This summer, Vail Resorts announced the Company will aggressively pursue a comprehensive sustainability commitment, called “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint”. This ambitious undertaking, announced to employees at a company-wide event today, commits to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat.
Inspired by Whistler Blackcomb’s environmental commitment, the Company intends to go beyond setting a partial emissions reduction target by executing on a more expansive and ambitious plan. “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint” comprises three pillars: emissions, waste, and forests and habitats, with a thoughtful approach to each that was developed in consultation with leading sustainability experts in the industry.
Vail Resorts’ “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint” will enable resort guests and more than 30,000 employees the opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and resources without leaving an impact.
Vail Resorts closes its acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont
On June 7, 2017, Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that the Company closed on its acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, the premier, high-end resort for skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast. As part of the transaction, Vail Resorts acquired all of the assets related to the mountain operations of the resort, including base area skier services (food and beverage, retail and rental, lift ticket offices and ski and snowboard school facilities) at Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.
The Company also announced that Stowe Mountain Resort is now included on the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass for the 2017-2018 winter season.
Full Visibility to Lift Line Wait Times with EpicMix Time Insights
New for 2017-2018, Vail Resorts has launched Epic Mix Time Insights, a website designed to help guests make the most of planning their ski day at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Park City by providing full visibility into lift line wait times. Vail Resorts is the first in the mountain resort industry to provide guests full transparency on historic lift line wait times, setting a new guest service standard for the industry. Guests can select a specific resort and date from last season to access resort trail maps that display individual lift line wait times for every lift collected by the EpicMix Time app during the 2016-17 season, sliding across the day in 15-minute increments from the time the lifts open until they close. Insights also highlights new lift upgrades for the 2017-18 winter season and provides mountain tips on how to best navigate each resort. Vail Resorts is continually enhancing the guest experience across our mountain resorts and Insights offers guests full visibility on actual lift line data from last ski season so they can maximize their day on the mountain during their next trip. To explore Insights, visit Time.EpicMix.com.
Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass continues to be the best value and most popular lift product, offering guests access to 15 resorts in three countries. The Epic Pass provides skiers and riders with unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, Afton Alps near Minneapolis, Mt. Brighton near Detroit, Wilmot Mountain near Chicago and the 2018 Perisher season in Australia. New for the 2017-2018 season, the Epic Pass will also provide unlimited, unrestricted access to Whistler Blackcomb in Canada and Stowe in Vermont.
Epic Pass holders will again enjoy limited access to 30 European ski resorts including Verbier and Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland, Les 3 Vallées in France; Arlberg in Austria; and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.
NEW |Six-Passenger Northwoods Express (#11)
The Northwoods Express Lift (#11) will debut as a six-passenger lift during the 2017-2018 winter season. The new lift will mark the 10th lift replacement in the last 11 years at Vail.
Northwoods Express (#11) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain. The new lift will reduce wait times and increase capacity by 25 percent. The increase will also improve the flow of skiers and snowboarders to the legendary Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin throughout the day, as well as create a better flow of traffic exiting Blue Sky Basin and moving across the mountain at the end of the day.
The current lift – a Doppelmayr detachable-quad– was installed in 1985, along with a group of lifts including, the original Vista Bahn Express (#16), Mountain Top Express (#4) and the current Game Creek Express (#7). The Vista Bahn Express was upgraded in 2012 to the 10-passenger Gondola One, and in 2013, Mountain Top Express was upgraded to a detachable six-pack.
Vail Mountain was recognized in May by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) with two safety awards for the 2016-2017 winter season. Vail Mountain received the award of Best Overall Safety Program (over 350,000 visits) and Eliza Smith, Vail Mountain Safety, received the award for Safety Champion. Five awards are given annually to a ski area that excels in one of the following categories: Best Overall Safety Program (over 350,000 visits), Best Overall Safety Program (under 350,000 visits), Best Employee Safety Program, Best Guest Safety Program, and Safety Champion.
NEW | The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort Celebrates 10 Years
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, celebrates 10 years in January 2018. A celebration of the anniversary will take place in December and special activities will be held in Vail Square including musicians and ice sculptures during the winter season.
