Winters here can be long and dark yet there is a bright side—we will gain approximately 10 minutes of daylight at the end of the day (and another 10 in the morning too) every week from now until the solstice. Still if you are looking for more fun things to do, and the darkness feels like it’s limiting your options, we have an antidote: go night skiing!
On Fridays and Saturdays (plus one Sunday) through March 7, we light up a dozen trails and run three chairlifts and let the fun continue through the evening. Night skiing is an immensely unique experience, while your body goes through the same motions as it does during the day, your other senses become acutely aware of the world around you. Find yourself on the mountain between a sky full of stars and the lights in the valley below, catching the sunset and alpenglow, or the rising of a full moon it’s an awesome place to be on a winter evening.
Friday Night… Date Night
You and your partner have been working all week and have been looking forward to the weekend to do something special together, something different. Can you imagine a more romantic setting than being together on a chairlift watching the snow fall under the lights? Stop for a dinner for two at the Hellroaring Saloon, or if it’s a very special occasion, perhaps treat yourself to Café Kandahar. Note: Valentine’s Day is a Friday!
Mom, Dad or both of you, make a date with the kids. While you were at work they were at school, and you both deserve a reward at the end of the week. Both the Base Lodge and Ed & Mully’s serve dinner (Base Lodge serves until 7 p.m. and Ed & Mully’s until 8:30 p.m.). There’s nowhere better to bond than on the slopes. Whether you are still on the beginner hill, or your kids are showing you their latest tricks in the terrain park, make it a Friday night family tradition.
Extend your Saturday
Let’s face it, even during the ski season, sometimes you just need to sleep in! Let those weekend warriors have the early tracks and parking spaces while you grab more shuteye, slowly sip coffee, walk the dog, go to the hardware store, and then head up to the slopes in the early to mid-afternoon. Make sure your ski buddies make it to Chair 1 before 4 and enjoy being one of the last souls at the top of the mountain for the day before heading over to Chair 2.
If it’s a Saturday, surely someone you know will meet up with you for an après ski drink and snacks. Ed & Mully’s is right there, and hosts live music by local artists.
Chase away the mid-winter blues and come up for a festive evening on the slopes over the Presidents’ Day weekend February 15-16. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. with the preliminary runs for the second Rail Jam of the season at the bottom of Ed’s Run. Come up and cheer on these talented athletes while they show off their best tricks for the judges. Finals will be at 5:15, and awards to follow. After the Rail Jam, ski a few more runs, or stop into Ed & Mully’s for a break to listen to live music and then at 7 p.m. come back around for the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks.
Then on Sunday, February 16 we’ll keep the lights on for an extra evening on the slopes!
Night skiing doesn’t have to be a date, or include a special event. It’s just about getting on the mountain and making a few extra turns on the mountain. Plus it might get you an extra day on the slopes (for those of you who like to count). Night Skiing is included on your 2019/20 Season Pass, or pick up a ticket for $25 and ski until 8:30 p.m. See you under the lights!