General Powderfall Questions
When is Powderfall? Powderfall is Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8th, 2017. Come enjoy all Aspen Snowmass has to offer and stay at the ski-in/ski-out four-star Westin Hotel. The Westin will host the Powderfall events and classes. Join us for an incredible experience of fun, learning, and camaraderie with patrollers from all over!
Where is Powderfall? Powderfall will be held at Aspen Snowmass. Experience world-class skiing with a ticket that allows you access to three mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, and Aspen Highlands. (Note: Their fourth Mountain Buttermilk will be closed)
What is included in registration? Each registration differs a little in what is included, please refer to the pricing list. An adult registration includes a three-day lift ticket to three of the Aspen Skiing Company's ski resorts (Snowmass, Aspen, and Aspen Highlands), the ability to attend over 80 educational courses/sessions and PSIA Demo Team clinics*, demo 2018 partner equipment, win prizes, and participate in various patroller challenges. Your registration also includes three evening receptions and camaraderie with fellow patrollers and their families from all around the country. The first 300 to register will also receive a Dueter backpack filled with NSP partner swag. (*Extra costs associated with the PSIA Demo Team clinics.)
When does Powderfall registration open and close? Registration opens mid-August and closes March 22, 2017. Make sure you register early to take advantage of the early bird pricing! Please check the Powderfall website, Facebook page, and your email for the official registration launch date. We will announce the registration open date in August. To receive the Westin discounted room rate of $139 per night you will need to book by March 14th; subject to availability.
Is Powderfall the same as PEC? Powderfall takes the best classes from PEC and adds to them. We brought the educational clinics from PEC and added NSP partner demos and booths with deals and new equipment, PSIA Demo Team (current and past) clinics, and amazing add-on options.
Tell me about the lift ticket I get with registration? The three-day lift ticket can be used on days starting April 2 and ending April 12. It is not only good at the Aspen Snowmass, but also at Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands. At registration, you can add additional lift tickets for $50 (18+ years) and $40 (7-17 years) if you are planning on skiing more than three days. The 3 day lift ticket included with registration can be used anytime between April 2nd-12th (3 out of 10 day).
I want to come early and/or stay late; what are my options? Registrants can come as early as April 1st and stay as late as April 12th. Ski days will only be available from April 2nd-12th, 2017.
Should I bring my kids? Kids are more than welcome to attend. There will be many fun activities for them. You can also find different options under the THINGS TO DO tab.
Why go to Powderfall? Powderfall 2017 is an event designed to fuse top tier education, camaraderie, and an amazing resort experience to form a unique and productive conference atmosphere. Whether you're a current volunteer, professional patroller, or someone interested in what patrolling has to offer; you are welcome to come and enjoy the events and activities. This also gives you the opportunity to demo new 2018 equipment, win prizes, participate in evening receptions, and meet many of the NSP leadership,
How do I register? We are using the best of the best registration companies: Cvent. If you attended Powderfall in the past, you will be happy to hear that our new registration process is much more accurate and user-friendly. Please check back in mid-August for the link and registration information. NSP will announce the official registration open date in late July/early August via Facebook, www.nsp.org, and email blasts.
How will I know what classes I signed up for when I arrive at Powderfall? Each registrant's schedule will be printed on the back of their registration badge, which will be received at check in.
How much is registration? We will have early-bird, regular, late and child pricing. See what is available under the Event Registration tab.
What is the additional adult discount? The first adult registration is full price, but every following adult registration will receive the additional adult discount price. To receive this deal you must add and pay for your group all at once. See more under the Event Registration tab.
What is included in registration? Registration includes the ability to attend educational courses, sessions, and PSIA Demo Team clinics*, demo the 2018 partner equipment, win prizes, and participate in various patroller challenges. Your registration also includes three evening receptions and camaraderie with fellow patrollers and their families from all around the country. The first 300 to register will also receive a Dueter backpack filled with NSP partner swag. (*Extra costs associated with the PSIA Demo Team clinics.)
Who can register? We encourage everyone to register and participate in this event. This includes patrollers, associates, alumni, mountain hosts, young adult patrollers, family members, and friends. Most courses and sessions are available to everyone, but some will be specifically for patrollers. The registration will clearly identify each course and who is able to participate.
Where do I stay? NSP recommends staying at the four-star ski-in/ski-out Westin Snowmass located in Snowmass Village for the discounted room rate of $139. The Westin offers signature Snowmass lodging services, excellent facilities, and a variety of shopping, dining, and nightlife options just steps away. Surround yourself in a haven of wellness and rejuvenation through innovative programs and amenities such as the Heavenly Bed and Bath and the Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio. Pamper yourself in the Westin Spa. Come visit and indulge in the world-class destination of Aspen Snowmass. Not only is the $139 an incredible price for a four-star hotel, but you also will not have to pay the resort fee of $30.
If I drive, what is the cost of parking?
$7 per day of parking, an additional small surcharge fee from the Westin will be added
How do I book my hotel? Please visit this website to book your room(s): https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1606166081&key=27ED1B8E
Or Call 866-837-4246 and use the group name National Ski Patrol to receive the discounted room rate.
What days are the discount room rates in effect? The discounted $139 room rates are good from April 1st through April 12th, 2017. To receive the group rate, you will need to book by March 14, 2017, subject to availability.
Note: Powderfall is April 6-8.
