Ski Vermont Press Releases Welcome to Winter in its Original State Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.7 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.skivermont.com Mount Snow Summer Events Calendar Has Something For Everyone Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:32:05 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/657 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/657 dmeeker@mountsnow.com (David Meeker) David Meeker Dover, Vt. (July 21, 2014) – This summer and fall, Mount Snow will be hosting a variety of can’t-miss events and festivals for visitors to enjoy.  Featuring culinary experiences, family fun, downhill mountain biking, live music and beer, vacation plans should start by checking out the event calendar and taking advantage of numerous lodging specials.

Event Calendar:

Beer Pairing Dinner Series

Fairways Restaurant at Mount Snow Golf Club hosts the popular Beer Pairing Dinner Series on the final Friday of every month.  Each event features four gourmet food courses, which are carefully paired with beers from either a selected craft brewery or a specific type of beer (IPA’s, Belgian, etc.).  Our executive chef, Michael Giorgio, conducts the evening.  As your host, he introduces each course and describes what you will be eating and drinking, and why they chose to pair them together.  Menus are determined based on what fresh produce, meat and other ingredients are available from our local suppliers and developed to best pair with the selected beers.  $49pp.  Reservations are required.  802.464.4299.  Schedule: July 25, August 29, and September 26.  More dates TBD.

POC Eastern States Cup, August 2 & 3

The best downhill mountain bike athletes in the Northeast will take on one of Mount Snow’s legendary race courses with pros vying for a piece of the cash purse and amateurs that make the podium will go home with gear from event sponsors.  Anyone from novice downhillers to seasoned pros can enter thanks to numerous category levels for all ages and abilities.  Practice is on Saturday, August 2 and the race is on Sunday, August 3 with on-site registration available both days.  For all the details, visit http://mountsnow.com/event/?detaillink=16062

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival, July 25 – August 3

Berries, vintage cars, music, food and displays; if it's blue, it's probably happening in the Mount Snow area towns of Wilmington, Dover, Jacksonville, Whitingham, Readsboro and Marlboro. It's time for Vermont's 6th Annual Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival! Starting on Friday, July 25 and packed with activities until August 3, visitors to the Valley will find children's activities, jam making, blueberry themed specials in the local eateries, blue music events, a blue car auto show, blueberry bake sales, blue beer, the Blueberry Parade and so much more! For a complete schedule of events, visit www.vermontblueberry.com

Hops for Hope 5k, August 30

Enjoy an athletic activity through beautiful countryside in support of The American Cancer Society, and then drink beer.  Not a bad day.  On the morning of Saturday, August 30 the Hops for Hope 5k will debut as Mount Snow’s newest fundraising event.  All proceeds from registration and additional individual fundraising efforts will be donated to The American Cancer Society.  The course is a multi-terrain route that includes paved roads near the base area of the resort and packed gravel trails that take participants through wooded areas and open trail on the mountain.  It is a run/walk so all abilities and fitness levels will be able to enjoy this event and help raise money for cancer research and awareness.  After the event is concluded, participants can stick around and quench their thirst at the 20th Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival.  More info at http://mountsnow.com/event/?detaillink=16381    

20th Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival, August 30 & 31

A Labor Day tradition for thousands of beer lovers, the Mount Snow Brewers Festival is one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast.  And this year is extra special as the festival celebrates 20 years of fun.  More than 40 breweries are expected to be on-hand pouring their finest beer and cider from almost 90 different taps.  There will be quality live music both days, including a huge performance on Saturday by Brewers Festival favorite, The Jeff Tuohy Band.  And a great selection of delicious food will be cooking all day with a BBQ on Cuzzins deck, grab a go goodies and vendors whipping up kettle korn, crepes and a few other surprises to satiate festival goer’s appetites.  Upgrade to the 1900’ VIP Pub for the ultimate Brewers Festival experience that includes two day admission, exclusive access to 1900’ Burger where a selection of rare beers will be available only to VIP’s, a huge spread of food and more.  For all the info, visit http://mountsnow.com/event/?detaillink=16515

Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival, September 19-21

Run by the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival is an epicurean’s delight, featuring three days of indulgence in Vermont-made food, wine and spirits.  On Friday, Wilmington Village will be the host for wine and cheese tastings, live entertainment and the Vermont Soup Contest.  Then over the weekend, head to Mount Snow for the festival where dozens of boutique food and beverage vendors offer samples of their products including cheese, wine, spirits and more.  A festive and fun event in the beautiful setting of the Green Mountains.  More info at www.thevermontfestival.com

17th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest, October 11 & 12

Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 17th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and Oom-pah music; but throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous “schnitzel toss” and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family! A Columbus Day Weekend tradition since 1997, the Mount Snow Oktoberfest is one of the resort’s signature festivals and was named a 2014 Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.  For more info, visit http://mountsnow.com/event/?detaillink=14310   

41st Annual Harvest Arts and Craft Show, October 11 & 12

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 41st Annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Show featuring dozens of vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers and more. The event is conveniently located throughout the Main Base Lodge and base area and is free to attend. Expect to see original works of art, handmade jewelry and furniture, sample homemade fudge and speak face to face with the purveyors.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For information on all of Mount Snow’s events, visit http://mountsnow.com/event-calendar/

To explore lodging specials and vacation packages, visit http://mountsnow.com/vacation-packages/

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Jay Peak's New Stateside Amphitheater to Debut July 25 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:35:31 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/656 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/656 jjtoland@jaypeakresort.com (JJ Toland) JJ Toland (Jay, VT)- Jay Peak’s Stateside Amphitheater opens its gates for the first time this weekend with the nearly-soldout Jeezum Crow Festival. The resort got into the music business two years ago when it debuted the Foeger Ballroom inside the Hotel Jay. Since then, it has hosted acts like Bruce Hornsby, the Wailers and Rusted Root. The new 1500-person outdoor amphitheater is located between the Stateside Hotel and the Mountain Kids Adventure Center. The venue offers concert goers both seated and lawn options, and a host of food and beverage choices.
 
“We didn’t know what to expect when we opened the Foeger (Ballroom) back in 2012,” said Jay Peak’s Director of Communications and Events JJ Toland, referring to what types of acts would be well received. “What we found was that people enjoyed a diverse range of shows and seeing music in a place that lets them feel close to the musicians. Those two insights became the guiding principles for the design and operation of the new amphitheater.”
 
Even with a 1,500-person capacity, the new amphitheater’s sculpted setting in the space between the Stateside Hotel and the Mountain Kids Adventure Center offers all concert goers an up-close view of performances. And with the nine-band lineup of the Jeezum Crow Festival, Jay Peak is sticking to offering a diverse range of talent. 
 
The two-day fest is being headlined by Dark Star Orchestra and features eight other bands such as the Jay Farrar Duo, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, and Bronze Radio Return. Headliners Dark Star Orchestra have been performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2,000 shows. Continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience, their shows are built off of the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of their seven-member band. On any given night DSO will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring, or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. 
 
As with most festivals featuring Dark Star Orchestra, there will be a designated area for vending. Plus, there will be a specialty beer garden in the amphitheater showcasing Vermont nano breweries like Zero Gravity, Queen City, Drop In Brewing, and 14th Star.
 
The Jeezum Crow Festival runs July 25-26. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the festival’s lineup, visit jaypeakresort.com
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Okemo to install heated six-passenger bubble chairlift Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:53:10 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/655 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/655 pr@okemo.com (Bonnie MacPherson) Bonnie MacPherson LUDLOW, Vt. – Skiers and snowboarders visiting Okemo Mountain Resort this winter will be viewing the snowy landscape through the bright orange tint of a retractable, transparent dome when they ride in the comfort of a new, high-speed, six-pack bubble chairlift with heated seats – the first of its kind in North America.
 
