SnoCast: New Snow for the Turn Into Spring

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Can you believe it? The final days of winter have come. As spring officially arrives Saturday, we’ll enjoy mild turns in the East, while winter refuses to let go in the West. Forecast details in this week’s SnoCast.

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When It Comes To Ski Resorts, Smaller Can Be Better

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Check out these five little gems that have been teaching New England families to ski for decades.

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Forget Apsen, NYC boasts top ski destinations in driving distance

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You don’t have to jump on a plane to Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole or Park City to ski this winter: New York is within driving distance of several destinations that promise almost as much allure.

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How Will Skiing Will Be Different In The Berkshires This Winter?

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Ski mountains across the Berkshires are gearing up for a season full of social distancing and capacity limits, but also “magical moments” at revamped après ski areas designed to fit the times.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Ending January on a Snowy Note

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The final weekend of January delivers fresh, snowy conditions for both the west and the east. Some areas will measure in the feet. Read on for more details of this weekend’s weather outlook.

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Snow-makers at Jiminy loving every minute 'till I have to leave'

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Kimber Francoeur and co-worker Amee McLaughlin love the outdoors. It's a good thing they do, since they spend most of the winter climbing up and down Jiminy Peak, making sure the snow guns are working and the slopes are ready for the skiers and snowboarders.

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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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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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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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