Cold air across New York State has ski areas cranking up the snow guns, making for an ideal weekend to take advantage of perfect skiing and a great “ski and stay” offer available at many properties.“Our areas are going strong,” said Patrick Dunn, administrator for Ski Areas of New York, Inc. “In fact, Windham Mountain received 5 to 7 inches of fresh powder from Monday's Nor’easter and the cold weather has been helping snowmakers shore up the bases. It looks like we will have a strong March for skiers to get out and enjoy the slopes.”Also at many areas, you’ll find plenty of competitions, special events and late-season deals. So, don’t delay … hit New York’s slopes today!
Ski and Stay
Stay an extra day! This weekend, March 7-8, book a weekend “ski and stay” package and get the third night’s lodging and a third day of snow sporting for free at one of several participating properties. For a complete listing of participating properties and to book this package, go to http://wintergetaways.iloveny.com/skideals.aspx .
Big Air at Little Gore!
This Friday, March 6, it’s Big Air at Little Gore! Great music and amazing prizes, including a new Flow snowboard, highlight the North Creek Ski Bowl’s third freestyle event of the season! Age groups are 15 and under, and 16 and over, with registration opening at 4 p.m. and the competition beginning at 5. The cost is $20, which includes the competition entry fee and a lift ticket valid through 9 p.m. For season pass holders, the entry fee is $10.
On Saturday, March 7 at 7:50 p.m., enjoy the Coca-Cola Fireworks Spectacular at the Ski Bowl.
In celebration of Gore Mountain’s 75th Anniversary, visitors and residents of the Gore Mountain Region are invited to enjoy several $19.34 dining and shopping opportunities Wednesday through Saturday evenings. For complete details, including a full schedule of events and other Gore news and information, visit www.GoreMountain.com.
They Did the Mogul Mash
Belleayre Mountain’s 14th Annual Mogul Mash Challenge takes place Saturday, March 7. Three judges will be scoring all aged participants on their consistency, technical ability, and overall rhythm through the moguls. Belleayre Guest Services are offering guests pre-registration options; the cost is $10 and the first 125 competitors registered will receive a free T-shirt. Registration, on race day, will be held from 8-10 a.m. in the Garden Room of Belleayre’s Overlook Lodge. Helmets are required for all participants and competitors under the age of 18 require an adult’s signature. An awards ceremony and competitors’ celebration begins at 3 p.m. in the Longhouse Lodge.
Saturday events include the Stoked Mentoring Race, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and open to all ages. It benefits the Stoked Mentoring program which provides teens with opportunity, knowledge, experience, and determination through action sports, such as snowboarding, surfing, and skateboarding. On Sunday March 8, WKNY (1490AM) of Kingston, in sponsorship with Belleayre Mountain and Boston Culinary Group, holds the Annual Challenge Race to benefit the Community Rehabilitation Center of Kingston.
For more information on these and other Belleayre events, visit www.belleayre.com.
Polar Bear Express Spring Fling at Cockaigne
Get your costume ready … it’s “Back to the Ice Age” this weekend at Cockaigne Ski Resort in Cherry Creek. The ski area’s Spring Fling takes place March 7-8, with a host of fun and exciting events including an Ice Cream Cardboard Box Race, Frozen in Time Competition, Sleet & Slush Eating Contest, Frosty The Snowman Treasure Hunt, Glacier Park Obstacle Race, NASTAR (one of the world's largest recreational ski and snowboard race programs), and a Costume Parade.
For more information visit www.cockaigne.com or call (716) 287-3545 or (888) 287-3545.
Spring Fest at Peek ‘n Peak
Peek ‘n Peak’s Spring Fest, March 7 and 8 promises fun for the whole family. This year, a family snow sculpting contest joins the exciting roster of games, contests, and giveaways. On March 7, it’s the Shop Showdown Finale. Watch the area's top shops compete on the terrain parks for the title of Top Shop! For more information, visit www.pknpk.com or call (716) 355-4141.
Scouts Weekend at Holiday Mountain
Scouts … be prepared … it’s Scouts Weekend at Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park in Monticello! Check out the great deals for Scouts presenting ID and merit badges March 7 and 8. For more information visit www.holidaymtn.com or call (845) 796-3161.
March into Spring at Hunter Mountain
Hunter Mountain's March into Spring pass is available for its second year, for $149. The season pass is valid now through the end of the 2008-09 season (potentially allowing for up to 5 weeks of skiing and riding for $149). Perfect for anyone looking to enjoy spring skiing or riding in the Catskills, the pass coincides with March Mountain Madness, an area-wide promotion including many lodging specials through the month of March. March into Spring passes are on sale now at www.shop.huntermtn.com . For more information on these and other Hunter happenings, visit www.huntermtn.com .
Savings at Swain
Now is the best time to buy a Swain Resort season pass – not only is it a great price, but if you buy now you get to ski the rest of the season for free! With an average "break even" of just six to 8 visits, you can “get your money's worth" before” visiting a single day next season. Save anywhere from $40 to $400 (the price of a “whole family” pass purchase) off full price skiing. But act now – this sale ends March 31 and the sooner you buy the sooner you can ski and snowboard for free. For more information on these and other Swain Resort events and offers, visit www.swain.com.
Spring Season Pass Sale at Holiday Valley
Holiday Valley in Ellicottville is offering savings to skiers who purchase their 2009-10 season pass between March 12 and April 12, 2009. Existing pass holders will pay last year's pre-season rate, while new purchasers will still get great pre-season rates for an entire season of winter excitement. There are a variety of plans to suit everyone, so don’t delay … log on to www.holidayvalley.com today!
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