The new detachable lift, with chairs that seat six people, will be outfitted with heated seating pads and retractable acrylic domes to protect passengers from wind and weather. The new lift, built by Leitner-Poma, will replace Okemo’s Northstar Express lift and is scheduled to begin operation in December.
 
“There is excitement in the air on the mountain and a buzz around town and among our loyal Okemo skiers, as our Mountain Operation crew dives into the installation of this state-of-the-art lift,” said Executive Vice President and Co-owner of Okemo Mountain Resort Diane Mueller. "Over the years Okemo has had many 'firsts,' beginning with construction of Vermont’s largest snowmaking pond. This lift adds another 'first' to the list."
 
The length of the new lift will be 6,430 feet with a vertical rise of 1,670 feet. The new six-pack bubble chair will carry 113 chairs at a speed of 1,000 feet per minute and deliver skiers and riders to the summit of Okemo Mountain in 6.4 minutes. The cost of the lift, including installation is $6.9 million.
 
Plans include the construction of a heated barn at the base of the new lift. Six-pack chairs will be removed from the cable at the end of each day and stored in the barn overnight; preventing a need for snow removal after an overnight snowstorm. In the event of unfavorable nighttime weather, it will also allow the lift cable to be de-iced more efficiently, minimizing lift-opening delays and potential inconvenience to skiing and riding guests.
 
“We listen to what our guests have to say,” said Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “They have been telling us that they want a lift with some protection from the elements so they can have a better experience on the mountain and spend more time on the snow. Unlike a gondola that requires skiers and riders to remove their equipment each time they ascend the mountain, this new lift will offer speed, comfort and convenience.”
 
For more information, please call (802) 228-1600, or visit www.okemo.com.
 
 
 
 
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New at Mount Snow Starting the Fourth of July: Lunch at 3,600-feet and Longer Lift Hours Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:38:35 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/654 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/654 dmeeker@mountsnow.com (David Meeker) David Meeker Dover, Vt. (June 27, 2014) – The summertime debut of The Bullwheel and new extended lift service hours highlight the beginning of Mount Snow’s full summer operations schedule, set to kick-off around the Fourth of July holiday. 

Following a tremendously successful winter season as Mount Snow’s newest restaurant, The Bullwheel will once again be serving a menu that features charcuterie, finger foods and unique sandwiches at just above 3,600-feet in the newly renovated second floor of the Summit Lodge.  Diners can choose from ten different draught beers as well as specialty cocktails from the full bar.  The Bullwheel will be open Friday – Sunday from July 4 to October 13, with live music on the observation deck from 3-6 p.m. every Saturday (weather permitting).   

To celebrate the grand summertime opening July 4- 6, The Bullwheel’s beer menu will also include cans of Heady Topper - the famous and hard to find American Double IPA brewed in Waterbury, VT by The Alchemist.

The Bluebird Express, North America’s only six-passenger bubble lift, will be open for scenic chairlift rides Friday – Sunday starting July 4, and will also serve as a mode of transportation for diners to get to The Bullwheel.  Guests will receive five dollars off any sandwich on the menu when they present their scenic chairlift ride ticket.

Also new this year, downhill mountain bikers of all abilities will have an extra day to ride Mount Snow’s acclaimed lift served terrain with the addition of Thursdays to the schedule.  Canyon Express Quad will provide access to the vast downhill mountain biking trail system Wednesday – Sunday starting July 2.  Mount Snow Bike Park was voted the #2 Bike Park in the Northeast by readers of MTBParks.com.

A new element has been added to the mountain biking program with the completion of a pump track, located just outside of Mount Snow Sports in the Main Base Area.  The pump track serves as a skills builder where new and experienced riders can work on their technique through a series of rollers and berms.

Harriman’s Farm to Table in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel has extended its summer hours and is open for dinner seven days a week with a menu featuring fresh products sourced locally.  Harriman’s is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network.

The popular Beer Pairing Dinner Series at Mount Snow Golf Club’s Fairways Restaurant continues on the last Friday of each month throughout the summer and fall.  Each event includes a four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Michael Giorgio, with each course carefully paired with beers from that month’s featured craft brewery.   

For a complete summer lift schedule, visit http://mountsnow.com/scenic-chair-lift/

For more information on The Bullwheel, visit http://mountsnow.com/summer-dining/

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Jay Peak Resort Sells Out of Pump House Season Passes Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:05:42 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/653 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/653 jjtoland@jaypeakresort.com (JJ Toland) JJ Toland (Jay, VT)- Jay Peak Resort today announced that two of the four season pass categories to its Pump House Indoor Waterpark have already sold out. This is the first summer that the resort has offered an all-access pass to the popular attraction and demand has proven to be stronger than anticipated. The sell-out happened in under two weeks.  

A Pump House season pass provides unlimited access to the 60,000-square foot waterpark, the outdoor pool and the outdoor hot tub. The passes also include a number of additional benefits including a free tram ride, one complimentary admission to the Ice Haus for public skate/stick-and-puck, 10% off food and beverage at the Warming Shelter snack bar, and a one-time “Bring a Friend” 50% off ticket to the Pump House.

The most popular all-access passes currently are the Four-Packs. These are four season passes that have to be purchased in a single transaction with just one credit card, but allow four related or non-related individuals to buy as a group and get a significant discount from what they’d pay if purchasing as an individual. An individual season pass is $89. The first two tiers of Four-Packs, which have sold out, offered a per person rate $49.75 and $62.25, respectively. The third tier of Four Packs, which has under 200 units left, offers a per person rate of $74.75.

“Since opening the Pump House in 2011, we’ve seen it become more and more popular as a summer hangout with families in the surrounding communities,” said JJ Toland, Jay Peak’s Director of Communications. “The parent’s like to come up and lay out by the outdoor pool while the kids enjoy the park. But we didn’t expect it to be this popular. Even after the final Four-Pack tier sells out, we expect that individual pass sales will be strong because $89 for a summertime of fun isn’t a bad deal.”

All Pump House season passes are god through November 15.

Visit jaypeakresort.com for all of the information on a Pump House season pass. 

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Ski Vermont’s Award Winning Check In to Win Program Celebrates Major Growth in 2014 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:05:53 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/652 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/652 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik Ski Vermont’s Award Winning Check In to Win Program Celebrates Major Growth in 2014
Partnerships with Verizon Wireless and AlpineReplay Boosted Participation by 1,240%

The Ski Vermont Check In to Win program formed a new partnership with Verizon Wireless for its second season to bring a more robust program to skiers and riders in Vermont. On a new platform via an application called AlpineReplay, the program recorded 12,110 logged check-ins by 8,850 unique users, compared to 660 participants last season, resulting in a 1,240% increase in users. Ski Vermont also introduced a Vertical Challenge competition where users racked up 275 million vertical feet on Vermont terrain and winners of the challenge skied or snowboarded over a million vertical feet each.

Check In to Win participants had many opportunities to win big this season. Ski Vermont had twenty unique medals on Alpine Replay. The medals included the Vermont Weekend Warrior, which was earned by visiting 2 or more resorts in a single weekend and other fun combinations. As the season progressed, over 7,900 skiers and riders earned medals which entered them to win prizes from Ski Vermont marketing partners and additional lift tickets. Nearly one hundred prizes were distributed from the Ski Vermont office including hats and beanies from Burton and Rossignol, socks from Darn Tough, Cabot Cheese, t-shirts from Long Trail and Vermont Spirits, and swag from Verizon Wireless, Keurig Green Mountain and Ski Vermont.

