by Jill Adler
Summer’s almost here
…we can now see the deer
moving around in our back yard.
Yep, won’t be long.
The sentiment couldn’t be more appropriate this year with the snowfall crushing our average annual amount. We hit that 500″ mark a week ago. And lest we forget- it snowed more than 200 inches between April and May of 2010.
Hardcore skiers are rejoicing. Winter’s not over yet and the resorts are offering all sorts of events and deals to celebrate that fact.
Said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “Considering last year we received 12 feet of snow in April alone, it’s safe to say we have a lot of great spring skiing to look forward to at Snowbird.” Snowbird estimated they’ll close Memorial Day, but it’s not beyond hope that stay open on weekends through July 4. Last year’s closing date was June 22.
The Spring Pass price drops to $299, April 1 and The Bird is offering a Stay and Ski Package from $99/person, double occupancy, that includes a Tram and Chair ticket for each paying adult. If you book at Snowbird April 4-24, they’re upgrading your lift ticket to an AltaBird pass.
There will be free live music on the Plaza Deck Saturday and Sunday afternoons through the end of April (weather permitting) along with daily food and drink specials.
On April 8-10, check out the future stars of big mountain skiing in the Junior Freeskiing Nationals.
While some resorts will close before Easter, Snowbird will host the annual Easter Sunrise Service on 11,000-foot Hidden Peak, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt on Chickadee and a special brunch at the Aerie Restaurant on April 24.
Alta will be open daily through April 24 and will re-open April 29 – May 1.
Their Spring Season Pass ($199, unlimited, Utah residents only, proof of residency required) goes on sale April 4! But the specials don’t end there:
Monday – Thursday, April 4 – April 21:
Alta Season Pass Holders “Bring A Friend” to ski $32/day*
Alta Gold Card Holders “Friend pays what you pay!” $40/day*
Alta Silver Card Holders “Friend pays what you pay!” $45/day*
Powder Card Holders “Friend pays what you pay!” $52/day*
Season Pass Holders from Other Ski Areas $52/day
For Alta’s final weekend of the season, April 29, 30 & May 1, lift tickets will be $52/day
Salomon’s BBR Tour is April 2 and the Demo Day is the following Saturday- April 9.
Your little groms will love hunting for eggs at Albion Base April 24. The 11 am event is for kids under the age of 12 near the Alta Java area of the Albion Grill. Bring your basket, wear your pastels and join the Alta bunny. Eggs go quick so get there on time.
Three age categories:
Ages 4 & Under
Ages 5-8 Years
Ages 9-12 Years
Click here for more information on Alta spring deals and events.
Park City Mountain Resort just announced their new closing date of April 17, 2011. Take that weekend winter escape you couldn’t afford in the winter. The Spring Powder package gets you a room and two-lift tickets for $85/pp/per night. The resort also just announced that 5 and 6 year olds can learn to snowboard this spring. The program includes two on-snow sessions, equipment, lunch and lift access for $200. Limited availability so make reservations.
PCMR’s Easter comes early this year. This Sunday, April 3, whisk the little kids to the Kid’s Korral and bigger kids to First Time Face at 9 a.m. The event at the Kid’s Korral includes a visit from the Easter Bunny for children ages six and under. Pastries, hot chocolate and coffee will be served but don’t come hungry the line is usually huge. Older children and adults are invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt on the First Time face. The Annual “Hunt for the Golden Egg” will take place all over the mountain with two golden eggs containing 2011-12 season passes. Non-golden eggs containing prizes including 2011 Summer Activities, 2011-2012 lift tickets and more will also be hidden on the mountain. The event is free, although a valid lift ticket or season pass is required for mountain access. Make sure you’re in line before the lifts open. Those eggs go fast. I have yet to EVER find one on the mountain.
