Ski Vermont Celebrates MLK with Wonderful Events and Deals in January
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The heart of winter beats strong in January and with up to 50” of snow blanketing our slopes, Ski Vermont is celebrating the season to the fullest. A bounty of events and family fun celebrations dot the monthly calendar, as well as steals and deals on lift tickets and lodging at resorts across the state.
Ski Vermont is excited to offer its $29 Learn to Ski and Ride Month promotion once again and boast its participation in Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 12, 2013, which offers Nordic skiing and snow-shoeing promotions.
Here is your list of wonderful January deals and events, including MLK Holiday fun!
Stratton Mountain Resort
Outside Magazine named Stratton Mountain Resort the number one resort for families this year, and for good reasons. Stratton boasts a world-class snowsport school, family-friendly lodging near the slopeside village with shops and restaurants, and activities for the kid in all of us, including dog sled rides and our lighted, lift-served tubing park. For families, the Kids Ski and Stay Free package keeps a snowy Stratton vacation affordable and is available for kids ages 17 and under on mid-week, non-holiday dates.
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday is famous at Stratton for its plentiful snow and fun for families. This year is no different, with free afternoon music in Grizzly’s, free hot cocoa and sugar on snow, games and trivia, and quintessential winter activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing and more. Visit www.stratton.com to find activities and savings for the whole family of winter lovers.
Mount Snow Resort
As Vermont’s closest major resort to the northeast’s bustling metro areas, families planning a ski trip can look forward to spending less time in the car and more time enjoying their vacation. Mount Snow’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel has an abundance of spacious room types so the whole family can stretch out. In addition to amenities like the heated outdoor pool and arcade, there is kid-friendly fun on weekends including movie nights, cookie decorating and arts and crafts. The tubing park at Mount Snow is 10 lanes of all thrills, no skills family fun conveniently located right outside the hotel. For the more adventurous folks, guided snowshoe tours are offered through naturespa.
Monday, January 14 is Grommet Jam #2 for young skiers and riders age 12 and under to get 90 minutes of instruction from Mount Snow freestyle coaches on how to properly and safely enjoy small freestyle features. A friendly competition follows with winners going home with gear from event sponsors. Registration and information is available online at www.mountsnow.com.
PHAT (Protect your Head at All Times) Day at Bromley on January 19th offers Free Helmet Rentals, and a raffle for 5 KidsRule helmets. See why helmets are the only way to ski & ride!
As if a $49 ticket wasn’t good enough, ski or ride Bromley on Monday, January 21, and save your used MLK Day lift ticket. It’s good for $10 off your next weekend or Holiday All-Day Ticket! $49 lift ticket available with printed E-Coupon only, $10 off good only with returning MLK Madness tickets. Download your e-coupon today!
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo - it’s not just for skiing and snowboarding anymore. Visitors to the popular resort can enjoy zipline tours, mountain coaster rides, ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming, year-round indoor golf, racquetball, fitness classes, aerobic and weight training, massage, sauna, relaxing by a fire, or simply soaking in a hot tub.
With MLK Weekend ahead, Okemo is ready to welcome families with a great multi-day deal on lift tickets. When skiers and riders purchase lift tickets online at Okemo.com, at least 48 hours in advance, they can celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special three-day lift ticket, valid January 19, 20 and 21, for just $185 for adults (a $61 savings); $160 for young adults (a $56 savings); and $125 for juniors (a $43 savings). Additional Online deals are available throughout January.
Recent accolades include: “Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families” according to Fodors.com; “Ten Best Family Ski Resorts” according to Family Vacation Critic; About.com Readers' Choice Award winner for “Best New England Ski Resort” and “10 Best Ski Resorts for Families” according to Forbes.com.
Bolton Valley Resort
The famous Bolton After Dark returns this season, where every Saturday night lift tickets are just $19 from 4-8 p.m. Inside the lodge, Fireside Flatbread offers up $2.00 flatbread slices and $2.00 sodas or PBR drafts. At 8 p.m., watch a free showing of a ski or snowboard movie - a great way for the whole family to enjoy after dark hours together. For parents with little tykes, Bolton Valley has introduced new Ski and Play Days, where on Wednesdays, parents can ski or ride with a full day lift ticket AND receive a full day of daycare for their child for just $79, a savings of 40% off the retail rate. Ski and Play Day also is available on Sunday afternoons from 1-4:30 p.m., and includes a half day of daycare and a half day adult lift ticket, also for just $79. Space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Extra children may be added to either day for $30/each. Call 802.434.6866 for details.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Family fun at Smugglers’ Notch Resort encompasses activities for all ages – so it’s no wonder the Resort has been recognized as #1 for its family programs for 14 years by SKI Magazine readers. Families enjoy time together snow tubing, ice skating, exploring the woods and meadows on snowshoe treks, playing at the indoor FunZone and flying high with the The ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tours.
