One of the top questions that we’re getting right now via email is about gift certificates or gift ideas via SkiSoutheast. We MAY add our own online store at some point soon – maybe even very soon – but we are always striving to BE what YOU GUYS need us to be. So since you asked, we went on a little online expedition in search of how you can give the gift of SNOW for this Holiday season.
Tis the season of gift giving and let’s face it, choosing gifts for our loved ones, co-workers and friends is one of those tasks that none of us relishes.
Here’s an idea… Why not give the gift of skiing?
Everyone loves adventure. Even those who have never skied or snowboarded have probably thought about it. Give them the gift of a ski or snowboard lesson at a ski area closest to them.
If they’re not the skiing or snowboarding type – how about the gift of travel? That doesn’t have to break your Holiday gift-giving budget. Many lodging packages are available at all of the resorts and if your budget doesn’t allow paying for an entire weekend stay, then perhaps you could coordinate with another person or persons to share in the expense.
All of the ski areas that we researched offer the ability to purchase gift certificates or gift cards in about ANY denomination. So if you know one of your friends or family is planning a ski trip for this winter, then it’s easy to simply purchase a gift card that fits your budget AND it will be a gift that will be much better than that ill-fitting tie or set of strange wrenches that you doubt they’ll ever use!
BE A GIFT GIVING BEAST!
If you have someone in your circle of family and friends who already loves to ski or snowboard, then trust us when we share the fact that every snow-loving soul out there is also a SKI BUM at heart. NOTHING…and I mean NOTHING beats skiing and snowboarding – except FREE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING!
If you’re already a skier or snowboarder and YOU’VE made a promise to yourself to get on the slopes more this winter – but you can never seem to convince your buddies to go as frequently as you’d like, then give the gift of skiing to one of your friends. You’d be giving a great gift AND GIFTING YOURSELF a guaranteed ski buddy!
You know that one friend who is repeatedly saying, “I wish I could do that!” every time you share one of your awesome mountain stories with him or her? Make your friend’s dreams come true with a lesson or two this year. If your friend crushes it and becomes a snow-loving freak, then you’ll have eternal bragging rights on being the person who introduced them to the sport.
We know that everyone’s budget is different. Not everyone can afford to purchase a season pass as a gift for someone. If you CAN, then good for you. Do it. Your snow-loving family member or friend will consider you as THE gift giving beast that you are!
If not, don’t fret as the ski areas of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic have the perfect solutions in the form of gift certificates that you can buy incrementally.
WHERE TO GO? WHAT TO DO?
Everyone loves to do their Christmas or Holiday gift shopping online these days. Over the last week we’ve received a few emails asking us where and how to purchase gift cards or certificates at various resorts and admittedly it wasn’t easy to find that sort of information on the ski resort’s websites. In fact, in a few cases we had to call the resort. However, as usual – you ask and we delivered.
Here we go…
MANY of the resorts offer the ability to buy gift cards and other merchandise online. Others require you to call the resort directly. We’ve provided the most convenient means for ordering/purchasing:
Massanutten Resort Offers “The Everything Card”!
If your skiing or snow-loving friend loves Massanutten (and who doesn’t?) then they will LOVE this card. It covers everything from The General Store, skiing and snowboarding, snow tubing, dining, golf, the WaterPark, The Spa at Massanutten and so much more.
You can buy the gift card at the link below or EVEN on Amazon.com! Certificates are offered in $25 increments.
Find their “Everything Card” on Amazon.com <click here
Winterplace IS THE PLACE for Winter Fun!
Winterplace offers gift certificates STARTING AT $5!!! Winterplace Gift Cards are welcome throughout the ski area including lift tickets, rentals, food courts, Mickey’s Mountain Cafe and the ski shops. Winterplace Resort was also THE ONLY resort with a website that allows the purchase of other products as gifts. See the online store link below.
Give the Gift of Luxury at Omni Homestead
Not many resorts can boast of being 250 years old! However 2016 will celebrate the 250th birthday of this famous resort. Omni Homestead offers gift cards in $25 increments and they can be used at ANY Omni resort in the United States.
Bryce is Nice!
