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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Sunday River Tests Newly Enhanced Snowmaking System

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After taking the first steps towards doubling the resort’s snowmaking capacity this summer, Sunday River completed its annual fall systems test this morning starting at 6:15 a.m. In the latest news in the #RaceTo Open, the Maine resort typically opens for skiing and snowboarding on or around Halloween, and this morning’s cold temperatures provided the perfect opportunity to put the new equipment to the test on the Lower Downdraft trail.

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#RaceToOpen Kicks Off In Earnest This Week

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October has arrived, and with it comes the annual #RaceToOpen between Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin, which has claimed the crown outright the past two years.

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One Final Drive, One Last Putt: Fall Golf In The High Country

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Just like for skiers and ‘boarders, golfers want to squeeze in that last day of the season. Even as most U.S. resorts are turning on their snow guns and warming up the snowcats, many still keep the golf course open for those late-season die-hards.

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Welcome Fall With Northeast Oktoberfests

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While we’re waiting anxiously for the snow to fly, resorts across the Northeast are celebrating fall foliage season with fun, food, music and stunning views of the mountains. Here are SnoCountry.com’s top picks for Oktoberfests this year.

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Sunday River Doubles Down With Snowmaking Project

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Major renovations for making more of that white gold we love at Sunday River began this summer, as they laid the foundation for doubling the water capacity that can be pumped to the ski area from its water source.

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Maine Mountains Are Calling For Fun And Adventure

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The mountains of western Maine are the place to find endless outdoor fun and thrills to keep you coming back for more. The Outpost is home to summer adventure at Sugarloaf, while the hub of activity at Sunday River is the Mountain Park. 

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Sugarloaf To Open Burnt Mountain Cat Skiing

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Maine’s first cat skiing operation to open after nearly four feet of snow in the last week. (Sugarloaf)

After nearly four feet of new snow over the past week, Sugarloaf announced it will open its new Burnt Mountain Cat Skiing operation for the first time Friday, March 16.

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Nor’easter Delivers Outstanding March Conditions

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The second Nor’easter in less than a week has delivered the best conditions of the season to resorts through the northeast with some resorts reporting more than three feet of snow.

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Sunday River, Loon, Sugarloaf Launch 2018-19 Season Pass Sale

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Best prices for hitting Sunday River for one week. (Sunday River/Facebook)

Skiers and snowboarders eager to start planning for next winter at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon Mountain—and score the absolute lowest price on their season pass—can do so by purchasing their 2018-19 New England Pass now through March 11, 2018 during the resorts’ one-week flash sale. 

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Spring Passes Blooming In The Northeast

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Deals on spring turns at Sunday River. (Sunday River)

While there’s still a lot of days left for the 2017-2018 season, Northeastern resorts are rolling out their buy now/ski this spring deals, making this a great time to stretch your skiing and riding dollar for maximum time on the slopes.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Major Storm Brings Eastern Blizzard

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Lost Valley in Maine rejoicing recent cold and snow along with many others. (Lost Valley/Facebook)

An incredibly-powerful ocean storm will move close to the East coast Thursday and Friday while moisture returns to the Sierra for the first time in several weeks.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Strong Western Systems, Eastern Lake Effect

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Crystal Mountain in Washington opened Wednesday. (Crystal Mountain/Facebook)

A powerful weather system delivers heavy snow across the West through Friday, then leads to lake effect snow during the weekend for the East.

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First Turns Of The Season Coming To The East

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Weather forecasts for Sunday River Resort look favorable for opening by Saturday. (Sunday River/Facebook)

We’ve been waiting for our snowmaking window here in the East, and it’s finally here. Skiers and riders can make plans now for first turns of the season at Sunday River, Wildcat, Mount Snow and Killington.

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New Spruce Peak Triple Headlines Sunday River Improvements

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Maine views for miles at Sunday River. (Sunday River)

Sunday River is coming into the ski and ride season with a lot to talk about, including a new chairlift and trail, improved snowmaking equipment, expanded outdoor restaurant seating, and the launch of new slopeside condos to be built in 2018-19.

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Snowmaking Temps Make Northeast Appearance

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Killington snowmakers doing what they do best. (Killington)

A window of snowmaking temperatures appeared last week in the Northeast, allowing the snow guns to whiten the slopes at Vermont’s Killington and Maine’s Sunday River.

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Cat Skiing Coming To Sugarloaf’s Burnt Mountain

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The new offering on Brackett Basin will be the only cat skiing operation in Maine, and one of few east of the Rockies. (Sugarloaf/JamieWalter)

After making the dream of skiing and riding on Burnt Mountain a reality in 2010, Sugarloaf will make that experience even more accessible this winter by offering guests snow-cat serviced skiing and riding in the Androscoggin Glade, Little Androscoggin, and a newly-cut glade to be named this fall.

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Sunday River Holiday Pass Flash Sale

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Fresh pow turns taken Christmas week last year. (Sunday River)

In a bold step that should make your holiday planning easy, Maine's Sunday River will hold a flash sale on a new Holiday Pass. If you’re an adult who plans to ski and snowboard during the holidays, it is the equivalent of paying $30/day to ski every day from December 23, 2017 until January 1, 2018.

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Savoring Every Sip At Northeast Mountain Brewfests

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The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is back for its 23rd year. (Mount Snow)

Craft brews, music and fun are on tap as we transition into fall in the mountains of the Northeast. In addition to some tasty frosty beverages, resorts will be featuring local food treats and live music, along with special events.

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Learn From The Experts On Guided Maine Adventure

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Discover stand-up paddle boarding on the waterways of Western Maine. (Sunday River)

The mountains of Maine have plenty to offer summer visitors, from the myriad mountain trails to quiet waterways to wildlife viewing opportunities. With local knowledge from a guide, guests can maximize fun and adventure on their trip to Vacationland.

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Australian Company To Purchase Saddleback

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New owner Sebastian Monsour, chief executive officer of the Majella Group, accepts the traditional wooden ski from former owner Bill Berry. (Saddleback/Facebook)

Australian company Majella Group has signed an agreement to purchase Maine’s Saddleback Mountain Resort from Bill and Irene Berry. The purchase includes all holdings of the resort, including the resort, base lodge, ski lifts and surrounding timberland, totaling 6,337 acres.

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