Vail Mountain has transformed Express Lift from a grab-n-go café into Vail’s newest slope-side après destination. Just steps away from Gondola One at the base of Pepi’s Run, enjoy great views on the outdoor patio or inside at the renovated bar while sipping on craft cocktails and brews.
Vail Mountain: A Year-Round Resort Destination
Summer in the mountains has taken on a whole new feel with the launch of Epic Discovery in June 2016. Epic Discovery encourages “learn through play,” promoting environmental education and forest stewardship through a variety of outdoor activities and interpretive programming.
NEW | Beaver Creek’s Red Buffalo Park Adventure. Family. Learning.
To improve the experience for beginner and intermediate skiers and further establish Beaver Creek as the World’s best luxury resort for families, Beaver Creek Resort is debuting a new 200-acre family learning area accessed by a new high-speed lift. Red Buffalo Park, located at the mountain’s highest elevation, 11,440 feet, provides 13 trails designated as a family adventure zone and features family-friendly amenities such as snow sculptures through the park, Kids Adventure Zones and a dedicated Ski School Skills Zone. Guests enrolled in Beaver Creek Ski School will have exclusive access to the Cookie Cabin, a mountaintop refuge serving up Beaver Creek’s famed, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies all-day long. At the heart of the experience, the new Red Buffalo Express Lift (#5), a high-speed quad, allows for easier access to the dedicated beginner terrain while decreasing lift lines and providing a shorter, 4.3-minute ride to the top of the mountain.
A curated collection of Beaver Creek’s most exclusive alpine experiences.
Beaver Creek’s Signature Experiences invite guests to partake in an entirely higher threshold of quality and service—exclusive Beaver Creek experiences guests can only have here. These offerings exemplifies Beaver Creek’s legendary attention to detail, each moment designed to go above and beyond the expected by thoughtfully perfecting each detail in the superior guest experience. Simply put, the offerings that make up these signature offerings are defined by being “can’t miss” experiences that guests want to have over and over again, cementing them as traditions of their own.
Beaver Creek’s White Carpet Club – the exclusive, private retreat within the heart of Beaver Creek Village – welcomes resort guests to join for the duration of a vacation. Located steps from the escalator leading to Centennial Express Lift, the White Carpet Club hosts spacious lockers for storing apparel and accessories; boot dryers; a continental service island offering coffees, teas, cocoa, and decadent morsels; private restroom facilities and an intimate lounge adorned with soft, cozy seating. The dedicated on-site concierge offers instant assistance with lift ticket and pass purchases, as well as dinner and activity guidance and reservations. Priority access to SaddleRidge Restaurant – renowned for ski-in fine dining during lunch and dinner – is also a distinct benefit. Other benefits include preferred parking and slope side equipment-check.
Beaver Creek’s First Tracks experience invites guests to cherish unrivaled scenic beauty at sunrise, delight over premier access to flawless snow surface conditions, and savor a five-star gourmet breakfast on the mountain at the exclusive Allie’s Cabin. Guests board the Centennial Express Lift at 7:30 a.m., enjoy a private, guided tour of the mountain’s flawlessly curated slopes and relax over breakfast – all before the resort opens for the day. Guests are invited to reserve First Tracks by dialing +1-866.250.1679 or +1.970.754.5310.
Allie’s Cabin, a fine dining retreat atop a peaceful aspen grove on Beaver Creek Mountain, welcomes guests for featured Wine Dinners with a celebrated group of wineries, accompanied by a stunning fireworks display over Beaver Creek Village. On select Thursday evenings December through March, guests arrive via open-air sleigh for a gourmet culinary experience in the cozy cabin. While savoring exquisite food and wine pairings, guests enjoy a warm fireplace and sweeping views of the Beaver Creek Village, illuminated by Thursday Night Lights Fireworks. Classic contemporary regional fare has been crafted to offer the perfect pairing for the featured wines of the evening.
New this winter and offered during select weekends, Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners welcome guests to savor gourmet fare which caters exclusively to children and families.
