What’s New For 2006 Winter Season In Sequoia National Park: $79-$99 Room Rates and Groomed Nordic Ski Trails

Discounted winter lodging rates equal nearly 50% savings through March 31, 2006

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Recent Sierra storms have brought fresh snow to Sequoia National Park, signaling the official opening of the winter ski and recreation season. Winter enthusiasts can now enjoy Sequoia’s tranquil scenic beauty, plus dramatically discounted lodging rates and an abundance of winter recreational activities.

The winter season also offers the best lodging values of the year at Sequoia’s deluxe Wuksachi Lodge, with rates beginning at $79 midweek and $99 on weekends. These discounted room rates represent a nearly 50-percent savings from regular rates, and are valid from now until March 31, 2006 for two people per room, per night, plus tax. Children 12 and under stay free in the same room.

Wuksachi Lodge also offers a value-added recreation package, including an overnight room plus choice of snowshoe or cross-country ski equipment for two people. Rates for the recreation package begin at $99 Sunday through Thursdays and $119 Friday/Saturday. Wuksachi Lodge is the ideal winter destination resort, with convenient ski-in/ski-out access to miles of forest trails and all the modern guest amenities of a three-diamond rated ski lodge.

New this year: Sequoia’s Wolverton Recreation Area now features groomed cross-country ski trails, snowshoe and ski equipment rentals and lessons. Located just minutes from Wuksachi Lodge, Wolverton is a gently sloping family friendly snow play area that now serves as a convenient home base for winter sports enthusiasts with the addition of several scenic miles of machine groomed trails, equipment rentals, lessons, ranger guided snowshoe walks and light refreshments.

Visitors can make lodging reservations online at http://www.visitsequoia.com/, as well as obtain the latest park news, road and weather information. Reservations can also be made by calling toll-free at 888-252-5757.

For many, winter is a favorite time of year to visit Sequoia National Park, where the pace is unhurried and the scenery spectacular. Guests of all ages and abilities can enjoy exploring the Giant Forest Museum offering free admission daily, participating in guided snowshoe nature walks and scheduled interpretive programs.

Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods. Guest amenities include televisions, telephones with computer data ports, mini-refrigerators, coffee-makers, ski racks, daily maid service, and ample complimentary self-parking.

The Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts:

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, is a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company’s portfolio includes some of the unique properties in North America, including Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yellowstone national parks; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa near Vancouver, British Columbia; Old Town San Diego State Historic Park; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach State Park; Deer Creek Resort & Conference Center, the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia and Denver; The Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva State Park, Ohio; and The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel.

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