Still snowing in Mammoth, still time to ride

It’s a rite of spring in Mammoth. Every year, while other resorts in California, Colorado and Utah are closing their slopes, we keep skiing. And riding. And skiing. And riding! With 6-8″ of fresh snow (and more coming), great spring deals and top-to-bottom terrain open through Memorial Day, now is the time to hit the slopes.
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The season is still going strong at Mammoth Mountain. With top-to-bottom skiing and riding and beautiful California sunshine, now is the time to head for the hills! You and your friends can hit the slopes for 3 days of fun for just $180 – that is $60 a day!*
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Mammoth Mountain ready for another foot of snow this weekend

One last big April snow storm is expected to hit the Eastern Sierra this weekend. And up to 1.5 feet of accumulation is forecast at Mammoth Mountain through Friday and Saturday, thanks to its uniquely high elevation.
Spring skiing/riding will be going off at Mammoth through Memorial Day weekend, but for the powder purists, this is likely one of the last chances to enjoy some fluffy white. To help make make the most of it, Mammoth is offering a 3-Day lift ticket for $180 ($60/ day, for you english majors).
And there’ll be plenty going on at the resort this weekend, including the 10th annual Grenade Games and Syder, Where’s the party.

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

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.


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.




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)



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!

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
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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.

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 or the mobile site, 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
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.