Rising fuel prices are altering the economics of the great American ski vacation, as skiers and resorts cope with the increased costs of flying and driving.
Harriet and Jerry Warner are waving goodbye to an old traveling companion this winter—their skis. “We’re renting this season,” Harriet Warner says, “for the first time in about 30 years.”
The reason: new airline fees of up to $150 for checked baggage. The Somerset, N.J., couple determined it would cost $500 or more to fly two pairs of skis on their five trips this winter. The fees prompted the Warners to forgo purchasing new skis. “We realized it didn’t make sense to spend almost $2,000 on new equipment and then have to pay these ridiculous fees to bring it.”
In Vermont’s remote, lovely Northeast Kingdom, resort developers have big plans for a quiet little town and its long-slumbering ski area.
“This is it?” That was my first thought upon arriving at Burke as a teenager for a ski race some 25 years ago. That phrase became a refrain as I hiked the slalom course next to the small, broken-down, Poma and sought refuge from the New England cold in the bare-bones Mid-Burke Lodge. Knowing Burke Academy’s reputation for churning out Olympians, I was shocked that so humble an operation had such stature. Of course, like many youngsters, I wasn’t looking very far beyond my own ski tips.
DENVER, CO - Oct. 2, 2008 - The best bargains on last year's equipment, the hottest styles for this year, the last chance to get early season lift ticket prices, explosive entertainment, intense competitions, and plenty of giveaways are the key ingredients at the 17th Annual COLORADO SKI & SNOWBOARD EXPO Nov. 7-9, 2008.
Other Findings Show Rise in Helmet Usage, Strong Season Pass Use.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Among the most prominent trends noted in the 2008 NSAA National Demographic Study are continued gains in visitation among skiers and riders aged 45 and over. Specifically, since 1997/98, the proportion of visitors aged 45 to 54 has increased from 14.0 percent to 19.9 percent; the proportion of visitors aged 55 to 64 has doubled from 4.6 percent to 9.2 percent; and the proportion of visitors aged 65 and over has also increased substantially, from 2.4 percent to 3.8 percent.
One Call-One Click Reservations, New Kid’s Park and 69 Ski Free
Monarch, CO. Monarch Mountain has been making improvements this summer that all skiers and riders will enjoy this winter. A new reservations system has been installed to make it easier for guests to purchase everything they need. Lift tickets, rental equipment, ski lessons, children’s programs and even Snowcat trips can all be reserved with one call to 888.996.7669.
LOVELAND SKI AREA, Georgetown, CO. – 2008-2009 Loveland Ski Area Season Passes and 4-paks are on sale now. Passes and 4-paks will be available for purchase online, over the phone and at ski shows across The Front Range. Loveland Ski Area's Pass Products offer skiers and snowboarders some of the most affordable and least restrictive options in Colorado. A short 53 miles from Denver, Loveland Ski Area caters to Front Range skiers and snowboarders with easy access, affordable pricing and a season that streches from mid-October through early-May.