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Children's Festival Week at Sunday River


NEWRY, Maine -- Sunday River has designed the third week in January specifically for families. Children's Festival Week offers free skiing, lodging and learning for kids plus a jam-packed youth oriented entertainment schedule.

Children's Festival Week at Sunday River will kick off with a bang at the Welcome Party as kids get the chance to enjoy a fireworks display, torchlight parade and bonfire with marshmallows. The week's entertainment will include a Hot Peas 'n Butter concert on January 15, and a Mad Science show on January 17. Also, a Festival Night in the Grand Summit Hotel's Ballroom complete with face painting, a bounce house, crafts, games, movies and contests is scheduled.

Other activities will include scavenger hunts, a snow painting contest, family trivia night, ice-skating and snow tubing at the White Cap Fun Center. Kids dinner specials will also be available at the on-mountain restaurants throughout the week.

"Spending time on the slopes with your family is about as good as it gets for a parent," said Jim Costello, proud dad and Sunday River VP of Brand Management. "A quality family vacation experience is about more than snow, which will be plentiful, but also about keeping the kids entertained and the parents relaxed. Our Children's Festival Week is tailor made for families, from the free factor to the entertainment."

Packages start at $90 per night for the adults while accompanying kids can receive free skiing, lodging, full-day Perfect Turn clinics and rentals. Guests are urged to call (800) 543-2SKI to reserve their Children's Festival Week package. Lodging check in for the Festival Week begins on Sunday, Jan. 13.

More information on the Children's Festival Week schedule of events is available at Sunday River | Kids Ski Weeks & Packages.



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Default Youth Pay Their Age at Mount Snow Sunday, January 6th

WEST DOVER, Vermont -- The second installment of the popular Mount Snow event, Youth Pay Their Age Day, is scheduled for Sunday, January 6th.

Skiers or riders ages 6-18 pay their age for the cost of a lift ticket. (e.g. - a 14 year old skier would pay $14.) Kids 5 and under always ski for free. Proof of age is required.

With two snowstorms on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and the ski resort 100% open, this Youth Pay Their Age Day comes at a perfect time to get young skiers and snowboarders out on the slopes at a great rate.

Lodging Packages and more information is available by calling 800-245-SNOW or visiting Mount Snow :: Ski Vermont's All-Season Resort, Ski Deals, Ski New England.



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Default Sugarloaf Tops 100 Inches of Snow this Season

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- With nearly three feet of snow this week and more than 100 inches of snow since the start of the skiing and riding season, Sugarloaf is offering the best New Year conditions in nearly a decade.

More than 15 inches of snow fell overnight Tuesday bringing the weekly snow total to 32 inches. As a result of the copious amounts of snow, combined with non stop snowmaking, Sugarloaf anticipates opening trails in the Front Face Snowfields as early as this weekend.

Snowmaking will continue through the weekend on White Nitro in the center of the Front Face. The above treeline trail offers one of the steepest pitches on the mountain and unobstructed views that extend across Maine and beyond.

Tuesday's snow is also to credit with opening as many as 118 of Sugarloaf's 134 trails, or nearly 90 percent of Sugarloaf's terrain.

The new snow comes on the heels of one of the best Decembers in recent history, including a nearly perfect Christmas holiday week. "Skiing and riding play a huge part in making tourism a year round force in Maine's economy," said Frank Guerriero, Sugarloaf director of marketing. "Snowfall like this puts Maine skiing and riding in the spotlight as a premiere winter destination. As a result, we're seeing great numbers of skiers and riders from throughout New England and Canada."

In addition to unbeatable conditions, Sugarloaf offers a number of exciting events off the slopes throughout the month of January including College Week, White White World Week, and the Bud Light Concert Series with G. Love and Special Sauce on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008.

For more information and to book your next winter adventure, call 1.800 THE LOAF or visit us online at sugarloaf.com.

About the Sugarloaf Resort - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is recognized as one of the top winter and golf resorts in the world and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East and one of Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne USA Resorts family of resorts and attractions.



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Default Ski Vermont New Year's Resolution: Beginners Ski or Ride for Free

MONTPELIER, Vermont -- Vermont ski resorts will open up their doors to first-time skiers and riders for FREE lessons, rentals and lift tickets. More than 800 newbies have already signed up for their lesson.

The week of January 5-13, 2008 has been designated for the Ski Vermont New Year's Resolution program. First time skiers and snowboarders are invited to sign up to learn to ski or ride at a resort of their choice any time during this week. The program is open to all beginner skiers and snowboarders ages 6 and up. Packages include lessons, rentals and a limited terrain lift ticket.

Participating Resorts this season include Ascutney, Bolton, Bromley, Burke, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Middlebury, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers' Notch, Stratton, Sugarbush and Suicide Six.

"For many, it will be their first time trying a snowsport. As a skier myself, I plan to get on the mountain with my sister and try snowboarding for the first time," Jen Butson, Vermont Ski Areas Association Public Affairs Director said. "Why not be versatile on the mountain? It is a vehicle toward a fun, healthy lifestyle and trying something new is invigorating."

