Ski Vermont is Host to Holiday Fun and Great Deals
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Winter in Vermont is the most wonderful time of the year, as Vermont ski resorts play host to holiday fun and great deals for the whole family.
On Sunday, Dec. 16, skiers and riders who arrive at Bolton Valley dressed head to toe in official Kris Kringle attire will ski and ride free that day. This challenge is not for the faint at heart—a red hat won’t cut it. Guests must be dressed in the complete Santa package to earn the free lift ticket. To view photos from year’s past Santa extravaganzas, click here.
To continue the holiday celebration, Bolton will celebrate Happy Holiday Week with $25 lift tickets, from Dec. 17-25. These $25 lift tickets, and $5 tickets for Nordic skiing, will be available at resort ticket windows. On Wednesday through Saturday of that week, lift tickets are valid for skiing and riding until 8 p.m. as well. Ski and Stay packages start at $58 per person during Happy Holiday Week. New Year’s Eve fireworks and a torchlight parade will culminate December’s month-long celebration beginning at 8 p.m. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.
Take advantage of our fabulous “2-fer Tuesday” deal at Bromley Mountain on Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25! All season long you can purchase 2 lift tickets for the price of 1, online at bromley.com. Deal is valid non-holiday* (our Christmas holiday rates don’t begin until Dec. 26), and purchases must be made online, 48 hours in advance.
Need a place to stay? Book one of our fabulous on-mountain condos, 1-3 bedrooms available, for your holiday get-away, and get great package deals on lodging and lift tickets. We also work with a number of great local inns to provide lift & lodging deals; check out bromley.com for the complete list!
*Holiday Periods: 12/26/12 - 1/1/13; 1/19 - 1/21/13; 2/16 - 2/22/13
The East Coast Snocross Event comes back to Burke for its third season, December 8-9, 2012. Watch action packed snowmobile racing over jumps, table tops, and berms from the slopes and chairlift. Burke will also be open for skiing and riding so admission is free for skiers and riders purchasing lift tickets.
Ski & Stay at the Comfort Inn from opening day (November 23) until December 24 for just 129.00/night! Includes accommodations, lift tickets for 2 and a hot morning breakfast. To book call 866-464-2408 and mention the Early Bird Special.
Jay Peak Resort
Jay Peak will be ringing in the New Year with a massive fireworks display followed by a bash in the new Foeger Ballroom in the Hotel Jay. Vermont-favorite, the Grift, will headline the evening’s festivities. On the Saturday of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday, Jay Peak will welcome Bruce Hornsby. Only 350 seats are available to see the legendary musician perform in the Foeger Ballroom. And on February 24, the third annual Hope on the Slopes Vertical Challenge returns to the resort. Come as a team or an individual and complete as many runs as you can in a day to help the American Cancer Society in their fight.
Killington Resort is kicked off the winter events season with a rail jam on November 18, good ol’ Thanksgiving style. Top prize for the annual Loaded Turkey Rail Jam was a turkey along with all the fixings for second and third place winners. In addition, four top competitors received free entry into Rails 2 Riches on December 8 for a chance to bring home a piece of the $20,000 cash purse.
Additionally, Killington is featuring a Christmas Ski & Stay Free lodging package that includes a free lodging and lift ticket on Christmas Day.
Mad River Glen
Spend your holidays submerged in history. Mad River Glen is the first ski area in the nation to be listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service approved this recognition of Mad River Glen’s historic value on July 5, 2012. Interestingly, the most significant contributing factor to the designation is the ski trails themselves. Other contributing factors include the view shed, the Long Trail, buildings and of course Mad River Glen’s iconic Single Chair.
The significant historic qualities of the ski area are reinforced by the MRG Cooperative’s conservation-centered mission “to preserve and protect the forest and mountain ecosystem of General Stark Mountain in order to provide skiing and other recreational access, and to maintain the unique character of the ski area for present and future generations.”
Magic will be busy making snow over the coming Thanksgiving holiday as they prepare for opening day on Decemeber 8th. The new TimberQuest high trees ropes obstacle course and zip lines will be open on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend so the young, and not-so-young, can work off the turkey feast in the great outdoors. If there is enough snow, they will even have some holiday snow tubing at the Alakazaam Tube Park.
Magic's Black Line Pub will be serving up it's array of awesome brews, drinks and music as well, so stop on by for both fun and relaxation. November is also the time of year for Magic's fan-favorite "3-Pack" of tickets. The 3-Pack is only $129 and the tickets are good anytime this season and can even be transferred to family and friends--anyone. The 3-Pack makes a great holiday gift but is only sold until November 30th, so visit www.magicmtn.com now. Then use the 3-Pack over the Christmas holiday and hit up some of Vermont's best natural terrain and apres ski events, like the legendary Magic New Year's Eve Party and Fireworks show!
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow’s goal is to open for the season by Thanksgiving weekend with top-to-bottom skiing and riding for all ability levels. On Saturday, November 24, the first Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Base Area followed by a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause.
Saturday, December 1 is the Mount Snow Film Festival at Snow Barn featuring the premier of the C-quel, Mount Snow’s second film production, as well as the newest flicks from Meathead Films and Teton Gravity Research.
The inaugural Founders Day celebration will take place on Wednesday, December 12 with $12 advance purchase lift tickets.
Family Holiday Week at Mount Snow is loaded with activities and events including a Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza on Friday, December 28 and on Monday, December 31 the first Grommet Jam event kids age 12 and under will take place.
For more information on packages, events and snow conditions visit www.mountsnow.com
Okemo Mountain Resort
HO HO HOKEMO! From drumsticks to dance parties, Okemo Mountain Resort has a chock-o-block holiday season in store for family members of all ages.
