Gore has an army worth of snowmakiing going and in addition to the 130 new tower guns placed throughout Gore Mountain’s four peaks this fall, installation of 30 more low-profile guns has been completed on the signature Showcase trail.
Showcase is a 1.25 mile cruiser located under the lift line of the high-speed Adirondack Express. The 10' super-efficient tower guns are located to not impact the lift, as the snow is blown under the cables. The water flow is variable, which allows Gore's snowmakers to control the quality and amount of snow produced as the temperatures change.
The energy savings of these 160 new guns amounts to offsetting 1,428,721 KWH of electricity, which is 11% of Gore’s annual usage, or enough to power 260 average three-bedroom homes for a year!
The snowmaking guns have been accompanied by several other improvements for 2011/2012, which include the addition of two new glades on Little Gore Mountain, the all-new Open Pit Grille on the sundeck, a renovation to the Tannery Pub & Restaurant, and a long extension of the Chatterbox Glades.
At Pats Peak, NH, for just $43 per person, you can get access to skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, lesson tips, rentals, bonfires, and entertainment on Saturday nights from January 7, 2012 through End of Season 2012 from 3pm to 10pm. Snowtubing hours are from 5pm to 10pm.
Arrive earlier in the day on Saturday and get rental equipment to start skiing/riding earlier and spend more time on the slopes. "Step Up To POP Tickets" are available from 12pm-10pm for $73; 1pm-10pm for $63; 2pm-10pm for $53; 3pm-10pm for $43. These are the only tickets available on Saturday nights for all ages. Rental equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
New Year's Eve 2011 Goes POP from 3pm-10pm on Saturday, December 31, 2011 for only $53. In addition to the regular POP benefits, there will be a live band, comedians, party favors and fireworks to kick off the new year.
"Our Saturday Night POP ticket is significantly discounted to give guests new to skiing or snowboarding a chance to try it at a very affordable rate. It's also a great opportunity for skiers to try snowboarding or vice versa, since the rental equipment and lesson tips are included in the ticket," says Kris Blomback, General Manager.
The Sled Pub is open on Saturday nights until midnight, with live music from 4pm-9pm and food service continues until 11pm.
Pats Peak offers night skiing "Under the Lights" starting December 26th on 100% of the mountain with beginner through expert trails.
More Info: Pats Peak
When it comes to buying skis my mantra has always been - Demo, Demo, Demo. Try before you buy is the way to go especially now with all the variations of rocker technology that is evident in every ski manufacturers' lineup.
Okemo Mountaion Resort understands the need to Demo and is celebrating the opening of "Edges," a new equipment demo and sales center located beneath Okemo's iconic clock tower, in the Resort's original base area. Edges opened for business on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Edges Demo and Sales Center offers the newest skiing and riding equipment for the enthusiast looking to test ride before making a purchase. Edges also serves the discerning skier or rider who is looking to demo the latest technology. Brands represented include Salomon, Atomic, Elan, Rossignol, Ramp, and Stockli.
"This is the best way to buy equipment," says Okemo Snowsports Shop Assistant Director Dave Martin. "Why would you purchase new skis and snowboards any other way?"
Skiers and riders visiting Okemo can try all the new toys: fat skis, twin tips, carving skis, telemark skis, snowshoes and helmets, for a daily fee, or with the purchase of a new "Demo Pass" season pass package. Edges also demos lightweight, composite ski poles and top-of-the-line helmets.
Edges Demo Center's daily prices are $45 per day for one pair of skis/snowboard; $60 per day for three pairs of skis/snowboards; $80 per day for an unlimited number of products. Premium pole and helmet demos are $15 per day. Daily demo fees up to $135 can be applied toward the purchase of any ski/snowboard any time during the season.
Edges offers a variety of special Demo Center season passes. The World Cup Pass is $299 and includes 10 demos to be used throughout the season. $135 can be applied toward purchase of new skis or a snowboard. The Defiance Pass is $399 and includes 16 demos. $150 can be applied toward a purchase. The Double Diamond Pass is $499 and includes 22 demos. $175 can be applied toward a purchase. The Chief Pass is $699 and includes 34 demos. $200 can be applied toward a purchase. Demo Center season pass holders can use two products per day.
For more information about Edges Demo and Sales Center, call (802) 228-1565 or visit www.okemo.com.
