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Ski Area at The Omni Homestead Resort Opens for 2013-14 Season on Saturday, December 21, 2013

For Immediate Release

SKI AREA AT THE OMNI HOMESTEAD RESORT OPENS FOR

2013 - 2014 SEASON ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st

The South's first ski resort welcomes award-winning Auto Turn Rocker ski technology, topflight ski instruction and 45+ skiable acres this season

December 20, 2013 (Hot Springs, Va.) - Saturday, Dec. 21 is the official opening date of ski and snowboard season at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. The Allegheny Mountain resort, ranked as the #1 ski hotel in the mid-Atlantic in 2012 by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, features 45 acres of well-maintained trails. New this season is the Rossignol Experience Center, one of only 25 in the United States.

Winter Sports Excitement on the Slopes

The Experience Center is stocked with new enhanced ski technology. Avid skiers can now rent Experience Skis, which feature award-winning Auto Turn Rocker technology that helps skis turn with less effort.

Guests will also experience more powder with increased snowmaking capabilities. This year the resort added five new snow guns from SMI Snow Makers.

Topflight ski and snowboard instruction is available through the season at the Sepp Kober Ski School, with private lessons for adults and children. Full or half-day Bunny Ski School programs for kids age 5-11 teach the basics of equipment, terminology, safety and downhill skiing. The Little Penguins program keeps a watchful eye on youngsters age 3-12, providing fun activities such as snowmen building, sledding and snow angel making - and a great escape for their parents.

Winter Excitement off the Slopes

The 2013-2014 ski season will be filled with delights off the slopes at The Omni Homestead's Allegheny Spring Winter Wonderland, which features ice skating, a heated pool and a whirlpool surrounded by holiday lights and music. The Spa Garden is an adults-only escape featuring the resort's historic hot springs, a naturally-pressurized deluge shower, heated pool, whirlpool and Finnish Sauna. Afterwards, warm up with S'mores and hot cocoa by the fireside at the Mountain Lodge, and sooth tired muscles with a range of treatments at The Spa at The Omni Homestead. You may never want to leave.

Enjoy unlimited skiing, snowboarding, and more through the season with new ski packages from The Omni Homestead:

  • Homestead Ski Package includes room accommodations and lift tickets (per room, per day). Rates from $219 per room.
  • Family Learn to Ski Package features room accommodations and lift tickets (per room, per day), ski rental equipment (per day for each registered guest), and group lessons (for ages 6 and up). Rates from $310 per night.

For more information or to make reservations at The Omni Homestead Resort, please contact (800) 838-1766 or visit www.thehomestead.com

About The Omni Homestead Resort

Open since 1766, 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 nearly 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America.  From exceptional golf and 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 award-winning, 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. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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