On the first run … be safe, cool

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Yeah, yeah, I know the temptation of blasting down a trail on your first run is well,  tempting … pent up … explosive… But, you … and me …need  to play it safe and cool. Lord knows I’ve violated this advice too many times (thank you Lord!). And like the video above … are you […] [Read More]
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The first real cold day of the season

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Looks like a perfect day to go skiing and snowboarding … blue skies, bright sunshine, some fresh snow. But there’s one problem: strong winds. On top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the wind is blowing at a steady 70 mph. Add a temperature of minus 4 and you’ve got a wind chill of minus […] [Read More]
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Best deals this weekend

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Several northern New England ski areas picked more a foot of snow from this week’s storm creating the best conditions of the season … so far. Big winners in Vermont were Killington (15 inches) photo right, Okemo and Sugarbush (14) and Stowe (13). Over in New Hampshire, Mount Sunapee got the most with 14 inches. […] [Read More]
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Weekend skiing looking good

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Things have greatly improved since by my earlier post today. Here’s a blog from Smuggler’s in Vermont, photo from today above. In Connecticut we got some snow too. Better yet,  it’s going to get cold very soon so Connecticut’s  four ski areas will be have their lifts turning shortly. Besides, this wet heavy snow will […] [Read More]
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Stratton opens

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Stratton Mountain in southern Vermont kicked off its season this morning with 13 trails open. Open trails now allow for top-to-bottom skiing and riding for Stratton’s full 1,872 vertical drop. Stratton says the upper part of the mountain remains foggy, but clears half-way down from the summit. The best riding is found off the Ursa chair […] [Read More]
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Weathering the anti-snow people

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Time to start making some plans .. this weekend looks good. We’re starting to see trail counts double by the day as resorts take advantage of cold temperatures  increasing base depths and expanding terrain. They’ve got lots of work to do to prepare for the holiday hordes that will descend on resorts in a few […] [Read More]
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Finally some snow

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Most ski areas like Catamount in South Egremont, Mass, above, got some snow Saturday. It wasn’t a lot of snow, but enough to get us itching for skiing and snowboarding. But don’t go rushing off to Catamount or any other southern New England area just yet;  most aren’t open. Again, the big thing here is […] [Read More]
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More ski areas open

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At Bretton Woods in New Hampshire today, ski instructors get ready to take their first run of the day. In Connecticut, we’re waiting for the snow to fall. Finally. It probably won’t amount to much, but we’re take it anyway. Here’s the forecast for the Northwest Hills which should see the most snow in the […] [Read More]
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Things are looking up!

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    Snowmaking continues at  major ski areas, as shown on the video taken Tuesday at Mount Snow, Vermont. While cold temperatures have returned to northern New England ski areas, snowmakers have their work cut out for them. The good news? Cold temperatures will give them many hours, especially at night, to lay down a […] [Read More]
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We’re off … slowly … to a new season

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Welcome the SnowZone snowsports blog! For years I’ve written about snowsports with a weekly column and frequent stories on some of the best ski areas in the East, the West, Canada, even Europe. But this year I wanted to try something different to provide more timely information on what’s happening with skiing and snowboarding in […] [Read More]
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