From the Inbox – Spring News, Events, Ski & Stay Deals

Here is a quick data dump of things that hit my inbox and caught my attention.

I hope that some of you find this useful. Spring is here and we still have over a month of good skiing left in New England. Some of the regions biggest events on the snow are right around the corner.

New Website: Check this website put out there by SIA. Not too shabby… I gave it a few quick turns…and found some useful stuff of all walks after digging around a little. Look for yourself, you are probably reading this at work anyway. SNOWLINK

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Some vibe form the left coast, Tahoe apparently is on a time all its own. This is a great move form Mount Rose, NV. Spinning the lifts until 5:00 pm is awesome! Here is some more form the resort.

Take advantage of the Longer Days this spring as Mt. Rose will stay open until 5:00 on Fridays & Saturdays in March. Tahoe’s Highest Base always gets you Tahoe’s best snow and it’s especially true this year with a warmer spring in effect.
The following lifts will be open until 5:00pm
• Northwest Magnum 6
• Blazing Zephyr 6
• Ponderosa
All other lifts are on standard hours.
Superb mid winter conditions combined with our exciting spring events will make for a fun filled March at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe.
March 11 (Tuesday)– Champion Chevrolet Races & Ski Party
Races from 10-2 on Bullwhip followed by a party in Timbers (Sol Jibe will be playing)
March 15th (Saturday) 14th annual Bud Light Ladies Day
Revenge for Ladies Day Thursdays
Men wearing a dress get $10 lift tickets & the chance to win over $1000 in cash and prizes! “Drag Race” and Beauty / Beast contest – High Noon at the main lodge deck.
March 22nd Easter Weekend
The Easter Egg Hunt (on snow) will take place on Sunday March 23rd at the main lodge at 12:15 near the Show-Off Run. Kids ages 3-11 are encouraged to join in on the FUN.
April 5th (Saturday) Dummy Downhill Returns!
Public Dummy entries receive 4 FREE Lift Tickets w/ a legitimate entry, but there are rough guidelines:
• 150 lb weight limit
• PG-13 rating (keep it fairly clean)
• No Garbage (engine blocks, transmissions, appliances will be denied)
• Must be tow-able (dummy has to survive being dragged up the hill)

Party at Pat’s Peak – THIS WEEKEND – are there any Irish Hawaiian’s in the house? They are offering “helicopter rides” as an option (assuming there is a cost for this besides lift ticket?) along with “hot tubs, fire dancing and big air” ~ Totally Core. Bring your camera for sure!

HAWAIIAN WEEKEND IS THE PARTY OF THE YEAR
AT PATS PEAK
Tropical Fun on the Slopes Brings Out Island Spirit
When New Englanders Need it Most
Henniker, NH, March 9, 2008 – Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier snowsports destination, announces its 17th Annual Hawaiian Weekend Celebration, March 15th and 16th, 2008. Considered one of the best parties in the state, Hawaiian Weekend is a blow-out of spring skiing/riding, tropical decorations, helicopter rides, NASTAR races, Hot Tubs, Hawaiian Fire Dance Show, Big Air Contest and Hawaiian foods. Hawaiian Weekend goes “Caribbean” with the sounds of Jah Spirit Reggae Band in the Sled Pub both Saturday and Sunday. Magic Hat Beer is the sponsor of the Après-Ski Party in the Sled Pub both days, which includes fun raffle prizes.
Helicopter Rides are available, weather permitting, for just $20 per ride from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. The NASTAR Race course on the Downdraft trail is open to the public from 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Hawaiian food luncheon specials are available for purchase in the cafeteria. Saturday night Poi Star Fire Productions will be performing two half hour Fire Dance Shows. The first show starts at 6:30pm and the second show starts at 7:30pm on the snow in front of the Main Lodge.
17th Annual Hawaiian Weekend — Saturday & Sunday, March 15th & 16th
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
SATURDAY
Hot Tub on the Deck provided by Oasis Hot Tub and Sauna of Nashua
All Day: Most Spirited Department & Employee Contest
10am to 2pm: Helicopter Rides (weather permitting) $20 per ride
11am to 3pm: NASTAR Race on Downdraft
Lunch: Hawaiian Themed Lunch Specials
3pm to 7pm: Magic Hat Beer Promo in Sled Pub in Sled Pub
4pm to 9pm: Live Band — Jah Spirit Reggae Band in Sled Pub
6:30pm & 7:30pm Poi Star Fire Productions will be performing two half hour Fire Dance Shows on the snow in front of the Main Lodge.
SUNDAY
Hot Tub on the Deck provided by Oasis Hot Tub and Sauna of Nashua
All Day: Most Spirited Department & Employee Contest
11am to 3pm: NASTAR Race on Downdraft
11am to 3pm: Magic Hat Beer Promo in Sled Pub
Lunch: Hawaiian Themed Lunch Specials
12pm to 4pm: Live Band — Jah Spirit Reggae Band in Sled Pub
12:30pm: S&W Sports Big Air Contest at in Turbulence Park.
Registration: 8:30am – 11:30am in the Valley Lodge.
Start Time: 12:30 pm. Cost: $15 Entry Fee Plus Valley Lift Ticket. Divisions: Men 16+ • Men 15 & Under • Women. Release forms must be signed. Age 17 and under needs parent or guardian signature.
4:30pm: Inter-Department Volleyball Tournament

Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge – Killington, VT
This event pretty much speaks for itself. The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge is one of the biggest and best things to go down on snow-covered surfaces every season in Now England. I has become a right of passage in the spring in Central Vermont.
Fair warning, read the seventh paragraph, yikes, just watching that rule enforced would be entertaining.

BUD LIGHT BEAR MOUNTAIN MOGUL CHALLENGE RETURNS TO KILLINGTON RESORT MARCH 29-30
The Smithereens to perform on Saturday, March 29 as part of the Bud Light Concert Series while 200 bumpers tackle Outer Limits
KILLINGTON, Vt. (March 7, 2008) –The Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge returns for the 28th annual competition as a part of Killington’s “King of Spring” celebration, and one of Vermont’s largest spring skiing events, as 200 mogul skiers tackle the steepest, longest mogul run in the East March 29-30.
In addition to the on-hill action, the Bud Light Concert Series continues with 80’s rocks band The Smithereens, from Carteret, New Jersey, performing on Saturday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Spanning three decades, The Smithereens have a long and storied history with numerous hits, including “Girl Like You,” “Only a Memory” and “Blood and Roses.”
The famous Bear Mountain deck, featured as one of the top ski resort spectator viewing areas in Outside Magazine and SKI Magazine, will once again be the spot for spectators place to sit back, soak up the sun and libations and enjoy the vibe and scene of the Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge.
Skiers tackle Outer Limits in seven different age categories for both men and women. Skiers are judged on turns and line (50%), air (25%) and speed (25%). Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, competitors each get one run. The top 32 men and 16 women will return to compete in a dual format on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Pairs of competitors run a dual course with sudden death format; only the winners remain. Awards are presented to the first, second, third, and fourth place finishes for both men and women. These winners’ names are engraved on the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge trophy.
Pre-registration is required and will open online at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday March 11. Only the first 200 prepaid registrants will be entered for competition. A link will be provided from the event page of www.Killington.com to Mogul Challenge registration.
The action at the base of Outer Limits will be lively as spectators are encouraged to bring barbeques and lawn chairs for the best on-snow viewing. There will be a barbeque competition featuring prizes for best appetizer, entrée and desert.
This year Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge spectators and competitors will not be allowed to bring alcoholic beverages to the event, including the parking areas of Killington Resort. Killington will expand its beer garden, barbeque selections and food vendors to provide a variety of delicious and value priced options.
28th Annual Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge Schedule:
Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. Mogul Challenge qualifying runs
3:00 p.m. The Smithereens performs on the outdoor stage
4:30 p.m. Mogul Challenge Awards on the outdoor stage
Sunday, March 30
11:00 a.m. Mogul Challenge finals on Outer Limits
1:00 p.m. Mogul Challenge Awards at the base of the course
Killington Ski and Stay Packages
Two-day, two-night Ski and Stay package including lodging and lift tickets starts at just $112 per person per night through March 30 (midweek, non-holiday) and $83 per person per night after March 30. Package rate is based on 2 people in a motel room or 4 people in a 1-bedroom condominium. Tax and service fees not included. Some restrictions apply. For booking, visit www.killington.com or call 1-800-621-MTNS.

This report form Attitash, NH is completely off the hook. Seriously, look at how awesome these 3 events they have lined up are…I love this stuff.

