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End of 2019-2020 Ski Season confirmed for Quebec Ski Areas

Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, safety concerns for all personnel, the hazards of remaining equipment left on the slopes, and the desire to inform visitors as quickly as possible, the Quebec Ski Areas Association (ASSQ) confirms that, barring exceptional circumstances, winter activities at Quebec ski areas will not resume this season.

"Recent developments preclude any resumption of our winter activities. All ski area owners and operators have been significantly affected by the current situation. Not only is the industry suffering financial losses and layoffs resulting from crisis, but now, all communities are impacted" declared Jean-Michel Ryan, president and CEO of Mont Sutton and ASSQ's chairman of the board.

"Since the crisis began, we have been in constant communication with representatives of the Direction de la santé publique du Québec, Tourism Quebec, the Quebec Tourism Industry Alliance (AITQ), and the crisis management group set up by the industry's partners. The latest information we received states that we would not be able to reopen for the spring skiing season, unless a ski area would want to reopen in June," explains Yves Juneau, president and CEO of the ASSQ. He points out that almost all ski areas usually end their season at the end of March or in early April.

The Association reminds season pass holders, ticket buyers and ski lessons purchasers that the provisions of the Quebec Consumer Protection Act will be applied to any consumer request. Customers who purchased products to be used at a later date, such as a ski lesson planned for March 28, but did not use it yet, may be reimbursed or may transfer it to next ski season.

The Association anticipates a large number of calls and emails to customer services at ski resorts and asks everyone to be patient for follow-ups.

In response to COVID-19, several ski areas are requested to limit the presence of personnel. Every customer will be answered, but delays are inevitable under the circumstances. The association also hopes that skiers and snowboarders can remain in
solidarity with the industry by keeping unused purchases from this year and postponing the use of the products until next winter season. Several promotions will be planned by different ski areas to ensure the return of skiers next season. Given time, winter sports lovers will be invited to consult information posted by each resort for all the details. 

Under the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, season pass holders will not be eligible for financial compensation since the passes were valid only until the end of the 2019-2020 season, which has now ended, as per the government order. "The duration of the ski season is uncertain every year. Ski areas are not responsible for weather conditions and cannot guarantee the length of the ski season. We are faced with an act of God, and pass holders have been able to access the slopes for the majority of the 2019-2020 season" explains Mr. Juneau. Pass holders are also asked not to come to the ski areas to
pick up stored equipment. The same goes for those who have rental equipment for the season. Ski lodges are closed until further notice" Mr. Juneau pointed out. The ASSQ also asks everyone to respect the closed mountain signs and keep off all ski area properties, particularly the skiable terrain. 

On behalf of all ski areas, the association deeply regrets any inconvenience this decision may cause. All ski area owners and operators would like to thank Quebec's 1.4 million skiers and snowboarders and the many visitors from outside the province for their understanding support. Québec ski areas will now focus on preparing sites for summer activities with in the hope to be able to welcome summer visitors during the warm season.

​Source : Quebec Ski Areas Association (ASSQ)

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The Quebec Ski Areas suspend their operations indefinitely

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has requested that all ski areas suspend their operations, for an indefinite period, as of 4pm today.


Having heard the call of Quebec Premier François Legault, Quebec ski areas announce that they are suspending their winter activities—skiing, snowboarding, tubing, fatbiking, skitouring, and others—indefinitely starting at 4 pm today.

"We fully understand the situation. Our industry wants to help to manage this crisis, and we believe that the priority must be public health. We are aware that this decision will weaken the industry's financial performance and will have a major impact on the33,000 people who work in our sector. We are confident that the government will provide the necessary support to the many families and business owners affected by this decision,"declared Yves Juneau, president and CEO of the Quebec Ski Area Association (ASSQ).

The ASSQ remains in constant communication with representatives of the Direction de la Santé publique du Québec, the Ministry of Tourism, the Alliance de l'industrie touristique du Québec, and the crisis management group set up by the industry's partners. This is why ski areas were able to remain open until now as a result of their compliance to the various directives issued to date.

The industry intends to comply with all new directives from the Public Health Agency of Canada and from the government of Quebec.The Association is anticipating a high number of calls and emails to the ski areas' customer service departments and therefore asks everyone to be patient for follow-ups to the various requests and questions.The ASSQ invites the public to follow the situation by consulting the announcements made by each ski area on social media. On behalf of all ski areas, the ASSQ is sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this decision may cause and thanks Quebec's 1.4 million skiers and snowboarders and the many visitors from outside the province for their understanding.

​Source : Quebec Ski Area Association (ASSQ)

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Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow Announces New Events For 2018/2019 Season

Mount Snow, is pleased to announce a brand-new lineup of events at Carinthia Parks for the 2018/2019 winter season. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Carinthia becoming an all-terrain-park mountain face, these new events will highlight many of the aspects that have helped Carinthia rise to the rank of #1 Terrain Park in The East, as named by both Transworld Snowboarding and Along with this lineup, comes the opening of the new $22M, 42,000 sq.ft. Carinthia Base Lodge, which for the first time brings après to the Carinthia Base Area, with three restaurants, two bars, and a large outdoor deck that is designed with event-viewing and afterparties in mind.

"In honor of our 10-year celebration, we thought it was the perfect time to add in some new events and concepts that we've been dreaming of," said Ben McGinnis, terrain park manager at Mount Snow. "We've gone back to the drawing board on our events and builds this year, and are really excited to see the reactions to these new and innovative offerings."

