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]

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]

Ski season ending with a whimper

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Who’s still skiing and snowboarding in New England? Mostly those with season passes, locals, college kids looking for some fun on spring break or strong-legged baby boomers who have second homes in Ski Country. But for most of us the season is over. The end came earlier than normal when the snow stopped falling and […] [Read More]

Finally, a powder day!

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Finally. We’re skiing and snowboarding on “pow pow” today!!! And just when we were starting to think winter wasn’t going to return to New England. This weekend is probably the best one, condition wise, this season. But as we all know with skiing in New England, there’s always something. This time it’s bitter cold temperatures. […] [Read More]

More ski terrain open for the weekend

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Thanks to some fresh snow (and more still coming down), trail counts are increasing across Ski County. Video was shot Thursday at Sugarbush in Vermont. Up to 10 inches of snow fell across northern New England allowing most resorts to open up about half their trails. That’s a big improvement from a couple of weeks […] [Read More]

Big snow looming for MLK weekend

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Hopefully the Snow Gods, and the meteorologists, aren’t playing any games with us this time. But … there’s significant snow in the forecast for upper New England Thursday into Friday.  I’m trying not to get too excited, but it’s possible that more than a foot of snow could fall in the higher elevations, maybe more. […] [Read More]

Stupid things skiers and snowboarders do

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Next week is National Ski Safety Week, the time to remember the “Skier’s Responsibility Code.” You know that code that is often printed on napkins or cafeteria tray liners are ski resorts. It includes: Always stay in control …  People ahead of you have the right of way… Stop in a safe place for you and others … […] [Read More]

Enjoying a snow-stingy winter

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The other day I read a tweet by Thomas Cooke on the Ski Utah blog about the “6-inch rule.” It read in part: “Seth Godin, a best-selling author, a well-known and admired guru to marketers, and an entrepreneurial visionary once said not to underestimate the value of positive cashflow when starting up your own new […] [Read More]

Good conditions, great deals

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We’ve finally hit the mark – the coldest day of the season so far. Ranging from -9.5 degrees on Mount Washington, to the single digit and teens in ski country. All we need now is some significant natural snow to get the winter in high gear. Temperatures are expected to moderate across the East the […] [Read More]

Powder day in northern Vermont

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Northern New England got a belated Christmas present Wednesday … some fresh snow … that makes it one of the season’s first powder days. Here’s a quick rundown from northern Vermont: Bolton Valley Resort: 5″-7″  …. Jay Peak Resort: 6″-8″….  Killington Resort: 10″ …. Pico Mountain: 10″…..Smugglers’ Notch Resort: 10″-12″….Stowe Mountain Resort: 4″-6″ …  Sugarbush Resort: 9″-12″. A post […] [Read More]