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Rocky Mountaineer Delays Start of Canadian Travel Season

Rocky Mountaineer has announced that it will delay the start of its Canadian travel season until July 5, 2021, citing continuing travel restrictions and uncertainty due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are extremely disappointed to be forced to delay the start of our season, but we remain very optimistic about restarting travel in July. Our team is eagerly working to prepare our trains for operations and we all look forward to getting back to what we do best, which is hosting guests for an incredible experience on board our trains,” Rocky Mountaineer founder and interim CEO Peter Armstrong said in a statement.


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Guests who are impacted by the pushback of resumed operations will receive a future travel credit equivalent to 110 percent of monies paid.

Rocky Mountaineer is also holding its 2021 and 2022 rail pricing at 2020 levels and providing a price guarantee for its vacation packages to ensure that customers can book a similar tour at the same price even in the event that third-party hotels or tour operators increase their rates.

Guests also have the option to transfer their booking to the new route in the U.S., Rockies to the Red Rocks. Rocky Mountaineer is also giving travelers added flexibility and peace of mind, allowing them to change their departure dates or the people included on the booking up to 30 days ahead of travel without penalty.

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Mountaineer women’s basketball travels to K-State on Wednesday

The No. 20/22-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team travels to Manhattan, Kansas, on Wednesday, March 3, as the Mountaineers get set for a matchup against Kansas State.

Opening tip against the Wildcats is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. Dan Zangrilli will call the game for the Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. The game can be found on 100.9 FM, as well as affiliates across the state, the TuneIn Radio App and Wednesday’s contest also will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick on the call.

West Virginia (18-4, 12-4 Big 12) and Kansas State (8-15, 3-13 Big 12) get set to meet on the basketball court for the 20th time on Wednesday evening. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series, 13-6, including a 5-3 mark in Manhattan. WVU coach Mike Carey is 15-6 all-time against KSU coach Jeff Mittie (Kansas State & TCU). West Virginia won the first meeting between the two teams this season thanks to a late, fourth-quarter comeback.

Saturday’s contest is the third of a four-game, road stretch that has taken the team to Iowa State and Kansas, and will also see WVU travel to ­Baylor to conclude regular-season play before traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, to compete at the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. West Virginia has not played four consecutive true road games since the 2007-08 season and has not played four consecutive road games in conference play since the 1990-91 season.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 72-68 win against Kansas on Feb. 27, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Redshirt senior Kysre Gondrezick once again paced WVU’s scoring efforts, knocking down 25 points. Along with sophomore Esmery Martinez’s 14-point, 24-rebound double-double, sophomore guard Kirsten Deans also netted double figures (12), while the trio also dished out three assists apiece.

Martinez’s 24 rebounds at KU were a career-high and are the most rebounds by a Mountaineer in a single game since Lanay Montgomery in 2015 against Temple (24). The mark also is tied for the most rebounds by a player under head coach Mike Carey.

Kansas State is coming off a 79-76, overtime win against TCU on March 1, at Bramlage Coliseum. Guard Christianna Carr led the Wildcats’ offensive attack, notching a team-best 31 points. Center Ayoka Lee also scored in double figures against the Horned Frogs and finished with 29 points. The duo tied for the team lead in rebounding with guard Rachel Ranke, hauling in nine boards apiece.

With Monday’s win over TCU, K-State has now won its last three home games, dating back to Feb. 13, against Kansas. The Wildcats also have won two of their last three games overall.

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