Pats Peak, New Hampshire, invites Adults to join a Weekday Lesson Clinic, the most cost effective way to learn or improve your skills with lots of attention on individual development. Skiers & Snowboarders of all abilities welcome!
Adult Clinics include a professional Lesson Clinics with the Pats Peak Snowsports School, a morning half-day lift ticket and lunch - all for less than the cost of a Half-Day Lift Ticket!
Adult Clinics can be taken Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday morning, starting January 3, 2012 until the end of the season (exclusions apply).
On Wednesdays, starting January 4, 2012, women can participate in the WOW, Women's Only Wednesday, Program. Women start the day off at 9am by enjoying a continental breakfast and an exciting morning discussion, designed specifically for women.
Discussion topics include: skiing/snowboarding fears and risk factors, yoga, skiing/riding exercises, nutrition, strength & power, stance and balance, physical and psychological gender differences, confidence building, equipment and boot fitting, and video analysis to enhance basic skills and improve personal skiing/snowboarding.
After morning discussions, participants head out onto the slopes for on-hill clinics taught by women only. The morning ends with a delicious lunch with instructors, allowing students and instructors to discuss their morning on the slopes.
"The WOW Program is a great program for women to feel comfortable learning on the slopes", say Holland. "Our female instructors personalize the program to the wants and needs of the group of participants," says Bertie Holland, Snowsports School Director.
Cub's Club Kids Programs are available for children whose parent is participating in the Adult Clinics or WOW Program. Cub's Club Child Care at Pats Peak opens at 8:15 am. Advanced reservations are required. Cub's Club Child Care is available for children ages 4 months to 6 years old and Cub's Club is available for children ages 3 years to 6 years.
More Info: Pat's Peak Adult Clinics
Sugarloaf unveiled a new mobile app this week that allows skiers and riders to track their experiences on the mountain, compile their stats online, and share them with friends, all with the push of a single button. The new app, called “Sugarloaf Replay,” is completely free, available to anyone, and operates on both iPhone and Android devices.
Developed with the team at AlpineReplay.com, the Sugarloaf Replay app utilizes the GPS technology in smartphones to calculate a user’s accumulated vertical feet, total mileage, number of runs, average speed, and even calories burned throughout the course of the day and the season.
Skiers and riders are able to track their day on the mountain using the app, and then review the information at the end of the day. Users’ stats are stored in their profile on AlpineReplay.com, and they are able to compare them to stats of friends who also use the Sugarloaf Replay app.
“Skiers have been comparing their days and boasting about stats since the dawn of skiing,” said Brad Larsen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sugarloaf. “Sugarloaf Replay is the next step for Sugarloafers in continuing that tradition in an online, social media environment.”
Alpine Replay profiles also easily sync with Facebook, meaning users can automatically share their experiences on the hill with friends and family on Facebook.
Sugarloaf Replay users can compare their accumulated stats to those of other Sugarloaf skiers and riders, as well as to stats of skiers and riders from around the world. The app also features a “challenge” function, which allows users to challenge their friends to achieve various statistical milestones.
Sugarloaf Replay users will also be able to accumulate medals for achieving various milestones throughout the season. There are a total of 10 Sugarloaf specific medals, and 14 Alpine Replay medals.
In addition, the app will also provide users with the latest information from up on the mountain, including up to date lift status, grooming reports, the Daily Report, and instant updates through Sugarloaf’s Twitter Feed, all from within the app.
How To Download:
Sugarloaf Replay is completely free, and available through the iPhone App Store and Android Martket.
To download for iPhone, please visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sugarloaf-replay/id479536967?mt=8
To download for Android, please visit: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.sugarloafreplay.android
For more information about Sugarloaf and Sugarloaf Replay, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.
For more information about Alpine Replay, please visit www.alpinereplay.com.
Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start of the ski and snowboard season all around New England, and Okemo Mountain Resort is ready to welcome guests for a holiday weekend to remember.
Okemo's snowmaking team is taking advantage of every opportunity to make snow in preparation for opening day. Mother Nature thwarted Okemo's plans to open on Nov. 19, as originally planned, with warm temperatures that made it impossible to make snow. But more seasonal temperatures have finally arrived and Okemo plans to open as soon as possible - prior to Thanksgiving if all goes as planned. Okemo typically starts the season with advanced terrain located at the top of the mountain.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Okemo plans to offer Thanksgiving Weekend visitors plenty of fun and adventure off the slopes. Okemo's Adventure Zone will be operating all weekend with 18 holes of miniature golf, the Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline and the thrilling Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster.
