Category: Skiing Snowboarding

Vail Resorts To Close North American Resorts For The 2019-20 Ski Season Due To COVID-19

March 17, 2020

Press release can be downloaded here from Vail Resorts Website

The Company will consider reopening Breckenridge, Heavenly and Whistler Blackcomb dependent on the situation with COVID-19 and weather conditions

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Vail Resorts announced today that all of its North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season amidst the continued challenges associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision follows the Company’s previously announced closure of its resorts from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22. The Company will consider reopening Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia in late April/early May, dependent on the situation with COVID-19 as well as weather conditions.

Additionally, the Company’s owned and operated lodging properties will close on Friday, March 20, with final check-ins allowed until 4 p.m. MT today. Epic Mountain Express, the Company’s Colorado transportation service, will run through tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18. Both will remain closed until further notice.

“Our decision to end the season now is evidence of the fast-moving situation involving COVID-19, and it was not an easy one to make as we deeply considered the extended impact it will have on our guests, employees and communities,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “While it is incredibly disappointing for our Company to mark the end of the season so early, we know it is the most responsible path forward.”

Guests can process refunds and credits on pre-purchased lift tickets, lodging, ski and ride school, equipment rentals and more, subject to applicable terms and conditions, using an online form that will be available later today on the Company’s resort websites.

About Vail Resorts, Inc.(NYSE: MTN)

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 world-class mountain resorts and urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo.Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc.Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

Alterra Mountain Company Closure Announcement, Closing Several North American Ski Resorts Due To COVID-19

March 14, 2020, Denver, CO: After careful thought and deliberation of our duty in the face of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and in what I believe is in the best interest of our guests, employees and local communities, Alterra Mountain Company will suspend operations at our 15 North American ski resorts, starting the morning of Sunday, March 15, until further notice. All lift operations, food and beverage, retail and rental services will be closed until further notice.

Alterra Mountain Company destinations are Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. (CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures will continue to operate through Tuesday, March 17.)

Each resort will work directly with guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this short notice will undoubtedly create. We look forward to welcoming you back to the mountains as circumstances improve.

Rusty Gregory

Chief Executive Officer

Alterra Mountain Company

Ed Note: COVID-19 is serious business, this is not a “snow day” or “extended spring break” from school or work. It is not an excuse to got to the mall, theater, skiing, vacation, parties, etc. Mid-Jersey News follows snow sports since many from the Mid-Jersey region travel to locations such as the Poconos, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Colorado, etc. for recreation. Practice hand washing, hygiene and social separation to prevent the spread of this virus. This is a serious situation and a National Emergency. If everyone participates hopefully we return to normal sooner than later. If you feel that there is a chance you are sick, can become sick or have been exposed, separate yourself from others.

Big Snow at American Dream Closed For COVID-19 Until March 31

March 14, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD (BERGEN), NJ– See note from Big Snow at American Dream Mall.

To Our Big SNOW Guests,

Like the rest of the world, we have been closely monitoring the developments and public health recommendations regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) over these past few weeks. The health and safety of our team and guests are of the utmost priority for us. Although there have been no reported cases of coronavirus associated with American Dream or Big SNOW, both management teams agree that it would be in the best interest of safety and public health to make the hard but responsible decision to temporarily close our doors as a preventative measure in the national fight against the further spread of this virus.

Effective Monday March 16, Big SNOW and American Dream will be temporarily closing to all visits through the end of the month. This is a decision we did not take lightly, as we recognize the impact that this business interruption will have on the lives of our team members and our guests. That said, we do feel that it is a necessary decision for the sake of the greater public health. While we plan to stay closed through the end of the month, we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the guidance of our local, state and federal officials, as well as the public health agencies. Any further updates and information on our re-opening dates will be posted on our website and social media channels and communicated to you as they become available.

For any guests who have pre-booked their visits to Big SNOW between the dates of March 16 and March 31, we will be contacting you via email and making arrangements for you to move your visit to any time within the next year. If you have any further questions regarding your purchase or visit to Big SNOW, you may contact us via email at info@bigsnowad.com or by phone at 973-864-6600.

We thank you for your patience, support and understanding as we all work together to do our part in quickly stopping the spread of this global pandemic. Our hearts are with everyone who have been affected either directly or indirectly by the impact of this crisis. We hope to be safely skiing and riding with you again at Big SNOW very soon. In the meantime, we wish you and your families continued health.

