Ski or ride for just $17 at Hunter Mt. on Friday, March 15th, with the donation of three non-perishable food items. The food drive is for the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church in Tannersville, whose Food Pantry serves the needy in and around Tannersville. Make sure you register for this $17 lift ticket offer – click here to register. And stay for the weekend, since Hunter Mt. is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with special events including races and a Pot o’ Gold on-snow scavenger hunt.
Ski or snowboard the rest of the season at Hunter Mt. for just $169 with the March into Spring pass. The pass offers unlimited skiing or riding at Hunter Mountain beginning March 1, 2013 through the end of the 2012/2013 ski and snowboard season.
In conjunction with the release of the pass, Hunter Mountain has launched a social media caption contest on Facebook where fans are invited to enter a caption for a photo in an effort to win a FREE March into Spring Pass. Just vote for your favorite caption and the photo with the largest number of voes wins. Contest voting ends on February 28, 2013, and the winner ill be announced the next day.
For the 40th consecutive year, Hunter Mountain is hosting the FDNY Race, to raise money for charity including the NY Firefighters Burn Center Foundation. The race is open to any New York City firefighter. Teams dressed in helmets and full turn-out gear attempt to ski or snowboard through a race course while carrying a 50 foot fire hose. Teams are awarded 1st through 5th place, as well as “Slowest Time”, “Fastest All-Snowboard Team” and “Fastest All-Retired Team”. The FDNY Race is Tuesday, Januay 29th. Winning teams earn a chance to compete in the East Coast Firefighters Race the next day.
It’s great fun, for a good cause. In 40 years, the FDNY races have raised more than $750,000 for charity. Event organizer is retired FDNY fireman Joe Jove, who is one of a group of skiing firemen friends who thought up this race 40 years ago, and has participated nearly every year since, either racing or organizing, or both. Like many great ideas, this one has been copied. There now are many such races at other ski and snowboard resorts around the USA by other firefighter groups, also charity fund-raisers.
There’s a party in the base lodge after the FDNY race. Stop by and thank New York’s Bravest for their service to New York City, during Hurricane Sandy, at the World Trade Center on 9/11, and every day of the year, 24/7.
Hunter Mt. is two hours north of Times Square in the Catskills. I’ve been skiing there since college.
Today is the last day for what Stratton calls its Triple Play – lift tickets for $33 and lodging starting at $57 a night. The Triple Play part of the deal is that you are buying three lift tickets for $99, to use any time this season, and booking three nights of lodging, also to use any time this season. Click here to buy one or both Stratton Triple Play lift and lodging deals. The snow is great, so go play in it.
Find more lodging and getaway deals on the NYCOTC Daily Deals Round-up Page.
Celebrate winter in Central Park tomorrow at the annual Winter Jam festival of FREE events, including the chance to go sledding and learn to ski and snowboard on snow made from snowmaking guns. The annual family-friendly winter sports festival is 11 AM to 3 PM in the Bandshell area. There’s also live entertainment, a doggie snow zone, and, of course, information on New York State’s great ski resorts. This FREE event is presented by I Love New York and Lake Placid, New York’s Olympic resort.
- The Lake Placid Snow Field
- Sledding and snowman-making encouraged!
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Snowshoeing provided by REI
- Red Bull MetroRail, an open snowboard & ski rail jam
- Learn to Ski & Snowboard with Mountain Creek
- Doggie Snow Zone
- Pride of New York Winter Market
- Animal Tracking with the Urban Park Rangers
- NY State Ski Resort Info Booths
Learn to ski or snowboard at Hunter Mt.. with a special BOGO deal. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Hunter Mt. is participating with a special buy-one, get-one free offer. Purchase a Single Pak beginner package in January and get a second one FREE to use in January or February. Single Pak is a $79 special beginner package offered all season long, for a lift ticket, equipment rental and group lesson for the price of just one of those. The BOGO learn to ski and snowboard deal means you can do it twice for $79, or take a friend for free. The deal is good for non-holiday weekdays only, not weekends or holiday Monday. Click here to purchase. See you on the slopes!.
January is the fifth annual Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month when resorts and areas throughout the United States offer special discount deals to get you to love playing in the snow. the program is for beginners to learn, and others to improve. Last winter nearly 100,000 beginners took advantage of the initiative, which can include equipment, lift tickets and a lesson for less than the price of just one of the three.
Each ski area designs its own LSSM offer, so check the Ski and Snowboard Month website for what’s being offered close to you. Newcomers who don’t want to try to learn on their own can bring a buddy and also enter to win prizes through the Bring a Friend Challenge. Here are some offers within weekend driving distance of Times Square:
- Ski Areas of New York members are offering 10,000 $10 lift tickets for use one day only, on January 10 plus other well-priced learning deals throughout January. Click here for the recent full NYCOTC posting on the $10 list tickets. New York, in fact, boasts more ski/snowboard areas than any other state.
- In Pennsylvania, SkiPA‘s statewide discount voucher program includes special January learning programs.
- Ski New Hampshire member areas each offer a free beginner lift, lesson and rental package during the week of January 12.
- Ski Vermont resorts have a similar lift/lesson/rental deal for $29 per day all month.
- Ski Maine‘s third annual Get a Lift contest includes prizes for families that learn how to ski or snowboard.
Ski or snowboard — or learn — for just $10 on January 10,2013, at any of New York State’s 50 plus winter resorts. The Ski Areas of New York (SANY) are teaming up to offer 10,000 lift tickets for just $10 each, for one day only. It’s the perfect opportunity to hit the slopes in the state with more ski areas than anywhere else in the nation, including family-owned areas like Plattekill in the Catskills and New York’s own Olympic resort at Lake Placid. But you can’t just show up and get a $10 lift ticket.
Visit the I Ski NY website before January 9, 2013 and click on the 10/10/10 logo for the entry form. There is no cost up front; simply enter and pay at the ticket window when you arrive at your chosen resort on January 10. Be sure to bring a printed copy of the confirmation email with you. Please don’t reserve $10 tickets and then not show up, because you will be preventing somebody else from getting the deal. Lift tickets are limited to two per e-mail address and are based upon availability at each ski area.
Participating New York State resorts include Peek n’ Peak, Holiday Valley, Holimont, Kissing Bridge, Bristol, Greek Peak, Four Seasons, Dry Hill, Titus, Whiteface, Gore, Catamount, Hunter, Windham, Oak, Thunder Ridge, Tuxedo Ridge, Woods Valley and Belleayre, West Mountain, Hickory Hill, Mt. Peter and Swain with more expected to join in as the promotion draws nearer.
And since January 10th is on a Thursday, it’s a wonderful excuse to turn your trip upstate into a long weekend. See you on the slopes!
Try before you buy is the idea of the FREE ski and snowboard demo days at Hunter Mountain this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9. Representatives from major ski, snowboard and boot manufacturers will be on hand with all the latest gear for skiers and riders. A credit card swipe is required to guarantee that you’ll return the new boards after a run or two. Some of the ski brands available to test drive include Atomic, K2, Salomon, Rossignol, Burton and Never Summer. If you like something enough to buy it on the spot, you’ll get a $50 credit for purchase at Hunter’s gear shop. Event website.
You are asked to take no more than two runs on each demo. My advice for demos — take a few runs on your own gear before you demo, so you can compare, and always demo the same runs so you can compare. And take notes so you remember, because after the third or fourth pair of skis, boots or snowboards, you won’t remember.
There’s also a demo day at Okemo on Saturday, December 8. Read the full NYCOTC posting here.