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post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 

So in preparation for a potential job interview with a local resort, I want to reach out to the community and see what your thoughts are regarding special events and summer activities.  What are your favorite special events to attend at your local hill?  Does your resort offer any events that are particularly unique and draw large crowds?  Does your resort offer any activities in the winter besides skiing and snowboarding?  What about in the summer?  What sort of activities does your resort offer in the off season?

 

Here are a few of my answers to help get the ball rolling:

 

Live music/concerts

Wine and beer festivals

Terrain park events

Any event that encourages people to dress in costume

 

And in the summer...

 

Disc golf

Mountain biking

Horseback rides

Music festivals

 

 

Just curious to see what events/activities you look forward to aside from skiing.  Thanks!

post #2 of 32

Winter:

End of season pond skim, dummy downhill, LIVE MUSIC and a PARTY ATMOSPHERE

Easter Egg hunt  - kids and adults, entire mountain with prizes like season passes, gear etc

Other scavenger hunt / point-to-point ski rally for all abilities - where people can win gear from the sponsoring companies

FREE DEMO DAYS - especially with multiple brands, put on by brand reps and local ski shops !!!!!

Anything with Live music that promotes a more party atmosphere every once in a while

 

Summer:

Lift serviced Mountain Biking !!!!!

post #3 of 32

In winter I really want to ski and consider most of this stuff distraction:

 

- Snowshoeing

- XC skiing

- Tubing/sledding

- Snowmobiling (mini or regular)

- Dog sledding

- Sleigh Rides

- Ice skating

- Fine dining

 

In summer, I rarely can justify the long drive for activities availble locally, but:

 

- Hiking

- Biking

- Zip lines

- Rock climbing

- Swimming

- Festivals w/ booze

- Fine dining

 

Frankly, it seems that corporate events or some equivalent are needed for critical mass in summer.

post #4 of 32

For winter, kids ski free programs or events.  Builds customer base, gives the parents an incentive/excuse to get on the hill too. 

post #5 of 32

For my daughter, when she was ages 6-12, the winter activities that made it easier to justify the 4-hour drive to Massanutten (little hill in VA) included:

 

* indoor water park

* ice skating

* indoor pool

* arts & crafts activities, mostly during early season the week before Christmas if not much skiing available yet

* night skiing, all slopes lit

 

We often took a friend who was a beginner.  So having other activities was important for them too.

post #6 of 32
Rubber Ducky Races.
post #7 of 32

For years, Sunlight has done a long-term scavenger hunt- find the treasure box on the mountain and you get a season pass.  They would hide the box in some really obscure place on the mountain (in trees, behind signs, inside lift tower pads, etc.) and would give a really obscure clue every Friday until the box was found. An example of a clue is here at 1:10, and Jenny also mentions several other activities.

 

 

Some of the most fun I've had not skiing at a ski area is sitting in the deck, drinking discounted alcohol, listening to local bands, and watching people hit the park set up just off the deck.

 

Also, any excuse I get to go retro.

 

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post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 

These are all great!  All of the scavenger hunt stuff sounds like a ton of fun.

post #9 of 32

At Massanutten, the dual MegaZip is in operation during the winter too.  I forgot to mention snow tubing.  You take the conveyor used for getting to the top of the tube hill to get to the top platform for the MegaZip.

 

Seems like Big Sky has a zip line that is going in the winter too.

post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by NayBreak View Post

Rubber Ducky Races.

 

What's this??  Sounds awesome.

post #11 of 32

Other ideas:

 

1) Stick a mini-golf putt-putt thing around the village (like Squaw did).  This serves as entertainment for the kids while mom and dad shop, gets people to see all the shops, and provides a fun activity.

2) Zip lines are huge at the Canyons and PCMR.  This is a summer and winter activity.

3 MTB parks--not just MTBing-- are the new thing, and they also keep the lifts running.  Look at the YouTubes at what Canyons did with this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7d1-QlHcEc ,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECzXnbBRngc (this guy almost hit a moose)  and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81xkqsfPkDg (the corporate version)

4) Concerts are great as mentioned above because of the beer sales.  But what about outdoor summer movie nights for the families?

5) You have to get a "Farmers Market" like Canons and other resorts have.  It helps out the locals and draws people.

6) Use the wide open space at parking lots of any ski area for a Flea Market.  Will it draw revenue?  Not really.  It will promote good will with locals and cost the resorts almost nothing. We all have stuff we want to get rid of.

7) Summer skiing.  Really.  The artificial ski surface companies have a usable surface suitable for teaching beginners and letting the park rats do their thing in the hot summer days.  I have no idea about what a cost-benefit analysis would look like.


