With Martin Luther King weekend on the way, Vermont ski and snowboard resorts are brimming with events and deals. From fireworks to meeting owls, lodging packages to learn-to ski incentives — check them all out at SkiVermont.com.(link is external)EVENTSJanuary 17, 2015 – Okemo Shakin’ Skate NightA fun evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games, and fun for the whole family in Okemo’s Ice House skating pavilion(link is external) at Jackson Gore! Admission fee charged. Skate rentals available. January 17, 2015 – Meet Oberon the Owl at Q Burke Mountain ResortDiscover the unique adaptations and habits of Vermont’s owls, and meet Oberon: Northwood’s travelling Barred Owl. Skiburke.com/events/ for complete details. $10/pp, 5-6:30pm. January 17, 2015 – Torchlight Parade & Dance Party at Suicide SixA fun event for the whole family: Après ski in the Lounge from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Torchlight Parade – shortly after sunset. Dancing in the Lodge from 6:30pm – 10:00pm. $5.00 per person – $20.00 per car load.January 17-19, 2015 – Acrobag Weekend at Q Burke Mountain ResortFriday through Sunday from 9am to 3pm, Q burke will have an Acrobag available to the public. $40/pp, for a day pass, $30/student. Patio BBQ and Big Air Competition begins Sunday, Jan 18 at 1pm.January 17, 2015 – American Melting Pot Family Buffet at Sugarbush ResortEnjoy a variety of classic American dishes with entertainment including stilt walkers, face painters, and hula hoop dancers. Conclude the night with a torchlight parade and fireworks viewing.January 17, 2015 – Tour De Moon at Sugarbush ResortJoin us for a moonlit skin or snowshoe up Mt. Ellen to the Glen House for dinner and beverages, followed by skiing or riding back to the base. Open to skinners of all abilities with skinning equipment available from the Alpine Shop.January 18, 2015 – PHAT Day at Okemo Mountain Resort To commemorate National Safety Month, the PHAT (Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain) team will be on hand to extol the virtues of wearing a helmet while skiing and riding. They’ll have stickers, posters and helmet raffles.January 18, 2015 – Ro Jam Bo Rail Jam Series at Stratton MountainBrought to you by Stratton Mountain Resort and USASA Southern Vermont Series, the Ro Jam Bo Rail Jam Series comes to Stratton giving skiers and riders a chance at $10,000 in cash and prizes! Stratton Park Crew creates a sweet rail arena with different lines for all ability levels. Pro and amateur classes. Visit stratton.com for registration details.January 18, 2015 – Okemo Fireworks ShowOkemo lights up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks show at 7:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy a winter warmer in the Sitting Bull, located in the Okemo Clock Tower base lodge. For the best view, join the snowshoe hike and watch the fireworks from around a bonfire on the mountain. Call (802) 228-1600 to reserve a spot on the tour.January 23-24, 2015 – University of Vermont Winter Carnival at Trapp Family LodgeThe top skiers from New England Colleges and Universities, the likes of University of Vermont, Middlebury College and Dartmouth, compete with each other throughout the weekend. The format for the skate races will be individual starts and the classic races will be mass start, with 5Km and 10Km men’s and women’s events. http://www.uvmathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=ski(link is external)January 23-25, 2015 – Women on Snow at Stratton Mountain Supercharge your skiing skills with coaching, camaraderie, fitness and a whole lot of fun. Open to all levels age 18 and older. Whether you are just starting out, an intermediate looking for a big breakthrough, or an expert who is looking to expand their skills even further, this camp is for you. Space is limited. For all ability levels, ages 18+ Visit stratton.com for details and more dates.January 24, 2015 – K-Town Showdown at Killington ResortKillington Parks will celebrate the opening of Dream Maker on Bear Mountain with a full-day rail jam sponsored by Never Summer, SPY, GoPro, Under Armour and Sunoco.January 24, 2015 – Q Burke Comedy Tour stop #5: Dan Crohn, Phoebe Angle, and Autumn SpencerCome have a good laugh in the Kingdom Café as we feature three comedians from 9-11pm. Drink service is available to audience members with a valid 21+ ID. 18+ Event, $20 pre-purchase, $30 Day-of. January 24, 2015 – Boston’s Mix 104.1’s Wellness on Wheels Tour at Smugglers’ Notch ResortJoin Boston’s Mix 104.1 at the Morse Mountain Gazebo in Smugglers’ Village from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon to enjoy great Mix music, healthy samples, great tips, free giveaways, and fun souvenirs. Mix 104.1’s Erin O’Malley and Smugglers’ Goodtime Charlie will be at the weekend après ski party at the Black Bear Tavern in the Base Lodge from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for great prizes, contests, and music.January 24-25, 2015 – Wounded