Disclaimer - It's not official, it's just what Rusty has picked up from
Do you want to work at Whitetail? Whitetail will have job openings in most departments throughout the season. Click here to find about more about becoming a ski or snowboard instructor at Whitetail. Whitetail has volunteer opportunities: volunteer brochure front page & back page. Some people will do anything for free skiing! The Whitetail Ski Patrol web site has disappeared. The race team has a nice web site.
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Whitetails' lift stats - close, but Rusty is a might suspicious
The 2009 Advantage Card Calculator Spreadsheet from TheRusty
Busy Days at Whitetail | Snowtime events where you can get discounted cards
|What's new for the 2010 - 2011 season - $4 Million|
|New 1800 foot beginner trail = Ledgewood. This trail leaves Snowpark on skiers right just above the Stalker split and connects to the runout portion of Stalker . Most of the trail length is parallel to Velvet. Ledgewood is lighted. Ledgewood housing construction has been delayed. The new trail will provide ski in, ski out access to the Ledgewood townhomes.|
|Advantage cards and season passes can be mailed before the season starts. New - you can upload your own picture for your card.|
|15 new TechnoAlpin snowmaking guns - these are yellow! Most of the guns are going on Ledgewood, 3 are being added to Velvet.|
|2 additional ticket windows will be added for express ticketing (e.g. online sales, advantage cards)|
|New Prinoth MP3 groomer - replaces and old groomer|
|New bakery in Marketplace (pastries and breakfast offerings). The bakery will also have an extra cashier station. Marketplace grill area has been doubled in size.|
|New outdoor barbeque (open on busy days when the weather is good)|
|Price changes - daily tickets up $1-3, pass prices up $30, night pass now available at all 3 resorts, student and senior season passes are gone, early season family advantage price up $5. All other advantage and night club prices stayed the same. The tubing 6 pack now expires at the end of the season.|
|800 helmets added to the rental fleet. 100 new snowboards added also.|
|The rest rooms on the upper mezzanine level have been remodeled.|
|Night Club rental paperwork saved after the first visit. Subsequent rentals use the saved paperwork.|
|The wooden deck area between the lodge and the slopes has been replaced with bricks and is heated. This means snow will be cleared off the deck much quicker and it will be less slippery.|
|New 8600 square foot pro shop at the golf course. They will be operating out of a double wide trailer this winter! The old house for the pro shop will be torn down with the new one going up in the same spot. The new shop will have expanded kitchen space and offer better food! Dining area will seat up to 80 people.|
|Snowmaking pipe on Limelight and Bold Decision has been replaced. (Some of the original snowmaking pipe has been known to, ah, geyser at inappropriate times.)|
|What's new for the 2009 - 2010 season - $1.7 Million|
|The half pipe moved from Snowpark to newly cleared terrain (< 1 acre cut) between the Jib Junction double and the Jib Junction terrain park on Lower Angel Drop. We also got a new Zaugg pipe cutter!|
|The beginner terrain park (101 Park Place) was moved from Stalker to the old half pipe location. Will it get renamed?|
|There's a new magic carpet on Northern Lights. It's 400 feet long on the right side of the trail. Beginner lessons will never be the same!|
|Snow dough! - Advantage cards, Season Passes and Night Club cards can be used as cash cards at any SnowTime resort.|
|The trail map has been updated by James Neihues|
|Snowmaking improvements - 24 Areco fan guns on the mountain with the bulk of them (11) ending up on Snow Dancer, which was formally only serviced by air/water machines. The other 13 of these new guns will go to other areas with 3 of them ending up in the Jib Junction Terrain Park to help service the new halfpipe. Another new snowmaking pump will increase the max gallons per minute we can pump.|
|Prices - ticket prices up $1-$2. $399 Season pass returns. Other pass and card prices are mostly the same.|
|New blog - has insider news.|
|The KMC learning area has been regraded. The KMC area and Launching Pad are now one continuous area.|