The Beaver Creek Candy Cabin gained fast fame among guests when it opened its doors during winter 2014-2015. Located at the top of Strawberry Park Express and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lifts, the Cabin’s vintage candy store design of yesteryear invites kids and kids-at-heart to explore myriad palate-pleasing sweets – and to discover artisan craft chocolates found nowhere but the Candy Cabin. Created locally by fifth-generation chocolatier, Michael Mootz, each dark or milk chocolate bar is presented in a custom Beaver Creek gold box; individual chocolate snowflakes, snowmen or ski boots also offer a smooth, sweet treat. Other popular selections include bulk candy sold by the pound and classic Pepsi products made with real cane sugar. The Candy Cabin welcomes guests daily from
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. upon the opening of Strawberry Park Express Lift. It’s the sweetest place at 9840’.
Experience Signature Winter Events at Beaver Creek
13th Annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition – Nov. 23
In a nod to Beaver Creek’s iconic 3pm Cookie Time, the 13th Annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition features five carefully-vetted finalists serving their signature recipes. Tasting and judging begins at 2 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Village, during which 5,000 gourmet chocolate chip cookies will be served in one hour. Participation is complimentary and all guests are invited to taste and cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. Set for Opening Day, Nov. 23, 2016.
Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend, Jan. 19-22
The Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend offers interactive cooking demonstrations, innovative wine and spirits events, gourmet wine pairing dinners and endless hours of phenomenal skiing. Featuring world-renowned guest chefs working alongside outstanding Beaver Creek culinary talent. Events and tasting are held throughout the weekend.
Breck Into Epic Above Tree-Line Terrain and Bowls
From Blues and Blacks to Double Diamonds, Breck’s 11 bowls truly offer some of the best above tree-line skiing and snowboarding in North America. Hop off the Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift, and it’s like being transported to a winter vacation in the Alps. On a clear day Peak 8’s treeless, powdery slopes offer views for miles, and a bird's eye look at historic Breckenridge that will simply leave you in awe. For a snow-sensory overload drop in on E.S.P. on powder days. If all this has you in a European state of mind, consider signing up for a Breck Guide for the day, offering guests a true Alpine experience, with the inside scoop on our hidden powder stashes and top terrain.
Get ready for an improved Falcon SuperChair! The chairlift is being upgraded from a quad to a high-speed, six-passenger lift, offering an easier and faster ride up Peak 10. Breck’s Ten Mile Station is going a little “Willy Wonka” this winter season, adding an old fashioned sweet shop offering an array of your favorite chocolates and sweets. It’s sure to guarantee you a sugar high as you ascend the Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift! The resort’s newest restaurant, Pioneer Crossing (opened December 2016), is also sweetening up its menu, adding sweet and savory crepes to its breakfast lineup this winter. Located just steps from the top of the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7 – one of the resort’s five iconic peaks on the north side of the mountain – the slope-side restaurant offers panoramic views of the mountain and Summit County. Also on the menu, a variety of house made options like fresh made salads to order, signature dishes like Pioneer Lamb Pie and a Mediterranean inspired station.
As a town, Breck is both hip and historic. After hitting the slopes ride the gondola down to over 200 restaurants and bars, shops, an arts district, and award-winning bourbon distilleries and breweries.
The Dew Tour returns to Breck for its 10th year, December 14-17, 2017 (presented by Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network), as an Olympic qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The four-day event kicks off the competition season, featuring individual superpipe and slopestyle competitions with the best skiers and snowboarders in the world, along with live concerts, the interactive Dew Tour Experience and in-town events. The Team Challenge is also back for another year and features invited teams of riders representing the biggest brands competing on a unique three-course layout.
Breck will be one of the last major resorts still open when the biggest spring skiing party in the Rocky Mountains returns March 17 through April 22, 2018. Breckenridge’s elevation – 9,600 feet in town – makes the snow last longer and the bluebird spring days even sweeter. To celebrate, Spring Fever brings a month-long lineup of activities for families, beer drinkers, music lovers, mountaineers and more. www.BreckSpringFever.com
Lighting of Breckenridge – Dec. 3
Breck officially transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 3 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas. Runners and walkers don Santa suits to benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education center. The Handmade Holiday Market in the Breckenridge Arts District offers locally-made artisan gifts. Holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a major New Year’s Eve celebration at the end of December.
