Mount Snow and Stratton “Double Down”

Skiers and riders from 18 to 26 years old can get double the pleasure and double the fun with a new two mountain pass good at Mount Snow and Stratton.

The Double Down pass allows skiers and riders full access to both peaks with no blackout days.

Located in Vermont, the two mountains are less than 20 miles apart.  With a combined 1000 acres of skiable terrain this is shaping up to be one of the best combo deals in the east.

Mount Snow, located in West Dover offers a comprehensive skiing and riding experience.  Carinthia, is a peak that is virtually dedicated to riders and loaded with features.  The Blue Bird Lift provides a way to get out of the weather without removing you skis or board.  Its 253 high efficiency snow guns can pile on the snow when the weather is right.

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Skiers and rider on Mount Snow’s Bluebird Lift

The Double Down pass also comes with Mount Snow and Carinthia Retail Discounts of 10% off hard goods, 20% off soft goods and access to the Mount Snow AM Express – 7:30am Lift Access on Select Saturdays.

Just up the road at Stratton skiers and riders will find diverse terrain,  which includes 11 lifts and 94 trails offers a slightly larger experience.  The 38 miles of trails, including the three mike long Mike’s Way to Wanderer ensures that you will get your vertical in.

The Double Down pass comes with two $40 buddy tickets to share with your friends. That’s two tickets per resort so you can invite up to four friends. The buddy tickets are valid midweek non holiday.

Don’t delay. To take advantage of the Double Down deal you must be between 18 & 26 on December 31st, 2013.

The Guns are Ablazing

The race has been on for a few weeks and many made it to the start line. With snow guns ablazing ski resorts across the country have ben making and grooming snow in an effort to get a few trails open and get people on the slopes.

Making Snow at Waterville Valley
Making Snow at Waterville Valley

Many industry experts indicate that skier and ridership was off between five and 40 percent last season.  The 2011-2012 season which had trouble getting started and ended early has led to pent up demand to get back on the slopes.   However, according to the Ski Industries of America (SIA) people are spending money this fall and retailers are looking up.  Retailers report that increased sales on clothing and equipment.  This has many on both sides of the spending dollar hopeful.

Snow Making at Sunday River
Snow Making at Sunday River

This has encouraged mountains to make as much snow as they can when the weather is right.  A multiday cold snap in the Northeast offered such conditions. Many opened with a trail or two before November 15th with many more racing to get open for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Bromley Mountain in Vermont
Bromley Mountain in Vermont

Making snow early in November is a dicey proposition since the weather can turn warm melting away the white investment laid down.  This is exactly what happened when temperatures in the Northeast skyrocketed into the 50s and 60s over Veteran’s Day weekend.

Whiteface Mountain in Northern New York
Whiteface Mountain in Northern New York

Loon Mountain in New Hampshire opted to not to make snow early because of a warm Veteran’s Day weekend weather prediction.  They got the word out and began to make snow in earnest once the weather turned cold again.  Making up for lost time, or rather less manmade snowpack, Loon opened up on November 16th.

Squaw Valley, California
Squaw Valley, California

The ski and riding industry relies heavily on manmade snow and it is not in the Northeast and Midwest. Many Western Resorts make snow too. Heavenly and Squaw Valley in the high Sierra’s of California as well as Sun Valley in Idaho make snow to get things going early and augment natural snow.

Okemo Mountain in Vermont
Okemo Mountain in Vermont

Early season skiing and riding is not only necessary to placate season pass holders, it serves as a marketing tool to attract daily visitors.  If a good experience can be provided in November, it might be a good sign of what can be provided in January, February and March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Lot of Snow at Whiteface

Crews at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., continue to blow snow on the mountain’s Lower Valley and Fox trails in anticipation of opening day, Friday, November23, 2012.

Keep thinkin’ snow!