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New building at Sommet Saint-Sauveur


We will begin in the next few weeks the construction of a new building for the members' lockers, the repair shop as well as the demo center of the Sommet Saint-Sauveur's Boutique. Demolition work on the existing building, which is located next to the Sommet Express lift, will begin on April 12, 2021. The new building will replace the old Customer Service building, where it is now located the 'Repair workshop. The new building will house the following services: Member's lockersRepair workshopDemo center Regarding the new members' lockers, these will be on sale from September 2021 only and for the next season. To reassure our customers, all locker holders for the 2019-20 season will have priority reservations. Please do not contact us about this matter before September 2021. No name or waiting list will be taken. We are therefore happy to offer our staff and clients a forward-looking environment by promoting innovation and attractiveness. We are proud to embark on this final phase, which...

Holiday Valley to Build Yodeler High Speed Quad in 2021


Holiday Valley Resort announced last November plans to construct a new chairlift in 2021. The new lift is a state of the art high speed detachable quad chairlift that will replace the fixed grip Yodeler Quad that was built in 2001. The new lift has been purchased from Doppelmayr USA, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Including installation, the cost of the new Yodeler High Speed Quad is $4 million. Many beginner skiers and snowboarders ride the Yodeler lift to return to the base area from the beginner slopes at Tannenbaum and Spruce. The chairs of the new lift will travel uphill at a much faster rate, but they detach from the cable and go slower for loading and unloading, making it much easier for skiers to get on and off the lift. Holiday Valley currently has 3 other detachable chairlifts; Mardi Gras, Tannenbaum and Morning Star. The existing lift will be in service for the rest of the 2020-2021 winter season, but preliminary site work has already begun. The Holiday Valley Mountain Crew ...

Whistler Blackcomb announces closure of the 2020/21 winter season


After careful consideration of the new Provincial Health Order by the government of British Columbia, Blackcomb Mountain will not reopen winter operations when the order is scheduled to lift on April 19th. Whistler Mountain was already scheduled to close on April 19th. "While the Provincial Health Order caught us all by surprise, we fully support the government's direction and we're doing our part to comply. At this time, we believe the best thing we can do to support the order is to begin winding down winter operations," said Geoff Buchheister, VP and Chief Operating Officer of Whistler Blackcomb. "We did not make this decision lightly as we know our employees and our community put so much effort into following our COVID operating guidelines so we could safely operate this season. Our full attention will now turn to getting our resort ready to safely open for summer." All lift reservations, ski school and dining bookings made during this period will be cancelled and the resort will be...

In Historic Move, Vail Resorts Reduces All Pass Prices By 20 Percent Toward Goal of ‘Epic for Everyone’


Vail Resorts, the world's leading ski resort company, today announced a bold price reset of its Epic Pass products to continue to deliver on its commitment of Epic for Everyone and to honor the loyalty of its pass holders. Already regarded as the best value in skiing and riding, the Company's pass prices have been reduced by 20 percent across the board – making it easier for everyone to purchase a pass and, once again, changing everything about how guests access skiing and riding. The price reduction applies to the entire portfolio of the Company's North American pass lineup, including Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Day Pass; Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited, Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass and EDGE Cards; Summit Value Pass, Tahoe Local and Value Pass, and Northeast Value and Midweek Pass; Military Epic Pass and Adaptive Pass; and many more. Epic Pass products are now available to purchase at EpicPass.com for the 2021/22 winter season. "The ski industry, our Company and skiers and riders ...

A new phase of investments at Mont SUTTON


Mont SUTTON announces a second important phase of investments in order to diversify and develop a four season offer while consolidating and improving the skiing product as well. By the end of this phase, more than $10M will have been invested in improvement and development efforts at the mountain, an undertaking by the new ownership since the purchase of Mont SUTTON in 2016. The launch of these new investments has been accelerated thanks to the allocation of nearly $1.8M in financial assistance by the Gouvernement du Québec. This assistance will enable new investments of $5M by 2023 in line with the strategic development plan, in addition to the $5M already invested. All these projects will allow Mont SUTTON to enrich and increase its offer of new distinctive outdoor activities as well as to develop, improve and upgrade some outdoor infrastructures and existing equipment. Increase the tourism offer and stimulate the economy The announcement of the governmental assistance was made today...

