September 23, 2013 |
Mammoth Lakes received its first snow of the season, getting blanketed overnight Saturday. Residents awoke to the first day of fall Sunday to find 4 to 6 inches on top, 2 to 3 inches at Main Lodge and about an inch at Canyon. This all comes with fewer than 50 days until Mammoth 's Nov. 7 opening of ski season. Opening weekend at Mammoth will feature live music, park contests and a movie. The focal point in the Village will be the Underground Lounge, which is new for this year and will have a SoCal vibe with an alpine twist.
September 13, 2013 |
The Hyatt Mountain Collection -- which features three of the Hyatt brand's top mountain resorts and lodges in Lake Tahoe, Utah and Colorado -- is offering avid skiing and boarding guests a snowy deal this winter. When schussers book a three-night stay (nine nights' total) at each of three properties in the collection - - Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa in Colorado, Hyatt Escala Lodge at the Canyons outside Park City and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino -- they will receive a complimentary Vail Resorts' Epic pass for the 2014-2015 winter season.
September 11, 2013 |
Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City, Utah, offers a package for skiers and snowboarders that comes with two-day lift tickets at Canyons Resort and a $50 food credit. Make a reservation before the end of October and save 25% off the package price. The deal: The Ski and Dine Package provides two two-day adult lift tickets and a $50 credit per stay at the resort's restaurants and bars. The deal requires a three-night minimum stay. The sprawling lodge has 150 rooms, from one- to four-bedroom suites, with fireplaces, kitchenettes and ski in-ski out access to one of the chairlifts at Canyons . When: The offer is good through Oct. 31. Tested: I found availability for the package for three nights starting Dec. 6. The cost came to $255 a night plus fees and tax for a room with two queen- or one king-size beds.
September 6, 2013 |
Ski season is still months away, but Big Bear is making it easy for schussers and shredders to plan a winter vacation by putting its bundled lodge-and-lift packages on sale now. The packages include discounted accommodations at one of Big Bear 's participating lodges, such as the Hillcrest Lodge and Grey Squirrel Resort, combined with an all-day interchangeable lift ticket good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain . Also included...
September 2, 2013 |
If your heat-baked brain is already contemplating ski season, you might consider a pass that's good at European ski areas as well as Colorado, Utah and California resorts. The 2013-14 Epic Season Pass from Vail Resorts recently added five free days of skiing and riding at Les 3 Vallees in France, an area that includes resorts at Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. It's also good for five days at Verbier , Switzerland, and Arlberg, Austria.
August 19, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Firefighters in Idaho continued to combat a 100,000-acre blaze Monday near the state's popular mountain resort areas as officials warned that the fire was likely to continue to grow. More than 1,100 firefighters are on the ground and in the air fighting the Beaver Creek fire, which has reached just over 104,000 acres with 8% containment, fire officials said. The lightning-caused fire started Aug. 7 near Hailey, in the central part of the state. Fire crews are watching for spot fires near the Highway 75 corridor around Hailey and nearby Ketchum, and will be dropping retardant on the northern portion of the fire and in southern parts of Ketchum, areas that officials said have become a focal point in battling the fire. In recent days, crews have also been on the ground in areas with homes, clearing possible fuel for the fire and taking other precautions to help protect residences in Ketchum, Hailey and the area around the resort community of Sun Valley.
August 12, 2013 |
LONDON -- Prince Johan Friso, the younger brother of recently enthroned King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, died Monday as a result of brain injuries suffered during a skiing accident 18 months ago, according to an official statement from the palace. The communique posted on the royal website stated that the 44-year-old prince “has died of complications related to the hypoxic brain injury which he suffered as the result of his skiing accident in Lech, Austria on 17 February 2012.” Friso was buried by an avalanche while skiing off a trail despite avalanche warnings during a holiday in the Austrian Alps.
July 23, 2013 |
Granted, it's the middle of the summer. But for some, it's never too early to start planning the coming winter's ski and snowboard trips -- especially when there are good deals to be had. Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia is offering savings of more than 40% for schussers who book lift and lodging packages by Aug. 31. Families can save even more, resort officials say, because ages 12 and under can stay, ski and rent gear at no cost....
July 8, 2013 |
Here's one way to experience Yellowstone National Park as nature intended: quietly, without the summer crowds. But you'll need to don cross-country skis or snowshoes and brave chilly weather to do it. VBT, a longtime operator of hiking and biking tours that recently added ski itineraries, is offering a six-day trip, “
June 25, 2013 |
They don't care if it rains or freezes, they can keep their ski-mountain Jesus. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a 6-decade-old, 6-foot-tall Jesus statue could stay on a small patch of federal land in the Flathead National Forest in Montana after an atheist and agnostic group argued that the statue violated the 1st Amendment separation of church and state. The Jesus statue sits on a 25-by-25-foot parcel of federal land along a ski run in the Whitefish Mountain Resort. In 1953, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, won permission from the U.S. Forest Service to erect the statue.