Winter Recreation Activities
Winter activities scheduled for this season:
National Jewish Singles Ski Week will be Jan. 21-28 at Big Sky, Mont. Moguls Ski and Sun Tours’ JSSW tours start at $1,199. Packages cover air fare, seven nights’ ski-in, ski-out accommodations (double occupancy), six breakfasts, five-day lift ticket, three dinners, parties and more. Call (800) 6MOGULS.
The world’s toughest skiers will be crowned Nov. 28 on Aspen Mountain. The endurance race “24 Hours of Aspen” will feature racers from the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, England, Austria and France.
Two-person teams begin their laps at noon Nov. 27. The only rest periods the racers get are on the 13-minute gondola ride to the top. Call (800) 525-6200.
Get your feet wet this winter when you go fly-fishing in Utah. Two Park City outfitters offer fly-fishing excursions to the Provo and Green rivers during the ski season. Prices start at $140 per person for a half-day excursion or $225 for two anglers for a full day of fishing. Rental equipment is available. Contact the Fly Shop at (800) 324-6778 or Local Waters Fly Fishing at (800) 748-5329.
Pass-Port gives skiers and snowboarders a convenient place to stash multiday lift tickets. The pass or ticket is inserted into a clear pocket holder attached to a velcro strap. The adjustable strap goes around the skier’s upper arm. The Pass-Port is $7.99 plus tax, postage and handling. Call (800) 322-2930.
Visitors on the Park City Silver Mine Adventure descend 1,500 feet into the ground and then take a half-mile underground train ride through the Ontario Mine in Utah. The fully operational mine produced $400 million in revenue from the 1870s to 1982. Above ground, interactive exhibits explore the history and geology of mining, as well as Park City’s colorful past. Tickets are $12.95 ($9.95 for children). Call (801) 649-8011.
Buttermilk Mountain will be the land of milk and honey for snowboarders Dec. 16 and 17. The Aspen, Colo., ski area will turn skiers away that weekend as it celebrates “Buttermilk Boarding Festival.” The two-day event will feature free snowboard lessons for all levels, special instruction programs, free demonstration boards for “test driving,” on-snow events and contests. Call (800) 525-6200.
It’s puppy love at the Ritz-Carlton in Aspen, Colo., where you can experience a Dog Sledding Adventure Jan. 2 through April 4. The package features one night’s accommodations, a three-hour dogsled ride for two (with lunch at Krabloonick’s), two disposable cameras and unlimited use of the hotel’s fitness center for $675. Additional nights are available. Call (800) 241-3333.
Something is brewing at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. The resort hosts its first Beer Festival Dec. 9 and 10. The event will feature local and regional microbrews at aprs-ski tasting events. Call (505) 776-2291.
The Vista Verde Guest Ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colo., has put together a “Venture-Pak” for travelers seeking a chilly adventure. Guests select three adventures - dog sledding, ice climbing, snowmobiling or Snow Cat powder skiing - for a five-night stay.
The package is $845 per person and includes lodging, three meals a day, ranch activities, outfitters, guides, fees and transportation. Call (800) 526-7433.
Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek’s Technique Weeks for Women are six- and three-day programs that feature personalized, noncompetitive and supportive ski instruction. Prices begin at $1,025 ($1,675 for long sesssions) and include lift tickets, ski instruction (classes limited to five), lodging (double occupancy), breakfast daily, aprs-ski clinics and socials, and videotape analysis. Call (800) 323-4386.