Ski Vermont Vertical Challenge Winners’ Circle

Winner - Paul Cummings
Skied 1,245,971 vertical feet at Killington Resort, Mount Snow Resort and Stratton Mountain Resort            

1st Runner Up - Jim Grimm
Skied 1,103,039 vertical feet at Killington Resort           

2nd Runner Up - Glenn Annese
Skied 1,018,546 vertical feet at at Killington Resort, Jay Peak Resort, Mad River Glen, Smugglers' Notch Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort

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Vermont Remains Number One in the East for Skiing and Riding Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:24:33 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/651 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/651 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik Vermont Remains Number One in the East for Skiing and Riding
Ski Areas Celebrate Another Banner Season with 4.5 Million Visits

At the Vermont Ski Areas Association annual meeting at Killington Resort, the state’s resorts celebrated another stellar season with 4,503,269 skier & rider visits, nearly identical to last year’s near-record numbers. The 2013-14 season tally once again ranks Vermont number one in the East and number three in the country, according to preliminary figures from the National Ski Areas Association.

“This season was most notable for its record early start and incredibly strong finish,” said VSAA president Parker Riehle. “We had an industry first with nine alpine and three Nordic areas opening a full week before Thanksgiving, owing to ideal snowmaking conditions and Vermont’s immense statewide snowmaking arsenal.  After a challenging January, winter storms Electra, Hercules and Vulcan joined forces with an epic Valentine’s Day blizzard to set the stage for another strong season that marks our third-best on record.”

The record early start and strong finish to the season were welcome boosts to Vermont’s coffers as well, with November business netting a 13% increase in the rooms & meals tax revenue over last year while March posted an 8.5% gain. Overall, the winter season generated a 6% increase in the rooms & meals tax revenues while matching last year’s strong sales tax revenues, once again highlighting the ski and snowboard industry as a cornerstone of the Vermont economy.

At the annual gathering, with a record attendance of more than 300 industry members and marketing partners, Tourism Commissioner Megan Smith gave opening remarks and Christina Miranda from Redpoint Marketing PR, Inc. surprised and delighted attendees with her keynote presentation on creating brand evangelists. Retired Smugglers’ Notch president Bob Mulcahy was presented with the Industry Achievement Award and former longtime chairlift inspectors Al Barber and Joe Devenow received Friend of the Industry Awards. The Career Employee Awards were presented to three longtime ski area employees at Okemo Mountain Resort – Larry Abelman, Dan Boyer and Doug Devereux.

VSAA also presented its season in review showcasing the industry’s presence at tradeshows, media events and the State House, as well as promotional initiatives that spurred significant increases in earned media, website visits, sales of 5th Grade Passports and participation in the Check In to Win program.

Once again, Vermont resorts pulled down several state and national awards for marketing, workplace wellness and environmental excellence:

Vermont Travel Industry Conference

Jay Peak Resort: Governor’s SMART Award for Creative Marketing in Tourism

Smugglers’ Notch Resort: Nancy Illemann Rock - Travel Person of the Year

National Ski Areas Association

Stratton Mountain Resort: Best Overall Safety Program Award

Killington Resort: National Safety Awareness Month Photo Contest Winner

Killington Resort: Conversion Cup Finalist

Jay Peak Resort: Marketing Award for Best Use of Old School Media

Mount Snow Resort: Steve Slivinski, PhatCat Groomer Challenge Winner

Vermont Business Magazine

Okemo Mountain Resort: Best Places to Work in Vermont Award

VSAA Green Mountain Awards

Killington Resort: Greenest Overall Resort in Vermont

Mount Snow Resort: Most Improved Resort Overall

Stratton MountainResort: Most Improved Carbon Footprint

Mount Snow Resort: Most Improved Water Consumption

Stowe MountainResort: Most Improved Waste Reduction

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Refresh and Rejuvenate in Vermont’s Green Mountains: Wellness Programming for Summer 2014 Wed, 14 May 2014 07:27:49 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/650 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/650 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik Take a deep breath in the Green Mountains and you’re bound to feel rejuvenated just by the fresh air and sweet smells of nature. Vermont is a hub for holistic adventure and wellness, often topping the charts as one of the healthiest and happiest states in the US. It’s no wonder there are a plethora of wellness programs, activities, events, and resources available to visitors at Vermont ski resorts. From nature hikes and mountain top yoga to organic spa treatments and local cooking demonstrations, Vermont serves as a healthy escape for individuals, couples, and families that are looking to recharge this summer.

See what Vermont resorts are offering for Summer 2014:

Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow’s naturespa
is located in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and offers pure, natural and organic spa treatments, guided mountain treks, holistic health and fitness specialties.  Summer offerings include guided treks like the Wilderness Fitness Hike and Woodland Hike as well as more specialized programs like the Jogging Clinic, Sketching in Nature, and Foraging.

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort offers weekly yoga classes in their Yoga Studio in The Barn. Classes are available for Resort guests as well as local residents, and are appropriate for all levels of experience. Throughout 2014 they will offer Wellness Retreats and Yoga Samplers which will incorporate various styles of yoga and meditation as well as healthy cooking demonstrations with locally sourced foods, trips to the area farmers market, kayaking, nature hikes and more. For details visit www.mountaintopinn.comand follow event postings on Facebook.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo Mountain Resort’s source for relaxation and rejuvenation is The Spring House Pool and Fitness Center. Located at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area, the two-level, 18,000-square-foot center offers fitness classes in its Studio: Zumba, Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, plus fitness classes in the pool such as Aqua Stretch and Tone, Pilates and Aerobics. The Spa at Jackson Gore offers massage, body scrubs, and facials by accredited massage therapists and licensed estheticians. Visitors can explore the great outdoors with a walk or a hike from the Spring House door. There are also bicycles available for rent. Memberships and Day Passes are available. (802) 228-1419.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers a full slate of wellness programs from active and energizing to meditative and serene. Guests may start each day with Stretch & Go, a stretching session on the Village Green that is followed by an invigorating trail walk. Cardio drumming and Zumba incorporate movement and music for wellness dividends. Yoga classes at Smugglers’ include introductory sessions, an on-water experience on a stand up paddleboard and a candlelight evening class as a quiet end to the day. The resort’s Mountain Massage Center pampers with relaxation, deep tissue, sports and aromatherapy massages, plus specialty experiences like the warm vanilla spice wrap massage, a teen massage and mini princess facial and massage. www.smuggs.com/skivts; 855-581-5906

Stowe Mountain Resort
Dedicated to cultivating the relationship between living amongst nature and health, the expansive 21,000 square-foot Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge includes a  state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor fitness classes, a four-season outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, The Healing Lodge hot/cold therapy treatment, the Relaxation Sanctuary and 18 private treatment rooms.

Also enjoy the Get Out and Go in Stowe package, the perfect Vermont experience to share with the family. Let Stowe Mountain Lodge’s resident outdoor guides and recreation team lead you on a truly authentic Vermont mountain experience. Includes: Two night accommodations; Rustic Furniture Making Class and unlimited access to the Spa and Wellness Center’s Healing Lodge; Guided Family Hike; $100 Dining Credit; Milk & cookies delivered to room upon arrival.

