If you haven't heard about the Epic Pass from Vail Resorts your missing out. The pass covers all Vail Resorts and A-Basin. The Epic Mix is Vails answer to the need for Ski Resort Phone Apps.
The App that tracks a skiers vertical feet, ski days and much more was delayed until mid season 2010-2011, but Epic Pass owners where able to set accounts and track themselves through the website.
Marcus DeBergh, a student in New York, won $100,000 February 24, 2011 through EpicMix and said goodbye to annoying student loans.
There once was a day when Killington in Vermont was the Ski Resort to watch for the start of ski season in New England. That's all change over the last few seasons.
This season and for the last several seasons Sunday River in Main has been the one to watch. SR was open on Halloween last season. They have demolished that record.
Starting October 14, 09 Sunday River Officially opened for the ski and snowboard season.
What a adventure this can be. Combine your annual trip north for leaf peeping with skiing. Snow is in the forecast on the east coast for the next several days.
Check out this skier going through the snow making cloud opening day at Sunday River.
By far the most up to date Ski Vacation Resort in New England. Sunday River is located in Bethel Maine just west of the New Hampshire border. This Ski Resort has been upgrading it facilities for the past several years. The resort has a elevation of 3140 feet with a vertical drop of 2340 feet across. 9 mountain peaks. Read more about Sunday River Resort
New England is known for being the place where the family from the Sound Of Music lived or skinny trails. Well now Vermont is known for having taken 8 Awards away from the 2008-2009 National Ski Area Associations Convention. More than any other state. Okemo was awarded for their helmet program. Sugarbush won for guest services. The Best Overall Guest Service Program award is given to the resort with, you guessed it, the best guest service program in the country. other recipients where Mad River Glen, Stowe, JPeak, Straton Mt.
The beautiful beaches of Marco Island, Florida, played host to the annual NSAA Trade Show and Convention from May 13 to 16. While attendee numbers were off by 25 percent, those who did show were treated to information-packed seminars, lively panels and a trade show packed with companies ready to do business.
I was just talking with friends about this. How good did ski resorts do in 08-09. During this season I was able to ski in Vail and Beaver Creek. I lived directly accross the street from the Gondola at The Weston Hotel. This put me in a unique position to see skiers and snowboarders coming and going all day. One thing about ski Colorado is locals don't head to the mountain until temperatures rise in the morning. To be honest I got like that too.
But anyway back to my friends and I. My one buddy was firm in his opinion that the resorts lost money. Another thought it was average. Both these guys skied new England all season. From my observations by the Beaver Creek Gondola I said I thought it was a good year.
I skied over 80 days at Vail and Beaver Creek and people where on the mountains everyday. The holiday's where packed so much so it was getting dangerous. Even at Vail with thousands of acres open. Vail and Beaver Creek where 100% open in 2008-2009 ski season. In December the Vail Valley received 13 feet of snow. It is also worth mentioning Vail Resorts sold over 51.000 Epic Season Passes for 09-09 ski season.
Well the National Ski Area Assoiciation as set the facts strait.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – May 15, 2009 – "Based on preliminary estimates, ski areas nationwide tallied 57.1 million visits for the 2008/09 season, making it the fifth best season on record. Over the last 10 seasons (1999/00 – 2008/09), the industry has averaged 56.7 million visits. The 2008/09 season represents a 0.8 percent increase from the 10-year average, and just a 5.5 percent decrease from the record 2007/08 season of 60.5 million visits. At 13.8 million visits in 2008/09, the Northeast region was up 5.5 percent from its 10-year average. Meanwhile the Southeast region, at 5.62 million visits, was up 3.8 percent from its 10-year average; the Midwest region, with 7.41 million visits, was down 1.1 percent from its 10-year average; the Rocky Mountain region, with 19.79 million visits, was up 1.3 percent from its 10-year average; and finally the Pacific West region, with 10.54 million visits, was down 5.8 percent from its 10-year average.
Relatively favorable snow and weather conditions in most parts of the country during much of the season provided a strong counterbalance to the challenging economic conditions. Based on resort comments, the impact of the economy varied somewhat depending on resort location and resort type. Many day-ski areas in close proximity to major metropolitan markets benefited as many guests chose to ski and ride at locations closer to home. Meanwhile destination resorts often reported fewer overnight visits and shorter stays. Many resorts commented that snow and weather conditions had a more powerful impact on their visitation than the economy. Overall average snowfall was down just 10 percent. The Southeast realized a 31.2 percent increase in average snowfall; the Midwest was up 1.1 percent; the Northeast was down just 10 percent; the Pacific West was down 10.2 percent; and the Rocky Mountain region was down 14.2 percent. A final report will be issued in July". For more information visit nsaa.org.