New York Ski Areas Feature New Improvements For Better Skiing in 2014-15

 Ski areas in New York State are offering new upgrades including lifts, snowmaking and more. The Kids Ski Free Passport program is available at www.iskiny.com and offers 3rd and 4th graders the ability to ski free or learn to ski free (lesson, rentals and lift ticket) with a paying adult. ISKINY also offers discounted lift tickets and current information including Ski and Stay packages in New York.

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 this new 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 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, "With this program we are encouraging a healthy lifestyle with a sport anyone can easily learn and enjoy at their own pace. It also brings families together in the great outdoors and away from electronic gadgets and video games." 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". On January 8th, 2015 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 "Last year this award winning promotion was extremely popular with thousands taking advantage of it and we are extremely pleased to bring back an expanded promotion this season." 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!.

New York Ski areas have also been working to add more improvements for the 2014-15 season. These improvements will help skiers and snowboarders alike as well as those who want to snow tube to get out and enjoy winter.

Hunter Mountain is looking to start their season on November 21st, weather permitting. They have also installed two new Carpet – Conveyor Lifts at Hunter One to enhance the learning experience for new skiers and snowboarders. They have also installed new snow guns which have water pumps for better efficiency and added a new Pisten Bully Groomer to its fleet of groomers. More information at www.huntermtn.com.

Belleayre Mountain has been working on improving their cafeteria in Overlook Lodge for better customer service. They have also added a new air compressor for snowmaking and a new snow cat for grooming. They also are working on a new modern website with ecommerce built in. Belleayre is also building a new rental shop and doubling the space for their Kidscamp program. There was also more seating added in the Overlook Lodge as well as new restrooms. They are also working on remodeling the Discovery Lodge too. More information at www.belleyare.com.

At West Mountain they are adding more snowmaking capacity to cut the time it takes to make snow and are looking to open before December 25th again this year. They are also improving night skiing with a $250,000 lighting upgrade on energy efficient lighting that is also easier to see at night. They are also putting a new ticket system in place for the tubing park. More information at www.westmtn.net.

Whiteface Mountain is adding new, more efficient snow guns including fan and tower based snowguns. They also added a new groomer for more efficient processing of the snow than a standard groomer to produce a good surface. Whiteface has been working on mountain improvements including evening out grades on a couple of trails as widening another. They have done a makeover to the Kids Kampus lodge with a new name to reflect that adults can be beginners too. Also improvements to the Bear Den lodge have been done with more cafeteria seating, two new restrooms and full-sized retail shop. They have also switched the rental and nursery to improve flow in the building. Whiteface it also adding new furniture to the Cloudspin Lounge and more floor space as well as cooking capacity. Also added to the Base Camp Market is a solarium for more seating in the cafeteria. More information at www.whiteface.com.

Gore Mountain is replacing their triple chair lift with a new high-speed detachable quad called the Adirondack Express II. This lift will be smoother, faster and more reliable and can transport 2,400 people per hour. It will feature more comfortable seating as well. Gore is also adding 22 new tower based snowguns their Topridge trail and around the Pipeline Bridge which will improve the interconnect trail to the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl. They are also working adding four new glade trails. Also for beginners they are working on improving the lift experience as well as adding "Parallel from the Start" for first time skiers who are over 13 using specialized equipment and learning techniques. More information at www.goremountain.com.

Titus Mountain has been working on improvements for the upcoming season. They are adding a new "Magic Carpet" conveyor lift at their learning center, adding 10 new "Forever Wild" ungroomed terrain sections and a newly branded Terrain Park called "Moon Valley Parks" which has all-natural features and a brand new snowboard rental fleet. More information at www.titusmtn.com

Windham Mountain has invested $4.2 million in capital improvements for the upcoming season. They have added a new trail between the West and East peaks of the mountain. They have also renovated the base lodge restaurant and bar and added a new spa and yoga center. Windham Mountain has expanded the Children's Learning Center; development of a lift-served mountain bike park; investment in snowmaking infrastructure; two new PistenBully groomers, and continued improvements at the Resort's golf course. More information at www.windhammountain.com.

Plattekill Mountain has expanded their Learning Center to accommodate more beginner skiers, relocated the handle tow lift. They have also put in a new Jr. Development Program for Intermediate Skiers for ages 7-17. More information at www.platekill.com.

Some ski areas are celebrating major milestones including, Catamount Ski Area, as they will be celebrating their 75th year in operation. Visit www.catamountski.com for more information. Also Woods Valley Ski Area is celebrating their 50th ski season. Visit www.woodsvalleyskiarea.com for more info.

Labrador and Song Mountains in Central New York have joined forces this year. When a season pass is purchased at either Labrador or Song skiers and boarders can enjoy both mountains with the same season pass. More information at www.songmountain.com or www.labradormtn.com.

At Greek Peak Mountain Resort has invested over a half-million dollars in snowmaking improvements this year to increase snowmaking capacity and the ability to produce more and better quality snow. They also plan to have more snowmaking coverage in places where snowmaking was non-existent. Greek Peak is also enhancing their Vision Express lift to allow speedier to transports to the top of the Mountain. More information at www.greekpeakmtnresort.com.

Brantling has renovated their restroom facilities entirely for the new season. They are also getting ready to make snow when conditions permit with sled mounted snowguns. More information at www.brantling.com.

At Toggenburg their Foggy Goggle restaurant will open before the ski season on Friday and Saturday nights for dinners. More information at www.skitog.com.

Bristol Mountain has introduced "Galaxy Glen" homes for ski-in, ski-out luxury home. Featuring unique design and modern architectural features with dramatic ceilings and ample storage space. More information available at www.galaxyglen.com. Also Bristol is adding six new fan guns on lower rocket, a new rail park, and they opened for the spring, summer and fall their new Aerial Adventures rope course and zip line park. More information at www.bristolmountain.com.

Holimont is working on a new mountainside housing development as well called WestMont Ridge. They are also planning a new terrain park in the future. More details at www.holimont.com.

Holiday Valley has made $3.7 Million in improvements for the 2014-15 season including the installation of 54 new HKD automated snowguns on four trails coupled with the additional 161 snowguns that Holiday Valley already has resulting in improved quality and quantity of snow. Automated snowguns adjust based on air temperature and humidity which then adjusts the amount of compressed air to make the snow saving energy. They also added a turbo fan snowgun for the tubing park and new snowmaking pipelines on five slopes. Holiday Valley is also widening and improving several slopes on the resort with new connecting trails too. They also are constructing a new clock tower bridge outside the Holiday Valley base lodge. At the Inn at Holiday Valley they have renovated the guest rooms with new furniture, carpets, wall treatments and countertops. They are also working on improving the mobile and regular websites with two new webcams to be installed. Holiday Valley also has refurbished a warming hut on top of a trail and have also made numerous improvements to the golf course and other facilities at the resort. More details at www.holidayvalley.com.

Peek 'n Peak Resort is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a special 50th year logo to commemorate the occasion and giveaways this season. They also have revamped their Tubing facility with two more lanes for a total of seven and a new "Magic Carpet" lift. Peek 'n Peak also has added "Giant Dual Ziplines" at their "Peak Mountain Adventure Park". They have also renovated the rooms at the resort and more. More details at www.pknpk.com.

Royal Mountain last year had skiing open from Thanksgiving to Easter and for this upcoming season they have added four new tower mounted snow guns and have invested over $350,000 in the past three years to improve the mountain facilities. They are adding more terrain park features, rental shop equipment and lodge improvements. More details at www.royalmountain.com.

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