Bryce is a four season resort and they offer gift certs as low as $20 and they can be used on skiing, snowboarding, rental equipment, lodging, dining and more. Treat your friend or loved one to a 5-Course Wine Dinner.
Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center
Give the gift of adventure, West Virginia, snow and a state park all in one. Canaan Valley offers one of the more unique and treasured ski getaways in the region and they offer certificates in ANY amount. They don’t have an online link to purchase however certificates are valid for use on the park grounds for any type accommodations, dining, recreational activities, or gift shop purchases available to our guests. For purchasing assistance or further details, call 304-866-4121 x2673 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 4:30pm).
Snowshoe Mountain Offer a Mountain of Fun and Adventure!
We were a little surprised that Snowshoe doesn’t offer the means to purchase Gift Cards online, however if you have any member of your family or circle of friends who loves Snowshoe, then you CAN purchase a gift card in ANY amount and the cards are good at many locations around the mountain.
Snowshoe Gift Cards can be redeemed for lift tickets, adventure products, rentals and more. If you have any questions regarding Snowshoe Mountain gift cards, please call 877.441.4386 FREE.
At the time of this post, the Gift Certificates page was not loading. However, they too offer gift certs that are good for anything on the mountain and at Wintergreen – that means something for everyone!
Timberline Four Seasons Resort
With the holiday season fast approaching, purchase your Timberline Gift Card. You can use this to purchase lift tickets, ski or snowboard rentals, or items in the gift shop to name a few. Buy a romantic getaway with a luxury, mountainside room in Timberline’s hotel as an Anniversary gift for a family member or friend. These cards can be renewed again and again. A unique and fun gift idea all at Timberline Four Seasons Resort, with fun year round! Simply call 800.SNOWING FREE(766-9464), all major credit cards accepted.
Give the Gift of the “BEECH”!
Beech Mountain Resort has an easy-to-use page that allows you to purchase gift certificates in $25 increments and they are good at any department of the resort. So if you want to gift someone a lesson, lift passes or dining at the ski area, etc…this is your easiest means to do so. Everyone loves THE BEECH!
Be the “Appal” in Their Eye!
Appalachian Ski Mtn. gift cards can be used for ski tickets, equipment rental, clothing rental, ice skating, as well as ski shop, gift shop, and restaurant purchases at Appalachian Ski Mtn.
(Editor’s note): Since the French Swiss Ski College is an independent business, Appalachian Ski Mtn. gift cards are not applicable for lessons, SKIwee, or Cruiser Camp.
Gift cards can be purchased in 6 different designs. Denominations are $50, $100, $250, and $500. All gift cards will be shipped. There will be a $2.99 per order shipping and handling fee.
For “The CAT Lovers”
Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley now offers “Cat Cash” where you can give the gift of FUN!
Great for any special occasion for the skier or rider on your gift list. Call the ski area to order or purchase online here. 800.768.0285 FREE. Please note that after December 10th, we cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas. If you wish overnight delivery, order by 12 noon on December 20, 2014 and we will ship overnight for a fee of $15.00.
Sugar is Sweet and You Will be too…
…if you give the gift of Sugar! Gift Cards are available for lift tickets, rentals, lessons, tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing tours and merchandise in the Sports Shop. Gift Cards can be purchased in any dollar amount and can be picked up in the Administration department.
CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: free shipping is available via USPS through December 17 but there are no guarantees of delivery in time for Christmas. Gift cards can be shipped FedEx Overnight for $20 with Christmas delivery if ordered by 12:00pm on December 22.
If you would rather not have the Gift Cards shipped, they can also hold them in the Administration Office for the recipient to pick up (with valid ID) any day this season from 8:00am until 5:00pm.
Please call 1-800-sugarmt x261 to order your gift card OR visit the link here:
Ober Gatlinburg DOES offer gift certificates, however you have to call their marketing department to make those arrangements. Ober and downtown Gatlinburg offers too many shopping options to list them all. From snow skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and so much more. Call them Toll Free: (800) 251-9202 to inquire about options.
We hope that this information is helpful. If you interested in speaking with the ski resorts directly, we’d suggest visiting any of the links about and contact them for any specific questions.
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