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WINDHAM MOUNTAIN FACTS AND STATISTICS FOR 2011-2012

LOCATION: Windham, N.Y., atop the Catskill Mountain High Peaks, on the north face of Cave Mountain.

DIRECTIONS: NYS Thruway exit 21 (Catskill) to Route 23 West. Windham Mountain is 25 miles from exit 21, 118 miles from NYC, and 60 miles from Albany. GPS coordinates: N 42 17.941 W 74 15.426

SEASON: Opening Day: November 24, 2011 (weather permitting); Closing Day: April 8, 2012 (weather permitting)

BASE
ELEVATION:
1,500 feet

SUMMIT
ELEVATION:
3,100 feet

VERTICAL
RISE:
1,600 feet on two of the highest peaks in the Catskills

TRAIL SYSTEM:
• 49 total trails, including a beginner area.
• 8 trails open for night skiing
• 269 skiable acres, 16.75 miles total trail length
• 30% "easiest," 40% "more difficult," 30% "most difficult"
• Terrain parks: "The Park," located on Warm Up; "Jib Park" on Lower White Way; "Mini Park" on Lower Warpath; Big Air Bag, just above the D Lift. All are open to skiers and snowboarders.

LIFT SYSTEM:
• 10 total lifts
• 2 high-speed detachable quad chair lifts
• 4 triple chair lift, 1 double chair lift
• 3 surface lifts
• Uphill capacity: 16,450 skiers per hour

SNOWFALL: Averages 100-110 inches per season, measured from Mid- November to mid April.

SNOWMAKING: Windham Mountain's World Class Snow TM covers 97% of all skiable terrain.

NIGHT SKIING: Open on 7 trails from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and select holiday periods.

MOUNTAIN TOP
ADVENTURE PARK:
Windham Mountain Adventure Park: 650' slope with 8 lanes, tows and base lodge. Other attractions include a 500-foot long, 40-foot high zip line, ice skating, Kids Snowmobile Park, and Sliders Café. The park is scheduled to operate mid-December to mid March, weather permitting.
• Hours: Fridays from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m; Saturdays and Holidays from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m; Sundays and the final night of holiday periods from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
• Pricing: per person, two hour session, $20; four hours, $25; Friday nights, $15; Value Packs (5 people for 4 hours), $89. Parking and ticketing available on-site.

LIFT TICKETS:

Monday Through Friday, Non - Holiday:
Full Day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Adult (13+) $52
  • Junior (7-12) $37
  • Child (6 & under) $10

Flex Any 4 Hours

  • Adult (13+) $39
  • Junior (7-12) $24
  • Child (6 & under) $10

Night (Friday) 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Adult (13+) $37
  • Junior (7-12) $37
  • Child (6 & under) $10

Marathon (Friday) 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Adult (13+) $62
  • Junior (7-12) $47
  • Child (6 & under) $10

Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Periods:
Full Day 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Adult (13+) $72
  • Junior (7-12) $58
  • Child (6 & under) $10

Sunset 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Adult (13+)  $45
  • Junior (7-12) $37
  • Child (6 & under) $10

Night 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Adult (13+)  $37
  • Junior (7-12) $37
  • Child (6 & under) $10

Marathon 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Adult (13+) $82
  • Junior (7-12) $68
  • Child (6 & under)  $10

Holiday Periods: Christmas/New Year's: December 26, 2011 - January 2, 2012
Christmas Day (December 25) hours: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
MLK: January 14-16, 2012
Presidents Week: February 18 - 26, 2012

Night Lift Hours: December 16, 2011 - February 25, 2012 (Friday, Saturday and
Holidays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., excluding Dec. 24 - 25; Jan. 1, Jan. 16, and Feb. 26).

PASSES AND SAVER CARDS:
• Triple Play Card: Three days of skiing for $129. Not valid during holiday periods.
• Triple Play Plus Card: Any three days of skiing for $189. Holidays included.
• Six Pack Card: Six full day lift tickets for $319. Holidays included.
• Gravity Card: $99 for $25 off weekdays and $15 off weekends.
• Midweek Pass: Ski or ride Monday through Friday all season long for $249. Not valid during holiday periods.
• Senior Pass: Full anytime season pass for guests over age 65 for $349 (over 75 is free).
• Sunday Passes: Valid all non-holiday Sundays all season long for $349.

