Friday, August 5, 2011

Free Social Media, Web & Business Technology Conference for All Deerfield Valley Businesses


Philip Gilpin, Jr.
West Dover Inn
108 Route 100
West Dover, VT 05356
(802) 464-5207


Free Social Media, Web & Business Technology Conference for
All Deerfield Valley Businesses

West Dover, VT, August 5, 2011 – On Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 from 11am-2pm, the West Dover Inn will be hosting a Media, Web & Business Technology Conference at the 1846 Tavern & Restaurant located at 108 Route 100, West Dover, VT 05356. Admission is free. Please feel free to call ahead or just show up at 11am.

This fun and educational conference will focus on empowering all Deerfield Valley business owners with free web & social media tools that are currently available in today’s marketplace. Topics of the conference include: web site “tricks of the trade”; how to bridge the gap from old media to new media; understanding the habits, expectations and spending patterns of the 18-35 consumer demographic; how business owners can feel comfortable using the web to grow and expand their businesses; and most importantly, how all of this fits into life in the Valley. Also included will be some current economic statistics about the valley and discussion of how to grow the local economy by using web, social media and new technologies.

Speakers are scheduled to include Elizabeth Goss, regional sales director of, and Philip Gilpin, Jr., local web designer and former business analyst at HBO (Home Box Office).

If you’ve ever had questions about websites, social media, smart phones and how they can all work together to make your business more money, this seminar will attempt to answer all those questions. No previous web, media or technology experience is required. Everyone in the Valley is encouraged to attend.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Southern Vermont gets the Blues

Contact: Patrice Schneider
Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce

For Immediate Release

Consistently named a Top Ten Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce the Vermont Blueberry Festival held during the peak of blueberry season in the Deerfield Valley of Southern Vermont returns July 29th through August 7th 2011. The festival has also been named a Top 20 Vermont Event by Yankee Magazine for summer 2011.

Over 200 gallons of Blueberry Jell-O slipping and sliding fun, Vintage Cars, a blueberry pie eating contest, Blueberry Ball, Blueberry picking and a Blueberry Block Party this week long event brings in visitors from near and far. In it’s forth year the festival invites festival goers to pick up their Passport to Blue Adventures filled with specials, promotions and events throughout the Deerfield Valley.

The Festival kicks-off on July 29th with a Family (bring your own) Picnic and Jell-O Slide (Sponsored by Kraft Foods and North Star Bowl & Pizza) donations for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry will be accepted at this event, the July 30th Blueberry Parade and Craft Show in West Dover . The festival ending culminates the following weekend with the Blueberry Block Party complete with a Blueberry Bake-off, live band and sidewalk chalk in the center of Wilmington on August 6th.

Throughout the week local businesses will offer specials on blue products or drinks, a story telling pajama party in a blueberry patch, wine tasting, gallery openings of blue inspired art and a blueberry pie-eating contest (a full schedule is available on

New this year:

Blueberry Craft Fair July 30, West Dover, VT
Blueberry Ball July 30, Grand Summit Hotel, Mount Snow which benefits Jessica’s Closet (A memorial organization dedicated to helping all young women build confidence and self-esteem by offering formal and semi-formal dress to borrow.)
Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce office in Wilmington

Blueberry Bake-Off Contest August 6 during the Blueberry Block Party and Village Stroll in Wilmington.

Bluest Eyes Contest August 6 at Honora Winery in Jacksonville, VT

Festival goers will also enjoy exploring the traditional New England Villages of Wilmington, Dover and Jacksonville, beautiful Harriman Reservoir and an abundance of hiking and biking trails. The Deerfield Valley is located in the shadow of Mount Snow, the closest big mountain resort to Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.

