Vermont’s ski mountains have come out with their deals, season passes and lodging packages for the 2011-12 season that give add value to life-defining sports that are already valued for the physical and emotional benefits to individuals and families alike. Snowsports encourage a lifestyle that’s physically challenging, sheer fun and cultivates a bond with nature. Skiing and riding open the door to winter fun – bringing people together for adventures that satisfy the mildest of carvers to the heartiest of dare-devils.
And the deals, packages and passes make it that much more available. Here’s a synopsis of what the major resorts are offering this season (visit the Deals page of skivermont.com for more).
BOLTON VALLEY RESORT
All-inclusive ski and ride packages start at $79/person at Bolton Valley. The package includes ski-to-your-door lodging, lift tickets, breakfast, and unlimited use of the on-site sports center including indoor pool, sauna and hot tub.
The all-access season pass includes unlimited skiing and riding, 20% off equipment rentals, retail group ski/ride lessons and lodging, plus a sports center membership and access to 26 km of groomed Nordic and snowshoe terrain. Pass prices are $549/adult if purchased before Sept. 26 and $599 after. The youth all-access season pass is just $159 when purchased with an adult pass.
BROMLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT
The Sun Mountain Card is ideal for skiers and riders who visit often but not often enough to justify a season pass. The card costs $69 for adults and $59 for juniors, teens, seniors and super seniors and comes with one free day of skiing, $10 off every all-day lift ticket, plus $4 off Summer Adventure Passes next summer.
With Bromley’s Family Fridays, each paying adult has access to $15 lift tickets for up to three kids. On every non-holiday Friday, mom or dad can take their two kids and one of their kids’ friends for a whole day on the slopes for just $94 and a family of four can ski for $128!
Midweek deals like the Five-Buck Tavern Tuesdays are another reason to work up an appetite on the slopes. On the Tuesdays of December 13, 20, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 28 and March 6, 13, 20 and 27, treat yourself to an excellent lunch in the Wild Boar Tavern for just $5!
BURKE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Burke Mountain Resort offers Vermont value to all skiers and riders during various time periods throughout the season. Season pass holders from other resorts can skip the lift lines and try out the new high-speed quad for just $40, beginning January 1, 2012. Special discounts are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays to anyone age 55 & older, free morning coffee included! A special Vermonter rate is given to Vermont residents along with residents of Coos and Grafton counties of New Hampshire. Burke Mountain Resort also brings value to its northern neighbors, offering skiers and riders with a Quebec drivers license buy one, get one free lift tickets all season; some restrictions apply. Check www.skiburke.com for details and ticket promotions.
JAY PEAK RESORT
Cost of a Hawaiian Surf Vacation: $5,600. Cost of a Vermont Surf Vacation: $199. But it’s not the same, you yell? Damn right it’s not. Those who go for a Surf and Stay vacation in Jay Peak’s new Pump House won’t have to pay to fly their surf board. They won’t have to worry about sand in their bathing suits. And it is guaranteed that there are no sharks. $199/night lands a suite in the new Hotel Jay, four passes to the Pump House (and its Double Barrel Flowrider surf wave) and access to the weekly lineup of Jay parties.
KILLINGTON & PICO MOUNTAIN
Score the best deal on lodging and lift tickets for an upcoming Killington getaway with a Ski & Stay Package featuring two-to-seven-day packages. The deals don’t stop with lodging and lift tickets; save on Snow Sports School lessons, equipment rentals and spa services too. Killington features an Unlimited Adult Pass for $1199, valid everyday of the upcoming winter season and a Blackout All Ages Pass for $829, valid everyday with the exception of 18 blackout days: December 26-January 1; January 14-15; February 18-26. Plus, Blackout Pass holders will receive two floating days that may be used on any blackout day of their choice. The Midweek All Ages Pass for $499 is valid Monday through Friday all season with the exception of certain peak days: December 26-30 and February 20-24.