|Ski school changes - Form your own group lesson - a 90 minute group lesson for up to 5 people for a flat $225 (more expensive than regular group lessons but the private lesson equivalent would be $265). 2 hour privates are now discounted $10. A 1/2 day private is now available. Ski school favs - 3 hour lessons with a max of 3 people.|
|What's new for the 2008 - 2009 season|
|Sidewinder! We finally have a trail that provides a level of difficulty transition between Velvet and Snowpark. It runs to the right from the top of the EZ Rider quad through the bowl between Snowpark and Fanciful and joins Fanciful at the runout in the bottom to get back to the mixing bowl. Watch out for that sneaky little steep part at the junction with Fanciful!|
|A new double chair was installed. The Jib Junction double services the terrain park. It starts just above the high speed quad at the bottom of Lower Angel Drop and goes to just below the Drop In split. A new mini cut through trail from Angel Drop to Drop In will allow you to get from the Jib Junction double to "K" side (the expert terrain).|
|Snowmaking - A new 1000 gpm pump provides water for the new fan funs on Sidewinder.|
|Ledgewood is in the planning phases. Construction starts in summer 2010. Brochures are out.|
|Prices - up and down. $399 special early season pass price! 3 easy payment plan introduced for season passes.|
|Electricity system upgrades were put in place to support Sidewinder and future upgrades.|
|What's new for the 2007 - 2008 season|
|Yup - prices are up again. Most day tickets are up $1 (weekend days are up $2). Advantage cards are up $5. The basic passes are up $10. Rental prices are now the same for no matter how long you rent (i.e. not cheaper on a 4 hour pass). Season pass prices are reduced for the second card holder, but increased $50 for each subsequent holder.|
|The "housing" road has been paved further up the mountain and there are new lots available from the old Whitetail real estate partnership. It now goes up about 3/4 of the way to the top of SnowPark and runs about 150 yards South of the gravel access road. There are also plans for extending the access road into the Snowtime owned property for up to 420 ski in ski out units to be built in the bowl between Snowpark and Fanciful.|
|A new trail is in the permit
process! A new trail will be built from the top of Snowpark to the
bottom of Fanciful. Permitting is expected to be completed by mid
October. Because that is too late to start and finish the trail prior to
the season and it's more cost effective to do all of the work at once,
construction isnow scheduled for the summer of 2008.
While we wait for the new trail, Velvet has been expanded into the woods on the skiers left (right side of the chair going up the hill).
|The Sports Shop has a new ski lease program. This is a great deal for kids versus renting all season or buying and then selling them when they outgrow them. You get a better quality ski than the rentals and you simply turn them in at the end of the season and get the next size up (or two) for the next season.|
|It seems every year we make more snowmaking improvements and this year we're at it again. The guns on Northern Lights have been automated. This means we can make more and better snow on this beginner run and likely means that we will have Northern Lights open top to bottom on opening day.|
|A new industrial strength Prinoth groomer. This big bad boy grooms more snow faster than our old pokies. With the expert slopes open late because of night skiing, the grooming crew has less time to get the mountain groomed. Now they've got a little more time to get the work done.|
|Whitetail Bucks have been retired. Gift cards are the new thing. They are rechargeable and good at all 3 Snowtime resorts.|
|What's new for the 2006 - 2007 season|
|Fore!||Whitetail Golf Resort is back in the family. Snowtime purchased the resort over the summer. The ski and golf pass is out and boy oh boy is it a great deal. Buy a season pass and you can get a golf season pass good from now through 2007 for additional $635.|
|See the light||Lighting and more snowmaking on Farside. Whitetail is adding 10 more fan guns and 20 more double head air/water guns. Whitetail is also increasing the automation of the snowmaking system.|
|Learn to Ride!||Burton Learn to Ride coming to Whitetail. 900
Burton snowboards will replace the Rossignol boards in the rental fleet.
