With 20 inches of new snow in the past week, Vail is a spring break skier’s dream. Add that fresh powder to late-season specials – including a 30-percent discount on April lodging at Antlers at Vail that brings its studio suite rate below $200 and a free Jimmy Cliff concert on closing day April 14.
1) Taste of Vail – the iconic spring food and wine festival turns 22 this year, showcasing the area’s finest chefs and nation’s top vintners plus a new Nordic Wine Tour kick-off. April 3 – 6. Event tickets start from $50.
2) Spring Back to Vail Celebration – the April 8-14 end-of-season bash in honor of Vail’s 50th features free live concerts including reggae legend and Grammy-winner Jimmy Cliff on April 14 at the Solaris Plaza in Vail Village.
3) 50th Anniversary Film Night – a look back at Vail’s 50 years in film from Roger Cotton Brown, who created the first ever Vail promotional film in the 60s. April 4 and 11 screenings are free with ticket available at Lionshead Vail Welcome Center from 9 a.m. on day of the show only. Film starts at 5:30 p.m.
4) Skiing Heritage Week – a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 13 is a highlight in a week that includes classic ski films and more. April 8 – 14. $350 for All-Access Pass.
5) Vail World Pond Skimming Championships – costumed skiers try to clear a 100-foot, ice cold pond in this wacky annual event. April 14 at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak Base Area. Free to watch; $75 to participate.
Antlers at Vail’s April discount includes 30 percent off regular rates for the month, with a $285/night studio suite for $199. Check the Antlers at Vail website.
With Neff’s Beach Bash coming up on this Saturday, Easter celebrations Sunday and The Launch all next week, there is still a lot to look forward to at Bear Mountain this season. The park is still stacked with fun features and the jump line, top jump, and Gambler are fun.
Their spring break special is still going on Monday through Friday. High School and College students can show their valid school ID and receive $20 off their lift ticket.
Now is our Screamin’ Deal season pass sale. This is the best time to buy all year (Even better then Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails) because the pass is good the rest of this season and all of next season. Plus you also receive one Tag-Along ticket to use this season! For more details click HERE.
Beginning March 29-31, the nation’s top moguls and aerials athletes will compete for the U.S. Freestyle National title at Heavenly’s freestyle arena located at the California Lodge base area, with the moguls competition commencing on Heavenly’s famous Gunbarrel run. The women’s and men’s aerials competition will be held at the base of World Cup run in California, adjacent to Gunbarrel.
The moguls of Gunbarrel have been home and training ground for several amateur and pro mogul skiers, including Chris Hernandez, Brooke Ballachey, Travis Woodcock, Christy Tibbetts and Travis Cabral, as well as current U.S. Ski Team Member Sho Kashima, and rising stars Ryan Hickey and Anna Park.
Event admission will be free and spectator seating will be available on a limited basis.
Friday, March 29: Mogul Finals
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sponsor Expo Village
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Moguls – Women’s Finals
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Moguls – Men’s Finals
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Mogul Awards
Saturday, March 30: Aerial Finals
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Sponsor Expo Village
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Community Party
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Live Concert – Liquid Blue
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Aerials – Women’s Finals
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Live Concert – Liquid Blue
7:45 pm – 9:00 pm Aerials – Men’s Finals
9:00 pm Aerial Awards
9:15 pm Fireworks Show
Sunday, March 31: Dual Mogul Finals
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sponsor Expo Village
11:45 pm – 3:00 pm Women’s/Men’s Dual Mogul Finals
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Awards
Spring has arrived at Mammoth Mountain, and so has Mammoth Springfest. (Mammoth Mountain photo)
Mammoth Mountain announced today it will be open for skiing and snowboarding at least through Memorial Day. With several storm systems forecast in the coming weeks, it’s possible that the resort will stay open longer, a spokesman said.
Many years, the slopes have enough snow to keep lifts running through July 4.
Earlier this week, Mammoth Springfest got off to a rousing start. Here’s a look at the schedule:
Oakley Week, through Sunday – Oakley Week has tons of events going on for shredders and skiers of all ages. Participate in signature snowboard competitions, visit the Rolling O-Lab, follow the Shred Hunt plus take in all the other action.
Mammoth Winter Biathlon, Friday-Sunday – Catch the excitement of this fast-paced Olympic sport in one of the largest biathlon events in the country.
Easter weekend, March 30-31 – Easter Bunnies, slopeside egg hunts, free snowmobile rides, and a host of other family-friendly activities will be happening across the mountain on Saturday and Sunday.
The 3rd Annual Ride For Radz Rail Jam will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Come celebrate the life of Mountain High’
s well known rider, Mikey Radziwon. Worker, friend, a guy who lit up the room and made everyone laugh.
Always prepared to ride, he won endless competitions and gained recognition both within the Wrightwood community and the snowboarding industry as a whole. Always living life on the edge and enjoying every moment. Help keep his spirit alive.
Registration is from 8-9am at Big Pines, with a riders meeting at 9:45am. The contest starts at 10 am. There is a $10 entry fee and helmets are required. This is an open division jam format, with prizes given throughout the event as well as prize packs for the top spots.