Stratton Mountain Resort
Is there any better place to practice Mountain Pose than on Southern Vermont’s tallest peak? Take yoga outside with spring and summer yoga classes at both mid-mountain and on the summit. Indoor yoga classes, indoor cycling, personal training, massage therapy and more are available at the Stratton Training and Fitness Center all summer long. Relax and unwind at the Day Spa with their full menu of massages, facials and nail treatments.

 

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The New Family Camp at Mount Snow: Helping Families Unplug and Reconnect Mon, 12 May 2014 09:40:05 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/648 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/648 dmeeker@mountsnow.com (David Meeker) David Meeker Mount Snow, Vt. (May 12, 2014) – Amongst the ever-evolving technological environment that puts information, interaction and entertainment at the tips of our fingers there are a couple things that can be easily forgotten, but are arguably the most important – connecting with family and exploring the outdoors.  Recognizing that, starting in the summer of 2014 Mount Snow will launch The Family Camp at Mount Snow which will offer 3, 4 or 7 day, fully customizable experiences to families that are looking to leave the iPad at home and focus on enjoying each other’s company.

The Family Camp at Mount Snow will be based at the southern Vermont resort, which operates partially within the Green Mountain National Forest.  It is the closest area of National Forest to all of southern New England, eastern New York and New Jersey which means families do not have to drive far to enjoy public lands forever preserved and maintained for their recreational use.

While there will be ample opportunities to explore nature and take part in activities not otherwise readily accessible in an urban setting, no outdoor survival skills are necessary here because all meals are expertly prepared by Mount Snow’s culinary staff and lodging accommodations are condominiums equipped with all the comforts of home.  However, The Family Camp at Mount Snow will go by the mantra “unplug and reconnect” because during the day or at any other Camp function, electronic devices are not permitted. 

“The goal of the Family Camp is to have families take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy each other’s company in one of the Nation’s most beautiful places,” said Family Camp Director, Mike Mitton.  “We plan to take the worry out of everything and offer a fun, educational and interactive experience.  Families can choose to be as adventurous or as low-key as they want.”

The Family Camp at Mount Snow will start in late-June and will operate every week through early August with fully customizable packages that include lodging, meals, activities, excursions and more.  Sundance Lodge, located at the foot of Mount Snow, will act as base camp.  Beach volleyball, archery, guided hikes, guided mountain biking, golf, fishing, boating and swimming are just a few of the activities families can enjoy during their week. 

Other activities like shopping trips and museum tours can be arranged upon request. 

For more information about The Family Camp at Mount Snow, visit www.mountsnow.com/family-camp  

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Ski Vermont Announces 2014 Green Mountain Award Winners Mon, 12 May 2014 14:22:02 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/649 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/649 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik The Vermont Ski Areas Association is excited to announce the winners of the second annual Green Mountain Awards for Environmental Excellence at Vermont Ski Resorts. Judged by Melinda Vieux, President of Green Up Vermont, Alan Hebert of Efficiency Vermont and VSAA President Parker Riehle, resorts competed to win awards in environmental stewardship. Categories looked closely at improvements made to waste reduction, water consumption, carbon footprint and combined environmental efforts. 

Winners of the 2014 Green Mountain Awards for Environmental Excellence include:

Greenest Overall Resort in Vermont
Killington Resort

Most Improved Resort Overall
Mount Snow Resort

Most Improved Carbon Footprint
Stratton Mountain Resort

Most Improved Water Consumption
Mount Snow Resort

Most Improved Waste Reduction
Stowe Mountain Resort

 

Details:

Greenest Overall Resort in Vermont: Killington Resort

Killington Resort is firmly committed to environmental leadership and improves sustainability every season. This year, Killington’s parent company Powdr Resorts launched the Protect Your Playground initiative to solicit sustainable ideas from the community. As a result, electric vehicle charging stations, eco-friendly hotel soap dispensers and terrain park features built from recycled materials will receive close to $9,000 in funding.

Since 2008, Killington has offset 100% of our power with Renewable Energy Credits, the largest of any Vermont Resort. Our purchase of over 107 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of REC has eliminated 66,000+ tons of carbon dioxide emissions – the amount produced by 7,466 average homes.

The new Peak Lodge ensures that Vermont’s highest structure embodies the earth-friendly spirit of the state. Through efficiency components incorporated into the new construction, we saved an estimated  44,000 kWh of electricity, 2,400 gallons of propane and 82,000 pounds of carbon emissions per year.

Cow Power supports both the Peak Lodge and the K-1 Express Gondola year-round. In 2012, Killington purchased 300,000 kWh of Cow Power for the gondola and increased this commitment by more than 100% for 2013-14. The partnership with Green Mountain Power has been so successful that we currently act as a Cow Power ambassador and will continue to invest. Check out the video.

Killington embraces Freeaire refrigeration with twelve walk-in coolers resort-wide, including those at the Peak Lodge, with more to come. This technology has cut resort CO2 emissions by 13.2 tons per year. In addition, Killington supplements snowmaking through the Woodward Reservoir, conserving water to protect historical flows in local streams and the habitats of aquatic species.

Killington chooses environmentally responsible paper, from towels to tissues to trail maps. This saves approximately 175,000 gallons of water, 75 cubic yards of landfill space, 102,000 kWh, 1,500 pounds of air pollutants, 9,500 gallons of fuel oil, and 424 trees each year.

 

Most Improved Resort Overall: Mount Snow Resort

Over the past year, Mount Snow has worked with Efficiency Vermont to complete a number of significant projects that have dramatically improved the efficiency of the snowmaking system and the operations of the Grand Summit Resort Hotel (GSRH).  These projects represent a large financial investment by the resort. In total, efficiency measures undertaken in 2013 will save 1,063,797 kWh annually, or about 6.4% of Mount Snow’s 2012 electric use. Since completing the projects less than a year ago, the GSRH alone has saved 336,810 kWh, 35,630 gallons of propane and 1,237,190 gallons of water. Mount Snow also completed a 2,500 lighting fixture upgrade around the resort at the end of December, which Efficiency Vermont’s Chuck Clerici said, “To date, this is one of the most comprehensive lighting upgrades ever undertaken at a ski area in Vermont and once again shows us Mount Snow is very serious about managing energy use and cost at their resort.”

 

Most Improved Carbon Footprint: Stratton Mountain Resort

Stratton has undertaken a multi-faceted environmental program in an effort to reduce their overall carbon footprint. In the past year a major focus has been a reduction in fossil fuel dependence.  Stratton’s platform consists of four major components:

1.       Replacement of our Diesel Air Compressor with High Efficiency Snowmaking Guns:  Due to a fire in 2012 Stratton lost a diesel Centac 1500 HP compressor used to produce air for snowmaking.  Stratton Management decided to use the money allotted to replace the diesel compressor to upgrade 300 high efficiency guns vs. replacing the generation source. 

2.       The second 1500 HP Centac compressor, reaching the end of its functioning life, was replaced with the equivalent size electric compressor. This effort reduced Stratton’s dependence on fossil fuels, reduced the potential for spills and leaks,  and reduced on-site generated emissions .

3.       Stratton has made choices to reduce the need for snow by creating features out of earth, where significant snow was previously required.  The tubing hill and other small trouble spots around the mountain were addressed in the most recent construction season to further reduce our need to make snow to meet customer and safety standards.  The tubing hill alone utilized 9900 cubic yards of fill to substitute the snow previously required.