Sincerely,

Joe Hession
CEO Big SNOW American Dream

Ed Note: COVID-19 is serious business, this is not a “snow day” or “extended spring break” from school or work. It is not an excuse to got to the mall, theater, skiing, vacation, parties, etc. Mid-Jersey News follows snow sports since many from the Mid-Jersey region travel to locations such as the Poconos, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Colorado, etc. for recreation. Practice hand washing, hygiene and social separation to prevent the spread of this virus. This is a serious situation and a National Emergency. If everyone participates hopefully we return to normal sooner than later. If you feel that there is a chance you are sick, can become sick or have been exposed, separate yourself from others.

37 North American Vail Resorts will not operate Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22, with future guidance to follow

Ed Note: COVID-19 is serious business, this is not a “snow day” or “extended spring break” from school or work. It is not an excuse to got to the mall, theater, skiing, vacation, parties, etc. Mid-Jersey News follows snow sports since many from the Mid-Jersey region travel to locations such as the Poconos, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Colorado, etc. for recreation. Practice hand washing, hygiene and separation to prevent the spread of this virus. This is a serious situation and a National Emergency. If everyone participates hopefully we return to normal sooner than later. If you feel that there is a chance you are sick, can become sick or have been exposed, separate yourself from others.

Updated 4 p.m. MT on March 14, 2020)
Update on Vail Resorts Operations from CEO Rob Katz
Resorts will not operate Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22, with future guidance to follow

This has no doubt been an incredibly challenging time. With 37 resorts spread across 15 states and three countries, we – like the rest of the world – have been closely tracking every new development related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and have been in constant contact with local health officials for guidance. Without question, our top priority has been the health and wellbeing of our guests and employees – and to no lesser extent the health and wellbeing of the communities where we operate. We know each decision we make has a broad impact far beyond our operations.

With each of those stakeholders in mind and with the most updated information from local health officials, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the operations of all our North American mountain resorts and retail stores beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020 through Sunday, March 22, 2020 and will use that time to reassess our approach for the rest of the season. Our lodging and property management operations will remain open to service the guests we have on location or those with existing reservations, but we will not be taking new reservations for this upcoming week. Epic Mountain Express, our Colorado shuttle service, will also continue operations to support the travel needs of our guests.  We will be closing our corporate offices and apart from essential personnel, we will be asking other employees to work from home, where possible.  

All our scheduled employees, both seasonal and year-round, will be paid during this upcoming eight-day period, without needing to use any vacation or sick time. Their commitment to our company and guests during this uncertain time has been unwavering and I am personally grateful beyond words. 

This decision provides a pause for the entire ecosystem of our mountain resort communities. It gives everyone the time to assess the situation, respond to ever-changing developments, and evaluate the approach for the rest of season, if we believe it is advisable or feasible to re-open. This was not an easy decision to make, as we deeply considered the impact it will have on our guests, employees, and the people and businesses in our communities. We understand this change may be confusing given our communications of operational changes over the past week, and as late as last night. Please know that this has been a fast-moving, constantly developing situation with new information from our communities coming to us by the day, if not by the hour, and we are trying to react as quickly as we can.  People may also wonder why we are not giving more notice ahead of this closure. We understand the challenges this creates, but our priority is to minimize any additional issues from operating in further uncertainty and to avoid potential crowding. 

We sincerely apologize to guests who are currently at our resorts – and those who were planning to come during this time. We have information on cancellations, refunds and travel credits on our websites. Many things like ski school, lift tickets, equipment rentals, and transportation can be fully refunded, and we have new credit policies in place for our owned and operated lodging properties. Please know that we will get to everyone and appreciate your patience as our most immediate priority must be the health and welfare of our resorts and communities.  I know there are a lot of questions about our season pass products and Epic Day Passes. Those products are non-refundable and not transferable to another season, however, we will be reviewing those policies and providing any updated guidance on that in the coming weeks.  Again, we very much appreciate your patience with this as well. 

We will be providing updated information on the remainder of the season by Friday, March 20, 2020.

These are unprecedented, challenging times for everyone. We will continue to navigate these unchartered waters with our guests, our employees and our communities remaining our highest priority. I am certain that there have been, and will be, moments where we will miss the mark and potentially disappoint. However, rest assured that we will continue to listen to your feedback – and continue to make the best decisions we can for everyone’s wellbeing. 
 

Guest FAQs

SEASON PASS

How does the closure impact my season pass or Epic Day Pass?

