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The Rockies – The Snow Junkies http://www.thesnowjunkies.com Lodging, Gear, and Lift Ticket Deals for Skiers and Snowboarders Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:32:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 Forget the Super Bowl…I’m Going Skiing http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2013/01/29/forget-the-super-bowl-im-going-skiing/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2013/01/29/forget-the-super-bowl-im-going-skiing/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:39:44 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=6199  

 

Listen, the Super Bowl (February 3, 2013) doesn’t even start until the evening which leaves plenty of time to gorge on chicken wings, vomit them back up, and then eat some more. It’s the 49ers against the Ravens, a game so boring that I almost fell asleep writing it, which is why I’ll be shredding that day.

And check this out, Liftopia is taking advantage of the empty slopes to offer a grip of discounted tickets. Listen to some of these samples:

Loveland, Colorado @ $29.99
Bolton Valley, VT @ $9.99

Platekill, NY @ $16.99
Shanty Creek, MI @ $28.00
Arizona Snowbowl, AZ @ $25.99

And that’s just to start. Click on over to Liftopia to check out dozens of Super Bowl steals on lift tickets.

 

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Ski Free Lift Tickets is Back for 2013! http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/12/12/ski-free-lift-tickets-is-back-for-2013/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/12/12/ski-free-lift-tickets-is-back-for-2013/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:53:25 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=6141

One of best deals of the season. Buy gas at select Shell stations, get twofer vouchers to a ton of ski areas. We lived off this during 100 Days of Winter (the vouchers also come in super handy for trades). See more info including gas stations at the official site. First off, the rules:

  1. Purchase 10 gallons or more of Shell fuel.
  2. Read and accept SKI FREE® voucher terms and conditions by printing and signing your name.
  3. Shell station attendant will stamp voucher AND your gas receipt.
  4. Take stamped voucher AND stamped gas receipt to ski resort lift ticket window.
  5. Purchase one full-price adult lift ticket and receive a second for FREE.
  6. FREE lift ticket and purchased adult lift ticket must be used same day.
  7. Both guests must be present at ski resort lift ticket window at time of redemption.

Now onto the resorts:

Oregon

ANTHONY LAKES
Fridays

HOODOO SKI AREA
Thursdays, 9am-4pm
Friday – Saturday, 4pm-9pm

MT. ASHLAND
Jan 10 – Mar 15:
Thursday – Friday, 3pm-9pm

MT. HOOD MEADOWS
Jan 2 – Mar 7:
Wednesday – Thursday, 3pm-9pm

MT. HOOD SKI BOWL
Wednesdays, 9pm-10pm
Fridays, 9am-4pm

TIMBERLINE LODGE
Jan 2 – Apr 19:
Tuesdays, All Day
Jan 2 – End of Night Season:
Friday – Saturday, 4pm-10pm
Blackouts: 3/19, 3/26

California

ALPINE MEADOWS®
Jan 2 – Apr 6: Tuesday – Thursday
Apr 7 – Closing: Sunday – Friday
Blackouts: 1/19-21, 2/16-23

CHINA PEAK
Sunday – Friday
Blackouts: 1/20-21, 2/17-18

HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT
Sunday – Friday
Blackouts: 1/19-21, 2/16-18

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE®
Jan 7 – Mar 9: Monday – Friday
Mar 10 – Apr 19: Sunday – Friday
Blackouts: 1/2-6, 1/19-21, 2/16-22

SQUAW VALLEY™
Jan 2 – Apr 6: Tuesday – Thursday
Apr 7 – Closing: Sunday – Friday
Blackouts: 1/19-21, 2/16-23

MT. SHASTA SKI PARK
Tuesdays: 9am – 4pm
Thursdays: 3pm – 9pm

Colorado

COPPER MOUNTAIN
Valid 7 Days a Week
Blackouts: 3/9-16

CRESTED BUTTE
Valid 7 Days a Week
Blackouts: 2/16-17, 3/10-13

LOVELAND SKI AREA
Valid Sunday – Thursday
Blackouts: 1/19-21, 2/16-18, 3/24-28

MONARCH MOUNTAIN
Valid 7 Days a Week
Blackouts: 1/19-20, 2/16-17, 3/9-23

POWDERHORN
Valid Tuesday – Thursday

WINTER PARK
Valid Monday – Friday
Blackouts: 1/2-4, 1/21, 2/18, 3/11-15, 3/25-29

MICHIGAN

Mt. Brighton Ski Area
Monday & Tuesday / All Day
Wednesday thru Friday / Day Only
Sat. after 6pm & Sun. after 5pm

