VERMONT PHYSICIANS TO RECEIVE GUIDES ABOUTDOMESTIC VIOLENCEBerlin, VT – A physician guide about domestic violence will be distributed to all Vermont primary care providers, emergency room providers and OB/GYNs as part of a New England-wide project, organizers have announced.The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, 4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services, according to a 2003 study by the CDC. The health effects of domestic violence are staggering. In addition to the immediate trauma and injuries caused by abuse, domestic violence contributes to a number of chronic health problems and can interfere with the management of other illnesses.This puts health care providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. This year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has joined forces with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans from across New England.To address this community need, a “physicians guide” will be distributed to all primary care providers (internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians) as well as Emergency Room providers and OB/GYNs in New England on October 14th in honor of Health Cares About Domestic Violence. 10,000 practitioners will receive guides and “victim safety cards” that outline safety tips for victims leaving a violent situation and the numbers to call for help. The guide is a joint production of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New England states along with the individual state domestic violence support organizations.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)
$3.9 MILLION IN PROJECT FINANCING COMMITMENTSAPPROVED BY VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTAUTHORITY (VEDA) BOARD OF DIRECTORSStowe, VT A Bennington manufacturer will expand operations, a NortheastKingdom logger will purchase a protected forest parcel, and a Barre video companywill renovate their headquarters with $3.9 million in financing assistance approved bythe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors.Approved projects are:Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington A $2.6 million industrial revenue bondinducement, and an $800,000 direct loan were approved by the VEDA Board, enablingVermont Composites, Inc. (VCI) to purchase the former Bijur Lubricating building, andexpand their manufacturing operations. Key Bank and the Town of Bennington arealso financing partners in the project. VCI is a leading manufacturer of carbon fibercomposite materials used in the aerospace and defense, medical equipment,automobile, and sporting goods industries. VCI employs 104 people, and it isanticipated that within three years, the expansion project will increase employment to182. In addition to land and building acquisition, Phase I of the $4,000,000 project willinvolve the installation of new production facilities and equipment. Phase II, to becompleted in spring, 2005, will involve re-roofing the facility and installation of a newautomated paint line.Peter Zaun and Dorene DeLuca, West Burke A $357,500 Farm Ownership Loanwas approved through the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), VEDAsagricultural lending program, enabling established logger Peter Zaun and DoreneDeLuca to purchase a protected 935-acre forest parcel on Nurse Mountain in Granbyand Guildhall. The parcel, currently owned by the Trust for Public Lands, is subject to aVermont Forests and Parks Department easement requiring that the property bemanaged and timber removed in such a way that lasting adverse ecological impacts areminimized, wildlife habitat is enhanced, and a continuing, renewable, and long-termforest is assured.VideoVision Video Production Company, Inc., Barre A $163,000 SBA 504 loanwas approved, enabling Anthony and Cynthia Campos to renovate two buildings inBarre, parts of which are used to house VideoVision Production Company. TheCampos have owned and operated VideoVision since 1988; the company producescommercials and other videos for local companies, and films municipal meetings andsports events for broadcast on Central Vermont Community Television, a tenant in oneof the buildings. Total renovation costs are $397,319; the Merchants Bank is alsoparticipating in the project.VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providingfinancial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, andtravel and tourism enterprises. In its thirty-year history, VEDA has made financingcommitments totaling over $1 billion.-30-
