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It's April - Get Your Last New Hampshire Runs In

It's April - Get Your Last New Hampshire Runs In

New Hampshire ski areas wrapping up a successful season. (Ski NH)

There’s still time to ski or ride at New Hampshire’s ski areas, but you should head out soon. The state’s downhill and Nordic ski areas will wrap up the season in April and are offering spring ski deals and hosting events during these final days.

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Nordic Ski Areas Fight Whiplash Winter

Nordic Ski Areas Fight Whiplash Winter

Big snows at Tahoe Adventure Center. (Tahoe Donner)

Cross country ski areas are very susceptible to the weather. This winter ski areas and skiers “endured” a few huge snowstorms, days of nearly 70 degrees, meltdowns, freeze ups, rain deluges and floods, and more, with what has been dubbed the “Whiplash Winter.” The whiplash effect refers to the weather changing in short periods from unseasonably warm to freezing cold with major snowstorms followed by unseasonably warm weather, and repeat from late November through early April.

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Waterville Valley’s New Green Peak Trail Names

Waterville Valley’s New Green Peak Trail Names

Headed to Green Peak. (Waterville Valley)

Ever wonder what the story is behind the names of your favorite ski trails? In celebration of New Hampshire’s newest trails, more than 600 people submitted trail name ideas and the stories behind them for Waterville Valley’s Green Peak trail name contest. Winners were chosen based on the character of the trail and the story behind it.  

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Officially Spring; Winter Weather Hangs On

SnoCountry SnoCast: Officially Spring; Winter Weather Hangs On

Breckenridge Ski Resort has been loving the spring-like conditions this past week, but more winter-like weather makes a quick return in the forecast. (Breckenridge/Facebook).

It’s officially spring time on the calendar, so we can now expect the weather to be even more “fickle” than in the winter. This week’s SnoCast will proves that winter weather is fighting to hang on as long as possible despite what the calendar says.

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Stella Drops Epic Powder Across Northeast

Stella Drops Epic Powder Across Northeast

Sunday River enjoyed a bluebird day in the wake of Stella. (Sunday River/Facebook) 

Northeast skiers and riders got their snorkels out in force this week, with Winter Storm Stella dropping as much as four feet of snow on the slopes. Winter is back and there’s going to be plenty of snow still to be found as we head in to the second half of March.


Here’s the rundown of snow totals from Stella as of 4 p.m. Wednesday for resorts that received two feet or more of new snow. Be sure to check SnoCountry’s latest snow totals to find the goods.

Jay Peak powder

Bolton Valley, Vermont picked up a whopping 45

Hunter Mountain, New York: 43”

Whiteface Stella

McCauley Mountain, New York: 36”

Stowe Stella

Belleayre, New York: 32”

Windham Stella

Big Boulder, Pennsylvania: 30”

Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania: 30”

Jack Frost, Pennsylvania: 30”

Middlebury Snow Bowl, Vermont: 28”

Smugglers' Notch Stella

Sugarloaf Stella

Sugarbush, Vermont: 27”

Mad River Glen, Vermont: 26"

Killington, Vermont: 26”

Mountain Creek, New Jersey powder seekers find 26” of new snow.

Pico Mountain, Vermont: 26”

Camelback, Pennsylvania: 24"

Woods Valley, New York: 24”

Bretton Woods Stella



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Buy Next Year’s Northeast Season Pass, Ski Now For Free

Buy Next Year’s Northeast Season Pass, Ski Now For Free

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.

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SnoCountry’s Best Apres-Ski Bars

SnoCountry’s Best Apres-Ski Bars

Cold beer at Mangy Moose in Jackson (Mangy Moose/Facebook)

A long day carving the corduroy, tracking freshies in the powder or hucking off the cliffs deserves a reward when the lifts closed down -- at the many apres-ski bars that dot across the ski and snowboard landscape.


A cold beer, a hot toddie or a classic cocktail can put the final buzz on the end of a joyful day on the slopes. So, SnoCountry.com went looking for some of the most iconic and popular bars nears the slopes, and came up with the following:

Mangy Moose, Jackson Hole. Classic Western bar is first stop after day on slopes. Taxidermies abound, as do afternoon bands and raucous customers.

Red Parka, Glen, N.H. Pub located among White Mountain resorts kicks off at 4 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. weekends with home-style food and lots of beer.
Apres-ski crowd from Sugarloaf.

The Rack, Sugarloaf. A mile down from the slopes, beers are $2 for early arrivals. BBQ specialty, and locals flock for cheap Pabst beer.

Sunset champagne at Deer Valley (St. Regis/Facebook)

St. Regis Bar & Lounge, Deer Valley. Hop the leather-upholstered funicular out of the village area for quick, 90-second ride to mountaintop watering hole. Like all at the Utah resort, drinks are upscale – with locally brewed vodka a specialty – but sunset glass of champagne is free.
Stalwarts at Snorting Elk Cellar. (Snorting Elk Cellar/Facebook)

Snorting Elk Cellar, Crystal Mountain. Get there early to this popular hangout in the basement of Bavarian-style lodge near the parking lot. Always packed by 4 p.m. with local brews, no wait service and no TVs.
Moody's Bistro Bar and Beats inside hotel (Moody's Bistro Bar/Facebook)

Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats, Truckee. Located between Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Northstar, Moody’s has transformed from a white-linen eatery into a rowdy, loud music, pizza-eatin’ apres-ski bar.