GROUP RATES: From $29 for adults; minimum group size of 20. Call 1-800-754-9463 x 1382

EQUIPMENT
RENTALS:
Fast, affordable rentals from $40 a day (helmet included).

LESSONS AND
PACKAGES:
Group lessons from $34, or lift ticket & lesson from just $52.

FIRST TRACKS: Guests may ski the mountain with a guide for one hour before the lifts open every Saturday, Sunday and holiday morning by reservation only. Cost: $15

SNOW REPORTS: Call (800) 729-4766 for continuously updated conditions.

LODGING: The Winwood Inn and Condominiums is located one mile from the base lodge on Main Street, Windham, with a complimentary shuttle to the mountain. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, movie theatre, game room and restaurant. Rock'n Mexicana Cantina & Grill is located at the Winwood Inn. Rock'n Mexicana serves freshly prepared meals 7 nights a week starting at 5:00 p.m. There are also numerous inns, hotels and B&B's in the area.

CENTRAL
RESERVATIONS:
For information on booking condominiums or private homesplease call Central Reservations at 518-734-4300 ext.1333.

VALET PARKING: Available on weekends and holidays, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

EQUIPMENT
VALET:
Offers equipment storage slopeside by the hour, the night, theweek or the season.

3500 CLUB: Offers seasonal lockers, easy mountain access and member benefits.

BIG AIR BAG: Experience the thrill of high-flying aerials with a soft, cushy landing on New York's only Big Air Bag. Located in the base area.

EURO BUNGYTM : This amazing bungee trampoline flings you 25 feet high as you jump and flip. Located on the base lodge patio.

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN
SPORTS:
The world's top brands and quality service will keep you looking and feeling your best on the mountain.

• Tuning and Repairs: State-of-the-art tuning and repairs are better than ever with the addition of robot tuning technology, ensuring precise results.
• Demo Equipment: Try out the latest gear before you buy it. Featuring more than 200 skis and snowboards. From $47 a day.
• Windham Boot Lab: Foot pain is a thing of the past, thanks to the expertise of our Master Boot-Fitter. Windham Mountain Sports carries all of the tools you'll need to stay comfortable on the mountain.

SNOW SPORTS
PROGRAMS:

• Group & Private Lessons - Hourly, daily and season-long programs for all ability levels.
• Adult Programs - Half- or full-day, 13-week ski, ride and racing programs for ages 19+.
• Junior Programs - 13- and 14-week skiing and riding programs for kids ages 5 - 18.
• PowerLearn Clinic - Eight weekly sessions focus on equipment, technique, psychology and customized learning for dedicated skiers.
• Adaptive Sports Foundation - One of the nation's leading programs to help people with disabilities experience the fun of skiing and boarding.

CHILDRENS'
PROGRAMS:
Give your kids a head start on the slopes. You'll relax knowing they're having fun in supervised programs. Reservations recommended.

• Ages 8-12/Mountain Masters - Lift ticket, lesson and supervised on-slope fun.
• Ages 4-7/Mini Mogul Skiers - Includes indoor activities, lift ticket and lesson.
• Ages 4-7/Mini Mogul Snowboarders - Includes indoor activities, lift ticket and lesson. Available on weekends and holiday periods.
• Ages 2-7/Non-Skiers - Indoor supervision and activities.

WINDHAM
MOUNTAIN
DINING:

• Rock'n Mexicana - Creative cuisine with an accent on fun, featuring inventive dishes from north and south of the border. Great beer selection, 25 tequilas and signature margaritas.
518-734-4055.
• Season's - Located at the Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Center, Windham's newest restaurant highlights steakhouse favorites and continental cuisine. 518-734-5200.
• On-Mountain Dining - There's something to tempt every taste, style and budget on the mountain. Grab a bite at the Mountain Express cafeteria, Wunderbar Café, or the scenic mid-mountain Wheelhouse Lodge. Savor smoky specialties at the Slopeside BBQ & Bar, or enjoy a fresh-rolled maki from the Sushi Bar. Indulge your sweet tooth at Waffle Cabin or the Coffee Bar. Relax and let us serve you at Legends Bar & Grill. Or warm up at Sliders at the Adventure Park.

WEDDINGS,
CORPORATE
EVENTS AND
BANQUETS:
Windham Mountain is nestled in the vast and beautiful Northern
Catskills, which offer spectacular views. Guests can celebrate their
wedding with chairlift rides to the summit, a patio ceremony,
fireside cocktail hour or an elegant reception. Our distinctive sites are ideal for corporate events and banquets, too. You'll find spaces to suit your style at Rock'n Mexicana, Seasons, Legends, or The Club.