Loon Mountain Resort to Install First Eight-Place Chairlift in East

Loon Mountain Resort today announced the installation of an eight-place, high-speed bubble chairlift-the first anywhere in the eastern United States and only the second in North America, for the 2020/21 ski season. The Doppelmayr lift will showcase the manufacturer's new D-Line technology, making it the most technologically advanced lift ever installed in the East and one that will provide unrivaled speed and comfort for skiers. "The Kancamagus 8 chairlift will be a leap into the future of skiing for our guests," said Jay Scambio, president and general manager of Loon Mountain Resort. "We are committed to bringing the latest advancements to our guests-this lift is the next example of that, following our first-in-the-world dual-frequency RFID installation." The chairlift project was unveiled to local and regional stakeholders and members of the media as part of the resort's 10-year plan, presented by Scambio earlier today at a community meeting. The state-of-the-art, eight-place chairli...

2020-2021 Season - Quebec ski resorts get the green light with health measures


The Quebec Ski Areas Association (ASSQ) and its 75 resorts have been given the green light to complete their preparations for the 2020-2021 ski season. Quebec ski areas will have to comply in full with the province's Public Health recommendations, according to the colour of the alert level of their region in order to ensure the safety of winter sports enthusiasts and ski area personnel. The health measures that will apply to ski resorts this winter have been finalized over the last few hours with the Public Health Department in collaboration with government authorities. "The authorities have carefully examined the specifics of our industry and the operational realities of ski resorts. The analytical work has been exceptional. The success of our season now depends on adherence to these measures by the resorts, of course, but also by all of our future visitors. The combined efforts of all stakeholders will allow us to have a great season despite the pandemic," insists Yves Juneau, Presid...

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 managemen...

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 ...

Update on Vail Resorts Operations from CEO Rob Katz


​RESORTS WILL NOT OPERATE SUNDAY, MARCH 15 THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 22, WITH FURTHER GUIDANCE TO FOLLOW   This has no doubt been an incredibly challenging time. With 37 resorts spread across 15 states and three countries, we – like the rest of the world – have been closely tracking every new development related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and have been in constant contact with local health officials for guidance. Without question, our top priority has been the health and wellbeing of our guests and employees – and to no lesser extent the health and wellbeing of the communities where we operate. We know each decision we make has a broad impact far beyond our operations.   With each of those stakeholders in mind and with the most updated information from local health officials, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the operations of all our North American mountain resorts and retail stores beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020 through Sunday, March 22, 2020 and will us...

Alterra Mountain Company Closure Announcement


After careful thought and deliberation of our duty in the face of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and in what I believe is in the best interest of our guests, employees and local communities, Alterra Mountain Company will suspend operations at our 15 North American ski resorts, starting the morning of Sunday, March 15, until further notice. All lift operations, food and beverage, retail and rental services will be closed until further notice. Alterra Mountain Company destinations are Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. (CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures will continue to operate through Tuesday, March 17....

Alterra Mountain Company Announces $223 Million In Capital Improvements For The 2020/2021 Winter Season


Alterra Mountain Company announces its plans to invest $223 million in capital improvements across its 15 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year, continuing the company's commitment to enhancing the guest experience. This year's $223 million plan includes $50 million for base area facility development, $48 million towards new lifts and upgrades, expanded terrain, and state-of-the-art snowmaking, $30 million in technology including Ikon Pass and destination app development and data utilization, $27 million toward enhancing base area and on-mountain dining experiences, and $7 million towards various summer and winter activity investments. "Three years ago, when we formed Alterra Mountain Company, an initial priority was to commit to investing a half a billion dollars by 2023 across our family of North American destinations," said Rusty Gregory, CEO, Alterra Mountain Company. "To date, we have invested more than $350 million and are committed to exceeding our original ...

