Many ski areas now 100 percent open

Helped by heavy snowfall this week, many northern New England and New York ski resorts have finally hit the 100 percent open mark.

This is the weekend to go skiing and snowboarding; the first time in nearly a month we didn’t have a storm top deal with.

Up to 20 inches of snow fell across Vermont this week allowing many areas to drop the ropes on trails that have been closed all season.

Vermont ski areas with 100 percent of terrain open include Okemo, Stratton, Pico, Killington, Jay and Bolton. Even Magic Mountain and Mad River Glen, areas with little of no snowmaking, are only a few trails shy of being totally open.

It’s the same story in New Hampshire, where areas like Loon got pounded with nearly two feet of snow this week.

Hard to believe that in Connecticut where warm temperatures, rain and fog continue to eat away at the remaining snowpack from the early February blizzard.

That hasn’t stopping Connecticut’s four ski areas from having ALL their trails open.

A Mohawk Mountain on Saturday, bring out you tie-dye shirts and celebrate Sixties Day Prizes will be going for the best Sixties costumes.

Mount Southington plans to reduce its hours starting Sunday; it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday hours will be 10am – 9pm and Saturday from 9am-9pm.

Beginning Monday its night ticket will be $25 to coincide with our shortened hours. Night rentals will be $25 – Snowboard Rentals $29.

In the last week, many ski areas have rolled out special deals (check early blog posts) to get people to the slopes.

Weatherwise, it will be a mostly cloudy weekend with a few snow showers in the North Country. Temperatures will hover in the 20s into the 30s. And fortunately winds will not be strong.

So what are you waiting for? It doesn’t get better than this.

Jim Shay