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Killington, Sunday River, Mont Saint-Sauveur Kick Off 15-16 Season

Killington OpenKillington, Vermont, Sunday River, Maine and Mont Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, took advantage of unseasonably cold weather in the Northeast that brought snow squalls across the region and a window of snowmaking temperatures to jump start the 15-16 ski and ride season. 

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Maine's Sunday River To Jump Start New Season Monday, Oct. 19

Sunday RiverThe forecast is calling for temperatures in the 20s, so Sunday River's Mountain Operations Team is pulling out the big guns with plans to bury the resort's T2 Trail and kick off the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season on Monday, October, 19. With one exception, this will be the earliest the resort has opened in almost 20 years

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Wife Carrying Championships, Crafts Fair, More Highlight Sunday River Fall Festival Oct. 10-11

SR Wife-CarryingSunday River’s annual Fall Festival Oct. 9-11 welcomes the cooler weather and ushers in another winter season with their annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, the New England Cornhole Championship, an arts fair, live music, a kids’ pumpkin pie eating contest, plenty of beer and bloody mary and wine tents.

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Maine's Mt Abram $150,000 Trail Expansion Almost Ready To Launch

Mt AbramMt Abram in western Maine is beginning its largest trail expansion project since the 1970s. The $150,000 construction of six new trails will offer 25 additional acres of skiing and riding. Following final permitting approval within the next two weeks, construction begins immediately for use this winter.

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Saddleback Unable to Finance New Lift, May Or Not Open; Looking For Buyers

Saddleback familyMaine’s Saddleback has been unable to secure $3 million in financing for a new lift they deemed necessary to open this coming season.

 

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Maine's Saddleback Seeks $3M Funding For New Lift; Won't Open Without It

Saddleback's Rangeley Double ChairSaddleback Mountain in Maine says it won’t open this winter if it's not able to secure $3 milllion in financing by early August to replace a 51-year old double lift.

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Lingering Snowfall Across East Assures Good Conditions For Weekend, Beyond; West Freshies By Tax Day

Mad River Glen April 2015Unseasonably cool temperatures and more precipitation in the Northeast will keep the ski and snowboard season open at least through the weekend.

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Better-Late-Than-Never Snows In Far West While Northern New England Keeps On Going

Wildcat spring skiingBits and pieces of winter will sprinkle across the country for the next week, with Front Range Colorado getting the bulk of new stuff while New England’s winter weather gods just don’t seem to want to let go.

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David Chodounsky Ends On High Note; Wins National Slalom, Combined Titles At Sugarloaf

Tim Kelley finishes third in National SlalomWith a come-from-behind second run, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) confirmed his status as a slalom star by winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom. The win also gave him the combined victory—adding up both the slalom and the super G races. 

 

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Mikaela Shiffrin Wows Huge 'Home Crowd' At Sugarloaf; Wins U.S. Slalom Crown

Winners at NationalsMikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) cleaned up Saturday at Sugarloaf, winning the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs slalom by more than four seconds over Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN). Megan McJames (Park City, UT) was third.

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Tim Jitloff Wins Third National GS In A Row At U.S. Nationals

Tim Jitloff US NationalsGiant slalom specialist Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) threw down on bumpy snow at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships to take his third national title in a row ahead of first run leader Tommy Ford (Bend, OR). Former University of Utah racer Nick Cohee (Gardnerville, NV) –  took third.

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Another Rising Star Wins U.S. National Giant Slalom; It's Nina O'Brien

US NationalsAnother day, another young, rising star at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Champs. In Thursday’s giant slalom, USSA National Training Group (NTG) skier Nina O’Brien (Edwards, CO – NTG; Burke Mountain Academy) threw down the fastest time of the day to take the win. World Cup skiers Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN – U.S. Ski Team) and Megan McJames (Park City, UT – Park City Ski Ed Foundation) were second and third, respectively.

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USA's Young Guns Shine In Super G as Nationals Get Underway At Sugarloaf

Alice McKennis at NationalsTop athletes in North America competed at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf, Maine for the title of the nation’s best super G skier. The USA's young guns took center snow. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) triumphed in the women’s field with Jackie Wiles (Aurora, OR) taking third. On the men’s side, Drew Duffy (Warren, VT – Green Mountain Valley School) took the win over Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA).