Edited by quant2325 - 9/11/13 at 7:45am
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post
 

 

What's this??  Sounds awesome.

 

I'm assuming it's like the Breck one. There's a river/creek that runs through the town and during a festival they sell rubber ducks with numbers on them, then release the thousands of ducks down the river. Then the first predetermined number to cross the finish line down river wins.  

 

The website says they released over 10,000 this year

http://www.summitfoundation.org/?page_id=81

 

They aren't usually done on an annual basis but adventure races are a lot of fun.

 

If the town is large enough bar crawls are usually pretty popular. Honestly as much as people hate on Breckenridge that resort has it locked down on events. Dew tour, free concerts from major names like 3OH!3 and Mtisyahu, they sponsor the bar crawls, They also do balls and stuff but never been to those. Another popular thing they do is in the spring once a week they let the park chair keep spinning for an extra hour. They do a bunch of other stuff too that I can't remember at the moment  

post #13 of 32
Does this place have any river running culture? If so, look up Monarch's kayaks on snow event. Its awesome.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post

What's this??  Sounds awesome.

It rocks. Over Labor Day weekend 10,000+ rubber ducks race the Blue River in Breck and then Gore Creek in Vail the following day. Each duck is sponsored (they do a childrens race, a business race, and then the big public race) and the proceeds go to charity. The winners get prizes - usually something like a ski trip for first place and lesser prizes from there.

We came in 17th @ Vail several years ago. It is a blast to drink some beers and watch that many ducks race. Sort of like Oktoberfest for families biggrin.gif.

As the racers reach the crowds...





Duckies do get trapped, and older kids can sign up to help..




Edited by NayBreak - 9/11/13 at 9:05am
post #15 of 32

A few seen, and not all at ski areas.

 

One of the best: Warrior Dash.  It draws thousands and raises $ for a good cause.  Copper just did one last month had like 7,000 competitors. 

Multi-sport team competitions.  Birds and birdies (shoot skeet and golf).  Mix any group of sports that are popular in your area.

Beach ball race.  Same idea as the rubber duck races with inflatable beach balls.  Easier to follow because of the size.

Adventure golf.  Tee off from the top, put the cup at the bottom.  

Any junior programs.  You will get the whole family at the area.

Raffle for a season pass, donate funds to a local charity will increase the giving.

 

Pretty much anything that involves live music, retro clothes, and people acting silly should draw a crowd :D.

 

Good luck on the interview.

post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

For years, Sunlight has done a long-term scavenger hunt- find the treasure box on the mountain and you get a season pass.  They would hide the box in some really obscure place on the mountain (in trees, behind signs, inside lift tower pads, etc.) and would give a really obscure clue every Friday until the box was found. An example of a clue is here at 1:10, and Jenny also mentions several other activities.

 

 

Some of the most fun I've had not skiing at a ski area is sitting in the deck, drinking discounted alcohol, listening to local bands, and watching people hit the park set up just off the deck.

 

Also, any excuse I get to go retro.

 

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I went to Sunlight for the first time last year.......love that mountain although the erector set lifts are super slow.  Truly a hidden gem!!

post #17 of 32

Naybreak ^^^ love those pics of the rubber duck race!

 

One of my favorite things to attend at the local mountain is the wine and food fest. 

They have local chefs feature dishes that compliment wines of the region.  I think there's a vote on favorite wine/food combo but I'm not sure

post #18 of 32
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I went to Sunlight for the first time last year.......love that mountain although the erector set lifts are super slow.  Truly a hidden gem!!

 

Yeah, Primo is an example of why so few places do fixed grip 1800 vertical feet installs these days. Before the mid 1980's, the bottom terminal for Primo was actually at the base. I can't imagine how tedious that lift would have been.

 

The "erector set" lift is actually the #3 lift (Ajax Express today) from Aspen Mountain. The towers were manufactured by Heron and date to 1954, which makes it, as far as I know, the oldest operating chair in the state. The drive stations and a few towers right out of the terminals are Riblet and date to 1973, when the lift was installed at Sunlight. 

 

As far as I know, the Primo lift, installed in 1966, is the oldest chairlift operating in Colorado, and Segundo, even if you use the 1973 date, is in the top 10.

 

Sunlight does atmosphere really well. They have a lot of different events including The Heathen Challenge ski mountaineering race, The Endurance Challenge- 12 hour ascent and descent race (brutal!), and Defiance challenge, a 10 hour grind of East Wall laps. Most weekends there is local music and other fun stuff happening.

post #19 of 32

Check feasibility of a movie theater.  If there's already one in town, run a shuttle.