To the extent that any of our resorts re-open during the season, your pass will be valid.

Pursuant to the terms of all season pass and Epic Day Pass products, they are non-refundable and non-transferable to another season.  We will be reviewing these policies and providing any updated guidance in the coming weeks.  We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.

LIFT TICKETS

May I get a refund on my lift tickets that are pre-purchased and valid for 3/15/20-3/22/20?

Yes pursuant to the terms of Lift TicketsOur teams are currently focused on assisting our guests in resort. Please check back here for more information on how to request your refund. We are working to make this process as easy as possible with an online form. Thank you for your patience.

I have pre-purchased lift tickets for dates after 3/22/20. Can I get a refund?

Yes. Our teams are currently focused on assisting our guests in resort. Please check back here for more information on how to request your refund. We are working to make this process as easy as possible with an online form. Thank you for your patience.

What are my refund options for other mountain products?

We have information on cancellations, refunds and travel credits on our resort websites. Many activities – such as ski school, equipment rentals, and transportation – can be fully refunded. Please check back here for more information on how to request your refund. We are working to make this process as easy as possible with an online form. Thank you for your patience.
 

LODGING

I’m currently staying at a hotel. How long can I stay here?
You can remain at the hotel through the end of your reservation. If you would like to extend your stay or make any revisions to your stay, please talk to your front desk.

What is your rebook and refund policy for lodging?

For lodging owned and operated by Vail Resorts, you can receive a full refund for any bookings made for dates during the resort closure period..

For reservations due to arrive between 3/22/2020-5/31/2020, guests can apply the dollar amount of their deposit to a future stay at the same property for up to 365 days from the date of arrival. You can also rebook the same dates at another resort based on availability and at the applicable rate.

We are waiving cancellation fees for hotel stays through May 31, 2020 for guests traveling from international locations to Vail Resorts destinations.

Cancellation and date change policies through third party lodging and booking partners will vary by property. Guests should reach out to their reserved lodging property or reserved booking source if they need to discuss changes.

Are existing reservations beyond 3/22/20 still valid?

Yes, at this time our lodging properties will remain open.

Can I make reservations beyond 3/22/20 at your properties?

Yes, we will not be taking new reservations for stays between 3/15/20-3/22/20, but we are still taking reservations beyond that time frame.

DINING

Will your village and fine dine restaurants be open?

All on-mountain dining, including quick serve and fine dining, will be closed.  Limited dining will be available in our lodging properties.

RENTAL

Will your rental and retail stores be open?

All Vail Resorts Rental and Retail stores at the resorts will be closed. We will have some limited openings within lodging.

EVENTS

Are resort events cancelled as well?

Check our website, or the event-specific website for all event information. Events at our resorts between 3/15/20-3/22/20 are cancelled.

FUTURE OPERATIONS

What are the chances you will open after 3/22/2020?
We will be providing updated information on the remainder of the season by Friday, March 20, 2020.

Ski/Snowboarding: Ski Resorts Start Closing Due To COVID-19 Precautions, Catamount and Berkshire East Closed For Season

March 12, 2020

To our Berkshire East and Catamount Guests and Employees:

Berkshire East will close for the season today, Thursday, March 12 at 4pm and Catamount Ski Area will not reopen this weekend. COVID-19 has been discovered in the surrounding hill towns and multiple people are being quarantined. To be clear, no known Berkshire East or Catamount customers or employees have been effected by this illness, but as the GM of these businesses, I have a responsibility to my employees and my customers to act swiftly to contain any potential virus spread in areas that I can control.

In 2006, I was buried in an avalanche in British Columbia. While being buried in that tumble of snow the only thing I could think of was “this isn’t worth it…” This experience informs me now as the only thought that comes to me is, “no ski turn is worth a life.”

My role in this business was given to me by my father who loves being at the mountain every day. His demographics put him at a higher risk than others. If I can’t recommend that he visit his facility, how can I ask anyone else to do the same? Our staff is our family. Our guests are our tribe.

Thus, with conviction, we believe that our businesses can be leaders (however small) in beating back COVID-19 from its current beachhead by immediately closing for what remains of the winter season.

There simply is no benefit to remaining open.

The best science shows that this type of aggressive mitigation is both inevitable and overwhelmingly in support of the public good.

We urge other business leaders and our elected officials to follow suit in continuing to aggressively close down public spaces so we can proactively begin to get this insidiousness behind us.

