Thanks to cold temperatures and a huge investment in snowmaking upgrades, Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont opened three days earlier than scheduled for the 2013-14 season.
Season pass deals at Montana ski resorts may have ended, but a number of good lift ticket deals remain. Frequent skier cards, packs and punch cards can substantially lower your daily lift ticket cost. Check them out.
Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, N.H. to open this Friday (Nov. 8) with more than 37 acres and two miles of top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Loon Peak. This will be one of the earliest opening days in the resort’s history.
The Michigan Ski Industries Association (MSIA) is offering all state fourth graders the chance to ski and snowboard for free this winter, and White Gold Card holders can ski or ride 32 different areas across the Wolverine State for around $6.20 per lift ticket.
It’s appropriately Olympic-themed as the boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo arrives Nov. 14-17 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center.
A very different kind of ski and ride movie makes its debut on Nov. 7 in Burlington, Vt. when T-Bar Films unveils “United We Ski.”
The 52nd edition of the Albany Ski & Snowboard Expo runs this weekend (Nov. 1-3) in the Empire State Plaza, and features discounts throughout the event.
Get ready to ski and ride in the Northeast! Killington Resort, the largest ski area in the region, opens for the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season this weekend.
Ski area opening bragging rights in the Midwest once again go to Wild Mountain who is opening today (Oct. 22). It’s the 12th October in the last 28 years that Wild has been able to open.
Snow guns in the Northeast are poised to do what the fall colors are already doing in the Mid-Atlantic states – burst out. Temperatures are finally dropping around the entire eastern region.
Skiers and snowboarders in Colorado will have three choices of where to ski or ride this weekend as Wolf Creek Ski Area opens for a sneak peak of the 23013-14 season Saturday and Sunday.
An investment of $9.8 million on snowmaking infrastructure, along with the opening of a 15,000-square-foot Peak Lodge at Killington, Vt., is on tap this winter. Meanwhile, just a few miles down Route 4 at Pico, the new $1.3 million Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge for persons with disabilities and young racers, will debut Nov. 8-9.
Stowe, the classic eastern ski resort, is in the midst of massive capital improvements, with more snowmaking capacity at the core of those projects.
The northern Vermont resort receives an average of more than 300 inches of natural snow annually. But, the periodic vagaries of winter weather on the eastern seaboard likely precipitated a half-billion dollar master plan that began with the formation of a 116 million gallon water storage area.
It was a long time coming, however. Stowe’s Jeff Wise told SnoCountry.com that concept “was over a decade in the making after Vermont Act 250 approval in 2001.” Act 250 is the state's tough environmental process.
Stowe’s investment, in that time, has included new lifts, access systems and terrain. Stowe has been cognizant of its’ environmental stewardship, while enhancing the on-hill guest experience.
“Through a pair of conservation easements donated to the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, over 2,000 acres of wildlife habitat has been permanently protected,” Wise said.
“Those lands include 10 acres of summit ski terrain on Spruce Peak that have been restored to their natural state, providing crucial habitat for the Bicknell’s Thrush, and dense forests adjacent to the base village that provide nesting sites for Peregrine falcons, and habitat for moose and black bear.”
Stowe, in 2010, became the first eastern resort to receive the Sustainable Community Certification from Audubon International.
Investments continued this past summer in its snowmaking operations, including an additional $3.4 million in new equipment and upgrades, which consist of 100 HKD tower guns, three Super Pole Cat fan guns, a new pump-house and miles of snowmaking pipe.
That is in addition to the $4.7 million invested last summer, bringing their snowmaking arsenal to 445 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 20 Super Pole Cat fan guns, and another seven miles of new snowmaking pipe.
Wise said the improvements allow Stowe to operate with greater energy efficiency and eliminate more than 100,000 gallons of diesel storage, use and emissions.
From a guest’s standpoint, the snowmaking buildup increases potential for more early season terrain, raises overall snow quality, and allows mountain operations personnel to resurface quickly after adverse weather.
“Stowe is scheduled to open Nov. 23 with top-to-bottom terrain off the new FourRunner Quad,” Wise said.
Photo: New snow guns installed at Stowe (Stowe Mountain Resort)
Winter can’t be far away in the Midwest. Ski and snowboard shows are taking place in Minneapolis, Chicago and Ontario this month.
The addition of a new six-seat, high-speed lift on Lutsen’s Moose Mountain, costing $4.5 million, is good news for skiers and riders that frequent the Heartland’s biggest snowsports resort. A new quad and triple chair is in store at Ohio's Alpine Valley.
California's Boreal fired up its snowmaking system Thursday night as additional snow fell throughout the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountain regions in the west. In Colorado, Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin started snowmaking operations on Friday evening.
Loveland began making snow for the 2013-14 season just after 6 p.m. Friday.
The race is on! A-Basinn began making snow on Friday too!
California's Boreal fired up the snowguns just after midnight Thursday, Sept. 26.
Snow covers the top of the tram at Snowbird.
Fresh snow at Crested Butte!
Looks like mid-winter at Jackson Hole.
First snowfall of the season at China Peak.
First snowfall of the season at Deer Valley.
Sun Valley also picked up a few inches.