The event season kicks-off on December 22, 2018, with the Carinthia Classic fueled by Monster Energy featuring skiers and snowboarders competing for their slice of the $20,000 purse. Located in The Junkyard terrain park, this event will feature a jam-style format on a one-of-a-kind plaza-style build, comprised of all-snow features blended with a wide variety of rails. Situated right off the deck of the new Carinthia Base Lodge, this event will also celebrate Carinthia's 10-year anniversary with a DJ, beer garden around the venue, giveaways, and more, including the event finals that will be held under the lights. Details and registration at

Ever the training ground of future X Games athletes and Olympians, Carinthia Parks is continuing its tradition of progression and professional development with the return of its Grommet Jam Series. The Grommet Jams, which are held December 27, 2018, January 21, 2019, and wrap up with the finals on February 18, 2019, feature a morning of coaching followed by an afternoon of competition for both skiers and snowboarders ages 12-and-younger. Details and registration at

The USASA Southern Vermont Series returns to Mount Snow with two events for 2018/19 with the USASA Southern Vermont Series – Slopestyle on January 25-27, 2019 and the USASA Southern Vermont Series – Halfpipe on February 9-10, 2019. As one of the longest-running USASA series, these events are a perfect introduction to competing on a national level, while earning points to qualify for Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

New for this season, SKOLF presented by Airblaster, swings through Carinthia Parks on February 15, 2019, for an invitational event that combines S-K-A-T-E and GOLF. Teams of four riders work their way through nine predetermined features while trying to complete a set list of tricks in the fewest amount of attempts possible, in the hope of coming in under par and scoring and invite to the championships in Brighton, Utah. Details at

February rounds out with a co-lab with Snowboy Productions, of Holy Bowly and Downtown Throwdown fame, that is code-named Ash & Steel. Details to follow, but this is one you won't want to miss. This event will be on lockdown for February 28, 2019 and March 1, 2019 before opening to the public on March 2, 2019. That's it for now, follow along at for details.

The events season culminates with Park Affair on March 9-10, 2019, for a lady-shred weekend packed full of park riding, progression, socializing and making friends and memories that last a lifetime. Once again, the Carinthia Parks crew will be designing a private progression park specifically for the camp, which serves as the perfect space for riders to progress, so get ready to push your limits. Details and registration at

More information and full event lineup at

Source : Mount Snow

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Peak Resorts' expansion projects transforming two of the company's northeast resorts

Peak Resorts, Inc., a leading owner and operator of high-quality, individually branded U.S. ski resorts, announced today that construction on its projects at Mount Snow in Vermont and Hunter Mountain in New York is progressing on schedule ahead of the 2018/19 skiing and riding season. These projects, which combined represent approximately $32 million in upgrades across the two properties, have set a number of milestones for the Company, including its largest-ever base lodge and the Eastern United States' largest ski area expansion in over 15 years.

Jesse Boyd, Vice President of Operations at Peak Resorts, commented, "The Hunter North project at Hunter Mountain and the new Carinthia Base Lodge project at Mount Snow each represent a significant undertaking and our ability to accomplish both in one summer is a great testament to the dedicated teams we have in place at our resorts. It's been amazing to watch these two projects evolve and we can't wait for our Peak Pass holders and guests to experience these new and improved properties this coming winter."

The Hunter North project will expand Hunter Mountain's skiable terrain by 80 acres, encompassing five new trails and four new gladed skiing areas, thereby driving a one-third increase in the total acreage Hunter has to offer and making Hunter the third largest ski area in New York by number of trails. These five new trails, including four intermediate trails and one beginner trail, will be serviced by a fully automated snowmaking system and brand new high-speed six-person chair lift as well as a new entrance to the resort off Route 23a that leads to 250 additional parking spaces. This entirely new mountain face will add much needed intermediate terrain to the Company's leading Catskills resort that is already known for its great beginner terrain and steep and challenging black diamond terrain, making Hunter more inviting and approachable for families.

Russ Coloton, General Manager at Hunter Mountain, commented, "Hunter North is a game-changer for Hunter Mountain as it dramatically expands our winter offerings and adds variety to our terrain. Featuring predominantly intermediate terrain serviced by the yet-to-be-named high-speed six-person chair lift, Hunter North will allow our resort to broaden its appeal and improve on-mountain traffic flows over the course of the winter season. Views from the additional terrain are spectacular and I am confident that visitors to Hunter Mountain this winter will enjoy an unrivaled skiing and riding experience."

Representing a further evolution of Mount Snow, the Carinthia Base Lodge project is set to replace the old 1960's-era lodge at the Carinthia Base Area with a new 42,000 square foot lodge that is five times the size of the former lodge. The new, state-of-the-art lodge will include the amenities that today's skiers and riders expect from a high-end ski resort. These include a sit-down restaurant, two bars, a multi-station cafeteria, retail offerings, rental facilities, a private lesson desk and an outdoor seating deck complete with fireplace and bar. The $22 million project, which was started in the summer of 2017, is currently on track to open when Mount Snow opens in November.

Erik Barnes, General Manager and President at Mount Snow, commented, "Mount Snow has seen a major transformation over the past several years, first with the upgrade to our snowmaking capabilities through West Lake and now with our new Carinthia Base Lodge. This new facility has been a long time coming and will be a substantial improvement over our old lodge. While the old lodge will no doubt be missed by some of our long-time guests, I'm looking forward to seeing the reactions from our passholders and guests when we open the doors this November."

To receive updates on construction progress, please visit Hunter Mountain and Mount Snow online and on social media at:

Hunter Mountain

Mount Snow

​Source : Peak Resorts

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What's New and Coming for the 2017-18 Ski Season

While the last ski season is already a close memory, mountains are already hard at work preparing for the next. Over the course of this summer and fall, we will help you keep track of the latest announced developments and changes coming to the ski mountains near you.


Mount St-Louis Moonstone - $500,000 on snow-making upgrades and automation. $350,000 increasing Night Lighting on Saint, Promenade, and Venture trails. 3 NEW Pisten Bully groomers complete with SnowSat GPS which accurately measures snow depth on trails. Re-grading expansion of Moonstone Novice Slope and relocation of Novice Carpet. 


Bromont - Expansion and reconfiguration of several trails (for example, Ottawa will be expanded and go from Black Diamond to Blue Square). New snowprk, with a rethinking of the configuration and layout, with the main park now on the Candiac trail to optimize its accessibility. First mountain in Quebec to use LED lighting technology, on two trails (Victoriaville and Daveluyville trails). 7 illuminated slope sides during the Nuits Blanches. New access control system for the lifts, allowing you to purchase and reload your ski pass or tickets from home and access the lifts directly.

​Camp Fortune - New access control system for the lifts (RFID), allowing you to purchase and reload your ski pass or tickets from home and access the lifts directly and offering discounts on return visits. A new Pisten Bully 400 groomer was added to the fleet.

Mont Ste Marie - More than $1.5 million to be invested into infrastructure, snowmaking and a new beginner ski run on Vanier mountain. $200,000 in upgrades for the Cheval Blanc Quad chairlift. Investments into snowmaking to increase snow capacity.