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Seven Injured In Sugarloaf Lift Rollback Incident

Sugarloaf lift rollbackSeven skiers were injured Saturday when the King Pine lift at Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain Resort experienced a rollback, prompting some to jump off the lift.

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SnoCountry's Favorite Spring Concerts; A Whole Lotta Music Goin' On

Spring concert at Copper MountainMountain folk know how to party, and if there’s a time when things go truly uncorked, it’s the spring. Who’s not ready to shake their rumpus under in the sun after a long winter stretch of short days, cold nights, and heavy snow. There’s a lot of music set to go off in the mountains this spring, here’s five of our favorite springtime ski area concerts where you’re sure to see some freak flags flying.

 

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Here's Your Guide To U.S. Alpine Skiing Championships At Sugarloaf March 25-29

U.S. Alpine Championships logoThe big guns alpine ski racing are headed to Sugarloaf next week, and Easterners will be treated to a rare chance at seeing America’s top athletes on local snow as some of the biggest names in U.S. alpine racing set their sights on a national title at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, March 25-29, 2015.

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Winter Holding Strong In Northeast; Weekend Potential Upwards Of Six Inches

Stowe under snowWe may have had a taste of spring this week in the Northeast, but cold temperatures are back and with several feet of snow blanketing the resorts this January and February, that snowpack isn’t going anywhere soon. The last official weekend of winter is looking to offer a few more inches of white gold.

A storm headed our way from the southwest this weekend will mean some mixed precipitation for some resorts, but could be all snow for higher elevations.

“The further north you can go and the higher up in elevation, the better with this one. My picks for parts of New England that are most likely to see the most accumulation and also stay all snow would be Western Maine and Northern Vermont. Specifically, resorts like Sugarloaf and Saddleback in Western Maine, and Jay, Stowe, and Smugglers' Notch in Northern Vermont,” OpenSnow.com's Brian Clark told SnoCountry.com

“With up to six inches of fresh snow in the forecast, I'd say it's going to be a great weekend. We're not desperate for new snow, but it would be nice to recover the handful of the more exposed natural terrain we've had to close. With the cold nights and warmer days in the forecast, I'm looking forward to morning hero runs and soft afternoon bumps,” Sunday River’s Sarah Devlin told us.

Snow dancing isn't over just yet at Sugarloaf, either. “We expect this weekend to be fantastic. Preliminary forecasts are calling for upwards of six inches on Saturday which will make for great spring skiing on Sunday,” Sugarloaf’s Noelle Tuttle told us.

Great snow conditions and moderating temperatures have created the template for optimum mountain conditions at Stowe, where they have received over 20 feet of natural snow this winter.

Pack that together with fun events and ticket specials, you'll get the best time of the season to ski and ride. Take advantage of special ticket rates such as the $59 St. Patrick’s Day Ticket on March 17 and the $72 Stowe ByPass Special on March 18 & 19.

Photo: Top -- Another stunning day at Stowe, where the snowpack is now starting to bury their trail signs. (Stowe); Saddleback snowpack will look just like this for the weekend (Saddleback/Facebook)

Saddleback snowpack

 

 

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SnoCountry's Best Silly Season Events; Duct Tape Derby To Flauschink Partying

Kayaking in spring at Crystal Mt.Looking for some spring fun on the slopes? Spring brings out “the silly season,” and for good reason according to Crystal Mountain’s Brian Lawson.  

 

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Powdery Northeast Winter On Track For Record-Breaking Snow Totals

Sunday River powderBoston has been breaking records left and right this winter for snowfall, but what about the mountain resorts in the Northeast? Many resorts across the region are looking at smashing year-end snow totals if they haven't already. Yes, it’s been cold, but that has meant super-fluffy powder days that New Englanders often have to head west to find.

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New England Resorts Celebrate Patriots Victory

Patriots fans at SugarloafIt's be a free powder day at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire today (Feb. 3). In celebration of the Patriots Super Bowl win, Waterville Valley is inviting all of New England to ski or ride for free as the finale of their Patriots Tuesday promotion run during the football season.

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