CT ski areas, Mohawk and Powder Ridge, open today

Today’s a BIG DAY for Connecticut skiing and snowboarding!

Two state ski areas kick off their seasons today; Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall and Powder Ridge in Middlefield.

Mohawk Mountain;s gentle beginner slope is a great learning hill.

Mohawk Mountain;s gentle beginner slope is a great learning hill.

Power Ridge’s opening is even bigger news because it’s been closed since 2007. It originally opened in 1959.

The new owner is the operator of the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland. The group that bought the ski area from the Town of Middlefield for $700,000, has pumped in more than $2 million to re-open Powder Ridge.

Tonight, Powder Ridge will turn the lights on again during a Welcome Home Opening Celebration from 5 to 11 p.m. The event will feature live music, food, beverages, local vendors and raffles. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for 6 p.m. For full details, click here.

So what about skiing and snowboarding at The Ridge? Is there lots of terrain open?

Not yet … the only part of the hill that will be open later today is the jib area, a small terrain park with jumps and rails. Admission to the jib area is 10 bucks and helmets are required.

Note: The jib area will open after the lights are turned on at 6 p.m.

It’s wonderful to see Powder Ridge coming back to life. Sure, it’s small area (18 trails and a 500-foot vertical drop), but it is a nice, local hill to get some turns in at an affordable prices. More importantly, it’s a great place to learn to ski or snowboard.

For those who are serious about learning to ski and snowboard the “Guaranteed Experience Training Session is designed to get the first timer off and skiing or riding for a lifetime. Package includes three, 90 minute group lessons, guaranteed to teach you to ski or board. Up to three additional lessons, if required.” The complete package, including equipment rental, is $169. Details here.

Powder Ridge will sell 2, 4 and 8 hour flex tickets from $32 to $55. A night ticket, from 6 to 11 p.m. will be $35. And the most unusual ticket, the $20 Friday and Saturday twilight ticket, is good from midnight to 2 a.m. Yes, 2 a.m. I’ll pass on that one.

Mohawk is open today until 4 p.m.

Tickets are $30.

It says on its web site, “Leave the Black Friday maddness to the mall dwellers. Celebrate White Friday at Mohawk Mountain.”

They are running the Deer Run, Nutmeg, and Mohawk chairlifts. Top to bottom skiing is available on Mohawk, and beginner terrain will be available on Nutmeg and Pine Trails.

Get in the mood and check out its live cam.

Mohawk will again be offering some affordable lift tickets; $30 mid-week; $25 from 4 to 10 p.m., midweek, $26 Saturdays.

Weekend tickets are naturally higher; $58 for adults, $50 for juniors/seniors and $15 five and under. A four-hour, weekend ticket knocks five bucks off the price.

Woodbury is the other Connecticut ski area open today. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 .m. Check out its live cam.

Ski Sundown, the other “Nutmeg State” ski area, plans to open next Friday.


It keeps getting better in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Along with good snowmaking weather, resorts are now picking some good old-fashioned natural snow. In the last week, Stowe in Vermont has gotten 18 inches.

The wait is over … head north!

For more details, visit Ski Vermont and Ski New Hampshire



Jim Shay