Saturday: Learn to ski/snowboard for free at Mohawk

Here’s a deal that does not come around often: a FREE first-timer learn to ski or snowboard package at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall this Saturday.

Mohawk just asks that you bring bring a donation of canned or non-perishable food items, to be donated to people in need in Northwestern Connecticut. Donations will be accepted at the Donation Station located by the covered bridge off of the parking lot.

A first time snowbaorder makes her way down Mohawk's gentle Nutmeg Slope.

A first time snowborder makes her way down Mohawk’s gentle Nutmeg Slope.

The First Discovery package includes a custom-fit rental equipment package (skiing or snowboarding), a one-hour lesson from the staff of the Snowsports Discovery Center at Mohawk Mountain, and a Nutmeg lift ticket valid on our beginner lifts. The regular price of this package is $70. The offer is good for people ages 5 and up.

Make sure you click on the link below, especially those 18 and under.

Mohawk says: “As you can imagine, the response to this offer is incredible, so we suggest you arrive early. We will be ticketing and fitting for equipment until 2:30 pm, after which time regular package pricing will apply. Please make sure to dress appropriately as weather conditions can be severe (recommended outerwear includes, warm gloves, a hat, a warm jacket along with ski pants and tall socks).”

The full details are here.

I’d go early, not only to get a jump on the crowds, but to avoid any wet weather. The forecast for Cornwall is a chance of rain, mainly after 3 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Two other Connecticut ski areas – Ski Sundown and Mount Southington – are 100 percent open.

The long-closed Power Ridge is kind of open, but I wouldn’t go just yet, They only have the terrain park open and … lifts are not running yet because of an inspection delay. Details here

The weather for the upcoming Christmas/New Year’s week will be an issue, at least this weekend. Rain is forecast for Saturday and Sunday across New England, including the mountains. Strong winds in the upper elevations will also be an annoyance this weekend.

Monday will be recovery day for ski areas with lots of grooming needed to prepare for the holiday crowds. Nighttime temps will dip well below freezing in Ski Country, allowing resorts to make snow, Fortunately, a long stretch of cold temps have allowed areas to make lots of snow and expand terrain. Christmas Eve Day and Christmas look like good, but cold days, for skiing and snowboarding.

For a list of snow conditions, click here.

For details in the Green Mountain State, visit Ski Vermont.

And in New Hampshire, Ski New Hampshire.

In New York, I Ski NY.

Keep in mind that lift ticket prices will be at their highest prices because of the holiday. No discounted midweek prices and peak blackout dates for those cheap season and discounted passes. The peak rates start generally start on Christmas Eve and continue through Jan. 2, 2014.

And where’s the highest priced single day lift ticket in New England? Stowe, Vermont at … 98 bucks.

Have fun and play safe!





Jim Shay