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This week’s winter storm has given New York State ski areas some of the season’s best skiing. The prime skiing conditions are made even better by a host of exciting activities at ski areas across the state. In addition to keeping you updated on great travel deals, new events, lodging information and much more, New York State’s travel and tourism site now brings you daily ski conditions. Just log on to iloveny.com and get the latest downhill and cross country ski reports!Learn a Snow Sport! January is Learn a Snow Sport Month in New York State! All month (except the weekend of Martin Luther King’s birthday, Jan. 17-19), learn to ski or ride for free or at a 50 percent discount, depending on the chosen resort. Participants get a beginners package which includes a beginners lift pass, rental ski or board package and a professional lesson. Just visit www.learnasnowsport.com to download and print a coupon. In addition to the learning package, skiers will also receive a return coupon for a 50 percent discount off their next package. And every person who participates in this promotion receives coupons from Dick’s Sporting Goods for discounts on winter apparel and equipment at all Dick’s locations in New York State. Check out discounted lift ticket prices at www.skiandrideny.com. Lookout Mountain Now Open at Whiteface In Wilmington, Lookout Mountain, Whiteface’s third peak, is now open. The mountain boasts three new trails for skiers and riders, including the Wilmington Trail, a 2.5-mile long intermediate cruiser overlooking the Wilmington Wild Forest. Lookout Mountain’s other two trails are expert runs called Lookout Below and Hoyt’s High. Lookout Below is about 1/5 of a mile long, and the tips of ski balance over the drop into this amazing trail. Hoyt’s High has a long and consistent expert pitch over its 4,182-feet length. Both runs will be opened later this winter. Whiteface boasts the East’s greatest vertical drop, and was recently named to the Top Five Resorts in the East in SKI Magazine’s Reader Resort Survey 2008. For up-to-date trail conditions and mountain activities, please visit www.whiteface.com. Hunter Hits 50! Join the fun at Hunter Mountain on Saturday Jan. 10 for the big 50th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration Party at the base lodge with Hunter's favorite party band, Nuts In A Blender. Enjoy fireworks at 6:30 pm., followed by the unveiling of vintage Hunter Mountain photos that to be auctioned off next year. ESPN Radio will also have Rangers and Knicks tickets on hand, along with other great prizes and giveaways! As part of the anniversary celebration, you can get a lift ticket for $19.59! Buy a ticket on Jan. 10 or 11 and Hunter will sell you a non-holiday lift ticket of equal value for this season for $19.59. Season Passholders won’t be left out in the cold – they can also take advantage of this offer by season passes and getting one lift ticket for each day (Jan 10 and 11) for $19.59. They make great gifts! For more information on Hunter Mountain, visit www.huntermtn.com or call (800) HunterMtn (800/486-8376). Hop On, er, Over, the Bus! This season, Peek’n Peak Resort and Spa, in Findley Lake, has added an unusual new feature – a full sized school bus buried in the snow! Skiers and boarders can ride or jump over the bus. To kick off this new feature, Peek’n Peak is hosting the Back to School Bus Jam on Saturday, January 10th. This free event is open to skiers and boarders. Registration takes place from noon – 1 p.m. at the Retreat and the event begins at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. This Saturday, Peek’n Peak also hosts the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off at the Retreat from 12 – 3 p.m. Tasting tickets are available for $1 at the event and guests can vote on their favorite chili. Participants include Ashville General, Brick Village Gourmet, Burning Asphalt sauces, The Kelly Hotel, the Tamarack Bar & Grille, Union Station Brewery and US Foodservice. Also this Saturday, Peek’n Peak will offer a discount on lift tickets, equipment rentals and lessons to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and their immediate families. Discount lift tickets are up to $20 off the regular price. For more information, please visit PKnPK.com or call (716) 355-4141, ext. 2525. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it’s wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information visit www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com. Contact: Eric Scheffel Empire State Development (518) 292-5274 escheffel@empire.state.ny.us