For the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Smugglers’ lowest rates start at $85 per youth and $115 per adult per nightapply to stays of five nights or more, with arrivals January 16-20, 2013. The resort offers a ski-and-stay package featuring children’s snowsports instruction, and a package including on-snow instruction for the entire family. Each package includes mountainside condominium lodging; lift tickets; use of the indoor pool and hot tubs; access to Nordic ski and snowshoe terrain; snow tubing; ice skating; use of the FunZone and teen centers; and family and adult entertainment. Call 855-814-7325 for reservations.
Dreaming of a snowy winter vacation to Vermont’s postcard-perfect mountains? Find it at Sugarbush Resort. Perfecting the art of the “hassle-free” getaway, Sugarbush offers luxury slopeside lodging at Clay Brook Hotel and an all-inclusive experience featuring nightlife, kids programs, shopping, lessons, day care and multiple dining options all just steps from the lifts.
There is no better time to visit Sugarbush then the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. Sugarbush has a great line-up of events that pack fun for the whole family including: A Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Kids Pizza and Movie Night, Family Italian Dinner Night; live music for après-ski and much more. Ski & Stay lodging packages and a complete list of events are available at sugarbush.com or by calling 800.53.SUGAR.
Mad River Glen
Watch ripping young competitors fight for the win this month as Mad River Glen hosts the Junior Unconventional Terrain competition on January 12, 2013. The competition starts at 11am, and includes skiers 13 and younger. Top finishers will qualify for the Triple Crown Unconventional Terrain competition and the Ski the East Freeride Tour.
Enjoy one of MRG’s award-winning naturalist programs over the MLK holiday:
- Family Snowshoe Adventure, January 19, 2013 - Join us for this special outing for families. While snowshoeing on easy terrain, explore the flora and fauna of the slopes. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
- Twigs, Buds and Bark, January 20, 2013 - Explore the ecology of the hardwood and boreal forests of Stark Mountain, and learn how to recognize the buds and bark of some of our most common trees. For more info, click here.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Lodge offers an abundance of activities to participate in over MLK weekend. Saturday and Sunday are host to:
- The Recess program from 12-2pm - Join the SML fitness team and learn how you can work out, get in shape and stay healthy as a family
- Movie Time at 4 pm - Snuggle up in a bean bag chair and fill up on free popcorn as you watch some of your favorite films on the big screen.
- Bear Factory at 4pm - Create your own stuffed polar bear, penguin, and other fun winter animals while also designing a t-shirt just for your new friend. Fill out a birth certificate to take home too!
- Laser Tag in the Hotel! at 6pm - Come see how fun indoor laser tag can be at SML.
Stowe also offers specialty snowshoes tours including the Saturday Night Starlight Snowshoe and Yurt Tour and Just Leave Tracks Snowshoe Tour. More information is available at http://www.stowemountainlodge.com/
Fun-filled sliding under the lights? Look no further than the Killington Tubing Park. Located on East Mountain Road across from the Killington Grand Resort Hotel, the multi-lane, lift-serviced park has good times for all ages, right at the heart of the resort. Looking to warm up? Step inside for a pick-me-up at the all-new Parkside Pizza Pub. They'll be serving up hand-tossed pizzas, family-style pasta, and hearty warm snacks and drinks to round out the evening.
Cap off your day of skiing or riding with a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride. We’re offering sleigh rides at 5:00 p.m. every Saturday through March 16, 2013, and on select additional dates, as well. Guests will depart from Cooper’s Coffee in Snowshed Lodge and enjoy a 20-30 minute sleigh ride at dusk on Killington’s trails. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Seats are limited, so be sure to get your tickets early.
Topnotch Resort and Spa
Topnotch Resort and Spa is a proud sponsor of The 2013 Stowe Tour de Snow – a showcase of the best of what Stowe has to offer winter visitors, locals and neighbors alike. Scheduled this year on January 20th from 12-4pm all along the 5.3 mile Stowe Recreation Path, families and friends ski, walk, snowshoe or run and participate in fun-filled activities grouped into stations sponsored by local and area businesses and organizations.
As a starting point for the event, Topnotch offers warm-up exercises courtesy of the Spa’s Fitness Director as well as warm-up and cool-down beverages. Other stations on the Tour feature everything from yoga intro sessions, Nordic terrain park, and "Learn to Ski and Snowshoe" clinics, to sled-pulling contest, slalom ski course competitions, a winter survival station, food and drinks, and other games and contests on skis and snowshoes.
All proceeds from the Tour contribute to the enhancement of the winter use of the Stowe Rec Path and the S.K.I.S. (Skiing Kids in Schools) program providing cross country ski equipment and professional instructions to Stowe School students grades 3-8. Participants can register at Topnotch’s Nordic Barn the day of the event from 12-2 or in advance online at http://www.stowetourdesnow.com.
Trapp Family Lodge
The Trapp Family Lodge offers activities to delight every age. Home to the first cross country ski center in the country, the 100 kilometer trail network includes terrain suitable for every level of skier or snowshoer. Enjoy singalongs, guided snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, von Trapp History tours, indoor pool, climbing wall and so much more—everything to make your family vacation unique. Please visit www.trappfamily.com for lodging accommodations and specials.
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