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Sarah Hendricksen To Fly Off Historic Nansen Ski Jump

Sarah Hendricksen To Fly Off Historic Nansen Ski Jump

‘Leaning in’ and ‘grit’ mark the flight of ski jumper Sarah Hendricksen.  (Sarah Hendricksen/Facebook)

If you’ve never stood at the top of a ski jump and looked down its long steep ramp — as it’s possible to do at the Lake Placid Ski Jump — you might not fully appreciate the enormity of the courage it takes to speed straight down and soar into space.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Snow Keeps Falling!

SnoCountry SnoCast: Snow Keeps Falling!

Loon Mountain picks up another 5-7 inches Wednesday. (Loon Mountain/Facebook)

Looks like more snow will fall for many North American ski areas in this week’s SnoCast. With Presidents’ Day weekend and an influx of people hitting the slopes, read on to find out where best conditions will be.


Watch this week's SnoCast video here: 

Read about what to expect by region for Feb. 15 - 21.

East/Midwest: Yet another round of big snow will impact the far Northeast Wednesday through Thursday (Feb 15-16). Expect fresh snow and great conditions across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine these days with many ski areas getting at least 4-8 inches of new powder; some peaks may see as much as 12-16 inches.

Get out and enjoy, because it looks like accumulating snowfall takes a break for a while after this. No other “big” storms are expected through mid next week. Temperatures will climb for much of the Midwest beginning Friday, before the warmth heads to the Northeast over the holiday weekend. Expect daytime temps above freezing each. Should keep the snow soft and pleasant for the weekend, and maybe even allow you to ditch a layer or two.

National Weather Service forecast snowfall amounts through Friday, Feb 17, 2017.

 

West: Three juicy storms are in store for the Western U.S. in this week’s outlook. Snow depth remains above normal for most of the Sierra Nevadas and Cascades, and we will add to that this week.  

Storm #1 is an area of Low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska, pumping in snow to the higher elevations of California, Washington and Oregon later Thursday (Feb. 16), then spreading into the mountains of Idaho Thursday night-Friday. With lower elevations seeing rainfall, look to the higher mountain peaks for best conditions.

Storm #2 will be a little farther south and more potent, pushing into California Friday with snow levels (again) a little higher than we’d like, with most snow accumulating over 6000-foot elevation, but potential for more than a foot for the central and southern Sierra range. This system will eventually spread inland to the interior Rockies over the weekend- should bring some new snow to the slopes of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Colorado.

Finally, storm #3 plows into the far Pacific Northwest/British Columbia on Monday (Feb. 20) which will bring moderate to heavy snow to the higher terrain from the Washington/Oregon Cascades and Sierra Nevada first, before spreading into the interior Rockies through the early part of the week.

Tough to blanket a total snowfall amount through the weekend, due to the range in snow levels with multiple systems. Look to your local NWS office to seek the best time frame for your nearest mountain. Also, given recent heavy snow and changes in temps, be sure to check avalanche conditions in your local area.

National Weather Service forecast snowfall amounts through Friday, Feb 17, 2017.

Weather model (GFS) straight output of expected snowfall amounts for the Western U.S. through the weekend.

 

Canada: Active weather for Western Canada this week with multiple Pacific origin storms. Look for a big shot of accumulating snow to the coastal and interior ranges of British Columbia on Thursday and tapering off Friday (Feb. 16-17). A lighter round of snow showers overspreads British Columbia and Alberta’s peaks late Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 18-19). Another very potent storm brings accumulating snow to the same areas by early next week- watch Monday-Tuesday for great conditions and fresh snowfall.

Meanwhile, Eastern Canada has really packed on the snow over the past week.  With Low pressure wrapping in snow to the ski hills of Quebec Wednesday-Thursday, I’d expect decent conditions into the upcoming weekend. Expect temperatures to build over the weekend, with temperatures at or above 0C through early next week.

Weather model (GFS) straight output of expected snowfall amounts for Western Canada through the weekend.

'Til next week's SnoCast...happy skiing and riding, SnoCountry readers!

As always, a big shout-out and 'thanks' to Lyndon State College students Amanda Stone, Christopher Kurdek, and Scott Myerson for their weekly contributions and forecasts for SnoCast.

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Abstract Art Featured In Unique Art Along The Trails Gallery

Abstract Art Featured In Unique Art Along The Trails Gallery

Art and nature converge at Jackson Ski Touring. (Roger Lohr)

Jackson Ski Touring Center in New Hampshire featured two local abstract painters, in a display of art with nature on a snowy Saturday in February. Instead of a white walled gallery, in its place were walls made from snow, hemlocks, and birches, all places for paintings to hang from... and the beneficiaries were on snowshoes and cross country skis.

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Green Peak Triple Chair Opening At Waterville Valley

Green Peak Triple Chair Opening At Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley Resort in white, with the new Green Peak trails to the left. (Waterville Valley)

After breaking ground on Waterville Valley’s Green Peak expansion in September, the new Green Peak Triple lift will debut Feb. 11 with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.