There will be lightweight/women's specific snowboard boots for better
fit (no more heel lift - fingers crossed). There will be two types of
rental boards available:
1) a very soft beginner board
2) a forgiving intermediate board
|Leasing vs renting||Ok - they just snuck this one in on Rusty. You can lease your gear from Whitetail instead of renting. This is a great option for kids gear. No pricing yet, but Rusty's hot on the trail.|
|Flying tubers!||New Magic Carpet lift for the tubing area will increase uphill capacity by 50%. 3 more downhill lanes have been added. More tubes have been added as well.|
|Happy groomers||A new 3000 square foot storage building for Mountain Operations to store vehicles and equipment.|
|$$$||Daily ticket prices are up another $1-2. Most season pass prices went up, but the advantage card stays the same.|
|New partner||Windham was sold last year. Stratton Mountain in Vermont is our new resort partner. Season Pass and Advantage card holders enjoy discounted skiing privileges and lodging deals at Stratton.|
|Early season deals||Learn to ski or ride before 12/22 for $29 (was $19 last year). Ski lessons before 12/22 will be $10 (they were free last year).|
|Little stuff||There's a new fancy gate at the entrance. The admin/handicapped parking lot (back door access to the lodge) has been expanded and repaved. 1/3 of the decking next to Windows has been replaced.|
|New Ski School Products/Changes||New - Adult Academy (the Farside Club).
Designed for parents of Whitetrailer kids (drop kids off, get a
warm up run, do the clinic, and finish in time to pick up the kids). 6 two hour
clinics over consecutive weeks for $155.
New - Family Semi Private Learn to ski or snowboard. Now an entire family can learn to ski or ride for one price ($259).
Old - Terrain Park Lessons are now a private lesson product.
|More Nastar!||There are plans to run Nastar on Tuesdays and Thursdays in addition to weekend days. A weeknight Nastar is also being considered.|
|What's new for the 2005 - 2006 season|
|Wow that's big!||Rental Building Expansion is On!
The new name is: Whitetail Adventure Rental Center
The rental building will double in size to a total of 12,000 square feet. Included in the building will be 3000 new skis and all new Dalbello ski boots. There will also be 700 new snowboards too. The skis and snowboards will now be in the same building. A greatly expanded boot fitting area, ski school desk, more lockers, restrooms and a new ski and snowboard lesson meeting area are just a sampling of the building. Here's a nice feature: automated doors! No more fumbling for the door handles coming or going. Beginners will be able to exit the rental building "directly" to the Northern Lights beginner trail (Rusty says maybe it's more like reducing a 250 foot walk to a 50 foot walk) . It looks like Whitetail is going to fence off the on snow access between the mixing bowl and KMC/Launching Pad/Northern Lights. You'll either have to ride up the U-Me double or take your gear off and walk between the rental building and the Kids Mountain Camp building.
Whitetail's web site will let renters print out a rental form and fill it in in advance. There are some busy days where this could save people a ton of time. Next season, you will be able to fill out the form online. If you've got the form already filled out - look for an Express Lane!
The old Underground snowboard rental area will be turned into an arcade with additional seating space. This space will also be used for a special group seating area.
|Go for the Gold!||NASTAR returns to Whitetail! Weekends and possibly on Thursday nights!|
|Free "Parking"||Park Place
101 will move out of the Northern Lights slope area,
allowing more of Northern Lights to be devoted to the first time skier
and boarder. The new location of Park Place 101 is still under
Jib Junction Terrain Park News - not this year
|Get online at Whitetail!||The Windows "bar area" is being converted to a Starbucks and Smoothie facility (note from Rusty - that's what it was last year) with wireless internet access! Windows will be open every day during the season this year (previously it was only open on busy days). "Comfortable" seating is also promised!|
|More Snow Please!||The "3 year" snowmaking expansion program enters it's fifth year of improvements. 27 new efficient air/water guns on Snowdancer and new automated controls at the pump house are on the list of improvements for this year. The old tower runs on Snowdancer will be moved to Fallmount|
|Ski School Changes||
Following are some of the changes affecting group lessons (age 8 & up):
· Our line up area will move from the mixing bowl to the base of Northern Lights/ Launching Pad.
· A meeting place will be established for guests finishing lessons to wait for family or friends.
· Level 1 guests will be identified (possibly by a button or sticker on their lift pass) so that they can receive special attention from all the Whitetail staff throughout the day.
