On the heels of #1 Resort Award by SKI Magazine readers, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has announced a free ski day on Nov. 29.
“We wanted to say thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this #1 ranking, and free skiing seemed the perfect gift,” said President Jerry Blann. “In the spirit of giving back to our amazing community, a suggested donation of $1 will be matched by JHMR.”
Jackson Hole opens on Nov. 28, and continues to deliver powder snow, 4,139 continuous vertical feet, 2500 acres of the best beginner, intermediate and expert skiing and snowboarding in North America and a genuine “Last of the Old West” atmosphere.
Neighboring the legacy National Parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton and operating in Bridger Teton National Forest, there is no more spectacular setting.
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been ranked #1 Overall Resort in North America by the annual SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll. Readers rank resorts in 20 different categories that include anything from snow and lifts, to dining and service.
TheSKI survey is the longest-running annual resort survey in the winter sports industry and since 2005, the #1 award has been dominated by Deer Valley, Vail Mountain and mostly recently Whistler in 2013.
Last winter Jackson Hole #6 overall and before that, had not been ranked inside the top ten. “This award truly reflects the combined efforts of our ownership, the dedicated JHMR staff, and the Jackson Hole community,” said President, Jerry Blann.
Jackson Hole earned the top spot this year, as well as Top 10 rankings in a wide range of areas, from Challenge and Character (both # 1’s) to Lodging (# 3) and Service (# 7). For a mountain never known for extensive grooming until the recent “All New All Blue” initiatives, Jackson Hole ranked #19 in grooming this year. “Jackson Hole has done as good of a job as any resort in recent memory of expanding its appeal to a wider audience, now offering a remarkable experience to skiers of all talents and tastes,” Greg Ditrinco, Editor of SKI Magazine says.
These results affirm the community’s goal to continually improve the guest experience year over year. “The Kemmerer Family and JHMR’s Board of Directors have been dedicated to improving the infrastructure of the resort and with their focused leadership; over $135 Million in on-mountain improvements have been invested.That, combined with the hard work of JH AIR, the JH Travel & Tourism Board, Wyoming Tourism and the passionate local community, has transformed Jackson Hole into a premier winter destination,” Blann said.
Children can ski free in Banff-Lake Louise in Canada this winter. Families may choose any vacation special that includes 5 days skiing or more and your children, aged 12 and under, get free lift passes for the entire stay. With two tubing parks, terrain parks on each hill, daycare and ski lessons, there’s plenty to keep kids entertained.
Many vacation specials include fifth night and fifth day skiing free. It can add up to big savings.
Some conditions apply:
- Valid for children 12 years old and under.
- Tickets of 5-day minimum length.
- Maximum 3 children per party (this means up to 3 children related to at least one adult who purchases a minimum 5 day Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine lift ticket).
- Proof of immediate family relationship may be required. For example – all names on the same Health Card
- Evidence of the age of the guests (this is not required prior to arrival, simply as backup).
- “Stay free” applies to shared room. Rates and conditions vary per hotel and is usually dependant on two adults booking in the same room.
The Big Bear Lake Resort Association has lift and lodging packages on sale starting as low as $69 per person per night, with double occupancy. The deeply discounted packages include discounted accommodations at one of Big Bear’s participating lodges bundled together with discounted, all-day, interchangeable lift tickets good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Lift tickets include complimentary shuttle service between both resorts.
This is the first time Big Bear has released its lift and lodging packages in September. The early date gives skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to start planning a ski trip to Big Bear and get great discounted rates for their winter vacation.
Midweek Lift and Lodging packages start as low as $69 per person per night, with double occupancy. Weekend Lift and Lodging Packages are from $89 per person, per night, with double occupancy and require a minimum of two nights lodging and two days of lift tickets.
Check-in dates for packages begin January 6, 2014. Big Bear Lake Resort Association suggests people book now in order to reserve the best possible lodging choices, especially for weekends in January and February.
At least half of the guests in the party must purchase lift tickets for all packages. Lift ticket vouchers and lodging discounts are not valid during the holiday periods January 18-20, 2014, and February 15-17, 2014.
Dates are subject to change. Other restrictions may apply. For more details about these great discounted packages, log onto www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.
Liftopia, the largest online and mobile retailer of deals on lift tickets
, is kicking off the ski season early with the biggest pre-season sale ever: Liftopia’s Red Hot End of Summer Sale
features more than 67,000 deals
at 70 ski resorts,
with prices as low as $5.99 (or 81% off).
This year’s sale features a record number of deals – double the amount featured in last year’s sale – a strong indication that ski destinations are putting more emphasis on reaching consumers online and via their smartphones.
Some insights from Liftopia:
- Expect walk-up window lift ticket rates to continue the pattern of increasing year over year, but be on the look out for advance purchase online deals as more and more resorts are shifting to a variable pricing structure. This is seen through Liftopia already, as customers who purchase at least one week in advance save an average of 30%.
