Skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing as the first major snowstorm of the season rolled through the Northeast delivering a Thanksgiving feast.
On Thanksgiving Day, there are always plenty of things to be thankful for – including the opportunity to carve out a few arcs at a nearby ski and snowboard resort before carving up the turkey. Early-season snow conditions can be an iffy affair, dependent as they are on a stretch of below-freezing temperatures for snowmaking and a couple of late autumn snowstorms to lay down a solid base.
Preston Leete Smith, 84, was honored with the Spirit of Skiing Award at aNew England Ski Museum banquet Nov. 1 at the Grand Hotel in Killington.
Sunday River and Killington will have to share first in the Northeast for opening day for the 2014-2015 season. Although coastal Maine received over nine inches of snow over the weekend, it was cold temperatures and advanced snowmaking technology that made this early-November opening possible. Sunday River plans to re-open for next weekend. Vermont's Killington opened Monday (Nov. 3) for passholders and opens to the public Tuesday Nov. 4. Killington officials said they plan to remain open for the season.
Fall hikes at or near ski resorts are a terrific way to improve your agility and aerobic fitness. Hike up a ski trail or ride a lift and then enjoy a mountain trail at the summit.
Vermont resorts will expand the efficiency, quality and coverage of their snowmaking systems for the 2014-15 season as part of a nearly $15 million upgrade in partnership with Efficiency Vermont's Great Snow Gun Roundup supports the purchase of approximately 2300 new low energy snow guns for the upcoming season, and in return the resorts will donate 1800 older model snow guns to scrap.
“Happy April,” exclaimed Gore Mountain’s Emily Stanton to SnoCountry.com. “We are open daily through Sunday (April 6). We’re asking people to visit our website or check ahead regarding the schedule for next week. We’ll have events throughout April.”
At a time when many resorts are usually thinking of their closing ceremonies and skiers and riders are starting to look toward warm weather vacations, the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic region in spring 2014 is changing the paradigm. Lots of snow, deep bases and more of both coming, will make those typical spring events look quite a bit different.
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.
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.
It’s difficult to imagine two more opposite springs than 2012 and 2013. With little natural snow all winter and an early burst of summer a year ago, most everyone in the east had packed it in by mid-March. Fast forward to 2013.