· Levels 2 through 8 for regular group lessons will be offered at 10, 12, 2, 5:30 and 7:30 every day. Our 3:30 line up is for beginners only and first timers may attend any line up. We will coordinate Level 1 lessons at any time from 9am to 2pm daily, as groups and instructors are ready (part of our reason for keeping some instructors “on the clock”). We will offer a “Pre-course” to first timers to help with staging and timing of lessons. This pre-course will review safety, equipment and fit, lift use, some prep for what the lesson is about, etc. People can benefit from any part of the pre-course, so they can come into it late, or come back to it after their lesson. We will use it as a way to gather and occupy first timers until instructors are ready to take a group.
· There will be more attention to grooming in the Northern Lights, Velvet and First Tracks slope areas to tailor this terrain to first time and novice guests.
· A change in the route bringing injured guests off the hill will allow traffic to move through the walkway between KMC and Rentals. No more traffic in the KMC terrain garden.
Some changes involving Private Lessons (and affecting KMC) include:
· The Ski School Desk will move to the rental building allowing closer proximity for all our school facilities. We plan to man the Ski School Desk 12 hours per day, every day (previously the desk would close at 3PM).
· Private lesson guests who call ahead for reservations will have the option of having their rental equipment set up ahead (as we now do for KMC camp kids). This will fast track our private lesson guests, allowing private lessons to start on time. With the Ski School desk in the rental shop, our private lesson guests have only one place they need to go before they begin their lesson; and they will be much closer to the snow to start their lesson.
· Private lessons for children 7 and under will be coordinated from the KMC allowing KMC staffers more opportunity to teach private lessons.
· A new 30 minute private lesson for children ages 2 and 3, more appropriate time frame for their attention span and physical ability.
· KMC age 4-7 Package lessons will be for skiers only. Snowboarders under age 8 will be encouraged to take private lessons or camp sessions if they are 7 years of age. This will allow instructors with small (age 6 and under) snowboarders to give them the more specialized attention required at this age.
Day ticket prices are up$1 midweek and $2 on weekends. Pass prices are
up $5-10 with no price increase for early season purchase.
New - Multi day tickets (weekends and holidays)! You can get 2 and 3 day tickets! Lessons prices are up a couple bucks as well.
|Miscellaneous||Lots of new paint all over. New lift houses. New lines (for snowmaking?). Hola Espanol? 16 students from Chile, Argentina and Brazil will spend their summer holiday at Whitetail working as lifties.There's a new safety program in the works. Rumor has it awards will be given out to skiers doing good deeds for safe skiing. There also may be some safety spiels presented in the lift lines.|
|What's new for the 2004 - 2005 season|
|From opening day until
December 23, all class lessons for all ability levels will be
free for ages 8 and above. We will also be offering other Free Class
Lesson Days throughout the season, so keep an eye on the web
for more info!
Here's a tip from TheRusty for upper level skiers. Even though there will be limited terrain and snow coverage this early in the season, come just for the free lessons. Advanced lessons are taught at 10/12/2 during the day. Rumor has it you will need to request the free lesson when you buy your lift pass. Instructors will mark your ticket so that you can only get one free lesson.
to Ski/Ride Special
|From opening day until
December 23, you can learn to ski or ride for just $19. This includes a beginner area lift ticket,
rentals and beginner class lesson and a Mountain
Passport offer. Last year, the weekend price for this package was
Here's a tip from TheRusty for upper level skiers or riders who have never had an Advantage card before and plan fewer than 5 trips to Snow Time resorts. Take an early season beginner lesson in the other sport (e.g. if you are a skier - try snowboarding), buy the Mountain Passport ($39) and get a 40% discount on the rest of your trips. You'll get 2 days on snow for $54 and save 40% on any future trips. After you take your beginner lesson, you're free to go back to your old sport if you wish. Or maybe split your time between your favorite and new sports.
|Can you see the light?||All the old slope lighting will be upgraded from 400 watts to 1,000 watt fixtures. This will bring the rest of the slopes up to par with the new lighting we've experienced on Exhibition and Bold Decision. Night skiing will be safer and more enjoyable.|
Deals Get Easier
The Mountain Passport Club
|The Bounce Back program is
changing. The program will be called the Mountain Passport
Club. This program offers first timers a huge discount on their
second day of skiing, free lessons and a 40% discount on future lift
When a guest finishes a Level 1 (first time) lesson, they may purchase the Mountain Passport Club card at any time that day for $39. If they want to purchase their Passport on their return visit, the price will be $49. When the guest purchases a Passport they will also be given a voucher for their second visit (good for a free All Mountain Lift, Lesson and Rental package). On their third and subsequent visits, guests can use their passport to receive a 40% discount on lift tickets and rentals and get free lessons on every visit. The Mountain Passport booklet will also contain special offers for deals at all three resorts.