SUMMER
ATTRACTIONS: Professional and amateur athletes praise our area hiking and biking terrain and stellar views. Get an adrenaline rush with our dual racing Zip Lines. Take off with your friends on a lofty two-mile Skyride. And discover nine golf courses nestled into the mountains of Greene County. Events include:
• UCI World Cup Bike Race, 6/30/12 - 7/1/12
• Warrior Dash, 8/11/12 - 8/12/12
• Tour of the Catskills Bike Race, TBA
• Motorcycle and Car Rallies, TBA

HOME SERVICES: A division of Windham Mountain's Real Estate Division, Home Services offers complete home maintenance services to real estate home owners. Services include home monitoring, custom home maintenance, housekeeping, grounds keeping, exterior maintenance, interior maintenance and remodeling and concierge services.

THE TOWN
OF WINDHAM:

• Dining: There are dining options to please every palate with more than 40 restaurants within 10 miles of Windham.
• Lodging: With more than 50 lodging options, it's easy to find a great place to relax at the end of a day on the mountain.

 

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN EVENT SCHEDULE 2011-2012

WINDHAM, N.Y. (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain offers a variety of events each season. Here's the 2011-2012 lineup.

Ullr Festival
Opening Weekend (Scheduled for November 26 - 27, 2011, weather permitting.)
The mythical Norse ski god will join Windham Mountain for a FIRE AND ICE ceremony to pray for a great winter. Ullr will ski and give away prizes to celebrate our opening weekend. There will be drinks specials in Legends Bar & Grill and a DJ on the patio.

Dashing Through the Snow Weekend with Skiing and Riding Santas
December 17 - 18, 2011
Begin your Christmas celebration at Windham Mountain with holiday-themed fun and activities. The band Finding Reason will play on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Legends Bar & Grill, and the Catskill Mountain Series Giant Slalom and Rail Jam will take place this weekend.

On Sunday, December 18, 2011, Windham Mountain invites all skiing and riding Santas to spend a day on our mountain. A free ski ticket and two additional midweek, non-holiday vouchers will be given to those dressed in head-to-toe Santa costumes for the day. All skiing and riding Santas will be required to pre-register. (Limited to 250. Registration opens on November 28, 2011.) A minimum donation of $10 is requested and will be given to the local food pantry at Hope Restoration Church in Windham, NY. All Santa's will meet in the morning for a group picture and an initial group ski and ride.

Christmas Week
December 25, 2011 - January 2, 2012
Celebrate the Holidays at Windham Mountain! Skiing and riding will be available from December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and on Monday January 2, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Mountain Top Adventure Park will be open for day and night tubing (day only on Sunday, January 2, 2012), and the Cross Country and Snowshoe Center will be open daily, weather permitting.

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2011
Windham Mountain will bring in the New Year with kids entertainment, a fantastic fireworks display and great music. Celebrate with your friends and family at Legends Bar & Grill with a live band, drinks and a party that starts the New Year off right! And the winner of our annual first Skier of the Year contest will descend the lighted What's Next trail at midnight!

College Week and College Cup
January 3-6, 2012
Come show your school spirit! Windham offers $25 lift tickets all week for college students with a valid student ID card. Activities include school vs. school ski and snowboard races, Legends Lounge drink specials and new spins on "traditional" college games and contests.

What could be better way to wrap up the week than finding out which college really deserves bragging rights? The College Cup Race on Friday, January 6, 2012 puts students head to head to see which school rules, and winners will take prizes from a $5000 purse.

Western Hoedown
January 7-8, 2012
Break out your boots (the cowboy ones) and bring in the first full weekend of the New Year western style. The party will move from the patio into Legends Bar & Grill on Saturday night for a knee-slapping good time. The Country Nighthawks will play western music, and there will be western-themed giveaways and drink specials.

Windham Mountain's alliance with Jackson Hole Ski Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming continues. A Jackson Hole Representative will be on site this weekend.

