If I were to take a year or two and live anywhere in the world, it would probably be in a mountain village in Europe. Maybe the Italian Dolomites.
When I visited Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites I learned about the Superski pass that gives you access to over 400 lifts and 12 interconnected ski areas. Someday I want to go back and do a hut-to- hut type tour. The Dolomites are known for their sunsets, the pink light of the enrosadira – I believe it has something to do with all the limestone. My favorite spot was Lake Auronzo and our Tre Cime hike. We hiked to an alpine hut where I expected primitive services but was psyched to find a full Italian dinner finished with a shot of Grappa. Yes, Italy would be nice.
I try to force my love of the Tyrol on my staff and have suggested Tyrolean music at the lifts and Euro-alpine inspired meals at the summit lodge. Let’s just say that not everyone is jumping aboard my “Heidi” band wagon. My staff remind me that Oktoberfest is just around the corner, the perfect time to load up on my longings for schnitzel and oompah bands.
I am uber excited about some of the new things we have added to our Oktoberfest schedule this year. The biggest addition is our first ever Octobrew Run. Now you can get a work out and sudsy refreshment at the same time. Dave, from our IT department, had the “wicked smaht” idea to hold a 5k with water stations that also serve beer. So we put Dave in charge of the Octobrew Run and think it will be an instant hit. I plan to run so please join me!!! http://mountsnow.com/events/event-calendar/#oktoberfest. And kids are going to love the Kool Aid 1k. Both events are on Saturday.
Along with stein holding, keg toss, horse shoes and the schnitzel toss we are adding yodeling to our list of competitions. I’ve never been able to muster up a yodel so you are going to have to come out and provide the entertainment – I know you have it in you!
With the number of people who will be here for some leaf peeping, we are planning for a little piece of Oktoberfest at the summit with a few specialty beers, a musician and an alpine inspired food special. The Bluebird Express will whisk you to the top and along with stunning autumn reds, orange and yellow, pull down the bubble and you will get to see the Mount Snow foliage overlaid in blue for the first time ever.
I could go on for pages but in an effort to stay on point I have prepared a list of FAQs to help make your Columbus Day Weekend wunderbar!
Q: Will scenic chairlift rides be available?
A: Yes, the Bluebird Express, 6-pack bubble chair will be running to the summit every day Sept 29 – Oct 8. And if it is a little cold or rainy, just put the bubble down and enjoy the foliage! Hours are 10 – 4 daily but on Sat and Sun, Oct 6 & 7 last chair is at 4:45 pm. Rides are $10 per person. Purchase tickets at the Clocktower, Mount Snow Sports at the Grand or the Toll Haus. It is normally about 10 degrees cooler at the summit, sometimes less. Dress appropriately.
Q: Where is the craft show?
A: The Harvest Art and Craft Festival is located in the Main Base Lodge and is FREE. It is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm and offers a wide variety of arts and crafts from watercolors to fleece hats, there is a little something for everyone. I personally hope the lavender booth is back. Their lavender survived our tough winters!
Q: When is Octoberfest?
A: It runs for two days, Oct 6 & 7, 11am to 5pm daily. Tickets are $20 a day or $30 for both days. Anyone under 21 years of age and designated drivers pay only $12. Kids 5 and under are free. We card everyone so bring your ID.
Q: Will you be serving German Food?
A: Yes, the Marketplace in the Main Base Lodge is the place to go for your brats, sauerbraten and wienerschnitzel. In addition, there will be a sausage BBQ, crepes, pretzels and a lot more!
Q: Will there be German music?
A: The Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band is back! http://www.ohband.com/
Q: Are there activities for kids?
A: Absolutely, this is a family-friendly event. Kids will enjoy arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, the hay maze and bouncy house and games like the schnitzel toss and stein holding. The Kool Aid 1k is a new event this year that takes place at 2 pm on Saturday. It is free to enter and promises a ribbon and plenty of Kool Aid for participants.
Q: Should we bring our dog?
A: We love dogs but we ask you to leave pets home. We do not allow pets on Mount Snow premises.
Q: What is your policy on coolers?
A: Please, no coolers or oversized bags. If you want to bring a lawn chair, please do.
Q: Will the season pass office be open?
A: Yes, 10 am to 4 pm and remember that Monday, October 8th the deadline for discounted pricing. As of Oct 9th, the price goes up. More info here: http://mountsnow.com/seasonpass/
Q: What else is going on?
A: The Canyon Express will run Columbus Weekend for downhill mountain biking – this is the last weekend of the summer so don’t miss out. We will also host a big tent sale at the Cupola. And we are busy stocking our shops with new gear and will be open for plenty of pre-season shopping. At 5:30 pm on Saturday catch Burton’s new snowboard flick “13″ at Snow Barn followed by live music.
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