Previously, guests could only purchase the deal on the same day, did not get their cards until the second visit and paid for subsequent lessons. These new changes greatly reduce the hassle factor. The main difference between the Mountain Passport Club Card and an Advantage Card is that the Club Card does not offer 1 free visit for every 5 paid visits.
Advantage Card lets you Bring a Friend!
|Add a Companion Card to your Family Advantage
Card and each time you visit, you can bring a friend, and they will save
40% on lifts and lessons. The
Companion Card is fully transferable so you can bring a different person
each time. The Companion
Card is only valid in conjunction with a purchase on the corresponding
Family Advantage Card account. The
Companion Card offers discounted lift tickets only and does not receive
discounted rentals or the 6th visit free benefit. Each Family Advantage
Card account may purchase a maximum of two Companion Cards. Companion
Cards can be added to any Advantage Card at any time!
Anyone who did not use their Advantage or Night Club card last year (or used it just once) will receive an offer to roll their card over for this year for the fee of $25.
Snowtime, Inc. has moved to a fully integrated database system for handling season passes and advantage cards, which means that we will be able to take a guest's picture at any resort and print the pass at any resort, regardless of where the pass or card was initially purchased. This new system will allow more deals to be offered to our guests. VERY IMPORTANT: However, because of this upgrade, all passholders, new and renewing, will need to have their pictures taken this year and have new cards printed. You can get it done early at the National Ski Expo!
|Free Snow Blast Bonus Cards||There's a new discount card called the Snow Blast Bonus Card. It will only be available at Snow Time booths at special events during the pre season. The card is free! Each week a new special will be announced via email and on the resort web sites. From the start of the season through 12/23 the deal will be buy one ticket, get one free. Once you get your card, you will need to "activate" it online.|
believe in magic?
This where the new magic carpet will be installed.
|A new magic carpet "lift" will be installed in the beginner area. A magic carpet is a revolving piece of carpet that you step and then ride uphill at a very slow speed. The entire First Tracks area has been regraded to a shallower pitch. This will make more flat area for first time classes to get started, more useful room for the Kid's Mountain Camp program and make it easier for first timers to get away from the crowds. The old handle tow lift has been removed. It will be reinstalled on Lower Angel Drop (i.e. the terrain park) next season.|
The new rest rooms are super nice!
|200 new snowboard boots and
bindings for our snowboard rental fleet. (Rusty is working on getting
A new 350MP Bombardier groomer will allow Whitetail to get more grooming done overnight. This is a high horsepower groomer designed to spread out mounds of man made snow and groom terrain park features better and faster.
25 new Ratnik snow guns. These
guns have a wider coverage area. They will be placed on Drop In and
The plaza lighting in the entryway has been upgraded. It's hard to tell, but the light poles and fixtures are brand new.
All main level restrooms in Marketplace and Windows have been completely renovated. This should take care of the balky plumbing and paper towel fixtures.
New carpet in the main lodge.
New buildings: A new information shed at the top of the steps as you enter the main plaza. A new racing building on Home Run (the old one was trying to run the race course). A new salt and cinder shed.
STARBUCKS COFFEE is available in ETC. and Windows!
New webcams have been added. The 3 old cams have been retired, we have 9 new cams that have bigger pictures.
|Ski School Schedule Change||Daytime Intermediate and Advanced classes will only be available at 10, 12 and 2. Daytime beginner (levels 1 and 2) classes will be held on the hour from 9AM-2PM. Afternoon and evening classes will continue to be available at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30.|
say terrain park?
Can you say new half pipe?
Can you say next year?