- Alliances between resorts – like The Mountain Collective Pass, available exclusively on Liftopia – have led to new products and multi-pass options that offer consumers more flexibility and savings.
- So far this season, consumers are searching most for deals on lift tickets in New England (18%) followed by Utah (17%), Colorado (16%) and NY/NJ/PA (12%).
Here are some sample deals:
- 62% off single day lift tickets at Boreal, starting at $24.99
- 62% off single day lift tickets at Mt. Baldy, starting at $24.99
- 49% off single day lift tickets at Diamond Peak, starting at $30
- 66% off single day lift tickets at Eagle Point Resort, starting at $19.99
- 40% off two day lift tickets at Snowbasin, starting at $103.99
- 35% off single day lift tickets at Park City, starting at $55.25
How do you take a season pass that gives you access to some of the best terrain and snow on Earth, and make it better? Try the new “Best Benefit in the Wasatch.” This exciting new pass allows Alta pass holders three days of free access at Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and Snowbird.
Check out the great grooming at Deer Valley, the awesome parks at Park City, or pop over the ridge to sample the steeps and deeps that Snowbird and Alta boast.
“As another step in adding value and variety for our Alta skiers, we think it is great to be able to add days of skiing at three of our fine neighboring resorts—Snowbird, Deer Valley, and Park City Mountain Resort,” said Onno Wieringa, Alta’s President and General Manager.
The deal features just a couple of blackout dates, Dec.21-Jan. 5, and Feb. 15-17.
Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, has been added to the world’s most flexible season pass – The Epic Pass – for the 2013-2014 winter season.
Skiers and riders now have unlimited, unrestricted access to 18 iconic mountains in three countries: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.
Epic Pass holders can enjoy their skiing and riding adventures in Europe with five free days at the renowned mountain resorts of Verbier, Switzerland and five free days at Arlberg, Austria.
The Epic Pass is $689 for adults and $359 for children (ages 5-12).
Think of your top six all time favorite ski areas in the West. The $347 Mountain Collective pass covers nine mountains in two countries with a combined 30,376 acres, 186 lifts, 1,281 trails and 2,578” of snow.
The Mountain Collective pass offers two days at six different ski areas; chase the snow! These mountains include, Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb.
You also receive 50% off additional days at these destinations. You will receive up to 25% off at some of the best homes, condos and lodges.
Mountain High will hold its annual season pass kick-off party on Aug. 31 at Fiesta Village in Colton. Open to everyone, the party includes many activities, including miniature golf, Go-Kart rides, water slides, and laser tag. There will also be free batting cages, amusement rides, a shop skate competition and Micro Brew Beer Fest.
Save up to 70% on outerwear and equipment from Powder & Sun or sell your own equipment in the ski/snowboard Swap. All these activities plus a hot dogs, chips, and soda are free to new and current season pass holders, and 50% off for family and friends.
Mountain High’s Season Pass will be up to 53% off only $349 beginning Aug. 31. The first 500 to buy passes at the kick-off party will also get more than $500 in giveaways including: non-holiday buddy ticket ($69 value),· Fiesta Village season pass ($50),· entry to the Wet Electric music festival on Sept. 14 ($70 value) http://www.wet-electric.com/, Sport Chalet gift cards ($5 to $100 value), 50% Off at Pacific Park in Santa Monica, discounts at K1 Racing, Zipline discounts at Navitat in Wrightwood.
They will also be entered to win a Washington Ski Vacation for two. Includes two days of skiing at Stevens Pass http://www.stevenspass.com/ and two nights lodging in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth. http://www.leavenworth.org/ ($575 value)
The person buying the 1,000th season pass on Aug. 31 will also receive a free VIP Season Pass for the following 2014/15 season.
(Mammoth Mountain photo)
By Jerry Rice
The 2013-14 ski and snowboard season at Mammoth Mountain is within sight. How do we know? Social media was on fire this morning after the following post was made on the resort’s Facebook page: “Dreaming of this… Only 84 days until Opening Day, 11-07-13. But who’s counting?”
Actually, many of the 80-plus people who left comments were counting the days until the season debut – and they couldn’t contain their excitement. A sampling:
- John Zervos: “Whoo hooooo!!!”
- Dorian Jones: “I caaaan’t wait till the season starts!”
- Ben Hagerman: “This is rather mean, Mammoth…. Now I’ll be thinking about it all day.”
- Randy Rudasics : “Don’t tell Kathie but I am secretly thinking about snow too.” … (OK, Randy, we promise not to tell.)
Toshiyuki Kanai says he has a second reason to circle Nov. 7 on the calendar: It’s his birthday.
By noon, Mammoth Mountain’s post was shared 288 times and had received more than 1,800 likes.
For what it’s worth, we’re counting down too. The resort will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, and we have some special coverage planned. Stay tuned.