Dew Tour returns to Breck– Dec. 8-11
The Reimagined Dew Tour is Coming Back to Breckenridge for its 10 Year Anniversary. The second stop of this year’s Dew Tour brings a reimagined vision of action sports competition to the resort and town with world-class winter athletes competing in both men’s and women’s individual competitions and a new team challenge. The competition will take place on progressive new slopestyle and pipe courses built by renowned Snow Park Technologies (SPT), with support from Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Ullr Fest – Jan. 11-14
For over 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide Ullr Fest, which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski and more.
27th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships – Jan. 24-28
Decorated snow artists from across the globe transform 20-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. The Breckenridge Fire Arts Festival runs the same weekend as a fiery contrast of burning sculptures, pyrotechnical effects and other spark-filled attractions takes place. The competition requires more than 320 tons of snow, all made by the Breckenridge Ski Resort to create the perfect sculpting medium. Read More.
Summer Improvements, Winter Rewards
During the summer months, Keystone Resort will undertake two capital improvement projects to reinvest in the winter mountain experience. The Montezuma Express Lift, a primary lift on Dercum Mountain that serves popular intermediate and beginner ski terrain, will be replaced with a high-speed six-passenger chair that will increase efficiency and capacity by up to 25 percent, while improving skier and snowboarder circulation on the mountain. Keystone also plans to expand Labonte’s Smokehouse BBQ with a new, 190-seat indoor facility for the on-mountain dining venue – perfect for family diners. Located at the base of Keystone’s North Peak, Labonte’s is a popular restaurant serving house smoked meats and barbeque during the ski day.
The Inn at Keystone to Undergo Significant Renovation and be Rebranded to Hyatt Place Keystone
The Inn at Keystone will be rebranded to Hyatt Place Keystone in early winter 2017 following a significant renovation of the property. The rebranding will mark the first significant hotel brand in Keystone as well as the first Hyatt select service hotel to be announced for the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The renovation will include a full interior makeover of all guest rooms as well as substantial enhancements to common areas, all with a modern rustic design aesthetic. Guests of the hotel will also be able to enjoy a new fitness center, an alternative grab-and-go dining option, new outdoor communal spaces and a more functional main lobby with an open floor plan.
Kids Ski Free Makes Keystone the Place to Be
Keystone has long been the place where kids rule, and with more than 100,000 free kids’ lift tickets provided since the inception of the resort’s Kids Ski Free program in 2012, families have confidence in a program that is easy on the wallet and easy on the rules. Every day, all season long, kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when family’s book just two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options, which span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums. When it comes to family, no one does it better than Keystone.
Kidtopia: Free Family Programming Offered Every Day of the Season
Keystone’s Kidtopia continues to redefine the family ski resort experience with free activities and events on and off the snow every day of the week all season. From Opening Day through Closing Day, families have continued options outside of skiing and snowboarding to connect and create lifelong memories. The Kidtopia lineup includes activities such as the village parade and fireworks, snowball launches, ice cream parties and meeting Keystone’s Ski Patrol rescue dogs. All Kidtopia programs are free. New for the 2017-2018 season, the Kidtopia Signature Event Series will feature multi-day events with additional activities and family fun.
New for 2017-2018, the Kidtopia Signature Event Series will feature three distinct events throughout the winter to complement the family experience at Keystone.
- The Kidtopia Spectacular, Dec. 15-24, marks the first signature event of the winter and kicks off the holiday season with a bounce house party, a mountaintop celebration and lighting ceremony of the world’s largest snow fort, and an evening with Santa Claus himself.
- The first-ever Kidtopia Culinary Festival debuts for the 2017-2018 winter, Feb. 9-17, with a savory lineup tailored to the youngest of foodies with cooking demonstrations, chocolate fountains, bakery tours, dessert specials and a celebrity chef event.
- The Kidtopia Music Experience, March 2-10, is the last of the signature event series and kicks-off the spring skiing and snowboarding season with music-themed fun including rock ‘n’ roll themed parties and the Snow Pants Dance Party, featuring live outdoor music performances from popular kid-friendly acts.
