Connecticut ski areas ready to open

Thankfully, it’s cold again. And that means ski areas can again crank upthe snowmaking guns.

That’s especially good news for Connecticut ski areas that have had to postpone their openings because of warm temperatures and high humidity.

That’s about to end for Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall that plans to start its season on Saturday.

And there’s even better news: it won’t cost you a fortune because this weekend Mohawk will be charging only $20 for a four-hour ticket and $30 for an eight-hour one. Check out its live cam and see the snow guns blowing.

Ski Sundown in New Hartford has been making snow for a couple of days and is shooting to open this weekend.

After a few days of making snow Ski Sundown hopes to open this weekend.

Mount Southington says it needs another week to blow snow; it plans to open next Saturday. When it does open be sure to print a coupon here that will knock $10 off an eight-hour or four-hour flex ticket or $5 off a night ticket.

Woodbury, open for weeks, have five trails and slopes ready.

Up north, ski resorts are pounding trails with machine-made snow.

And with the Christmas-New Years week approaching, resorts need to cover as much terrain possible to prepare for the holiday crowds.

This is extremely important because trails can become crowded during this prime vacation time. Last night at Mount Snow in Vermont, they were making snow on 15 trails.

If you haven’t skied or gone snowboarding yet here’s what to expect:

There’s very little natural snow; what’s open is because of snowmaking.

There’s top-to-bottom runs open.

There’s now beginner terrain open.

Ski areas are not yet charging full prices for tickets.

Many areas are offering discounted lodging and ticket packages to get people to the slopes; check a ski area’s website and look for the best deals.

$39 lift tickets at Okemo

This Saturday at Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont,  donate at least five non-perishable food items (or 100 packs of ramen noodles), a new child’s toy, or a new clothing item and get a coupon for a $39 lift ticket good that day.

Jim Shay