Thank you!

Thank you for another great year! We saw some of the best snow conditions in recent memory at both Sunday River and Jay Peak. We hope everyone had a wonderful vacation!

Once we receive new information on the Sunday River booking process for 2020, we will be sure to pass it along and update the site. They are planning on making improvements to the process and we know our group members always have a fantastic time there.

Hard to believe, but the planning for our 2020 Jay Peak trip has already begun. The pricing is yet to be finalized, but we have prebooked a block of rooms for group members. We have already booked 6 rooms at Hotel Jay – this was the earliest we have ever booked rooms! We have received such amazing feedback on Jay Peak that we are happy to be booking vacations here again for the upcoming season.

Here in Nova Scotia, the March break dates will be March 16 – 20, 2020. This also aligns with the Ontario school system March break, which means there will be a high demand for rooms and less availability than we have had in the past. If you know you are interested in a ski vacation, best to book early and secure your spot. At this time, we are taking names for Jay Peak on a tentative basis – no deposit required. As always, rooms are on a first come, first serve basis.

We will be updating our photos on the site and sharing some to our Facebook page, please feel free to share some of your own!

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Miscellaneous Updates

Sunday River:

The current prices at Sunday River are current until tomorrow, February 15th. If you are thinking of booking, book now to avoid the next price increase! See our page for more info and share our booking code with friends.

Hopefully you won’t need this information, but if you are in need of car repairs while at the resort: we had work done at the Savage Auto service center in Bethel last year and they were very helpful.

Jay Peak Resort:

Housekeeping is offered daily at Hotel Jay and Tram Haus Lodge. There will be Keurig machines in each room, and a small stash of K-cups will be given daily.

Our unfilled rooms are being dropped from our group tomorrow, February 15th. What does this mean for you? If you haven’t yet booked, rooms will now be on a first come, first served basis from the resort. We will need to check with them for availability for each request and hope there is something still available.

General:

We have updated the website to include a weather page to pull together a number of locations that may be helpful at a glance while you are travelling and looking ahead to the trip. This page can be found by clicking here or can be found under the General Info drop-down in the main menu.

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Below are our most used page links; be sure to check them out if you are looking for information:

Remember, there is a lot of valuable information to be found from the pages on the top menu bar (or by clicking the top left menu button if you are visiting us on mobile)! The information is mainly based on questions we have been asked over the years. If you have anything you would like us to add, please let us know.

If you have any questions concerning Sunday River or Jay Peak, contact us at dugganskigroup@gmail.com with any questions! 🙂

Ski Wentworth Demo Days

We wanted to share some information on this weekend’s demo day at Ski Wentworth.

This weekend (Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd from 10am – 2pm) Aerobics First will be at Ski Wentworth with industry reps showcasing all the latest and greatest skis for you to try. They will have skis from Head, Salomon, Atomic, Rossignol & Volkl, as well as goggles from Zeal to test.

This can be a great chance to try out some different gear, and the best part – it’s completely free!

Aerobics First (here in Halifax) is also currently offering 20% off all adult skis and boots for season pass holders at Martock, Wentworth or Ben Eion, in-store (just bring your pass to show staff at time of purchase).

Note – we aren’t affiliated with Aerobics First but love to share local information and events with you. We have taken advantage of demo opportunities in the past ourselves, and find the experience to be extremely helpful when shopping for any new gear.

Sunday River Lift Pass Information

For anyone travelling to Sunday River this year, we have some helpful information to pass along regarding your lift passes.

We recommend purchasing the March Canadian Passport, which is valid for skiing at Sunday River from March 1, 2019 through to the end of the season. Current prices are valid until February 15, 2019.

When you arrive at the hill at the start of your vacation, your season passes will not be waiting for you at the hotel when you check in – you must go to the season pass desk at South Ridge Lodge in order to pick up your pass. Your photo will be taken and your pass will be created for you.

You will be required to sign a Liability Release Form as well for your Canadian March Passport. There is a link to an electronic signature option through the Sunday River site here for you to sign in advance: E-Sign Season Pass Liability Release Form.

Don’t forget, benefits of the March Passport include 20% savings on dining cards, retail, SnowSports School and rentals during March.