Senior Week
January 9-13, 2012
Windham Mountain will offer seniors ages 50+ significantly reduced prices on lift tickets, lessons and ski-and-stay packages at The Winwood Inn. Additional discounts will be available at Rock'n Mexicana restaurant, Legends Bar & Grill, Windham Mountain Sports and the Demo Center. Guests must present an I.D. for age verification to receive discounted rates.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend
January 14-16, 2012
The Amish Outlaws return to perform at Legends Bar & Grill on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. And rock out with Johnny Moon and the Starz on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Drink specials and a DJ on the patio will keep the party going all weekend long.

Wounded Warriors Weekend
January 19-22, 2012
Windham Mountain's Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) will host the Wounded Warriors Weekend. Instructors help veterans to overcome injuries and experience the thrill of skiing and snowboarding. To learn more, visit http://www.windhammountain.com/lessons-programs/adaptive-sports-foundation/.

Birthday and Rockabilly Weekend
January 21-22, 2012
Celebrate Windham Mountain's 51st birthday with a great band, drink specials and a fireworks display. And we'll revisit the 50's with a Rockabilly themed weekend. Grease up your hair, give a us a little lip curl and rock out to the best of the era! The Lustre Kings will play in Legends from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m on Saturday.

Hospitality Industry Ski Week
January 23-27, 2012
Windham will offer discounts and incentives to employees in the hospitality industries including bartenders, wait staff, hair dressers and service industry employees. Discounts will be available at Rock'n Mexicana restaurant, Legends Bar & Grill, Windham Mountain Sports and the Demo Center. Guests must present their lift ticket for verification to receive discounted rates.

Woodstock 2012
January 28-29, 2012
Transport back to that epic festival in 1969 when the hair was long, the beards were thick and the bells were big. Grateful Dead tribute band The Reflections will play 60's favorites in Legends Bar & Grill on Saturday, and we'll help you look the part with bandanas, temporary tattoos and peace sign jewelry.

Women's Week
January 30 - February 3, 2012
A week dedicated to women at Windham Mountain. Women will enjoy special lift ticket rates in addition to discounts will be available at Rock'n Mexicana restaurant, Legends Bar & Grill, Windham Mountain Sports and the Demo Center. Join other women in races, improvement clinics, and fun. From February 1-3 the I ♥ Snowboarding events help to raise money for women's Heart Disease research.

NFL Championship Game Weekend
February 4-5, 2012
Celebrate the end of football season and watch the biggest game of the year with Windham Mountain. We'll party all weekend long with great contests, including a longest field goal kick in a ski boot and a football tire throw. Then, come to Rock'n Mexicana to watch the NFL Championship fireside. Great food and drink specials on Sunday will keep the party going through the last nail-biting seconds.

Disco Dancing
February 11-12, 2012
Wear your favorite bell bottoms to Windham Mountain. We'll feature giveaways and disco dance parties along with a DJ cranking out the tunes of the decade on the patio and the Dyn-o-Mite Disco Band from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m on Saturday.

80's Party and Big Air Bag Throwdown
February 18-19, 2012
Windham Mountain will host the annual Big Air Bag Throwdown on Saturday night. Skiers and riders bring their best tricks to the Big Air Bag at Windham Mountain. This competition will be a dual elimination format, with the judges determining which athlete moves on to the next round. A DJ will keep things lively and dole out swag generously. The Mountain will also feature a "best 80's ski suit" contest, neon lights giveaways and drink specials in Legends. Weekend bands include U2 cover band Joshua Tree on Saturday and Johnny Moon and the Starz on Sunday.

President's Week
February 18-26, 2012
Night skiing and riding will be available from February 18 - 25, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Mountain Top Adventure Park will be open all week for day and night tubing (day only on Sunday, February 26, 2012), and the Cross Country and Snowshoe Center will be open daily, weather permitting.

Bavarian Fest
February 25-26, 2012
Area entertainers will join us for the weekend to share the best of the Bavarian culture, with authentic German music and costumes. It's Oktoberfest, a few months late. We'll also offer German beer and food specialties.

Motown Getdown & Michael Grey Race
March 3-4, 2012
Get back into the groove with the best of Motown. Think Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations, and get ready to get down! Afros, peace signs and anything with fringe will have you ready to boogie the night away. Come and check out our Motown band in Legends and fantastic drink specials.

