Ski areas raising age for ‘senior’ discounts

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Don’t be surprised if you’re standing at a ski ticket window when an older skier tells the cashier:  ”Don’t forget my senior discount.” No this isn’t a coffee shop or a WalMart, but a ski area where seniors expect to see a few dollars knocked off the price of their lift ticket. But things are […] [Read More]

Sugarloaf ski resort to become East’s largest

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An expansion at Sugarloaf in Maine will make it the largest ski area east of the Rockies. Once the tree thinning is completed in three years, it will eclipse Killington in central Vermont, as having the most acreage for skiing and snowboarding. The key word here is acreage, not more trails and more lifts. Sugarloaf’s expansion is […] [Read More]

Getting a jump on the ski season

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Yes, it’s still summer, but not too early to start planning for the 2010-11 ski season. Why? By getting a head start before most skiers and snowboarders, you can snare the best deals, find the best equipment/rentals and book lodging on the dates you want … at substancial savings. BOOKING A ROOM FOR A SKI VACATION:You can […] [Read More]

Skier visits down in NE, except VT

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The numbers are now in for skier visits during the 2009-10 season. And with the exception of Vermont and other regions of the country, they’re  not pretty. Overall, skier visits in the Northeast declined 2.7 percent from the previous year, according to the National Ski Areas Association. The most likely reason? Below average snowfall in northern […] [Read More]

2010-11 season pass deals ending soon

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  If you’ve been thinking about buying a season pass for next ski/snowboard season, now’s the time to act quickly if you want to same money. Why? Because the end of April is the time ski resorts end their discounted season pass rates. Waiting will mean paying hundreds of dollars more if you decide to […] [Read More]

Awesome spring skiing/snowboarding; do it now!

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While there’s still plenty of snow at northern ski resorts, time is ticking down on the ski/snowboard season. So why not head to your favorite area one last time and experience some of the best spring conditions in years? Even ski areas in Connecticut and Massachusetts will have their lifts turning this weekend. This week […] [Read More]

Through the trees

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Last week’s big storm storm created the best powder conditions of the season, especially in northern Vermont. This video from Smuggler’s Notch was shot on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the day of the biggest snowfall. The video captures the feeling of skiing through the trees. This weekend, don’t expect to find lots of powder. Just nearly 100 percent of […] [Read More]

Marching into the season

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Welcome to March, one of the most fickle months of the year when it comes to weather.  It’s a time when just about anything can happen ranging from temperatures in the seventies to blizzards. Last week’s series of blessed snowstorms was one for the record books with epic snowfall. Vermont ski resorts were the big […] [Read More]

Beyond the epic snowfall

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OK, I’ll use the word to describe Wednesday’s snowfall: EPIC. Often overused, but I think this time the word fits. The photo above taken Wednesday at Jay Peak helps tells the story. Big winners from Wednesday’s impressive snowfall: Vermont areas and some New York State areas like Whiteface and Hunter that got up to two feet. New […] [Read More]

Vermont hits snow jackpot

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It’s a Pow Pow Day! The photo above was taken at Killington, Vermont this morning that already has 23 inches! About an hour up Route 100 from Killington, Sugarbush is reporting 31 inches as of 4 p.m.  In the ticket section of The Bush’s Web site: “Today…PRICELESS! But, if you’re keeping track, an all-mountain adult ticket costs $77.” Now, I gotta tell […] [Read More]