Great weekend for skiing and snowboarding

It was a tough early morning commute to work, but how can I complain about fresh snow.

Connecticut and much of New England got another round of snow this morning that should make the weekend skiing and snowboarding even sweeter.

Northern New England and New York areas have been steadily picking up several inches of snow the past few weeks that has created ideal conditions. Nearly all trails are open.

Areas in Connecticut and southern Massachusetts received between 7 to 9 inches. Eastern Massachusetts areas like Wachusett were blessed with a foot.

Over in the Catskills, Hunter checks in with 10 inches and Belleayre a foot.

Vermont areas picked up a few inches of freshies to add to an already deep base. That’s the same case with areas in New Hampshire and Maine.

Add some warmer temperatures and mostly sunny skies and you’ve got a wonderful combination. In fact, it could be one of the best times to go skiing and snowboarding ALL SEASON!

By late Monday, rain showers are expected to be moving in and likely ruin packed powder conditions, especially in Connecticut and southern New England.

Prime-time (meaning high) ticket prices remain in effect, but there are plenty of online deals out there. Troll a resort’s website, Facebook or Twitter accounts and you can often find sweet deals.

Tonight and Saturday, Mount Southington is selling night skiing tickets for 25 bucks. There’s also a coupon on its website for $25 off a four or eight-hour flex tickets for today.

Catamount has knocked down the price of mid-week tickets to $20 (a $9 discount).

Jiminy Peakin northwestern Massachusetts has an e-coupon for a $45 ticket on Sunday.

Check out Liftopia for deals at ski resorts that can save you more than $20.

Jim Shay