Ski Season Is Here (and More Travel News)

Sharpen those edges and get the wax applied; WhereTraveler hears that many North American ski resorts are starting to open.

Whistler (British Columbia) is set to open this Saturday, Nov. 17. Vail (Colorado) opens a day earlier on Nov. 16.  Mammoth (California) opened Nov. 8, and the Heavenly and Northstar resorts opened yesterday (Nov. 14). In Colorado, both Aspen and Snowmass are expected to open on Thanksgiving Day, so you can carve the slopes before you carve the bird. There is even a ski resort open in the Southeastern U.S. – Cataloochee (North Carolina)—and Snowshoe Mountain (West Virginia) is set to open on Nov. 21. For a single destination to find out if your preferred in-bounds areas are open, the website Onthesnow.com provides a good list of open resorts and their estimated snow base.

And More Travel News
Hotwire has run the numbers for its second annual American Travel Behavior Survey, and the disappointing news is that most Americans are walking away from their vacation time, leaving an average of 9.2 paid vacation days unused. That amount of unused vacation days is up 48 percent from the prior year. The study reported that Americans would like to take more trips, but often do not feel they have the time or money to do so.

Need to get out of New York City, maybe to someplace warm? JetBlue is making it easier. The airline, which has a strong presence out of JFK International Airport in New York, has added a sixth Dominican Republic destination to its flight schedule. Samana joins other Dominican cites: La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo. The airline is currently offering a one-way fare special as low as $159 from JFK, but the deal is set to expire on Nov. 19. Samana is on a peninsula known for its stunning nature and beaches.

U.S. airline companies Hawaiian and Virgin America are sharing rewards across their frequent-flyer programs. As of today, Hawaiian frequent-flyer program members (HawaiianMiles) and Virgin America frequent-flyer members (the Elevate program) can redeem their miles via the other airline’s program. The airlines are also offering a code-share agreement for Hawaiian Airlines flyers using select Virgin America routes.