Thursday, August 24, 2006

Northeast Ski Areas Summit, Travelocity Partnership and more...

Well as summer comes to a close, more and more deals are coming in the door for Mountain Sports Club Members. We just added a new retailer wth special offers in the marketplace - Mountains Plus is an outdoor specialty retailer offering great deals and savings for mebers on all the top brands. They specialize in backcountry, adventure travel and outdoor categories. In the marketplace we just loaded magazine subscriptions available at a discounted rate as well for members.

NorthEast Summit - Schedule a meeting at the upcoming North East Summit in Bretton Woods at Mount Washington - September 5 - 7. I will be in attendance at this event and scheduling meetings from Tuesday through Friday at the trade show and at resort locations. Call now to schedule a time to meet an discuss how best we can promote your resort this coming season.

Travel desk and service powered by Travelocity. The Mountain Sports Club is pleased to announce a partnership with Travelocity to power our online Travel Desk. This private label program will bring the wide selection, service and value offered by Travelocity to our branded Mountain Sports Club Travel Desk for our members. This service will be lanched in conjunction with our redesigned site scheduled for the middle of October. Just in time for the start of the new ski and snowboard season. This service will not only provide discounts on travel packages, but lodging, hotels, lift tickets, services and activities.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Antelope Access to Hall Ranch Ride - Lyons, Colorado

I finally made the trip and rode thye Antelope access to the Hall Ranch ride out of lyons, colodao on Sunday(8.13.06). After one year plus of several good riding buddies trying to convince me to ride the new access to Hall Ranch outside of Lyons, Colorado, I made the trip and ride. Living in Boulder, I often ride the south end of town due to time, but with the family gone, and no need for a permission slip out I went. We met first right on town just before the main drag turns right to Estes Park or left to the main Hall Ranch access, at the Barking Dog Cafe for Java and a scone.
This local coffee shop is a must do for the caffeine fans in the crowd. They have a wireless connection as well if you feel compelled to check your email.

To get to the Antelope Trail access one heads up 36 toward Estes Park out of town. As you head up the canyon look for Apple Valley Road on your left. This is the first turn, take it and follow a couple of miles till you see the next signs for the Antelope trail head access. The parking lot fills quick so more and more folks park in town and ride up. From the trail head it is a nice steady climb up to the main Hall Ranch trail, but nothing too narly. For this rider this approach was so much more doable, nd enjoyable, compared to the front side of Hall Ranch, which always does a number on me. I walk significant sections of the front side. Here I was comfortable yet challenged. The trail was much smoother and the entire ride was very enjoyable.

I will be back and make this a regular ride in the future.

Monday, August 7, 2006

Diamond Peak Lift Ticket offerings and Store offerings from

Last week saw two significant new additions to the members benefits in two different areas. On the resort side we published a daily $9 lift ticket savings for members valid all season except holiday periods. This repeat offer provides exceptional value for our members skiing and riding in the Tahoe area. In addition to this savings there are two for one lift ticket, beginner lesson packages available mid week non holiday. More details in the Diamond Peak Mountain Sports Club listing.

On the gear side of things new vendor, an online specialty ski, snowboard and outdoor retailer added savings and the entire online store for our members to browse and shop from. Currently a Back to School Sale is underway with an additional savings of 10% and FREE shipping . This relationship will be a foundation on which additional deep and extended product and service offerings will be provided to MountainSports Club members.

Currently we are still offering FREE memberships as a special introductory offer. Join now and Save Hundreds this winter ski and snnowboard season at resorts nationwide - From California to New York to Colorado to Vermont, Wyoming and more....