Latest Conditions

We thought those of you not following us on Facebook might be missing out on some of the recent pictures we have been sharing of both Jay Peak and Sunday River!

Conditions at both resorts are looking excellent, with so much more snow than we are seeing here in Nova Scotia! Jay Peak has received close to 3 feet of snow in the past 6 days with even more snow in the forecast tomorrow. Sunday River has also had it’s fair share of the white stuff and is predicting over 6 inches tomorrow.

Check out Jay Peak:

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And Sunday River:

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All images are courtesy of the respective resort Facebook pages. See more of Sunday River here, and Jay Peak here, And of course, check out the Duggan Ski Group Facebook page.

A Typical Week

We have had a couple of questions regarding what a ‘typical’ trip to Sunday River looks like as a whole; aside from just the skiing. Here is an example run down of the whole week based on our experiences along with input from some of our group members. This is a long post but we wanted to give as many details as possible for your benefit!

Our example leaves from Halifax, NS first thing Saturday morning; with about a 5 hour drive straight to the border crossing at Woodstock, NB. As mentioned in our FAQs, we prefer the stretch of New Brunswick highway to the Woodstock/Houlton border crossing vs the stretch to Saint Stephen/Calais. Pack car snacks and you can make it to the border without stopping for lunch; no guarantees on the number of stops for gas or bathroom breaks! It helps to leave as early as you can; our experience has been that if you hit the border too late in the afternoon you can expect lineups at the crossing (~ 1 hour).

Continue reading “A Typical Week”

Let’s Talk About Food

But first, we wanted to mention that we are having some difficulties with the 1-800 phone number for the Best Western Freeport Inn. Please call 1-207-865-3106 for reservations, more details under our FAQ Section. ** Update: 1-800-242-8838 should be working again.

Those of you following us on Facebook may have noticed we recently shared an article about new places to eat in Bethel. Got us thinking we should do a full post on the subject.

Although the rooms at Sunday River include kitchenette amenities, it is always nice to know your options for a meal out in the area, and even some tips for lunches.

Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Food”

Happy Holidays!

We want to wish all of our group members Happy Holidays 🙂

We might not see a white Christmas here in Halifax, but Sunday River has been teasing us with their wonderful conditions lately.

 As of this morning there are 53 trails open, including White Heat. With an average base depth of 24 inches of snow this early in the season, it is looking good for the future. It is currently snowing there as well; with a couple of inches predicted by end of day.

Less than 80 days to go for both of our trips!

Merry Christmas and all the best to everyone in the new year!

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Openings and Open Houses

Hard to believe with the warm temperatures we have been seeing in Halifax, but Sunday River has announced their planned opening day – November 23rd! They are planning on top-to-bottom skiing on both Aurora and Barker mountains.

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Also, this Saturday is the Open House at Ski Wentworth. Saturday, November 19th from 10 am – 2pm, they have quite a few things planned:

  • Canadian Ski Patrol Ski Swap & Sale:
    A portion of all sales go to the Canadian Ski Patrol.
  • Rental Shop Ski & Boot Inventory Sell Out:
    Ski Wentworth bought all new HEAD skis & boots for the 2016-17 season. That means great deals on their existing ski & boot rental fleet. $50 will give you a pair of skis, plus two pairs of boots. Great idea if you were thinking of renting gear this year, or even to get two different size boots for the kids as they grow. Note, the $50 does not include poles but your bindings are included!
  • Dave Wilson’s Ski Shop:
    All the latest Ski Wentworth logo wear, gloves, mitts, helmets and more!
  • Season Pass “NO HST” Sale:
    Your final chance to save on a season pass. Must come to the Open House to get the deal. Pick up your season pass for the 2016-17 season!
  • Lodge Sale:
    Great deals on equipment from Cleve’s, Aerobics First, Entity, HAF and Hub Cycle. Plus, see all the latest gear from major equipment suppliers.
  • Snow School Programs:
    Sign up for snow school programs, Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Leagues.
  • Craft & Food Sale:
    Local crafts, wreaths, yummy treats and more.

Find the full details on their facebook page.

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Freeport Accommodation Discount

The Best Western Plus Freeport Inn recently confirmed our group discount for accommodations during the March 2017 trips.