March Madness & Hartman Cup
March 10- 11, 2012

Come take your best foul shot and join the festivities on the back patio. Windham Mountain is offering value-priced tickets for skiers and riders wearing college team jerseys. Guests can take their best foul shot and participate in a variety of Ski-Meets-Basketball Activities on the patio. Johnny Moon and the Starz will be playing their last Windham Mountain gig of the winter season in Legends from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Snowmakers' Race
March 13, 2012
Area resorts send their snowmakers to compete in the Annual Snowmakers' Classic. Contests include hose pulling, slalom races and freestyle competitions. Resorts compete for bragging rights and prizes.

Winter Wonderland - A Day of Yes!
March 14, 2012
Chai Lifeline, the international children's health support network, has joined with Windham Mountain to bring the excitement of winter sports to children with cancer and other life-threatening or chronic illnesses. Windham Mountain will host a group of children and siblings for a day of fun at the mountain. Children will have the opportunity to ski or spend the day engaged in Windham Mountain's full range of outdoor winter activities.

Irish I was Skiing/Riding Festival
March 17-18, 2012
Kiss me - I'm at Windham Mountain. Legend has it that if you catch a (skiing) leprechaun, you get the gold (kids can catch the leprechaun who has gold coin chocolate).
There will be a Irish Step Dancers and a DJ on the Patio, Guinness drink specials all weekend, and a great Irish band - The Ruffians - in Legends on Saturday.

Parrothead Spring Fling Festival
March 24-25, 2012
Come celebrate the arrival of spring with beach balls, leis, and palm trees. In partnership with the local Parrothead chapter, our "party with a purpose" raises money for local charity. The beach festival presents Jimmy and the Parrots a Jimmy Buffet cover band. Entertainment will include volley ball, frisbees, jello shots, blender sports specials, and a waitress race. And check out our infamous Pond Skimming competition.

 

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN BUILDS COMPETITION CENTER FOR JUNIOR SEASONAL SNOW SPORTS PROGRAMS

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN, N.Y. (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain will introduce a new Competition Center for the 2011-2012 season. The building will serve as a base of operations for the participants and coaches of the Snow Sports junior seasonal programs.

The Competition Center provides space for team meetings, video analysis and equipment tuning and storage. The flexible space can also be adapted for special events including race registrations, awards ceremonies and other functions.

Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain, said that the popularity of the programs and the high caliber of athletes they develop factored into the decision to construct the building.

"Windham Mountain's competition programs regularly turn out top-level athletes," Seamans said. "In U.S. and Canadian junior racing circles, the Alpine Program is known as 'The Factory' due to the large number of participants and their success."

Participants regularly find the podium in freestyle competitions, too. Between various disciplines offered, there are approximately 600 kids involved in Windham Mountain's junior seasonal programs.

The 25' by 50' building is a standalone, single story structure located in the base area. The construction of the building cost an estimated $130,000.

The Competition Center will also hold offices for junior program directors and coaches of the Alpine, Freestyle, and snowboard programs.

 

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN COMPLETES CAPITAL PROJECTS FOR THE UPCOMING SKIING AND RIDING SEASON

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain Resort has invested nearly $4 million in capital improvements in the last six months. Scheduled capital projects, and more that were added this fall, will be complete prior to the start of the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season.

The bulk of the investment is focused on upgrades to snow grooming and snowmaking operations that will improve the on-snow experience.
The grooming fleet is now enhanced by two new Pisten Bully 400 grooming tractors. One groomer is equipped with a "park package" with special attachments that will facilitate the shaping and grooming of Windham Mountain's popular terrain parks.

The pump house at the Batavia Kill River was completely destroyed by Hurricane Irene and had to be rebuilt. The resort took advantage of this opportunity to upgrade all of the technology components and install state-of-the-art pumps, motors and electrical system. The new pump house is capable of pumping 6,000 gallons of water per minute and will be much more efficient than the previous infrastructure.

Whistler and Wolverine trails are now outfitted top to bottom with 74 new energy-efficient snow guns. The new tower guns take up less space than the old ones and reduce energy demands while creating more snow. In addition, 8,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe has been installed to ensure that the snowmaking system reaches its maximum potential.

A new trail has been added for the upcoming season. WinTuck is a reclaimed work road that will offer expert skiers and riders an easier track down the East Peak. Where's Charlie and Assembly Line, two previously unnamed and uncounted trails, will bring Windham Mountain's total trail count to 49.

Both Whistler and Old Wolverine trails have been widened on the top of the mountain, improving the overall experience on those trails. Guests will also notice new trail signs throughout the mountain, which are the same timber style as the signs throughout the base lodge.

