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Off-Snow Fun: Maple To Beer, Mineral Springs To Museums

Off-Snow Fun: Maple To Beer, Mineral Springs To Museums

Sugar makers throughout Vermont will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. (VMSMA)

We all know about the great non-ski things we can do on snow at ski areas — snowshoe, tube, fat bike, snowmobile. But there are also wonderful off-the-snow experiences that showcase local flavor and history for a memorable trip or vacation in the mountains.


When visiting New Hampshire’s Cannon and Bretton Woods, we visited Peckett’s Hill where the first ski school was. Seeing the historic site marker and the gentle meadow made me appreciate ski history more.

1886 Longboards on display in museum in town of Crested Butte

Ditto for the visit to the historical museum in Crested Butte. Seeing the miners’ 14-foot “long boards” up close was mindboggling, fostering an appreciation for how rudimentary ski equipment once was.

Here are some suggestions for après action or a day off so you can make some special memories.

Maple Madness to Micro Brews

 Smith Maple Crest Farm

Maple sugaring season is upon the Northeast so it’s a great time to visit a sugarhouse.

The entire state of Vermont features open houses March 25-26. See the process as well as sample sugar-on-snow and more — from candy-making to pancake breakfasts to the Whitingham Festival near Mount Snow, it’s educational and tasty fun.

The Woodstock Inn and Resort features a Sugar Season Escape through May 18. There’s a spa at the inn, sugarhouses nearby, shopping in historic Woodstock, and skiing at Suicide Six. Plus you can visit Gilbert’s Hill Historic Site where the first U.S. rope tow was installed and the Billings Farm and Museum.

The Maple Taste Around at Suicide Six April 2 (6-8p.m.) features chefs’ maple specialties.

In addition to their sugaring operation, the Adams Farm near Mount Snow offers a fantastic way to entertain and educate the kids — don’t miss all the new baby animals.

You can tour craft breweries from Maine to Utah for another chance to learn, taste and have fun. Would you believe a Shot Ski 404 skis, 1942 feet and 1086 humans long?! The Wasatch Brewery in Park City set the Shot-Ski World’s Record

For micro brew lessons, check out the Woodstock Inn and Brewery near New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain. You can ski one day and learn to brew another April 7-8 or 14-15.

Beer festivals abound in summer but Okemo offers Hops on the Snow April 1, showcasing seasonal Vermont craft brews.

Mineral Springs to Museums

Hot water is great for achy limbs and tired bodies so soaking in the world’s largest hot springs pool makes the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort a great day or overnight destination. Located between Vail and Aspen/Snowmass and near Sunlight, you can also stay at the 107-room lodge with numerous amenities.

Burgdorf Hot Springs

Check out Idaho’s hot springs as well. You can take a snowmobile excursion to the Burgdorf Hot Springs, soak, and return to Brundage for a truly unique day.

Thrill seekers can enjoy a history lesson as they sit in a quad chair that gives a life-like ride and sail over Mount Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon at Park City’s Alf Engen Museum. It’s just one of the museum’s four virtual rides on the quad chair Executive Director Connie Nelson said, referring to another virtual thrill of ski jumping.

Origin of snowboards on display at Colorado Snowsports Museum, Vail.

Exhibits at the Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail include a history of snowboards, 10th Mountain Division, Vail Dream, competitors, bindings, timeline, etcetetera.

Other major U.S. ski museums include: U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum in Ishpeming, Michigan; New England Ski Museum at Cannon. N.H.: Lake Placid Olympic Museum, N.Y.; Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe; and the Western Skisport Museum, California.

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Big Game Could Mean Big Discount At Crested Butte

Big Game Could Mean Big Discount At Crested Butte

Although their first choice team won't be in the big game this year, Crested Butte avy dogs show their colors. (Chris Segal/Crested Butte)

The penultimate games of the National Football League season took place this past weekend, leaving only two teams to battle it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. As you make plans for the big game, rather than leaving the slopes early, you might want to plan for a night of cheering on the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots at Crested Butte, and cheap skiing and riding the Monday after.


Butte 66 will be hosting their annual Big Game Party with deals on wings and customized specials related to each team throughout the game.

