Ups and downs of the weekend outlook

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This is not the best time to be a snowmaker. The skiers, snowboarders and resort owners are all itching to get their season off in full swing. But cold, then warm temperatures have thrown a big monkey wrench in their plans. That means many areas have put their openings on hold until they can make […] [Read More]

Snowmaking resumes at ski areas

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Things are looking up for the weekend now that ski areas have resumed snowmaking in northern New England. Video above is from Stratton Mountain in southern Vermont. After days of above-freezing temperatures many resorts are taking advantage of cold temperatures to lay down a base. If cold temperatures continue, more areas could be open this […] [Read More]

Learn to ski, snowboard on the cheap

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Got a buddy, family member or significant other who wants to learn how to ski or snowboard? Well, here’s a few inexpensive … some free … ways to start sliding. Normally, these packages can cost more than $100! So if someone has been talking for years about learning to ski or snowboarding, turn them on […] [Read More]

Okemo, Sugarbush now open

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Happy Thanksgiving! And so it is … because you can now add ¬†Okemo and Sugarbush to the list of ski resorts open for the season. They join Killington (with 20 trails today) and Stowe (7 trails). The two Vermont areas kicked off the season at 9 a.m. with lots of sunshine and blue skies. Unfortunately, […] [Read More]

Ski areas shooting for Turkey Day opening

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Snowmaking has kicked into high gear at several resorts with the goal of opening some trails by Thanksgiving Day. That goal, of course, is temperature and weather dependent. The long-range forecast for the upper peaks of New England call for nighttime temps into the 20s. Unfortunately, it’s also going to be much warmer during the […] [Read More]

Killington, 2 other resorts start seasons

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Killington Resort opened its winter season today with skiing/snowboarding on two trails. Hey it’s not alot, but The Beast is the first to start the New England ski season. Or are they? Mount Snow in southern Vermont opened Launch Park, a small terrain park on its lower mountain. And in Maine, Sunday River started its […] [Read More]

The perfectly timed storm

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The East finally lucked out with a major snowstorm that dumped nearly four feet of snow on some New England ski resorts. And it could not have come at a better time for ski resorts – and the people who paid big bucks to go there this holiday week. In just one day, The Big […] [Read More]

Snowmaking to save the holiday week

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Worried about the quality of snow conditions for the upcoming holiday week even if there’s no snow in your backyard? Relax, it’s going to be fine … just a little crowded. After spending a few days skiing in Vermont, it was again proven that without snowmaking we’d be looking at brown ski trails. Sure there’s […] [Read More]

Weekend outlook: Waiting for the snow

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While it’s still early to tell exactly how much – if any – snow we’ll get from a weekend nor’easter, anticipation is building. That’s because if we get a significant snowfall it will guarantee a White Christmas. If the storm does not go out to sea, ski areas that would benefit include Wachusett in eastern […] [Read More]

Ski/ride Okemo for $35 this Sunday

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It’s good to see a dusting of snow on the ground after Sunday’s rainstorm pushed ski conditions downhill a bit. And thankfully cold temperatures have allowed ski areas to resume snowmaking that should greatly improve conditions. Last Saturday, there were packed powder conditions on two top-to-bottom runs at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall. There ¬†was great, […] [Read More]