At Jiminy Peak, Cranmore and Bromley, Green Is The Color Of Savings

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Cooling off at Bromley. (Bromley/Facebook)

Over the next few months green is the color of travel savings at Jiminy Peak, Cranmore, and Bromley. Visitors can save some hard-earned green on summer package deals.

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Cranmore Adds First In East Diesel Electric Groomer

Cranmore Adds First In East Diesel Electric Groomer

Pisten Bully representative Josh Nelson hands over keys to Cranmore's Ben Wilcox, Tyler Fairbank, Brian Fairbank, Rick Oaks, Glen Harmon and John Mersereau. (Cranmore/Facebook)

At a belated ceremony at New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain Resort, PistenBully New England Regional Sales Representative, Josh Nelson, handed over the keys to the first 600E+ in the East.

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Northeast Openings Coming Fast And Furious

Northeast Openings Coming Fast And Furious

Thanks to a mix of natural and man-made snow, Sunday opens Nov. 23. (Sunday River)

A mild fall kept many Northeast skiers and riders fearing we might face another winter like last year, but the temps have dropped, snow has arrived and opening days are happening across the region.

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Resorts Across Nation Work To Combat Climate Change

Resorts Across Nation Work To Combat Climate Change

A 2.3kW solar installation at Aspen Highlands ski patrol headquarters. (Aspen Skiing Company)

During the past couple of decades, a majority American ski and snowboard resorts have come to embrace that climate change is a reality – and a threat to their futures.


Evidence of resorts engaging the principles and practices that reduce fossil fuel use and carbon footprint can be found at many venues and in many ways. Low-energy snowmaking is spreading, as is on-mountain recycling, car pooling priority parking and biofuel use.

Here’s SnoCountry’s sampling of some of the green projects at U.S. resorts:

Sugarloaf. The northern Maine resort has gone all in to reduce its footprint, including revegetation to reduce erosion and composting at area restaurants that produces “black gold” soil used on the Sugarloaf Golf Course.

Cranmore. New Hampshire resort added its first electric/diesel groomer snowcat to supplement a fleet that has been burning biodiesel for a decade. New condo project will heat and cool with efficient electric pump systems.

Crystal Mountain. The Michigan resort got recognition for carbon-reducing LED lighting in parking lots, and its high-speed Crystal Clipper chair that runs solely on wind power credits.

Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass. All the lift cables at the Washington mountain are lubricated by non-petroleum castor oil, and management actively seeks out “green” vendors for its food and beverage services. Snowmobiles burn low-sulfur diesel, and operate as much as possible during off-hours.

Squaw Valley. Can’t buy bottled water at the California resort; instead, you can fill up water bottles at refill stations for free.

Many say the future of skiing-riding in America depends upon reducing carbon use (Protect Our Winters/Facebook)

Aspen-Snowmass. The Colorado resort complex chose a political route in addition to e-efforts. Partnering with Protect Our Winters, all employees wear the organization’s patch, and resort officials lobby hard for local, regional and national climate change awareness and action.

The National Ski Areas Association lists 200 U.S. resorts that have signed on to its Sustainable Slopes program – and more than a dozen have received money for “green” projects through the program.



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Halloween Screams Echo Across The Mountains

Halloween Screams Echo Across The Mountains

Tahoe’s Freakers Ball will have DJs, gogo dancers, laser lights, plus $10,000 in cash and prizes costume contest. (MontBleu Resort Casino Spa/Facebook)

While the snow starts to fall on the high ground – and the snow guns get fired up – there’s still a couple of non-winter celebrations to enjoy at mountain resorts, including favorite Halloween.


 

A number of resorts across the nation put up the haunted houses, game booths and scary rides in October to get the nerves on edge for the big night, Oct. 30.

Here’s SnoCountry’s list of a few hair-raising, scream-filled events at ski and snowboard resorts:

Lake Tahoe. The 38th annual Freaker's Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and most extravagant Halloween party, brings the wild with a four-ring costume circus under one room on Saturday, Oct. 29, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa.

Nashoba Valley Witch's Woods

Nashoba Valley. The popular Witch’s Woods is open Thursdays through Sundays through Halloween at the eastern Massachusetts mountain. Admission ticket gets a ride on Haunted Hayride, entry into three haunted houses, and unlimited time in the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree and Horrorwood Chamber of Chills.

The Ghoullog Cranmore

Cranmore. The Ghoullog has been going on in the Artist Falls Lodge for 10 years. Four “haunts” challenge with “chases through dark woods,” plus nighttime rides on a swing, zipline and Mountain Coaster. Runs weekend evenings through Nov. 5.

Bretton Woods Trunk or Treat

Bretton Woods. On Halloween weekend, the northern New Hampshire resort opens its Wicked Woods center for Halloween activities. Scheduled are costume parties for both young and old, game booths and annual Trunk or Treat Family Celebration.