Clinics, Demos, and Evening Reception Questions
What does it mean to demo partner equipment? Take a break from the clinics and spend an entire day Friday or Saturday trying the latest gear from NSP partners. Ever want to ski in a pair of boots before you buy them, or talk to a ski company rep about the perfect set of skis specifically for you and have the ability to go try them? NSP partners will have their 2017/2018 ski equipment for you to try before it hits stores in fall 2018. Try skis, snowboards, boots, poles, bindings, and even some soft goods and see what fits you best. There will be limited equipment from each company; therefore, in order for all Powderfall attendees to have a chance to demo all the gear, you will be asked to only take each piece of equipment out for one or two runs, or less than one hour. This demo is limited to participants 16 and older.
What can snowboarders do at Powderfall? Snowboarders are welcome at Powderfall and are able to participate in all events and sessions that are available, with the exception of sessions that are dedicated to telemark skiers. Powderfall is not currently offering PSIA demo team snowboard instructors, however if enough interest is shown this could become an option.
Why should I visit the exhibits? Everyone likes a great deal, free stuff, and wants to be "in the know." Come to the Westin Conference Center-Mt. Daly Ballroom after 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday afternoon to visit NSP Partner Booths for amazing deals on gear, free giveaways, and to talk with NSP partner companies about what they offer on the NSP Pro Deals Page and NSP Online Store.
Registration only includes evening receptions; what about other meals? Powderfall registration includes three evening receptions that will have heavy appetizers and drinks. With each registration packet you receive at check in, you will also receive a restaurant discount handbook to the 13-plus restaurants in the Snowmass Village and mall. Snowmass Village provides a wide array of priced restaurants for each meal of the day. Need more choices? Take the free shuttle from the village to Aspen, where there are countless more restaurants.
What clinics are available? Clinics are included with the Powderfall registration from most of the national programs. To learn more about all the offerings, visit our registration site coming in late August 2016.
Travel to Aspen Snowmass Questions
Where should I fly into? The most cost-effective option is to fly into Denver International or fly into Aspen and take the free Westin shuttle. The cost to fly into Aspen is more but if you book months in advance you will often be able to find great deals!
How far is Denver to Aspen Snowmass? 3 hours
- From the airport, take I-70 west to CO-82 E in Glenwood Springs.
- Exit 116 from I-70 W
- Drive CO-82 E to Snowmass
Snowmass Westin Hotel Questions
Does Snowmass offer children's lessons? Yes, Snowmass offer lessons for kids ages 4-12. Lessons can be booked as a private or small group. Powderfall guests receive a 15 percent discount off list price.
Is there an onsite spa? Yes, the Westin has a spa. Guests will receive a 15 percent discount.
Is there Wi-Fi? Yes, there is complementary Wi-Fi in all hotel rooms and meeting rooms.
Are there different style suites and penthouses? No, unfortunately there are not; however, the rooms are beautiful, comfortable, and offered at a steep discount. They offer king or double queens, and many of the rooms adjoin each other. NSP recommends calling the hotel with your reservation number and requesting your preference.
* Due to the many activities, shops, and restaurant options, we doubt participants will find much time to stay in their room!
Snowmass Village and Mall Questions
Are there many restaurants at a variety of prices? YES! One of the reasons NSP chose to host Powderfall in Aspen is because of the variety of prices and different cuisines steps away from the hotel. To see all the options, please check out the restaurants tab on the Powderfall website. Also listed are some great happy hour specials! For more options, you are welcome to take the free shuttle into Aspen.
What is the skittle? The skittle runs each day from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. It’s a small lift that takes you from the mall to the village; no skis or lift ticket are needed to ride, anyone can get on!
What is the cancellation policy? Feb 1st is the cutoff date to receive the full amount back bus seats to cancel email firstname.lastname@example.org
What if my plane is delayed? The bus will leave at the scheduled time, if you are delayed past the schedule time you will need to make other arrangements. Your seats are prepaid for so unfortunately there are no refunds if you miss the bus.
Where can I find the bus when I arrive at Denver International Airport? Charter buses pick-up from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, West Side, meet at door 504.
Make sure you have your luggage and are ready to go at door 504. There will be a group leader gathering people at door 504
*West side of airport has all even numbered doors. East side of airport has all odd numbered doors.
Where do I load the bus in Snowmass to go back to DIA? In the circle parking lot in front of the Westin and Wildwood.
Is there a bathroom on the bus? YES!!!
How long is the drive? The average drive time is 4 hours but traffic and road conditions can impact the drive time
How much is the Bus? $35 each way, you can purchase each way or a single direction.
How do i book a bus?
*All bus bookings are now closed. Please seek other transportation services from DIA to Aspen, Snowmass.
- Click Here to go to the registration sign in link.
- Then Enter Your Confirmation number: The number you received after finishing registration
- Click OK
- Scroll down and click NEXT to skip through the first 3 pages unless you need to change your answers to any of the questions
- On the classes and courses page you will see classes listed mostly by time/day. Please scroll down the page until you see the section header OPTION TO ADD TRANSPORTATION
- The first group of times/days is to choose a bus leaving Denver International Airport and traveling to Snowmass. Make sure to select a time at least 2 hours after your plane arrives.
- The second group of times/days is choose a bus leaving Snowmass and traveling to Denver International Airport. Please choose a time no later than 7 hours before your plane departs. The travel time back averages 4 hours but in case of bad road conditions or traffic plan for 5 hours and 2 hours for check in/security.
- Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click NEXT
- Continue to click next until it allows you to enter your payment information and click finish.
- Each person in your group will need to follow this process if they would like a seat on our charter bus.