Visit SkiVermont.com: Ski Vacations, Ski Resorts, Snowboarding, Skiing in Vermont to learn more about how soon-to-be ski bums get in the powder fast and affordably or sign up for your lesson - - New Year's Resolution today.



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Default Natural Snow Falling Again at Snowshoe

SNOWSHOE, West Virginia -- It's another gorgeous powder day at Snowshoe Mountain. More than 11" of fresh powder have fallen on the slopes of Snowshoe since New Year's Day. Snow continues to fall lightly Thursday morning, with forecasts predicting the storm to ease up by noon. Final accumulation could see a full foot of fresh powder added to the slopes for this coming weekend. Complete snow report and slope conditions can be found everyday at <Snowshoe Mountain - Mountain win-mountain/snowreport.htm>.

In addition to the natural snowfall, Snowshoe's expert snowmaking crew has been hard at work. Up to 240 snowguns spread across the mountain have been hard at work the last two nights. Already skiing and riding on the most open terrain in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, Snowshoe is expected to add significant skiable acres for this weekend, including opening Cupp Run and Camp 99. Cupp is Snowshoe's 1.5 mile, 1,500' signature slope in the Western Territory. Camp 99 is the second of three new trails in the South Mountain area to debut this season. The Silver Creek area will also see significant trail additions this weekend, and as of Saturday, every beginner trail in the basin area will be open for skiing and riding, and all 14 lifts on the mountain should be operating. Today, Snowshoe has 37 open trails and 11 lifts running. Night skiing and riding and the awesome 5-lane tubing hill are both open in the Silver Creek area.

Snowshoe has consistently had the region's best conditions since opening on November 21st. Despite some periods of rain and warm spells in December, the mountain has kept a consistent base across its open slopes, and has regularly added terrain as the season has progressed. Guests spending the holidays at Snowshoe were treated to a two-foot base and almost 60% of the mountain's slopes open for skiing and riding. Lift lines were kept to a minimum, as skiing and riding were available from the Northern Tract, all the way to the slopes of the South Mountain area. Great conditions at the Silver Creek area also helped relieve crowds, so skiers and riders were able to enjoy the conditions to the fullest.

This morning, many of Snowshoe's open slopes have more than a two-foot base of packed-powder, and a handful of slopes were purposefully left ungroomed overnight for incredible powder-skiing conditions this morning. One of those trails was Sawmill, the first of the South Mountain's three new trails to open this season. Sawmill debuted on December 21st and has been receiving rave reviews. The steep pitch offers challenging terrain and Snowshoe regulars are delighted by the new terrain for the season. The adjacent Sawmill Glades area should open shortly, as this natural snowfall has greatly enhanced conditions in the new tree-skiing area.

Be sure to checkout Ski Resorts: Snowshoe Mountain West Virginia for the latest snowfall and terrain data.



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Default Cannon Mountain Caters to Families, Young Skiers/Riders

FRANCONIA, New Hampshire -- From a new terrain park geared toward the littler crowd to fun events just for kids, Cannon Mountain has plenty to offer young skiers and riders this winter.

"With its diverse terrain and programs for all ages and abilities, more and more families are discovering what a true family mountain Cannon is," said Marketing Director Amy Bassett. "Cannon has many generations of families skiing together."

The Tuckerbrook Family Area, featuring several beginner and intermediate runs, is separated from more advanced skiing and riding traffic, providing a perfect learning area for all ages and an ideal spot for families to enjoy a day on the slopes together.

An exciting addition to Cannon this year is Huckerbrook, a small terrain park geared toward younger children and those looking to try a terrain park, but apprehensive about starting with the big jumps of the Toss-Up Freestyle Terrain Park. Huckerbrook features two boxes, two flat rails, and two designer hits for new jumpers and the future hucksters in your family.

To further entice families, tickets for the Tuckerbrook area, including Huckerbrook, are only $30 for the day. Kids 5 years old and younger always ski free. Cannon offers a convenient drop-off area adjacent to the Tuckerbrook area and the Peabody Lodge to provide easy access for families.

Cannon Mountain also hosts several kid-centered events throughout the winter, starting with a Beach Party January 12th. Children will be invited to participate in beach-themed games on the slopes. All kids events begin at 1:30pm on the Brookside trail.

Other kids events planned for the season include football fun on February 3rd to coincide with Super Bowl XLII, a Mardi Gras party February 9th, a scavenger hunt on the slopes February 23rd, a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration March 16th, and an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday – March 23rd.

Cannon Mountain has 60 trails, 9 lifts, and terrain for all ability levels. Cannon has the longest vertical drop and the highest lift-served terrain in New Hampshire. With New Hampshire’s only aerial tramway, Cannon is located directly off I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park. For more information on Cannon Mountain and all of its lift ticket options, visit Cannon Mountain or call 603-823-8800.



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