Our group rate is $60 USD per night, plus taxes. In order to receive this rate, you must mention that you are a member of the Duggan Ski Group at the time of booking.

You can check out their website here and can book by calling 1-800-998-2583.

UPDATE: we are having difficulties with the Freeport Inn 1-800 number. Please call 1-207-865-3106.

We have stayed at the Best Western Plus Freeport Inn for many years and always have a great stay. It is conveniently close to the outlet shopping in Freeport and is located near the highway to head south to Portland or Kittery.

Canadian Ski Patrol Sale

We have heard about another ski and snowboard sale and wanted to pass along the information to group members. There are two events hosted by Scotia Zone – Canadian Ski Patrol:

  • Sunnyside Mall, Bedford Nova Scotia: Friday, November 4th; 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, November 5th; 9 am to 5 pm
  • Ski Wentworth, Nova Scotia: Saturday, November 19th; 10 am to 2 pm

More information on both events can be found on their Facebook page. Both events are a swap and sale, with the option of dropping off your old equipment in advance (see their Facebook page for details) to sell.

At the Hill, they are making snow! This was shot last week with at least 100 guns from top to bottom Northern Lights, Borealis, Aludra, Lights Out, Lower Downdraft, and Paradigm.

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Let’s Talk About Pricing!

If you have not yet booked a ski vacation with the Duggan Ski Group, you are likely wondering what the prices are for such an incredible vacation! We hesitate to post costs, only because there are a lot of variables that go into the pricing, such as the accommodation options you choose, the ages of any children coming along, if you are a senior, if someone is a non-skier, etc. That is why we ask you to email us for a personalized quote any time 🙂

Prices for two adults (including 5 days accommodations and 5 ½ days of lift tickets) start at $760 USD!

We also wanted to post a more detailed example for an average family:

A family of four, with two adults and two children between the ages of 6 and 12 can stay at the Grand Summit Hotel (or Jordan Hotel) during the Nova Scotia academic march break (March 12th  – 17th) for $1,320 USD, total!

This price includes your 5 nights’ accommodation in a room with a kitchenette, a queen size murphy bed and a queen size pull out sofa. The Grand Summit has direct access to the hill, allowing you to ski in / ski out directly from the hotel (or there is a free shuttle service to take you to the main beginner area if you prefer) and features an outdoor heated pool.  This also includes the lift tickets for all 4 members of the family for 5 days (Monday – Friday), as well as free lift tickets for Sunday afternoon when you arrive if you decide you would like to hit the hill right away.

Other inclusions for our group members include optional free daily adult lessons (age 15 and up), a wine and cheese event only for group members, a free shuttle between restaurant locations, discounted dining cards, discounts at two lodging options in Bangor and Freeport to help with your travels to and from the hill, and the list goes on!

Even with our Canadian dollar, this is still a fantastic family vacation option and hope you will join us to see for yourself. Many of our group members come with us year-after-year  🙂

Please contact us for a quote!

Bangor Accommodation Discount

Once again, we have arranged discounts for our group members at the Country Inn at the Mall, located in Bangor, Maine. We stay here every year on our return home from the hill, and many of our group members do the same (and on the way down as well).

We always have a great stay here, so we are happy to team up with them again this year. It is conveniently located in Bangor, just off of the highway and down the street from the Bangor Mall and the main shopping and eating area.

Rates are as follows:

  • Standard Double Room (2 double beds): $72.00 +tax (USD)
  • King Room (1 King bed): $79.00 +tax (USD)

These rates include a continental breakfast in the morning and are also valid any time between December 1st, 2016 and March 31st, 2017; just in case you are planning any other trips to the Bangor area.

One change this year from the past, you can now book online using our discount code!

Simply visit their website,  and select ‘Reservations’ (or use the direct reservation link here)

You will see a space on the booking page to enter a promotional code, our codes are:

  • DUGGANSKI1 – Discount on a King Room (1 King Bed)
  • DUGGANSKI2 – Discount on a Standard Double Room (2 Double Beds)

Let us know if you have any troubles. Of course, you can always book with one of the Front Desk Agents by calling 207-941-0200 or toll free at 1-800-244-3961. If you do call, make sure you say you are with the Duggan Ski Group!

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More information to follow shortly on another accommodation option in Freeport, Maine.