Getting ready for the big snow

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Lots of good news for skiers, snowboarders and lovers of snow. First, Ski Sundown in New Hartford opens today with six trails. It’s one of the latest openings for the Connecticut ski area that’s run by Stratford native Bob Switzgable. And it comes at a make or break time for state ski areas that depend […] [Read More]

Finally, the first big snow falls up north

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So where’s winter? If the world doesn’t end tomorrow, winter will officially arrive at 6:12 a.m. on Friday. Friday marks the end of the ancient Mayan calendar, the time when some believe the world will end. That would mean the end of everything …  including skiing and snowboarding. But there’s bigger question some are asking: […] [Read More]

Learn to ski or snowboard for free

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Want to ski or snowboard like those seen in the video above from Park City, Utah? Well … you get get a start by taking advantage of an offer that doesn’t come around often: a free, learn to ski or snowboard lesson! Yup.. Free. Gratis. Complimentary. And, the offer also includes equipment and a ticket […] [Read More]

Connecticut ski areas ready to open

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Thankfully, it’s cold again. And that means ski areas can again crank upthe snowmaking guns. That’s especially good news for Connecticut ski areas that have had to postpone their openings because of warm temperatures and high humidity. That’s about to end for Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall that plans to start its season on Saturday. And […] [Read More]

Mount Snow selling $12 limited tickets

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Here’s a deal worth  jumping on: $12 lift tickets for Mount Snow on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The southern Vermont area has a 1,000 limit on the heavily-discounted tickets. The regular price of a midweek ticket is $75. But tickets need to be purchased in advance. A check this evening showed the cheap tickets are still […] [Read More]

Feast on Thanksgiving skiing/snowboarding

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Looking to get in some skiing and snowboarding this Thanksgiving weekend? Well, you’re in luck because this is one of the strongest early seasons in years. That’s because after nearly two weeks of snowmaking, many major ski areas have their lifts turning. Unlike previous years, this Thanksgiving weekend will have some serious top-to-bottom runs that […] [Read More]

Stratton starts season Wednesday

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Here’s another Vermont ski area in the starting gate: Stratton will kick off its season at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Here’s the official announcement: “We anticipate opening intermediate to advanced trails on the Upper Mountain, including Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, North American and Polar Bear. It’s too soon to tell if the Lower Mountain will be […] [Read More]

Early ski season off to strong start

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There’s good news to report from the Land of Skiing and Snowboarding: Conditions are steadily improving with more ski areas planning to open this weekend. And there’s a good chance (I’m keeping my fingers crossed) that Thanksgiving weekend could bring some of the best skiing and snowboarding  in years. Cold temperatures will return tonight, allowing […] [Read More]

Okemo to open Thursday

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Owners of snow sports shops have to be really happy today. Why? The first arrival of fresh snow … the best advertisement you can ever hope for getting people excited about the upcoming ski and snowboarding season. See snow = Think skiing, snowboarding. It’s that simple. Yes I know, like you, about the problems of […] [Read More]

How to buy half-price ski lift tickets

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The preliminary list of dates for ski areas offering discounted lift tickets is out. And again, it’s absolutely the BEST DEAL going! We’re talking about more than 50 percent off  tickets at such prime Vermont areas as Stratton, Okemo, Sugarbush and Killington, many of them on weekends. How cheap? How about $34 ticket for Mount […] [Read More]