Did you know that you can learn to ski at Gorgoza Park. The gentle slopes are perfect for never-evers and the price is right. Why spend all of the bucks for lifts you won’t be able to ride yet? For $5 and a 2-hr tubing pass, kids under 8 can rent skis, snowboards, ski boots and snowboard boots. When you’re done, go tubing, mini-snowmobiling or play in Fort Frosty. Gorgoza is open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday – Friday, and noon-8 p.m. on weekends. Gorgoza Park is located off I-80, exit 142 in Jeremy Ranch. Take the Jeremy Ranch exit (#142) off I-80 and proceed to 3863 West Kilby Road (frontage road on south side of the freeway).
Since Deer Valley is closing before Easter, there’s no Easter Bunny this year. But they’ll still offer some hopping spring packages.
With the Exceptional Family Package at The Lodges, kids under 12 ski free and save 25 percent on ski rentals. Minimum three nights lodging is required. TheMaximum Value Package gives you one night free along with one free day of skiing. To qualify, purchase a three-night lodging/three-day lift pass package and you’ll get one night’s lodging and ski for a fourth day absolutely free. Offer valid through April 10, 2011.
The closing date is set for Canyons Resort. April 17 like at PCMR. Either grab some discount passes at Costco or stop by Wasatch Bagels & Grill 1300 Snow Creek Drive (435.645.7778) to purchase your $65 lift voucher. CLICK HERE to purchase the voucher and the resort will mail it out – good for a full-day pass with no black-out dates. If you still have your Warren Miller vouchers, use them now or lose them.
Red Bull Schlittentag slips and slides into Canyons Resort this Saturday, April 2. Three-person teams will stretch their imagination to build the wildest, fastest sled possible. Watch (or participate in) the action as one member will act as driver as the other two will give their sled the push it needs to win the race and the fame and fortune that follows. Crafts are judged on artistic merit, innovation, team spirit and race results. All you need is a little imagination, courage, a couple of friends and off you go. On-site sled inspection starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Karli Hanks (801) 712-7739 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Casey Thompson at (214) 674-9127 or email@example.com.
Then Sunday, April 3, the final day of Spring Grüv, Grete Eliassen will screen her new film. “Say My Name” will be shown for free at 6 p.m. in the Grand Summit Hotel. The ski movie was a two-year venture with longtime ski/snowboard photographer Stan Evans and is highlighted by her record-breaking 2010 hip jump at Canyons Resort.
April is kids’ time at Brighton. The longer days make night-skiing prime for those $20 Saturday Nights. No coupons needed just show for the deal and have fun. April 9 is the last Saturday.
With the warmer temperatures and sunny days, spring is a great time to get the kids out on the mountain. In these 3-day ski and snowboard camps, kids will have the same instructor and be with the same students the whole time. This camp takes place on the first three Saturdays in April (2, 9 & 16). Class times for kids ages 4-7 are 9:30 to 12:30 (includes lift ticket) and costs $180. Class times for kids ages 8-15 are 9:30-3:30 (includes lunch and lift ticket) and costs $225.
If you’ve been considering a helmet let Brighton push you over the edge with their free helmet offer. Adults who enroll in their learn to ski or snowboard package will get a lesson, beginner lift pass (add $20 for an all-area pass) and a helmet all for $79. The package is open to anyone over 13. Ski rentals are available for an additional $15. FYI- Package must be purchased on Brighton’s website. Click hereto purchase.
UP COMING EVENTS:
APRIL 2: RED BULL” Minors Cup”
APRIL 2: Last Day For UTA Bus services
APRIL 9: SNOWBOARDER MAGAZINE
APRIL 24: Last Day of the season
Sundance Resort closes this weekend but Utah residents and Utah college students can get an unlimited season pass, good for the remainder of the ski season plus the entire summer season (valid thru 10/16/2011) for $150 for Adults (13 and up) and $99 for Juniors (ages 6-12). That means access to some killer mountain biking all summer.
Jill Adler is an award-winning outdoors writer and broadcaster based in Park City, Utah. As a professional skier, rock climber, kayaker, hiker and mom, she goes out of her way to play hard and tell about it. To find out more or to send her a note, follow her on Twitter @pcskigal.