Re­sorts ex­pect in­flux of traf­fic for hol­i­day sea­son

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - Spe­cial to the Sarato­gian

By Dick Healy

Ski re­sorts, al­ready off to a good start for the 2019/20 sea­son, are an­tic­i­pat­ing a brisk hol­i­day skier/snow­board turnout. Plan­ning hol­i­day ski va­ca­tions of late has be­come more pop­u­lar, es­pe­cially with ma­jor ski com­pa­nies of­fer­ing fam­i­lies and ski groups a va­ri­ety of all-in­clu­sive ski pack­ages. Ski pack­ages can in­clude ski, boots, cloth­ing, meals, lift tick­ets and lessons. As many skiers have come to know, the con­ve­nience factor has its own re­wards.

Con­grat­u­la­tion to fel­low Al­bany Ski Club mem­ber, Clifton Park res­i­dent, and for­mer WNYT news an­chor, Phil Bayly, whose de­but mur­der mys­tery novel (Mur­der on Skis) is now on book­store shelves and other book out­lets. At 358 pages, Bayly’s book is a real page turner, with more twist and turns than a slalom course. The book’s sense of place, in and among the steep and rugged moun­tains of Mon­tana is pre­sented through the lives of Bayly’s fic­tional char­ac­ters at one Griz­zly Moun­tain. This is a mul­ti­ple mur­der plot, where a world of ski bums, bil­lion­aire ski re­sort own­ers, past and present lovers and in­tri­cately wo­ven sub plots, move the story to­ward its ex­cit­ing and sur­pris­ing con­clu­sion. It would make a great Christ­mas gift for skiers.

Maple Ski Ridge in Sch­enec­tady is now open for the sea­son. Count­less area skiers honed their ski­ing skills at Maple which pro­vides day and night ski­ing. Maple is a mag­net for area school groups.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion in from Ski But­lers Founder, Bryn Carey, says his ski rental and de­liv­ery ser­vice now ex­tends to “Fifty re­sorts glob­ally with the ad­di­tion of ex­pan­sion to Italy that in­cludes Cortina d’ Am­pezzo and Val di Fassa in the Ital­ian Dolomites.

“Ski­ing the Dolomites is an un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ence,” Bryn adds. “You ob­vi­ous have the in­cred­i­ble back­drop of jagged peaks, along with fan­tas­tic steep ski­ing, but you also have culi­nary and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence that comes with the re­gion. Sim­i­lar to how we op­er­ate in France, we have care­fully part­nered with two pre­mier ski rental de­liv­ery com­pa­nies. Snow Ser­vices in Cortina and Val di Fassa Ski Rental De­liv­ery in Val di Fassa”

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