Celebrate Vail’s 50th anniversary during its April spring skiing finale. The fun ranges from a new Nordic twist on the venerable Taste of Vail through a tricky closing day event featuring “floatable athletes” launching from snow to icy pond.
1) Taste of Vail – the iconic spring food and wine festival turns 22 this year, showcasing the area’s finest chefs and nation’s top vintners. A new Nordic Wine Tour kicks off the Taste with cross-country ski/snowshoe wine and cheese stations on the Vail Golf Course. April 3 – 6. Event tickets start from $50.
2) Spring Back to Vail Celebration – a week-long end-of-season bash in honor of Vail’s 50th, featuring free live concerts including reggae legend and Grammy-winner Jimmy Cliff, performing April 14 at the Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. April 8 – 14.
3) 50th Anniversary Film Night – a look back at Vail’s 50 years in film from Roger Cotton Brown, who created the first ever promotional film about Vail in the early 60s. April 4 and 11. Show is free with ticket, available at Lionshead Vail Welcome Center from 9 a.m. on the day of the show only. Film starts at 5:30 p.m.
4) Skiing Heritage Week – a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 13 is a highlight in a week of events that also includes the Ishpeming International Film Festival of classic ski movies. April 8 – 14. $350 for the All-Access Pass.
5) Vail World Pond Skimming Championships – thousands watch as costumed skiers and snowboarders vie for fame and glory as they attempt to clear a 100-foot, ice cold pond in this wacky annual close-of-season event. April 14. Lake Golden Peak at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak Base Area. Free to watch; $75 to participate.
This spring break Big Bear puts smiles on faces for kids and parents alike with free lift tickets for kids! The kids like this because they get the chance to play in snow for spring break, and parents especially like this deal because they get a break on their pocketbooks.
The program called Kids Ski / Ride for Free gives kids the opportunity to ski or ride for free at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain weekdays now through April 14, or until the mountain resorts close for the season. This special offer does require an overnight stay Sunday through Thursday at the time of booking.
“Spring break is just around the corner, so this special offer makes it the perfect getaway for families,” said Big Bear Lake Resort Association Director of Operations Rebecca Hrabia. “Free tickets for the kids and great skiing for everyone in the family! What more could you ask for?”
The Kids Ski / Ride for Free package must include lodging at one of Big Bear’s participating lodges. One free kid’s lift ticket voucher will be given for each paying adult lift ticket. Free kids tickets are valid for kids 12 years and under.
Lift tickets are good for either or both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Packages are good for lodging arrivals Sunday through Thursday and skiing or snowboarding Monday through Friday.
Midweek skiing is especially valuable with no wait time at the chair lifts and the runs are wide open. Lift ticket vouchers are not valid on weekends. This offer may not be used with any other discount and other restrictions may apply.
For more details about the Kids Ski / Ride for Free package visit www.BigBear.com or call 800-424-4232.
Wednesday is the first day of spring, which means Spring-a-ma-jig is back at Mountain High in Wrightwood. Celebrate with three days of sun and fun with all your favorites including Pond Skimming, Frozen T-shirt contests, Tug-o-war, Big Ollie contest, and the Miss Mountain High Pageant.
This year they’re adding Retro day on March 29 so make sure you find some day glow or 80s threads. They’re also adding an all new “Spin to Win” Airbag contest. With Easter falling in March this year, the resort will also have a $5,000 Easter Egg Hunt.
March 29th: Retro Day
March 30th: Miss Mountain High Bikini Pageant
March 31st: ”Spin to Win” Bagjump contest
$5,000 Easter Egg Hunt
Pond Skimming, Big Ollie & Frozen T-Shirt contests, and Tug-o-war each day
Beginning today at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, students get $20 off an all-day lift ticket when they show their high school or college I.D. at a ticket window. Offer valid Mondays through Fridays through the end of the season and may not be used in conjunction with any other discount of promotion.
“Spring Break is all about fun in the sun. Our 28-48 inch base paired with this classic SoCal weather makes for an ideal getaway with a unique twist,” says Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing. “We invite everyone to come up for Spring Break this year and experience beautiful weather, excellent coverage and some really great skiing and snowboarding. Then work on your tan from one of our prime decks overlooking the slopes!”
Bear Mountain has has added to the park. They report that the top of Chair 9 is looking good with a new tall skate-style rail next to the High Cascade Donkey which got moved over. Expressway also has a new tall flat rail but this one is a normal lip to a double-barrel rail into the Big Flat Down Box and step-up.
The Gulch is crazy with a wild SUV to Van feature, a down tube, the huge double creeper box, the hip, and a Double-Corrugated w/ Pole Jam to Tank. Lower Park Run has a sick down bar with the Analog Wedding Cake next to it. The Seth-osaures was moved up by Gambler and has a whole new feel to it.
Remember there are new lift operating hours: Mondays thru Fridays: 9:00am-4:00pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 16th: 8:30am-4:00pm