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Feb 18th
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winter fun
Denali National Park and Preserve and the Denali Borough communities invite all who love winter to come celebrate Alaska's longest season at Winterfest 2014, taking place Feb. 21 to 23, 2014.

This long-running community-wide event features an array of activities, with something for all ages, interests, and abilities. The schedule is posted at
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Park rangers on Jan. 11, 2014 will be leading a guided hike exploring the amazing ways that animals and plants survive in the cold winter environment of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

The hike will tour the winter habitats of plants and animals in the Morefield Campground Area on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. The guided hike is free, but advance sign-up is required. Children should be at least 7 years old to join the hike, rangers said.
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In New Braunfels, Texas, evergreen Live Oaks rather than pines cover the surrounding Texas Hill Country, but "O Tannenbaum," a German Christmas Carol, is still a favorite holiday song along with many other German traditions, and there will be plenty of holiday spirit for guests to enjoy in 2013.

New Braunfels'
Sophienburg Museum and Archives will have "feather trees," advent wreaths, and Inge-Glas Christmas ornaments representing German legends, folklore and traditions.
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) in Teton Village, Wyoming will open almost 3,000 vertical feet of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013.

"The combination of great early season snowfall on the upper mountain and snowmaking on the lower slopes have made it possible to open so much of the mountain," stated Tim Mason, JHMR vice president of operations.
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To tempt skiers and riders to make the most of the 2013-14 season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering significant early season discounts.

CSCUSA resorts are committed to providing the opportunity for families to have a well-priced, value-packed and enjoyment-filled ski experience. By partnering with lodging properties and leveraging ski school programs, resorts are able to put together packages with benefits that include free hotel nights to free skiing.
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Colorado's 2013-14 ski season got underway Oct. 13 as Arapahoe Basin opened its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders.

At 8:30 a.m., with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin also became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013-14 ski season. Arapahoe Basin's opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead.

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A fantastic look into the night sky over Southern California will be offered to visitors when the National Park Service co-hosts a Winter Sky Star Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2013 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.

"Star parties are an opportunity to connect with our beautiful night sky," said Robert Cromwell, park ranger for the National Park Service. "It just adds to the experience to have so many experts helping us interpret what we're seeing and making it understandable for all ages."
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Denver has become one of the West's great destinations for holiday fun, and this year's festivities promise Christmas and New Year's treats with millions of twinkling lights, dazzling parades, outdoor ice skating, horse-drawn carriages, lively concerts and huge holiday theatrical productions.

There are special happenings in Denver every weekend of the holiday season through the end of January. More than 50 different events are listed on the Mile High Holidays website. Here's a sampling of some of the events waiting for residents and visitors to the Mile High City.
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The friendly competition to see which resort would be first to open Colorado's 2012-13 ski and snowboard season was won on Oct. 17 by Arapahoe Basin when it opened to the sound of blowing snow and energetic whooping and hollering.

Arapahoe Basin opened its Black Mountain Express lift at 9 a.m., servicing the intermediate High Noon trail, which is 1,000 feet long, and has an 18-inch base that was complete after 12 days of snowmaking.
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For the 2012-13 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are enhancing their profiles, adding new infrastructural components that will make visitors' time on the slopes more efficient and rewarding.

Improved snow making and maintenance at a number of resorts are dedsigned to improve skiing and riding, while guest-facing developments such as new restaurants, increased terrain and additional built-in activities will complement the overall guest experience.
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Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012-2013 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.

The lottery applications must be returned by 5 p.m. PST on Nov. 14, 2012. The annual registration lottery is scheduled for Nov. 15. Starting on Nov. 26, remaining reservations can be booked by calling (209) 379-5161.
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The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. is getting into the holiday spirit for this 2012 winter season with joyful celebrations, family-friendly activities and getaway packages for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

With great service, spacious accommodations and the unparalleled beauty of the Cheyenne Mountain backdrop, the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Broadmoor resort is a wonderful destination for families and couples to unwind and enjoy each others' company throughout the holiday season.
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With more than a month of ski season left in Colorado, resorts throughout Colorado Ski Country are gearing up for their annual spring 2012 showdowns.

This spring, Colorado Ski Country USA's (CSCUSA) member resorts are pairing action-packed events with value-packed deals. From adventure races, scavenger hunts and live music performances, below is a snapshot of this spring's events and deals in Colorado Ski Country.
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Fifteen teams with artists from 11 countries will compete in the 22nd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships Jan. 24-28, 2012 in Breckenridge, Colo.

During the competition, each team creates an enormous work of art from 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of machine-made Colorado snow. Artists achieve finished pieces after a total of 65 intense hours of work without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants.
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