Mammoth. Bring scooters, skateboards, roller blades or roller skates for an evening on Oct. 28 at Mammoth RecZone in Mammoth Lakes. Plenty of carnival games to play while circling the rink.

Copper Mountain. The Colorado resort combines Halloween scary fun with a fundraiser for a local infant with a brain tumor. Entrance fees donated to family – plus cover candy, games and freaky fun.


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Keep The High-Speed Thrills Going With Summer Alpine Coasters

Keep The High-Speed Thrills Going With Summer Alpine Coasters

Hit high speeds on alpine coaster at base of Snowbird (Snowbird/Facebook)

Since the mid-1990s, summertime alpine coasters have sprung at winter resorts all over the country. The wind-in-your-face speeds, high-speed turns and mountain vistas mimic the sights and sounds what skiers and snowboarders feel during the snowy times. 

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Cranmore Plans $50 Million Base Expansion, Condo Development

Canmore renderingCranmore Resort has announced plans for a $50 million condominium and base area redevelopment that will provide ski–in, ski–out ownership at the base of Cranmore and in the heart of North Conway, one of America’s most dynamic ski towns.

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Enjoy Winter Fun Beyond The Slopes In New Hampshire

Cranmore dog sledsAs we celebrate the long-awaited return of winter in New Hampshire, the flakes are falling on more than just the ski slopes. For the full mountain resort experience, savor a jaunt through the woods on a traditional horse drawn sleigh ride, get your adrenaline rush on a zipline, or control your own speed on a mountain coaster.

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New Hampshire's White Mountain Resorts Plan For Fall Foliage Fun

Highland Games At LoonAs the kids make their way back to school, resorts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire are making preparations for the upcoming foliage season. Leaf peepers and thrill seekers still have plenty of time to enjoy the mountains as we wait for the snow to fly.

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SnoCountry’s Best Northeast Ski Town Brews And Breweries

Great Adirondack Brewing CompanyAfter a day of hiking the high peaks or kayaking a mountain river, a well-earned beverage is in order. Across the Northeast this summer you can find local ales worthy of a pilgrimage all of their own. Can you say road trip?

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Learn To Ski, Ride At Eastern Mountain Resorts Throughout January

Learn to snowboardSki and snowboard areas across the Northeast are gearing up with special deals for those who want to learn this winter. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January is a time when the snow sports industry offers attractive and affordable beginner programs for children and adults who can learn from a pro.

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SnoCountry’s Best 'Still Room At The Inn' Bets

Pine Lodge Beaver CreekAfter all the great early snowfall this season, right now is the time to plan your last-minute holiday getaway.  Although many lodging options may have been booked up months in advance, there’s still room at the inn for that perfect mountain winter retreat.

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Cranmore Offers Discount Passes On Pink Friday

Cranmore Adventure Park

New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain will host Pink Friday on June 27 with discounted Mountain Adventure Passes to benefit the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

 

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New Hampshire's Cranmore, Pennsylvania's Camelback Announce Major Upgrades

Cramore Planned Upgrades

It’s been said that if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. It is against that backdrop that Cranmore in New Hampshire and Camelback in Pennsylvania, will embark on significant capital projects that both can be termed transformational in nature.

 

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Major Snowstorm Stokes Holiday Season For Northeast Resorts

Loon Mountain Powder Day

The first major snowstorm of the 2013-14 winter season rolled through the Northeast this past weekend, dropping up to two feet of snow on ski areas from Pennsylvania through Maine. 

 

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NH Resorts Add Lifts, More Snowmaking, Year-Round Attractions

Mount Sunapee

“A lot of resorts in the Northeast have been investing capital in new snowmaking technology,” Mount Sunapee’s Bruce McCloy told SnoCountry.com.  “This is a win, win, win proposition.  

 

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Love Is In The Mountains For Valentine’s Day/Weekend

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You just might fall in love with some of the deals awaiting you and your loved one in the mountains all across America. Here’s a sampling:

 

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It’s New Year’s Eve For Kids At Nation’s Ski Resorts

Beaver Creek, Colo.

It’s almost 2013. Time to bring out the party favors and noisemakers to welcome in the new and usher out the old. Ski resorts nationwide are celebrating and inviting you and your family to join in. 

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Winter, Ski Season, Return To The Northeast

Killington

Snow, cold temperatures and the hiss of snowmaking have returned to the Northeast this week as two of the largest resorts in New England have opened for the season.

 

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Ski Industry Legend Herbert Schneider Dies At 92

Herbert Schneider

Herbert Schneider arrived with his family at Cranmore Ski Area in North Conway, N.H., in 1939 when he was 15 years old. The skiing and community legend has died of natural causes at the age of 92.

 

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