We send the full weight of our prayers to the healthcare workers and their families who are on the front lines of this battle. As this illness spreads exponentially, we must all take immediate action to “flatten the curve” in order to allow our nations health care workers to make effective headway against the current caseload of COVID-19.

We shout from our mountain tops that you can make a thousand daily impacts by washing your hands, not touching your face, practice social distancing and simply sit back while doing everything in your power to stop the spread.

This is certainly an inconvenience to our customers and will result in major changes for our staff. None of this is going to be easy and we are passing into unknown territories. But like any good skier knows, you beat back challenging situations by pressing forward into them aggressively and decisively.

Lastly, this is personal, I’m related to medical professionals working in hospitals with active outbreaks. We shut down out of love and support for these people and the staffs in these hospitals.

We are confident in the future. We will announce a reopening date for our whitewater rafting, zip lines, aerial adventures, and biking in the coming weeks as guidance comes down from the CDC, the NIH and WHO.

Jon Schaefer

Catamount Ski Area / Berkshire East Ski Area

Update: NJ Man Dies From Asphyxia At Chair 37 in Vail Mountain’s Blue Sky Basin By Hanging From Ski Coat

February 14, 2020

Updated to include town in NJ and additional information.

Special thanks to Vail Daily for contributing to this report.

VAIL COLORADO (EAGLE)–According to reports a New Jersey man has died by Chair 37 Skyline Express Lift in the Blue Sky Basin area of Vail’s legendary back bowls. Jason Varnish, 46, of Short Hills, New Jersey, died Thursday on Vail Mountain, coroner Kara Bettis has confirmed.

Update from Vail Daily:

Coroner Kara Bettis said the death has been ruled an accident.

Bettis, in a text, wrote: “We are still investigating how this whole situation happened. According to our initial investigation, the deceased slipped through the seat of the chair lift and his ski coat got caught up in the chair. The coat ended up going up around his head and neck area putting his neck in a position that compromised his airway.”

See Vail Daily for further updates on the investigation

Blue Sky Basin was closed after the incident:

Please also follow this breaking story at Vail Daily for the latest information.

Winter Storm Ezekiel Dumps 27 Inches Of Snow on Hunter

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HUNTER, NY–You have to wake up early on a Sunday morning to beat a snowstorm and holiday traffic one of the most busiest travel days of the year. Leaving the area at 6 am, I arrived at Hunter, NY around 9 am the snow had not begun to fall yet. Winter storm warnings were forecasting two feet or more for the region so it was worth leaving early to beat chaos on the roadways.

Sunday was spent riding Hunter Mountain Resort, as the storm approached snow began covering the trails and high winds were felt at the summit. This was a multiple day event so rooms were booked at the Holiday Inn Express back at the Thruway Exit. The ride back to the hotel was a little sketchy since the storm started to really produce some nice snow on Sunday evening and though the night.

Monday was used to explore Catamount Resort on the New York, Massachusetts Border in the Berkshire Mountains. The radar was looking good over there so it was worth the new adventure to visit a mountain on a multi resort pass called the Indy Pass. (See story on Catamount Resort Visit)

Snows remained light most of Monday but snow started to pile up again Monday night so the alarm was set for an early wake up for Tuesday morning, knowing Tuesday would be a powder day.

Upon arrival on Tuesday morning at the Hunter Mountain parking lot staff were using the mountain’s groomers to plow and open the parking lots. Making my way to the lift the line was long at the ticket window so it is one of the days it pays to have a season pass and walk right by the ticket line.

The first run down that morning was on Racers Edge a double black, Hunter has not even begun to make snow on that trail yet this year. I was able to find some spots of fresh snow but many of the runs were tracked out pretty quickly on this powder day.

With all the recent snow the time is now to get out there just in case the weather happens to take a turn for the worst. The weekend ahead looks like a great skiing and snowboarding weekend. Monday and Tuesday next week there is a chance of rain but snow makers will be able to lay down another coat of snow on Tuesday night according to the forecast Get out there and put in a day or two before the rain comes.

Catamount Mountain Resort Visit

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HILLSDALE, NY, S. Egremont, MA—I arrived at Catamount Mountain Resort Monday December 2, 2019 during Winter Storm Ezekiel that was providing north east ski resorts with plenty of fresh powder. This happened to be Catamount’s 3rd operating day of the season. During my visit it appeared they had about 8 or more inches at the base and their three-day storm total by Tuesday December 3 was over 20 inches of new snow from the storm.