Swiss Valley Ski Area
Jan & Feb: Sunday thru Friday
March: 7 Days a Week

Timber Ridge
Sunday thru Friday
Saturday after 4pm

Apple Mountain
7 Days a Week

Cannonsburg Ski Area
Monday thru Friday

Snow Snake Mountain
Mondays

Big Powderhorn Mountain
7 Days a Week
Blackout: 1/19-21, 2/16-18

Blackjack Ski Resort
Sunday thru Friday
Blackout: 1/20,2/20

Marquette Mountain Ski Area
Sunday thru Friday
Valid after 9:30 am
Blackout: 1/19-21, 2/16-18

Mt. Zion Ski Hill
7 Days a Week

Pine Mountain Resort
Monday thru Friday
Blackout: 1/21, 2/18

Mont Ripley
7 Days a Week
Blackout: 1/19, 2/16

Boyne Highlands
Sunday thru Friday
Blackout: 1/19-21, 2/16-18

Boyne Mountain
Sunday thru Friday
Blackout: 1/19-21,, 2/16-18

Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort
Jan & Feb: Sunday thru Friday
Saturday after 5pm
March: 7 Days a Week
Blackout: 2/17

Cross Country Ski Headquarters
7 Days a Week

Crystal Mountain
Jan & Feb: Monday thru Thursday
March: 7 Day a Week
Blackout: 1/21, 2/18

Hanson Hills
Saturday and Sunday

The Homestead
Friday thru Sunday
Blackout: 1/19-21, 2/16-18

Mt. Holiday Ski Area
Sunday thru Friday
Blackout: 1/19-21, 2/16-18

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California Residents Ski/Ride for Free All Winter at Eagle Point http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/25/california-residents-skiride-for-free-all-winter-at-eagle-point/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/25/california-residents-skiride-for-free-all-winter-at-eagle-point/#respond Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:40:59 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=6075

File this under epic 2012/2013 lift ticket deals. Eagle Point Resort in Utah will offer free riding and skiing to every resident in California. No strings attached. All you need to provide is ID and an email address. The good news gets better — during every Thursday in January, anybody can ski for free at Eagle Point.

What we like about this deal (besides the freebie goodness) is that the CEO is completely up front about why they offer free skiing. They want you to come and spend money at all the other amenities of the resort. From the press release:

The resort owners cited the successful model of the Las Vegas casino resorts as an inspiration for the Free Days campaign. “By owning or controlling all of the restaurants, services and rental properties around the resort and maintaining low overhead, we have the same advantage as the Vegas resorts. We can give lift access away for free yet still achieve a sufficient yield from our guests on food & beverage sales, rentals, instruction, retail or condo stays.” said Gadbaw. “More importantly, the free admission spurs the first‐time visit. That is all we need because the vast majority of new guests fall in love with the place and go home to tell their friends and family.” Gadbaw added. “Within two years, we have transformed the resort from an abandoned ghost town into our guests’ new favorite resort in the region.” The resort hopes that the Free Days campaign will encourage first‐time guests to visit and continue building the resort’s fan base.

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Buy A Single Ticket, Stay for FREE at Sipapu http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/24/buy-a-single-ticket-stay-for-free-at-sipapu/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/24/buy-a-single-ticket-stay-for-free-at-sipapu/#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:13:00 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=6071

We don’t usually cover lodging deals, because they’re usually not deals at all — just a slight discount on if you bought the items separately. However, we still come across some outstanding steals on where to spend the night like this one at Sipapu in New Mexico. The small and family-friendly ski hill will hook you up with a bed with only the purchase of a $44 lift ticket.

From the website: 

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is again offering our most popular special: stay for FREE at our hotel with the purchase of one $44 lift ticket! Located just steps from our base lifts, the hotel units include two queen beds and a full bathroom.

To get this special, mention the FREE LODGING DEAL when you are making your reservation and picking up your lift ticket.

2012-2013 Free Lodging Days Dates
November 17-21, 2012
November 25, 2012
November 30-December 2, 2012
December 6-20, 2012
January 13-17, 2013
January 21-24, 2013
January 27-31, 2013
February 3-7, 2013
February 10-14, 2013
February 18-21, 2013
February 24-28, 2013
March 3-7, 2013
March 24-31, 2013
April 5-7, 2013
April 12-14, 2013

Terms and Restrictions
Subject to availability. The FREE room must be used the night before or the day of lift ticket purchase, and Sipapu will issue 1 (one) lift ticket per day. This deal may not be combined with other specials, including our ski school packages (and our First 3 Lessons FREE offer). For more information, call 800-587-2240. All reservation changes and/or cancellations are subject to Sipapu’s cancellation policy. For more information, please call 800-587-2240.

