Eastern Resorts Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21
Every third Monday in January is a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. His “day” is usually part of a weekend celebration at many ski areas with special events, lodging, and ski/snowboard packages.
New Hampshire’s Pats Peak in Henniker will be honoring Dr. King with its annual Diversity Day Goes POP, Mon., Jan. 21 from 3-9 p.m. Guests “pay one price (POP)” of $45 to ski, ride, snowtube and get rentals and lesson tips. Snowtubing is from 5-9 p.m.; lesson tips 4-6 p.m.
Sunday River in Newry, Maine, features a weekend full of activities for the whole family, Jan. 18-21. There’s live entertainment in several locations including the Now is Now group at the Foggy Goggle, Steve Jones at Legends Restaurant, and Royal Hammer, a six-piece reggae group, at the Foggy Goggle. Kids 5-12 can enjoy their own night out Sat., Jan. 19 from 5-8 p.m. for $15, including pizza, evening activities, and a movie in a supervised environment. Reservations are required.
The resort also is offering special ski and stay packages from $129 in condos, $145 in the Snow Cap Inn, and $169 in the Grand Hotels. All packages include lodging, 12-hour lift tickets, and free adult Perfect Turn clinics. Breakfast is included for those staying in the inn or hotels; two-night stay is required. Check out the New Year New You Spa Package at the Jordon Spa for $230, a savings of $60.
Check out SnoCountry Vacations’ Deal of the Week offering weekly specials on lift and lodging deals to more than 35 winter destination across the U.S. and Canada. Complete vacations are available including airfare, lodging, rental car, lift tickets, equipment rentals, lessons, and excursions.
Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vt., is offering free helmet rentals Sat., Jan. 19 for kids and adults. Test them out. They also will be raffling off five KidsRule helmets. Ski for $49 Martin Luther King Day, but don’t throw away that ticket. It’s good for $10 off your next weekend or holiday all-day ticket with an E-coupon.
Okemo, also in Vt., celebrates the safety of helmets with a contest Jan. 19 featuring real-time “helmet heads.” Find personnel around the mountain, show them your matted or wild hair after you take off your helmet, and receive two free lift tickets.
New York’s Windham Mountain in the Catskills Mountains, offers fireworks Sat., Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. and live music. Take a listen to Johnny Moon & Starz who will be performing at the Legends Bar & Grill Sat. from 3-6 p.m. Sunday features The Folkadelics, a funk, reggae, rock and hip hop band in the Legends Lounge from 3-6 p.m. There will be a DJ spinning tunes on the patio all weekend long.
Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort starts the MLK weekend off with Demo Day Sat. Jan. 19 and Sun., Jan. 20 at the top of Acorn where you can check out the latest equipment. There’s a rail jam at the Terrain Park Sun., Jan. 20, 6 p.m. open to skiers and snowboarders (with valid lift ticket and $25 registration fee). Enjoy DJs and their tunes on the snow outside the rental shop, and listen to some live entertainment at The Edge Friday and Saturday.
Snowshoe Mountain in W. Va., will be featuring a variety of musical acts, as well as entertainment in their Comedy Cellar venue. If slope activities are your entertainment, there’s night skiing all weekend, as well as zipline and snowmobiling off-mountain. They claim to have the most terrain open in the region.
Winterplace Ski Resort, W. Va., is offering free skiing Jan. 21. You must purchase a 3-day rental and 2-day lift ticket for Saturday and Sunday. It’s still a bargain since a one-day, adult, weekend/holiday lift ticket is $64.
Photo: Sunday River, Maine/David McLain