ATTITASH LAUNCHES INTO MARCH MANIA WITH THE SPREAD EAGLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Every Friday in March lift tickets only $39, outdoor live entertainment and signature events
BARTLETT, NH (March 11, 2008) – Attitash in Bartlett, New Hampshire is launching into Spring with a full line-up of events, après ski entertainment and a special Friday ticket deal in March. Attitash is offering a $39 lift ticket price every Friday in March to kick off each weekends’ festivities.
The Spread Eagle World Championship will take place on Saturday, March 15. The spectator friendly event is a competition where athletes flashback to the early days of freestyle skiing when neon, straight skis and old style stunts were the sight. Competitors clad in their one-piece day glow suits will showcase their best old-school tricks like Daffys, Spread Eagles and Twisters off a big air jump near the base of Attitash. The retro weekend is not just for ski jumpers but anyone who is nostalgic for the 70’s & 80’s who wants to come out and boogie to the “shagtastic” sounds of the 70’s cover band, Motor Booty Affair. Guests are also invited to arrive in their best retro attire (including fro) to participate in the Best Retro Outfit contest. Winner takes home a peace ring and a special Atti-fro.
The mania continues the following weekend, March 22, when the 15th Annual Attitash Open On-Snow Golf Tournament tee’s off on the White Horse trail. Costume clad teams of four will drive, putt and wedge their way down the nine-hole course on skis or snowboards. The goal is to reach the “10th hole”, the Attitash base lodge deck, where reggae band, Jah Spirit, will be jamming out their “ska groove” sounds on the snow stage.
Attitash caps off the month on Saturday, March 29 with the Mullet Mogul Rock Jam weekend which will include the 15th Annual Grand Stand Mogul Jam. Competitors will amp up to compete in a dual mogul course set-up on Grandstand before rockin’ out to the Aerosmith cover band Draw the Line and the up-and-coming band Aranda. Mullets not required but preferred. Best Mullet wins a set of drum sticks, an autographed air guitar and a $25 gift certificate to Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Slopeside lodging packages are available at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. For more information or reservations call (800) 223-7669 or visit Attitash.com.

Okemo, VT has a pretty full slate planned out for the remaining weekends this season.

It wouldn’t be springtime without the annual wacky events that illicit creativity and outrageous zaniness on the slopes. Okemo Mountain Resort celebrates the season with a number of fun, family events:
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Scavenger Hunt
When skiers and riders find one of ten shamrocks hidden around the mountain and present it to the staff at the Learning Center desk in the Clock Tower Base Lodge, they win a special prize bag filled with goodies!
March 23 – The Hatchery Easter Egg Hunt
The slopes will be littered with treat-filled Easter Eggs. Some will have great prizes from Ludlow’s own Hatchery – home of the best breakfast before the slopes! Find the Golden Egg and win a pair of skis or a snowboard from Atomic.
March 29 – IZ Style Winter Tour
It’s time to crank up the IZSTYLE Winter Tour for fun in the snow. The Reverb Eco Village, allows skiers and riders to learn about environmental preservation while sampling all-natural and organic foods. There will be ski and snowboard demos, outdoor adventure equipment and all kinds of fun and prizes. Live après ski entertainment provided by the Bud Light Concert Series.
March 30 – Powers Series Slopestyle Competition
Register early in the base lodge mezzanine for the last Okemo Powers Series event of the season. There’s $2,000 on the line for overall series winners. Bring your board or bring your skis and go big in the Dew Zone! Registration from 8-9:30 a.m. and the competition begins at 11 a.m.
April 5 – Annual Slush Cup
Fame, glory and prizes will be awarded in a number of categories to the hearty skiers and riders who are willing to soar down a trail and skim across an 80-foot pool of watery slush. Open to the first 125 participants. Entry fee is $20. Registration from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Okemo Base Lodge Mezzanine.
April 6 – Harpoon Brewery Cardboard Box Race
Harpoon Brewery and Okemo Mountain Resort invite teams of three costumed and creative sled designers (18 or older) to enter the resort’s first Cardboard Box Race. Registration runs from 8:30-10 a.m. in the base lodge mezzanine and the competition starts at 1:30 p.m. on Bull Run. Sleds must be at the starting line by 1:15 p.m. and in running order. No non-human form of transporting of the sleds to the top of the course is permitted. Sled design and materials rules will be strictly enforced. Visit Okemo’s online calendar of events for details. The sleds will be judged on construction and artistic expression, with costumes factoring into final scores. There will also be awards for the fastest sled and best self destruction of a sled while on course. Join Harpoon Brewery in the Sitting Bull after the race for a cold beer and prizes presentation.

S.G. Update: Still pumped about what a great experience I had at Kicking Horse. I am working on a blog entry that does it justice. It should be ready soon.
Totally unrelated, but this is actually a solid deal if you can nail down a flight into Calgary. Go for it, 2 thumbs up! Kicking Horse is that good. I wish I could go back…
Big Mountain Centre Opening Weekend March 22-23 2008

