real option for their winter break.  On top of our new routes to Miami and New York next summer and our brand new Premium cabin, we’re leading the way in offering a quality experience at great prices for the discerning traveller heading to the USA,” said Christoph Debus, CEO, Thomas Cook Airlines.

Andy Wirth, the Vice Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said the combination of incredible skiing and Reno-area casinos will make the new flight a unique and unforgettable experience for travellers.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Thomas Cook Airlines and Great Britain to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport,” Wirth said “With this unparalleled nonstop convenience and a world class travel partner in Thomas Cook, this flight really opens up one of the best skiing markets in the world, the United Kingdom, to Lake Tahoe and the great casinos and night life of Reno.”

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is one the closest airports to major ski resorts in North America. Passengers can see ski runs from the airport’s runways upon landing and it is a quick 45 minute to 1-hour drive from airport baggage claim to the ski lifts. The flight will be contingent upon approval of landing rights by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Lake Tahoe is where North America’s largest concentration of World-class ski resorts lie within majestic mountains featuring jaw-dropping cliffs, serene glades and stunning views.

Skiers can choose from Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows.  With 400 inches of snow a year and over 600 unparalleled runs with 113 lifts on 17,000 acres, Lake Tahoe is a skiing and snowboarding paradise, with endless ways to have fun après ski.

Thomas Cook Airlines has recently released further details of its new cabin experience for customers on its Airbus A330 long haul fleet, with brand new Economy and Premium services bringing a great value product to long haul customers on its flights from May 2015.  To view a film of the new Thomas Cook Airlines cabins click here.

Christoph Debus continued, “Our brand new long haul Economy cabins and service will challenge perceptions of our airline, and our new Premium will ensure skiers can experience a great range of services, flying in style to their winter break in Lake Tahoe.”

Starting this week, holidays and flights to Reno/Lake Tahoe on refurbished A330 aircraft – including the new Premium service – can be booked via www.thomascookairlines.com and www.thomascook.com,

Finally, a healthy snowfall with 10 days until Mammoth opens for winter

Mammoth Lakes welcomed about a foot of new snow over the weekend, and it couldn’t have come at a better time because Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opens for the winter in 10 days. Peter Morning braved the cold to take some great pics of the white stuff coming down. A sampling…

Mammoth's snow-making operations get a helping hand from Mother Nature at the Broadway Express lift.

Mammoth’s snow-making operations get help from Mother Nature at the Broadway Express lift.

Resort's iconic mammoth is covered in white.

Resort’s iconic mammoth is covered in white.

A building is there there somewhere.

A building must be in there somewhere.

Time for a selfie.

Gotta take a selfie.