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2013 Toyota Ski Free Friday Dates http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/21/2013-toyota-ski-free-friday-dates/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/21/2013-toyota-ski-free-friday-dates/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:01:13 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=6043

This program has been around for a while. It’s super simple. Drive your Toyota to the ski  area on the designated day. Ski for free. Here’s the rundown:

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN – January 25
SILVER MOUNTAIN – February 1
MT. SPOKANE – February 8
LOOKOUT PASS – February 15
49 DEGREES NORTH – February 22

The DRIVER of any TOYOTA who comes to the designated Ski the NW Rockies ski area on the designated day will receive a FREE lift ticket VALID FOR THAT DAY ONLY. No vouchers or passes are required.  Just drive your Toyota to the mountain on that day.

***THE CUSTOMER MUST BE DRIVING A TOYOTA OR SCION (Toyota’s youth division) To get the free lift ticket. Showing keys, registrations, or telling us you really have a Toyota at home DOES NOT WORK.   Toyota representatives will be in the parking lot at each resort for each event under a Toyota tent.  When the customer arrives in in their Toyota they receive a free lift ticket for that day.  It’s that simple.

If multiple people show up in a Toyota and they all show proof of ownership, ONLY THE DRIVER OF THE TOYOTA THAT IS THERE WILL RECEIVE THE FREE LIFT TICKET.

 via Ski NW Rockies

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Buy a Descente Coat, Get 30+ Free Tickets http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/20/buy-a-descente-coat-get-30-free-tickets/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/20/buy-a-descente-coat-get-30-free-tickets/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:32:01 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=6033

It’s back, a deal so stellar that it usually tops our “best-of” list each season. Purchase a 2012-2013 Descente Passport Jacket and get vouchers for ski areas across North America. We’ve been using this deal the past few seasons and have yet to be disappointed — plus it gives us the excuse to grab a new coat.

The Details:
Make sure to carefully read each individual voucher. There are usually blackout dates. Techinically, you’re supposed to wear the jacket while redeeming the vouchers.

Check out the gear right here…

2012/2013 Descente Resorts

California
Alpine Meadows
Bear Mountain
Snow Summit
Homewood Resort

Idaho
Brundage Ski Resort

Maine
Shawnee Peak

Massachusetts
Nashoba Valley Ski Resort
Wachusett Mountain

Michigan
Boyne Highlands
Boyne Mountain
Indianhead Mountain Resort
Shanty Creek

Montana
Whitefish Mountain Resort

New Hampshire
Bretton Wood

New Mexico
Angel Fire Resort

New York
Hunter Mountain
Gore Mountain
Whiteface Lake Placid

North Carolina
Appalachian Ski Mountain

Pennsylvania
Hidden Valley Resort

Utah
Alta Ski Area
Canyons
Solitude
Sundance Ski Resort

Vermont
Jay Peak

Washington
Mission Ridge

Wisconsin
Mt. La Crosse
Trollhaugen Ski Resort

Alberta
Banff Mount Norquay
Canadian Olympic Park

British Columbia
Big White
Panorama Mountain Village
Silver Star
Sun Peaks Resort

Ontario
Hockley Valley Resort

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The Mountain Collective Wants to Save You Money http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/08/14/the-mountain-collective-wants-to-save-you-money/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/08/14/the-mountain-collective-wants-to-save-you-money/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2012 02:02:36 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5945

A loose coalition of independent major ski mountains in the West have formed “The Mountain Collective” and are offering a big deal this winter. Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows are offering a $349 season pass for the 2012-2013 season. But before you snow junkies crack open your wallets, let’s take a closer look at what three and half bills gets you.

Firstly, this isn’t the Epic Pass from Vail. There’s no unlimited riding/skiing so this pass isn’t meant for locals. The Collective Pass gets you two free days at each of the above named ski hills. After that you’re looking at unlimited 50% discount on lift tickets and some discounts (up to 25%) on lodging.

Pricing: The Mountain Collective Pass is $349 for adults and $229 for children before November 19, 2012.