Owl's Head - The sale of Owl's Head to Sommet Memphrémagog (headed by Gilles Bélanger) was announced. Improvements to mountain infrastructure with the goal of heading towards 4-season operations in the coming years. Improvements to have a more direct link between the mountain and the lake are also mentionned. 

Sommet Edelweiss - Improvments to the snowmaking system performance.

Sommet Gabriel - New gladed trail is being created.

Sommet Olympia & Sommet Morin Heights - Improvements to the chalets.

Sommet Saint-Sauveur - Expansion of the seating area on the upper level of the main chalet, and expansion of the rentals area on the lower level.

Stoneham - A new fixed-grip quad chairlift with loading carpet will replace the double chair "La Bordée" and the T-bar "Le Chinook". Ride time will decrease to 8.5 minutes from the current 11 minutes.

​Tremblant - ​A 5-year agreement to host the FIS World Cup Aerial events at Tremblant .

Val Saint-Come - A new glade called the 342 on the 1000pied side of the mountain will open and be located just next to the Audacieuse trail. The Périlleuse glade will become a groomed trail and have snowmaking. New enchanted forest trail for children, with stuffed animals in the trees. Enlargement of the Autoroute trail for the installation of a mini snow park for learning on the side of the enchanted forest.


Saddleback - The mountain was acquired by Majella Group (lead by its CEO Sebastian Monsour of Brisbane, Australia). The new ownership is making attempts to repair or replace necessary infrastructure such as lifts, to allow the mountain to hopefully re-open for the coming winter season.  

Sunday River - A new Spruce Peak Triple chairlift with loading carpet is being installed. Ride time will decrease to 8 minutes from 11.


​Belleayre Mountain - A new Doppelmayr 8 passenger gondola arrives, to bring you to the summit in comfort and with speed.

Holiday Valley - New magic carpet lift for the beginner area. 80 additional snowguns, bringing the total number of automated guns to 337. 2 new Pisten Bully 600 Groomers. Other projects include replacement of the Cindy's Warming Hut and the Mistletoe Lean To, two new connector trails, Inn at Holiday Valley renovations, a new Resort Shuttle Van and a family area in the main Lodge. 


Pat's Peak - Replacing their old Mueller Summit double chair with a CTEC triple chair formerly from Mount Ascutney, VT. The old double has been removed.


Burke Mountain - Replacing the Pomalift with a Leitner/Poma t-bar and widening the trail where the racing team trains. This is to be completed for the new upcoming season.

Killington - Major remodeling of Bear Mountain Base Lodge, installation of a fixed grip quad chair lift on Killington's South Ridge, and on-mountain improvements for skier flow including bridge and tunnel work.

Magic Mountain - Installing what I understand is a double chair to compliment their Black and Red double chairs. The "new" chair project actually started back in the early 2000's but never was completed. This "new" double chair is supposed to be operational by this upcoming season to allow them to open more terrain earlier and to offer more early season variety. Continuing work on their Green Double chair project. New haul cable ordered, painting chairs, rebuilding tower assemblies, and gear box refurbish. The 1982 Borvig double was the former Betwixed double from Stratton, VT.

​Mount Snow ​- A new three-story Carinthia Lodge, totaling approximately 38,000 square feet and able to seat 500 people at any one time, it will house a full-service restaurant, a cafeteria, two bars and coffee counter. Skier services will include a ski rental shop, tune shop, lift ticket and ski school sales, retail and convenience store, bag storage service and youth activity room. Widening of the Long John Trail, by blasting through 45,000 yards of rock, along 1,600 feet of trail, just 3,800 linear feet below the summit of Mount Snow, with the goal to widen the trail in that area by 35 feet on average.

Sugarbush - Replacing the old Village Double at Lincoln Peak and the Sunshine Double at Mt. Ellen with two new fixed-grip quads. The new Village Quad and Sunshine Quad will provide better beginner experiences at both mountains. Replacement of the old ticket-scanning system at all of the base lifts with RFID (radio frequency identification) gates. Improvements to snowmaking efficiency and performance. Purchase of two new Pisten Bully groomers (one specifically designed for the terrain park).

​Sugarloaf ​- Sugarloaf to introduce Maine's first cat-skiing operation on Burnt Mountain. The resort has purchased a new 12 passenger snow cat, which it will use in tandem with an existing 12-passenger cat to transport skiers to the top of the Androscoggin Glade from the Log Yard, located below the bottom terminal of the King Pine chairlift. Glade cutting crews have worked this summer to develop a designated cat road, and to clear a new glade on Burnt Mountain which will add 100 acres of newly-developed terrain to explore. In its first year, Burnt Mountain cat rides will be offered on weekends and vacation weeks only, from 9:00am - 3:00pm. The two passenger cats will rotate shuttling skiers and riders every 20 minutes, and guests will be able to reserve their seat online in advance. The Burnt Mountain experience is recommended for expert skiers and riders only. 

Whaleback - Supposed to finally install their t-bar this off season and upgrade their snow making system as well. They are currently in a fundraising campaign mode to raise the funds for the work to be done. The t-bar was purchased last year and was refurbished.

List and info compiled by Shane Séguin and Paul Giddings.

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Paul Gordon - (Ottawa-Gatineau)

I got into skiing early, night skiing at Camp Fortune during elementary school. During high school, I had a season pass which caused a few skipped afternoons. I kept up skiing in high school with some straight all camber 210cm rockets when many buddies switched to snowboards during the early days of the sport. After high school though I basically stopped downhill skiing. I was based in Toronto for a while then Yellowknife up in the North West Territories where snow machining was the thing to do. Finally, when I moved back to Ottawa I decided to get back into alpine. I love downhill skiing... why had I stopped! Well, I bought some used Fischer Wateas 78's 181cms and got back on the hill. You don't forget how to ski. Anyway, I'm now hooked. Look I'm not some expert free rider or ex-racer but I like to go fast and I'll ski in any condition. I've switched up my skis a couple times now slowly moving to wider skis with more rocker. I've also tried Telemark skiing. I love skiing, I love being outside in winter, I love railing groomers and of course breaking fresh tracks in the powder. See you on the hill.

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Waterville Valley Resort Partners with ResortBoard and Debuts New Summer Activities

Waterville Valley Resort continues to offer opportunities for summer fun in the White Mountains with the addition of three new summer activities, including a partnership with GolfBoard to bring ResortBoard Adventure Tours to Waterville Valley, the first experience of its kind in New England.