4.       Continuous Energy Improvement: Lastly Stratton has implemented a complex data tracking system and signed on to Efficiency Vermont’s Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) Program. Through these efforts we will continue down the road of becoming more efficient, less energy intensive, snowmakers and business operators. Through CEI Stratton will create additional long term goals to address internal policy, leadership support, capital investment, education and outreach and best practices. All supporting Stratton’s goal of being diesel-free for snowmaking by 2017.

The results of this program are vast. From calculations provided by Efficiency Vermont Stratton anticipates a diesel savings from both compressor substitutes, snow gun upgrades, and earthen features to total 251,670 gallons of diesel fuel and 625,859 kWhs annually.  Utilizing the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Calculator the electric savings are equivalent to 441 metric tons of CO2  being released into the atmosphere or the same as 11,307 saplings growing for ten years. The anticipated diesel savings is equivalent to 2,231 metric tons of carbon dioxide or removing 465 passenger cars from the roads. 

 

Most Improved Water Consumption: Mount Snow Resort

Projects completed in conjunction with Efficiency Vermont to upgrade Mount Snow’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel’s water-using facilities include the installation of a new ENERGY STAR commercial dishwasher and a new ozone laundry system. The ozone laundry system is a cutting-edge machine that combines electricity with oxygen to produce ozone, which is dissolved into the wash water, attaches itself to dirt particles, and so replaces many of the chemicals used in a typical process and significantly reduces wash water temperature requirements.  As a result, the GSRH has saved 1,237,190 gallons of water. Also, Mount Snow replaced nearly four miles of aging snowmaking water pipe which significantly reduced the amount of water leakage, and in-turn reduced the amount of water needed to pump to the snow guns.  Finally, the resort purchased a fleet of HKD Impulse Tower Guns which are some of the most efficient snow guns on the market.

 

Most Improved Waste Reduction: Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Lodge continues to divert all organics generated on site through F&B operations from the landfill. In conjunction with the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District the lodge has refined a source separation & collection program that has defined standards for large generators of organics. Vermont Act 148 requires all institutions or businesses that generate over 104 tons of organics to divert the materials; this comes into effect July 1, 2014. Stowe Mountain Lodge has proudly served as a resource to the community, sharing best practices & educating those faced with compliance deadlines.

In 2013 Stowe Mountain Lodge generated 101.4 tons of organics through our various F&B outlets, all of which were sent to GROW Compost of Vermont & processed into high quality organic compost.  All Grow Compost products are approved for use in organic production by the Vermont Organic Farmers LLC, the USDA accredited organic certification program of NOFA-VT. The Lodge is proud to partner with GROW Compost & utilize their finished compost on all of the gardens & turf areas at Stowe Mountain Lodge.

2014 has already been an exciting year for progress! The Lodge has refined its processes and now offers compost receptacles in select guestrooms where meals can be prepared, and are about to roll out a back of house program, where the team can compost that banana peel they had for a snack.

 

Ski Vermont
Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a proud ambassador of the thriving winter tourism industry in Vermont, where the legislature has designated skiing and snowboarding as the official state sports. Vermont is not only the #1 ski state in the east and third in the US, but also reigns supreme in snowmaking quality and coverage, variety of terrain and historical impact on the sports of skiing and snowboarding - making it one of the most significant ski  and ride destinations in the world. Ski Vermont’s mission is to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state's ski areas can grow and prosper. It serves its 18 Alpine and 31 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Affairs.

Efficiency Vermont
Efficiency Vermont
provides technical assistance, rebates, and other financial incentives to help Vermont households and businesses reduce their energy costs with energy-efficient equipment, lighting, and approaches to construction and major renovation. Additionally, they partner extensively with contractors, suppliers, and retailers of efficient products and services throughout the state. They are operated by a private nonprofit organization, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, under an appointment issued by the Vermont Public Service Board.

Green Up Vermont
Green Up Vermont
is a nonprofit organization with 501(c) (3) status. Green Up's mission is to promote the stewardship of our state's natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment. For 43 years running, Vermonters have held Green Up Day – a state-wide tradition of beautification where armies of volunteers remove roadside debris previously camouflaged by Vermont’s abundant winter snow.

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Jay Peak Resort Receives National Recognition for Marketing Wed, 07 May 2014 12:13:45 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/647 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/647 jjtoland@jaypeakresort.com (JJ Toland) JJ Toland (Jay, VT)- Jay Peak Resort has been honored again for its marketing initiatives by the National Ski Areas Association. The resort was presented with the award for Best Old School marketing at the NSAA’s national convention held last week in Savannah, GA. Steve Wright, Jay Peak’s Chief Marketing Officer, attended the packed ceremony to receive the accolade.

"It's an honor to receive this kind of recognition," remarked Wright. "There are over 300 winter resorts in the country. It feels good when the work you and your team has done is brought into the spotlight by an organization like the NSAA."

Jay Peak received the prestigious honor for its Momentus campaign.

The second season of the Momentus campaign features the tag “Relive New Moments” and is anchored by an animated commercial featuring the voice of 40-year old woman’s inner child questioning the course of life her adult self has chosen. Jay Peak used various versions of the commercial in radio, print, TV, and online ads.

“This year’s campaign was successful across all channels, particularly radio where it really caused the phones to ring,” Wright told the crowd of media and industry veterans.

Wright has been at the helm of Jay Peak’s Marketing department since 2004 and has been the creative force behind the resort’s marketing initiatives. Under his direction, Jay Peak embarked on a series of creative campaigns deemed successful not only for the 220% growth in revenue attributed to them, but for the buzz they caused. During his tenure, Jay Peak won a total of 12 awards for its marketing campaigns; seven of those accolades coming in the “Best Of” category from the National Ski Areas Association.

Other “Best Of” winners at this year’s NSAA Annual Conference included Telluride Ski and Golf Resort, CO; Deer Valley Resort Company, UT; and Winter Park Resort, CO.

Visit jaypeakresort.com for the latest resort information including news on the new outdoor music amphitheater.

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Ski Vermont in May: Three Resorts Remain Open for Skiing and Riding Thu, 01 May 2014 13:39:07 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/642 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/642 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik Vermont is the only East coast state to have three resorts open for May skiing and riding. Jay Peak Resort, Killington Resort, and Sugarbush Resort will be spinning lifts and shredding soft bumps and groomer track on over 50 trails this first weekend in May.

“Having this many resorts and this much terrain open is a huge testament to the quality of snow and rich ski culture that you can only find in Vermont,” said Sarah Wojcik, Ski Vermont’s Director of Public Affairs. “We can thank Mother Nature for a cold, snowy winter and our 80% snowmaking capacity for the long-lasting base we’re still skiing on in May.”

Saturday, May 3, 2014 marks the 192nd day in operation for Killington Resort. That adds up to over six months of skiing and riding, and made it possible for skiers and riders to ski 8 out of 12 months of the year; and there is no end in near sight.  

“Killington is approaching day 200 of this season, and we are excited for yet another May on snow,” said Killington Communications Manager Michael Joseph.  “We received over four inches of fresh snow last week and remain optimistic about our spring skiing outlook; so much so that we have not yet set a closing date.”

Jay Peak’s bragging rights don’t stop at being open in May. They have the most terrain open with 38 trails and an average of 15-30” of base snowpack.

“No one up here can remember ever having close to 50% of our trails open in May,” said Jay Peak’s JJ Toland.  “Even the duct tape-wrapped diehards are ready to see some grass. We’re all ready for a nap.”

But don’t think Vermont resorts are starting to hibernate in spring. Sugarbush will be opening their golf course along with re-opening 18 trails on Saturday to celebrate the best of both worlds.