Details on the Blueberry Festival may be found at

Area or lodging information can be found at

The Vermont Blueberry Festival • PO Box 3 • Wilmington, VT • 05363 • 802-464-8092

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mount Snow Makes Big Statement with New Lift

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Vinnie Lewis

WEST DOVER (March 5, 2011) – Mount Snow has announced that it has accepted a bid to replace the Summit Local triple chair lift with a new Leitner Poma high-speed detachable six-passenger bubble chairlift. The “six pack” chairlift will be the first of its kind on the East coast and demonstrates Mount Snow’s commitment to providing the best experience possible for their guests.
“Our goal at Mount Snow is to provide the best possible product for our guests. We are continuously making upgrades to our infrastructure to ensure a quality experience for our guests. We feel that installing this state-of-the-art chairlift in order to increase our high speed capacity out of the main base area is in line with this commitment,” said Jesse Boyd, VP of Operations for Peak Resorts.
The six pack lift will have a ride time of just seven minutes, reducing the ride time of the current lift by nearly half. The new lift’s bubble chairs look like conventional chairlifts but have a plastic shield, or bubble, that encloses the chair. Bubble chairs provide shelter from inclement weather and the convenience of ski-on, ski-off loading and unloading. Unlike a gondola, skiers and snowboarders keep their equipment on, get on the chair as they would a conventional chairlift, and then pull the bubble down around them.
“Let’s face it, Vermont has its cold days. After review of several lifts, I believe this six pack lift best meets our needs. Its bubble chairs will provide protection on cold days without slowing down the loading process” said Mount Snow General Manager Kelly Pawlak.
With this lift, Mount Snow will have three high-speed lifts in its main base area with a total uphill capacity of 8100 skiers per hour. This will greatly increase the time Mount Snow guests spend on the ski trails instead of waiting in lift lines.
Every night the chairs will be run off the line and stored in a heated storage barn, which has its advantages. First, the barn’s steady temperature helps to prevent fogging and ice build up on the bubbles. Second, should the mountain receive icing overnight, the lift line can be quickly de-iced, and the lift will be able to operate as soon as the chairs are deployed.
Along with the new six pack lift comes upgrades to the Grand Summit Express high speed quad. The upgrades include enclosing the terminal at the base of the mountain to shield guests from weather elements and replacing all 172 of the chairs with new chairs that feature safety bars and footrests.
With the purchase of the new six pack lift, Peak Resorts will have invested over $18 million in capital improvements to Mount Snow, including the installation of state-of-the-art snowmaking technology featuring 254 fan guns.
Peak Resorts is a leader and innovator in the ski industry committed to building an enhanced resort experience. It currently owns and operates twelve U.S. ski resorts including: Attitash (NH), Boston Mills (OH), Brandywine (OH), Crotched Mountain (NH), Hidden Valley (MO), Jack Frost (PA), Big Boulder (PA), Mad River Mountain (OH), Mount Snow (VT), Paoli Peaks (IN), Snow Creek (MO) and Wildcat (NH). Peak Resorts is defined by the passion, determination, and commitment of each of its resorts to family recreation, improvements in technology, and service. For further information, please visit

Monday, January 31, 2011

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mount Snow Salutes the American Military

Mount Snow Salutes the American Military

WEST DOVER (December 15, 2010) – Mount Snow has announced that it will give free Fanfare cards to active military personnel. In order to obtain this card any active member of the military just has to show their military ID at the season pass office in the Clocktower Building. The complimentary Fanfare card they will receive is good for 50% off midweek tickets, 25% off weekend, and 10% off all holiday tickets.

The idea was presented to Mount Snow’s Marketing Director Greg Fisher by Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian Nichols of the U.S. Coast Guard. “I received an email from Petty Officer Nichols and thought it would be a great way for us to thank those who put their lives on the line for us. I passed the request on to our owner and he quickly approved it. We feel it’s a small gesture of thanks that we can provide,” said Fisher.

For more information about Mount Snow and the many charitable donations they make please visit

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wilmington Vermont candidate forum


The Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce is providing an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates who are running for State Senate Bennington District. This is a good opportunity to learn more about each candidate before the election on November 2nd.

The following candidates have accepted an invitation to attend:

For State Senator

Patricia Blair Republican

Bob Hartwell Democratic

Dick Sears Democratic

Due to the last minute scheduling of this forum, Rep. Ann Manwaring has indicated she will be unable to attend.

Candidates’ Night will be held on October 28 beginning at 7 pm in Memorial Hall in Wilmington.

The Mount Snow Valley Chamber is a membership driven organization working to promote the Deerfield Valley business community. Those interested in becoming a member can contact a Patrice Schneider at 464-8092.