It's almost your last chance to hit the ski slopes of New York State and take advantage of great events and deals for next season's skiing. This weekend, New York's ski areas continue their spring celebrations with racing, festivals and much more. Rock Maple Racing at Windham Rock Maple Racing returns to Windham Mountain in Windham, April 4, for another season of intense action. This race has attracted some of the best racers in the world, including athletes that have also competed in the X-Games. It all begins on Saturday morning, with qualifying rounds for all divisions and classes. Spectator gates will open at 8:00am with racing getting under way at 9 a.m. Admission is $10 per day for adults, with children under ten free with a paying adult. Pitt passes are available for an extra $10. For more information visit http://www.windhammountain.com/. Slalom and Savings at Holiday Valley! There's still plenty of snow and 9 slopes to play on at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. This weekend, take advantage of spring rates and enjoy the fun of the Slush Cup Slalom, Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This end-of-season USSA competition draws racers from all over the East Coast. Check out the great race views from the Yodeler Lodge! Holiday Valley is offering savings to skiers who purchase their 2009-10 season pass between now and April 12. 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. For more information on these events and deals, visit http://www.holidayvalley.com/. A Field Day at Gore In North Creek, Gore Mountain's 2nd Annual Field Day, Saturday, April 4th unites the action sports community. On Sunday, it's the Your Park Never Dies Rail Rally. No judges, no scores, no timing ... and no prizes other than that your name will be entered to win a new Burton board. It's all about you, your friends, good music, and good rails. The fun starts at noon and goes until ... who knows when. Be there! For more Gore Mountain information, visit http://www.goremountain.com/. Apple Butter Open at Whiteface Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington is hosting the Apple Butter Open, Saturday, April 4. The competition starts at noon and registration, 8-11 a.m. at guest services, is free. The 2009-10 Whiteface season passes are now on sale. Take advantage of special pricing before June 13 and also ski the remainder of the 2008-09 season, plus ski and ride the 2009-10 season at this season's rates! For more Whiteface information, visit http://www.whiteface.com/. Last Call at McCauley! It's the last weekend of skiing at McCauley Mountain in . Show your season's ski pass for any New York State Ski Area and adults ski for $10, kids for $5. For more information, visit http://www.mccauleyny.com/. Hunter Mountain's Spring Fling In Hunter, Hunter Mountain welcomes spring on Saturday, April 4, with its annual Pondskimming and Spring Fling. On Sunday, it's Any Mountain Season Passholder Day. Skiers presenting 2008-09 season passes from any ski resort in the world will be accepted. Even if you don't have a season pass, an adult weekend ticket is just $50. For more Hunter Mountain information visit http://www.huntermtn.com/. Belleayre's Hall of Fame Dinner Dance this Weekend On April 4 the 3rd Annual Belleayre Hall of Fame Dinner Dance, in Highmount, will light up the Overlook Lodge, celebrating the induction of three new members who have exhibited dedication and commitment to Belleayre Mountain and to snows ports throughout the years. This year Judy Shiner, Bill Hornbeck, and Carl Lumbaca will be honored for their Belleayre achievements. Tickets are on sale for $75 per person at the Overlook Lodge Administration and may be purchased at the door. Call (845) 254-5600, ext. 1313 for further information, reservations, and ticket sales. For information on other Belleayre events visit http://www.belleayre.com/. Greek Peak's 2009-10 Season Pass Price Wipe-Out In its continuing effort to ensure affordable skiing and riding remain for everyone, Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland has announced its 2009-10 Season Pass Price Wipe-Out. Season Passes are now on sale for $289 for a limited time only, until April 12. Skiers and boarders of all abilities can enjoy a season pass loaded with benefits: Bring-a-Friend discounts, lesson discounts, lift discounts at Gore, Whiteface and Bear Creek Resorts, and discounts at participating retailers. The pass is valid for the duration of this year's season. As an additional benefit, 2009-10 season pass holders can save up to $5,000 on a Hope Lake Lodge ¼ share purchase. For more Greek Peak information visit http://www.greekpeak.net/. Start your skiing adventure at iloveny.com! 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, iloveny.com now brings you daily ski conditions. Just log on to iloveny.com and get the latest downhill and cross country ski reports! 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 http://www.iloveny.com/. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.
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