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
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.

Park City Adventures: Try the High West Distillery and Saloon

By Correspondent Marlene Greer

For those who enjoy a good whiskey, a stop at the High West Distillery and Saloon is a must in Park City, Utah. Here, visitors can take a tour and sample some of the company’s well-known whiskeys and specialty cocktails.

During a distillery tour, we learned that only locally grown grains are used. We also discovered the difference between Scotch, whiskey and bourbon and that Utah was the critical 36th state to vote against the 18th amendment and end Prohibition. The tour is offered three times daily.

I’m not a whiskey drinker, but I managed a sip of white whiskey (which a nearby taster called moonshine), as well as a sip of double rye (not for me).

But the High West Lemonade cocktail with double rye whiskey was delicious and the fried, bite-size macaroni and cheese appetizer downright addictive.

Speaking of food, Main Street is the place to go for après ski dining. There are many good restaurants to choose from. Downtown restaurants on weekends are always full. It’s best to make a reservation, especially at popular places such as Zoom, owned by Robert Redford. It’s located in the old railroad station.

We stopped in Zoom on a weeknight — with a reservation — and the place was packed. We tried the crispy calamari with lemon jalapeno aioli (too spicy for my taste, but devoured by everyone else at the table), Wagyu bavette steak, seared ahi tuna and wild mushroom risotto.

The dinner was delicious, but the service slow. I felt sorry for our harried waiter; he obviously had too many tables to manage.

Visitors to downtown can catch the free trolley or public bus from Deer Valley, Canyons and most Park City hotels. So take a day or afternoon off from skiing and spend some time exploring Park City’s historic Main Street.

Catch all the spring action at Mammoth Mountain ski resort

It was another beautiful day on Mammoth Mountain today. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid 50s with light winds and sunny skies.

Its base depth is currently 60 inches at 9,000 feet and 90 inches at 10,000 feet. Thanks to recent snowfall, conditions are the best they have been all season.

Today all lifts except for Chair 20 were operating and all terrain was open. Lifts run from 8:30am-4:00pm.

Here’s a good video of all the spring action.

Woolly enjoys two feet of new snow at Mammoth Mountain

Go Wooly! (Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain)

Go Wooly! (Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain)

On the heels of a weekend storm that left a foot of snow, it’s currently dumping at Mammoth Mountain, with 2 feet in the last 24 hours and more coming down. All this snow is making for some great powder skiing/riding as their mascot, Woolly, experienced in the attached photo.
All this recent snow should also make for some great spring skiing. Mammoth announced last week that it will be open through at least Memorial Day, and now likely well beyond. Worth noting that Season Passes for next year are now onsale and ’14/15 passholders ski Mammoth Free for the rest of THIS SEASON as well.

Mammoth Mountain will be open through Memorial Day weekend

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will be open for skiing and snowboarding through Memorial Day weekend. Officially the longest ski season in California, Mammoth will once again deliver some of the best spring terrain in the country.

With a 27-year streak of skiing and riding through Memorial Day weekend, Mammoth Mountain is committed to offering top to bottom terrain through late May.

“Although winter got off to a slow start, the past month brought a series of strong storms with nearly 100 inches of snow, and more in the forecast this week,” said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory. “With excellent conditions typical of this time of year, we look to continue our long-standing tradition of skiing and riding well into May.”

To celebrate, Mammoth has a jam-packed spring event calendar with all-ages activities on and off the hill. Events such as the JLA Banked Slalom, Mammoth Invitational, Grenade Games 10, Pond Skim and the annual Easter celebration are back in addition to new offerings like Spyder’s massive “Where’s the Party?” concert at Canyon Lodge.

Mammoth currently has a base depth of 4 – 6 feet and 100% of terrain open. A series of storms are forecast over the next week with 8-10” of new snow having fallen since early this morning. For the latest snow conditions, travel information and event details, visit http://www.mammothmountain.com/.

Dumping at Mammoth with 8-10 inches of freshies

Mammoth reports the best skiing and riding conditions of the season and more snow is coming down with 8-10 inches of freshies on the ground already! The events calendar is jam-packed all the way through May.

The Mammoth Value Pass is your access to the 5,000-acre winter playground with unlimited skiing/riding at Mammoth and June Mountain all season long. Buy your pass starting 4/2/2014 for only $689 and start using it 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. On top of that, the pass offers discounts and benefits across the mountain.

Killington Resort, VT: Best ski conditions of the season


Story and Photo by Marlene Greer

When I woke up this morning at Killington Grand Hotel in Vermont, outside it was 1 degree below zero. The unseasonably cold weather gripping the nation for most of this winter has not yet released its grip on the northeast. Another storm is headed this way on Tuesday with a chance of yet more snow.

Fortunately by the time I hit the slopes at Killington Resort in the afternoon,  it warmed up nicely and was beautiful and sunny if a bit windy at times.

And the ski conditions were not at all what I expected.

This is the first time I’ve skied anywhere in the East Coast, and I couldn’t have picked a better place. Killington was at its peak.

“Today is the best skiing of the season,” said Mike, a Killington mountain host stationed at the top of a chairlift where we stopped to get some advice on the best way to ski back to where we started earlier in the day.

Other skiers agreed.

“This is our fourth trip this year, and this is the best skiing we’ve had,” said Evelyn, a teacher from Massachusetts skiing Killington with her husband.

Sometimes we West Coast skiers can be a bit of a ski snob when it comes to East Coast skiing. “It’s always icy.” “It’s hard snow.” “All you do is chatter down the hill.” “They’re all small hills.” I’ve heard it all.

But Killington has surprised me. It’s none of the above – at least for today.


Canadian ski resorts getting lots of snow in Banff, Lake Louise

March is in like a lion with two huge dumps of snow at Canada’s Big 3 Resorts. After a Pineapple Express weather system dumped over 90cm of snow at Sunshine Village in one week we were graced with another system that led to 80cm of fresh pow coming down on the Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Mt. Norquay has also benefited from all this snowfall and conditions are great with 60 days of skiing left in Banff-Lake Louise.

Watch our video recap of conditions from around the resorts, check the action shots below and gear up, because with another snowfall warning in effect we are expecting a fresh 15 cm this Thursday!

Park City Mountain Resort plans Snowasis family carnival

Snowasis, Park City Mountain Resort’s family-themed spring carnival, returns with an expanded nine-day schedule in 2014. Running March 22-30, Snowasis celebrates PCMR’s standing as one of North America’s top-ranked family winter destinations, including #2 ranking among all North American resorts for family programs by the readers of SKI Magazine.

A program of on-snow games, live performers, s’mores roasting, scavenger hunts, an avalanche dog meet ‘n greet and more was too big for a single week, leading to an expanded schedule in 2014. All Snowasis events are free and open to the public.

A complete Snowasis schedule follows below. Also viewable online at: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/snowasis