No planes, no long car drives. Just an hour from Bozeman, and yet a world away. Experience two nights at the luxurious Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Paradise Valley. Tucked against the mountains on a 9,000-acre ranch, this is where you can get away from it all. Revive, rejuvenate, reconnect. This all-inclusive stay for two people includes world-class fine dining, cozy accommodations, all meals, and all ranch activities and gratuities.
Play your stay however you’d like. Fill it up with horseback rides, golf, fly fishing, clay shooting, and hikes. Or sit back and relax with a good book and a fine drink.
The fine print: Available May 26 - May 31 or August 23 - October 4, 2020.
Donated by: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
Dust off your cowbells. This is an incredible trip to the Minneapolis World Cup in March 2020. We pulled some strings, and we have your airfare, your World Cup tickets, and your U.S. Ski Team gear ready for the first Cross Country World Cup in the U.S. in nearly 20 years. This is a big deal, folks.
You’ll receive two Minneapolis World Cup Grandstand passes for the FIS Cross Country World Cup, March 14-17, 2020 at Theodore Wirth Park. In addition to World Cup sprint races, you can take in the four-day Fastenal Parallel 45 winter festival, with live music, craft beer, citizen races, spectator events and more—including some exciting SkiCross and BikeCross races and skijoring. Heck, bring your skis and enter a race, if you want. The Travel Station has generously donated $500 worth of air travel on Delta, good for anywhere in the continental U.S. To top it off, we’re going to make sure you look like the superfans you truly are. You’ll get four U.S. Ski Team puffy coats, hats, and a World Cup bib signed by the U.S. Nordic Ski Team.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and quite frankly, we’re already jealous of whoever wins it.
Donated by: The Loppet Foundation, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and The Travel Station
When mud season arrives and you get that seasonal desert itch, this community north of Tucson is where you want to be. Recharge with six days and five nights in a charming two-bedroom, two-bath home in beautiful Oro Valley, Arizona. Surrounded by the Catalina mountains and Sonoran desert, you can soak in the sun and warm weather with easy access to biking, running and hiking trails, including the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Mount Lemon, and Catalina State Park. Enjoy nearby golf, outdoor lap pools and tennis courts. Then come home to a relaxing southwestern house, complete with cable and internet.
Just 50 minutes from the Tucson airport and 1 hour 40 minutes from Phoenix, this is your solution to recharge and regroup in the Sonoran desert.
The fine print: Available for 5 days/6 nights between April 1 and November 1, 2020, subject to availability. Winner must make reservations by December 31, 2019 and use by November 1, 2020. No smoking. No pets.
Think you know Yellowstone? If you’re imagining traffic jams and long lines, think again and bid on this package.
Slow down with three night’s lodging in one premium room at any of the Yellowstone National Park Lodges (all run by Xanterra). Explore the park at your own pace without all that driving. Xanterra will also give you your choice of an activity or a private half-day interpretive tour for up to four people. Go for a scenic cruise on Yellowstone Lake, saddle up and explore the backcountry trails of Yellowstone, seek out the best fishing, or let the local experts help you find a quiet spot to watch the wildlife. Plus, top it off with a private escort to the Crow’s Nest of the Old Faithful Inn—a rare opportunity only extended to VIP guests—including presidents and visiting royalty.
Xanterra’s dining rooms are a farm-to-table taste of the west, with over 60% of their food locally and sustainably sourced. Your trip includes three dinners and three breakfasts for up to four people, with numerous dining options from the grand old dining room of the Old Faithful Inn to lakeside seating at the Grant Village Lake House Restaurant. If you aren’t drooling at bison short ribs, deep-fried smoked trout ravioli, or grilled quail with a Flathead cherry glaze, take a long hike to build up that appetite.
Yellowstone likes to hide her secrets. So settle in, put your trust in the locals who know best and let them guide you to an unforgettable and unique Yellowstone stay. You won’t be disappointed with this one.
The fine print: Good from May 10 through October 8, 2020 (not including holiday weekends), depending on availability at the time of booking. Non-transferable, and advance reservations are necessary.
Donated by: Donated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts® in Yellowstone National Park.
String up your party lights and throw a festive party, with help from this catered party package. We’ve paired the music, the food, and the drinks. You can just sit back, relax, and enjoy your friends.
Taco Montes will provide a catered dinner for up to 20 people—at your house or chosen location. They’ll bring a food truck with their incredible taco menu, perfect for a breezy summer party. Keep the libations flowing all night long with eight 32-oz. growler fills from Bozeman’s Valhalla Meadery—offering a range of sweet to dry meads, all made with local honey. Add the live music of Wind and the Willows to keep the beat lively, blending bass, strings and original and whimsical harmonies. (You'll get to hear them play at Oktoberfest, too!)
Keep it fresh, local, and original. Invite your favorite people and call it a night to remember.
Expires October 2020. Subject to scheduling with the band and Taco Montes.
