Winter Resorts in the News (March 23, 2017)

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Big Air Competition 2017 at Mt Bachelor

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Mt. Bachelor will be hosting their 2nd annual Hella Big Air Competition on Saturday March 25. This will be a fun event to catch as some of the industry's top skiers and riders will be battling it out on a 95 footer competing for a $30K prize purse. For those watching the event, there will be plenty going on with tons of prizes, giveaways, and a big party afterwards. Competitors must be 18+ to register. If you are competing, registration is on Friday in Bend, OR.


Killington May be Hosting World Cup Again

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After hosting the first World Cup in November, the first World Cup hosted in the East Coast in 25 years, Killington is being talked as hosting again for the 2017/18 season opener. According to a report by Vermont Ski and Ride, a World Cup official stated that Killington is being seen as the destination next season for the World Cup competition. If you were able to see the event last November, you saw that Killington did a superb job as host despite some challenging weather. They drew in approximately 30,000 people for the event. Kudos to the Killington Snow Crew and the entire staff!


April Fool’s $1 Day at Waterville Valley

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Lift tickets for $1! Is there anything better than that? Waterville Valley is putting on their April Fool’s Day special where you can purchase lift tickets for $1. What’s the catch? It’s April Fools, so the actual date is Friday March 31 and NOT on April 1. Well worth the trip is you can make it to Waterville Valley. The last storm gave them a good base and has them with some great conditions.


12th Annual BodeFest at Cannon

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Cannon Mountain will be holding their 12th Annual BodeFest on Saturday March 25. BodeFest is an event to benefit the Turtle Ridge Foundation (TRF) to support innovative and progressive adaptive and youth athletic opportunities. The foundation was established by Olympic medalist and four-time world skiing champion Bode Miller and his family. 100% of the event registration fees will benefit The Turtle Ridge Foundation. There will also be a Silent & Live Auction benefiting the Foundation. Visit the BodeFest page for details and to sign up.


Chili Cook-off and Masters of the Hose Race at Sunday River

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Firefighters and snowmakers, gather you hoses and head to Sunday River this Sunday (March 26) for their Eat the Heat Chili Cook-off and The Master of the Hose Race. This event features teams of firefighters and snowmakers who take to the slopes in full gear and race down a slalom course in teams of five, carrying a massive firehose. It’s a fun competition to be in or to just watch. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Sunday River Community Fund. Besides the race, you’ll also be able to get your share of some chili. The cool thing about this is that the cook-off is open to anyone and not just restaurants. Want to get that secret recipe out there? This is a great opportunity. There will also be some live entertainment during the day. Should be a full day of fun.


WinterWonderGrass Tahoe at Squaw Valley

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Music festivals are popping up at different resorts and if you love bluegrass and acoustic music, a great music festival is the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival at Squaw Valley from March 30, 2017 to April 2, 2017. The WinterWonderGrass Tahoe will run through 3 days and 4 stages. It features some world-class Bluegrass/Acoustic Roots music and numerous craft breweries from California and Nevada will be holding beer tastings. On top of that, you’ll have some amazing snow for skiing and riding as Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadow are in the midst of an epic winter.


MAX Pass adds 4 new Mountains

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As we mentioned in our article on multi-mountain passes, things are heating up as they compete on mountains. Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass and Mountain Collective have swapped some mountains recently and now MAX Pass is getting in on it. Next season, MAX Pass will be adding 4 new mountains for a total of 44 mountains. Since last year, they have added 6 mountains including Bellearye, Gore Mountain, Whiteface, Lutsen, Granite Peak, and Windham as well as Stoneham and Mont-Saint-Anne previously added. Very impressive! If you want a run down of the different ski passes, check out our full article from October. With all of the recent changes and additions, we’ll need to update things for next year. But, you’ll get the picture. The passes are awesome.


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