Military Heroes Weekend at Bromley MountainThe Bart Center for special needs will host the tenth annual Wounded Military Heroes weekend. This weekend is dedicated to our service veterans who have been wounded in action. It gives them an opportunity to experience the sport of skiing or snowboarding with some of the best instructors in the business. Learn more, or how you can participate at www.bartcenter.com(link is external).January 24-25, 2015 – NATO Tele Workshop at Bromley MountainThese annual events are the most complete on-snow telemark clinics offered in North America. Everything is covered, from the elementary concepts behind the style to high-end hybrid, free heel techniques including step, jump, and hop tele’s, linking smooth turns and free heel parallel. Visit NATO’s website(link is external) for more information & to register.January 24, 2015 – Okemo’s Flannel with Flair FundraiserA benefit for the Okemo Community Challenge, Flannel with Flair continues the tradition of supporting the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the local community. Enjoy dinner and dancing with live music at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Roundhouse. Call Vermont Properties at (802) 228-8877 for more information.January 25, 2015 – Ski for Heat at Bromley MountainJoin us for a fun, community event aimed at supporting Ski for Heat. It’s easy to join in on the fun; Register online at SkiforHeat.org(link is external), check in at Guest Services on January 25th to get your $40 lift ticket and your bib number. Half of all proceeds raised will go back to Ski for Heat as a donation, and the top three skiers or riders with the most runs on the day will get a bunch of great prizes.January 25, 2015 – Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Q Burke Mountain ResortThe Q Burke chapter of the Mountain Dew Vertical challenge is a Dual-Slalom Alpine race taking place from 11am-2pm. Awards will be given to the winning competitors. Sign up at www.skiverticalchallenge.com(link is external).January 26-30, 2015 – Okemo Women’s Alpine AdventuresThis program is designed exclusively for women(link is external) and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business. Their goal is to take skiing and snowboarding women to the next level in any snow conditions and on any terrain. Participants quickly overcome fear, build self-confidence and meet new friends in a supportive and social environment. For more information call (802) 228-1600.January 30, 2015 – Subaru and Hyundai Owner Appreciation Day at Bolton ValleyOn Friday, January 30, Subaru and Hyundai owners can get one free lift ticket and buy up to three more lift tickets at 50% off. January 30 – February 1, 2015 – Women’s Ski Discovery Camp at Sugarbush ResortOne of two fun and inspiring multi-day ski and ride camps for women only. Activities include instruction, demos, video analysis, equipment talk, and après fun.January 31 – February 1, 2015 – Boy Scout Weekend at Bromley MountainNow in its 40th season, the Boy Scouts of America, Green Mountain Council Bromley Ski Weekend is the oldest scouting event of its kind in the country. Scouts will have the opportunity to work on their snow sports merit badge over the weekend. 1pm Saturday will kick off the annual race with the fastest skier and snowboarder each winning a season pass to Bromley for the 2015/16 season. Scouts, visit scoutingvermont.org for more info.January 31, 2015 – Swan Lake with the State Ballet Theatre of Russia At Stowe’s Spruce Peak Performing Arts CenterThe world’s most beloved Russian folk tale involves the young princess Odette transformed into a swan, the handsome prince Siegfried, Odile, and triumph over adversity. Music by Tchaikovsky. DEALSBolton Valley50/50 Monday -Every Monday folks age 50 and over get 50% off lift tickets, lessons, rentals and lunch.College Night – Every Wednesday college students pay just $19 for lift tickets staring at noon. Pizza slices, hot dogs and sodas are just $2 for college students on Wednesdays.Late Night at Bolton Valley -Every Friday the lifts spin until 10pm and lift tickets are just $19 starting at 7pm. Cap your night off with nightly drink specials, late night food and live entertainment in the James Moore Tavern.Bolton After Dark -Every Saturday, night skiing is just $19 starting at 4pm and flatbread slices and sodas are only $2 from 4-8pm. Bromley MountainJanuary 19, 2015 – Start Fun, Start Free: Intro to Ski & Ride FREE at Bromley Mountain. Join the Bromley Ski & Snowboard School in the newly sculpted Terrain Based Learning Zone for FREE on Monday, January 19. Here’s the skinny: Ages 6 & up, please. Package includes a Learning Zone lift ticket, rental equipment and instruction from 10:30am to noon. Call the Bromley Ski and Snowboard School to register by 4pm on 1/18/2014 at 802/824/5522 x301. Limited to the first 75 participants to register.Family Fridays at Bromley Mountain – Every full paying can purchase up to three teen/junior tickets for just $20 each. Family Fridays are good every Friday this winter season except during the holiday periods.2-fer Tuesdays at Bromley Mountain – Buy one full priced lift ticket on 2-fer Tuesdays and get a second free. Valid every non-holiday Tuesday, except for 3/17. Valid for two people, both must be present.KidsRule Online Discount at Bromley Mountain – Reserve your KidsRule Mountain Camps(link is external) lesson online this season and save $10 per day – reserve now.