Pico Mountain offers an Unlimited Adult Pass for $399, valid Thursday-Monday of the 2011-12, as well as the Midweek All Ages Pass for $189, is valid Monday, Thursday and Fridays at Pico Mountain with the exception of the following peak days: December 26-30 and February 20-24.
MAD RIVER GLEN
Since Mad River Glen is skier-owned it is not too surprising that it is well known for offering some of the best ski values in New England, especially if skiers take advantage of the pre-season deals. The best way to save is by purchasing The Mad Card which gives skiers three transferable day tickets good any time during the ski season for only $144. Mad River also knows it’s important to keep things affordable for families, especially those with young children. In terms of affordable, how does free sound? Buy a Family Mad Card (or any adult season pass) for $194 and receive three transferable day tickets plus one free, unrestricted season passes for children age 12 or under. To qualify for the free kids pass program, skiers must purchase the Mad Card and register the children prior to October 15. Learn more about this unique offer at www.madriverglen.com/deals/.
Magic Mountain is home to some of the best steals and deals in New England. Not only does Magic Mountain offer some of the lowest regular rates, accessing some of the best terrain in New England, it also offers the discount savvy skier or rider a multitude of options. With the Magic Mountain Season Pass, ski or ride all season long with no restrictions for only $389 if purchased before October 10, 2011 and $449 after. The $39 Magic Card offers discounted skiing and riding all season long, featuring $25 midweek lift tickets and $10 off all weekends and holidays. Lastly, in its third season, the Magic 3-Pack offers a tremendous savings on day tickets; for $125, Magic skiers and riders can purchase three lift tickets valid anytime.
Mount Snow is not only easy to get to, but it’s also easy to ski for less money most days of the season. Special events like Youth Pay Their Age Day on January 8, where kids 6 to 18 years old pay their age for a lift ticket, and the now-famous $17 lift tickets in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 16, are great opportunities to get on the slopes. Purchase E-tickets online at least 48 hours in advance and get a discount off any full price lift ticket, any day of the season. Groups of 15 or more are recommended to contact the group sales office for great group discounts on tickets and lodging at 800-261-9442.
College Students: Five mountains, three states, zero blackout dates, one pass. The Higher Education Pass is just $319 and provides access to Mount Snow and four eastern ski areas.
How about a discount every time you visit the ticket window? The Fan Fare Card will give you just that. For $79 initially, the Fan Fare Card provides a 50% discount off midweek, non-holidays, 25% off weekend, non-holidays and 10% off holidays.
OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT
Combining lift tickets with lodging is one of the best ways to save on the ultimate winter getaway. Guests who opt for an on-mountain stay at an Okemo Mountain Resort managed property will enjoy the convenience of charging goods and services directly to their room account. Nearly 100 sales points across the resort offer this convenience for guests. As an added bonus, guests who book a minimum of three Midweek Madness nights (Sunday through Thursday) will automatically receive a resort credit that they can access immediately after checking in. The resort credit starts at $25 and varies according to lodging type and location. Midweek guests also receive Midweek Madness coupons and an afternoon of complimentary skiing or riding on their arrival day.
There are lots more ways to save on skiing and riding at Okemo. Facebook friends and Twitter followers will be the first to know about special deals offered throughout the season. For more information, please call 802-228-1600, or visit Okemo’s online press kit for more Vermont value.
SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORT
Smugglers’ winter packages include the Base Package, a ski and stay package; the Classic Package, which includes the resort’s award-winning children’s programs and the Summit Package, which includes on-snow instruction for all ages and abilities. Each package features mountainside condominium lodging; lift tickets; snow tubing; ice skating; access to the indoor pool and hot tub, Nordic and snowshoe terrain, indoor FunZone with climbing inflatables, and teen centers; and family and adult entertainment.