"To be able to stay open this late into the season with 18 trails is amazing," said Sugarbush Communications Coordinator John Bleh. "Not only that, but our golf course is opening this weekend, so we'll have 18 trails to ski and 18 holes to golf!"

Skiers and riders can extend their season, and even their days in May with discounted late season lift tickets and later hours. And don’t forget après drinks in the sun! Find more information on conditions and deals at skivermont.com.

Late Season Lift Ticket Pricing and Weekend Hours of Operation:

  • Jay Peak - $49 for adults, $39 for juniors; 8:30am – 4pm
  • Killington – $54 for adults, $41 for youth, $45 for seniors; 9am – 5pm
  • Sugarbush – $50 for adults which includes golf; Free for kids under 6; 10am – 5pm

 

Photo: Dare to bare? Skiing trees and wearing shorts…spring skiing at Jay Peak. Courtesy of Jay Peak Resort

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What's New at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Resorts this Summer? Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:14:10 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/639 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/639 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik Even before the season wraps up here in Vermont, resorts are looking to the future and planning improvements and investments for the next ski and ride season. Most resorts are also delving into 4 season fun with new activities and amenities for the year-round visitor. 

Find out what’s new at Vermont resorts this spring and summer:

Jay Peak Resort
Jay Peak Resort got into the music business two years ago when it opened the doors to its Foeger Ballroom and began hosting acts like Bruce Hornsby and Rusted Root. This summer it will take the show outside with the debut of the new Stateside Amphitheater, a 1500-person outdoor music venue located between the new Stateside Hotel and the Mountain Kids Adventure Center. The setting will offer concert goers both seated and lawn options and a beer garden. The Stateside Amphitheater opens July 25th with the Jeezum Crow Festival, a two-day concert featuring nine acts headlined by Dark Star Orchestra.

Killington Resort
New this summer at Killington is the Peak Lodge atop Killington Peak at 4100’. The Peak Lodge restaurant will be open every day that the K-1 Express Gondola runs, and its base-area counterparts, the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, will be open on weekends (Friday-Sunday). Killington’s golf season begins on May 24 on a 6,186-yard, par 72, 18-hole Championship Golf Course that takes advantage of the mountain terrain. Additional operations including lift-serviced mountain biking, scenic gondola rides, and disc golf will begin on Friday June 27 and run through Columbus Day, October 13, 2014.

Magic Mountain
Magic will be putting the resources of the Magic Faithful Club to work this summer to continue improvements to one of the most challenging ski areas in the East. The 2013-14 season was the second straight record year for Magic since its re-opening in the late 1990s, and this proudly independent ski area will continue the upgrades to its snowmaking system. Magic's own skiers and riders will provide capital to purchase new equipment to make more snow earlier and more efficiently than years past. In addition to preparing for an even better 2014-15 ski season, Magic will again offer locals and visitors to Vermont in the summer the opportunity to experience the Green Mountains from high in the trees with its TimberQuest ropes obstacle courses and zip lines.

Mount Snow Resort
The Bullwheel opened up at Mount Snow this past winter on the second floor of the summit lodge and quickly became one of the most popular eating and drinking establishments. This summer, The Bullwheel will be open on weekends serving a light menu and great beers on tap. 

Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Mountain Top gets a facelift. The Lodge at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort will sport a totally new look this summer. New cedar siding and trim, standing seam roof and windows will transform the exterior giving it a mountain lodge rustic appearance. The Resort’s Trailside Cottages Real Estate Development adds four 2-3 bedroom (1700-2400 sq ft) cottages in July. The Resort’s Equestrian Center also receives some upgrades with renovations to the horse barn and eight additional stalls to be completed in early summer. Preparing for next winter Mountain Top will receive a new PistenBully 100 and equipment for the new tubing hill.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Monkey Crawl, Bridge to Nowhere, Tarzan Swing…these are just a few of the features that make up Okemo’s Haulback Challenge Course, a self-guided, treetop adventure. A challenge course is a linear arrangement of fun and unusual physical challenges requiring participants to travel from tree to tree, at various heights, using a combination of suspended bridges, ropes and cables. Platforms surrounding the trees link the different features.

Challenge Course adventurers wear a safety harness and helmet, and are connected to an overhead cable using a continuous belay system. They travel at their own speed and course attendants offer assistance if needed. With 27 features, the Haulback Challenge Course is just the newest aspect of Okemo’s Adventure Zone – open all summer long.

Q Burke Mountain
This summer will see the beginning of construction for the new Hotel Burke, the first in a series of development projects planned for the resort that, when completed, will see $108 million invested. The resort will break ground in June and construction is expected to be complete prior to the 2015/16 winter season.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers an extensive menu of opportunities for families to connect, play and relax together, as well as to pursue their own adventures. New offerings include soap making and green tea skin care taught by a local herbalist and stand up paddleboard yoga. Smugglers’ is also adding a mountain bike camp and a disc golf camp to its specialty camp offerings for children ages 9-17. Mountain bike camp will accommodate different levels of ability, from young bike riders wanting to learn the basics of trail riding to intermediate riders looking to take their skills to the next level. Disc golf camp introduces participants to the fastest growing sport in the country with instruction and play on Smugglers’ 18-hole Brewster Ridge course. Both camps include instruction, equipment and lunch. www.smuggs.com; 855-581-5906.

Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort’s Master Plan evolves at Spruce Peak. In order to meet the demands of the rapidly growing Community, Stowe Mountain Resort and Spruce Peak Realty have begun construction to improve and expand the heart of Spruce Peak. Several new amenities will be built around a new ice rink that will double as a Community plaza and green in the summer. These amenities will include a children’s Adventure Center/ski and ride school, a year-round daycare center, a children’s activities center, a new Stowe Mountain Club clubhouse, retail shops, restaurants and food markets, and a parking garage for Club members. www.stowe.com

Stratton Mountain Resort
This summer, explore the kitchen as well as the mountain. August 4-7, Kids Culinary Classes will explore how to make fresh Italian American favorites from scratch. Taught by the Stratton Mountain Club’s own Chef Ralph Capalupo, kids will learn kitchen safety, sanitation, nutrition and how to make cooking fun!

Put the play in vacation with one of the brand new lodging and activity packages that are your all-access introduction to your summer playcation. From the Yoga, Play Weekend to the Essential Playcation, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Stratton.

Sugarbush Resort
Sugarbush is moving into summer with numerous renovations to the Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club. Improvements include a new roof, renovated ladies locker rooms, refinished floors, new fitness equipment and more. The resort is also partnering again with New England Tennis Holidays, rated the #1 adult tennis camp by Tennis Resorts Online. Investments of over $1 million will be made in mechanical and electrical upgrades to several of the resorts lifts, as well as additional investments in snowmaking. Permitting and construction of additional parking will also begin.

Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Woodstock Inn & Resort is pleased to announce that the “Kelly Way Gardens” are expansively growing this year providing more fruits, flowers & vegetables to the kitchens & resort amenities. Join us for a weekly garden tour & stay with us on our new “Kitchen Garden Package.”

There are also have more biking opportunities in & throughout the Woodstock community. Start at the Racquet & Fitness Club and mountain bike along nordic trails on Mt. Peg, pick up a cruiser bike at the Inn and journey through the quaint village or enjoy the scenic bike route along back roads through Silver Lake State Park, South Pomfret and our Suicide Six Ski Area.  www.woodstockinn.com

 

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Ski Vermont Summer Events 2014 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:49:25 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/640 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/640 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik Vermont ski and snowboard resorts have a lot to celebrate – even in the summer!  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, enjoy concerts, BBQs, physical challenges, and more at resorts all over Vermont.