Vail Resorts Announces Key Capital Investments for 2020/21 North American Ski Season to Enhance the On-Mountain Guest Experience


Today, Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced a series of major capital improvements across its resorts that are designed to make getting on and around its mountains faster and easier through terrain expansions, new lifts and expanded restaurant experiences. The new projects are part of the company's calendar year 2020 capital plan of approximately $210 million to $215 million to enhance the guest experience and scale the company's growing business. This investment builds on the approximately $190 million to $195 million that Vail Resorts is planning to spend on capital improvement projects in calendar year 2019. "We are thrilled to welcome guests to all of our resorts as the 2019/20 North American ski season kicks off with several transformational enhancements to the guest experience – from state-of-the-art snowmaking systems which ensured terrific early season terrain at Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone, to new and improved experiences at Park City, Breckenridge, Okemo, Stevens Pass...

Mont SUTTON ready to break the record of the latest opening


The beautiful season continues at Mont SUTTON, with 6 cm of fresh snow at its bottom and 10 cm on the mountain top! The ski station could even break the record of the latest opening to this date, which was May 9. On this occasion, Mont SUTTON has a ton of activities and deals to share the great pleasures of spring skiing. Easter at the Mountain The long Easter weekend is the ideal occasion to spend great moments with your family and friends on Mont SUTTON's trails! On top of enjoying BBQ at the bottom of the hill, Bar Le Tucker's terrace, and our End of Season Sale at the ski shop… skiers and snowboarders will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, every day from April 19 to 22! Live Music Friday at Bar Le Tucker with the band The Wickerman.Easter egg hunt on the slopes Saturday, April 20 : spot the 5 decorated Easter eggs, and a draw will be made among all the participants!Après-ski, every day at Bar Le Tucker's terrace.Coloring in the main chalet Alt. 400 ...

Amazing spring skiing conditions and fun activities at Mont SUTTON


With 100% of its skiable terrain open and a ton of activities on the schedule, Mont SUTTON offers spring skiing like nowhere else! The snow cover in the mountain is making for exceptional ski conditions and the snow forecasted for Friday and Saturday will only help to make the season last even longer. And, the sun should come out soon to shine on the slopes and on the patio at Bar Le Tucker for some memorable après-skis. Spring at Mont SUTTON is synonymous with Snow on the Beach, an event that reunites good laughs, big splashes and crazy costumes! Saturday, April 6, skiers and snowboarders will be able to try their luck at crossing the lake at the bottom of the slopes, where spectators will be watching in a most festive atmosphere. On the schedule: pond skimming, guest DJ, BBQ at the bottom of the slopes, prizes to win and après-ski beach party at Bar Le Tucker. Sunday, April 7, there will be a screening of the videos that are finalists in the 2019 iF3Videoquest contest at Bar Le Tucke...

Les Sommets to open their ski trails this weekend


We've extended the season at our satellite sites! Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 have been officially added to the activity calendar. Skiers and snowboarders are invited to come and enjoy the excellent snow conditions this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The weather forecasts for these two days are expected to be outstanding. The sun will be out and temperatures may well rise above 10 °C. So don't miss this opportunity! The following satellite sites are waiting for you on April 6 and 7: Sommet OlympiaSommet Morin HeightsSommet GabrielSommet Edelweiss Imagine: all the ski trails remain accessible. That should make you want to play in the snow! For more information on promotions, hours of operation and upcoming events, please visit our website . Les Sommets: offering of the longest ski season in Quebec. Source : Les Sommets

