Where to ski or snowboard this weekend

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Enjoying some fresh, natural snow at Killington in Vermont this week.

Enjoying some fresh, natural snow at Killington in Vermont this week.

Looks like a good weekend to go skiing or snowboarding.

Yeah, I know it’s early, but a nice stretch of cold temperatures have allowed northern New England ski areas to make snow and expand terrain.

For those of you looking to make some early turns, this is the weekend to do it.

Saturday is expected to be party sunny and Sunday, mostly cloudy. Temps will be in the 4os in Ski Country.

Here’s a rundown of what’s open … and how much it will cost you.

CONNECTICUT

The small Woodbury ski area is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends; 3 to 8:30 p.m. weekdays. Four trails are open. Not a lot of terrain, but just enough to get some turns in.

Check out Woodbury ski area's LIVE CAM.

Check out Woodbury ski area’s LIVE CAM.

Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall is shooting to open Friday, Nov. 29.

Mount Southington and Ski Sundown will open in early December. Southington will celebrate its 50th birthday this season It will also have an affordable $35 midweek ticket.

And the big news in Connecticut this winter … THE RETURN OF THE POWDER RIDGE SKI AREA!

Closed for eight years, The Ridge reopens with new owners and much-needed renovations and TLC.

Opening day is Friday, Nov. 29.

On its web site, The Ridge’s owners said, “You have shown us your fire for the ridge and shared countless memories made on our slopes. Now, we would like to invite you to the Powder Ridge Welcome Home Opening Celebration from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

“Free Admission – Drinks & Food Available for Purchase!

Open to the public, the event will celebrate the resurrection of the mountain with an official ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. followed by the lighting of the mountain. “Turning the lights back on is very symbolic,” says Sean Hayes, chief executive officer of Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort. “The lights have been off for more than eight years now. Turning them on represents all the support we’ve received from the local community and the dedication of the Powder Ridge team. Without them, the lights could never have been turned back on.” Check out the details here.

MASSACHUSETTS

Jiminy Peak in northwestern Massachusetts will be open this weekend.

Operating hours will be 9 am – 4 pm. It will have 8 trails (Upper West Way, North Glade, Lower Glade, Upper Slingshot, Lower Slingshot, 360 & 180 and Exhibition East open and 2 lifts (Berkshire Express & Novice Triple.) turning. Lift tickets are $45 for a full day, all mountain ticket and $26 for a lower mountain/novice lift ticket.

Butternut plans to open Nov. 19 and Catamount on Dec. 7. Good news: Midweek tickets at Butternut will remain at $25; Catamount’s up a few bucks to $30 for a midweek pass.

VERMONT

Mount Snow in southern Vermont started its season today.

The Bluebird Express, Nitro Express, Canyon Express and the Discovery Shuttle started spinning at 9 a.m.. There are six groomed trails – Cascade, Canyon, Beaver, Launch Pad, The Gulch and Long John from Nitro Express down to the Main base area. Skiing and riding for intermediate to advanced ability levels can be accessed from the summit and the top of Carinthia; beginner terrain will be on Launch Pad.

Operations Monday through Thursday next week will be put on hold while they stock up on snow and reopen, weather permitting, on Friday the 22nd for the remainder of the season.

Early season lift ticket rates are $55 for adults, $45 youth and senior, $5 for kids 5 and under and a lower mountain ticket for Launch Pad/Discovery Shuttle lift will be $30.

Bromley opens this weekend with top-to bottom runs on upper and lower Twister.

The Sun Mountain Express will spin from 9am-4pm both Saturday and Sunday. Skiing/riding will be for intermediate/advanced skiers and riders only (there is no easy way down). Lift ticket rates will be $49 for the day, and there will be no 1/2 day option (although we will offer the Sunday PM Passport for $32). The Kids’ Center will be open for day care, but we will not be giving any Ski School Lessons. All Season Passes will be valid this weekend.

The operating plan at this point (of course this is weather permitting) is to operate weekends only through November 24th, and then open for full-time operations on Friday, November 29th.

Okemo started its season on Wednesday with top to bottom runs.

There are 10 trails open, including: Sapphire, Route 103, Double Dipper, Upper and Lower Arrow, Upper and Lower World Cup,Countdown, Lower Mountain Road, and Fairway. There are two park features on Sapphire and 2 park features on Countdown.

Visit Ski Vermont for updates and details.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

It’s probably too early to make the haul to New Hampshaah, but  Bretton Woods is open with five trails.  Weekend price: $49 for all ages.

More Granite State areas will be open next week. For an update, check out Ski New Hampshire’s page here.

NEW YORK

Whiteface is open with five trails. Adult tickets are $60. I’d wait.

Gore Mountain will open this weekend. Better to wait because they’ll only have Jamboree open serviced by the Sunway Chair, as well as a few park features on The Arena.

MAINE

Sunday River is open with 19 trails and three lifts the Locke Mountain Triple, Barker Mountain Express, and the Sunday River Express

Lift tickets are $49 for adults, $39 for teens, and $29 for juniors/seniors.

For those who wait, now’s the time to get your boards tuned, take stock of your gear and prepare your equipment.

And yeah, your body too.

Jim Shay

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