Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jay Peak Resort: Offering the Best of the Green Mountains

The Green Mountains are a stunning range in Vermont and are the name sake of the

state. In French Verts Monts means Green Mountains and just before Vermont became a state

it was known as the Green Mountain Republic. There is a hiking trail that runs from the northern

border to the southern border of the state, traversing through the mountains and even through

some of the ski hills. Approximately one third of the Long Trail is part of the Appalachian Trail,

which covers about nineteen hundred miles itself. Nestled in the Green Mountains, just south of

the Canadian border is the Jay Peak Resort.

Jay Peak Resort is a four season resort but is really known for the tremendous skiing

and snowboarding. The trails of Jay Peak started being built in 1950’s by the first ski school

director, well known Austrian skier and former coach of the Spanish Olympic Team, Walter

Foeger. The first lift was installed in 1955 and in 1957 the resort opened for skiing. Jay Peak

boasts the most snow in the eastern United States which makes for some great skiing, on both

the groomed trails and the many back-country trails.

Many people have said that the back-country trails are what sets the Jay Peak Resort

apart from others. The back country skiing feeds off resort so you will need to get your own ride

back, but, to be able to ski this terrain is an unforgettable experience. The tracts of land used for

back-country skiing are conserved by the Green Mountain Club and the State of Vermont. The

area is part of a high elevation forest which is a particularly fragile environment and is home to

the rare Bickel’s Thrush. Because of this special habitat there is an absolutely no cutting policy,

which means that you cannot cut any saplings or other brush that might get in your way. This

area must stay as pristine as possible. When skiing this terrain, you must be aware of the many

potential hazards the woods has to offer, such as buried rocks, sink holes, stumps, fallen trees

and more. That being said, it is always good to wear the proper safety equipment; a helmet, a

GPS, a shovel, and a multi-tool, among many other items. Always ride in a group of at least

three and make sure that you figure out a meet-up spot if your group splits up. And never start

your trip afternoon because it isn’t fun getting lost, and even less fun being lost in the dark, in

the mountains, and in the winter.

The groomed trails at Jay Peak Resort are still very beautiful and on the resort property

you’ll even have some Glades so tougher riding. You have about three hundred and eighty-five

acres to play on with about seventy-eight trails. jay Peak Resort is also known for its ski school,

which says it can teach you how to ski in a week using Walter Foeger’s technique known as

“Natur Teknik” or natural technique. The student learns to hop the skis instead of doing stem

turns or snowplow turns. The Glades at Jay Peak Resort require advanced skills and a group to

ski them. Always wear a helmet and never go out to the Glades after 3pm. Jay Peak Resort also

has four terrain parks for those of you who want to hit some jibs, boxes, and rails.

Steve Wright, the VP of Marketing, Sales and Hospitality says that “When resorts are run

by those who love mountains, we all benefit.  At Jay Peak, we care about deep snow, about

building community and creating opportunities and about developing something that we all get

to enjoy.” and we whole-heartedly agree with him. Visit Jay Peak Resort to see and feel the love

of the mountains.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Colorado Ski Packages

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Colorado is a winter sport lover’s dream. This stunning state gets the perfect fluffy snow

that your skis or snowboards can slice through easily, giving you the perfect ride. The landscape

is rugged yet enticingly inviting for those who adore a true outdoor adventure experience. The

back country is chalk full of dips, turns, dives, and danger for those who want to truly test their

skills. For those that prefer a groomed run each destination available with the Colorado ski

packages offers those as well, from a beginner level to the advanced ones for those searching

for a challenge. In Colorado, there are over forty-two- thousand acres of skiable land. So where

will your heart take you?

Annually, Colorado is projected to serve over 20% of the skiers in the US, which is over

fifty-six million people. But when your state boasts over three hundred inches of annual snow

fall and an average peak elevation of over eleven thousand feet, it’s no wonder why people flock

there. And it certainly helps that the state is normally the first to open during the ski season and

tend to have very long winters and approximately half of the ski resorts are within thirty-five

miles of an airport. Skiers pump almost three billion dollars a year into the Colorado economy

which helps the state sponsor many wonderful safety programs to proactively educate visitors

and residents about how to stay safe on the slopes so they can come back year after year!

When you purchase one of the many available Colorado ski packages, or even have one

custom made by an expert, all the wonders of Colorado become available to you, including their

almost eighteen hundred ski trails to choose from.

Ski Vacation Package - Steamboat, COColorado offers many wonderful opportunities to connect to mother nature throughout

the year the winter truly offers an experience that is beyond words. They have something for

everyone to enjoy, from luxurious spas within the resorts to heli-skiiing for the truly intrepid skier

and snowboarder, and of course, everything in between. Colorado is home to the oldest

continually operating ski area, which has been operating since 1915 and is located in

Steamboat Springs. It’s called Howelsen Hill and is named after the famed Norwegian ski

jumper and the “Father of Skiing in Colorado”, Carl Howelsen (the Flying Norseman) who also

built the first ski jump in Steamboat Springs in 1914. This ski jump area is still used to train

Olympians, which is appropriate considering that Steamboat Springs has produced more

Olympic athletes for the US than any other city in the country. The ski history is incredibility rich

in Colorado, the state was home to many notable people who have helped shape as well as

helped challenge the ideas associated with this fantastic winter sport. And don’t worry, going to

Steamboat Springs, or Ski Town, U.S.A., is an option with our Colorado ski packages so you

can go and truly feel the history of skiing.

