Is there such a thing as too much snow?
With tons of snow across the U.S. many resorts are getting closer to 100% open terrain. Snowbasin Resort has received over 3 feet of snow in the past week alone and more is on the way. At Deer Valley, Mother Nature has dumped 5 feet of snow in January alone and the month is far from being over. Brighton Resort has received 46 inches of snow in the last storm. Let’s take a look at some of the events going on at various resorts this week.
Wintersköl 2017 at Aspen
From January 12 – 15, Aspen is celebrating winter with Wintersköl 2017. This event is in its 66th year. It celebrates many of the things that make winter special including snow sculptures, fireworks, an evening torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain, a canine fashion show, fat-bike races on the snow, après ski parties, and more. The celebration spans throughout the town and all four Aspen mountains.
43rd Annual Stowe Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vermont
From January 14 – 28, the town of Stowe, Vermont will celebrating winter. Numerous events including snow golf, volleyball, ice carving, ski movies, various tournaments, a beer garden, and more. There are tournaments in Snowgolf, Snowvolleyball, and a new broomball tournament. You’ll be able to see the 17th Annual NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition where Professional ice carvers from around the world will be displaying their work and conducting demonstrations.
POW Day at Alta
POW (Protect Our Winters) is a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about climate change and the effects on our snow sports for future generations. On January 13, 2017, Protect Our Winters and SNOCRU will be at Alta holding their second annual POW DAY. It’s a great cause. Join the cause.
USASA Tao of Taos Rail Jam
Taos will be hosting the Taos Rail Jam on January 14th. This is part of the Southwest Freeride Series where top boarders can display their skills in Maxie’s Terrain Park. The event will be held on mountain and discounted competitor lift tickets are available. The competition is for USASA Members only, but you can register to join at https://www.usasa.org/index.php/join-renew.
Youth Race Camp with Chelsea Marshall at Killington
If you have kids that are ski racers are interested in an outstanding race camp that will help them get to the next level, look into the Youth Race camp this weekend (January 14-15) at Killington. The camp us ran by Olympic and World Cup ski racing veteran, Chelsea Marshall. This is a two-day skills camp designed specifically for young ski racers.
Independence Weekend at Loon Mountain
There are many mountains and towns celebrating snow in January. Loon Mountain in New Hampshire is also celebrating Mother Nature on January 14-15 with their annual celebration. Included in the festivities are Saturday night fireworks and a torchlight parade - you may even get a chance to ride shotgun with our groomers.
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Most of us who love to ski or snowboard know people that have never tried our beloved sport. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month across the country and there is no better time to get those friends and family members on the slopes. Resorts everywhere are holding special discounts and/or events to promote the sport.
Examples of some saving, at Cranmore, you can learn to ski or ride for only $39. Many of the available deals include lift ticket and rental equipment. At Killington, packages are only $49. Regularly, a package like this costs $135. So, get those friends, co-workers, and family out there.
Past Resort Reviews
- Jan 5, 2016 (Waterville Valley, Whitefish, Brighton, Learn to Ski, Wilmot)
- Dec 29, 2016 (Loon Mountain, Ski Cooper, Telluride, Alta, Powder Mtn, Brighton)
- Dec 22, 2016 (Mt Bachelor, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Jackson Hole, Cannon Mountain)
- Dec 15, 2016 (Grand Targhee, Sunday River, Killington, Jackson Hole, Waterville Valley)
- Dec 9, 2016 (Arapahoe Basin, Killington, Bromley, Whitefish, Jackson Hole)