The Powder Alliance, North America’s premiere multi-resort season pass, announced today that it is expanding into Canada with the addition of Silver Star Ski Resort in Vernon, B.C. An exclusive collection of specialty ski resorts known for having the greatest powder stashes on the continent, the Powder Alliance represents 13 resorts with a combined total of 10,653 centimetres of annual fresh powder and 20,869 acres of skiable terrain.
With 700 cm of annual snowfall per year, Silver Star is the only Canadian ski resort in the Powder Alliance. Season pass holders at all Powder Alliance ski resorts receive three free tickets at all other participating areas plus special offers on lodging, rentals, buddy tickets, and more. These areas include Crested Butte, CO, Snowbasin Resort, UT, Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA, Stevens Pass, WA, Timberline, OR, Schweitzer, ID, Angel Fire Resort, NM, Bridger Bowl, MT, China Peak, CA, Mountain High, CA, Arizona Snowbowl, AZ, and Mt Hood Skibowl, OR.
“The Powder Alliance has been on our radar for quite some time,” says Anne Haight, Director of Sales & Marketing for Silver Star Mountain Resort. “It offers exceptional value to our pass holders and allows them the freedom to explore other like-minded resorts within the United States. From the steeps of the Pacific Northwest to the champagne powder of Utah, the Powder Alliance is simply the best value of any group pass product in North America.”
To begin planning your winter road trip, visit www.powderalliance.com for details on participating resorts, special offers, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Angel Fire Resort, NM
Angel Fire Resort is located in New Mexico at the southern end of the Rockies amidst the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains. With 76 trails and 3 terrain parks, there is something for everyone; from long and gentle groomers to steep and challenging hike-only runs. A top-notch Ski School, night-skiing, a tubing area, a nearby Nordic Center, and convenient slopeside lodging make Angel Fire Resort one of the country’s most family-friendly winter destinations. www.angelfireresort.com
Arizona Snowbowl, AZ
Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Arizona Snowbowl is just 11 kilometres outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, 2 hours from Phoenix, and 1 hour from the Grand Canyon. Originally founded in 1938, it is one of the oldest continually operated ski areas in the country. Arizona Snowbowl features 40 trails, 6 lifts, a terrain park, snowmaking on over 60% of its trails, on-mountain dining options and Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins. With a peak elevation of 3,505 metres, vertical drop of 701 m, and average 660 cm of snowfall, Arizona Snowbowl is a true gem in the Southwest ski scene. www.arizonasnowbowl.com
Bridger Bowl, MT
Ski the Cold Smoke at Bridger Bowl! Located only 20 minutes north of the great ski town of Bozeman, Montana, this northern Rockies gem announces the addition of a new upper mountain chalet, named “Alpine Cabin”. This warming and food service cabin will provide facility support to our 2 new triple chair lifts installed last season. Bridger Bowl now offers expansive blue runs in addition to our well-known expert terrain. Skiers and riders will find a 792 m vertical playground covering 2,000 acres of diverse terrain. Daytime skier services provided with 4 day lodges, and in the university town of Bozeman, MT, you’ll find a wide assortment of lodging, dining and exciting nightlife options. Find the best value ALL SEASON on lift and lodging packages in North America at www.bridgerbowl.com
China Peak, CA
China Peak is located 104 km east of Fresno, at Huntington Lake. The resort is an excellent midsize mountain offering 1,700 cm vertical and 1,400 acres of terrain with a variety to suit all levels. Average snowfall is 825 cm and the longest run is 4 km. Lodging is just steps away at the Cozy Inn @ China Peak. www.skichinapeak.com
Crested Butte, CO
An historic coal mining turned ski town; Crested Butte is a place that lives and breathes outdoor adventure where the only limits are your own. An authentic destination, where crowds don’t exist, zany, festive community events are a priority, and genuine family adventures await. With wide open beginner and intermediate runs, great terrain parks and some of Colorado’s best in-bounds extreme terrain, the mountain has something for everyone. Be sure to check out the town of Crested Butte: Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town, it’ll leave you wondering why you don’t call this place home. www.skicb.com
Mountain High, CA
Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort located just an hour and a half from Los Angeles and Orange County. The area consists of three separate mountains (Mountain High East, West, and North), and offers a wide variety of lifts and trails, a world-class terrain park, an outstanding Winter Sports School, and the region’s largest tubing area. Night skiing & snowboarding is available 7 nights-a-week peak season and snowmaking covers more than 80% of the slopes. Mountain High has been the first resort to open in Southern California for the past 16 years and traditionally operates from mid November to mid April. Get more at www.mthigh.com
Mt Hood Skibowl, OR
Mt. Hood Skibowl offers “the most night skiing terrain in North America” according to Ski Magazine, with 65 day runs and 34 night. Less than an hour from Portland, Skibowl is known for some of the best terrain on Mt. Hood with a 4 minute ride to pure vertical and expertly groomed runs. www.skibowl.com
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is quickly rising in the ranks of the nation’s top destination resorts with 2900 acres of amazing terrain and renowned tree skiing. Located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the northern Idaho panhandle and the northwest Rocky Mountains, Schweitzer overlooks the town of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille. Schweitzer is well known for its two massive bowls, uncrowded slopes, breathtaking views and amazing gladed terrain. For more information on Schweitzer Mountain Resort visit www.schweitzer.com
Silver Star, Canada
Silver Star Mountain Resort is nestled in the heart of British Columbia’s Thompson Okanagan region, less than a one-hour drive from Kelowna International Airport (YLW). A year round mountain destination, the resort offers 3,065 acres of varied skiable terrain, with an annual snowfall of more than 700 cm of dry B.C. interior powder. www.skisilverstar.com
Snowbasin Resort is located less than 56 km north of Salt Lake City. With nearly 3,000 skiable acres, 914 vertical m and 11 lifts you are bound to find something for you and your entire family to enjoy. www.snowbasin.com
Stevens Pass, WA
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is located just 125 km east of Seattle on the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range. Stevens averages 1,143 cm of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain – including 37 major runs and numerous bowls, glades and faces. www.stevenspass.com
Sierra-at-Tahoe is located just 16 km West of South Lake Tahoe and boasts 1,219 cm of annual snowfall, 2,000 skiable acres including 320 acres of heart-pounding backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates. With a continued commitment to terrain parks, it is easy to see why TransWorld Snowboarding readers continue to name Sierra Top 10 Parks in the nation. www.SierraAtTahoe.com.
Timberline Lodge is located just 96 km east of Portland, Oregon. Constructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 1,828 m above sea level. This beautiful 16,764 square metre National Historic Landmark is still being used for its original intent – a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy. www.timberlinelodge.com