Keystone Resort, recognized as a top family resort destination, is often lauded as being king of the hill when it comes to family travel. In a 2017 list compiled for USA Today Travel by ZRankings, Keystone was named the top family ski resort. But don’t let us shout it from the mountains, here are some of the things that have recently been said about Keystone Resort:
- “Wrapping its brand around family ski trips with a gusto that is unmatched in the industry,” USA Today.
- Keystone Resort named the No. 1 resort in USA Today Travel’s “Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families.”
- “Keystone is committed to making mountain time memorable,” Dallas Morning News.
- “Keystone ups the ante for families with daily Kidtopia activities,” Chicago Tribune.
- “Four years ago, Colorado’s Keystone resort did something almost unheard of in its peer group … it stopped charging for kids to ski. But that’s just the beginning,” Forbes.
- “The resort’s Kidtopia program is ridiculously fun,” Parents Magazine.
- “Keystone Resort, one of Vail Resorts’ most family-friendly Colorado ski areas,” New York Times.
- “The Kids Ski Free package at Keystone Resort … takes the ribbon for simplicity,” Houston Chronicle.
- “Home of Kidtopia, a magical, on-mountain world, Keystone’s ski school focuses on inspiring students and building confidence and skill,” Washington Post.
Largest Resort in the United States
Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort combined in the summer of 2015 to create the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the United States. The new eight passenger Quicksilver Gondola connection, along with a brand new restaurant (Miners Camp) and the new King Con Express six-pack and Motherlode Express Quad made up just some of the improvements totaling over $50 million for the 2015-16 season. With 7,300 acres, over 348 trails, 41 lifts, 8 terrain parks, one super pipe and one mini pipe, Park City Mountain offers endless adventures for every level of skier or snowboarder to enjoy.
The Grand Summit Hotel, located in Canyons Village, opened for the season after an extensive $15 million renovation and is now flagged as a RockResorts property. Boulder, Colo. based TRH Design pulled from the surrounding natural beauty of Park City to bring together a color palette and design aesthetic that complements the destination. The renovation included a complete overhaul of all 212 suites, including new interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, appliances, artwork and technology. The property’s communal spaces were also incorporated into the renovation, including the lobby and front desk, full remodel of the on-site spa, café and general store, and refresh of the meeting spaces. More information here.
Ski and Snowboard School: Your Personal Guide to 7,300 Acres of Terrain
No matter your skill level, a lesson with Park City Mountain’s world class Ski and Snowboard School is the perfect way to experience the largest ski resort in the United States. With children’s lessons, private lessons, group lessons and specialty products all available, you will develop skills and discover little adjustments that will open doors to slopes you never imagined. Looking for a personalized, guided tour? Park City Mountain’s signature Peak-to-Peak Guided Mountain Tour pairs you up with an expert guide who will take you peak to peak uncovering the best runs and conditions on the mountain. And if you’re skiing with the whole family, a Private Family Lesson is the perfect way to learn and transform your day on the slopes into a real family adventure.
NEW | Signature Experience: Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour
Unlock the secrets of the past and discover Park City’s rich mining, skiing and local history on the Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour. On this free, guided ski tour, you will explore the mountain with an expert guide and uncover the historic mining buildings and hidden relics scattered across the resort
With more than 16 restaurants across 7,300 acres, each with their own signature menus and executive chefs, Park City Mountain is elevating the mountain dining experience. Enjoy fine dining at the award-winning Farm Restaurant at Canyons Village which debuts seasonal menus that celebrate locally sourced, sustainable cuisine. Check out the made-to-order Mediterranean station at Miners Camp, the newest addition to the mountain. Indulge in fresh, homemade donuts, made-to-order items, and unparalleled views at 9,200’ at Cloud Dine. Or, reserve a table at Lookout Cabin and savor the views along with the Chef’s homemade cheese or chocolate fondue.
NEW | Winter Improvements: Beginner Ski and Snowboard Area at the Park City Base Park City Mountain is committed to providing a world-class experience for every level of skier or snowboarder. This summer, Park City Mountain installed a new, enclosed surface lift and a new designated beginner trail to serve entry-level skiers and snowboarders at the Park City Base Area. The new area will provide a comfortable and spacious learning area for those just starting to ski or ride.