During December 9 – 24, 2011 and January 2 – 29, 2012, guests on the Club Smugglers’ Classic Package will receive 50 percent off childcare at Treasures, Smugglers’ slopeside children’s center for ages 6 weeks to 3 years old. Guests on Smugglers’ Summit Package will enjoy this discount from December 9, 2011 to April 8, 2012. The regular rate is $85 per day per child.
A January Learn-to-Ski-and-Snowboard Week with free rental equipment and group lessons returns this winter for guests staying three nights or longer on the Club Smugglers’ Base Package. Entry and beginner level skiers or riders are invited to learn to ski or ride for $109 per night for adults and $79 per night for children ages 3-17. The package includes condo lodging, daily lift tickets, daily group lessons and free rental equipment, après ski activities, and use of the pool and hot tubs from January 6-12, 2012.
Guests that stay six nights get the seventh night free over the New Year’s Week and the Presidents’ Week holiday. Visit www.smuggs.com/vacationvalues.
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT
The Stowe Points Card offers discounted lift tickets through the winter, along with discounts on attractions packages and greens fees at the Stowe Country Club in summer.
In addition to the Stowe Point Card’s discounted skiing, snowboarding and golf, the Stowe Evolution Card allows guests to earn points for every dollar spent around the resort, towards free lift tickets and golf rounds. Points are accumulated point-per-dollar* (*pre tax) on purchases made for lift tickets, golf, attraction packages, retail goods, rentals, golf lessons and food at resort restaurants. Points never expire and every 450 points can be redeemed for a complimentary lift ticket, golf round with cart or summer attractions package.
Combine this savings with Stowe’s new RFID remote access technology and direct to lift conveniences and you will experience a new evolution of service at the East’s premier mountain resort. For additional information and Stowe Points Card details please call 800-253-4754 or visit www.stowe.com/tickets/points_card/.
STRATTON MOUNTAIN RESORT
There are a slew of packages designed for skiers and riders to come enjoy Stratton Mountain. There are two 50th Anniversary specials on tap: Arrive December 23, stay two nights and receive the third night free. Enjoy $19.61 lift tickets on Wednesdays in January to commemorate the year the resort was founded. Other packages include the Early Booking Offer – book by October 31 and save up to 30% on lodging, Monday’s on Us – really, extend your weekend stay and receive a Monday lift ticket and Sunday Four Pack – four Sunday afternoon (noon – close) lift tickets and a cheese pizza from Double Diamond for just $99. Get on the lift for less, too, with the X2 Card: For just $69, enjoy discounted ticket pricing all winter and automatically receive one free day. Save $30 off Monday to Friday (non-holidays), $20 off weekends (non-holiday) and $10 off Holiday periods.
Sugarbush offers season passes starting as low as $299. Visit www.sugarbush.com/vermont-skiing-snowboarding/season-passes.
TRAPP FAMILY LODGE
Trapp Family Lodge offers everything necessary to get outside. At any experience level, the gear and instructions available make ski or snowshoe treks a great adventure. Season passes are available at a discounted rate. For a unique experience, enjoy accommodations in the Austrian-style main lodge with many amenities. Call Reservations today at 800-826-7000 or visit www.trappfamily.com for details.
SKI VERMONT FIFTH GRADE PASSPORT
The Ski Vermont 5th Grade Passport program enables all fifth graders to ski and ride for free, and fall in love with Winter in its Original State. Learn more and sign your future Olympian up at skivermont.com.
Ski Vermont donates proceeds from the $10 processing fee to Keep Local Farms, an education and contribution program that connects consumers with local dairy farmers and encourages the purchase of healthy, local foods which sustain the working landscape for future generations.
Not in the fifth grade? College students get some nice pass perks, too.
WINTER TRAILS– January 7, 2012 – A free day devoted to Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at more than a dozen Ski Vermont participating ski areas. Winter Trails Day offers tips on getting started, free Nordic skiing lessons, rental equipment discounts and free trail pass enabling adults and children to explore winter in Vermont.
For more information, visit www.skivermont.com.