Newry, ME–Looking for a white Christmas? The six New England resortsoperated by American Skiing Company are willing to guarantee guests willfind snow, and are willing to back that claim with a $1,000 guarantee.

American Skiing Company’s New England resorts à‚ˆ Killington, Mount Snowand Sugarbush in Vermont, Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire and SundayRiver and Sugarloaf/USA in Maine à‚ˆ are so confident of their ability todeliver snow and skiing over the Christmas – New Year holiday periodthat they’ve added a risk-free reservations policy for holiday guests.

“We’ll have the snow,” said American Skiing Company chairman and chiefexecutive officer Leslie B. Otten. “Our resorts have the most advancedsnowmaking systems in the nation, and we expect to be wide open. But ifwe can’t give our guests at least 70 percent of their mountain, we’llactivate the guarantee.”

The guarantee will give guests a 25 percent price reduction on theirnext vacation this season and a voucher worth up to $500, which may beused towards a future ski vacation at The Canyons in Utah or Steamboatin Colorado. The total value of the guarantee, depending on packagebooked, is approximately $1,000. Guests who choose to do so may cancelreservations at no cost on the day of arrival if that threshold has notbeen met.

The offer is made to guests reserving a ski vacation between now andDecember 24, 1999 for vacations between December 25, 1999 and January 2,2000. Reservations may be made online or by phone.

“The holidays in the mountains are magical,” said Otten. “In additionto plenty of snow, the resorts will offer a wide variety of on- andoff-slope activities. We’ll have live entertainment, tubing, finedining, snow shoeing, dancing, hayrides, New Year’s 2000 parties forkids and adults and fireworks spectaculars. It’s going to be afantastic week.”

Resort Phone Internet Resort Phone InternetKillington VT 800-621-MTNS www.killington.com / Sunday River ME800-543-2SKI www.sundayriver.comMount Snow VT 800-245-SNOW www.mountsnow.com / Sugarloaf/USA ME800-THELOAF www.sugarloaf.comSugarbush VT 800-53-SUGAR www.sugarbush.com / Attitash Bear Peak NH800-223-SNOW www.attitash.com

American Skiing Company is the largest operator of ski and golf resortsin the United States. Its resorts include Killington, Mount Snow andSugarbush in Vermont, Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire, Sunday Riverand Sugarloaf/USA in Maine, Steamboat in Colorado, The Canyons in Utahand Heavenly in California/Nevada.