2018-19 Season: the gift that keeps on giving to Vermont's skiers and riders
As we head into the New Year, Ski Vermont asked some of its friends from around the state what made the beginning of the 2018-19 season so special and how they would be preparing for the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday. Here are a few joyful recaps and holiday deals and events from our member ski areas.
Jay Peak Resort
“No one up here can remember ever opening the tram in November,” said JJ Toland, Jay Peak Resort’s Director of Communications. Toland was referring to the fact that because of the four feet of snow the resort received at the end of November, it was able to open its aerial tram, and 100 percent of its terrain, the earliest it ever has.
Jay Peak will be having its annual New Year’s celebration with live music in the Foeger Ballroom following an on-mountain fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Visit Jay Peak's events page for more details.
Mad River Glen
Mother Nature delivered more than five feet of snow in November enabling the mountain to open for Thanksgiving weekend with 100 percent of its terrain in play. This was just the second time in the past 25 years that the skier-owned mountain has been able to open this early. Mad River Glen is limited in its snowmaking ability and is heavily reliant upon natural snow, making this year's early season weather an early holiday gift for Mad River Glen.
Magic Mountain’s Nov. 23 opening was the earliest since the 1970s and the first time Magic has ever had 100 percent of its trails and glades open in late November into early December.
In the spirit of the holidays, Magic's White Out Pass is just $279 for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday week plus MLK Weekend and Presidents Week. Visit Magicmtn.com/tickets-passes to pick up yours.
On New Year’s Eve, Magic will hold its second annual TUCK IT! Dash-for-Cash, radar-gunned speed competition to find the fastest skier and rider in the East. Sign up at magicmtn.com/events. After the TUCK IT! Competition, Magic’s New Year's Party includes après ski music, buffet dinner, DJ dance party and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year.
Tickets are still available for the Deadgrass Concert at the Black Line Tavern on Dec. 28. Doors open at 8 p.m. with tickets available at magicmtn.com/events.
Burke had one of its earliest seasons in 22 years, with records showing the most recent early open date being Nov. 23, 1996. It has been an epic start to the season with Burke’s open trail rate never dipping below 50 percent since opening day.
There is fun for the whole family at Burke Mountain this Christmas as Santa Claus makes a quick stop on Sunday, Dec. 23, during the annual Christmas Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Burkie the Bear. From live music to sledding, family movie nights and a New Year’s Eve celebration complete with fireworks, there is plenty to do both on and off the slopes.
Save up to 20 percent on your ski-and-stay vacation when you book from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5. For complete details on holiday lodging and lift tickets visit Skiburke.com
Bromley Mountain had an amazing start to the season with a total of 53 inches of snow for the month of November, allowing 93 percent of its terrain to be open. For all the powder lovers it was like skiing or riding on a cloud, and for all the fresh corduroy lovers, Bromley’s grooming team laid down lines for some unbeatable carving.
Bromley will be celebrating the holiday week with live music, craft beer and a magic show. With so many nights of live music, you’ll just have to check out Bromley’s events page for the full lineup.
Killington Resort has yet again achieved the earliest opening day in Vermont. The Beast began spinning lifts on Friday, Oct. 19 with blue skies and moderate temperatures. Snowvember delivered a hefty serving of powder to the Vermont resort which helped Killington prepare for the Audi FIS Women's World Cup on Nov. 23 and 24. December's cold temperatures have kept the snow and allowed more snowmaking to occur. To date, Killington has recieved 70 inches of natural snow and has a base-depth of 24 inches.
Killington is offering a Winter Solstice Package to save 35 percent on lodging rates for Killington managed condominium properties and an additional 15 percent off already discounted lift tickets - up to 45 percent off window ticket rates for stays from Dec. 16-25. Book your stay at Killington.com.
Treat yourself this holiday season to Killington's Grand Spa Package. The Killington Grand Spa offers the finest in luxury spa treatments. This package requires a minimum of 2 nights lodging and one spa treatment. Choose from a large selection of services including massages, manicures, body wraps, facials etc. Lift tickets, lessons, and rentals can be added at package savings as well. Book your spa package at Killington.com/Grand-Spa-Package