BURLINGTON, Vt.–With generous support from a broad coalition of employees, family and friends of IDX Systems Corporation, Champlain College dedicated its multimillion-dollar student life center on September 23, naming it the IDX Student Life Center.The 42,000-square-foot facility at the heart of campus underscores the Colleges goal of offering a full menu of extracurricular and co-curricular activities for all students. The leadership, recreational and fitness habits that Champlain students develop in the new building will serve for them for a lifetime.The employees and leadership of IDX and Champlain College have built a strong partnership over the years: more than 300 graduates and attendees of Champlain College work at this leading medical technology company, IDXs chief executive officer serves as a trustee of the College, and Champlain has created courses specifically for IDX employees pursuing professional advancement. Hundreds of IDX employees have enriched their careers through courses at the College.Our longtime partnership begins a new installment today and were very grateful for the generous gift of $2 million from the IDX community, said Champlain College President David F. Finney. The opening of this fantastic new building will enhance the quality, relevance and breadth of the Champlain experience, which helps students attain a rewarding career and a satisfying life.James H. Crook, Jr., chief executive officer at IDX and a Champlain trustee, said the partnership between the two institutions is thriving on many levels. Were incredibly proud of this recognition of the strong relationship between IDX and Champlain. Champlain alumni who are now part of IDX are a cornerstone of this partnership: along with their families, many of these graduates played an influential role in the inception of the IDX Student Life Center project, he said.Chairman of the IDX Board of Directors Richard E. Tarrant added, The IDX Student Life Center is tangible evidence of the good things that can happen when members of a community come together in a partnership that combines education, jobs and philanthropy.In their own ways, both IDX and Champlain College anticipate and respond to the needs of industry and business. IDX is fulfilling its mission to use information technology to maximize value in the delivery of healthcare by improving the quality of patient service, enhancing medical outcomes and reducing the cost of care. In 2004, the company reported revenues in excess of $520 million, and has grown to encompass offices in 11 states and four countries.Champlain College has emerged as an agile, entrepreneurial and market-savvy institution recognized for its technological expertise, state-of-the-art educational programs, global perspective and innovative blend of professional and liberal arts education. The College remains current by seeking the input of community members and deliberately engaging the business communityincluding businesspeople at IDX.Champlain College accounting alumna Marie Ambusk is now a principal accountant at IDX and has been with the company for over 22 years. Im fortunate to have worked with many of the Champlain College grads who have come to IDX, she said. These two institutions have had an enormous, positive influence in my life.At the dedication of the IDX Student Life Center, Champlain College celebrated the successful completion of the Power of Three capital campaignthe largest campaign in the Colleges 127-year history. College officials reported that the campaign surpassed its $12 million goal by raising $15.1 million. The funds supported the construction of three new facilities and allowed the College to set aside $2 million in endowment.Architects of the $14 million student life center were Truex Cullins & Partners, while Pizzagalli Construction Company was the general contractor. The three-level complex includes a fitness center, full-size gymnasium, a multipurpose dance, yoga and recreation room, student lounge, game rooms, dining facility, and student activities offices and meeting spaces.# # #
Central Vermont Public Service and the Vermont Department of Public Service have agreed to a rate settlement that will leave customer rates flat. In November, CVPS was authorized to increase its rates by one-third of a percent, while the DPS had suggested a decrease of 0.43 percent effective Jan. 1.Rates will remain unchanged pending Public Service Board approval of the settlement with the DPS. Accordingly, the bill for a residential customer who uses 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will remain $73.11.By comparison, the same customer would pay up to $83.16 elsewhere in Vermont, and as much as $117.45 elsewhere in New England, according to the Edison Electric Institute.CVPS’s rates will serve as the base rates for a new alternative regulation framework approved by the PSB in September. Under the plan, CVPS’s rates will be adjusted every quarter to account for specified changes in power costs, and annually for specified changes in other costs and earnings.The new regulatory framework includes incentives to encourage CVPS to become more efficient and share related savings with customers. As part of the settlement, the PSB will investigate CVPS’s employee levels to ensure the company continues to operate efficiently.