"It is exciting to not only be adding new activities that we have never had in Waterville Valley, but to also be creating a new type of experience in the Northeast," says Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. "You can't really experience the White Mountains without getting outside, getting off the beaten path, and seeking out a bit of adventure. Partnering with ResortBoards is allowing us to take some of what we love about snowsports and apply it to the summer months."

ResortBoards are highly versatile personal transportation vehicles and can be used on pavement, gravel, loose dirt, mud, and even packed powder. The rugged design includes heavy-duty front and back spring brackets, off-road suspension system, plus 13x5 inch wheel package that improves stability and optimizes clearance. According to ResortBoard, it is "simply the most exciting, safe, and accessible way to experience any vacation destination."

Waterville Valley Resort's guided Adventure Tours are designed around each group's abilities and interests, and pairs practice and play with trail riding along cross-country trails, woodland paths, mountain biking system, and expansive wildflower fields. Stops include photo-worthy views, local landmarks, and some little-known hidden gems, allowing an intimate tour of the Valley floor for new and long-time visitors alike.

ResortBoard Adventure Tours debuted this week and will offer the hour and a half experience on Weekends at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for the rest of the summer. Additional tour schedules are anticipated.

Part of 'Phase II' of a multi-year development plan, additional new summer offerings include a 9-hole, lift-accessed Disc Golf Course. Located on some of the resort's original ski trails on Snow's Mountain, the slopeside course is already open to the public. The resort is also adding an Outdoor Climbing Wall and Bungee Trampoline. Training and installation are in progress, with a "Vertical Zone" set to debut in Town Square in the coming weeks. Also new to town, the White Mountain Athletic Club has added an outdoor pool, spa, cabana, and kid's splash pad which opened today.

For more information on New Summer Activities, visit

For more information about ResortBoards, visit

​Source : ​Waterville Valley

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Paul Giddings - (Eastern Townships)

I started skiing around 1980 with my elementary school program that would bring us up to the now defunct Glen Mountain near Knowlton in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I wasn't warm to the idea of skiing at first but thanks to my grade 4 teacher, I am glad that she convinced me to go. The Glen ended up being my second home on weekends and days off from school for the winters to follow. I worked at Owl's Head for 12 years as a liftie in the winter months, and in the hotel during the summers and kept my connection to skiing. When I left Owl's Head in 2001 for a career change, I left skiing behind as well until 2012 when I rediscovered a new found passion for the sport. I enjoy discovering new ski areas, and I am a bit of a ski lift "nerd" at the same time. There is nothing more stress relieving to me than riding a chairlift and putting my two feet on skis at a ski hill for the day. My other interests are photography, music, hiking, and ski history. 

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Ana Fonseca - (Ottawa-Gatineau)

I owe my first skiing experience to my husband who introduced me to this great sport at Mont Saint-Sauveur a few years ago. Previous to this ski weekend, I noticed my husband's contagious passion for downhill skiing through his long-time practice of it, as well as his mesmerizing descriptions, videos and pictures of several breathtaking Canadian mountain landscapes that he has had the fortune to experience mainly through his skiing; I had to give it a try. Exposure to these mountainous environments in Canada has also brought back fond memories of my upbringing in Latin America where I grew up surrounded by the majestic Andean mountains. As a result, I fell in love with the sport and the beautiful scenery of the awe-inspiring Canadian mountains.I am looking forward to enjoying many more ski weekends over the course of the years to come. 

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Shane Séguin - (Ottawa-Gatineau)

At the age of 5, my parents helped me navigate the bumps for the first time on Pineault at Camp Fortune in the Gatineau Hills. My passion for skiing really took off once we arrived at Ski Vorlage, the birthplace of my mother's skiing legacy. Snowy days, to long nights under the stars, it was here that I got the itch for skiing and the excitement that came along with it. After several seasons, eventually skiing every resort in the area, I became obsessed with the sport. Over the years, with family and friends, I began to explore more ski mountains, farther from home, discovering many unique, exciting and breathtaking resorts. What makes me excited? Is it the amazing views from the mountain tops, the high speed thrill of carving up the slopes, or a technical curiosity of the ski lifts... one thing is for sure, it's definitely the best way to enjoy the best season of the year, and one amazing life long passion. 

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Easter Break with spring rates at Mont SUTTON

Mont SUTTON is already in Easter break celebrations mode. Many have already started their holiday on this Thursday April 13th: a perfect excuse to enjoy one of Easter's top destinations this year!

Skiers and snowboarders can now enjoy the slopes at spring rates: $45 + t. for adults and $25 + t. for every other category (students, seniors…). What's more, children under 5 years old ski for free at all times at Mont SUTTON! These springs rates will allow everyone to enjoy the sunshine forecasted in the next few days along with spring skiing on a still good cover of snow and many activities. BBQ at the bottom of the hill, Live Music Friday with Madmoiselle, contestant on La Voix, Easter arts and crafts, decorated Easter egg hunt on Saturday, free maple taffy on snow on Sunday… and an Easter surprise at the bottom of the hill all weekend!

​Source : ​Mont SUTTON

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Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. to be Acquired by Affiliates of Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners

Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SNOW), a leading North American mountain resort and adventure company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a newly-formed entity controlled by affiliates of the Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C. ("Aspen") and KSL Capital Partners, LLC ("KSL"). Under the terms of the merger agreement, Intrawest stockholders will receive $23.75 in cash for each share of Intrawest common stock, representing a total valuation of approximately $1.5 billion including debt obligations to be assumed or refinanced net of cash at closing. The transaction was unanimously approved by the board of directors of Intrawest. Following the execution of the merger agreement, stockholders representing a majority of the voting shares of Intrawest delivered a written consent approving and adopting the merger agreement. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2017 and is subject to certain closing conditions including regulatory approvals.

"This transaction creates significant opportunity for Intrawest and delivers tremendous value to our current shareholders," said Thomas Marano, Intrawest's chief executive officer. "The cash consideration of $23.75 per share represents a 40% premium over $16.97 per share, Intrawest's closing stock price on January 12, 2017, the trading day prior to Reuters' report speculating that the Company was exploring a potential sale. We are excited to work with Aspen and KSL. Our new partners bring additional financial resources and a shared passion for the mountains and our mountain communities. Both Aspen and KSL are committed to helping Intrawest accelerate our plans to bring more value to our guests, more opportunities for our employees and more investment into our local communities."

