Get ready for a snowy weekend at ski areas

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Sugarbush in Vermont picked up about a foot of fresh snow this week with more on the way.

Sugarbush in Vermont picked up about a foot of fresh snow this week with more on the way.

Our snow dreams are about to be answered!

A pre-winter storm is expected to drop up to a foot or snow across New England this weekend.

Ski areas from Connecticut to Maine will get a much needed dump of snow that will help expand terrain.

Looks like it will be a sweet “pow pow” weekend, including areas in Connecticut.

 SKIER DIES AT KILLINGTON

Some sad news and perhaps, a warning …

Vermont State Police say a Pennsylvania woman was found dead after she disappeared during a skiing outing, the Associated Press reported.

Investigators say 21-year-old Jennifer Strohl was reported missing Thursday afternoon by friends whom she’d become separated from earlier in the day. Ski patrol found her off Killington Mountain’s Great Northern Trail just before 5 p.m., about 6 hours after she was last seen.

Police say the Jim Thorpe woman was not wearing a helmet and sustained head injuries as a result of an apparent collision.

CONNECTICUT

Ski Sundown in New Hartford starts its season at 2 p.m. Friday; just in time for the kids getting out of school.

All lifts will be running, and they anticipate 14 trails will be open. Sundown will be open 7 days and 7 nights (until 10 pm) a week from here on out!

The cheapest tickets are a two-hour midweek one for $31 and a $36 pass good from 6 to 10 p.m.

Mohawk Mountain reopens at 8:30 a.m Saturday and Sunday. Deer Run, Victor’s Way, Laurel, Pine, Housatonic, Rim Rock, Mohawk, Arrowhead and Nutmeg will be open..

Mount Southington opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. Check out its coupons page for deals.

Powder Ridge is still having its soft opening with limited terrain in the jib.

This Saturday Saturday 10 – noon Rail jam warm up. Competition starts at noon. Great prizes from Bern, Burton snowboard, Anon & Coca- Cola Register on line. www.powderridgepark.com

The Ridge, closed for five years, will open next Friday for skiing and snowboarding.

Woodbury. Cold temperatures have allowed the ski area to open more terrain.

If you’re heading up north, it’s wise to check road conditions.

Here are two sites that will give what you need to know: Vermont 511, New Hampshire road conditions,

MASSACHUSETTS

Catamount opens Friday for weekend skiing and snowboarding. It will have about half its 33 trails ready. No word if they’ll be charging full price for tixs.

Butternut is now open seven days a week. Best deals, naturally, are midweek when tickets are a steal at $25; thats $30 lower than the weekend price. It has 14 of its 22 trails open.

DEAL ALERT: A $25 1st Timer LEARN TO SKI or LEARN TO SNOWBOARD package. Includes a lift ticket for the beginner slope, group lesson & rental equipment. Available opening through Dec. 20, including weekends, for ages 7 and up. Regular price is $75.

Jiminy Peak reopens Saturday at 8:30 am and will begin full time, day and night operations. Sunday will be the first of its e-coupon days where you can get an 8-hour lift ticket for $45 or $35 for a twilight pass. You can find the e-coupon here. NOTE: Coupons have to be printed out 24 hours in advance.

VERMONT

It’s getting better by the day in the Green Mountain State. More areas open and rapidly expanding terrain.

This is a big weekend for Vermont ski areas with more areas that will start their season including Pico, Burke, Magic (maybe) and Mad River.

They’ll join the biggies like Mount Snow, Stratton, Okemo, Sugarbush, Stowe and Bromley that started their season weeks ago.

It’s been a good week for snowmaking to expand terrain for all ability levels. And there were a few inches of natural snow that made conditions even sweeter.

Okemo and Killington are running neck to neck is opening more terrain. Okemo has about half of its 120 trails open; The Beast has about 50 trails, including Needle’s Eye and Great Eastern.

DEAL ALERTS … Okemo will text special ticket alerts to your cell phone; sign up here … Sunday is the last day those 18-26 can buy a $349 season pass to Stratton and Mount Snow; details here … you can buy discounted Sugarbush and Killington tickets at REI stories, including Norwalk, for $74; details here … At Magic on non-holiday Thursdays, tickets are just $15; details here.

For more info, check out Ski Vermont.

Also checkout the very helpful Mountain Point Forecast for what the weather will be like in the mountains.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Granite State areas are now hitting their stride with more terrain open. Thirteen areas will be open this weekend.

Several inches of new snow fell in the mountains with more expected.

The best deal? Sunday will be the first of two Cares & Shares days at Mount Sunapee this winter. Each skier and rider who brings five non-perishable food items to the ticket window can ski or ride all day for only $35. The food is donated to local families and food shelters. Sunapee will have nearly half its 66 trails open this weekend.

Loon also looks like a good choice with about half its terrain open.

Visit Ski New Hampshire for more info.

MAINE

It’s ready and waiting for the Big Snow. And they need it because terrain is still limited. Sugarloaf only has 18 of its 154 trails open.

Sunday River is the best bet with 45 of it’s 154 trails,

I’d wait.

NEW YORK

Hunter Mountain has top to bottom skiing and riding on advanced and intermediate terrain, serviced by the high speed, six passenger Kaatskill Flyer. More trails on Hunter West open up and a great build in the Empire Terrain Park for the USASA Catskill Mountain Series Rail Jam taking place on Saturday. Weekend ticket prices will be $62.

Windham is open with 18 trails and expects more terrain this weekend.

Just over the border, Thunder Ridge is planning to open at 5 p.m. today.

For conditions and more info, check out I Ski NY

Along with great conditions this weekend, there’s another benefit: No crowds because many people are wrapped up getting ready for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Shay

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