Summer Events 2014

May 19, 2014 - ‘Spring Start Up’ Equestrian Clinic with Kat Waters at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Clinic will begin with groundwork to warm everyone up, and then move to work under saddle that will get you and your horse ready for a great riding season.

May 24-26, 2014 – Opening Weekend at Bromley Mountain
Visit Bromley for their traditional opening weekend festivities. Park opens for the season on Saturday, and Sunday features a BBQ on the Sun Deck and free entertainment from Adventure Park favorite Sylvia Markson and her comical cast of wise-cracking Magic Trunk characters.  Vermont’s Summer Adventure offers free family entertainment most weekends throughout the summer season. Check the Events Calendar for a full list of offerings.

May 31 - June 1, 2014 - Tough Mudder New England at Mount Snow
Tough Mudder returns to Mount Snow for the fourth year in a row with thousands of people expected to test their fitness on one of the most difficult courses in the event’s global schedule, with this year’s version featuring new obstacles.

June 13 - August 29, 2014 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series presented by Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. at Okemo Mountain Resort
Enjoy a free concert every Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. in the Jackson Gore Inn courtyard at Okemo Mountain Resort. Pack the lawn chairs and bring the family to enjoy live music, Okemo’s Adventure Zone and an outdoor barbecue with beer and wine. Call (802) 228-1600.

June 14, 2014 - XIP Single Bypass at Q Burke Mountain Resort
If you’ve always wanted to try an outdoor endurance/strength challenge, here’s your chance! Catered to athletes of all abilities, the Single Bypass features shorter climbs and obstacles than its’ meaner Double and Triple brethren, but still packs a huge challenge for all!

June 14, 2014 - Trilogy Challenge Disc Golf Tournament at Smugglers’ Notch Resort
The Trilogy Challenge on the 18-hole Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Course at Smugglers’ Notch Resort will be a fun event geared to any ability level. Registration costs $30 and includes 3 new, previously unreleased discs. Register online at www.gmdgc.org. For lodging reservations visit www.smuggs.com/skivts or call 855-581-5906.

June 14, 2014 - BrewGrass Festival at Sugarbush Resort
Kick off the season with over 20 breweries, great music, and tasty food in the 4th Annual BrewGrass Festival. Pre-sale tickets and lodging packages available at sugarbush.com.

June 19-22, 2014 - Wanderlust at Stratton Mountain Resort
Find Your True North at Wanderlust, the multi-day yoga and music festival like no other. With yoga classes, guided meditations, hiking, concerts, Speakeasy lectures by reknown speakers, artisan market and farm-to-table cuisine, Wanderlust is not to be missed. Come for a day or stay for the unforgettable four day experience.

June 21, 2014 – Opening Day at Magic Mountain’s TimberQuest Park
Award-winning TimberQuest Park at Magic Mountain will operate on a weekend schedule until July 4th when it will also be open mid-week for the summer season. Totally unplug and completely recharge by experiencing the thrill of overcoming obstacles set high in the trees and mountains of Vermont.

June 26, 2014 - Vermont Symphony Orchestra at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra TD Bank Summer Festival Tour returns to The Mountain Top Inn & Resort for the annual summer concert.

June 26-29, 2014 - The First Annual Kingdom Invitational at Jay Peak Resort
The Kingdom Invitational is an annual two-person, 54 hole, stroke-play competition held at the Jay Peak championship golf course.

June 27, 2014 - Vermont Symphony Orchestra at Okemo Mountain Resort
An evening of great music with Okemo Mountain as the scenic backdrop. Okemo and Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates are proud to bring the VSO to the Okemo Valley. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Advance tickets are available online at okemo.com. (802) 228-1600.

June 27-28, 2014 - The Frendly Gathering Music Festival at Magic Mountain
One of summer's best music festivals takes place on the back side of Magic with opportunities to camp out and share good times and great music. Remember, there is no "i" in frends.

June 28, 2014 - Vermont Symphony Orchestra: TD Bank Summer Festival Tour at Suicide Six Ski Area
Join us for music from the world of dance - from waltzes to swing and polkas to salsa. Toe-tapping melodies by Strauss, Delibes, Borodin, and Gershwin will put you "in the mood" for dance hits from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks conclude the show.

July 3, 2014 - Jay Peak Presents JJ Grey and MoFro in the Foeger Ballroom
Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again.

July 4, 2014 - Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Q Burke Mountain Resort
Celebrate the 4th of July with one of the area’s best fireworks displays. Great food, scenery, music and great people.

July 4, 2014 - Jeffersonville/Smugglers' Notch Resort Independence Day Celebration
An old-fashioned celebration in Jeffersonville with parade at 10 a.m., carnival, food and music. Smugglers' Notch Resort hosts a delicious late afternoon firemen's barbecue perfect for picnicking on the resort’s Village Green, an evening performance by the Vermont National Guard 40th Army Band and fireworks at dusk. www.smuggs.com/skivts; 855-581-5906

July 5, 2014 - XIP Double Bypass at Q Burke Mountain Resort
This strength and endurance based outdoor challenge is a step up from the Single Bypass, but not quite as challenging as the Triple. This will test the seasoned endurance/obstacle course athlete with longer climbs and more obstacles, while providing a great next step for those who complete the single.

July 5, 2014 - Independence Day Fireworks and Music at Magic Mountain
The Town of Londonderry holds its annual Independence Day celebration at Magic with a cook out, live music with The Butties, and a firework spectacular. This is a not-to-be-missed event in southern Vermont's Golden Triangle. It all begins at 6:00pm with beautiful Magic Mountain as the back drop.

July 5, 2014 - Okemo’s Great American Party
The Jackson Gore Inn courtyard will be transformed into an all-American cookout, complete with live music, a slip `n slide, carnival midway games and a hot dog eating contest. Okemo’s Adventure Zone will be open too. Admission is free. 1 to 8 p.m. Visit Okemo.com or call (802) 228-1600.

July 12, 2014 - Stowe Junior Golf Jamboree
A free event open to everyone under the age of 18, at Stowe Country Club. Drive, chip and putt under the supervision and instruction of Stowe’s PGA professionals. Event also features Divot the Clown, the world’s greatest golfing clown and trick-shot exhibition.

July 15-16, 2014 - ‘Body Awareness’ Equestrian Clinic with Paris Kern at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
This clinic will teach integration of a system that specifically tailors the principles Feldenkrais to the needs of horses and riders.

July 25-26, 2014 - The Jeezum Crow Festival at Jay Peak Resort
A two-day outdoor music fest in Jay Peak’s new Stateside Amphitheater featuring nine acts ranging from Amy Helm and the Jay Farrar Duo to Dark Star Orchestra.

July 26, 2014 – Vermont Institute of Natural Science presents “Raptor Encounters!”  at Bromley Mountain
Live Falcons, hawks & owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. 2 free shows:  11:30am and 1:30pm.

August 2, 2014 - Bike N’ Brew, Q Burke Mountain Resort
The 6th Annual Bike & Brew brings music, Vermont brews and mountain biking to the mountain! Bike all day, then sample beers, BBQ and check out great live music. Contests & games, gear demos, lessons, group rides and more!

August 9, 2014 - Jeffersonville Festival of the Arts
This summer festival is a highlight for area visitors who enjoy strolling Jeffersonville’s charming Main Street and perusing the work of dozens of talented regional artists. Music is provided by the Green Mountain Swing Band, and there are children's activities and food. 10 am – 4 m. Parking available. 10-minute drive from Smugglers’ Notch Resort. www.cambridgeartsvt.org.