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.orgFresh from a two-day jaunt to Montreal, Governor Peter Shumlin announced to the press on Wednesday that he hopes to see the construction of a high speed passenger rail line that links Montreal to New York in the near future. In addition, he is looking to solve the state’s long-term energy needs through an enhanced power agreement with Hydro-Quebec and the extension of a natural gas line from Chittenden County to Rutland. Shumlin, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott and former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie met with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and officials from Hydro-Quebec and Gaz MÃ©tro of MontrÃ©al, QuÃ©bec, which owns Northern New England Energy Corporation, which in turn owns Vermont Gas and Green Mountain Power. Shumlin said he was grateful for Dubie’s willingness to provide introductions to Charest and the other officials. (He also joked about Scott’s expertise on the icy road way en route to Montreal and described it as a demolition derby. Scott is a well-known race car driver at Thunder Road, a local race track).Shumlin told reporters that the Quebec officials were surprised by his arrival with Dubie, his former campaign rival. Shumlin said they remarked such political amity was unprecedented in Canada.The visit was something of a trade mission, though it seemed that Vermont was buying and Quebec was selling ‘ power. ‘Quebec is our biggest trading partner,’ Shumlin remarked. ‘It’s an extraordinarily important friendship.’Shumlin said he continues to negotiate with Hydro-Quebec for additional power. Vermont has already sealed a 20-year agreement with the power company at a rate of roughly 6 cents a kilowatt hour. Shumlin declined to give specifics about the nature of the talks.‘It’s a buyer’s market,’ Shumlin said. ‘They want to sell us power.’Shumlin said he couldn’t say how much electricity the state will need until he completes a comprehensive energy plan that’s ‘credible.’ Until his advisors devise a comprehensive plan the state’s energy needs will be a ‘guessing game.’‘There is a glut of electricity on the market,’ Shumlin said. ‘They want to sell us power â ¦ and it’s a buyers’ market.’When asked whether he was trying to purchase Hydro-Quebec power to find a way to increase power reliability in the aftermath of the likely closure of Vermont Yankee, Shumlin said he is ‘eager’ to see the state expand its natural gas pipeline to Rutland. He said he believes the gas could help drive economic development in that area of the state. He said the project could give a boost to GE Rutland and Omya, the calcium carbonate extraction company in Florence, Vt.As for high-speed rail, the main sticking point is Homeland Security.‘I think we are learning from the ongoing reaction to 9/11 that we have to see the border as a border between friends,’ Shumlin said. ‘If it means we can’t (renew) passenger rail from Vermont to Montreal then the terrorists are winning.’ www.vtdigger.org(link is external) February 17, 2011
About RAIFounded in 1974 by Raymond I. Angelini, RAI is a solar construction, general construction, electrical contracting and testing firm servicing commercial clients in NJ, PA, DE and MD. Originally established as an electrical contracting company, RAI formed a solar division in 2004 and has since completed solar projects throughout NJ, PA, DE and MD. To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc. visit www.raiservices.com(link is external) or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566. Draker Labs, a provider of high performance turnkey monitoring systems for large commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, has been selected by Ray Angelini Services, Incorporated (RAI), to monitor 11 solar projects located throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Seven of the projects have been commissioned and the remaining ones are currently under development. The projects include a mix of commercial sites and educational institutions.According to Gregg Barchi, Director of Operations and Maintenance at RAI, the decision to select Draker followed a comprehensive review of monitoring vendors. ‘We wanted a complete, end-to-end solution from a single vendor with a proven track record in commercial PV monitoring. Draker is unique in that they have been providing monitoring hardware, web interfaces and field services for over 10 years. They have deep commercial experience and provide a level of technical guidance we rarely see from other vendors. We’re very pleased with our decision to standardize on Draker’s technology and services and look forward to continuing to partner with them on future projects.’ About DrakerDraker Laboratories provides highly accurate and reliable monitoring solutions that help owners and operators of commercial-scale PV systems maximize the efficiency and profitability of their solar assets. As a supplier of end-to-end monitoring solutions, Draker’s turnkey systems combine proven field instrumentation with an intuitive web-based data management system and unmatched customer support.www.drakerlabs.com(link is external) (March 28, 2011 – Burlington, VT) Draker CEO Charles ‘Chach’ Curtis, cited the RAI partnership as an important milestone in solidifying the company’s position as a leader in commercial PV monitoring. ‘As one of the premier east coast solar developers, Ray Angelini enjoys a stellar reputation for technical excellence and quality support services. We are thrilled to have been chosen by them to monitor their PV projects and look forward to a long and healthy partnership between the two companies.’
The Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC), the grassroots group responsible for planning the Grand Reopening Celebration, has chosen the weekend of October 15-16, 2011 as the dates for the celebration. The Lake Champlain Bridge is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, October 9, 2011 according to Vermont and New York transportation officials. In the event the bridge does not open as planned, celebration events will be postponed until the spring of 2012.Launched in early April, the official website for the celebration provides information on proposed events, the latest news on celebration activities and how to become involved. Many events are planned for the two-day celebration, including a grand parade that is reminiscent of the parade held in 1929 during the opening festivities for the ‘original’ bridge. The LCBC is inviting people who were present at the 1929 celebration to participate as grand marshals, riding in circa 1929 vehicles, many of which will be provided by the Automobile Enthusiasts of Vermont. In keeping with the spirit of the first bridge’s opening celebration, there will be a boat flotilla, organized by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and in cooperation with Canal Corps. It is hoped that the schooner ‘Lois McClure’ will be available for tours. Also on tap are bicycle tours of nearby historic sites and areas surrounding the bridge, a 5K footrace, a Saturday night street dance and concert, and an ecumenical service on the bridge at dawn on Sunday. Also on Sunday there are plans for a farmers’ market and a car show featuring vintage vehicles. The LCBC is inviting performers (many of them locally-based)’musical, dance, speakers, and re-enactors’to entertain throughout the weekend, and there will also be opportunities for local food and craft vendors to participate. To close the weekend celebration, the LCBC is planning a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. The LCBC welcomes anyone interested in participating in the celebration. There are many ways to be involved, whether as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, performer, or parade participant (the LCBC is encouraging towns, schools, and organizations to enter floats), and a committee has been set up to develop ways area students can become involved. The LCBC is encouraging anyone interested in participating to go to www.champlainbridgecommunity.org(link is external) for further details and contact information, or call 802-759-2000.Event Fundraising All funding to promote and host the celebration events will be raised from corporate and private donations. No public monies from the states of Vermont or New York are being made available. If you’re interested in donating or sponsoring an event, email LCBC at email@example.com(link sends e-mail). An official program will be published by the Addison Independent, with a portion of the proceeds going to LCBC to help fund the celebration. For details on advertising in the guide, firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). About the Lake Champlain Bridge Community Members of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community include area residents, representatives from local business, historical sites, local governments, and chambers of commerce. The Community can be found on the Web at www.champlainbridgecommunity.org(link is external). Soruce: Crown Point, N.Y./Addison, Vt. ‘ May 9, 2011 ‘ The Lake Champlain Bridge Community The website can be found at: www.champlainbridgecommunity.org(link is external). Photos: VBM file March 2011
Medicines for Humanity (MFH), the non-profit international organization that is dedicated to reducing child mortality in impoverished communities worldwide, has honored Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) with its 2011 Humanitarian of the Year award. The presentation was made last night at a fundraising event held at the World Trade Center Seaport Hotel in Boston.When presenting the award, Medicines for Humanity Board member, Thomas M. O’Neill stated, “GMCR has established a global footprint of caring, and demonstrated proactive concern for the well being of the neediest children. In Rwanda, they seek out these children, and make sure they have life-saving healthcare services. They have shown the world how to use resources wisely to create enduring goodness.”Rick Peyser, GMCR’s Director of Social Advocacy and Coffee Community Outreach, accepted the award on behalf of GMCR. In his acceptance speech, Peyser noted, “Green Mountain is honored to receive this recognition from Medicines for Humanity. We have focused on improving the quality of life for coffee farmers and their families at the household level in our coffee-growing communities. We are gratified to have a partner like Medicines for Humanity that wants to work in countries like Rwanda, where the need is the greatest.” GMCR has announced that the company will continue to help fund the MFH child survival projects in the Southern Province of Rwanda for an additional four years. “We are extremely grateful to GMCR for this additional commitment,” stated MFH Executive Director, Tim Bilodeau. “We have a program in place that is reaching the most vulnerable children and effectively reducing child mortality.” Mr. Peyser added, “We are delighted to expand our support of MFH’s work in Rwanda, a country that produces very high quality coffee, yet is challenged with one of the highest rates of infant and child mortality in the coffee growing world.” Celebrating its 30th year in business, GMCR has been on a journey to create and sustain a values-driven company that views profit as a means to achieve a higher purpose. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably grown coffee, and allocating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. From its work to curb chronic food insecurity in coffee growing communities to its employee-led grant making efforts in local communities, GMCR works in pursuit of its stated purpose: to create the ultimate coffee experience in every life we touch, from tree to cup ‘ transforming the way the world views business.Medicines for Humanity (MFH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing child mortality and improving child health in economically poor communities worldwide. Every day, more than 20,000 children die because they lack access to basic medicines and primary healthcare. MFH was founded in 1997 to provide direct and effective responses to this injustice.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig Single-Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.GMCR-C ROCKLAND, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce was joined by four of its manufacturing members in an economic summit with China’s Consulate General on November 23. Meeting at the Vermont Chamber office in Berlin, Consulate General delegates and Vermont Chamber members talked about their current operations in China and expanding business opportunities there. ‘These are Vermont companies with Vermont values that are growing their businesses by building a stronger partnership with China,’ said Chamber President Betsy Bishop. ‘The Vermont Chamber set up this meeting with the Consulate General so these companies can be connected to the economic and government leadership of China.’ Among the Chinese delegates attending was Counsel General Sun Guoxiang, a veteran diplomat and official representative of the Chinese government tasked with facilitating trade between the United States and China. Often referred to as Ambassador Sun, he has held similar posts in Turkey, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Sun holds ‘plenipotentiary’ rights, meaning he has been designated full authority to speak on behalf of President Hu Jintao. Participating in the meeting were Biotek Instruments of Winooski; North Hartland Tool of North Hartland; Country Home Products of Vergennes and SB Electronics of Barre. With a combined 600-plus jobs in Vermont and more in China, these four businesses are shining examples of Vermont’s economic potential, Bishop said. ‘The Vermont brand is known worldwide when it comes to foods and crafts, but it is equally impressive when it comes to manufacturing,’ Bishop added. ‘The Vermont Chamber uses its connections to help Vermont companies build partnerships and promote their products and services wherever they do business.’ The Vermont Chamber has maintained business relationships in China for over 15 years and has an office in Shanghai with staff to help Vermont businesses navigate the China market. With the recently awarded State Trade Export and Promotion grant from the Small Business Association, the Vermont Chamber will expand this effort to help small businesses reach global markets. Manufacturers’ Information· BioTek Instruments makes microplate-based instrumentation for the health care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and research industries. Employing 258 employees in Vermont, BioTek has 11 employees in its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. They also have staff in India, Singapore, and Korea; now employing an additional 21 people across the Asia Pacific region. Contact: Adam Alpert, Vice President, email@example.com(link sends e-mail)· Country Home Products manufactures lawn and garden equipment under the DR® and Neuton® brands. Employs over 200 in Vermont and operates a joint-venture based in Shanghai, China that employs four people. Contact: Joe Perrotto, CEO, Jperrotto@DRpower.com(link sends e-mail)· North Hartland Tool produces tooling, fixturing and gauging for the aviation, automotive and power generation industries, and also microdrills holes to diameters of .0016’. They employ 61 people in West Barnet and North Hartland and 27 in other states. In 2009, the company began manufacturing in Nanchang, China and has 11 employees there, which has enabled them to grow their business in Vermont. Contact: John Mullen, President, firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)· SB Electronics develops and manufactures film capacitor products for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, military/aerospace, medical equipment and power supplies/laser uses. The company employees 74 people in Vermont and two employees in their Xiamen, China office. Contact: Ed Sawyer, President and CEO, Edward@sbelectronics.com(link sends e-mail) About the Vermont Chamber of CommerceThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, nonprofit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life. Learn more at www.VTchamber.com(link is external).