No one knows Yellowstone wolves better than Doug Smith, PhD, and during this incredible Wolf Watching Safari in Yellowstone National Park, you will have the opportunity to watch wolves and spot other wildlife—bison, birds of prey, and, if you’re lucky, grizzly bears—with one of the premier experts on wolves. Choose either an early morning or an evening expedition, with room for up to six people.
Spotting a wolf in Yellowstone is always exciting, but doing it in the company of the person who has studied and reintroduced the species to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is another level of thrilling. Doug has studied wolves for 23 years and has directed the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project for over 20 years. He has also worked with wolves on Isle Royale and in Minnesota. Doug is the author of several publications on wolves and beavers, including co-author of the book The Wolves of Yellowstone, a chronology of the first two years of the wolf restoration effort in Yellowstone National Park.
This is a wolf watching safari unlike any other; you can't purchase it anywhere else. Whether you’re a science nerd, a wildlife watcher, or just looking for a unique experience, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse yourself in the wild world of wolves.
Available spring, summer or fall of 2020 only. Some blackout dates apply.
Donated by: Doug Smith
He’s funny. He’s bold. His star-studded guest lineup shakes things up. And Michaela Shiffrin danced with him. Bid on this special item to win four VIP tickets to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in New York City. Guaranteed seats. No lines. This can make any trip to the Big Apple one for the books.
Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Fallon brought NBC's "The Tonight Show" back to its New York origins when he launched "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" from Rockefeller Center. His unique comedic wit and on-point pop culture awareness brought the show into its current hit run, with the award-winning house band, The Roots.
The fine print: No one under the age of 16 is allowed in the studio. Winner will need to be somewhat flexible when selecting a date; spaces fill up quickly. Valid for any available taping date (Mondays through Fridays) through October 1, 2020. Must arrive at the studio at 3:30 p.m. Travel and lodging not included.
Donated by: NBC Studios
Ready to celebrate Oktoberfest style? Need a ride home? Back by popular demand, we will auction off a ride home in a BSF Sprinter van for you and your friends. Normally, we use these vans to provide our athletes with free transportation to training sessions and competitions. But tonight, we’re giving you a responsible designated driver and a comfortable ride for up to 11 passengers.
(And yes, this will be the first item we auction off during the evening.)
Hollywood once chose Kanab, Utah, for its western movie sets. But this time, Kanab and its towering Navajo sandstone cliffs are the set of your own desert dreaming and adventures. Spend seven nights in this three-bedroom, two-bath house that sleeps eight. Cook in a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, enjoy your coffee on a private patio, and then choose your destination. You’re at the hub of the Southwest’s national parks, with easy access to Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks, as well as Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument and Lake Powell. From pink cliffs and sand dunes to volcanic craters, lava flows, deep canyons, and majestic mountains and plains. Don’t forget to explore the local bakery, cafes, and restaurants and take advantage of access to the neighborhood indoor and outdoor pools and workout room.
The fine print: Available weeks: December 1, 2019 to April 15, 2020 and June 1, 2020 to September 15, 2020. No pets and no smoking. Dates must be coordinated with owners at least two months in advance.
Donated by: Dirk and Nancy Tyler
This is more than just a half-day cross country ski adventure with pro skiers Andy Newell and Erika Flowers Newell. It’s a whole year of access to Nordic Team Solutions.
THE ADVENTURE: You and 3-5 friends will spend a half day skiing with four-time Olympian, World Cup medalist and former U.S. Ski Team member Andy Newell and former BSF skier, Birkie medalist and World Cup racer Erika Flowers Newell. Spend two to four hours on the snow, and receive a 1-hour video technique review session. They’ll keep you well-fueled with lunch from Wild Crumb. And they’ll even provide transportation in a BSF Sprinter van.
But your experience doesn’t end there. You also win two 12-month subscriptions to Nordic Team Solutions, the premier source for all things training and racing, for any cross-country skier looking to improve their time on skinny skis. In addition to Andy’s expertise, you’ll get to tap into advice from nutritionist and North Face athlete Dr. Stephanie Howe Violett; two-time Olympian and sports psychologist Holly Brooks; four-time Olympian, two-time Olympic Champion; and eight-time World Champion Andrea Henkel; physical therapist Kurt Jepson; Birkie winner and National Champion Tad Elliot; and exercise physiologist Tom Cuddy.
DONATED BY: Nordic Team Solutions
If you’re going to put your après-ski food and beer/wine pairings in the hands of someone else, Montana Ale Works is our first choice. The winner of this special auction item will receive a private six-course craft beer and wine pairing dinner for up to eight people. Slide into the warmth of their secluded Main Street Lounge and allow Ale Works to dazzle you with food, beverages and their renowned hospitality.
Enjoy local, award-winning food in six creative courses, paired with regional beers and carefully selected wines. There’s no better place to laugh, eat, and create a special evening for family and friends. Don’t forget that Ale Works was founded by two U.S. Ski Team members. There’s Olympic dedication—and a medal—influencing your dining experience.
Not valid on Fridays or Saturdays, or June-August. Must schedule with at least one-month’s notice. Expires November 30, 2020.
Donated by: Montana Ale Works