 

Mini-golf isn't a bad idea, but the one in Squaw's village is not very elaborate.  My kids don't want to do it more than once per year.  The nice thing about it is that it brings the kids (and parents) around the whole village so they see all the storefronts.  I'd guess it's run as a loss-leader.  I'm not sure of the economics of installing a more compelling mini-golf course.

post #20 of 32

A few more thoughts:

 

Jackson Hole has a bungy-trampoline that is just incredibly cool.  Kids are on it all the time.  The parents, and others, love to watch:

 

 

Another idea is a variation of rock climbing that's easier and more accessible than full-on technical climbing called Via Ferrata (Iron Way).  A cable is fixed with anchors to climbing areas around the mountain.  People wear a climbing harness and helmet, but all you do is clip two straps and carabiners as you climb the cable.  It's very safe, very intuitive, and tons of fun.  It's extremely popular in Europe and hopefully we're getting some routes here in the next couple of years:

 

 

Lastly, the new-style alpine slides that consist of a little sled on a tube going down the hill are a riot.  We did this one in Bled, Slovenia, a few years ago and it was a blast:

 

 

 

post #21 of 32

Take a look at what Seven Springs, Wisp, Massanutten, and Wintergreen offer besides skiing/boarding.  Many families who ski in the mid-Atlantic often take ski vacations with non-skiers of all ages.  All are 4-season resorts.

post #22 of 32
One of the local tiny hill organized a Mud Hero race on the slope, didn't go but looks fun.
post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 

These are all phenomenal.  Thanks for the help and keep em coming!

post #24 of 32

As far as special events our Octoberfest brings in a big crowd for over a month. Something about beer drinking as a sport seems to peak people's interest.

post #25 of 32
Snowy Luau Weekend at Timberline Ski Area in West Virginia is a polynesian themed weekend the resort hosts every year in mid-March. They have entertainment, costumes, contests/races, fireworks, pig roast, bonfire, etc. It can be a real hoot and is the best spring ski party in the mid-Atlantic, especilly when the conditions are decent which is the case more often than not: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1394&mode=rss
post #26 of 32

In early December Sun Peaks has a "Toony Day". A Toony is a two dollar Canadian coin and that or a food bank donation gets you a lift ticket, with all proceeds going to the local food bank. It is a for real gaper day with one-day-a-year skiers showing up with 70s equipment, every rental ski on the mountain is rented out, and all the high schools in the nearby city of Kamloops close down as no one shows up for school on Toony Day. The day is known by the locals as "body pack the hill day" and no pass holder in their right mind shows up as it is quite the busy gong show.

 

The Ice Wine Festival happens in January and sells out every year. People get to sample ice wine at various bars and restaurants throughout the village.

 

Last summer Sun Peaks held a free concert with Kevin Costner's country band playing and all 7 hotels near full as well as restaurants and bars doing quite well. This past July it was a free concert featuring Burton Cummings and they did a lot of tunes from his former band The Guess Who, who were very popular in the 60s and 70s. The event attracted an estimated 8,000 visitors which easily surpasses the winter record of 6300 skiers in single ski day. For Labour Day they had a free concert with Colin James who is one of Canada's premier blues guitarists. The event is held with a stage at the bottom of a beginner run and a roped off area in front of the stage is a paid area and the rest of the concert goers sit on the beginner hill for no charge.

post #27 of 32

During early season, Cataloochee does a food drive one day.  Bring a certain number of canned food to donate in exchange for a lift ticket.  A jump start before all the slopes are covered with manmade snow, which is needed on 100% of the trails in the southeast.

post #28 of 32
Botanical Gardens don't hurt (well, not most of us anyway biggrin.gif)



post #29 of 32
O I just remembered. Up on Breck the Fourth of July bowl usually keeps snow year round and some of the local shops will set up a rail jam up there in September. It's usually more of a smaller thing that people just attend by word of mouth but if your mountain has the ability I'm sure you could turn it in to a pretty big event.

Also some 4x4 trails would be sweet but reorts aren't to keen on that
post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
 

A few more thoughts:

 

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Lastly, the new-style alpine slides that consist of a little sled on a tube going down the hill are a riot.  We did this one in Bled, Slovenia, a few years ago and it was a blast:

 

 

 

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I did a similar bob sled thingy in Engelberg, Switzerland... I think every resort should have one of those.

 

Mt. Biking or hiking.  Not sure if it counts, but swimming in the general Kirkwood or Heavenly areas (few miles down the road from the actual ski hill).

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