State ski areas closing because of … snow

No it’s not Colorado or Utah, but it’s a powder day at Connecticut’s ski areas.

But there’s a problem: getting there on snow-covered roads.

And there’s another problem, all four Connecticut ski areas will be closed tonight … because of all things, snow.

Ski Sundown, Mohawk Mountain, Mount Southington and the Woodbury ski area, normally open evenings, have decided to close early.

A couple of snowboarders at the Woodbury ski area get ready to take a few last runs on Friday afternoon. All four state ski areas have decided to close Friday night because of the blizzard.

Sundown says it’s because of the blizzard. It’s shooting for an 8 p.m. opening Saturday.

Mohawk is closed tonight because of “forecasted high winds.”

Mohawk on its web site posted:  “Doesn’t matter if you call it Storm Nemo, or Storm Charlotte… the one thing that’s clear is that the storm is going to impact your weekend plans – FOR THE BETTER -if you are planning on an epic weekend of skiing and boarding. We are modifying our schedule to allow you time to dig out, and us to groom our surfaces to corduroy perfection.” Check out Mohawk’s live cam.

Southington reports: “We will be closing at 4pm due to the severe weather bearing down on us and will re-open tomorrow morning (Saturday) as soon as we can finish digging out and grooming the slopes.

It adds, “Saturday we’re shooting for a 9am opening but, the blizzard conditions could likely change our plans and force us to open as late as Noon. Please check back tomorrow morning after 7am for updated opening information before heading here. It’s going to be a perfect day on the slopes!!!!”

The Woodbury ski area will close at 5 p.m. because of the blizzard and the strong likelihood that few people would bother showing up tonight.

Jim Shay