Ski until May 20, 2019 at Sommet Saint-Sauveur


Once again, spring promises to be particularly lively at Les Sommets. A wide range of activities, with or without skis, is offered for the whole family! Spring also means that animation will be back at the bottom of the slopes: live music, BBQs, and the opening of the T‑Bar 70 terrace. Skiers and non-skiers alike will gather around the pavilion to relax and perfect their tan while having a drink with friends or a picnic with their children. There is live music on the weekends (weather permitting) to entertain customers. EventsApril 6 and 7 A number of events are still to be held at Sommet Saint-Sauveur, including the Moguls Challenge on Saturday, April 6, as well as the Ski Instructor Spring Classic and the Dufour-Lapointe Sisters Camp on Sunday, April 7. Mikaël Kingsbury, our athlete-ambassador and long-time friend, will be present at the Moguls Challenge to sign autographs for his fans. EventsApril 13 and 14 The following weekend will be held the not-to-be-missed SLUSH CUP (April 13)...

Killington Resort Announces Major Base Area Transformation with New K-1 Lodge, Improved North Ridge Access with New Quad Lift


Vermont's Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, and its parent company, POWDR, announced today it will unveil a reimagined K-1 base lodge, which will open with an expanded footprint during the 2020-21 season; a new 4-person, fixed grip chairlift that will debut during the 2019-20 season and replace the existing North Ridge Triple chairlift; and significant upgrades to Killington and sister resort Pico Mountain's snowmaking systems, which means guests will experience a better, more consistent and more reliable snow surface, all with a lower impact on the environment. All upgrades are pending permit approval. These improvements to the Killington guest experience set the stage for generations at the resort and come on the heels of the new experiences and other improvements unveiled during the 2018-19 season, including the Woodward Peace Park, the new Snowdon Six Express bubble lift, the return of South Ridge lift service, three tunnels to improv...

Replacement of the Atomic Express lift at Sommet Saint-Sauveur


Sommet Saint-Sauveur announced back in March 2018 an investment by the Quebec government of $3 million. This investment will support several projects, one of which is the arrival in 2019-2020 of a new six-pack (6 passenger) heated detachable chairlift. It will be built by Doppelmayr of St-Jerome. This new lift will replace the Atomic Express, the busiest and most popular lift at the mountain, which was built in 1985. This is great news, and something that really excites. The lift will have heated seats, allowing a warmer ride back up the mountain. It tentatively could be the first heated chairlift in Quebec if no others are installed before this one, so another first at Saint-Sauveur. ----- ATOMIC EXPRESS REPLACEMENT Details of upcoming work As announced in spring 2018, the group Sommets has planned major investments for the coming years. For Sommet Saint-Sauveur, this means, among other things, the replacement of the Atomic lift, the installation of a new snow line and the addition of...

Springtime is full of life at Mont SUTTON


While there might be less snow in the city by March, the snow cover in the mountain is often still surprisingly complete. This is the case right now at Mont SUTTON; the conditions are still very snowy and a few storms are still on the forecast! Last year, the ski season lasted until April 28. Note to all skiers and snowboarders : with the arrival of spring, Mont SUTTON has a ton of events and activities planned over the next few weeks to mark the arrival of warmer weather. A Sweet Start to the Season The start of spring also marks the start of sugaring season. At Mont SUTTON, at the bottom of chairlift II, kids and adults will be delighted by the maple taffy, cones and candy carefully made by Boivin Hastings Maple Products. And, the traditional sugar shack lunch at Chalet Alt. 680 m will be served on March 30 and 31. On the menu: pea soup, maple glazed ham, baked beans, sausage, hashbrowns, pancakes, crispy pork rinds, homemade coleslaw, marinade, bread and butter accompanied by a mini...

Happy Spring Skiing Solstice, at Tremblant : where skiing and apres skis are simply the best!


Today is the first day of spring! While skiers and riders are out enjoying Tremblant's excellent snow conditions on sun-kissed trails, others are drinking in the warm, friendly atmosphere in its pedestrian village. Sunny patios, sizzling barbecues and lively beats lend a feeling of happy excitement to Tremblant's spring ski experience, along with a festive entertainment and event calendar from now until April 21. Spring Musical Performances – March 23 to April 20 (Saturdays & Sundays) What could be nicer than soaking up apres ski fun and sun, in Place Saint-Bernard's friendly atmosphere? Add some deck chairs, firepits, a photo booth and voilà: Saturdays and Sundays, also take in the magic of music by DJs MATB (multi-genre) and Selecta Luna (reggae). Jamigos Weekend – March 30-31 A section of the Adrénaline snowpark is reworked especially for freestylers attending the Jamigos Weekend. Shredders can expect two days of fun with a DJ, friendly competition, prizes, entertainment and lun...