Never have been to the resort before but upon arrival you could immediately tell that improvements have been made and construction is on going in the base area. There is a new Catamount Lodge under construction and is scheduled to open after Christmas according to one local that was riding the lift. The ticket windows and offices in the new lodge are under construction so a temporary ticket operation is set up in the updated Berkshire Lodge.

I was visiting Catamount for the first time using the Indy Ski Pass set up by numerous “independent” resorts to help them compete against two large corporate passes the IKON and EPIC. For as little as $199 (preseason) and with a current price of $219. You could ride a total of 46 destinations for a total of 2 days each, additional discounted tickets apply after you use your two days at many of the resorts. It was simple to use the Indy Ski Pass, I told them my name they looked me up in the system showed ID and printed me a lift ticket on the spot. It was an easy experience using the Indy Ski Pass. Currently 46 resorts are involved with Indy Ski Pass but that almost seems to change weekly as more independent ski resorts jump on board with this great pass making it an even better value.  

After putting my RFID pass in my pocket, I proceeded to the Ridge Quad, there was no wait or no line to board the lift for several runs, and snow quality was great. After a bunch of runs and a short break in the lodge I went to the left side of the mountain and did a few runs off the Promenade Triple Chair. Snowboarded a total of 18 runs for the day. Trails open on that day were Upper Glade, Lower Glade, Off Stage, Upper Sidewinder Walter’s Way, Racing Slope, On Stage, Catamount, Kelli’s Run, Esplanade and the snow sports learning area.

Catamount opened a couple weeks earlier than planned. With the help from mother nature the snow was in great condition for being open so early in the season. Check the website and snow reports for current operating schedules. The local snowboarder riding the lift told me that weekends can get busy at times but weekdays the lines are empty. The resort is off the beaten path so that also helps keep the lift lines minimal. Overall great experience for a first visit and will be back once the new lodge opens.

Catamount has 1,000 feet of vertical that straddles the States of New York and Massachusetts in the Berkshire Mountains. Catamount boasts 43 trails and the longest run is 1.75 miles in length. The resort has steepest double diamond trail in the Berkshires called the Catapult. There are a total of 8 lifts, two chairs and it appeared 2 wonder carpet surface lifts were open during my visit. There is night skiing on 15 trails with more than 4 miles of coverage including two terrain parks.

Many East Ski Resorts Are Ready For Your Thanksgiving Holiday

November 27, 2019

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HUNTER, NY–Cold air earlier this month and a recent snowstorm has benefited many east cost resorts for early openings and should provide great conditions for your holiday weekend.

On a Pre-Thanksgiving trip to Hunter Mountain, NY snowplows were finishing pushing snow out of parking lots around the resort. Hunter was open with 3 lifts and 14 trails open with a base of 12″ to 36″ and a 7″ natural snowfall this season so far. During this trip weather was in the 50s and conditions were great with coverage edge to edge on open trails.

Some reports from several north east ski resorts, always check the resort’s website for the current conditions and operating hours prior to heading to the mountains.

Blue Mountain, PA will re-open Friday November 29, 2019

Big Boulder, PA will re-open Friday November 29, 2019

Hunter, NY open check report for latest

Belleayre, NY Opening Day Friday November 29, 2019

Gore Mountain, NY will open Friday November 29, 2019

Mount Snow, VT open 21 trails 201 acres open.

Stratton, VT 26 of 99 trails open.

Okemo, VT Check report

Killington, VT Open Check report.

Stowe, VT open check report.

Jay Peak, VT re-open Friday November 29, 2019

Jared Robinson on snowboard checking out conditions

Hunter Mountain, NY Opening Day 2019

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

November 15, 2019

HUNTER, NY– Our crew from Robbinsville and Hamilton, NJ were on the road early to get to Hunter Mountain Resort for opening day 2019. With the recent cold weather ski resorts up and down the east coast have been pumping out snow and opening terrain earlier than anticipated. This was the earliest opening day in the past five years for Hunter Mountain. Snow guns were blazing away all day and more terrain is anticipated to open on Sunday with cold weather in the forecast for the entire weekend.