Guests should plan on sticking around on Monday as the price of Monday’s full day lift ticket will be based on the final combined scores of Sunday’s game. The price will be determined using the following formula: $1 per point scored. If the final score is Atlanta, 24, and New England, 21, the price of a lift ticket for Monday, February 6 will be $45. However, there is a cap in the event of a high-scoring game; guests will pay no more than $65 for a full day lift ticket.

The big question arises, how low could it go? If the score at the end of the game is 3 to 0, tickets at CBMR would be $3 on Monday. As a reference, the highest scoring Super Bowl in history was in 1995 when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 49–26, for a total of 75 points. The lowest combined Super Bowl score was in 1973 as the Miami Dolphins bested the Washington Redskins, 14–7, but CBMR is willing to bet on the odds and regardless give everyone a discounted day of skiing.

Broncos fans hit the slopes

 


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Dumpage Continues Across The Sierra, Rockies

Dumpage Continues Across The Sierra, Rockies

"Bury the Butte." (Crested Butte/Facebook)

Starting in the Sierra and moving across the Wasatch to the Colorado Rockies, a dozen Pacific-laden storms unleashed their largesse in January to set up skiers and snowboarders for the rest of the season.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Too Much Snow?!

SnoCountry SnoCast: Too Much Snow?!

"Stop" -  a word hardly ever muttered by ski areas in the winter. But, with recent crippling snow in the West, we may have had a little too much of a good thing. A break to regroup is in the forecast. (Image: Crested Butte/Facebook)

In this week's SnoCast, a brief respite from an extremely active West, and variable conditions in the East leading into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Here's what to expect for weather conditions by region.

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SnoCountry’s Best Steeps In The U.S.

SnoCountry’s Best Steeps In The U.S.

Tele turns at the top of "Goat" at Stowe. (Stowe)

The true “steeps,” they make us pause. Across ski-snowboard country, we peer tentatively over the edge and into precipitous pitches, long and short, that cause the heart rate to rise and adrenaline to course through our veins.

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‘Uphilling’ Takes Hold At U.S. Mountains

‘Uphilling’ Takes Hold At U.S. Mountains

Uphiller nears summit of Sunlight (photo Sunlight Mountain Resort)

Be it to stay fit, save money or get some quiet time in the out-of-doors, ”uphill skiing” has become a staple at many U.S. resorts – requiring mountain managers to adopt rules for the activity.

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Six Colorado Cross Country Ski Areas - One Pass

Six Colorado Cross Country Ski Areas - One Pass

Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort scenery. (Devil's Thumb Ranch)

The Colorado Cross Country Ski Association (CCCSA) is making exploration easier with a multi-ski resort pass good at six of the Nordic ski areas in the state. The CCCSA 2016-17 Punch Pass is on sale now for $99 and it allows purchasers to discover the snow on Nordic trails at six different resorts.

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Sale Announced Of Ski Resorts Across The Country

Sale Announced Of Ski Resorts Across The Country

Maine's Sugarloaf will have new owners in 2017. (Sugarloaf)

After two years of searching for a buyer, CNL Lifestyle Properties has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with EPR Properties to obtain CNL’s 15 ski resort properties as well as other waterparks, amusement parks and family entertainment centers.


 

The sale, expected to go through in the second quarter of 2017, will be the largest transaction in the history of the sport. However, the ski resorts are leased to operating companies like Boyne Resorts who hold long-term leases, and sale will not have a direct impact on the day-today operations of the resorts.

EPR, a real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Kansas City, Missouri, will acquire the portfolio of ski and attraction assets from CNL and provide debt financing to Och-Ziff Real Estate (OZRE) for its purchase of 14 CNL ski properties in a transaction valued at $700 million.

EPR will acquire Northstar California, along with 15 attraction assets (waterparks and amusement parks) for approximately $456 million. EPR will provide approximately $244 million of five-year financing for 14 ski and mountain lifestyle resorts to be acquired by OZRE for approximately $374 million.



Boyne Resorts is CNL’s largest ski tenant with Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon in the East and Cypress Mountain, Brighton and The Summit at Snoqualmie in the West.

“This sale will have no impact on our resort operations, as this is not a management change. This simply means that we will likely have a new landlord by next summer and we will know more once we engage in further discussions about their longer term intent,” Boyne Senior Vice President, Corporate PR and Programs, Julie Ard told SnoCountry.com.

