Stoke was high this week for east coast skiers and riders, as the power of snowmaking and the fortune of cold weather combined for October openings at Killington and Sunday River, with Mount Snow and Wildcat spinning lifts this coming weekend.
Here we go! The season’s first, strong coastal storm will take aim at the East during the weekend bringing some wild weather. Meanwhile, we enjoy some mild skiing/riding in the West.
The Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo returns to the Boston Seaport World Trade Center Nov. 8-11, showcasing New England’s coolest winter scenes. The annual winter sports extravaganza is the best way to prepare to hit the slopes fully armed with the latest information and the best pre-season pricing and Expo-only savings on lift tickets and season passes, vacation specials ski and snowboard gear.
Update October 18 1 p.m.: Sunday River Ski Resort intends to open for the 2018/19 winter season tomorrow, Friday, October 19, at 10 a.m. The resort expects to open on the T2 trail, accessible via the Locke Mountain Triple lift in Barker Basin. All plans depend on weather and snow conditions; keep an eye on the resort’s website and social media channels for the most up-to-date information.
Call it Epic-Lite or Ikon 2.0, but the southern Colorado-based Power Pass has taken off around the country, into Canada and across the seas.
Sugarloaf, Maine, is no stranger to playing host to U.S. Alpine Championships, but in 2019 the resort will look forward to hosting the first-ever U.S. Alpine Speed Championships. From March 16-21, 2019, the best alpine skiers in the nation will ski down Narrow Gauge in downhill, super-G, and alpine combined events.
So you’ve got a friend – or perhaps a significant other –that you’d love to share your passion for the mountains with. You know that if that friend can have as great a time skiing or riding as you do, he or she will be hooked. Having a fun and successful first outing is key to making sure new skiers and riders will keep coming back for more, so SnoCountry.com picked some great destinations for making those learning days just the beginning of many wonderful days on snow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.