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New Snowmaking, Trails Redefine Legendary Cannon

New Snowmaking, Trails Redefine Legendary Cannon

Cannon kicks it up a notch with new snowmaking and trails. (Cannon Mountain)

New Hampshire’s Cannon Mountain kicked off the season Nov. 25 with a blanket of white that’s going to change the way the state-run mountain is defined. A $5 million snowmaking, energy efficiency and infrastructure project has landed the mountain over 400 new, high-efficiency tower guns and over 40 new land guns at Cannon and Mittersill, and a new booster pumphouse at mid-mountain.

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Tips ‘n Trends To Make You Snow Happy

Tips ‘n Trends To Make You Snow Happy

The apparel trend is bold bright colors with contrasting zips and pipings, along with the continuation of plaids and prints as seen in Obermeyer apparel at the Boston Expo. (Karen Lorentz)

Skiing and snowboarding are all about experiences and memories. To make yours excitingly awesome this winter, check out these tips and trends.


Killington World Cup

Be part of something really big

Killington is hosting the Audi FIS World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom races Nov. 26-27 and anyone can attend the events for free. Spectator standing areas can accommodate 7,500 visitors daily at the base of the Superstar trail; jumbo screens will provide enhanced viewing of upper course. Free parking, shuttle service.

Learn more about all the events over the holiday, or if stuck at home, watch the second runs on NBC TV Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Snow discovery benefits

New Hampshire's Ragged Mountain is offering three free lessons with free lifts and Rossignol rental equipment included so as to make “learning to ski affordable,” says Ragged’s Ben Hall of the new learn-to ski or ride program for ages 7 and up.

Ragged’s new program joins innovative learn-to programs from Elan, Rossignol, and Burton at participating areas nationwide. The three- or four-day programs (lifts, lessons, and rental equipment) reward first-timers with free equipment or season passes upon completion.

Pat’s Peak Passport Plus program rewards with Elan skis and a free season pass for the first 100 customers ages 18 and up.

Loon’s intensive first-timer weekend program rewards with a free pair of Head skis, boots and bindings .

Tips on trends, products

“Skis that carve are trending,” says Kelly Davis, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) research director who notes a “backing away from 120-mm wide waists on groomers.” There’s a widening variety of snowboard shapes, and lighter skis and boots are trending along with a return to wool for base layers and socks, Davis said.

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New, easier “lens-switch systems” and a heat feature to cure the fogging problem are among goggle trends. But the hottest trend is smart goggles with Davis predicting everyone will soon be wearing them.

Smart goggles incorporate a small display within the goggle that allows users to access all kinds of info, from who’s calling on their cell phone to their own ski data (speed, mileage, vert) to GPS apps and resort maps. Smart goggles like Oakley’s Airwave models use a powerful wearable computer with sensors and networking capabilities.

Cannon Yeti/Therma-Phone protector

The Therma-Phone Protector was officially launched at the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo. It’s a soft, compact, flexible phone case with many layers designed to keep your phone operating in cold or hot temperatures — comes with heat packets to insert for extreme cold. James Hermanowski said cell phones are designed to operate in certain temperature ranges and fail when they exceed those limits — the protector solves that problem.



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Insider’s Guide To Bretton Woods

Insider’s Guide To Bretton Woods

Stunning views of the Presidential Range dominate the Bretton Woods landscape. (Bretton Woods)

New Hampshire’s largest ski resort, Bretton Woods, often finds itself the lucky recipient of extra snowfall thanks to its location across the valley from the Northeast’s highest peak, Mt. Washington. Bretton Woods is part of the luxurious Omni Mount Washington Resort, and whether you visit for a day or a week, this winter wonderland is sure to please those looking for a mountain retreat.

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BEWI Award Marks Importance Of Sales Force To Skiing’s Success

BEWI Award Marks Importance Of Sales Force To Skiing’s Success

BEWI President Bernie Weichsel, Okemo's Tim and Diane Mueller, and Brian Halligan congratulate award winner Betsy McKeever. (Martha Wilson)

The 2016 BEWI Award was presented to two top sales executives from New England mountain resorts, Betsy McKeever, Group Sales Manager at Vermont’s Okemo Mountain, and Andrew Noyes, newly appointed VP of Operations and formerly Director of Sales & Revenue at New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain

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Free Skis, Season Pass With Pats Peak’s Pass Program Plus For Beginners

Free Skis, Season Pass With Pats Peak’s Pass Program Plus For Beginners

Once lessons are completed, skiers receive a free pair of Elan Skis and a Pats Peak Season Pass. (Pats Peak)

Got a friend you want to introduce to the slopes? Southern New Hampshire’s Pats Peak will again offer the Passport Program PLUS for newbie skiers. Purchase the program for $349, valid for four Skier Starter Special Packages of lift tickets, lessons and rental equipment.

