SKI SEASON KICKS OFF AT THE OMNI HOMESTEAD IN THE ALLEGHENY MOUNTAINS

America’s First Resort embarks on its 56th season with a winter wonderland of activities and valuable packages

January 06, 2016 (Hot Springs, Va.) – Celebrating its 250th Anniversary this year, and as the south’s first ski resort, The Omni Homestead Resort will open for its 2016 ski and snowboard season on January 9th. With more than 45 acres of well-maintained trails, a Penguin Slides Tubing Park, Rossignol Experience Center, and seasonal ski packages, the resort will be a top destination for the whole family this winter.

A Versatile Ski Retreat
Located just minutes from the front door of The Omni Homestead, the Rossignol Experience Center at the Mountain Lodge offers the latest innovations from the eminent French equipment manufacturer. Travelers can take advantage of rental skis featuring Auto Turn Rocker technology, which aids in turning, heightens ability and elevates performance. After a day outdoors, relax in the Mountain Lodge, featuring a full-service bar, expansive deck with views of the slopes, and indulge in dinner with local craft beer tastings.

Ski and Snowboard School for All Ages
For guests looking to brush up on their skills, as well as those who are new to the slopes, ski and snowboard instruction is available at Sepp Kober Ski School. Founded in 1959 at the start of southern skiing at The Omni Homestead, the school offers private and group lessons for adults and children. In addition, the Little Penguins Program offers a safe learning experience for kids ages 5-11 to learn the basics of equipment, terminology, safety and downhill skiing.

Winter Fun off the Slopes
In addition to traditional skiing, The Omni Homestead offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. For a more relaxing day, try ice skating at the Allegheny Springs rink adjacent to the year-round spring-fed heated outdoor pool. At the end of the day, enjoy fireside s'mores at the fire pit on the Casino Lawn.

Experience the New Penguin Express
Skis and snowboards are not the only way to slide into winter at The Omni Homestead. Opening later this month, the Penguin Slides Tubing Park is a lively family-friendly activity, featuring well-groomed lanes and the new Penguin Express conveyor to whisk tubers back up the hill with ease. Children must be 5 years old to tube with a parent/guardian and 48” tall to tube alone.

Season-long Savings and Ski Packages
This winter, travelers can enjoy unlimited skiing, snowboarding and more with valuable packages from The Omni Homestead:
  • Omni Homestead Ski Package includes room accommodations and lift tickets for two people (per room, per day). Rates from $244 per room, double occupancy. Valid through March 2016. Taxes and 15 percent daily resort charge are not included. 
  • Family Learn to Ski Package features room accommodations, lift tickets (per room, per day), ski rental equipment (per day for each registered guest), and group lessons (for ages 6 and up) for a family of four. Rates from $340 per night, double occupancy, based on two adults and two children. Valid through March 2016. 
  • Bed and Breakfast Package includes luxurious room accommodations, daily breakfast for each registered guest and complimentary parking for one vehicle. Subject to availability and blackout dates.

Skiing at The Omni Homestead is open to the public. Travelers and locals can take advantage of a number of packages and promotions, purchase day passes and reserve lift tickets throughout the season online. For more information or to make reservations at The Omni Homestead Resort, please contact (800) 838-1766 or visit www.theomnihomestead.com.

About The Omni Homestead Resort
Celebrating its 250th Anniversary in 2016, The Omni Homestead Resort is one of America's most storied resorts, offering unparalleled hospitality and southern charm in a 2,000-acre setting within the Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Renowned for its natural healing springs, The Omni Homestead Resort is distinguished by 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, a wide array of fine and casual dining choices, and more than 30 recreational amenities. The resort offers an expansive, luxurious spa with exclusive, adults-only spa garden and two championship golf courses including The Cascades, one of the nation's finest mountain courses. Allegheny Springs is a two-acre family-friendly water attraction complete with lazy river, water slides, family pool and water play zone. The resort also offers the South's first downhill ski area; a beautiful Equestrian Center with 28 stalls, visiting barn with 40 stalls and riding arena; top-rated Shooting Club with trap, skeet, sporting clays; fly-fishing; archery; falconry; off-road Segway tours; Mini Cascades, a new 18-hole miniature golf course and a wealth of other recreational attractions. The Homestead became part of Omni Hotels & Resorts on July 1, 2013.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications and was ranked “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” in the J.D. Power 2015 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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