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Why It's Good Most Big Ski Resorts in North America are on Multi-Resort Passes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/28/2017, 5:45 PM

Skiing has always been a pricey vacation activity. But today, it’s difficult to know whether one’s investment will pay off. You reserve a room months in advance, buy your lift tickets, maybe make reservations for good après ski meals, and show up at the mountain—only to find it’s brown instead of white. True, many resorts are expert at snow making. But as dedicated skiers and snowboarders know, the...

World's Biggest Indoor Ski Resort Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2017, 4:00 AM

A city in China has a new must-visit spot for those who love skiing but could do without the fresh air and mountain scenery. The Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort is being billed as the largest facility of its kind, extending across more than 860,000 square feet and six ski runs—all of them inside. There are slopes for winter athletes of all abilities, including beginners, a...

A Commercial Ski Trip to . . . Iraq?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/14/2017, 4:00 AM

Would you go skiing in Iraq?  On the one hand, the northeastern part of the country is home to an imposing mountain range—the Zagros—with elevations reaching more than 14,000 feet. On the other, the U.S. State Department warns against all travel in the war-torn country due to the threat of violence. Nevertheless, a U.K.-based adventure travel company called Untamed Borders recently ret...

Small Colorado Ski Resort Offers $700 Lift Ticket

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/01/2017, 5:00 AM

Long overshadowed by bigger, glitzier Colorado ski resorts like Aspen Snowmass and Vail, the small, usually understated Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs is making a bid for attention this season with a new lift ticket going for an astronomical $700.  By comparison, peak-season, walk-up lift tickets cost $189 at Vail and $159 at Aspen Snowmass. In fact, the standard price for hitti...

Amtrak's Winter Park Express Offers Affordable Day Trips Between Denver and Ski Resort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/23/2017, 5:00 AM

Attention, budget-conscious winter sports enthusiasts: After a seven-year break, Amtrak has brought back the Winter Park Express, which travels between Denver's Union Station and the base of the Winter Park ski resort. On Saturdays and Sundays until March 26, trains depart Denver at 7am, arriving at Winter Park two hours later. The return trip starts from the mountain resort at 4:30pm. ...

New England Ski Resorts Improving Snowmaking Capacity After Disappointing 2015-16 Season

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2016, 4:00 AM

The winter of 2015-16 was the warmest on record for many parts of New England, according to the National Weather Service. For the region's ski resorts, that meant a marked lack of natural snowfall. Vermont's Killington Mountain Resort, for instance, only got 81 inches all season (way down from an average of 250 inches), while Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts received a pitifu...

Active Vacations Without the Sticker Shock: How To Save on Ski Trips, Bike Vacations, Weight Loss Spa Getaways and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/27/2015, 10:45 AM

Sunlight, the breeze at your back and, perhaps, a bit of sweat on your brow? Those can be pricey commodities in the world of vacations. As anyone who’s ever tried to charter a boat, book a ski trip or plan some other form of outdoorsy vacation knows, sometimes getting close to Mother Nature, or getting in shape while you holiday, means anteing up big bucks. But there are resources on the w...

Outside Magazine Publishes Some Solid Advice for Money-Saving Ski Vacations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/16/2013, 4:00 PM

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado / Photo: Alex Kerney It's not often a mainstream glossy magazine publishes travel tips that don't push readers toward prohibitively expensive, jet-set, see-and-be-seen diversions, but Outside magazine's online list of ways to save on skiing in 2014 is genuinely useful for saving tons of cash. The title, "The Best Deals of the 2014 Ski Season," is worded th...

Schussing Savings: No It’s NOT too Early To Book Your Winter Ski Trip

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/24/2013, 6:00 PM

No white stuff: less green stuff—that’s the crude equation that rules the ski industry. It was a point driven home in the winter of 2011-2012, when snowfalls that were 50% lower than normal. That led to the least profitable North American ski season in 30 years. Last year’s schussing was better, and the industry saw an 11% increase in the number of people buying lift tickets. But even with tha...

Schussing Savings: No It’s NOT too Early To Book Your Winter Ski Trip

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/24/2013, 6:00 PM

No white stuff: less green stuff—that’s the crude equation that rules the ski industry. It was a point driven home in the winter of 2011-2012, when snowfalls that were 50% lower than normal. That led to the least profitable North American ski season in 30 years. Last year’s schussing was better, and the industry saw an 11% increase in the number of people buying lift tickets. But even with tha...

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