Thanksgiving Dinner will be served in Coleman Brook Tavern on Thursday, Nov. 24, from 3-8 p.m. A traditional repast with all the trimmings is just $29.95 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (802) 228-1435.
If visitors want to burn off the calories from that extra slice of pumpkin pie, The Okemo Trot It Off 5k takes place on Saturday, Nov. 26, in the Jackson Gore base area. This running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker. Registration is $25 per person and proceeds go to local community assistance programs. All participants will receive an event t-shirt. The Tots Trot, a kids' fun race for children 12 and younger, will take place just before the 5k. Race registration starts at 8 a.m. Trot It Off starts at 9:30 a.m.
Last year's Trot it Off raised $1,000 in proceeds to benefit the Patch Chit Neighbor in Need Fuel Assistance Program.
Visit Okemo Mountain Resort for more information and for rates and hours of operation.
Sunday River Ski Resort and PistenBully USA are teaming up to provide the resort with even better slope conditions thanks to the addition of two new cutting-edge PistenBully 400s to the resort's grooming machine fleet. Both companies plan to celebrate their partnership this Friday, 11.11.11 proclaiming it as National Corduroy Day for all. Corduroy is an industry term for well-groomed snow because the end product looks like the fabric.
"For Sunday River, all of those straight lines represent perfectly groomed slope conditions which will be made even easier for us thanks to PistenBully," Dana Bullen, Resort President and General Manager, says. "What better way to announce our partnership than with a day celebrating well-groomed terrain."
Manufactured in Germany and designed for precision, the PistenBully 400s are known for their AlpineFlexTiller, which produces a well-aligned groom and easy transition when grooming machines overlap on the hill.
"The anatomy for seamless corduroy is built into our Alpine Flex Tiller," says Dennis McGiboney, Vice President of Sales for PistenBully. "It starts with the radius tuned cutter bar for accelerated snow processing, continues with adjustable snow flow for hard or soft conditions, and ends with a memory urethane / windshield wiper effect finisher system. These all add up to produce a high definition corduroy surface that is super fun to ski or ride."
To celebrate National Corduroy Day, Sunday River and PistenBully invite everybody to check out the two new 400s located in the Barker Base Lodge parking lot. Later this winter, PistenBully will bring to Sunday River several models from its grooming fleet for a more in-depth look at their engineering.
Currently, Sunday River operates 16 grooming machines including the two new PistenBulley 400s.
Image Copyright Mike Doyle
With favorable snow making temperatures and a snow storm in the forecast, Mount Snow, Vermont is planning to fire up a few of its high output fan guns starting Thursday night, October 27 in preparation for a pre-season fundraising event and rail fest this Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30.
Weather permitting; Mount Snow will open one chairlift on its learning terrain and plant some terrain park features in the snow for a rail-fest-type teaser weekend. All proceeds from the $10 lift tickets will go towards helping North Star Bowl, the popular Wilmington bowling alley, frequented by locals and visitors, that experienced significant flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
The lift will spin from 10:00am ? 4:00pm both Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30 with lift tickets available for purchase in the Clocktower Building starting at 9:30am both days. Terrain park features will be planted in the snow for park riders to brush up on their skills in preparation for this coming winter.
Image Mount Snow copyright Mike Doyle
Like There's No Tomorrow, the 62nd Warren Miller production, had it's premier showing in Salt Lake City last Friday. I happened to be around the Salt Lake city area and was invited to the pre-movie press conference with most all of the athletes and production bosses in attendance.
As is typical of a Warren miller film there were segments of awesome skiing and comedic antics from snowy places around the world.
Tuck's was not in a springtime friendly mode for the movie, with a lot of blue ice shining. After the press conference I mentioned to Chris Davenport that I have to laugh when skiers in Utah say a run was icey. They don't know "ice" and I told Davenport to tell them what I tell'em we don't have ice back east - we have loud powder.
It's good to be getting back into a winter mode so check out the schedule for Like There's No Tomorrow. If you don't see a venue near you it's easy to arrange a sponsored show - makes for a great fundraiser.
Like There's No Tomorrow © Warren Miller Productions; Chris Davenport © Mike Doyle