"Intrawest is a collection of remarkable properties in exceptional locations. Each has its own unique story and its own unique sense of place," said Eric Resnick, chief executive officer of KSL. "We are committed to honoring the deep traditions of each resort, while working with Intrawest's talented management team and employees to continue to serve both their guests and local communities."

"The enthusiasm that Intrawest's employees exhibit for the guest experience and for being responsible members of their communities is apparent in all they do. We are excited to be part of the investment group that is going to work hard to help realize the collective potential of Intrawest's portfolio of resorts," said Mike Kaplan, chief executive officer of Aspen.

Season Passes

For the full 2017-18 winter season, each Intrawest resort will continue to honor the resort's existing pass products that are currently on sale, including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass + and the M.A.X. Pass.

Squaw Valley Ski Holdings

While not a condition to the merger, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, the parent company of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows resort and an affiliate of KSL, will also become part of the entity at closing, but continue to operate under its current management.

Additional Transaction Details

Further information regarding the transaction will be included in an information statement to be mailed to Intrawest shareholders.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Moelis & Company LLC and Houlihan Lokey are serving as financial advisors to Intrawest. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is serving as financial advisor to Aspen and KSL and is acting as financial advisor to the new entity.

Hogan Lovells US LLP, Latham and Watkins LLP and Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP are serving as legal counsel to Aspen and KSL. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP are serving as legal counsel to Intrawest.

About Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc.

Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers for over three decades. The Company wholly owns and/or operates six four-season mountain resorts with approximately 8,000 skiable acres and over 1,100 acres of land available for real estate development. Intrawest's mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America's major ski regions, including the Eastern United States, the Rocky Mountains and Canada. The Company also operates an adventure travel business, the cornerstone of which is Canadian Mountain Holidays, a leading heli-skiing adventure company in North America. Additionally, the Company operates a comprehensive real estate business through which it manages condominium hotel properties and sells and markets residential real estate. Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SNOW). For more information, visit

About Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company owns and operates the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – as well hospitality properties The Little Nell, Residences at The Little Nell, Limelight Aspen and Limelight Ketchum in Ketchum, Idaho. In addition, Aspen Skiing Company owns and operates numerous retail and rental locations through the resort and the Roaring Fork Valley. For more information, visit

About KSL Capital Partners

KSL Capital Partners, LLC is a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure enterprises in five primary sectors: hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate and travel services. KSL has offices in Denver, Colorado; Stamford, Connecticut; and London. Since 2005, KSL has raised approximately $7.5 billion in equity capital commitments. KSL's current portfolio includes some of the premier properties in travel and leisure. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "expect", "estimate", "plan", "outlook" and "project" and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including: (1) conditions to the closing of the proposed transaction, including the obtaining of required regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied; (2) the proposed transaction may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; (3) the business of Intrawest may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the proposed transaction; (4) the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the proposed transaction; (5) Intrawest may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (6) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (7) the ability to recognize benefits of the proposed transaction; (8) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the proposed transaction; (9) other risks to consummation of the proposed transaction, including the risk that the proposed transaction will not be consummated within the expected time period or at all; and (10) the risks described from time to time in Intrawest's reports filed with the SEC under the heading "Risk Factors," including, without limitation, the risks described under the caption "Risk Factors" in Part I - Item 1A., "Risk Factors" in Intrawest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on September 8, 2016, as amended, and as may be revised in Intrawest's future SEC filings. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the future events and trends discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. None of Intrawest, the Crown Family or KSL Capital Partners undertakes any obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

Additional Information and Where to Find it

In connection with the proposed transaction, Intrawest intends to file relevant materials with the SEC, including Intrawest's information statement in preliminary and definitive form. Stockholders of Intrawest are strongly advised to read all relevant documents filed with the SEC, including Intrawest's information statement, because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. These documents will be available at no charge on the SEC's website at In addition, documents will also be available for free on Intrawest's website at

​Source : Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc.

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Camp Fortune will be open this weekend, April 8-9

Open this weekend!

We will be open this weekend with 3 chairlifts and 12 runs from 9 am to 4 pm.

Come out and ski or ride this weekend! Our goal for this season is to be skiing over Easter weekend but with this wonky weather it's too early to say for sure so enjoy it while you can.

Hours and late season ticket prices

Fortune Cup Pro Race

Join us on Sunday for the Fortune Cup Pro Race.First Prize is $1000 cash!This Race is an open event for U16 up to masters racers, FIS Racers, or anyone who thinks they can be the King of the Mountain. Enter today by emailing The spectator area is always a great place to spend the afternoon cheering on the competitors and spending time with ski friends. Event Info

Surf Side Says

The final snowboard jam of the year is this Sunday. Join us for "Surf Side Says", a laid back jam session brought to you by local skate/board/surf shop Surf Side. Admission is a non-perishable food item or a small donation for those in need. Event info

​Source : ​Camp Fortune

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Spring skiing, arts and crafts and terrace for Easter at Mont SUTTON

Beautiful days of spring skiing are here! Lots of snow, family activities, Live Music Friday, BBQ at Chairlift II… everything will be there for a successful Easter weekend at Mont SUTTON!

To celebrate Easter on the slopes, everyone is invited to let their creativity flow while doing free arts and crafts on Friday April 14th and Monday April 17th. The weekend will also start with a certainly stunning performance from Madmoiselle at Bar Le Tucker for one of the last Live Music Fridays of the season. On Saturday April 15th, young and old will be invited to identify the 5 decorated Easter eggs hidden on the slopes. A draw will take place among all the participants, and three lucky winners will go back home with a sweet treat. On Sunday April 16th, free maple taffy on snow will be given to all, letting them fulfill their craving for sweets between two runs!

Under the sunshine, skiers and snowboarders are intived to enjoy not only the great snow cover, but also a BBQ at the foot of the hill and a spring après-ski atmosphere with a local or imported beer, a refreshing sangria or a home-made cocktail on Bar Le Tucker's terrace… The ones with a sharp eye might even find a giant bunny in the trails for the occasion!

​Source : ​Mont Sutton

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Blue Mountain Announces April 9 as Last Day of the 75th Season

Blue Mountain Resort has announced Sunday, April 9, 2017 as the Resort's closing day of its 75th ski season. Blue will have 3 trails open for skiing and snowboarding along with a walk up freestyle park open this weekend, weather and conditions permitting.