DestinationHotelSki RentalLift TicketMealBeerTotal cost1Vail, CO$581.81$40.85$105.00$13.07$4.83$745.562Aspen, CO$509.76$41.30$104.00$13.33$4.67$673.063Park City, UT$524.08$45.33$85.00$8.83$3.81***$667.054Telluride, CO$439.93$35.32$98.00$10.25$3.75$587.255Steamboat Springs, CO$420.62$36.32$99.00$12.98$4.83$573.756Whistler, BC, Canada$331.86$38.13$96.00$13.92$6.08$485.997Big Sky, MT$348.68$36.67$65.33$9.33$4.08$464.098Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada$322.34$44.99**$75.00$12.30$5.30$459.939Sun Valley, ID$310.23$35.00$48.00$12.17$3.48$408.8810Mammoth Lakes, CA$260.45$33.00$96.00$11.83$5.25$406.53The TripIndex Ski list comprises 20 popular ski destinations and Canada.TripIndex Ski prices out the following items in each destination: Per night cost of a hotel (between December 2011 and March 2012), cost of a basic ski rental package, cost of a lift ticket, cost of a meal (burger and fries) and cost of an alcoholic drink (domestic beer).Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below, and apply to travel between December 2011 and March 2012. The ‘basket’ of items is representative of the common items many travelers will purchase while on a ski vacation.Hotel prices specify the average cost of a hotel found on TripAdvisor within a five-mile radius of the destination (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the winter travel period (December 15 – March 31). *Identifies hotel prices that were taken from a 10-mile radius. In all destinations, between two and 62 hotels were included to compute the average price. On average, 29 hotels were included in the calculations for each destination.Ski rental prices include the average price of a basic, daily ski rental, including skis, poles and boots, taken from three equipment rental shops on or near the mountain. **Identifies ski rental prices that come from only one rental shop.Lift ticket prices identify the average price of a daily, adult lift ticket, taken from the local ski slopes for each destination during the 2011-2012 winter high-peak season.Meal prices reflect the average price of a burger and fries, taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain.Beer prices include the average price of a bottle/draft domestic beer taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain. ***Identifies beer prices from restaurants that only offer on-site brewery beer brands.All prices shown are as quoted by source.About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and Instant Personalization) with seamless links to booking tools.TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 65 million unique monthly visitors* across 19 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 50 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide****, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).TripAdvisor and the TripAdvisor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TripAdvisor LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire Best Value Ski Destinations in North America To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/49252-tripadvisor-inaugural-ski-destination-c…(link is external)TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski presents the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, a basic ski rental package, a one-day lift ticket, a local meal and a bottle/glass of beer at top ski destinations.The complete TripIndex Ski list can be viewed at http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.TripIndexSkiUS(link is external). DestinationHotelSki RentalLift TicketMealBeerTotal cost1Salt Lake City, UT$122.30$32.67$70.67$9.31$3.63$238.582North Conway, NH$121.72$37.33$69.00$8.41$3.42$239.883Taos, NM$134.04$28.00$75.00$8.67$3.83$249.544Jackson Hole, WY$148.28$36.83$85.00$10.25$3.67$284.035Snowshoe, WV$160.94$32.00$79.00$8.66$3.67$284.276Banff, AB, Canada$159.81$36.00$73.00$12.47$5.50$286.787Stowe, VT$171.92$38.67$79.00$10.17$4.20$303.968Lake Tahoe, CA$187.55$38.00$80.00$14.67$4.75$324.979Lake Placid, NY$251.98$35.33$79.00$11.33$3.83$381.4710Killington, VT$267.22$34.33$86.00$9.15$4.17$400.87Most Expensive Ski Destinations in North America TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today launched its inaugural TripIndex Ski ‘ a cost comparison of 20 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada. Salt Lake City is the most affordable spot in the nation, Vail is the most expensive, and the Northeast is generally the most affordable region, with Colorado being the costliest. Top Skiing Steals and DealsSalt Lake City, Utah is the most affordable ski destination, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $239.North Conway, New Hampshire is the least expensive ski destination in the Northeast, coming in on TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski at $240.Taos, New Mexico topped the list for the cheapest ski destination for travelers looking to enjoy America’s western slopes ($250).Banff, Alberta came out on top for the best-value Canadian destination for winter sports enthusiasts, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $287Most Expensive Winter EscapesWith a price tag of $746, Vail, Colorado emerged as the priciest ski spot.Colorado is also the overall most expensive state for US skiers, with four of the top five most expensive destinations on the index.Whistler, British Columbia is the priciest Canadian ski destination, coming out at a TripIndex Ski total of $486.New England Most Pocket-Friendly RegionThe Northeast is the most affordable US region for travelers seeking a winter deal, reveals TripIndex Ski ‘ with North Conway (New Hampshire), Stowe (Vermont) and Killington (Vermont) included in the top 10 most affordable destinations. Travelers who visit these destinations can expect to enjoy the slopes for between $240 ‘ $401.Cutting Costs on AccommodationsThe top ten affordable ski destinations also have the most pocket-friendly hotel rates:A one-night stay in Salt Lake City, Utah ‘ the most affordable TripIndex Ski hotspot ‘ is $122, compared to $582 in Vail, Colorado.Eight of the ten most affordable destinations boast average hotel prices under $200 per night, while rates across five of the ten most expensive destinations exceed $400 per night.”For travelers who are looking for a snowy escape, TripIndex Ski provides an easy way to compare the most popular ski destinations across North America,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications at TripAdvisor. “TripIndex Ski is a useful tool for travelers who are looking to get the best bang for their buck this winter season.”