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Bringing the Mountains to Texas!

News, Views and Reviews from your Friends at Mountain Time Expo

www.mountaintimeexpo.com                                                                              Volume One, Issue 2

News from Texas and MOUNTAIN TIME

We are almost 5 months out from the inaugural MOUNTAIN TIME Expo & Forum coming up October 19th thru the 21st of 2018 in Dallas, Texas and the momentum and the size of the event is growing like an avalanche rolling downhill! The desire of mountain resorts, mountain sports equipment & accessories providers, tour operators, travel clubs, mountain destinations, mountain real estate professionals and others to engage the Texas marketplace is strong, as evidenced by the long list of companies and organizations that have already committed to support MOUNTAIN TIME by having representation at the 2018 event in Big D. If you can't see the below list please go to the following link Resorts, Travel Companies, Equipment, Accessories and Other Companies Represented at MOUNTAIN TIME Expo as of 5/15/2018

 

Outreach and promotional efforts over the last year aimed at attracting group travel leads and buyers in the Dallas/Ft Worth areas to attend MOUNTAIN TIME are already proving effective. The Dallas Ski Club and the Lone Star Skiers, two of the largest ski clubs in the US, have pledged to exhibit at MOUNTAIN TIME and promote the event to their members. We are currently in talks with other ski, adventure & travel clubs and Texas based publications to work out plans to get the MOUNTAIN TIME word out to their members and readers as well. 

MOUNTAIN TIME has also recently contracted with a Texas based marketing & media buying agency to finalize and implement a broad-reaching, multi-channel marketing and promotions campaign. Billboards, radio, tv, publications, digital, social media, telemarketing and other means of getting out the MOUNTAIN TIME message will all be utilized to bring in the largest amount of qualified buyers to attend the MOUNTAIN TIME Expo & Forum  
 
A courtesy room block has been reserved for MOUNTAIN TIME exhibitors, sponsors and attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center which is where the Friday, October 19th morning-to-afternoon forum for group travel leads or those in the travel trade or travel media. The Hilton Garden Inn Market Center is located less than ¼ of a mile from the Dallas Market Hall where the MOUNTAIN TIME Expo will occur.
Hotel Reservations

Please see the following link to make reservations in the MOUNTAIN TIME Courtesy Room Block while rooms are still available:  

MOUNTAIN TIME HILTON GARDEN INN MARKET CENTER ROOM BLOCK

 

More Information

If you or your company has an interest in getting face-to-face with the Texas marketplace please check out www.mountaintimeexpo.com
For more information, contact:
Julien DuPont (505) 717-2746
Randy Jones (214) 679-4615
julien@mountaintimeexpo.com
randy@mountaintimeexpo.com
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED MOUNTAIN REGION & RESORTS and SKI & SUMMER AREAS:

COPPER / BRECKENRIDGE / COOPER / MONARCH / LEADVILLE / GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK

COPPER MOUNTAIN RESORT

Copper Mountain is a resort that offers something for everyone. Nestled within the middle of the Rocky Mountains the area boasts an expansive array of skiing and boarding terrain over 2,490 acres that will suit the carving and trick needs of pros to beginners. The tubing hill is also a top notch family friendly snow activity area that is a guaranteed smile and giggle creator. The 3 villages at the resort are connected by an efficient and clean transit system that will get you to wherever you need to go if you don’t feel like walking. These trio of hamlets are populated with a variety of restaurants, bars, retail shops, lodging options and activities that should satisfy any party’s needs and tastes. And with Copper near completion of $20 million in improvements for capital projects like a 5800’ long Rocky Mountain Coaster that twists amongst the trees, an RFID ski ticket system, 3 new restaurants, a new high-speed quad chairlift, along with other impressive upgrades to the property, Copper covers it all in grand fashion for its’ visitors. Oh, and don’t forget the other 3 seasons not named Winter, offering climbing, zip lining, hiking, biking, mini golf, go carts or just roasting marshmallows around the campfire in the cool mountain air. These are just a few of the non-ski activities that Copper offers. To learn more, go to www.coppercolorado.com