Park City Mountain is making the holidays even more special for guests by hosting unforgettable signature events this Christmas, New Years and Spring Break. The Holiday Season kicks off on December 16 with Park City Mountain’s annual Snowfest Celebration, a 16-day festival including morning and après musical acts, village entertainers, the annual torchlight parade, fireworks and a special visit from Santa on Town Lift. Park City Mountain’s annual Spring Grüv Celebration will return just in time for Spring Break this March with 16 days of free concerts and the famous Pond Skimming Contest. Beyond the holidays, Park City Mountain hosts free concerts, family activities and events all season long at both base areas.
NEW | Winter Improvements: Continued Upgrades and Investment in Snowmaking
This summer, Park City Mountain expanded snowmaking capabilities on Treasure Hollow, a major trail near the Park City Base Area. The additional snowmaking will enhance the mountain experience and snow coverage at this location for early-season skiing as well as ensure coverage throughout the winter.
Every afternoon skiers and snowboarders gather off of East Ridge Run for a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider and t?st to the mountains, Lake Tahoe, and friends and family.
Set at Zephyr Lodge, the Mountain Table Dinner Series marries food and wine for a private dinner culminating with a surprise transportation twist. This winter’s series features SIMI, Prisoner, Charles Krug and Rodney Strong Vineyards.
After ski school gets out each day, S’mores Ambassadors descend upon the Village carrying silver platters covered in ooey-gooey chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow treats.
Specialty Experiences, Instruction and Guiding
NEW | Northstar California’s Platinum program expands with Platinum Piste, an exclusive trail combining the resort’s signature grooming and unprecedented standards for providing consistent, premium conditions. Skiers and snowboarders with Platinum Season or Day Passes gain access to the exclusive run offered on Saturdays, experiencing the best conditions throughout the day – whether it’s 10” of powder or immaculate corduroy.
Platinum Season and Day Passes are perfect for skiers and snowboarders seeking solitude by unlocking private gates at the front of each lift line. The ease of avoiding lift lines entirely is a Lake Tahoe experience that can only be found at Northstar. Other experiences in the Platinum family include Platinum Lockers, featuring private boot warmers and house-made sweets, and Platinum t?st, a European-style lunch paired with Veuve Clicquot off East Ridge Run.
NEW | Skiers and snowboarders can now begin the day at sunrise with First Tracks, where Adventure Guiding and Learning Center mountain guides take two intimate groups on a tour of the mountain before lifts open to the public. This shamelessly indulgent experience gives private access to freshly groomed runs and sparkling powder across the entire mountain.
Convenient and inviting, the Adventure Guiding and Learning Center welcomes guests into the lounge with fresh espresso and custom equipment fitting, prior to meeting a hand-picked mountain guide. Northstar mountain guides and instructors provide what guests need – including tours to the most serene locations on the mountain. After a full day of skiing Northstar like a local, visitors return to the Village for a well-earned champagne toast.
Next door at the exclusive Burton Snowboard Academy, snowboarders of all levels enter a realm of terrain-based learning. Leather-seated couches and a fireplace surrounded by top-of-the-line Burton equipment make for a cozy setting to lace up boots. On-mountain, little tykes learn the essentials in the Ripperoo Riglet Park, while more mature boarders progress on the trail, in one of the five nationally-renowned progression parks or off-piste. For breaks, the private Burton Academy Lounge at Mid-Mountain offers one-on-one time with Burton-certified instructors, hot cocoa and fire pits.
NEW | #hellosnow Winter Season Kickoff
Guests can enjoy the coming of winter with #hellosnow featured concerts, events, specials and more all taking place at the start of December.
NEW | TAP
Take a break in-between runs to taste a free sample of craft brew right on the snow under Tamarack Chair every day from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will also receive coupons for discounted beers and bites at Tamarack lodge.