Because of the popularity of alpine, freestyle and snowboarding training and competition programs at Windham Mountain, a new Training and Competition Center has been built near the base lodge. The new Center provides a gathering and classroom area for competitors and coaches of the junior seasonal programs along with space for equipment tuning.

All outdoor staff will sport new uniforms this season. A basket check area in Mt. Express Cafeteria will provide a second location for convenient storage at a flat rate. The purchase of a new parking lot and Winwood shuttle will offer our guests a more comfortable ride to and from various locations. The Adventure Park will feature a new side-by-side racing Zip Line this winter. The resort will also be adding the Windham Spa's service at the base lodge which will be open to the public. The spa will offer massage, body treatments, hand and foot care, facials, waxing and electrolysis.

New this season, Windham Mountain Sports is offering precise ski and snowboard tuning due to the new Montana Crystal-Edge Tuning Machine, the only one in the United States.

Legends and The Club at Windham will benefit from a new tap system that will enable all bars to offer a much wider selection of beers. Over the summer Windham Mountain developed a partnership with Coca Cola, which resulted in the installation of all new soda line and vending machines. The resort will also participate in Coca Cola's internationally recognized recycling program this season as we continue to improve our environmental sustainability.

Other food and beverage improvements include two new outdoor grills, a pizza prep table, sandwich prep table, tilt skillet, under-counter refrigerator and freezer, portable beverage bar, a condiment cart and a new floor in Mt. Express Cafeteria.

Many of the improvements made at Windham Mountain for the upcoming season are behind the scenes. While these improvements may not be as noticeable as others, they will help our staff to better serve our guests. These include new blinds and microphones at the ticket windows, server upgrades to increase the speed of transactions both at the lodge and online, upgrades to boilers, the fire system, on-mountain electrical system upgrades, and basic base lodge repairs.

 

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN TO HOST THE ANNUAL EASTERN SKI WRITERS ASSOCIATION MEETING

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - The Annual Eastern Ski Writers Association meeting will be held at Windham Mountain on March 30 - April 1, 2012.

Founded in 1963, the Eastern Ski Writers Association is a professional association whose members represent various categories within the ski industry including press and corporate members. Press members include writers, photographers and filmmakers.

The Association's stated purpose is to "promote and sustain the highest standards of snow sports journalism."

The group holds various meetings and training seminars throughout the year, culminating with its Annual Meeting in March of each year.

"Hosting ESWA's annual meeting gives us a unique opportunity to show members all that the resort has to offer, including our commitment to a high quality guest experience," said Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain.

Eastern Ski Writers Association members attending the meeting will enjoy time skiing or boarding, will participate in a guided tour of the resort and will experience Windham Mountain's restaurants.

 

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL COLLEGE CUP

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain will host the first annual Invitational College Ski Club Race on Friday, January 6, 2011.
Ski Clubs from across the region will meet at Windham Mountain for a head to head dual slalom race. The top three teams will walk away with cash for their club from the $5,000 purse.

The College Cup event will coincide with Windham Mountain's College Week. The week includes discounts and specials for college students including $25 lift tickets, après ski parties, live entertainment, and give-a-ways.

Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain, said of the event, "Introducing a college race into our College Week activities is a great ending to an exciting week. We hope that this event will continue to grow year after year, with colleges racing for bragging rights as much as the prizes."

A one-run qualifying round will determine the team's two fastest men and two fastest women. Racers will get one run on each course of the dual slalom and their best time will be counted.

The combined times of the teams' two fastest men and two fastest women will determine the winning team.

 

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN RENTAL SHOP TAKES PROACTIVE STANCE ENCOURAGING GUESTS TO WEAR HELMETS

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain is taking a proactive stance to encourage guests to wear helmets during the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

The resort's Rental Shop, which carries nearly 2000 full sets of equipment including skis, boots, poles, and snowboards, is adding a helmet to standard rental packages.

New helmet-inclusive standard rental packages will cost $40 a day for ages 7 and up and $28 for ages 6 and under. The decision to accept the helmet rental is that of the guest and in the case of minors, the decision of their guardian.

Helmets are now also included in the resort's beginner lift, lesson and rental packages for both adults and children. "We hope to increase awareness of helmet use, and to make helmets easily accessible to our guests," said Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer.

Mountain officials hope that including a helmet in its rental packages will ultimately result in guests opting to wear one.