Stratton Mountain Announces $6.5 Million in Capital Improvements


As a member of the Alterra Mountain Company family, Stratton Mountain Resort is proud to announce more than $6 million in capital spending for the 2019- 20 season. With this investment, guests will see further refinement to the Stratton experience from mountain biking and terrain based learning, to paving and lift operations.Continuing from last year's investment, Stratton's new lift serviced mountain biking is slated to open to the public in early August, pending permit approvals. Serviced by the American Express six-passenger lift to mid-mountain, the terrain will be family-friendly, offering 4.6 miles of beginner, intermediate and progression trails. Vermont based Sinuosity has designed the layout with a focus on hand building trails, a technique used by the company to minimize the environmental impact as much as possible. Phase one of the project will have eight open trails that will be lower mountain only.Beginning this summer, Stratton will take the first steps in revamping the b...

During Maine’s Snowiest Month, Sunday River Prepares for Spring with New Events


Though March is historically the snowiest month in Maine, Sunday River is getting ready for spring with a full calendar of events. Enjoy warmer days, sunny skies, and spring conditions before heading to brand new events like the Après Relay and the World Snowshoe Wife Carrying Championship, and tried-and-true favorites like the Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff, Spring Fest, and Pond-a-Palooza. The schedule is as follows: March 23: Après Relay During this brand new event presented by Elite Airways, participants can enjoy après-ski under the sun from 4:00-6:30 PM slopeside at White Cap Lodge. Team members will compete in the free relay with a wide range of activities, including fat biking, snowshoeing, inflatable kayaking, and cornhole. March 25-29: Kids Ski Free Week Pull the kids out of school and enjoy an entire week of free skiing for kids ages 4-12. To qualify for the free kids' benefits, book a ski and stay package with at least one adult staying three nights or longer in the Grand Summi...

Windham Mountain Resort Announces 19/20 Season Passes & Improvements


As one successful winter season full of upgrades begins to wind down, plans for the next are already in the works at Windham Mountain Resort. 2019/2020 Season Pass rates were announced today and pass sales will kick off with 24 hours of special pricing on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Highlights of capital improvements planned for the 2019/2020 winter season include the relocation of a high speed four person chairlift, snowmaking improvements, the widening of a trail, and the addition of a new groomer. A range of season pass products being offered for 2019/2020 are accompanied by a long list of Passholder benefits, including discounts at Windham Mountain Resort restaurant and retail locations, the Alpine Spa, Windham Country Club, and Windham Mountain Bike Park. A great new product is the new Sunday through Friday Season Pass, which has very limited blackout dates and is priced at just $369 during the March 16th one day sale. Lift capacity out of the base area continues to increase at Wind...

Pico Mountain Announces Major Snowmaking Upgrades to Double Capacity for 2019-20 Season; My Pico Passes On Sale Now


Vermont's Pico Mountain, part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, announced today it will make major upgrades to its snowmaking system, which means starting in the 2019-20 season guests will experience a better, more consistent and more reliable snow surface. Pending permit approval, the $2.1 million investment will be the largest since Killington took ownership of Pico more than 20 years ago. Pico will increase the frequency at which it is able to make snow by tapping a new source of water. "Rather than relying on the streams as we do now, we will build a 16,850 foot pipeline to source water from Killington," says Jeff Temple, director of mountain operations. "This gives Pico the ability to make more snow, for longer periods of time and deliver a better guest experience." Additional improvements to Pico's snowmaking include the installation of more than 4,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe, the replacement of 5,418 existing feet of snowmaking pipe, and the new additional pump in Pi...