Blue opened for the winter season on December 11, 2016 and as of April 9, Blue Mountain will have had 116 days on snow. Thanks to 307cm of cumulative snowfall this winter, the milestone season included great ski conditions along with anniversary celebrations and events. Of note was the Celebrate 75 winter festival in January which included a fundraiser that raised $22,000 for the Blue Mountain Special Olympic team, and the Audi FIS World Cup Ski Cross which showcased Ontario skiing on the world stage.

"It is always bittersweet at the end of a ski season," says, Dan Skelton, President and COO at Blue Mountain. "It has been a very memorable winter at Blue but we are ready to switch gears and ramp up for the coming summer season."

A selection of Blue's spring and summer attractions will be open this weekend including the Climbing Wall, Woodlot Low Ropes Course and the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster. Monterra, Blue Mountain's golf course, is scheduled to open by the end of April.

For the most up-to-date information on Mountain operations, live updates are made to Blue's Mountain Conditions Report at

Source : Blue Mountain Resort

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$110 Million Bear Mountain Revitalization Project Planned for Summer 2018 at Vermont’s Killington Resort

Vermont's Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, has partnered with Killington, Vermont-based Ottauquechee Realty Advisors, LLC to revitalize the resort's Bear Mountain base area and South Ridge through a two year development plan. Total project costs for the Bear Mountain Revitalization Plan are estimated at $60-70 million with a resulting retail value of $110 million once construction is complete.

Phase 1 of the Bear Mountain Revitalization Plan, called "Base Camp at Bear Mountain" is expected to begin in summer 2018 with the construction of 6-7 multi-family buildings estimated to cost $45 million, plus a major remodeling of Bear Mountain Base Lodge (keeping the original footprint), the installation of a fixed grip quad chair lift on Killington's South Ridge, and on-mountain improvements for skier flow including bridge and tunnel work. On-mountain improvements are expected to cost approximately $8 million total.

"This Bear Mountain Revitalization Plan is especially exciting for me because I know that our core group of season pass holders has wanted a new South Ridge lift since the day we removed the old one," says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. "With the trail work our team has planned, this layout should greatly enhance the Killington experience by improving connectivity between the north and south sides of the resort, and I'm glad to have a local Vermont company planning and executing this important project."

Phase 1's on-mountain trail improvements include reestablishing the Snowshed Crossover trail with the construction of a ski bridge and tunnel to enhance the on-snow experience for lower ability levels, while at the same time maintaining uninterrupted top to bottom flow on the more advanced terrain in the Bear Mountain area

The new South Ridge Quad chair lift will carry skiers and snowboarders from the top of Bear Mountain and bottom of the South Ridge trails to the top of Killington's South Ridge area, just below the Killington Peak Lodge. Constructing the new lift along the previous South Ridge lift's return line eliminates the need for any significant trail clearing or rerouting of trails.

"From the top of the Bear Mountain Quad, the long-awaited replacement of the South Ridge lift will give skiers and snowboarders easy access the resort's north side terrain including the Canyon and Snowdon areas, or easy access to the many trails in the sunny South Ridge area," says Jeff Temple, director of mountain operations for Killington Resort. "We're also excited to offer a bridge and tunnel solution that provides a more quality 'tour' experience for beginner and intermediate skiers riding the south side trails off the K-1 Gondola while at the same time maintaining the quality top to bottom skiing and riding experience in the Bear and Needle's Eye areas."

Phase 2 of the Bear Mountain Revitalization features construction of 18 duplex buildings near the foot of the Devil's Fiddle ski trail with an estimated cost of $25 million, and is expected to begin during summer 2020.

"Killington is, without a doubt, the greatest ski asset in the northeast. Killington with its vast terrain, industry-leading snowmaking and unique geographic location along with access to the largest drive to destination market in the US, has the most upside potential of any northeastern ski resort," says Steve Malone, managing member of Ottauquechee Realty Advisors, LLC. "Under the leadership of President Mike Solimano, the resort is now poised to reach its untapped potential. Bear Mountain is an incredibly popular destination within the Killington multi-peak resort experience – on any given weekend or holiday period, thousands of skiers will come over and ski at Bear Mountain with its iconic Outer Limits and Devil's Fiddle trails, which are more like something one would experience out West. We look forward to working with Killington and POWDR Corp. in the redevelopment of the Bear Mountain experience and the ability to offer a unique Ski-In Ski-Out village at the base of Bear Mountain. We believe that savvy real estate buyers will appreciate the opportunity that the new Base Camp at Bear Mountain will offer for them and their families," adds Malone.

The principals of Ottauquechee Realty Advisors, LLC, Steve Malone and Richard Saunders, have an extensive background in ski resort development in the New England ski resort environment, and more details are available at

Additional project details will be made public at as they become available.

About Killington Resort

Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont's Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Co. portfolio. Visit for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastwinter.

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Mount Snow Extends Season Through April 16th

With natural snowfall from Winter Storm Stella and Theseus, paired with snowmaking operations in March, Mount Snow is pleased to announce it will extend its operating season through April 16, 2017. Having received 115 percent of its average annual snowfall total so far this season, the mountain expects to offer skiing and riding on all four mountain faces, including more than 100 features over at Carinthia Parks for as long as the weather cooperates.

"Our snowmaking push in March and three feet of late season snowfall has made for some of the best late-season skiing in recent memory," said Kelly Pawlak, general manager at Mount Snow. "We are excited to offer families the ability to celebrate Easter on the slopes and take part in our Easter Egg Hunt, including a golden egg good for a 2017/18 Peak Pass."

Spring is always a special time at the mountain, full of corn skiing, forgiving bump runs, and soft landings in Carinthia. It's a time to join with friends and family and celebrate the season. So, don't put the planks away just yet, we've got some Easter Egg hunting to do!

Those looking to take advantage of Spring skiing at Mount Snow, and its sister resorts in the Northeast, can purchase a Peak Pass today for the 2017-2018 season, for only $99 down, and ski for free for the remainder of this season.