Dining cards can be purchased at the season pass desk at South Ridge Lodge; simply show your March Passport when purchasing services or other items to receive the discount.

Any other questions on picking up your pass please let us know!

Last Call

This is your last reminder for Sunday River’s lowest prices of the season, as they are set to increase on Monday, October 15th!!

Remember, the detailed information and all the links you need can all be found here: Booking at Sunday River. Our last post also gave you an example cost along with the booking links, as it is all done directly through Sunday River.

If you are planning your vacation, we don’t want you to miss out on the lowest rates 🙂 The Sunday River cancellation policy is also very generous for your booked lodging. Your deposit, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be refunded on cancellations made more than 14 days prior to arrival.

Happy Friday!

October 15

Sunday River 2019

Now is a great time to plan ahead for March 2019! We have updated the booking information for Sunday River in the main menu link here. Booking early gives you the best shot at your room preferences and ensures you book at the best rates.

You can now book both your lift passes and accommodations (for the majority of room types) online through Sunday River. Our exclusive link guarantees your discounted group rates. All of the details at the booking information link!

Local Deals

We thought we would pass along a few deals we recently came across that can let you do some warm-up skiing here in the Maritimes before heading for your March break trips.

Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass

SkiCanada.org has a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass that lets 9 and 10 year olds ski and snowboard three times at each participating ski area for $29.95. There are over 150 ski/snowboard areas participating across Canada including Martock, Wentworth, Ben Eoin, Brookvale, Poley, and Crabbe (just to name a few of our local hills). This is a great way to get your kids into the sport at a very reasonable cost.

It should be noted that you only need to apply once for the SnowPass and it is valid until the end of grade 5. This means if you apply in grade 4 the pass is valid for two years!

More info can be found here on the SkiCanada.org website.

Never Ever Days

Never Ever Days is the ultimate beginners’ package for anyone who’s ever considered trying skiing or snowboarding, providing everything you need; equipment rental, beginner lift ticket, and a lesson – for just $25 (+tax)!

Over 80 ski areas across Canada are participating in this program including several in the Maritimes: Martock, Wentworth, Brookvale, Poley, and Crabbe. Note that there are limited spots on specific days, so please check out the link here on the SkiCanada.org webpage for more information.

National Ski & Snowboard Day

Saturday, January 27 is CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day and several hills across the country are offering great deals in support of our Canadian Ski & Snowboard Teams. The only hill participating in the Maritimes is Mont Farlagne but click here to check out the entire list of resorts and for more information on the deals they are offering.

Happy Skiing!!!

March 2018 Trip Options

It is hard to believe it is September already, but that means thinking about our annual March Break Ski Trips (yay!). This year, we are very excited to add an additional destination to offer our Duggan Ski Group members; Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vermont.

Jay Peak is a true vacation resort with more than just amazing skiing and snowboarding. There is a huge indoor waterpark, ice skating rink, beautiful lodging, and much more!

As promised, we have been busy updating our website with booking information for our Jay Peak trip; please click here for those details. Some points to highlight:

  • Duggan Ski Group will handle all of your personalized booking needs (information, special group rates, customized quotes, payment handling in CAD, etc.)
  • All quotes and payments for your trip will be in Canadian Dollars, no need to worry about exchange rates
  • More activities available than just skiing and snowboarding

Check out the other headers under Jay Peak for more information on the resort and what it has to offer. We will be adding more information here in the near future as well, so stay tuned for more updates and photos.

As in previous years, we will still be facilitating trips to Sunday River, Maine. There are a few changes to the Sunday River trips this year, please click here for those details. Some points to highlight:

  • Due to changes made by Sunday River, Duggan Ski Group will not personally handle your booking of lift passes and lodging; you must directly contact the hill to make your reservations
  • There are still benefits to being part of the Duggan Ski Group with lodging rates discounts and dining cards included (please mention the Duggan Ski Group while booking through the hill for these benefits)

And as always, we will provide lodging discounts in Freeport and Bangor for your travels to and from either destination. We will also update our website and Facebook page with information pertaining to all trips to help you in your planning.

We look forward to hearing from you and please contact us if you would like a quote for Jay Peak or have any questions on either trip.