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SnoCountry SnoShots: Northeast Springtime Vibes

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It’s all about the springtime vibes at Northeast mountain resorts right now, with parties galore to celebrate bluebird skies, long afternoons, soft corn snow, pond skims and beers on the deck.

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Northeast Twilight Skiing and Riding Deals 

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Whether you’re working during the day or just looking for a way to get out with the family, twilight skiing and riding offers a chance to hit the slopes, often with great deals and special offerings. Enjoy the newly groomed corduroy in the late afternoon, and don’t forget your clear lenses for your goggles to enjoy an evening under the stars.          

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Go Green: What Resorts Do To Reduce Environmental Footprint

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From efficient snowmaking to recycle stations to wind and solar generation, ski and snowboard resorts know that their survival depends upon reducing the effects of climate change.

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Bromley, Cranmore, Jiminy Peak Focus On Affordability, New Experiences

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As baby boomers were building families in the 1970s and 1980s, ski resorts were putting steel and concrete in the ground, expanding both lifts and terrain. The skiers and riders of today are benefiting from those infrastructure improvements. Lifts are faster, ticket-checking is RFID-enabled to speed up lines, and snowmaking and grooming have never been better or more energy-efficient.              

Now the focus is on affordability and on-hill experiences.   

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Bromley, Cranmore, Jiminy Peak, Whaleback Extend Ski Season

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Sunny spring tele turns at Cranmore. (Cranmore/Facebook)

Nothing like a consecutive string of nor'easters to put a smile on the faces of Northeast skiers and riders. Due to above average snowfall this season, resorts across the region have announced extended ski seasons.

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Insider’s Guide To Jiminy Peak

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Spectacular Berkshire views. (Jiminy Peak/Facebook)

An idyllic trip to the Berkshires should include a stop at Jiminy Peak, a resort known for its renewable-energy initiatives to make skiing and riding a sustainable activity. Without a long drive to more northern areas, Jiminy offers the full resort experience, including a new Winter Mountain Adventrue Park, with a fire pit for evening s’mores, and the mountain Coaster and Soaring Eagle rides.

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From Climate Change To POW

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In 2007 Jiminy Peak installed a $4 million 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine on the mountain. (Jiminy Peak)

Seeing the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont and learning about the ravages of Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria to say nothing of the heat waves and the fires on the nightly news, I was struck by the rapidity and rise in extreme weather events.

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Jiminy Peak Wind Turbine Turns 10; Resort Now Focuses On Reducing Carbon Footprint

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Cruising by the Zephyr on a winter day. (Jiminy Peak)

In 2007, when Massachusetts' Jiminy Peak installed a $4 million 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine on the western flank of its mountain, many thought the 70-year-old resort was taking a huge financial risk.  

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At Jiminy Peak, Cranmore and Bromley, Green Is The Color Of Savings

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Cooling off at Bromley. (Bromley/Facebook)

Over the next few months green is the color of travel savings at Jiminy Peak, Cranmore, and Bromley. Visitors can save some hard-earned green on summer package deals.

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Summer Adventures At Mountain Resorts Center On Kids

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Ziplines like this one at Whitefish Mountain take kids for high-flying rides at mountain resorts. (Whitefish/Facebook)

Winter resorts across the nation want kids to take up skiing and snowboarding to keep the sports growing. And, many believe that attracting youngsters to the mountains during the summer will help.

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Cranmore Plans $50 Million Base Expansion, Condo Development

Canmore renderingCranmore Resort has announced plans for a $50 million condominium and base area redevelopment that will provide ski–in, ski–out ownership at the base of Cranmore and in the heart of North Conway, one of America’s most dynamic ski towns.

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'Tell It Like It Is' -- That's The Game Plan For Bromley, Cranmore, Jiminy Peak Condition Reporters

Bromley powderIt's a challenge being a snow reporter staffing the desks at New England's Bromley, Cranmore, and Jiminy Peak resorts. When winter storms pound New England, at 6:30 a.m. there are just so many ways to say, "corduroy," "powder" and that other snow report staple, "stoked."  

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Fairbank Group Looks To Hire 250 Instructors; Jiminy, Cranmore, Bromley

Canmore instructorToday’s ski and snowboarding instructors range in age from 14 to 83 and don’t necessarily have to be black diamond level skiers. The Fairbank Group resorts – Jiminy Peak in western Massachusetts, Bromley in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and Cranmore Mountain Resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire – announced  plans to fill 250 ski and snowboard instructor positions by the start of the ski season in late November.

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Jiminy Peak Launches Northeast's Largest Community Solar Project

Jiminy Peak solar project launchJiminy Peak Mountain Resort has partnered with solar energy developer Nexamp in constructing a 2.3 megawatt community solar facility located on 12 acres of the resort’s property. Once completed, the Jiminy Peak project will represent the largest community solar project of its kind in the Northeast.

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Those Local ‘Ski Hills’ Of The East; Spring Is The Perfect Time To Give Them A Try

Pats Peak From Cochran’s to Pats Peak and Powderhouse Hill to Greek Peak, the East abounds with local, family-oriented ski hills, many of which sport a Cheers-like first-name basis.

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Natural, Man-Made Features Remove Fear, Create Fun; Terrain Based Learning

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The newest concept in teaching newcomers to ski and snowboard saw its debut this month at three New England resorts operated by The Fairbank Group. The techniques and methodology developed by Snow Operating, LLC, a snowsports instruction consulting company based in Vail, Colo., is being viewed by these resort operators as a sure-fire means of accelerating the learning curve for newbies.

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Learn To Ski, Ride Across Eastern Seaboard In January

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Resorts across the eastern seaboard settle in for the season with a variety of learning programs to entice newcomers to the sport. With aggressive packages that include equipment, lessons and, in some cases, lodging, this is the time to get off the fence and dive into the snow: It's National Learn To Ski/Snowboard Month

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Celebrate Fall With Columbus Day Weekend Events In East

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Many mountain resorts and towns throughout the east will be hosting a variety of events and activities Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 12-14. Here is a sampling.

 

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Jack Filiault Transitions To Retirement; Jiminy Peak Makes Staff Changes

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Chief Financial Officer Jack Filiault of Jiminy Peak will transition toward a 2015 retirement. Filiault has been with the Berkshires ski resort since 1974 and in his present capacity since 1987.

 

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Nation’s Ski Areas Continue To Unite On Addressing Climate Change

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A report just released by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) details more progress on implementing the principles of its Environmental Charter during the 2011-12 season. 

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