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Okemo's Got A Deal For Northeast States

Okemo's Got A Deal For Northeast States

Okemo puts skiers and riders in a savings “state” of mind. (Okemo)

Everyone likes to get a good deal on skiing and snowboarding, and Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort is offering substantial savings for residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania when they visit on specific midweek days this winter.


Okemo’s Wonderful Wednesday and Sunday Solutions lift-access deals have been so well received by Vermont and New Hampshire residents, Okemo has extended similar state-specific offers for the residents of some other neighboring northeastern states as well.

Vermont and New Hampshire residents who can show proof of full-time residency can continue to take advantage of special lift access pricing on Sundays (excluding Feb. 19) and Wednesdays (excluding Feb. 22). They can ski or ride from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday mornings for $39. Young adults and seniors pay $36, and juniors and super seniors pay $32. Sunday afternoon lift access, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., is $34 for all ages. Lift access on Wonderful Wednesdays is just $45 for all ages and the half-day rate (starting at 12:30 p.m.) is $34 for all ages.

Okemo Superpipe

Full-time residents of New York and Pennsylvania who visit Okemo on Tuesdays for the remainder of the season (excluding Feb. 21), can purchase a full day’s lift access for just $59.

Full-time residents of Connecticut and New Jersey who visit Okemo on Wednesdays for the remainder of the season (excluding Feb. 22), can purchase a full day’s lift access for $59.

Full-time residents of Massachusetts and Rhode Island who visit Okemo on Thursdays for the remainder of the season (excluding Feb. 23), can purchase a full day’s lift access for $59.

This special price is valid for all ages. Proof of residency in the form of a valid driver’s license must be presented at the time of purchase. Minors must be accompanied by an adult with proof of residency.

Okemo also offers lift access discounts for full-time college students, active members of the military and as part of ski-and-stay lodging packages. 

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Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces Return Of Glen House Hotel

Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces Return Of Glen House Hotel

Glen House Hotel Planned at Mount Washington. (MWSRC)

Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC), which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

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It's Lovely Weather For A Sleigh Ride

It's Lovely Weather For A Sleigh Ride

The Vermont hills are alive with stunning views from a Trapp Family Lodge sleigh ride. (Trapp Family Lodge)

With all the snow piling up across the country, we may just have to use sleighs to get to the mountains. The classic winter experience is a must-do for a chance to enjoy another side of your favorite resort, many with perks like hot chocolate or dinner as part of the adventure.

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Cranmore Adds First In East Diesel Electric Groomer

Cranmore Adds First In East Diesel Electric Groomer

Pisten Bully representative Josh Nelson hands over keys to Cranmore's Ben Wilcox, Tyler Fairbank, Brian Fairbank, Rick Oaks, Glen Harmon and John Mersereau. (Cranmore/Facebook)

At a belated ceremony at New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain Resort, PistenBully New England Regional Sales Representative, Josh Nelson, handed over the keys to the first 600E+ in the East.

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Ski And Ride With Lift Tickets Under $60

Ski And Ride With Lift Tickets Under $60

Stunning views at Pebble Creek. (Pebble Creek/Facebook)

Savvy skiers and riders know there are great deals to be found out there to get you on the snow. Buying online ahead of time is often the easiest way to cut costs, but even if you wait until you arrive at the mountain to get your tickets, there are still affordable options at resorts across the country.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: New Year, New Snow!

SnoCountry SnoCast: New Year, New Snow!

More snow on the way turning the corner to 2017. Read on to see what's cookin' in this week's SnoCast with meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin. (National Weather Service)

We’re saying “peace out, 2016”, and hello to a beautiful new (hopefully snow-filled) 2017. Our resolution to ski and ride more in 2017 will be no problem with a Nor’easter in the East to finish this week, and a more active pattern digging into the West after the turn of the new year.

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All-In Saturday Nights From $49 At Pats Peak

All-In Saturday Nights From $49 At Pats Peak

Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination, announces the return of its Pay-One-Price (POP) program.  For just $49 per person, guests have access to skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, lesson tips, rentals, bonfires, and entertainment on Saturday nights from December 31, 2016 through End of Season 2017 from 3 to 10 p.m. Snowtubing hours are from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Learn For Free With Ragged Mountain’s Mission: Affordable

Learn For Free With Ragged Mountain’s Mission: Affordable

New skiers and riders will be all smiles at Ragged.(Ragged Mountain)

For many people out there, the reality of the expense of becoming a skier or ‘boarder is an obstacle in the path of finding their way to the mountain lifestyle. New Hampshire’s Ragged Mountain is on a mission to change that. Ragged has committed this year to making skiing and snowboarding something that everybody can get into again.

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The Case for Fee-Based Nordic Skiing

The Case for Fee-Based Nordic Skiing

Jackson Ski Touring offers state of the art grooming on trails designed to suit every taste and ability. (Jackson Ski Touring Foundation)

Is there a difference between cross country (XC) skiing at a commercial center and “in the woods?” You better believe it!

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