NEW | Surprise and Delight Moments
Boogie down in the tram, enjoy a sunset over Lake Tahoe, sample wines and local brews, or participate in the Heavenly Winter Olympics-themed activities…there’s something for everyone during the Surprise and Delight moments taking place throughout the season.
NEW | Cross State Lines
The only ski resort in North America, to span across two states, Heavenly allows skiers and riders to experience the absolute best of both California and Nevada terrain. Guests can snap photos next to the new “Welcome to California” and “Welcome to Nevada” signs that boast this feat.
NEW | Pink Heavenly
Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th features Pink Heavenly in collaboration with the Barton Clinic, where participants are encouraged to dress in pink and raise funds for the Cancer Wellness Center by asking family and friends to sponsor their ski day. The event culminates with a party at California Lodge from 2-4 p.m. featuring live music, food and drinks, games, prizes and giveaways.
California lodge’s new roof top bar is the ultimate happy hour scene. With unique drinks, cozy fire pits and unbeatable live bands, this is the best place to enjoy a drink and appetizer after a day on the slopes.
NEW | GoPro Ski and Ride School
Heavenly takes ski and ride school to a whole new level: An instructed lesson allows guests to learn how to use a GoPro camera to capture first-person footage of Heavenly’s secret stashes and powder pockets. Guests will get to keep their memory card full of their day’s footage after the lesson has ended as well as a discount to purchase their own GoPro in the Heavenly Sports stores.
Tahoe Mountain Lab On-Mountain Co-Working Space
Don’t miss another powder day – Heavenly is in its second year of reimagining the definition of “work hard, play hard” by offering an on-mountain shared workspace for remote professionals who dream of taking a few turns before hopping onto a conference call in their ski or snowboard boots.
On-Demand Ski and Ride School Lessons
Guests looking to create a customized private lesson can easily do so online by filling out a “Design Your Own Experience” private lesson form, where guests can indicate their personal preferences on terrain, style, development and more. In addition, if guests wish to request a ski and ride coach on the fly, they can now find ski and ride school kiosks conveniently located on the mountain in addition to the base locations.
Experience Signature Events at Heavenly
From December 18-31, 2017, Heavenly Holidays transforms the Heavenly Village into a holiday winter wonderland with lights, decorations, music, ice sculpting, a Ripperoo Parade and more. It all culminates on New Year’s Eve, with a live band and brightly-lit Gondola that descends over the crowd, signaling the start of the New Year and a festive fireworks show.
Heavenly’s annual Spring Loaded event brings together the best of winter and spring with live music, loud outfits and various fun filled festivities in two weeks of sun and fun from March 23 until April 8. Spring Loaded kicks off with Pink Heavenly, a two-day cancer awareness event. It continues with a concert, the Gunbarrel 25, Easter Egg and Bloody Mary hunt on the mountain, pond skimming, March Madness, a night-terrain park, karaoke-live finals, food and bartending contests, a snowboard rodeo and more!
NEW | Red Cliffs Family Lodge
After a day on the mountain, family time will now continue into the night! Come stay and play at our new family center – the Red Cliffs family lodge features family activities every weekend. Guests can enjoy family movie night each Friday with popcorn, snacks, hot cocoa, beer, wine, s’mores and more. Featuring themed nights throughout the season, families can participate in events and parties such as family feud night, ski trivia night and many holiday themed evenings! The Red Cliffs Family lodge will also have an array of board games, corn hole, foosball, air hockey, giant jenga and checkers.
Combining Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s legendary terrain and secret powder pockets with our qualified guides and expert coaches, this is an experience like no other in the region. Take your passion for skiing and riding to the next level by directly applying it to the environment out our backdoor. Elevating safety and avalanche education will allow you to hone in on your skills while navigating Kirkwood’s signature chutes, cornices, and bowls led by our team.
Women’s Clinics and Camps
With various camps and clinics offered for all ages and skill levels, the ‘Ladies Only’ packages allow ripping women to excel at their sport in a whole new adventure. This experience is about escaping, having fun, developing friendships, seeking adventure and doing something just for you. Throughout the day you will tackle a variety of terrain and snow conditions while working on the terrain selection, tactical approach and off-piste skiing and riding technique.