(link is external)Killington ResortWith the Ski & Stay Package, save on lodging and lift tickets, plus lessons and rental equipment. Kids 6 years old and younger ski free every day at Killington when accompanied by an adult, plus with the pre-purchase of each Adult 5-day or longer lift ticket, one child 7-12 years old receives a KIDS SKI FREE complimentary lift ticket for the same dates & number of days as the adult lift ticket. Please note that the KIDS SKI FREE complimentary lift ticket is not available if ticket duration includes peak days Jan 17 – 20.3 & 4 Day Killington Ski & Stay FREE Midweek – Experience the best of Killington, midweek! Arrive Sunday, Monday or Tuesday night for three nights of lodging and three days of skiing for the price of two — your third night and day are FREE! Or arrive Sunday or Monday for four nights and days for the price of three — your fourth night and day are FREE! Advance reservations required, packages must be booked at least 1-day prior to arrival, not available on peak days.Okemo Mountain ResortVT/NH Wonderful Wednesdays at Okemo – Ski or ride an entire day any Wednesday in January for just $39 (half day after 12:30pm for just $29). Proof of residency in the form of a valid VT/NH driver’s license, hunting/fishing license, or voter registration card must be presented at the time of purchase to take advantage of VT/NH special lift ticket deals. Learn about Sunday deals too!(link is external)Third Night FREE at Okemo – Reserve 2 nights at any of Okemo’s lodging properties at the regular rate, for stays January 4 – 22, 2015, and receive the 3rd night FREE! (excludes January 16-18, 2015). Call (866) 706-5366, ext. 1 to reserve.Pico Mountain My Pico Packs(link is external) – 3, 4 and 5-day My Pico Packs are available for advance purchase only and provide all ages with full mountain access at Pico Mountain for three or four days. The 5-day My Pico Pack includes four days at Pico Mountain, and an additional day to be used at Pico Mountain anytime or at Killington Resort, non-peak.Midweek Ski & Stay Packages from $77 – Package includes lodging Wednesday and Thursday nights, and a 2-day lift ticket valid Thursday and Friday. Or stay Sunday and Monday nights with a 2-day lift ticket for Sunday and Monday from $92.Weekend Ski & Stay Package from $117 – Package includes lodging Friday and Saturday nights, and a 2-day lift ticket valid Saturday and Sunday.For more information and reservations, please call (866) 667-7426 or visit www.picomountain.com(link is external) Smugglers’ Notch ResortFrom January 16-31, 2015, Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers SuperSaver pricing starting at $95 per youth (3-17) and $125 per adult on Club Smugglers’ vacation packages. Packages include condominium lodging, daily lift tickets, snowshoe and cross country trail passes, enjoyment of the indoor pool and hot tubs, and family and adult entertainment. (www.smuggs.com/skivtw(link is external), 855-814-7325)Stowe Mountain ResortStowe ByPass -Take everything you don’t like about ticket lines and make that easy. As easy as walking from your car directly to the lift and going skiing. That’s the ByPass program at Stowe Mountain Resort. Simply get an Evolution Stowe Card online, sign-up for ByPass and go direct to the lift every day you ski or ride in Stowe. Add to that, instantaneous savings by automatically paying the discounted ByPass rate, even during holidays, the first time you’re scanned at the lift each day. The Evolution Stowe Card(link is external) has replaced traditional tickets, using RFID technology for optimum convenience and value throughout Stowe Mountain Resort. Sign up for ByPass free.(link is external)Stratton Mountain ResortThe One Nighter – For maximum slope time, this package includes two days of lift tickets and one night of lodging at the heart of Stratton Mountain Resort. The One Nighter is just $199 for two people, two days of skiing or riding and one night at Liftline Lodge.Long Weekend – Make it a long weekend and ski free on Friday or Monday. Book the Thursday, Friday and Saturday or Friday, Saturday and Sunday Long Weekend Package and you’ll enjoy Friday or Monday on the slopes for free. Rates start at $79 per person, per night. Visit stratton.com for details and reservations, weekends fill up fast.Sugarbush Resort$30 Thursdays – Every Thursday through March 26th, Mt. Ellen lift tickets are $30. Enjoy live après music featuring local bands and food specials at the Green Mountain Lounge in the afternoon sponsored by Cabot Cheese and Long Trail.Woodstock Inn and ResortTubbs Snowshoes Total Tranquility – Experience the peaceful winter beauty of the Vermont’s Woodstock Inn & Resort. The Tubbs Snowshoe Total Serenity package is designed allow you to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer during the winter months. Enjoy a day on our scenic trail network then unwind at The Spa with a therapeutic massage, steam room, sauna & jacuzzi. Learn more at www.woodstockinn.com(link is external).
