Kids pay their age at Mount Snow Sunday

C’mon, the kids have been bugging you for weeks to take them skiing or snowboarding.

So why not do it on Sunday at Mount Snow in southern Vermont with this great deal:

Anybody 18 and under can get a full day lift ticket for the price of their age! If they’re 13, their ticket costs costs $13.

It’s an excellent deal because the regular price for a one-day weekend ticket for kids costs more than $65.

And it should be a nice day at Snow on Sunday. The forecast: Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 34. southwest wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Here’s the giddy snow report from Andy at Mount Snow this morning:  “Well Thursday was one of the best days of the year so far in my book. I was able to get first tracks down Ripcord alongside Patrol and all I can say is… EPIC. If you didn’t get there, you’ll want to make your way on over because it has a TON of snow thanks to Mother Nature and our snowmaking crew. Let me correct myself, the whole mountain has a ton of snow and 100% of it should be open by the weekend! Whoo ha! We’ll inch closer to that magic number Friday with 78 trails open for skiing and riding across all four mountain faces. All of North Face, Sunbrook and Carinthia (minus the pipes) will be open for turns to start the day. Make sure to dial in to the morning trail report to see where the groomers are located. There will be plenty to go around seeing our ace groomer pilots have plans to smooth out roughly 314 acres into some nice cord.”

Check out this photo posted on Okemo‘s Facebook page yesterday. A sweet Bluebird Day with 113 trails. Okemo is offering a $99 weekend warrior 2-day pass this weekend. Buy it online here.

verall, it should be a great weekend for skiing and snowboarding across the Northeast. Pick any area whether it’s in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York or northern New England and you’ll find some great conditions on sweet packed powder and some fresh pow pow in the woods. It seems like every day this week northern ski resorts have been picking up a few fresh inches. Killington in central Vermont picked up 21 inches in the last week pushing trail counts to the 100 percent mark. Stratton in southern Vermont got a foot.

New Hampshire areas are also sitting pretty with most areas reporting packed powder conditions on their nearly 100 percent of trails open.

In the Catskills, Hunter Mountain is open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 49 trails serviced by six lifts. Now through January 11th (excluding Saturday 1/5) college students will receive $35 lift tickets with a valid, current student photo ID. Windham is looking good with 47 trails just waiting for you. And just over the border, Thunder Ridge in Patterson, N.Y. has 18 trails open.

The big mountain – Whiteface in Lake Placid – is 90 percent open. This Sunday lift tickets will be just $40 as part of its Super Sundays deal.

In Massachuetts, areas like Butternut in Great Barrington have all its trails open.

Catamount on the Massachusetts/New York border has most of its 33 trails open. On its Facebook page, there’s a coupon for a $59 learn to ski/snowboard package. On page A12 (the weather page) in today’s print edition of the Connecticut Post, there’s a coupon for $10 off an adult or junior lift ticket.

In northwestern Mass., Jiminy Peak’s got 37 trails open on an average base depth between 20 and 56 inches. New this year: valet parking on weekends for $20 … cash only.

Ski Sundown in New Hartford now has 100 percent of its trails ready for skiing and riding. This Saturday Rail Jam with THE STUDIO Clothing Company happening. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall is working to have more trails this open. Mohawk Mountain invites all sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, Coast Guard, and National Guard personnel on active duty to come enjoy skiing or snowboarding with a FREE LIFT TICKET through the 2012-2013 winter season. Non-active duty personnel and veterans also receive a discount – show your military ID, or DD-214 discharge papers and a Photo ID, and you will receive the JUNIOR rate for any lift ticket.

Mount Southington expects to have more than half its 14 runs open this weekend.

So take your pick and head to your favorite hill and enjoy peak conditions this weekend.

Jim Shay