August 10, 2014 -Taste of the Valley at Sugarbush Resort
Celebrate the 17th year of the Vermont Festival of the Arts with Sugarbush’s Taste of the Valley featuring culinary artistry from local restaurants, chefs, food purveyors, specialty food producers and local farms.

August 15, 2014 - An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Jay Peak’s Stateside Amphitheater
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett's career spans 14 albums with music that fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

August 24, 2014 - Eastern States Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race at Sugarbush Resort
The Eastern States Cup comes to Sugarbush with a downhill endurance mountain bike race as part of the 2014 POC ESC New England DH Cup USAC Regional Championship Series.

August 30, 2014 - 2nd Annual Bolton Valley 5K Run/Walk to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports at Bolton Valley
An annual fun trail run at Bolton Valley Ski Area on the Saturday morning of Labor Day Weekend, where runners and walkers head out to make strides on the Bolton Nordic trails to raise money for adaptive sports programming and equipment. More info at http://vermontadaptive.org/bolton5k

August 30-31, 2014 - 20th Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival at Mount Snow
A Labor Day weekend tradition for thousands of beer lovers, this season’s Brewers Festival is expected to be the biggest one yet to celebrate 20 years of good times with over 30 different breweries, almost 100 different beers, huge live music acts and great food.

August 30-31, 2014 - The Full Palette at Stratton Mountain Resort
Foodies and locavores come together at Southern Vermont’s premiere farm-to-table weekend. Celebrate the tastes and techniques of fine Vermont cooking with tastings, cooking demonstrations, workshops, farmers’ markets, food trucks and book signings. Bon appetite.

 

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Ski Vermont Summer Deals 2014 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:23:25 -0500 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/641 http://www.skivermont.com/about-us/press-room/press-release/id/641 sarah@skivermont.com (Sarah Wojcik) Sarah Wojcik Visit Vermont ski and snowboard resorts in the summer and save.  Whether looking for lodging packages, family adventure savings or discounted golf, Ski Vermont’s resorts have something for everyone and at a nice price.

Summer Deals 2014

Bromley Mountain
Bromley Mountain is offering so many summer deals at Vermont’s Summer Adventure this season. On Mondays Vermont residents can save big with Vermont Value Days.  Save $10 on an all-day Mountain Adventure Pass or a 2½ hour Aerial Adventure Pass, $15 on a Double Down or Triple-Play Pass, or $5 on a Sun Mountain Flyer Ride. On Tuesdays throughout the summer season Bromley will be giving away free ice cream treats with every Adventure Pass purchase. 

Check out bromley.com for great savings on Adventure Passes, like the Family 4 for 3 (Buy 3 Mountain Adventure Passes and get one free!) when you buy online, and for special e-coupon deals. Offers valid mid-May through August, visit bromley.com for more information.

Magic Mountain
Magic offers plenty of deals to get you challenging yourself at Magic's TimberQuest high trees ropes obstacle courses and zip lines. Visit www.timberquestparks.com to purchase online discounted tickets and to sign-up for TimberQuest emails for special deals. Discounted group rates are also available.

Mount Snow Resort
Grab four friends and learn how to downhill mountain bike on the East’s only introductory downhill trail by signing up for the First Lift program, which includes equipment, guide, instruction and a single ride lift and trail pass.  First Lift is just $49 per person for groups of five or more (reg. $99 per person). 

Enjoy true mountain golf for less at Mount Snow Golf Club every Wednesday when you can play 18 holes with a cart for just $29 per person. Weekends should be longer than two days, which is why when you book two nights in a Mount Snow resort condo you get the third night free.

Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, just 11 miles from Killington, transforms into a classic summer vacation destination beginning in May. A variety of summer packages are available May through October, appealing to all tastes and interests:

  • 3-Night Horseback Riding Vacation
  • “Giddy-Up and Go” 2-Night Girls Getaway
  • “Moonlight In Vermont” Romantic Getaway
  • Family Summer Fun Package
  • Endless Adventures Deal
  • "Tee It Up" Mountain Top Getaway

Packages are available for 3 nights or more and offer at least a 20% discount.  For additional information call 802.483.2311 or visit www.mountaintopinn.com.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo’s Adventure Zone Lodging Package allows families to stay where they play. Enjoy the thrills of Okemo’s Adventure Zone, complete with a mountain coaster, zipline tours, a treetop challenge course, and lots more. With each two- or three-night stay, every person in the group gets unlimited use of The Spring House Pool & Fitness Center, a single-day Adventure Zone wristband for three rides on the mountain coaster, mini golf, disc golf, big air bag, climbing wall, trampoline bungee jumping, challenge course, plus discounts on Segway PT tours and zipline tours. Package rates at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn start at $68 per person, per night.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Families booking a June vacation at Smugglers’ Notch Resort will save up to 40% compared to height-of-season rates. Plus, during June 6-21, 2014, dads and granddads can enjoy a Father’s Day Celebration on packages of five days or more. They’ll receive a delicious cheese gift box from award-winning Cabot Creamery and a $100 gift certificate to Smugglers’ sports shop, and the entire family will enjoy breakfast at the resort’s Mountain Grille.

Smugglers’ three packages offer choices for every family’s budget, with inclusions of lodging, use of 8 pools and 4 waterslides, guided hikes, family entertainment, and enjoyment of the FunZone entertainment and recreation center. Throughout the summer, guests at Smugglers’ receive 10% off the ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour and Treetop Obstacle Course. FamilyFest and Adventure Connection packages include a 25 percent discount on child care at Smugglers’ Treasures center for little ones 6 weeks to 3 years old. (www.smuggs.com/skivts; 855-581-5906)

Stowe Mountain Resort
Here in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, we are ready for one of our favorite and most popular seasons – summer! We invite you to join us at Stowe Mountain Lodge to experience all that a summer mountain vacation in Vermont has to offer.

Book early to save on accommodations for your stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge between May 1, 2014 and September 6, 2014.

  • 30% off if you book by May 4, 2014
  • 25% off if you book by May 18, 2014
  • 20% off if you book by May 26, 2014

 

Stratton Mountain Resort
Looking to spend some time on the fairway and save some green? Save up to $30 on each round of golf with purchase of a Green Card for just $79. With one round of golf (and use of cart) loaded on at purchase, it pays for itself in just one visit.

The new Cross Fun package is your ticket to everything Stratton summer. It includes lodging, kayak rental, SUP rental, Training and Fitness Center classes, golf and more. How much fun can you fit into your stay? Check early and often. New deals and packages are being released throughout the summer.

Sugarbush Resort
Lodging packages at Claybrook are available for summer camps, golf and tennis, as well as other mid-week and special event packages. The All Access Day Pass allows for unlimited lift service, mountain biking, disc golf, zipline, bounce house, and one bungee trampoline for just $65 ($90 value). $30 Thursdays at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club allow for golf and cart at just $30.

Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Woodstock Inn & Resort offers exciting vacation packages tailored for each visitor. Choose from endless options including family vacation deals, spa retreats and unique Vermont weekend getaways. Woodstock is the quintessential vacation destination. Golf on our Robert Trent Jones Sr Course, play tennis, hike through the National Park, mountain bike on our trail network, shop through town or just sit back & relax in our beauty of the spa near the outdoor swimming pool. New, this year is the “Kitchen Garden Package.” Visit our gardens and take home horticultural insights from our gardeners & chefs. www.woodstockinn.com

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