 

CANNY LAUNCHES WINDHAM-BASED TELEVISION STATION FROM WINDHAM MOUNTAIN

WINDHAM, N.Y. (Fall, 2011) - Cable Ad Net New York Inc. (CANNY) has launched WYBN - TV 14, an independent television station based at Windham Mountain. The station began broadcasting on October 3, 2011.

WYBN - TV 14 broadcasts sports and outdoor adventure programming. Windham Mountain will contribute its own programming, including snow reports and powder alerts in the winter and golfing and special event features in the summer.

The station broadcasts from Windham Mountain's summit, with the studio and offices located on the resort's campus. Its signal path includes the Albany/Troy/Schenectady area with additional reach that includes an area from Saugerties to Cobleskill.

"WYBN is built with the media-hungry and tech-savvy viewer in mind," said Dan Viles, owner and operator of CANNY. "Technology allows us the opportunity to broadcast ten stations from one source, and we are taking advantage of that capability."

WYBN is the first new television facility in the capital district in nearly a decade. The station can reach more than 820,000 persons from the with 15 kw of power from an elevation of 3,200 feet.

Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain said of the station, "A television station at the resort gives us the ability to feature Destination Windham and provide information about activities and events in the area. In the future, we plan to develop our own morning show on weekends and holidays, giving our guests something that is unique to Windham."

WYBN has been in development for two years. CANNY celebrated ten years in business this September.

 

NEW WINDHAM MOUNTAIN GENERAL MANAGER PREPARES FOR 2011-2012 SEASON

WINDHAM, N.Y. (Fall 2011) - Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain, is leading the resort's team into 2011-2012 winter season.
Seamans' appointment as general manager was announced in August, 2011. He began work at Windham Mountain earlier than anticipated to assist in the Hurricane Irene recovery efforts.

Since his arrival, Seamans has been a key player in the resort's recovery efforts and has led the Windham Mountain team toward completing both planned and unexpected projects in time for the resort's projected Thanksgiving Day opening.

"While Hurricane Irene and the recovery efforts that followed were an unexpected challenge, it allowed me to really see what Windham Mountain and the Town of Windham are capable of," said Seamans.

"Now we have turned our full attention toward the upcoming season. We have made a lot of improvements, from adding a new trail to getting new staff uniforms, and we look forward to sharing our mountain and all it offers with our guests."

Mr. Seamans brings 24 years of ski industry experience to Windham Mountain. He most recently served as general manager and chief operating officer of Kirkwood Mountain Resort in California from 2006-2011.

Mr. Seamans replaces outgoing president and general manager Tim Woods, who is assuming ownership of Woods Valley, a ski area in central New York that was created by his late father.

Mr. Woods will continue to work with Mr. Seamans and the Windham Mountain management team as president of Windham Mountain and senior advisor to Windham Mountain Partners through April of 2012.

 

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN PRESIDENT TO PURCHASE CENTRAL NY SKI AREA, CONTINUE TO WORK WITH WINDHAM MOUNTAIN

WINDHAM, NY (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain president and general manager Tim Woods has assumed ownership of the Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville, NY, about 15 miles northwest of Utica.

Mr. Woods will continue to serve as president at Windham Mountain through the end of the 2011-2012 ski season.

Randy MacDonald, managing partner of Windham Mountain Partners, said that he was surprised by Woods' decision, but that the move was a "wonderful story."

"Tim's 15-year tenure at Windham Mountain is filled with wonderful accomplishments," MacDonald said. "He now finds himself in a position to fulfill his father's vision. That he is doing this speaks volumes about his character. On a personal note, I will miss him professionally, but more importantly, I will miss him as a personal friend."

MacDonald said that Woods would remain at Windham Mountain during the upcoming ski season, working with the management team, the Partners and Chip Seamans, who joined the resort as general manager and chief operating officer in September. The change won't have any impact on programs, operations or capital improvements, MacDonald said.

Woods Valley was created by Mr. Woods's late father, David, in 1964. His family sold the resort upon David Woods's premature death in 1988. Tim Woods will purchase the ski area from the Olney family, which purchased it from the Woods family.

"It's something of a bittersweet moment," Woods said. "I'll miss being at Windham Mountain every day, and spending so much time with a mountain, a team and a community that I love. But now I also have a remarkable opportunity to return to where my wife and I grew up, be close to my mother and siblings, and to complete my father's work."