About Mount Snow

Mount Snow is a premier four season resort located in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont featuring four mountain faces of downhill skiing and snowboarding – including the East's #1 Terrain Park, Carinthia – slopeside lodging and golf at the acclaimed Mount Snow Golf Club as well as flexible wedding and conference facilities. Other activities include snow tubing, ski lessons, snowboard lessons, downhill mountain biking and a full schedule of festivals and events. Mount Snow is a member of the Peak Resorts family. To learn more about Mount Snow visit

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Vail Resorts Plans to Add Stowe Mountain Resort to the 2017-2018 Epic Pass Providing Unlimited, Unrestricted Skiing at Stowe and the Best of North America

  • The Epic Pass will offer unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe, plus the best of North America, subject to the closing of the acquisition
  • Epic Local Pass will offer the best value at $639, which includes 10 days at Stowe, subject to the closing of the acquisition
  • Purchasing the Epic Pass now through Sunday, April 9, guarantees the lowest price combined with the most benefits

Vail Resorts announced today that the Epic Pass plans to offer unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe Mountain Resort for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the closing of the acquisition. Purchasing the 2017-2018 Epic Pass now through Sunday, April 9 ensures that skiers and snowboarders will lock in the lowest price, combined with the most benefits, such as six discounted lift tickets ("Buddy Tickets") for family and friends. Stowe will be the newest resort among 45 of the world's most iconic mountain destinations to be offered with the Epic Pass (subject to the closing of the acquisition) – which includes the best of the West throughout ten world-class destination resorts – such as Vail, Breckenridge, Park City, and Whistler Blackcomb.

Available for $639, the Epic Local Pass offers unprecedented value to guests who are willing to plan around a few restrictions. Skiers and snowboarders would receive a total of 10 days at Stowe (subject to the acquisition closing), Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions; unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin; and access with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.

Available at $859 for adults, the 2017-2018 Epic Pass offers access to 45 of the world's best mountain resorts – including Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, subject to the acquisition closing; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. 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. Each resort delivers an iconic experience, unique alpine traditions and impeccable service. Purchasing the 2017-2018 Epic Pass this spring ensures skiers and snowboarders the lowest price, combined with the most benefits, such as six discounted lift tickets ("Buddy Tickets") for family and friends.

For guests interested in skiing Stowe exclusively, Vail Resorts anticipates offering limited Stowe-specific season pass options. Details about pricing, access and benefits will be announced after the close of the acquisition.

"We look forward to welcoming Stowe to our family of world-class resorts, to continue providing our guests with exceptional experiences, and to build upon the unprecedented value of the Epic Pass," said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "With the addition of Stowe, the Epic Pass would provide guests access to the East Coast's most iconic skiing, as well as unlimited, unrestricted access to the best of the West – including Vail, Breckenridge, Park City and Whistler Blackcomb, among many additional world-renowned destination resorts throughout North America."

Guests are invited to purchase season passes and start planning their next winter vacations at

2017-2018 Ski and Snowboard Season Pass Options

  • Epic Pass™: Ski unlimited and unrestricted from opening day to closing day for only $859. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over four days of skiing or snowboarding. Enjoy unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition); Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin for the 2017-2018 season. The Epic Pass grants limited access to Arlberg in Austria; Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D'Isere in France; Skirama Dolomiti in Italy and 4 Vallées in Switzerland. No restricted dates. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $449.
  • Epic Local Pass™: For $639, receive 10 days at Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition), Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions; unlimited and unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin; and skiing and snowboarding at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with limited restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over three days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $339.
  • Epic 7-Day™: Perfect for skiers in search of a week of skiing. The pass pays for itself in just over three days and includes a total of seven unrestricted days valid at Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition), Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin, plus seven free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain. The Epic 7-Day Pass is $639 for adults and $339 for children (ages five to 12).
  • Epic 4-Day™: A convenient option for a short ski trip. The pass pays for itself in just over two days and includes a total of four unrestricted days valid at Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition), Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin, plus four free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain. The Epic 4-Day Pass is $419 for adults and $229 for children (ages five to 12).

Those who purchase the Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass prior to April 9 will receive six Buddy Tickets that are automatically loaded onto your Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass – the best discounted rate for lift tickets that pass holders can give to friends or family to use.

Season Pass Insurance:
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company's season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Find out more at

For guests in search of skiing Stowe exclusively, Vail Resorts anticipates offering limited Stowe-specific season pass options. Details about pricing, access and benefits will be announced after the official close of acquisition.

About Vail Resorts, Inc.
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company's subsidiaries operate ten world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company 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 and consumer website is

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A Fun-Filled Spring at Mont SUTTON

Spring is officially here! Its arrival promises beautiful spring skiing days and sunny après-skis on Bar Le Tucker's terrace. Mont SUTTON is shifting into spring with several activities planned over the next few weeks that will allow skiers and snowboarders to take full advantage of the sunny spring days.

On Saturday, March 25th, Yooners, a kind of ski bob/sled hybrid, will be back! Spaces are limited and will have to be reserved the morning of the activity, which is free to all season pass holders or anyone with a valid ski ticket for that day.

The ever-popular Snow on the Beach will make its return on Saturday, April 1st! The event is celebrating its tenth edition this year and is sure to be remembered with its beach party après-ski that will have skiers dancing under the palm trees.

From April 14th to 17th, Mont SUTTON will be celebrating Easter on the slopes. For the occasion, arts and crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and sugar on snow (free on Sunday) are sure to entertain families all weekend long. Detailed schedule to come.

Thanks to last week's snowstorm, more than a meter of snow fell on the slopes, allowing Mont SUTTON to open 100% of its skiable terrain. Winter still hasn't had its last word: more snow is on the forecast in the next few days! Spring skiing will be at its very best and filled with fun at Mont SUTTON. Open Mic Thursdays, Live Music Fridays, free ski demos, spring sale at the Boutique Expérience SUTTON, and much more… With the Spring Skiing pass on sale for only 99$ from April 1st, there aren't any excuses not to come!

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Vail Resorts to Acquire Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont

Jeff Wise/Stowe Mountain Resort

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that on Feb. 17, 2017, it entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc. (MMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts' first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the Company's network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.

This acquisition brings together Vail Resorts, the world's leading mountain resort operator, with AIG Global Real Estate (AIGGRE), a best-in-class real estate developer, who share a common vision for the long-term success of Stowe Mountain Resort as the premier, high-end resort for skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast. Vail Resorts is acquiring 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. Other facilities such as the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe Country Club and certain real estate owned and held for potential future development will be retained by MMC.

