SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 12, 2006–This year ski
mountains are encouraging travelers to try new tricks on improved
lifts and increased terrain. For those snow bunnies more interested in
what’s hot off the hill, there are numerous unique off-mountain
amenities as well.
“The key to the slopes this season is navigating all the exciting
new offerings at top ski destinations across North America while
simultaneously figuring out how to save,” said Natasha Carvell, a
Travelocity editor. “Multi-mountain passes are the perfect way to see
more, do more and save more.” Why? Because ski resorts have revamped
and revitalized everything from dining options to terrain, making 2006
a year for innovation and increased adventure.
In addition to revealing some of the season’s hottest ski trends
on and off the slopes, Travelocity has taken a closer look at its own
booking data to find out which U.S. destinations are on the rise.
Travelocity’s Favorite Multi-Pass Options
While some have heard of island hopping, few may be familiar with
mountain hopping. It’s easy because multi-passes, which allow skiers
and riders to visit more than one mountain on the same interchangeable
lift ticket, are now widely available. Not only will consumers save
money, but a multi-pass will help everyone find terrain that suits
-- SKI SALT LAKE SUPERPASS: Purchase a Superpass and ski at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, or Solitude. Only one resort can be skied per day. Transportation from Downtown or South Valley also is included in the cost. -- VAIL RESORTS "PERFECT TEN" TICKET: A Vail/Beaver Creek lift ticket is also valid at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin - all located within a 40 mile radius. -- STRATTON/OKEMO: These two popular mountains in southern Vermont have teamed up to offer a reciprocal ticket. Purchase a three-day lift ticket at Stratton and ski or ride one day at Okemo. -- NORTH LAKE TAHOE: This interchangeable lift ticket allows skiers to visit seven downhill and five cross country resorts and offers savings, convenience and flexibility. -- Look for additional details on booking ski passes and other resources on Travelocity's new Ski Store at www.travelocity.com/skideals. New Terrain
Added terrain is always a huge draw for repeat skiers, and this
year’s crop of newly opened runs promises to up the adrenaline factor
on the slopes. Check out Vermont’s Stratton new gladed course designed
and hand cut by Bill Koch, the first and only American to win an
Olympic medal in Nordic skiing. A local Colorado favorite is the Aspen
Highlands which has unveiled “Deep Temerity” offering new, advanced,
expert and extreme terrain.
Today, mountain towns and resorts alike are stepping it up so that
the once-uninspiring apres scene is now almost as exhilarating as the
black diamonds themselves.
Dining and Nightlife -- Aspen: Owners of highly touted Wild Fig have opened D-19, serving the notable Italian fare of Executive Chef Dena Marino, formerly of the Aspen's famed Ajax Tavern. -- The N'ice Club Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada: This unique lounge is entirely built from ice and snow. The club features a fireplace, dance floor, and cocktails served in glasses made of ice. Spas/Yoga
The new Trilogy Spa at the Village at Squaw offers
Hawaiian-influenced signature treatments. Sweet island aromas, fresh
cut flowers (imported directly from the islands), and exotic herbal
teas make it a welcoming oasis in Intrawest’s Village at Squaw. The
Remede Spa at St. Regis Resort, Aspen is the first and only resort spa
in Aspen. The 15,000-square-foot property includes fitness and
yoga/Pilates rooms plus 15 treatment rooms, and offers signature
treatments incorporating Aspen’s alpine and mineral environment.
A new Tube Park will be introduced at Base II on Blackcomb
Mountain in Whistler this year, offering an exhilarating snow sliding
experience. It is serviced by a conveyor lift, with at least six
different sliding chutes. Another first at Whistler Blackcomb,
SNO-LIMO service is available for the resort’s non-skiing guests.
Panorama, BC sports a Northern Lights Wolf Education Centre. In-house
grey wolves Moab and Maya are well adapted to survival in snowy
conditions and take Canada’s harshest winter weather in stride while
helping to educate visitors about wolf and bear conservation.
Top Domestic Ski Destinations for 2005/2006 Winter Season are:
Colorado, Utah, Nevada
Biggest Year-Over-Year Tourism Growth this year are: Kamloops,
British Columbia; Telluride, Colorado; and Twin Falls, Idaho
“This year you don’t have to be a ski bum to know the ins and outs
of how to save on the hill,” said Carvell. As with many great deals,
they don’t always last. Carvell advises buying early as some mountain
passes sell out in advance of the season.
Sample Travel Deals(a) -- Dallas, TX - Denver, Colorado: 7 nights for $720 per person on American Airlines. Four Points by Sheraton Denver Cherry Creek- 3 Star, including 2-day ski passes for 2 adult skiers at Keystone and Breckenridge Resorts -- New York City, NY - Montreal, Canada: 7 nights for $733 per person on American Airlines. Hotel Le Cantlie Suites - 3 star, including 2-day ski passes for 2 adult skiers at Mont Tremblant Ski Resort. -- San Francisco, CA - Salt Lake City, UT: 7 nights for $525 per person on United Airlines. Baymont Inn & Suites Salt Lake City/West Valley - 3 star, including 2-day Ski Salt Lake Super Passes for 2 adult skiers.
Travelers also can utilize a host of research and booking tools
available on Travelocity’s new Ski Store at
www.travelocity.com/skideals to help them access top ski travel deals,
updated snow reports, destination information and a photo gallery to
help plan 2006 winter getaways. For more up-to-the-minute advice about
all of the hottest ski destinations in 2006, log onto
(a) Sample prices are in USD for one adult based on double
occupancy and include tax recovery charges. Sample prices gathered on
Jan. 10, 2006 for travel from Feb. 15 – 22, 2006. Travelocity’s
real-time dynamic TotalTrip packaging engine is constantly updating
prices and availability; please visit travelocity.com to confirm
availability of current offerings.
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