Here's what new for jibbers this year
|The terrain park (the trail
used to be called Lower Angel Drop) is now called Jib Junction. The
terrain park has a new sound system. There will also be new rails and
boxes. Moving (and lengthening) the old beginner handle tow lift
to the park was planned for the
2004-2005 season, but did not make it. Next year, the half
pipe will be moved from Snow Park to Lower Angel Drop. These two upgrades will
allow terrain park enthusiasts to experience it all in one place without
wasting time circling the mountain. This should have the added benefit
of reducing lift lines at both the Easy Rider and Whitetail Express
lifts. The old half pipe will be filled in.
New for the 2004 season are ski school "terrain park" lessons!
The mini terrain park (now called 1010 Park Place) on Northern Lights will be expanded. On 1/2, the park includes 3 rails, a mini 1/2 half pipe, 1 jump and a couple of sad rollers.
|Price Increases||Most Day pass prices have
been raised $1-3.
Most Season Pass prices have been raised $5-10.
Ski School lessons are up $1. (class lesson=$28, private=$58)
Ski School package prices are up $2-3.
|Fore - not||The golf course is closed for the winter due to management issues. (again)|
|What's new for the 2003 - 2004 season|
|Click here to view a topographic map of Two Top Mountain (Whitetail's official geographic name). If you have a big screen, click on the large button then click on the "1:25,000" button and you will see a close up view.||Early season deal
From opening until 12/23 Whitetail will be offering a $19 learn to ski/board package.
Plaza and road work
|What's new for the 2002 - 2003 season|
Whitetail has snow tubing this season. The tubing area is to the right of the expert trails, near the maintenance shed in the parking lot. You can see the tubing area from the bottom of Northern Lights. The first day was January 8.
Main Lodge Expansion
"Taps" have been blown for the old ticket building. In it's place is an "L" extension onto the main lodge. The new space houses an expanded sports shop, ticket windows, an expanded guest services office, admin offices (moved down from the house on Blair's Valley) and a little more seating for guests. The ski school desk has been moved to the corner window facing the slops. The entrance to Marketplace cafeteria has been moved and the flow is much better. There is an unfinished basement that is currently being used for storage, but is planned to be finished off in the future.
The Underground snowboard rental operation has moved from the space
below the ski rentals to where the old sport shop underneath Windows.
You can access the Underground from outside (take a left on the wooden
decking before you get to the lodge, then a right down the wooden steps)
or from the main breezeway (take a left towards Windows, then either the
elevator down or the steps on the left).
Lights on the Expert Trails
Ski School Changes
Seasonal lockers/ changing areas
|What's new for the 2001 - 2002 season|
|Skiers are now allowed in the new terrain park. No more twin tips only. Anyone can play the hits!|
No cocktails, but there's beer to be had the golf clubhouse just 1.5 miles up the road from Whitetail. The clubhouse will be open from 11AM till 9PM (maybe 11PM if enough people are there). There will be a happy hour too! The golf course will be open through the winter whenever possible (e.g. the snow is melted and the ground is not frozen). Twilight rates may make it feasible to ski in the morning and get in 9 in the afternoon. Tell Joe Wisocki The Rusty sent you!
FYI - You can legally bring your own alcohol to Whitetail. Officially, management "frowns" on this, but discreet consumption goes unnoticed and overt consumption in the Windows area is generally overlooked.
Most ticket prices are up a $1. Rental rates were increased. Advantage card prices have gone up $10 but they are still a bargain.
Flash - The snowboard park is being moved to lower Angel Drop. Plans are being made to eventually move the half pipe over to this area and to install a surface lift.
Fan guns have been added to lower Angel Drop and Limelight. 29 new tower guns added in total.
More rental equipment - 150 new snowboards (mostly small children's sizes), 200 new shaped skis.
Diann Roffe (aka Diann Roffe-Steinrotter) - former Olympic gold medalist is working for SnowTime this season. Watch for her to be involved with womens programs and racing events at all 3 local Snow Time resorts this winter.
You can now make online reservations for Kid's Mountain Camp. KMC has it's own supply of mini snowboards for mini riders!
Valet parking for $12! Jeeves, will you park the Rover out back?
The maintenance shed has been expanded. This may not sound like a biggie, but it should ease a bottleneck for groomer maintenance. The end result should be the ability to get more grooming done every night and maybe, just maybe a return to evening grooming for night skiing?
