January 2017 - ALPINE SKIING
Mid-Winter Events and Deals
By Darryl Caron
Winter made its first appearance for many of us in the Northeast last month, and for those who love the exhilarating feel of fresh mountain air, snowy slopes, and the thrill of the hill, that was a reminder to get your ski gear out of the basement – if you haven’t already – and hit the slopes!
January and February are busy months for the ski resorts, starting with Martin Luther King Jr. weekend – to offering many special events and deals – then President’s Week and much more.
January 14-15, MLK Holiday Camp at Gore Mountain in North Creek – The two-day camp is a great way for your children, ages four-12, to spend their holiday vacation on the slopes and meeting new friends. Kids enjoy two consecutive days of skiing/riding fun with the same coaches. It’s open to all abilities and includes lift ticket, lunch and supervision.
On January 15, don’t miss the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Spectacular illuminating the base area starting at dusk. On January 16 and February 20, there’s USASA Boarder/Skier Cross with the 11th annual Adirondack Series at the North Creek Ski Bowl. goremountain.com.
January 8, February 5 and March 12, Give Back Sundays at Whiteface in Wilmington – Each month the resort is partnering with community non-profit organizations, where skiers and riders can receive 50% off their lift ticket for their donation. 1/8, Bring a grocery bag of non-perishable food items (totaling $10 or more) for Interfaith Food Shelf; 2/5, Show your registration for the MS Ski-A-Thon fundraiser; 3/12, Bring a grocery bag of pet food and/or toys or 10lb. bag of dry pet food for their local animal shelter.
On January 13-14, Freestyle World Cup returns to Lake Placid with the moguls competition at Whiteface and the aerials finals under the lights at the Olympic Jumping Complex. whiteface.com.
January 9 through March 13, Monday Night Racing at West Mountain in Queensbury – Back by popular demand, these are fun, non-competitive race events that skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all ages can participate in. No experience is necessary, the race starts at 7pm, and prizes for categories such as “Best Crash” and “Slowest Run” will be awarded.
On February 17, the 12th annual Fire on the Mountain with Audio Starts is at West. Enjoy a night of explosive fun from 7pm-midnight with live music by the Audio Stars, neon light competition, fireworks, torchlight parade, and food/drink specials. westmtn.net.
January 14 and 28 and February 11 and 23, Willard Fun Cup Race Series at Willard Mountain in Easton – This series of fun, timed races is for all skiers under 14 years old. Multiple age divisions make this an ideal introduction to racing with two timed runs and prizes for all involved. willardmountain.com.
Tuesdays through Sundays, Ski and Snowboard Lessons at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam – Weekend lessons for ages four to 94, adult lessons on Wednesdays at 12pm, new midday home school lessons on Wednesdays at 1:30pm, after school lessons Tuesday-Friday, and ladies only class on Thursdays at 7pm. On Mondays from 4-7pm, cross country (skate) skiing is offered under the lights for only $5. skimapleridge.com.
February 10-12, Winter Carnival at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge – Competitions, ski races and fireworks with most events on Saturday. Activities include ski/snowboard jumping, crowning of the winter carnival king/queen, cardboard sled races, dancing and dinner. mccauleyny.com.
Whiteface and Gore Mountain – Why Not Wednesdays, present any Coca-Cola product – unopened or completely empty – at the ticket window and get a lift ticket for only $48. Offer valid on non-holiday Wednesdays.
ORDA also offers frequent skier cards at Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre – $99 Empire Card for adults 20-plus, $69 Student Card for ages 13-19 or full-time college students, and $49 Snowball Card for ages seven-12. With these cards your first day is free, then tickets are 50% off Monday-Friday non-holiday, 25% off weekends and holidays, and every sixth visit is free at any of the three resorts. Bring a friend on any non-holiday Tuesday or Thursday and they save 50% on their ticket.
West Mountain – The Monday and Tuesday night lift ticket special is $20 for a four-hour lift ticket at 4pm. Check their website for happy hour and meal and drink specials.
The Learn To Turn program is new this season with lesson, lift ticket and rental for $85 ages four-12 and $90 for 13 and up. The package is for skiers/riders and lesson times are Monday-Friday at 4pm or 5:45pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, 12pm or 2pm. Back by popular demand, the Learn To Ski/Ride Three program for all ages offers three lessons, lift tickets and rentals for $150, with advance purchase required. West Mountain Racing offers academy-like ski training and racing at reasonable rates, plus snowboard and freeski programs.
Willard Mountain – With the Six-Pack deal you get six lift tickets, four group lessons, and the option to use them any way you want – mix, match, share, any day, no blackouts!
Adult Night on non-holiday Tuesdays is tailored to adults and adult groups. Have fun with discounted lessons/rentals and food/drink specials, test your skills in our Tuesday Night Races – and lift passes are only $20. Two for $40 non-holiday Thursdays are from 4-9pm, just bring a friend to get your two for one deal – plus rentals are only $12 more. Willard offers many affordable ski lesson programs, their popular Little Colonel ski school, STAR and All Mountain programs, plus freestyle and race teams.
Maple Ski Ridge – Committed to bringing families together close to home, Maple Ski Ridge offers affordable rates for lift tickets, rentals and season passes.
Weeknight rates are $26 and weekends/holidays are four hours for $35 or all day for $38 – juniors 12-under save $2. Maple Ski Ridge offers a variety of lesson programs for adults and children, plus winter vacation week programs and camps.
McCauley Mountain – “Small mountain price, big mountain attitude in the heart of the Adirondacks, and no long lines – just mountain time” is McCauley’s motto.
The Crazy Friday Special is only $12, excluding February 24. The Ski with Your Kids Special on Mondays through Thursdays from 2-4:15pm, excluding holiday weeks, is only $5. They also offer group discounts for ten or more if you call ahead. McCauley also offers a Reciprocal Pass Program on non-holiday Wednesdays; see website for details. They also offer a number of lesson and rental programs.
January is National Safety Month so with ski season in full swing, here’s a friendly reminder of your responsibility code: always ski in control; people ahead of you have the right of way; stop in a safe place for you and others, don’t obstruct a trail and make sure you’re visible from above; whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail always look uphill and yield to others; use devices to help prevent runaway equipment; observe all posted signs, warnings and keep off closed trails; and know how to use the lifts safely.
For more fun with family and friends of all ages, the tubing parks at Maple Ski Ridge, Willard Mountain and West Mountain are open for the season.
Think snow, get outside and enjoy winter!