March 7, 2008 – Big Mountain Centre Opening Weekend March 22-23 2008
The unique “Big Mountain Centre” at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will officially open its door on March 22-23 2008 with a great schedule of events, supported by an impressive roster of pro athletes and VIP media.With the goal of leading the industry and providing an unparalleled, new age, resort mountain experience in North American resorts: Respect, etiquette, terrain management, guided use of big mountain skis and boards as well as exposure to avalanche knowledge and decision making are only some of the details covered on a daily basis in the Big Mountain Centre’s programs.
Package for Guests Includes;
$499.99
•Limited spots
•VIP Media Status
•2 days Lift tickets
•2 days of riding and guiding on the resort with the Big Mountain Centre
•2 days riding with Pro Athletes: Dave Downing, Ryan Oakden, Jeremie Duchene, Kevin Hjertaas and Red Bull athlete Sven Kueenle
•Lift Line Priority
•Presentation by Avalanche professional Tom Chalmers
•2 days VIP Lunch menu
•Exclusive Saturday evening BMC Social / Open Bar
•A chance to win a Heli-Skiing day playing Texas Hold-em
•Big Mountain equipment Demos from: Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Faction and Burton Snowboards
•Beacon training and avalanche awareness
•Access to the Saturday night grand opening party at Peaks
•Door prizes and swag from the sponsors
Call 1-866-SKI-KICK option #7 to book
Schedule for the weekend
10:00-15:00 Beacon / Search education / competitions @ Beacon Basin
BMC Yurt interpretative visits @ BMC Yurt
Big Mountain Equipment Demos @ BMC Yurt
Pro Athlete Autograph signing @ BMC Yurt
Media information, Photos opportunities

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Not exactly on my short list of things to do, but Sunday River, ME is serving up a nice option for children and families on Easter Weekend. Sounds like a real show. This must be entertaining.

Russian American Kids Circus to Perform at Sunday River
Easter weekend events highlighted by popular family attraction
NEWRY, MAINE (March 10, 2008) – Created from dreams and filled with the energy of children, the Russian American Kids Circus is an ensemble of gifted, young entertainers who will delight audiences with two performances on Saturday, March 22 in the Grand Ballroom at Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center.
The Russian American Kids Circus has been performing on top stages in the U.S. and abroad for over 12 years. Their performance is a unity and synthesis of circus arts, theater, dance, music, and comedy. With over a decade of experience combining the artistry and magic of circus with the rich and time-treasured tradition of European theater, this Black Diamond Family Entertainment Series show is one for the entire family.
One of the most interesting aspects of this circus is that the performers are all between the ages of six and 16 – who tackle gravity-defying acrobatics in what is a delight for the audience. Trained and produced by veterans of the world famous Moscow Circus, these artists fill the stage with a blur of spangles, dazzling audiences with their synchronized acrobatics, black lights, unicycling, expert juggling, daring aerial feats, and balancing acts. Their shows feature outrageous costumes staged under magical lighting and state of the art techniques in the hallowed tradition of the circus.
Alex Berenchtein, a former star with the Moscow Circus, created the Kids Circus to give children of all ages an opportunity to develop self-expression, discipline and teamwork by teaching them circus performance skills.In addition to touring worldwide, the Russian American Kids Circus has appeared at Disney World, on the Bill Cosby Show, Good Morning America, plus countless commercials and television programs all over the globe. The New York Times says, “this troupe of young professionals makes spirits soar and crowds roar.”
Show times are 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on March 22 at the Grand Summit Hotel Grand Ballroom. For ticket information, call (207) 824-3575.
Additional Easter Weekend events include egg hunts, egg painting and appearances by the Easter Bunny. Ski and stay packages are available by calling (800) 543-2SKI. More information is available at http://www.sundayriver.com/easterweekend.html.

Last but not least making this Blog entry is the word from Jay Peak, VT.
Without a doubt the mountain is the most likely to keep getting BIG snows and having Monster Pow Days until the lifts stop spinning for the summer.
They already have recorded over 345 inches of snow this season!

The highlight of spring events at Jay is the Beach Party Weekend and Battle for Burlington March 29. The Beach Party is the biggest apres-ski party of the year, with loads of giveaways, barbecues and activities for all ages. In the afternoon, the Battle for Burlington pits the best student skiers and riders against each other from University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College and Champlain College – all vying for the coveted title in this second annual slopestyle event in the Harmony Terrain Park. Only 10 skiers and 10 riders are invited to participate in the event so it draws the cream of the crop from Vermont’s largest city. The event runs from 1-4 p.m. and is free for spectators.
The season winds down with the resort’s annual pond skimming event April 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tram Base Area. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including a 2008-2009 Jay Peak Season Pass for the most creative costume.
Starting April 2, packages are available in Hotel Jay from $99/person/night and include 1-night lodging and 1-day skiing/riding plus breakfast and dinner in the hotel; free lodging and lift tickets for kids 14 and under; free meals, lodging and lift tickets for kids ages 6 and under; and free daycare for kids ages 2-7. For more information about special events or to make a reservation securely online, guests may go to jaypeakresort.com or call 1.800.451.4449 to make a reservation via phone.

That’s the Event breakdown for now, with some package deals mixed in…more will follow as they hit the radar.
Think Snow,
S.G.

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