Winter Resorts in the News (Nov. 18, 2016)

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Warm Weather delays opening dates across the Country

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Temperatures in the East Coast and in Colorado have caused numerous resorts to reschedule their opening dates out about a week. Stowe and Loon Mountain have pushed their opening date to November 23 due to warm weather and rain. Telluride originally scheduled for Thanksgiving date but now have delayed it indefinitely. Snowbird and Grand Targhee have delayed indefinitely. Not a good week for all of us eagerly awaiting openings after a couple of good weeks of cold. But, the good news is that there is a storm brewing to hit a large portion of the Northeast U.S. with upstate New York expected to get the bulk of the snow. Hopefully, we are not too far away. Check out our complete list of opening dates.


Lindsey Vonn breaks arm during Training

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What a tough week! Not only is the weather delaying opening dates, it’s making it tough on Killington hosting the first FIS World Cup competition in the East Coast in 25 years. We were looking for to seeing Lindsey Vonn starting her latest comeback as she comes back from a knee injury. But, last week she had a tough crash during training at Copper Mountain and broke her arm. Crashes like this would put 99% of us out of the sport, but following surgery, Lindsey will be back on the slopes.


Killington is a Go for the first FIS World Cup in the East Coast in 25 Years

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Despite a warm period, the snow making crew at Killington worked as hard as they could and officially passed snow control to confirm that both Audi FIS Ski World Cup races will take place as scheduled on November 26 and 27. This event will draw athletes and spectators from around the world and is sure to be an exciting time. If you are planning on going, Killington has prepared a World Cup 101 Insider Blog that contains lots of helpful information to all visitors for the event plus numerous Thanksgiving festivities occurring in Killington and the area.


Loon Mountain Offers Full Weekends for Beginners

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Do you have friends or family that don’t ski but wish they could be like you? Loon Mountain (New Hampshire) has begun offering full weekends where people eager to jump deep into skiing right away can go at it all weekend. This is an intensive program that includes lessons and the use of a private slopeside lounge. On top of that, each participant gets a free pair of skis, boots and bindings! Students spend the entire weekend with coaches to get them going on the mountain as quickly as possible. Price also includes coffee, lunch, and après ski. Various weekends are available. All for $375!


SugarLoaf offers Lodging Promotion for People Worried about getting stranded.

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Sometimes we need to drive a long way to get to that great mountain. We may be there for the weekend and then on Sunday we hear about the storm that’s coming our way and about to dump a perfect 6 to 12 inches of fresh powder. But, we need to get home and leave. Meanwhile, we miss the fresh powder and cut our day short. No powder. No après ski. No fun. As a way to help these poor souls, Sugarloaf (Maine) has started selling “zoom rooms”. With these cards, you are pre-paying for hotel rooms at a heavily discounted price. Then, you use your card when you need (want) it. Rooms are based on availability.


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