Friday, December 7, 2012
Vail Resorts, Inc., will purchase Afton Alps, and season pass holders will immediately receive a 25 percent discount for lift tickets at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood this season.
It you have a season pass to Afton Alps, this news might make your day. Vail Resorts, Inc., has purchased Afton Alps. Season pass holders will immediately receive a 25 percent discount off lift tickets at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood this season. Vail Resorts purchased Afton Alps and Mount Brighton in Michigan for $20 million. The two ski areas give Vail Resorts access to more than 468,000 active skiers and snowboarders in the Twin Cities and Detroit metropolitan areas. Vail Resorts plans to: “These acquisitions are part of a new strategy for Vail Resorts to drive season pass sales and build broader guest loyalty by looking at premier smaller ski areas located near major urban markets,” Rob …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Early-bird prices are in effect until Sept. 27.
Those looking to test their mettle against the hills of Afton Alps—and several obstacles along the way—will have their chance again next summer. The Warrior Dash is returning to Afton Alps on Saturday, June 29, 2013, according to a recent newsletter from event planners. People will be able to sign up for early-bird rates ($35) until midnight on Thursday, Sept. 27. People can register on the Warrior Dash website. For more information on the 2013 event, visit the Warrior Dash website.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Organizers said about 400 people from Woodbury participated in the adventure run.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Organizers say more than 21,000 signed up for the weekend event.
Thousands of people hit Afton Alps over the weekend for the Warrior Dash, part of the growing obstacle-course-adventure-race phenomenon. Results can be found online. Have photos of yourself covered in mud, jumping fire or climbing a wall? Add them here.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Have you done the Warrior Dash? What can you tell people planning to tackle the course this weekend?
The Warrior Dash looks like fun, right? Well, it is. But it’s plenty of work, too. I participated in last year’s Warrior Dash, a 5K at Afton Alps that includes several obstacles along the way. It’s not going up walls and jumping over fire that gets you. It’s those hills. Normally reserved for skiers, the hills are where the pack thins from those who trained hard leading up to the event and those more interested in the beer afterward. This year’s event is set for this weekend, June 30 and July 1. It might be a little late, but find the biggest hill in Woobury and run up it. More than once. Take it or leave it, but I wish I'd done more hills before last year's race. Organizers anticipate the events will draw 18,500 participants and 10,000 …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
If you’re not a winter wimp and want an activity your whole family can do, invest in skiing.
Winter has finally arrived. It’s time to go skiing! Not me of course. I don’t like to be cold or go fast. But I’m sure impressed with people who do. Adventurous Minnesotans benefit from this lifetime sport that encourages fitness, friendship and family time. But some aren’t satisfied with a meandering swoosh down those blankets of snow. For the past five years, 52-year-old Woodbury resident Wendy Loudas has been ski racing at Afton Alps. She’s not alone. A sport once dominated by men now includes many women seeking a ski challenge. Wendy learned to ski at age 6 when her family regularly visited Wild Mountain. By seventh grade she was racing for her school’s ski team. But as with many of us, recreation yielded to responsibility once life …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Woodbury residents joined the Twin Cities' biggest food fight over the weekend at Afton Alps.
More than 3,000 people braved the sweltering heat Sunday to participate in what was billed at the area's largest food fight—the inaugural Midwest Tomato Fest. Held at Afton Alps, the event drew a crowd of mostly 20-somethings for music, food and drink—and then a fight featuring more than 25,000 pounds of very ripe tomatoes. That's over 100,000 tomatoes, according to Kevin Walker, one of the event's organizers, who said that 2,300 tickets were sold in advance, but planners expected up to 5,000 attendees by day's end. Walker and several other recent St. Thomas University grads organized the event and solicited the efforts of volunteers for the event.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Plenty of Woodbury folks will be competing in this weekend’s Warrior Dash, which is part of a growing phenomenon.
I’m more of a sitter than a doer. I like to sit and watch other people do stuff, read about other people doing stuff and write about the stuff other people do. I take walks, play tennis and occasionally bike to the library. Other than that, I don’t enjoy exercise or the accomplishment of pushing my physical fitness boundaries. So I’m definitely not a candidate for this weekend’s Warrior Dash at Afton Alps. (Editor’s note: I’m competing in the event on Sunday morning. I’ll have a camera and be looking for Woodbury folks. I’m the dude with the spare tire.) The Warrior Dash is a 5K race in the muddy mold of the growing obstacle-course-adventure-race phenomenon. It’s billed as a mud-crawling, fire-leaping extreme run from hell. And people seem…