Although Jack Frost kept his distance during a wet and warm fall,
East Coast ski resorts are gearing up for the 2005 season with a
flurry of packages, expansions and improvements. They include:
Mountain Resort, Vermont: The new Jackson Gore Inn and
base area are up and running this season, featuring accommodations
that range from guest rooms to three-bedroom suites as well as a
separate base area and an underground parking garage.
Okemo base area to Jackson Gore have been expanded, and two graded
trails have been added to the mix: the 3,200-foot Supernova and the
1,500-foot Black Hole.
In all, Okemo
boasts the highest vertical drop in southern Vermont at 2,200 feet,
with 604 acres served by 18 lifts, including five high-speed
detachable quad lifts, and 113 trails, one super pipe, six terrain
parks and one snow-skate park.
Resorts, which owns Okemo Mountain Resort, completed the purchase
of Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado in March and operates
Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire. Call (800) 78-OKEMO or visit
Sunapee, New Hampshire: Mount Sunapee unveiled a six-day
season pass, valid Sundays to Fridays through February during
nonholiday periods. Participants can choose from a Mount
Sunapee-only or Sunapee/Okemo versions, priced from $599 and $699,
respectively, for adults.
Families can take
advantage of the Mount Sunapee Unlimited Peak or Four Mountain
Unlimited Peak passes, which offer select discounts on childrens or
young adults tickets.
Also new are
reduced-rate lift tickets for Mondays, from $30 to $52 a day,
excluding select holiday periods. On nonholiday Wednesdays, two can
ski for the price of one. Call (603) 763-2356 or go to www.mountsunapee.com.
Sugarbush Resort, Vermont: With an eye to drawing
winter sports enthusiasts and their children, Sugarbush teamed with
Circus Smirkus to offer live, family-friendly entertainment every
Saturday night throughout the season.
which are geared to kids ages 4 to 12, will take place at the Sugar
Bear den in the Gatehouse Lodge from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A pizza
dinner is included. Kids will learn about such perennial favorites
as juggling, prat falling and spinning plates on straws.
recommended. Call (800) 53-SUGAR or visit www.sugarbush.com.
Sugarloaf/USA, Maine: Families looking for a
last-minute getaway can take advantage of a Ski Free, Get Free Kids
Programs & Free Rentals special at Sugarloaf during Childrens
Festival Week, Jan. 9 to 13.
children ages 4 to 12, the program requires a three-night minimum
stay midweek. A program of nightly family and childrens activities
going on all week will include entertainers, Festival Night and
Movie Night. Rates begin at $87 per person, per night.
Kids & Teens
Ski Free weeks, valid on select dates in February and March, also
are available, priced from $69 per person, per day.
ski mountain, Sugarloaf, opened a 400-foot superpipe with 16-foot
walls as well as a new rail park called the Pipeline. Call (800)
THE LOAF or visit www.sugarloaf.com.
Mont-Tremblant Resort, Quebec: The resort is
marking its 65th anniversary with free guided tours daily and a ski
like in the good ol days program designed to showcase the glade
runs and moguls in the Edge, a terrain featuring ungroomed
packages, including lodging, lift tickets, breakfast and dinner,
begin at $75 per night, per person.
The resort has a
range of accommodations, from the LErmitage du Lac, a four-star,
three-diamond boutique hotel with 69 rooms, to the Suites
Tremblant, where kids under age 17 stay free with their parents.
Call (866) 783-5629 or go to www.tremblant.ca.
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire: Midweek Stay and
Ski packages at the Golden Eagle Lodge start at $200 per night
January through March, excluding vacation and holiday periods. The
package includes condominium accommodations and two adult ski
Visitors also can
take advantage of a Wheel of Deals prize wheel promotion, available
all of January, excluding Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It offers
freebies and discounts on lift tickets on Mondays and Fridays. Call
(800) GO-VALLEY or go to www.waterville.com.
Peak, Maine: Known for its night skiing, the resort
completed expansions and renovations at the base lodge and boosted
its snowmaking capabilities for the coming season. Call (207)
647-8444 or visit www.shawneepeak.com.
" Saddleback Mountain,
Maine: New owners are investing $12 million in
improvements, resurrecting the resort from possible closure in
slated to include construction of a new, larger base lodge; seven
new trails; two extended trails and a new terrain park with a
200-foot half-pipe; a new quad lift; an extended double lift; and
updated snowmaking capabilities.
Construction of a
125-room hotel is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2005
along with a tubing park and ice-skating rink.
holiday lift tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for kids ages 13 to
18, $25 for kids ages 7 to 12 and free for kids age 6 and under.
Call (207) 864-5671 or go to www.saddlebackmaine.com.
River, Maine: The largest ski resort in the state is
spending $1.2 million on capital improvements this season,
including renovations at the South Ridge and Barker base lodges,
the addition of four new snow cats and the expansion of the spa and
cafe at the Jordan Grand Resort.
Sunday River is
offering a theme week for skiers age 50 and over, in conjunction
with the Global Over 50 Ski Club, from Jan. 23 to 28. Activities
include organized group skiing, apres ski social events, special
dinners, clinics and a sock hop.
priced from $239 per person for five nights accommodations, a
five-day lift pass and a Perfect Turn instructional clinic.
One-night versions of the package are available from
Festival, where kids ages 4 to 12 ski and stay for free, is also on
tap from Jan. 9 to 14. Participating children receive free
instructional clinics and rentals daily or stay-in day care for
half-price. Activities include a welcome reception, photo
opportunities with Sunday River Snow Monster mascots,
entertainment, a parents night out and races for
Packages start at
$85 per adult, per night, double. Call (207) 824-3000 or visit www.sundayriver.com.
reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].