"We're thrilled to add Stowe Mountain Resort to our family of world-class mountain resorts. With the investments in both mountain infrastructure and base area facilities that AIG has made over the years, Stowe Mountain Resort has become the premier, high-end resort for East Coast skiers and snowboarders. We look forward to working with AIG to continue enhancing the guest experience and to ensure the resort's long-term success," said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Douglas Tymins, president and chief executive officer of AIG Global Real Estate, said, "Under Vail Resorts' management, Stowe's reputation as a premier ski destination with a commitment to excellent service will continue to grow. AIGGRE is looking forward to combining Vail Resorts' tremendous mountain operations capabilities with our continued commitment to the development of the Spruce Peak community."

Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont, has a long history of providing outstanding hospitality and adventure for its guests and has reinforced its internationally respected brand with world-class improvements both on and off the mountain. The resort's newest facilities and improvements include the Spruce Peak Adventure Center, the new Meadows Quad on Spruce Peak, Evolution Stowe's RFID tickets, passes and gates and the new Shops at Spruce Peak. Spruce Peak also has new high-speed lifts, new base facilities and gourmet restaurants. MMC will retain ownership of the renowned Stowe Mountain Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort, a 312-room hotel and spa that has already been recognized as one of the greenest and most luxurious mountainside hotels in the world, and additional slopeside real estate opportunities.

This transaction is subject to Vermont administrative review. At closing, the purchase price will be adjusted for certain agreed upon terms, including a reduction (or increase) in the price by the amount that the resort's EBITDA exceeds capital expenditures for the period from Nov. 1, 2016, through closing. Stowe Mountain Resort is expected to generate incremental annual EBITDA in excess of $5 million in Vail Resorts' fiscal year ending July 31, 2018.

Operations at the resort for the remainder of the 2016-17 ski season will continue in the ordinary course as will future summer and winter seasonal hiring. Vail Resorts will be retaining the vast majority of the resort's year-round staff.

Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Stowe Mountain Resort into its Epic Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-18 winter season, subject to the acquisition closing. With the Epic Pass, Vermont skiers and snowboarders will have unlimited access locally at Stowe at an attractive price as well as the best of the West at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts' subsidiaries operate ten world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone 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 in Australia; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. 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, Wyoming. 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 and consumer website is

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Ski season is here Saturday at Camp Fortune

Ski season is here! Camp Fortune opens this Saturday.

Grab your skis and boards and join us for our opening day: Saturday November 26. Pineault will be open with machine made snow. We are committed to offering you the longest season possible and will be the first ski hill in the Outaouais to open.

Hours of operation:

Saturday November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday November 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

We will continue making snow and open more runs as soon as we can. We are working 24 / 7 when the weather allows.

Source : Erin Boucher, Marketing - Camp Fortune.

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Tremblant kicks off new Ski Season tomorrow with 15cm of Fresh Snow

​This Thursday November 24, with mountain ambassadors Erik Guay and Jasey-Jay Anderson in attendance,Tremblant is kicking off its 2016-17 slide season, with over 180 hours of snowmaking since the start of operations, and 15 cm of fresh snow since last Sunday. At 8:30 am, 4 trails resulting in one upper-mountain run on each the North and the South sides will be open to skiers and riders, served by the Express Gondola, TGV, Lowell Thomas and Cabriolet lifts. Skiers and snowboaders will have to use the gondola to get to the summit and back at the South base. The mountain operations team remains focused on freeing up more terrain as soon as possible so that by late weekend, 7 trails should be open.

View Snow Report for latest updates.

​Source : Annick Marseille, Public Relations Advisor, Tremblant

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Holiday Valley Opens for the 2016-17 Season

With 12+ inches of natural snow and a good snowmaking run that began yesterday, Holiday Valley's President and General Manager, Dennis Eshbaugh announced plans to open for their 60th season of skiing and snowboarding on Saturday, November 26th. According to Eshbaugh, "This is an exciting time of year and we're pleased to get an early start on the season".

Weather permitting, the resort plans to have three lifts operating from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.: the Yodeler Quad Chairlift, Mardi Gras Xpress Quad Chairlift and School Haus Quad Chairlift. Four slopes will be open that range from easier to most difficult: School Haus, the Candy Cane loop, Mardi Gras and Yodeler. Ticket prices for the weekend are: $50 adult / $40 junior for 8 hours, $45 adult / $35 junior for 4 hours (available Saturday and Sunday) and $25 adult / $18 junior for night tickets that start at 3:30 p.m. Services include food and beverage and retail shop at The Yodeler Lodge and the coffee shop, rental equipment and lessons in the Holiday Valley Lodge.

Weather permitting, snowmaking will continue through Tuesday night, and then warm temperatures will force a temporary shut down for Wednesday and Thursday. Snow grooming will take place on Friday for the opening on Saturday. Long range forecasts for December are decent with dropping temperatures through the month and good snowmaking temperatures at night.

Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville is on the web at

Source : Jane Eshbaugh, Marketing Director

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Sugarloaf to kick off 66th season on Thanksgiving

After the return of some more wintery weather last night, and resuming snowmaking operations this morning, Sugarloaf officials announced that Maine's tallest winter resort will kick off its 66th season on Thursday, November 24 at 8:30am.

Skiing and riding on opening day will be available on Tote Road and Candyside, serviced by the SuperQuad, and is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only.

Despite above-normal temperatures for much of November, Sugarloaf's snowmakers were able to run as many as 120 snowguns earlier in the month, stock piling snow at higher elevations. The resort is currently running more than 125 guns on the Tote Road trail.

"At this time of the year, we are always at the mercy of Mother Nature," said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf's Vice President of Mountain Operations. "Thankfully, the weather is forecast to remain in our favor for the next 48 hours, and we plan to operate as many guns, as much as possible, to get this place ready to go."

As a continuation of the ongoing Sugarloaf 2020 Ten-Year Road Map, which outlines the resort's ten-year vision for development, Sugarloaf invested in more snowmaking system upgrades this summer, replacing more than 7000 feet of snowmaking pipe on the Narrow Gauge Trail-which will once again host the nation's top skiers when the US Alpine Championships return to Sugarloaf in March. The upgrades will increase snowmaking capacity and coverage, while allowing snowmakers to run guns from top to bottom simultaneously.

For more information on the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, please visit

For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit

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