Colorado offers relaxation and many challenges to make sure your trip there is well

rounded and worth it. The best possible way to get the balanced trip of your dreams is by

obtaining one of the Colorado ski packages. Our experts are here to help you make the most of

your money and your experience so don’t hesitate to call!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Why You Want Jasper Ski Packages

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Imagine standing at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies, with the sun making

the fluffy, fresh powder glisten and the air is crisp and cold so when you exhale you can see

your breath crystalize right before your eyes. Picture a beautifully rugged landscape, seemingly

untouched by man, and a green and white horizon that seems to go on forever. Below you is an

almost six kilometer trail to the bottom of the mountain. You take one more deep breath and

shove off, your skis floating on top of the snow as you aggressively navigate the trail down. This

experience, and more, can be yours with one of our Jasper ski packages.

Jasper and Marmot Basin are located in Alberta, Canada in the Jasper National Park.

The park is eleven-thousand square kilometers, 97% of which is protected wilderness which

means that when you visit you can have the opportunity to experience more than just skiing or

snowboarding. This stunning park is not only one of Canada’s biggest national parks but it is

also one of the oldest, dating back to 1907. There are thousands of miles of trails that you can

go cross country skiing on to really take in some of the majesty of the mountains and canyons.

Maligne Canyon is considered one of Jasper’s hidden gems and harbors stunning frozen

wonders. The best way to see the magic of winter in the canyon it’s best to hire a guide because

it can be treacherous. Purchasing one of the Jasper ski packages truly opens up a wonderful

winter world for you and the whole family.

Image result for jasper alberta skiing toursdesportBut what about the mountain? Marmot Basin has just under seventeen hundred acres of

terrain and boasts Canada’s highest base elevation. The longest ski run is just under six

kilometers, but no worries, because this mountain has eighty-six runs to choose from; 30% are

novice, 30% are intermediate, 20% are advanced, and the final 20% are expert so regardless of

your experience level you will have some fantastic runs to choose from. The runs themselves

are full of variety and flaunt pristine groomed runs as well as chutes, alpine bowls, trees, and

bumps. There are two available terrain parks, one featuring jibs, jumps, boxes, and rails and the

other mainly features rails and boxes, so whatever your terrain park skills are, they have you

covered there too. This mountain offers up to six months of skiing and snowboarding because

they receive over four-hundred centimeters of snow annually, giving you a fantastic window of

opportunity to book one of the Jasper ski packages. But make sure you are prepared for the

frigid weather, and if you are a more aggressive athlete and like to do back country, be fully

equipped for anything the mountain could potentially throw at you. There are seven lifts on the

mountain and three lodges, one at the base and two mid-mountain. They even have a daycare

facility for the little ones while you enjoy shredding. You can’t go wrong!

Image result for jasper alberta skiing toursdesportAll in all, Jasper needs to be on your bucket list. It’s considered one of the best kept

secrets in the Canadian Rockies. Who wouldn’t want to go to a giant national park and

experience the wonder that nature provides us? Jasper offers something for everyone in the

family and definitely will not disappoint. But don’t forget, the best way to get these amazing

memories is by booking one of the Jasper ski packages to get the biggest bang for your buck.

When you visit Jasper you will be wowed by the friendly people, the breathtaking scenery, and

the challenge of their ski runs. It will truly be an experience you will never forget.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Killington Lift Tickets

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Killington in Vermont is a winter lover’s dream mountain. It gets substantial snow fall,

has tons a ridable acreage, plenty of parks to grind in, and giant vertical drop that’s sure to

satisfy even the most advanced riders. When you purchase some Killington lift tickets you get

access to not one, but, seven mountains, one of which is about five miles away from the resort.

If you want to come experience the “Beast of the East” for yourself then book your Killington lift

tickets today and come see what people are falling in love with.

Killington Peak is Vermont’s second highest peak and in the early fifties the Father of

Vermont’s State Parks and Ski Areas, Perry Merrill, wanted to develop the peak to see it fulfill its

potential. He partnered with Preston Leete Smith and the two developed the resort which

opened in 1958. By the 1960’s the resort was operating well above industry standards and so

they brought in a snow making machine to make sure they could keep up with the demands of

their customers. It was getting so busy that it became hard to keep track of customers and the

customers knew that and would share lift tickets. A Killington employee by the name of Charlie

Hanley came up with the solution. The ticket wicket, that little tag that now attaches to your ski

jackets without damaging them. Before that invention the passes would be stapled or glued onto

customers clothing. With the invention of the wicket it became easy to identify all the Killington

lift tickets and make sure that no one was sharing them anymore.

Image result for killington skiing toursdesportAs was stated in the beginning of this article, when you purchase Killington lift tickets

you get access to seven mountains. The main Killington resort area lays claim to six of those

mountains and the Pico Mountain Resort has the final peak. There are not currently any trails or

lifts connecting these resorts but there are shuttles offered that go back and forth so you can get

the most out of your experience. The Killington Resort is home to over one hundred and fifty

trails, and there are easier trails available off every lift so even a novice can see the majesty of

all the mountains. If you’re really looking for a challenge Killington is home to a double black

diamond mogul trail known as the “Outer Limits”. If you prefer to go long and relaxed you can try

the longest trail in the Eastern U.S. which is just over six miles long and known as the

“Juggernaut”. Killington is home to one of the largest half pipes in the Eastern U.S. as well and

has at least three to five major trails that have jumps and ramps on them. There are normally a

total of about six parks accessible, including Burton’s The Stash, which is a natural inspired park

that has more than fifty features and a half pipe.

If you’re a seasoned back country skier or an adventurous young buck on a snowboard

Killington has got you and your ride covered. Purchase your Killington lift tickets from today and experience the splendor that is the Killington Resort today!
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