Thursday, January 4, 2018

Quick SNOW Winter Getaways

No time LIKE NOW to plan short, snowy jaunts-away from home, the big vacay crowds of recent holidays, and to take advantage of longer daylight hours, the best conditions of the season,  AND meaningful resort values.


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Be an Olympian...or act like one.
Lake Placid N.Y, in the scenic Adirondacks -offers top notch, powder loaded- on the mountain fun via Whiteface -site of the 1984 Olympics...but even better (maybe)...unique off the 'hill activities-that will make one feel like a champion. THINK luge/bobsled lessons -rides for true speed demons, skating on the rink where the the USA's hockey Dream Team-clinched gold, cross country trails galore plus lessons for acing biathlons, opportunities to figure out just what is curling (ha ha), and good old fashion tubing opps with meaningful verticals from top to bottom.
INFO: http://www.lakeplacid.com  https://www.whiteface.com

BRING a friend...all ages of snow bunnies/moguls, welcome!
Ski Vermont's discounted learn-to-turn programs serve up beginner lessons at a discount-for ski/snowboard activities in the beautiful Green Mountains. 
PLUS January is national Learn To Ski and Snowboard month with beginner packages starting at $49!!!

Deals included...
Ski Vermont’s Learn-to-Turn Programs:
Take 3 Beginner Package
The Take 3 Beginner Package encourages new skiers and snowboarders to get out on Vermont’s mountains for three days of lessons for only $129. Each day includes ski and snowboard rentals, a beginner lesson with a professional instructor and a beginner lift ticket. Purchasers can choose to redeem the three days at three separate resorts or all at the same resort. Participants of the Take 3 program will also have a chance to win one of ten beginner packages from Rossignol or Burton Snowboards at the end of the season. To learn more about the Take 3 Beginner Package visit SkiVermont.com/take-3.
Vermont children can save even more. Each winter the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports works with Ski Vermont to provide Vermont youth with affordable opportunities to get them out on the slopes of their home mountains. Thanks to this partnership, 125 Vermont children will get to experience three full days on the mountain with lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $49 this season. To learn more about the council and this year’s subsidized Take 3 Beginner Package visit VermontFitness.org.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
January is national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and in Vermont that means $49 beginner packages at participating resorts. Packages include ski or snowboard rentals, professional beginner lessons and lift tickets accessing Vermont’s beginner terrain. To learn more about participating resorts and purchase packages, visit. SkiVermont.com.
Fifth Grade Passport
In its 18th year, Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport program allows fifth graders to ski and snowboard up to 88 times a season for just $10. The passport helps children to develop healthy active habits and introduces them to sports that can span their lifetime. For the second year now, proceeds from the passport will go to the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. To learn more about the Fifth Grade Passport and the rules and regulations go to SkiVermont.com/FGP.
Bring-A-Friend 
Bring a friend or family member to the mountains this season and get rewarded. Simply introduce a friend or family member to the sport of skiing or snowboarding by purchasing a Take 3 Beginner Package for them. Purchasers could be rewarded with two lift tickets to a Vermont resort or win a 2-night ski & stay package for the 2018-19 season.



Get that ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH ...without suffering the I-70 traffic.
No driver's license needed (a millennial trend in anticipation of self driving vehicles, perhaps)...with added direct flights and even Amtrak train service from/to 14 major US  and Colorado's 8 regional airports...  and Denver's Union Station, respectively. 


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The 411:
The Amtrak Winter Park Express, coming off a highly successful inaugural season, will offer expanded service for the 2017-18 ski season. The Winter Park Express will depart from Union Station in downtown Denver each Saturday and Sunday from January 5 through March 25, plus three new “First Friday” round-trips, with a reduced fare of $29 each way on some departures. With more than 27 round-trip options and over 500 seats on each train, the Winter Park Express allows visiting skiers and riders to travel to Winter Park Resort without renting or setting foot in a car.

Colorado’s eight regional airports will offer new and expanded flights NOW. 
For  Steamboat-there's new nonstop flights from Austin (AUS) and Kansas City (MCI) on ViaAir into Steamboat/Hayden (HDN)  These additional flights will bring Steamboat’s total direct air service to 14 major U.S. airports.

Aspen Snowmass will have new daily nonstop flights through American Airlines from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) starting this winter along with expanded service from both Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) and Chicago O’ Hare (ORD). 

Fav spot Telluride will offer increased access this winter through new American Airlines direct flights into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ) from Charlotte Douglas International (CLT), Saturdays. 

Skiers and riders hoping to make it to ski areas in the southwest part of the state: Telluride, Silverton, Purgatory and Wolf Creek, will have another option from Denver (DEN) on a new Boutique Air flight servicing Alamosa San Luis Valley (ALS) with three daily non-stop flights with a round-trip as low as $100.