Things that were new for the 2000-2001 season...
2001 Summer News:
-The golf course opened up on April 1, 2001. It's a beauty.
-Mountain biking operations have been terminated. It just did not make enough money to justify the wear and tear on the lifts. Hardly anyone has missed it.
|YIKES - it's PRICE HIKES!||Just about all the prices were raised, except for season passes and the advantage card. The 8 hour flex ticket is up $1 ($44 for a weekend day pass). The 4 hour flex ticket is up ... by $4. Teen discounts for 13-19 year olds are history. Juniors are now from 6-10 (used to be 7-12). Seniors 65-69 no longer get weekend discounts. No more free passes to those over 70 (I need to double check this - it may just be omitted from the brochure). Rentals went up $2-4. Package deals went up from $2-$13. Kids Mountain Camp prices went up $1-$3. Child care (non-skiing) prices went up. Group lessons went from $20 to $22. Private lessons were raised from $45 to $48. Regular season pass prices dropped from $5 - $20, but night season passes were raised $39 (early season) and $59 (late season).|
|Your Advantage||Wow! But you can beat these price hikes with the Ski Advantage card. Yes, the Ski Advantage card is back and better than ever. It's good for discounts up to 40% off at Ski Liberty, Ski Roundtop and Whitetail (discounts at Ski Windham too!) on lift tickets and lessons. If you are a single skier, you need to ski 5 times for the card to pay off. But as your family size grows, you need less trips for the card to pay off. A family of 5 could easily save money by their second trip. The early season price is $69, plus you can get $5 off if you buy it at a ski show. Rusty recommends the Ski Advantage card for skiers who will be visiting between 5-19 times during the season. The family price is a great deal (early season price is $119 for the WHOLE family). What a bargain even if you're only a family of two! The more you have in your family, the less times you need to ski to save money with the Advantage card. New this year, you no longer have to accumulate your 5 visits at the same resort to get your next visit free (there was a computer caused limitation last year). So you can use your advantage card to more than make up for the increased prices and actually save money.|
For Serious Skiers
If you're going to ski more than 20 times per season, a season pass is
probably a better deal for you. This year, seasons passes are good at all of the
(southern) Snow Time resorts! And if the
resort you bought your season pass at is closed, you can use your pass at
|For Wanna Bees||
FLASH! Learn to Ski or Snowboard package is just $15 at Whitetail through December 22, 2000. If you like it, buy your ticket for next trip before you leave for just $29 (vs $62).
"Bounce Back" = All first time skiers who purchase a First Class (Learn to Ski) package will
have the opportunity to purchase a package deal for a return visit for $29, but
it must be purchased on the SAME DAY (i.e. before
you leave). Rusty thinks this package also include free rentals for the rest of
The new night club card program is for groups of 15 or more. It's like a season pass for night skiing. Also, lessons are FREE with this program
Whitetail has expanded their snowmaking capacity. The focus is on putting fan
guns on Snow Park trail and the top of Angel Drop so that we
can open trails faster and minimize thin spots at the tops of the trails.
Whitetail has 30 new fan guns (in addition to the old 10) , 35 new tower guns and 100 new sled guns. The
tower guns are on Upper Angel Drop, Home Run and Snow Park. The fan guns are
also on towers and they look MEAN. Bold Decision and Snow Dancer are getting
"regular" tower guns.
Whitetail also got a new Bombardier groomer (they cost $183K!). But the inside story is that a certain someone was a little hard on the old groomers. This was a replacement, not an expansion of the fleet.
|Real Estate News...||
Whitetail has an 18 hole golf course! The course will be open to the public next spring.
Construction of the conference center is scheduled to begin next fall.
The first Inns at Whitetail building is sold out. A second building is ready to get started. A new complex called "the barns" will be going up on the other side of Blair's Ridge.
Rusty is still waiting for his slope side townhouse to be built. He's not holding his breath.
There will be 4 late night ski nites this year (open till 1AM). New Year's eve will be one of the dates.
Government and Military personnel no longer have a special discount day, but they can take $2 off any day just by showing their id.