King Pine Ski Area opens Dec. 13 in MadisonBy KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Special to the Union Leader December 02. 2013 8:54PM
MADISON — King Pine Ski Area in East Madison opens Dec. 13 with lift ticket prices at $15 from noon-7 p.m.
King Pine offers terrain for all abilities, with 100 percent snowmaking on 17 groomed trails. King Pine also has night skiing, a three-lane snow tubing park, a 22-kilometer Nordic trail network, a covered and well-lit, Zamboni-groomed ice skating rink, an indoor pool/hot tub and fitness center.
On opening day, a portion of the day's proceeds will go to The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy and to a food drive to benefit two local food pantries. For every non-perishable food item a guest donates on opening day, they will receive $1 off their ticket with a $5 maximum discount per person.
Military personnel and their dependents can ski and ride for free through Dec. 24 and after that receive a $10 discount off tickets throughout the season. Skiers and riders can double their snow dollars on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (non-holiday) with "2-for-1" deals for skiing and riding. Families can get out on the slopes for $55 with the Moonlight Family 4-Pack. Season passes are still available.
During February school vacation weeks kids can improve their skills by attending the annual Ski and Snowboard Camp. Seasonal programs include alpine and snowboarding teams, pre-ski team and an adult ski team, plus a knee-high program that helps young children learn through engaging games and activities on the snow.
For people new to skiing, beginners can pay for a full-day rental and all-day beginner lift ticket at the regular price and King Pine will include a complimentary 90-minute beginner lesson. The season-long offer is based on ages 13+ and must be purchased at the guest service desk. Juniors ages 6-12 can take a learn-to-ski course and ages 8-12 can enjoy the Learn-to-Snowboard lesson for just $5, when purchasing a full-day rental and all-day beginner lift ticket at the regular price.
"Our beginner packages are set up so that learning is simple and easy to afford," says Craig Niiler, King Pine's Ski & Snowboard School director. "We're known across the state for teaching kids and adults how to ski and snowboard, so this program fits right in with our philosophy."
In addition to the free lessons, all juniors and adults taking a beginner or novice group or private lesson will receive a $10 off coupon valid towards their next lesson.
If snowshoeing or cross country skiing is where its at, King Pine will host Winter Trails Day for free on Jan. 11.
King Pine and Purity Springs Resort offer many ski and stay packages. The lodge has home-style meals and is a relaxing place to stay after a fun day on the slopes. King Pine and Purity Spring Resort are located on Route 153 in East Madison. For more information visit www.kingpine.com or call 603-367-8896.