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The weather may be getting warmer, but that's not stopping the great events, deals and skiing taking place at ski areas across New York State. This weekend, look for mogul competitions, a truly unique triathlon, a wild race between hose-carrying snowmakers, a spring carnival and more late season deals than you can shake a ski pole at! Fun and Games at Gore In North Creek, Gore Mountain's annual mogul event, Walt's Bump Contest, takes place Saturday March 21. The contest is divided into several age categories and offers great prizes, with contestants being judged on style, speed, control and overall performance in the bumps. Registration will be in the Base Lodge from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., with the competition starting at 11. Join the contestants and spectators the award ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on the sundeck. Gore welcomes spring on Sunday March 22 with Price Chopper Presents...MORE GORE Gallery Day. A team of professional photographers will be snapping fun, group photos of skiers and boarders on the mountain with one free 4"x 6" Fotocard given per group (each additional Fotocard is just $1). At the end of the event all Fotocards will be uploaded to the Internet for free downloading and sharing on Facebook. Take Your Son to Gore Week, March 23-28, offers free skiing, snowboarding, and tubing for sons 19 and under with full-paying parent. Season passholders, Empire Card holders, and four-pack holders are considered full-paying for the purposes of this particular promotion and are welcome to participate. For more on Gore, go to http://www.goremountain.com/. Turn up your skiing a notch and save at Hunter! Want to improve your mogul skiing? Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, Hunter Mountain in Hunter is offering a full day or two-day workshop to develop the skills and tactics needed to tackle some of the toughest bump fields in the east. Work on technique outside the bumps and then find the appropriate bump terrain to apply those skills. Each workshop includes video analysis, top-level instruction, a lift ticket, and breakfast and lunch vouchers. Intermediate skiers to advanced skiers are welcome and groups will be formed based on ability. The price is $159 for one day or $299 for two days, with 30 percent off for season pass holders. All lift tickets purchased on Hunter's closing day, April 11, will cost only $19.59, the second $19.59 special celebrating the year of Hunter Mountain's opening. For more information on these and other Hunter events and offers, visit http://www.huntermtn.com/ . Biking, skiing, and running ... oh, my! At Belleayre in Highmount, the annual Pine Hill Arms Triathlon takes place Saturday, March 21. This unique iron-man style begins race on skis from the top of Belleayre's Tomahawk lift at 1:30 p.m., crossing the Belleayre Ridge trail and riding downhill to find their bikes at the Discovery Lodge. After a grueling 10 mile bike ride from Belleayre into Pine Hill then back to Belleayre, competitors will run the five miles back down to Pine Hill. The Pine Hill Arms will host all participants with an awards party, gourmet bayou buffet, live music, and dancing. Pre-registration is currently taking place by calling the Arm's at (845) 254-4012 or by visiting their website at pinehillarms.com. Registration on competition day will be held in the Longhouse Lodge from 9 a.m. to noon. Also on tap this weekend at Belleayre is the third annual Turn n' Burn Challenge, Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m., featuring top-notch mogul skiers and boarders. Helmets are required for all competitors; registration will be held in the Garden Room from 8-10 a.m. competition. For more information on these and other Belleayre events visit http://www.belleayre.com/. Savings and Events at Holiday Valley In Ellicottville, the Holiday Valley snowmaking crew is inviting snowmakers from the region to the annual Guns ‘n Hoses Race and Party on Saturday, March 21. Snowmakers must ski through race gates while carrying the snowmaking hoses, and then hook them up to snow guns at the base of the course. Come out and cheer on these hardworking men and women as they celebrate the season and raise funds for Mercy Flight Emergency Helicopter Services. Holiday Valley's Quarter Pipe Competition will also take place March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The resort's Winter Carnival Snowbar at the base of Yodeler is transformed into a giant quarter pipe with riders and skiers competing for prizes by doing spectacular tricks as they air above the pipe. The Northwind Super G race on March 22 is open to all skiers and riders and takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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/. Celebrating Spring at Bristol! Bristol Mountain in South Bristol ushers in spring with the Pepsi Family Fun Spring Carnival Weekend, March 21 and 22. Events and giveaways include a free Alpine lift ticket or Nordic trail ticket for children ages 12 and below, free Alpine beginner lessons, a demo ski and board sale, snow volleyball, a mogul competition, the Shamrock Scavenger Hunt, and a Pepsi Tent with free samples, arts and crafts activities and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! For more information visit http://www.bristolmountain.com/. Savings and Celebration 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! Save anywhere from $40 to $400 (the price of a "whole family" pass purchase) off full price skiing. 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 this and other Swain Resort events and offers, visit http://www.swain.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/ or call (800) 955-2SKI. 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. 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