Ski Season Opening Days Guide 2017-2018

When the sound of autumn leaves crunching underfoot changes to packed snow, you can’t help but imagine fresh tracks on your favorite mountain. Even if you’re in an area that won’t see storms for weeks (or months), there are reminders that opening days are dropping: sports shop tune-up clinics, local gear swaps, and sweet deals popping up. Whether you’re unpacking your ski sweaters or hustling for passes, it’s time to start planning for ski season 2017-18.

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Afford a Ski Vacation to The Canyons Resort – Book Early!

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Photo Courtesy of Canyons Resort

We recently told you about why The Canyons is among our favorite ski resorts in the entire Lower 48, especially now that it’s part of the Epic Pass.
With its 4,000 skiable acres, three terrain parks, and six natural halfpipes, you’ll wonder if you can actually ski the entire resort during one ski vacation. On top of that, only 10 percent of the resort is set aside for beginner skiers, and nearly 50 percent is rated at black diamond. That’s a whole lot of incentive for ski enthusiasts to head out to Utah this year.

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Canyons – New to Vail Resorts, Not at All New to the Ski World

Traveling to Utah for a ski vacation can get, well, expensive. Utah’s ski resort season passes are among the highest around (Deer Valley’s Pass, for example is around $2k) . That’s why the announcement that The Canyons has joined Vail Resorts and the Epic Pass was such a welcome surprise to vacationers and lovers of the sport. In previous years, the Canyon’s season pass was as high as $849, but the local’s pass is just $529 for the 2013-2014 season.

Photo Courtesy of Canyons Resort

Photo Courtesy of Canyons Resort

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What Do Mt. Brighton’s $10 Million Worth of Improvements Mean to You?

Vail Resorts plans to spend between $130 to $140 million in resort capital expenditures just in calendar year 2013. Wowza! So we’re taking a look at where that money is going, starting with Afton Alps—a newly acquired resort near the Twin Cities—in a previous post, and Detroit’s nearby resort Mt. Brighton. The Midwest has gone Epic!

Mt. Brighton's New Terrain Park

Mt. Brighton’s New Terrain Park

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Afton Alps 50th Year Offers Major Upgrades

Throughout the 2012-2013 ski season, Vail Resorts announced the acquisition of three ski resorts, two in the Midwest and one in Utah. This is great news all around for not only Midwest ski and snowboard lovers, but also for Epic Pass holders. It’s just another reason why Vail has consistently dominated in the world of skiing. We’ll be taking a look at each of these resorts to find out what exactly Vail plans to bring to the table for the 2013-2014 ski season and beyond. First up is Afton Alps in Minnesota.

Artistic Rendering of the New Terrain Mapat Afton Alps

Artistic Rendering of the New Terrain Map at Afton Alps

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2013 – 14 Epic Pass Sale Ends Soon!

If you plan on skiing this year in Colorado or Lake Tahoe, chances are, if you wait any longer, you’ll lose out on one the best season pass deals of the year. The Epic Pass is available at all participating Vail resorts, now the leading resort operator in the United States, with over 20,000 skiable acres combined.

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Is the 2013-2014 Epic Pass Right For You?

For many skiers and riders, the Epic Pass is just the ticket for enjoying a multitude of lift served downhill fun. Some though, scoff at it as a gimmick. But let’s look under the hood and see why it can be a good thing for some of you! It’s in its sixth season now, and we think it’s an obvious winner!

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