The sale will also include California’s Sierra-at-Tahoe and Mountain High Resort, as well as Stevens Pass in Washington and Massachusetts’s Jiminy Peak.

Crested Butte tubing

Triple Peaks’ three resorts, Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee, and Okemo are also part of the deal. “This sale really has no impact on us or our guests. It is similar to a homeowner whose bank sold their mortgage to another bank. It makes little to no difference to the homeowner,” Okemo’s Tim Mueller told us.

Omni Hotels and Resorts acquired the Omni Mount Washington Resort, home of Bretton Woods, from CNL in December 2015.


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Summer Bounty At Resort Farmer's Markets

Summer Bounty At Resort Farmer's Markets

Angel Fire Art + Farmers’ Market is a weekly showcase of diverse local/regional artists, live music, food artisans & fresh produce. (Angel Fire)

There are vibrant communities surrounding our favorite mountain towns, and one way to celebrate that community is to shop locally at a farmer’s market. Whether you’re a regular or a visitor exploring a new place, a farmer’s market is a great way to experience the flavors and culture of small-town life. 

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Resort Mountain Bike Parks Feature Miles Of Sweet Trails, Jumps, Berms And Bridges

Resort Mountain Bike Parks Feature Miles Of Sweet Trails, Jumps, Berms And Bridges

Summer 2016 brings new trails and a third lift to the Ramshead mountain area at Killington, scheduled to open by late July. (Chandler Burgess/Killington Resort)

At nearly 100 ski and snowboard resorts across America, the ski lifts provide access for a burgeoning number of mountain bikers who seek the same thrills as downhill skiers and riders: turbo-charged straightaways, high-speed turns and plenty of air.

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Colorado Resorts Set For Summer Openings

Aspen mountain bikingIn the summer, Colorado resorts become a hub for warm-weather fun both around the base areas and on the mountains. 

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Colorado Resorts Head Into April; Some Aim Later

April will be the cruelest month for skiers and snowboarders who want to stay on the slopes but must stand down as Colorado resorts begin to shutter for the season. But there's still plenty of sliding' and riding' left.

Spring at Winter Park

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Beaver Creek Instructors To Set Landmark Union Vote; First Ski School To Potentially Organize

Beaver Creek instructorsSki and snowboard instructors at Beaver Creek are set to schedule a vote on unionizing, after garnering the requisite number of signatures for an election.

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Park City Patrollers Approve Union In Close Vote; Gain 'Seat At The Table'

Park City PatrollersSki patrollers at the newly merged Park City Mountain narrowly voted Dec. 15 to form a union in order to “have a seat at the table” in wage and working condition negotiations with owner Vail Resorts.

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Thanksgiving To Be Bountiful In Rockies, Table Scraps For Northeast, Midwest

Sunday RiverThe Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend marks the traditional start to the ski and snowboard season, and thanks to bountiful snowfall, some resorts are rejoicing, while others would be happy with some cold table scraps.

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All In The Family: 'Mueller Mantra' Thrives East And West

Mueller familyThere’s an uncanny ability to sense what visitors and vacationers are seeking. If it’s adventure, they supply it — mountain coasters, pipes, parks, canopy tours, fine dining. If childcare, they provide it. Music, got it. Basics? All covered.

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Mountain Flights In Colorado More Frequent, Convenient This Winter

Aspen AirportWinter travelers to Colorado resorts have a choice: Take advantage of convenient flying into Denver International Airport and make the two-hour drive to Summit County, Winter Park or beyond.

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Colorado Resorts Upgrade Lodges, On-Mountain Eateries

Colorado eateries upgradesNew lifts and trails often get the headlines during the off-season, but much of this summer’s work in Colorado centers around lodges, base facilities and restaurants.

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Crested Butte Gets Go-Ahead To Begin Expansion Project

Crested Butte TecaliThe potential for lift access on the back side of Crested Butte Mountain Resort has come into clearer focus with U.S. Forest Service’s OK for a review of plans for Teocalli Bowl 2.

 

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New Umbrella Bar At Crested Butte's Ten Peaks To Be Ready For Season

Umbrella Bar rendering CBMRCrested Butte Mountain Resort announced a project underway for a new umbrella bar installation at the mid-mountain Ten Peaks location to be ready for the 2015-2016 winter season. 

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