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 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.
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
TWO DEALS FROM FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS
The Fairmont Banff Spring Hotel has two deals for the Easter holidays:
•30% OFF: take your time with 3 nights and 2 days skiing from $134 per person, per night Resort Closing Dates: (subject to change)
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!
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 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.
|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.|
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.