Those wishing to get a great deal on a season pass check out Season Pass Sales If you use the discount code BSMUDA you will save some cash. The Peak Pass Drifter for ages 18 to 29 at this link don’t forget the discount code. If you already have a Peak Pass and wish to upgrade to EPIC or EPIC Local passes you have until November 17, 2019 to upgrade. If you are looking for an EPIC or EPIC Local Pass they are on sale until November 24, 2019 they no longer sell the pass after that date, so don’t miss out after that day you will be buying day tickets.


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Mount Snow, Vermont Opens and Alterra Mountain Company to Purchase Sugarbush Resort, VT

By Dennis Symons

November 13, 2019

MOUNT SNOW, VERMONT–Brian Smuda a MidJersey.news correspondent was up before the sun and first to wait in line for the first chair for Mount Snow’s opening day. This is his 6th consecutive year scoring a seat on the first chair at the resort. Brian Smuda runs Season Pass Sales and those looking for a discounted season pass can use his discount code of BSMUDA to save money on a season pass.


Alterra Mountain Enters Agreement to Purchase Sugarbush Resort

Alterra Mountain Company announced in a press release today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Sugarbush Resort in Vermont. That would bring the companies portfolio to 15 year-round mountain destinations in North America, including the worlds largest heli-skiing operation. Alterra Mountain Company states Sugarbush Resort access on the IKON Pass will remain the same for this year. The transaction is expected to close in early 2020.

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Getting Ready For The Season How To Sharpen and Wax Your Snowboard

By: Dennis Symons

The last I checked going rates for sharpening and waxing skis or snowboards were $35 to well over $50 depending on location and type of service. In this video I show you how to sharpen and wax your own snowboard and if you keep up with regular waxing could save you money over the entire season and seasons to come. Normal sharpening and waxing can be done by yourself with some basic tools.

If there are issues with your board, visible damage or something does not seem right always take your board to your local snowboard shop for service. Check all bolts and screws for tightness after servicing your board and at regular intervals.

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Dust Off Your Skis and Snowboards Cold Weather Has More Resorts Opening Early, Locally 18F For The Next 2 Nights

By: Dennis Symons

Cold temperatures in the mountains have created excellent snow making conditions that resorts are opening early. Adding to the list of open resorts is Mount Snow, Vermont Wednesday November 13, 2019, Wildcat, New Hampshire and Hunter Mountain New York open Friday November 15 and Big Boulder, PA, Ski Blue Mountain, PA both opening Saturday. Check local resorts and their websites for the most update information and operating hours.

Locally we did see some of our first natural snowflakes of the season today as a cold front pushed though the area. Today’s high was 55F and low so far is 27F and should go lower in the next few hours. Temperatures are predicted to go to low of 18F tonight and tomorrow night. Dress warm its cold outside.

If you happen to head North to any ski resort bring and extra layers temperatures are in the single digits.

Feels More Like January Than November This Morning

ALLENTOWN-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ—Joint Base McGuire (the default for our area by many weather apps) may be reporting 22F this morning but out here in the Allentown-Robbinsville area we are waking up to temperatures in the 19F range confirmed by 3 different sensors just before 7 a.m. Bundle up if you are going to the “Run As One 5K Run/1 Mile Walk” over in Hamilton or doing any outside activity it will be a cold one. NJ101.5 Traffic Desk is also reporting some ice on certain roadways so use caution driving.

Cold Temperatures on East Coast, Snow Making at Many Ski Resorts

By: Dennis Symons

Bundle up tonight and the foreseeable future because cold temperatures are here to stay. With lows in the 20s or less north, (24F tonight in Central Mid-New Jersey) ski resorts up and down the east coast have their snow making equipment fired up. It is time to dust off the skis and snowboard get them sharpened and waxed and ready for the mountains.

If you have not purchased a season pass or thought about lift tickets yet the time is now to get the best discounts. Many resorts stop selling passes around Thanksgiving or a little there after so check out each resort to see what they offer and also look at the multi-resort season passes such as IKON Pass, EPIC Pass and Indy Pass as talked about in a previous article and video here. If you want to save a boat load of cash, multi-resort passes, season passes, multi day packs, early purchase lift tickets all save money.

Open on the East Cost this weekend:

Killington Resort, Vermont

Sunday River Resort, Maine

Cataloochee Ski Area, North Carolina

**This list keeps growing as cold temperatures permit snow making.

Live Mountain Cameras

Okemo, Vermont (Opening Day, November 22)

Mount Snow, Vermont (Opening Day, Friday November 15)

Hunter Mountain, NY (Opening Day, Soon)