Let’s get the best deal of the weekend right at the top of this post:
This Saturday at Okemo in Vermont, when you bring at least five non-perishable food items, a new clothing item, or a new child’s toy to Okemo, you will be rewarded with a voucher for a $39 lift ticket valid that same day. A wonderful deal; the regular price for a Saturday ticket is $89.
Okemo just opened its Jackson Gore area, adding six more trails for a total count of 44 trails. Sweet!
Sweet isn’t the word to describe today’s weather. But there’s good news, temps will be turning colder and snow is likely up north. Check out the High Peaks Forecast here. In southern New England, temperatures will be in the low to mid 30’s with partly sunny skies in the forecast.
Mohawk will reopen for skiing and snowboarding Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. They’ll have four trails open and three lifts turning.
Powder Ridge. The resurrection of this long dormant ski area is delayed slightly. “We are ready for snow, and the mountain will be open when the snow flies,” it says on its web site. “Renovations to the ski rental and lesson building have been completed, and we have a full selection of rental equipment ready to go. We will have three lifts in operation once we have snow this season. Snowmaking gear has been placed on the mountain and is running as weather permits.”
Ski Sundown has pushed back its opening to next Friday.
Butternut in Great Barrington kicks off its season Saturday with 14 of its 22 trails open. This weekend, they’re knocking 10 bucks off lift tickets. The cost? $45 for adults and $35 for juniors and seniors (70 plus).
Catamount is opening this weekend. The Cat will have 15 trails are expected to be ready for the weekend. Snowmaking will resume Saturday night through Sunday morning on several trails. Lift tickets this weekend will be $45 for adults, $35 for Juniors and Seniors and $27 for ages 6 and younger.
Jiminy Peak will reopen this weekend. Lift tickets will be: $59 for adults/young adults/seniors; $49 for juniors and $40 for twilight.
Nine Vermont ski areas will be open including Mount Snow, Bromley, Stratton, Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush, Smuggler’s, Stowe and Jay Peak.
On average, these areas have about a third of their trails open with bases ranging to 1o inches to two feet.
Look for trail count numbers to grow next week as cold temperatures set it. Visit Ski Vermont for details.
Eleven Granite State areas will be open this weekend including the biggies like Loon, Cannon, Wildcat, Waterville and Bretton Woods. New Hampshire areas have not yet gotten that big dump that has limited the number of trails open.
On average, between a quarter to a third of trails are open. Might be wise to wait a week.
Not far from Connecticut, Hunter, Bellayre and Windham are open with about a dozen trails open. Farther north, Whiteface is open with 19 of 86 trails (not worth the drive at this point).
The best site for deals, information and tips is iskiny.com.