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It’s Father’s Day In The Mountains East To West

Father's Day Catch at the Ballpark

Give Dad a treat on “his” day, June 17, at ski resorts or areas around them. Here are a number of ways to help him celebrate mountain style.

New Hampshire’s Wildcat Mountain is offering a free gondola ride Sunday, July 17 to dads (and grandfathers) on the Wildcat Express when at least one family member purchases an adult or junior gondola ride. 

The Express morphs from a quad chairlift during the skiing/boarding season to an enclosed 4-passenger gondola in the summer and fall. Enjoy the views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range from the 4,000-foot summit. You even can bring along Fido (well behaved and leashed, of course) to share in the day’s fun.

Another New Hampshire area, Cranmore, is suggesting a $65 gift certificate for dad that gives him 90 minutes of fun on their Segway Tour. The session includes training (30 minutes) and tours (60 minutes) of on- and off-road routes. Guides provide information about the mountain and neighborhood. Cranmore’s Segway x2 Model is a two-wheeled machine tuned for cross-terrain on dirt, gravel, grass or sand. 

The Pocono Mountains, home to Blue Mountain Ski Area, is celebrating Father’s Day from noon-7p.m. There will be food and drink specials, along with live entertainment, plus activities for the whole family to enjoy. Dad can take some “fantasy time” to check out demonstrations from vendors including paragliding, motorcycles, rock climbing, archery, and Chainsaw Chix.

An early Father’s Day present at Pennsylvania’s Roundtop Mountain Resort Friday, June 15 from 5-10 p.m. lets dad enjoy a free Recruit Package with another paintball player. There are nine paintball fields including urban with bunkers and obstacles, wooded, and scenarios that feature landing craft, a glider, tanks and helicopter. There is a $20 pre-registration fee. 

Come dressed for comfort (read: you will get dirty and paint covered) and safety (goggles and masks required). Paintball Headquarters offers equipment sales and rentals, accessories, equipment repair and snacks.

Father’s Day at Hidden Valley Resort, also in Pa., includes a BBQ Buffet from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for dad, ensuring he won’t go hungry. It’s $21.95 per adult; and $8.95 for kids 5-11; children under 4 eat for free. Those attending the brunch receive a $20 off golf coupon valid June 18 through end of season. The golf club is offering $10 off on a round of 18 holes, if he wants to work off some of those calories right away. There’s also a Father’s Day Lodging Package that includes one night’s lodging, BBQ buffet for two, and use of the Sports Club and indoor pool at $120 per room, based on double occupancy.

Come to Minnesota’s Spirit Mountain Adventure Park and bring dad along. Dads can ride free on either the Timber Twister Alpine Coaster or the Timber Flyer Zip Line if they’re riding double with the kids Sunday, June 17 only. You must purchase a Double Rider Ticket (normally $12) but only pay for a Single Rider ticket, a savings of $4. 

The elevated Alpine Coaster has a 3,200-foot track that travels through forest and down the mountain, making hairpin turns. The zip line rolls through treetops 700 feet down the mountain and overlooks Duluth and Lake Superior.

Utah’s Snowbird Resort is celebrating Father’s Day with an all-you-can-eat BBQ from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the Plaza Deck at Snowbird Center. Price is $18.95 per adult; kids 6-12 are $10.95. Dads who prefer a brunch, can eat at the Atrium and enjoy live music for $32.95 per adult; $16.95 for kids 6-12. 

There will be a Brewfest featuring live music and almost a dozen Utah breweries showcasing several different beers June 16-17. There is no admission charge; you can buy 3-ounce samples for $1 per. Breweries include Red Rocks Brewing, Ruby River, Squatters, and Epic Brewing.

How bout a game of catch on a professional ball field? You and dad can play catch on the field at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada, starting at 11:45 a.m. The first 300 kids will receive special softee balls – feel free to share it with dad. After the game between the Reno Aces and the Tucson Padres, there’s a post-game Kids and Dads Run the Bases. The Aces are the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  

Enjoy skiing and boarding with dad at Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island, BC. It’s the third Father’s Day in a row the resort has had snow. Tickets are $25 per person; pre-purchase and get 10 percent discount. The Whiskey Jack Chairlift will operate June 16 and 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Lipton’s Loop and possibly other runs, weather permitting. 

A selection of rails and features will be set up mid-mountain. The resort will be giving all skiers and boarders prizes for best outfits and costumes, as well as a two-for-one Mile High Chairlift scenic ride voucher in time to welcome the opening of the summer June 29. 

Photo Father’s Day, Aces Ballpark, Reno Courtesy Major League Baseball 

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