Thanksgiving marks the start of the season with a traditional repast at Coleman Brook Tavern. Trot off the calories from that extra slice of pie with Okemo’s 5k race on Nov. 24. Holiday wish lists take shape during the on-snow Super Demo Dec. 8. Skiers and riders who donate to Okemo’s Cares and Shares Food Drive on Dec. 15 will be rewarded with discounted lift tickets for the day. It’s rail jams and races Nov. 15 and 16.
Santa arrives at Jackson Gore in a convoy of groomers on Dec. 22, and he returns to take a few runs when his work is done on Christmas Day. The vacation week will be filled with family events for all ages: a scavenger hunt, fireworks, a torchlight parade, an ice skating party and a visit from the Nature Museum at Grafton. Finally, Okemo rings in the New Year with its annual Family New Year’s Eve. An evening of fun events and activities culminates with a DJ dance party and spectacular fireworks display. Call (802) 228-1600, or visit okemo.com for more information.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Celebrating the holiday season at Smugglers’ Notch Resort creates memories that will last a lifetime. Excitement builds as Santa’s elves visit guest condominiums for bedtime tuck-ins and stories for young children December 19-23. Santa arrives on December 24th to greet families and receive children’s final wish lists, sing carols together and enjoy sweet treats. The evening features a torchlight parade and spectacular fireworks against the backdrop of the snow-covered Green Mountains. Restaurants in Smugglers’ Resort Village entice diners with comfort foods and warming beverages after a day of winter recreation on Smugglers’ three mountains.
At Smugglers’, 2013 is ushered in with a grand New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring bonfire, fireworks, late night entertainment and dance parties, party favors and a variety of dining alternatives. The resort’s Kids’ Night Out program offers children ages 3-11 their own fun with dinner, games and entertainment, available until after midnight at Smugglers’ kid-pleasing child care center, Treasures.
Guests staying 6 nights or more in December enjoy an additional night free. Lodging and lift packages in December start at $115 per adult per day and $85 per youth (17 and younger) per day for five to seven night stays during SuperSaver Value Weeks. Smugglers’ packages please families with inclusions such as mountainside condominium lodging, daily lift tickets, snow tubing, use of the indoor pool and hot tubs and Nordic ski and snowshoe terrain, and family and adult evening entertainment. (www.smuggs.com/skivtw, 1-855-814-7325)
Stowe Mountain Resort
The NEW Evolution Stowe Card is the only card you’ll ever need to access Stowe Mountain Resort, with features and benefits such as;
- Hands-Free lift access and Direct to Lift capabilities.
- Reload online and save - Pay a little as $79 per day for adult tickets.
- One Card Convenience and Resort Charge Program - Link your credit or debit card to your Evolution Stowe Card for purchases all around resort.
- Stowe ByPass Program - Once enrolled, your Evolution Stowe Card can be scanned at the lift and charge your credit card at the special reload rate.
Stowe's newest facilities and on-mountain improvements include this new RFID ticketing technology plus; new snowmaking, new high-speed lifts, an inter-mountain transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Spruce Peak and Stowe Mountain Lodge, a 312 room hotel and spa that has already been recognized as one of the greenest and most luxurious mountainside lodgings in the world. For more information please visit http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/evolution/
Winter is in the air at Stratton and on the trails, thanks to a great start to snowmaking at the beginning of November. Deals, events and holiday celebrations will add to the excitement of those first ecstatic days on snow.
Among Stratton’s new early season deals is a perennial favorite: the Kids Ski and Stay Free package, available for kids 17 and under when two adults purchase a lift and lodging package in a family-friendly condo, starting at $111 a night per adult, available before December 21 and on select dates after 12/21.
Those lucky ones getting away without the kids can ski for two days and one night at a great low price with the One-Nighter package, starting at $199 for two people.
The season kicks off on November 21, leading a season of great events!
November 21: Opening Day (planned)
November 21-25: Opening Celebration & Fireworks: Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K, Village Rail Jam, live music and more.
December 15: Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Ride through the Village
December 22-23: Heavy Medal Boardercross Camp, with hometown Olympians Ross Powers and Lindsey Jacobellis
December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks
Learn more about events, deals and our snow at www.Stratton.com.
Sugarbush Resort is an ideal place to carry on your holiday traditions. Nestled in the Mad River Valley, Sugarbush Resort comes alive as a winter wonderland during the holiday season. It’s hard to beat a day skiing and riding at Sugarbush followed by a fireside dining experience at one of the many area restaurants. For Thanksgiving, Timbers Restaurant at Sugarbush is serving a Vermont Country Thanksgiving Buffet. Featuring a menu that is 90% sourced from Vermont farms, it’s our way of giving thanks to Vermont farmers.
The holiday season is a perfect time to enjoy a postcard-perfect Vermont vacation. After a great day skiing and riding take in a horse-drawn sleigh ride at a nearby farm or gather at the Valley’s Festival of Lights celebration. From Christmas Eve Service to the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on New Year’s Eve, Sugarbush has a great line-up of holiday events for the entire family. Ski and Stay packages for the Holidays are available on the Sugarbush website. Availability is limited, book early for the best possible rates.
Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge - A mountain resort in the European tradition by the family that inspired "The Sound of Music." A good way to truly get the most out of your winter vacation is with one of our exclusive European style packages. Each package offers accommodations in our Austrian-style Main Lodge and features our wonderful amenities. Enjoy the Bountiful Harvest Thanksgiving Package, learn facts on the von Trapp History Package or celebrate the holidays on cross country skis or snowshoes over our 100km trail network. For more details visit www.trappfamily.com
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