Ski Area Upgrades for 2015-16 Ski Season
Ski Areas Double Down on Improvements after a Big Season
New York State Ski Areas experienced a great winter last year which brought plenty of snow and great snowmaking weather. This year more improvements and upgrades were done in anticipation of another good winter of snow fun!
ISKINY, the New York Alpine Ski Association also known as Ski Areas of New York, last season launched a new consumer-friendly – mobile ready website at www.iskiny.com. This website offers the latest mountain and events information, ski conditions and the latest ski deals including discounted lift tickets through our cloud store. ISKINY lift tickets are discounted and have no blackout dates. ISKINY President Scott Brandi said "With our state of the art website skiers on their iPhones, Android devices and iPads as well as other tablets can easily check out the latest ski conditions, order tickets and more."
ISKINY continues the very popular Third and Fourth Grade Ski & Ride Passport Program. The "ISKINY Free for Kids Passport Program" allows a 3rd or 4th grader to learn to ski or ride for free and/or also ski for free when an adult ticket is purchased. A small processing fee applies. This program encourages parents and kids to enjoy a great healthy lifelong activity. ISKINY President Scott Brandi stated, "This program since 1999 has introduced thousands of kids to skiing and encouraged parents to get on the slopes again and enjoy the splendor of winter in New York State!" More information on this program can be found at www.iskiny.com under Ski Deals.
ISKINY is hosting the third year of a very popular program called "Discover NY Ski Day". In January , 2016 (date to be determined) skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a beautiful day on the slopes starting at $12! With this program skiers and riders can go to www.iskiny.com to select and purchase voucher(s) that they print at home. They can take their voucher to the ski area they chose and redeem for a lift ticket for the day or evening. Future skiers can also take advantage of this program with a select number of learn to ski or ride packages that will be available at some ski areas starting at $25. ISKINY President Scott Brandi noted "This award winning program is back again for 2016 and will continue a great skiing tradition in January!" There is also a Discover Learn to Ski offer as well, for more information go to www.iskiny.com under Ski Deals.
ISKINY continues to not only support the nationwide Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month effort but also promote ski areas own learn to ski and snowboard programs including the "Bring a Friend" skiing/snowboarding effort. New skiers and snowboarders can visit www.iskiny.com to learn about what ski areas offer around New York State for learn to ski and snowboard packages and plan to learn to ski or board today!
To really kick Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month ISKINY supports the effort to set a Guiness set the World Record for the LARGEST multi-venue Ski and the LARGEST Snowboard Lessons ever taught. You can find more details of this attempt and a place in New York State to participate at www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org.
New York Ski areas have also been working to add more improvements for the 2015-16 season. These improvements will help skiers and snowboarders alike as well as those who want to snow tube to get out and enjoy winter.
Starting at Belleayre Mountain they have been “Enhancing the Belleayre Experience” with over $1 Million of improvements including a new website, snowmaking upgrades on a number of trails and a widening of the “Dreamcatcher Glade” trail this year. They are also moving their ski patrol to a more central location for easy reach of the Upper and Lower parts of the mountain and more seating in the cafeteria in the Overlook Lodge. They are also sporting new signage on the mountain and have made some program changes.
At Gore Mountain they redeveloped some glade trails into a new black diamond run and added new snowmaking as well with new tower guns that are high-efficient as well saving energy. They also redesigned their trail map and put in new tower guns at their Terrain Park too. Gore has also invested in solar energy for snowmaking operations as well. Gore Mountain has made some lodge upgrades along with a more secure location for their daycare.
Windham Mountain has added a new trail, improved snowmaking operations as well as made improvements to their terrain park. They too are improving their website, adding new rental equipment and renovated the Winwood Inn.
Swain has added lots for homes for ski-in and ski-out abilities and adding plenty of glade skiing. Swain has also upgraded rental equipment and improved snowmaking.
Holiday Valley Resort has invested over $4 million in improvements! They added 37 new automated snowguns, a new Pisten Bully 600 groomer for energy efficiency and better snow surface too. Also a new shuttle bus to transport guests from parking areas to base lodges was added. There is also new lighting added and realignment of Holiday Valley Road for safety and access concerns. Holiday Valley is also refreshing their website and there are renovations taking place at the Inn at Holiday Valley. Holiday Valley was ranked 3rd by Reader Rankings in SKI Magazine.
Holimont has made improvements at one of their lift stations to make it easier for skiers to get on and off the lift. They have also made improvements to their main chalet including siding and food service upgrades as well. They have also been working on expanding their beginner terrain and added a new Pisten Bully groomer for their terrain park. Snowmaking improvements continue as well.
Labrador Mountain this past summer has been working on main lodge renovations too.
At Woods Valley they have been busy adding 6 new glade trails, as well as new ticket sales and food and beverage areas for their tubing park. They have also added a new ice skating area for team play and recreational ice skating as well. They added a new venue near the base lodge for summer and fall events as well as upgrading snowmaking and lighting on the slopes too.
Titus Mountain has received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
At West Mountain they have installed a new to them Triple Chairlift to replace a double chair for more capacity. They are also opening more terrain for skiing and snowboarding as well as expanding snowmaking.
Mount Peter will be celebrating their 80th year in operation with various upgrades.
A Peek ‘n Peak Resort they have made over a million dollars in improvements including lift maintenance, replacing snowmaking pipe and new rental equipment to get ready for the 2015-16 season.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort has made snowmaking upgrades, a new deck at their Traxx Bar and Grill and rental equipment upgrades.
This season family-owned Plattekill Mountain (plattekill.com) unveils a new carpet lift in their expanded Learning Center, additional snowmaking, more lanes in the snow tubing park, a new snow groomer and base lodge upgrades.
Oak Mountain is excited to announce their new snowmaking expansion project. They are putting in 5,200 ft of piping to cover Kunjamuck! They will be continuing their seasonal race programs and expanding on ski school "Terrain Based Learning" lessons. Oak’s restaurant continues to grow with Executive Chef, Lou Petrozza finalist from Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen.
New York State has over 50 ski areas, all a short drive away from any major metro area, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica-Rome, Albany and New York City. All with great snowmaking making New York State the Best Snowmaking Anywhere for skiing anytime, whether its 4 feet in the driveway or no snow – there’s always snow at a ski area near you!