Our Verdict: It’s not entirely clear if The Collective counts Aspen/Snowmass and Squaw/Alpine Meadows as single destinations. That could put a serious dent into the free tickets. However, with the exception of Alpine Meadows, the above resorts offer ticket deals just about…never, so if you’re planning a trip, it’s worth looking into this if only for the 50% off tickets.

via The Mountain Collective

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How To Score on Valentine’s Day http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/09/how-to-score-on-valentines-day/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/09/how-to-score-on-valentines-day/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2012 06:11:22 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5863

Romance is in the air at ski areas this Valentine's Day.

Valentine’s Day is a big deal here in the mountains. It reminds us of our loved ones and…and…who am I kidding? It takes place on a random Tuesday, which is essentially a Saturday for ski bums. Not to mention, there’s like one girl for every eight guys so most of the time you can just ignore it.

That still doesn’t mean that ski areas are going to forget about it. We’ve rustled up a few deals for this year’s Cupid bacchanalia and we’ve broken it down for all stages of a relationship.

For Those Of You In The Hunt
Bear Creek Mountain, PA 

There’s no better place in the world to throw game at a girl than on a chairlift. She literally can’t escape unless a sixty foot free fall was her Valentine’s Day wish. Here’s hoping that Bear Mountain’s Ski Lift of Love comes out injury free. It takes place on Valentine’s Day from 6 to 10pm and features two “singles” lines — one for men and one for women. You still have to pay for a lift ticket, but isn’t that a small price to meet the love of your life?

For Those of You Dating
Mad River Glen, VT

Let your inner exhibitionist out at Mad River Glen. When your and your someone special kiss in front of the counter guy, lift tickets are only $14. You only have to kiss. Don’t let them talk into anything else freaky.

For Those Of You Ready to Take the Plunge
Loveland, CO

On the opposite end of the spectrum from singledom is Loveland’s 21st Annual Mountaintop Matrimony in which couples get married in a mass wedding on the slopes. Is it worth it for the 2 for 1 lift ticket that couples receive? I’ll leave it up to you.

For Those of You That Are Hopeless
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, CA

If you don’t have a honey to smooch, there’s still a chance of scoring a sweet $14 ticket through LiftTickets.com. Act fast though because when this deal is done, you’ll have no cheap tickets and no girlfriend. Bummer, dude.


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Ski for Free at 45 Ski Areas With Shell http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/02/ski-for-free-at-45-ski-areas-with-shell/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/02/ski-for-free-at-45-ski-areas-with-shell/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2012 03:13:06 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5842
The Deal: Pick up 10 gallons of fuel at participating Shell stations. Get a stamped voucher along with your receipt which is good for a 2 for 1 (or twofer) at forty plus ski areas.

The Mountains: Colorado, California, Michigan, and Oregon. Click here to see the full list.

The Dates: January 2 – April 16, 2012

The Fine Print: Restrictions vary by resort. Some are certain days of the week while others are more liberal. Pay attention to the blackout dates.

More Info: Ski Free Official Site

Our Take: As we’ve been saying for years, this is one of the best deals of the seasons and one of the most reliable. Michigan is the big winner in 2012 with a majority of the ski areas. We were definitely disappointed to not see anymore Idaho or Washington ski areas. Guess we need to head down to Colorado.

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Ski FREE on Fridays With Toyota! 2012 Dates and Mountains! http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/12/03/ski-free-on-fridays-with-toyota-2012-dates-and-mountains/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/12/03/ski-free-on-fridays-with-toyota-2012-dates-and-mountains/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2011 23:01:56 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5383

This is one of our favorite promotions. Show up at the following resorts on the following dates with a Toyota or Scion and get a free ticket. Dates and fine print are below.

SCHWEITZER- January 27, 2012

SILVER MOUNTAIN – February 3, 2012

MT. SPOKANE – February 10, 2012

LOOKOUT PASS – February 17, 2102

49 DEGREES NORTH – February 24, 2012

The DRIVER of any TOYOTA who comes to the designated Ski the NW Rockies ski area on the designated day will receive a FREE lift ticket VALID FOR THAT DAY ONLY . No vouchers or passes are required.  Just drive your Toyota to the mountain on that day.

THE CUSTOMER MUST BE DRIVING A TOYOTA OR SCION (Toyota’s youth division) To get the free lift ticket. Showing keys, registrations, or telling us you really have a Toyota at home DOES NOT WORK.   Toyota representatives will be in the parking lot at each resort for each event under a Toyota tent.  When the customer arrives in in their Toyota they receive a free lift ticket for that day.  It’s that simple.

If multiple people show up in a Toyota and they all show proof of ownership, ONLY THE DRIVER OF THE TOYOTA THAT IS THERE WILL RECEIVE THE FREE LIFT TICKET.

via Ski Northwest Rockies

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