Find yourself in the need for speed this winter? Adult race leagues can be found at resorts across the Northeast, and you don’t have to wear a race suit, unless you want to. In addition to some fun competition and potential bragging rights at your local mountain, race leagues offer camaraderie as well as affordable skiing, prizes, and some great après-ski parties.
CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., owner of the largest number of ski resorts in the country, is currently assessing how best to liquefy its assets as the end of the real estate investment trust (REIT) term draws near. CNL is a non-traded REIT that invests in a diverse collection of lifestyle and other income‐producing assets, including ski and mountain lifestyle properties, attractions, senior housing and marinas.
Skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing as the first major snowstorm of the season rolled through the Northeast delivering a Thanksgiving feast.
Looking to share a passion for the mountains with your kids? The country’s next generation of rippers can probably be found in one of many season-long kids’ programs. Whether they’ve got Olympic dreams or just want to become a confident all-mountain skier, these programs provide a solid base for wherever the mountains take them.
Cold weather and turning lifts are on the list of what skiers and riders are thankful for this time of year, and the Northeast’s resorts are showing their gratitude by offering deals and events that will make sliding on snow much more appealing than standing in line at the mall.
On Thanksgiving Day, there are always plenty of things to be thankful for – including the opportunity to carve out a few arcs at a nearby ski and snowboard resort before carving up the turkey. Early-season snow conditions can be an iffy affair, dependent as they are on a stretch of below-freezing temperatures for snowmaking and a couple of late autumn snowstorms to lay down a solid base.
Preston Leete Smith, 84, was honored with the Spirit of Skiing Award at aNew England Ski Museum banquet Nov. 1 at the Grand Hotel in Killington.
To be one of the best mountain shops, it helps to be ensconced near the base of one of the best mountains, as that’s what ensures a veteran staff that lives, eats and breathes the sport. Little wonder, then, that our short-list of the crème de la crème are proximate to the best skiing in their respective regions.
Stowe, the classic eastern ski resort, is in the midst of massive capital improvements, with more snowmaking capacity at the core of those projects.
The northern Vermont resort receives an average of more than 300 inches of natural snow annually. But, the periodic vagaries of winter weather on the eastern seaboard likely precipitated a half-billion dollar master plan that began with the formation of a 116 million gallon water storage area.
It was a long time coming, however. Stowe’s Jeff Wise told SnoCountry.com that concept “was over a decade in the making after Vermont Act 250 approval in 2001.” Act 250 is the state's tough environmental process.
Stowe’s investment, in that time, has included new lifts, access systems and terrain. Stowe has been cognizant of its’ environmental stewardship, while enhancing the on-hill guest experience.
“Through a pair of conservation easements donated to the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, over 2,000 acres of wildlife habitat has been permanently protected,” Wise said.
“Those lands include 10 acres of summit ski terrain on Spruce Peak that have been restored to their natural state, providing crucial habitat for the Bicknell’s Thrush, and dense forests adjacent to the base village that provide nesting sites for Peregrine falcons, and habitat for moose and black bear.”
Stowe, in 2010, became the first eastern resort to receive the Sustainable Community Certification from Audubon International.
Investments continued this past summer in its snowmaking operations, including an additional $3.4 million in new equipment and upgrades, which consist of 100 HKD tower guns, three Super Pole Cat fan guns, a new pump-house and miles of snowmaking pipe.
That is in addition to the $4.7 million invested last summer, bringing their snowmaking arsenal to 445 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 20 Super Pole Cat fan guns, and another seven miles of new snowmaking pipe.
Wise said the improvements allow Stowe to operate with greater energy efficiency and eliminate more than 100,000 gallons of diesel storage, use and emissions.
From a guest’s standpoint, the snowmaking buildup increases potential for more early season terrain, raises overall snow quality, and allows mountain operations personnel to resurface quickly after adverse weather.
“Stowe is scheduled to open Nov. 23 with top-to-bottom terrain off the new FourRunner Quad,” Wise said.
Photo: New snow guns installed at Stowe (Stowe Mountain Resort)
Grand plans for Jay Peak, Burke Mountain, Newport and the entire Northeast Kingdom in Vermont may well take another step forward next week as resort and state officials pursue funding in China and Vietnam.
Count on two things running freely in Northern New England in the spring: sap for the sugar makers who tap into making ample amounts of maple syrup, and skiers/ riders sprinting to the lifts to take advantage of deep snow, high sun and value pricing.
Pico Mountain, Vt. celebrates its 75th anniversary by raffling a ski and ride day-long party for the winner and “500 of your best friends.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge.
When there is only one operating chairlift, no one wants to see it go down. Having that happen during the holiday week is even worse. But that’s exactly what did happen Sunday.
Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort is dropping lift ticket prices for the 2012-13 season, some by as much as $50 for guests who utilize the resort’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ticket system.
Dedication of the Mad River Glen Historic District will be the highlight of the Cooperative’s annual informational meeting Oct. 6 at the Basebox Lodge. A plaque placing the classic Vermont ski area on the National Register of Historic Places will be unveiled.
"Magic prides itself in keeping it simple,” says Magic Mountain Ski Area President Jim Sullivan. Newly announced lift ticket prices reflect that mantra, holding steady since 2009.
Northern Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch has long been a favorite vacation spot for families because of its activity-inclusive packages, variety of condos, convenient village, and so much for the kids to do.