Oliver and Hazel Whitman at their creation in Empire Estates Park.One family has turned a small neighborhood park with a limited offerings into a new attraction for children with a bit of imagination and love of racing.Oliver Whitman, with paintbrush in hand, had the idea to create the racetrack.Just two blocks south of Prairie Village, the Empire Estates Park at Roe and 97th Street has some playground equipment and an odd circular sidewalk that may have at one time surrounded some play equipment. That sidewalk has been transformed into a racetrack, which was the idea of Oliver Whitman, age 6. With the assistance of sister Hazel, 5, and some parental guidance, Oliver turned his vision into a reality by painting a raceway complete with a checkered finish line.Oliver and Hazel are students at Trailwood Elementary. The Whitman family, which has been doing annual brush clearing projects at the park, got permission from the parks director in Overland Park for the paint job and Oliver and Hazel painted all of the stripes and checkers. They live about two blocks away from the park and their parents report that more neighborhood kids began using the track as soon as it was finished: “Kids know what to do as soon as they see it.”Bikes, tricycles, remote control cars and foot races now are used on the circle. As evidence, Monday afternoon a youngster with a bag of toy cars in tow was racing them around the track with full sound effects.
Pinterest Share on Facebook “Patients who experience pain and anxiety may move during the procedure, which can reduce the effectiveness of biopsy, or they may not adhere to follow-up screening and testing,” Soo said.She added that the study comes at a time when federal reimbursement requirements are increasingly focusing on patient care and adjusting payments based on patient satisfaction.“It’s important that we address these issues to provide a better experience and more compassionate care for our patients,” Soo said.Soo and colleagues enrolled 121 women undergoing breast cancer diagnosis at Duke and randomly assigned them to receive one of three approaches as they underwent stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy: a recorded meditation, music, or standard care with a technologist offering casual conversation and support.The meditation was a guided “loving/kindness” script that focused on building positive emotions such as compassion towards oneself and others and releasing negative emotions.Patients in the music group listened to their choice of instrumental jazz, classical piano, harp and flute, nature sounds or world music.Standard-care patients received supportive and comforting dialogue with the radiologist or technologist.Immediately before and after biopsy, participants completed questionnaires measuring nervousness and anxiety, ranking biopsy pain between a low of zero to a high of 10, and assessing feelings of weakness and fatigue.Patients in the meditation and music groups reported significantly greater reductions in anxiety and fatigue after biopsy than those receiving standard care. The standard-care patients reported increased fatigue after biopsy.The meditation group also showed significantly lower pain during biopsy when compared to the music group.“Listening to guided meditation resulted in significantly lower biopsy pain during imaging-guided breast biopsy, and both meditation and music reduced patient anxiety and fatigue,” Soo said. “There are medical approaches to this — providing anti-anxiety drugs — but they sedate patients and require someone to drive them home.“Meditation is simple and inexpensive, and could be a good alternative in these settings,” Soo said. “We would like to see this study scaled up to include a multi-center trial, and see if the findings could be generalized to different practices.” Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser extent.The researchers note that adopting these simple, inexpensive interventions could be especially helpful in light of recent reports citing anxiety and pain as potential harms from breast cancer screenings and testing.“Image-guided needle biopsies for diagnosing breast cancer are very efficient and successful, but the anxiety and potential pain can have a negative impact on patient care,” said Mary Scott Soo, M.D., associate professor of radiology at Duke Cancer Institute and lead author of the study published online February 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. LinkedIn Email Share Share on Twitter