March, 2001--Let's face it, there's no skiing in Ireland and precious little snowfall. But that doesn't stop American ski resorts from celebrating St. Patrick's Day. As the green beer flows, it's evident to every skier and boarder that St. Patrick's Day is a byword for partying. The fact the magic day falls on a Saturday this year is all that an Irishman or would-be Irishman could ask for. Here's a look at where Irish eyes will be smiling on March 17.
The Widowmaker will host a St. Patrick's Day bash featuring the band Petting Zoo on Saturday night. The folks from Baileys Irish Creme will be there with prizes. The St. Patrick's Weekend Special starts at $79 per person for double occupancy in one-bedroom condominiums and smaller accommodations. Prices at the Inn begin at $99 per person and at the Grand Summit, they begin at $139 per person. Packages include lodging, daily lift ticket, use of the sports & fitness club, and a daily adult Perfect Turn clinic for level two or above skiers/riders (not valid for junior or learn to ski programs).
The 37th Annual Irish Olympics at Brodie Mountain will run from March 16-18 in New Ashford, MA. Festivities include Irish music, a slush jump, entertainment and activities for children, and corned beef and cabbage.
Activities free to anyone with a valid lift ticket include the slush jump, cardboard box and tray races, bagpipers and face painting. Entertainment will include a 17 Piece Bagpipe Band, James Patrick Murphy, the Roving Bagpipers, The Magician Prince Blarney III and Josh O' Balloon.
On St. Patrick's day afternoon, step into The Blarney Room to listen to the County Mayo Traditional Band from Ballina, Ireland, Pittsfield's Sister City and the Berkshire County Irish Step Dancers.
Mount Sunapee will host its annual St. Patrick's Day on the slopes by hiding "Pot's of Gold" throughout the mountain. Find one and you can redeem it for a prize. Black & Tans will be the featured beverage for apres-ski in Goosefeathers Pub and later that evening, the Sunapee Lodge will be transformed into a Las Vegas Casino for Mount Vegas Night. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Mount Sunapee Ski Club, Mount Sunapee Alpine Program and NEHSA (New England Handicap Sportsman Association).
Tenney Mountain Ski Resort
Tenney Mountain's Shamrock Hunt will go on all day until all 17 hidden shamrocks prizes are found. Prizes include a 2001-02 season's pass, free lift tickets for next year's season, t-shirts, and gift certificates to an area ski shop. You can also try your luck with Snow Golf and play 18 holes down Tenney's trails. The holes will be hula-hoops and golfers will play with green tennis balls. Naturally, there will be prizes for the best score. Once you've played your 18 holes, there will be apres-ski in the Foggy Goggle, sponsored by Coors Light.
Jay Peak Resort
St. Patrick's day marks the second annual JayPeakResort.com Ski Day. Skiers and riders can go to the website and download a coupon for $32 to ski that day. Canadians note that Jay Peak takes Canadian money at par. Whatever currency you're using, it promises a savings off the daily ticket price of $49. Apres-ski begins in the International Room, with more than $5,000 in giveaways.
Up and down the Killington access road, St. Patrick's Day brings an endless trail of green beer and virtually every bar and restaurant will be running specials that day. Diehards know that the epicenter of the celebrations is McGrath's Irish Pub at the Inn at Long Trail, owned by Murray and Patty McGth. Live Irish music and Guinness are the staples of the day. But you'd better get here long before 6 p.m. or you don't have a prayer of getting in. Killington is offering the St. Patty's Day Long Weekend Package, which costs from $238 per person and runs from March 16-19. The temptations are green beer, green snow and great spring conditions. The package includes three- nights lodging and a three-day lift pass.
Boyne Mountain celebrates St. Patrick's Day on March 17 and 18 with the massive Carnival Weekend. Over 8,000 visitors are expected to attend this year for the two-day party. This year's "on-hill" alcohol policy has been amended to the area around the Halfway House on the Victor Slope. Other Party areas will be the deck outside the main lodge, the Trophy Room, and the Snowflake Lounge and the Civic Center featuring the Jelly Role Blues band. The annual "Slush Cup," where partygoers attempt to ski or ride across a partially frozen pond, will be on Sunday. A Warren Miller Film crew will also be on hand to document the festivities for their up-coming film.
The St. Patrick's Day Celebration at bear Mountain features bar promotions and bands, including "The Skeletons", "Rocket Air", and "Super J." They'll play from 4 p.m. till closing in Trappers Bar.
Heavenly's traditional St. Patrick's Day race and celebration brings skiers and snowboarders out to show their Irish spirit and compete for prizes in an Irish obstacle race. This competition is open to all and most competitors (and spectators) are expected to wear their festive Irish attire. A local band will play during the festivities.
Leave the Bogner and Northface at home on St. Patrick's Day at Northstar. Skiers and snowboarders who dress up as a leprechaun on March 17 will receive a 50-percent off lift ticket valid on their next visit to Northstar during the 2000 - 2001 winter season.
Squaw Valley USA
St. Patrick's Day comes to Squaw with green slopes, Irish music, a marching band, Winterfest and the season opening of the High Camp Swimming Lagoon & Spa.
Skiers and boarders can follow a green trail from the resort's mid-mountain lodge down the 3.2-mile Mountain Run to the Base Village. In the Olympic House you'll find traditional Irish folk music and plenty of green beer. Contributing to this season's St. Patrick's Day fun will be three performances by the Musical Bears Marching Band, which is comprised of alumni of the UC Berkeley Marching Band.
The 26th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl will begin at 2 p.m. on March 17 and will end at 3:30 p.m. The 12 bars on Ridge Street and Main Street in Breckenridge will host around 450 pub-crawlers this year. Contestants must don green garb and finish a shot of beer at each of the bars along the way. Brews are priced at 75 cents at each bar. Contestants compete for first through third place titles in the men's and women's categories. First place winners receive skis worth over $600. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and you're encouraged to show up early at the Devil's Triangle on the corner of Ridge and Lincoln. Registration is $5 and it will benefit Tipsy Taxi, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and the Denver Rescue Mission.
The St. Patrick's Night Celebration at the mountaintop Lodge at Sunspot is where you want to be in Winter Park. An Irish whiskey tasting in the Dining Room precedes an elegant five-course Celtic dinner prepared by Irish chef Brendan Keenan and accompanied by a variety of Irish ales. The price for this merriment is $65.95 per person. In the Provisioner side of the Lodge, a country Irish buffet that's also the creation of Chef Keenan will be served for $34.95 per person. Traditional Irish Pub music will add to the festivities. For dinner reservations, call (970) 726-1446.
At Casey's Bar in Whitefish, Montana, they've been taking St. Patrick's Day seriously since 1970. Happy Hour commences at 8 a.m. and runs until closing time, with $1 whiskeys and $1 green beers. At some festive point during the day, they'll give away six kegs of green beer. Corned beef and cabbage is free for regular card-holding customers and just $5 for visitors.s. The price for this merriment is $65.95 per person. In the Provisioner side of the Lodge, a country Irish buffet that's also the creation of Chef Keenan will be served for $34.95 per person. Traditional Irish Pub music will add to the festivities. For dinner reservations, call (970) 726-1446.
At Casey's Bar in Whitefish, Montana, they've been taking St. Patrick's Day seriously since 1970. Happy Hour commences at 8 a.m. and runs until closing time, with $1 whiskeys and $1 green beers. At some festive point during the day, they'll give away six kegs of green beer. Corned beef and cabbage is free for regular card-holding customers and just $5 for visitors.