NEW | Year-Round Umbrella Bar
Whisky Jack’s Umbrella Bar will be complete winter 2017-2018 and add year-round patio seats overlooking Whistler Village at the Roundhouse Lodge. Guests will be able to embrace the natural surroundings from the comfort of the heated patio which will feature a collapsible roof that can accommodate the Pacific Northwest weather conditions.
NEW | Peak Suspension Bridge and West
Ridge Viewpoint The Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge will span
130m/426.5ft from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge Viewpoint, which will consist of a multi-tiered viewing platform with 360° views from Whistler’s Peak, offering guests a unique and thrilling new way to experience this iconic spot. The cantilevered walkway will extend 12.5m/40.7ft out from the West Ridge and an exhilarating 50m/164ft above Whistler Bowl. The bridge will be open to summer sightseeing beginning June 2018.
Ski With An Olympian
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ski or snowboard with an Olympian? Follow in their tracks, copy their technique or hear their stories? Ski with an Olympian is Snow School’s most exclusive program and allows guests to experience a full day private lesson with an Olympian.
Whistler Blackcomb’s popular Winemaker’s Après Series returns this winter featuring world class wines paired with locally-sourced culinary delights. Wine and dine at 6,000ft at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar with a full-course dinner complete with wine pairings and stunning mountaintop views.
Fresh Tracks Breakfast
Fresh Tracks Mountain-Top Breakfast, presented by The Globe and Mail, provides guests with the ultimate mountain-top breakfast experience. Guests get to board the Whistler Village Gondola at 7:15am and head up to the Roundhouse Lodge for a delicious, mountain-sized breakfast buffet. Then, as an added bonus, guests get their fill of fresh powder or perfectly groomed corduroy on the upper mountain before the rest of world is even out of bed. This unique experience is not limited to skiers and boarders; sightseers can get an early jump on the day by enjoying a Fresh Tracks mountain top breakfast before setting out on the PEAK 2 PEAK.
Whistler Heli-Skiing is the pinnacle of Whistler’s skiing experience. For guests looking to take their experience to the next level, Whistler Heli-Skiing has what it takes to go the extra distance. With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain that includes 173 glaciers and 475 runs, Whistler Heli-Skiing offers a variety of packages for everyone, from strong intermediates to seasoned experts.
All heli-adventures are lead by a professional, certified heli-ski guide and include the use of avalanche transceiver, on mountain lunch and return ground transportation from Whistler Village. The Guide will choose the best ski area for the day and will ski or board with the group.
NEW | Stowe Adventure Center
New in 2017 at Stowe Mountain Resort was the opening of a 30 million dollar Adventure Center. This state-of-the art facility literally sets a new standard in the industry for kids and family amenities. Located at Spruce Peak, Stowe’s Adventure Center is home to all our children’s programs. From beautiful daycare facilities to ski and ride programs for kids 3 and up, the new Adventure Center has significantly advanced and expanded luxurious family amenities and services at the resort. The building also includes new shops, an Indoor Climbing Center (called Stowe Rocks) and family-friendly dining in The Canteen restaurant.
NEW | Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Also new at the resort is the Spruce Peak outdoor Ice Skating rink. Stowe’s new outdoor Ice Rink is open from 11am to 9pm daily. Ice skating is complimentary and open to the public. Skate rentals are available.
NEW | The Spruce Peak Village Center
Includes: Vermont crepe restaurant, Skinny Pancake, gourmet food and beverage markets, an artisan coffee shop and retail shopping. The shops at Spruce Peak include the latest mountain lifestyle brands, winter gear, Stowe logo products, regional crafts and more. Spruce Peak is also home to the relatively new Stowe Mountain Lodge, one of the most awarded new ski-in ski-out luxury hotels & spas in the world.
NEW | Stowe’s Slopeside Shopping
Centered on a new skating rink, The Shops at Spruce Peak will satisfy the most discerning shoppers with everything you need to outfit families in mountain-lifestyle attire. Shops include:
- Spruce Peak Sports
- First Chair Alpine Co.
- Adventure Outfitters featuring Burton Kids clothing
- The Spa Boutique at Stowe Mountain Lodge
- The Alpinist