Wachusett's guns are blazing. (Wachusett)
With ideal snowmaking temperatures Wednesday and Thursday, Wachusett Mountain has jumped to more than 70 percent of its terrain now open and plans to be close to 100 percent by Monday.
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.
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.
Cooling off at Bromley. (Bromley/Facebook)
Ski now with your next year's season pass at Loon Mountain. (Loon/Facebook)
With Winter Storm Stella bringing March snow across the Northeast, skiers and riders aren’t ready to put away those boards just yet. Many resorts are now offering 2017-18 season passes at their lowest prices, and each of these resorts are also throwing in free lift access for the rest of the season.
Bay Area-based company Chariot will provide free transit services within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows neighborhoods
Getting to the slopes in Massachusetts and California this season just got easier with new programs at Wachusett and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows that utilize ride-hailing apps to get you to the snow without having to drive your car.
A new Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail station recently opened, just 10 minutes from the mountain, with a shuttle running on weekends. Skiers and snowboarders can take the commuter rail from Boston’s North Station to Fitchburg on weekends throughout ski season.
In addition to servicing the new Wachusett Train Station, Uber is a viable transportation option for skiers and riders in the greater Worcester area traveling to the mountain.
To encourage guests to take advantage of the new partnership with Wachusett, Uber is offering riders a $25 “Get to the Slopes” credit on their first ride when the sign up using the code SKIWAWA.
Wachusett General Manager David Crowley said, “We are excited to partner with Uber to grow transportation options, providing an affordable and convenient way to access the mountain if they don’t have a car or choose to leave the keys at home. This partnership improves on-demand transportation options, allowing Wachusett visitors to travel to and from the train on their own schedule.”
The trial program is offered as a transportation option for guests and residents in the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows neighborhoods, while also removing cars from roads and parking areas.
Chariot’s mobile app will allow people to book rides for both on-demand and fixed-route services within the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows neighborhoods, using new 14-passenger Ford Transit vehicles equipped with ski and snowboard racks.
Chariot’s shuttles will pick up passengers along fixed 15-20 minute routes between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and from 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. In the middle of the day, Chariot will provide custom resort-to-doorstep rides within the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows neighborhoods, in addition to fixed routes.
Resort-to-doorstep rides can be booked via Chariot’s mobile app.
From across the region to more distant destinations, mountain resorts showcase their winter season specials at the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo. (Martha Wilson)
Hearty New Englanders know one thing for sure: winter will come again. It’s this optimism that brings us back year after year to the slopes we love, and to the party that starts the season, the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo. This year’s Expo, the 35th edition, will take place Nov. 10-13 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.
“There’s an eternal optimism being in the ski business, and that extends to our consumers,” Expo producer Bernie Weichsel told SnoCountry.com. Skiers and snowboarders may not have gotten their “fix” of winter last year, but like any sports fan, there is a “wait’ll next year” optimism that has winter lovers ready to surge to the slopes this season.
“One of the plusses that is aligning this year after such a bad year last year is that if you are thinking at all about getting skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, or any ski accessories, this is the place to do it,” Weichsel told us.
Metro Boston retailer Country Ski & Sport has moved into the forefront with a huge pop-up store inside the Expo hall.
There will also be incentives from resorts to get you back on the slopes. Attendees will find many Expo-only deals and giveaways along with a chance to speak with resort reps and learn about how to make the most of your time in the mountains.
In addition to great deals on gear and passes, the Expo also features numerous chances to experience a bit of winter fun right at the Expo.
Children-centric activities include kids’ learn-to-ski/snowboard arenas, games and entertainment.
Flippenout, Boston’s own extreme trampoline show, takes center stage at this year’s Expo. Performances are scheduled throughout Expo’s four-day run, presented by the NFL and Killington Resort.
The new Mountain Activity Center will incorporate the popular Slackers Slackline Demo and Competition arena, and energetic fun and games for youngsters of all ages.
In honor of the Veterans’ Day holiday, on Friday, Nov. 11, the Expo has expanded hours, with doors opening at 10 a.m.
Hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m to 8 on Saturday and 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $15 for adults; 12 and under are free. Get a $3 coupon here.
Central Massachusetts Ski Area Launches X2 Snowmaking Project. (Wachusett Mountain)
Massachusetts' Wachusett Mountain will welcome the skiing and riding season with a powerful new snowmaking system.The X2 Snowmaking Project includes construction of a new snowmaking pump house and installation of new computer-controlled technology on the mountain’s signature “Ralph’s Run” trail.
Browns Canyon along Arkansas River is not for the faint of heart (AVA Rafting/Facebook)
Every spring, the high country sends cascades of frigid cold, roaring water down mountain rivers. While the runoff signals the end of the ski and snowboard season, it also means that it’s time to hop into a raft and keep the thrills coming.
Cranmore 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.
Boston's iconic Fenway Park is being transformed into an unprecedented venue for the Polartec Big Air at Fenway, Feb. 11-12, the third stop on the FIS Snowboard World Cup tour and the second stop on the U.S. Grand Prix Tour.
Massachusetts’ Wachusett Mountain is making up for lost time with an opportunity to ski, ride and tube late into the night at Midnight Mountain Magic, Saturday, Jan. 30. They’ll be staying open late so you can enjoy the mountain just a little bit longer after what Mother Nature dealt earlier in the season.
The party starts now at the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo. It’s the place to be if you love winter in the Northeast and are ready to celebrate all the fun we are going to have on the slopes this year.
Ready to plan for the best winter yet? The place to do that is the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo, presented by Subaru of New England, Nov. 12-15 at the Seaport World Trade Center. There’s nothing like getting the family jazzed for winter than taking the whole gang to Expo to set the wheels in motion.
Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4 -7) means one very important thing to skiers and snowboarders: sales. There will be a number of mountain and city ski and sports shops hosting sales on equipment, clothing, and accessories.
Jiminy 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.
Twelve miles of gravity-fed, lift accessed downhill mountain biking are now open at Massachusetts’s Berkshire East. Gravity Logic, the company that built Whistler’s bike park, the largest of its kind in the world, designed the park for Berkshire East.
A tropical vacation might not be in the budget this summer, but you can still enjoy an island vibe at Nashoba Valley, 25 miles from Boston in Westford, Mass.
Patches of snow still dot the hillside at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, further evidence of one of the most memorable winters ever for the central Massachusetts’ ski resort. Wachusett wrapped up its historic winter this month with numerous records and accolades.
Despite all the media hype over Storm Juno, there are some very happy skiers and riders heading to the hills in the Northeast in its wake.