BRECKENRIDGE

With its 5 peaks covered with 187 beginner, intermediate and expert runs over 2,908 acres that is served by the highest lifts in North America there is enough quality terrain to keep skiers and snowboarders busy for a lifetime of turns. And with the town of Breckenridge showcasing one of the largest historic districts in Colorado which is home to over 200+ restaurants, bars, coffee shops and art merchants, there is plenty to do when you are not hitting the slopes. In regards to lodging Breckenridge has an array of options from slope side, condo, private home or bed & breakfast. Hiking, biking, zipline tours, alpine slides, bridge walks and the Gold Runner Coaster are just a few of the Summer activities in cool mountain climates that offer those from the Lone Star state a welcome break from the Texas Summer swelter. Breck is always a solid go-to for satisfying anyone’s mountain needs. www.breckenridge.com

Breckenridge is home to one of the largest historic districts in Colorado

SKI COOPER

You really don’t have to read much past the headlines of the Trip Advisor reviews to grasp the appeal of Ski Cooper, just outside Leadville, Colorado … “Hidden Treasure”, “Best Kept Secret”, and perhaps most telling, “I almost hate to rate this place, because more people will go”.  Throw in the fact that Cooper prides itself on delivering an abundance of fresh powder, as well as their unique grooming methods with no need for artificial snow machines - as I write this at the start of the second week of April, they still have a 40” base with 60” at the peak, and all lifts and runs still open - and you see why many Colorado residents consider Cooper their “in-house” winter playground. If you are a serious skier/boarder, don’t let all the family-friendly reviews fool you. The backside of Cooper is home to some of the best steep powder tree runs you will ever find, and Cat-skiing/boarding in the bowls along Chicago Ridge – which makes Cooper even more appealing if your group has a broad mix of levels of expertise. If there is any downside to this place, it is only to those who are looking for the extensive nightlife options of some of the more well-known resorts, in which case, Cooper is going to lose … which just makes it all that more appealing to many. www.skicooper.com

LEADVILLE

As the 2018 ski season comes to a close, I would be remiss not to add a note about the off-season Spring/Summer appeal of Leadville and the surrounding areas. At 10,152 ft. above sea level, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States, offering some of the most spectacular vistas you will ever experience, and keep in mind, they don’t call it “Lake County” for nothing. But if that isn’t quite enough altitude to suit your taste, you can always try the Top of the Rockies Zip Lines, with 6 different routes to choose from, or take a 4-wheel drive trip through Mosquito Pass at 13,185 ft.  Add to the skiing, boarding, fishing, Zip-lining, 4-wheeling, a little mountain-bike riding, hiking and horseback riding with cool history to boot, and you finally start to see the full picture. Also Ski Cooper and the surrounding Leadville/Lake County area is one of the more affordable recreation areas you will find, Winter or Summer. www.leadville.com

MONARCH

Monarch is another of Colorado’s ski/snowboard “hidden gems” with all the charm and affordability of Cooper, at twice the size, with a wider range of options on the mountain including dedicated terrain park areas for freestyle snowboarders and skiers.  The facilities at the mountain provide all you need for the day, without any of the touristy excess. If you have little desire to get out at night and see other people, you can book a private cabin or stay in the small Monarch Mountain Lodge in the nearby town of Garfield, but most will book something in the quaint little town of Salida in the valley below. Salida (the “I” is long in the pronunciation) offers a variety of hotels and vacation rentals, as well as The Salida Hot Springs Pool and Aquatics Center right in the center of the town. One of the questions you have to ask yourself before planning a ski vacation, is “how much will I use?” While that is a question that will apply to obvious things such as money and clothing, it also applies to less obvious things such as the skiable area of the resort, and the number of restaurants in the area. If you are planning the typical ski vacation of 3-4 days of skiing, consider an independent mountain such as Monarch where you will find way more than you can possibly use, at competitive prices. www.skimonarch.com

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
 
If you are driving up from Texas to visit the above resorts in or near the Arapaho, Roosevelt and Gunnison National Forests it's well worth driving a few extra miles off the main road to go spend some quality time at the Great Sand Dunes National Park about 20 miles North of Alamosa, Colorado. These monster sand dunes are the tallest in North America and reach heights of almost 800’ feet tall. Popular activities on the dunes are hiking, sand sledding and sand boarding the dunes. One can only imagine such great dunes could be located in North Africa or the Middle East, so you have to go see the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado in person. Please click on the pic below if you would like to learn more.

Paddlefest, May 25-28, is an 18-year old event based in nearby Buena Vista, Colorado that celebrates the fun-filled outdoor mountain lifestyle and the landscapes that make it possible. It is a celebratory festival of outdoor watersports, recreation, family fun, community parties and live music. Find more information at www.ckspaddlefest.com/
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