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Insider's Guide to Loon Mountain

Insider's Guide to Loon Mountain

A skier cruises down Ripsaw, Loon's first double-black diamond trail. The town of Lincoln is visible below. (Loon Mountain)

It was 50 years ago that former New Hampshire Governor Sherman Adams founded Loon Mountain Resort, transforming Lincoln from a sleepy mill town to a year-round resort destination. This winter, they’re celebrating with special events throughout the entire season, including a special 50th Anniversary Weekend (Jan. 28-29) featuring a commemorative gala, family scavenger hunt, and revamped Briefcase Race.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Treats, No Tricks In This Week's Forecast

SnoCountry SnoCast: Treats, No Tricks In This Week's Forecast

At least 100 guns on top to bottom Northern Lights, Borealis, Aludra, Lights Out, Lower Downdraft, and Paradigm at Maine's Sunday River. (Sunday River/Facebook)

As we transition into November in this week’s SnoCast, winter weather is making a more frequent appearance at our mountain tops. We’ll get shots of chilly air and snow at many mountains, both in the east and the west, so let’s dig in.

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Halloween Screams Echo Across The Mountains

Halloween Screams Echo Across The Mountains

Tahoe’s Freakers Ball will have DJs, gogo dancers, laser lights, plus $10,000 in cash and prizes costume contest. (MontBleu Resort Casino Spa/Facebook)

While the snow starts to fall on the high ground – and the snow guns get fired up – there’s still a couple of non-winter celebrations to enjoy at mountain resorts, including favorite Halloween.


 

A number of resorts across the nation put up the haunted houses, game booths and scary rides in October to get the nerves on edge for the big night, Oct. 30.

Here’s SnoCountry’s list of a few hair-raising, scream-filled events at ski and snowboard resorts:

Lake Tahoe. The 38th annual Freaker's Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and most extravagant Halloween party, brings the wild with a four-ring costume circus under one room on Saturday, Oct. 29, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa.

Nashoba Valley Witch's Woods

Nashoba Valley. The popular Witch’s Woods is open Thursdays through Sundays through Halloween at the eastern Massachusetts mountain. Admission ticket gets a ride on Haunted Hayride, entry into three haunted houses, and unlimited time in the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree and Horrorwood Chamber of Chills.

The Ghoullog Cranmore

Cranmore. The Ghoullog has been going on in the Artist Falls Lodge for 10 years. Four “haunts” challenge with “chases through dark woods,” plus nighttime rides on a swing, zipline and Mountain Coaster. Runs weekend evenings through Nov. 5.

Bretton Woods Trunk or Treat

Bretton Woods. On Halloween weekend, the northern New Hampshire resort opens its Wicked Woods center for Halloween activities. Scheduled are costume parties for both young and old, game booths and annual Trunk or Treat Family Celebration.



Mammoth. Bring scooters, skateboards, roller blades or roller skates for an evening on Oct. 28 at Mammoth RecZone in Mammoth Lakes. Plenty of carnival games to play while circling the rink.

Copper Mountain. The Colorado resort combines Halloween scary fun with a fundraiser for a local infant with a brain tumor. Entrance fees donated to family – plus cover candy, games and freaky fun.


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Find Finest Fall Foliage With Scenic Gondola Rides

Find Finest Fall Foliage With Scenic Gondola Rides

Upstate New York specializes in fall colors, and best place to see them is atop Whiteface (Whiteface/Facebook)

For skiers and snowboarders, the first sign of winter comes when the leaves start to color up as the days get shorter and the temps begin to drop.

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A Few Resorts Charge Nothing For Scenic Summer Lift Rides

A Few Resorts Charge Nothing For Scenic Summer Lift Rides

Free rides all the time at Bretton Woods (Bretton Woods/Facebook)

A ride up a ski lift in the offseason both gives a different perspective on a favorite mountain and gets the juices flowing for the upcoming skiing and snowboarding season.

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Waterville Valley Begins Green Peak Expansion

Waterville Valley Begins Green Peak Expansion

Waterville Valley has begun cutting 10 new trails on Green Peak. (Martha Wilson)

The smell of cut pine and the sound of chippers and heavy machinery are in the air as Waterville Valley Resort has begun trail work on a 45-acre, 10-trail addition to its slopes in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.

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Mountain Resorts Heat Up With Summer Fitness Events

Killington's Race to Peak (Chandler Burgess)Health, fitness, and well-being are hot topics today. Once ski season winds down, the active outdoors lifestyle trend heats up at mountains resorts. Events like Spartan races and Tough Mudders challenge participants to be fit and mentally tough.

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N.H. Executive Council Approves Sunapee Expansion; Big Step Forward

Mount SunapeeMount Sunapee has the green light to move forward with plans for the West Bowl Expansion from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and state's Executive Council.

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Bruce McCloy To Retire After 45 Years In Ski Industry Career

Bruce McCloyBruce McCloy is retiring this summer after 45 years in the ski industry. McCloy has been Director of Sales and Marketing for the past 11 years at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H. He will work into the summer until a new Director of Sales and Marketing has been named.

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West Bowl Expansion At Mount Sunapee Closer To Reality

Mount SunapeeNew Hampshire’s Mount Sunapee cleared another hurdle Thursday on its way to the West Bowl Expansion project.

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Bretton Woods Skiing Strong Into Spring: Warm, Deep Base

Bretton Woods springOne thing we won’t complain about this spring in the Northeast: it’s not too cold. Bretton Woods' snowmaking team has ensured there will be plenty of good spring skiing still to come.

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Northeast's Best Private Ski Clubs Offer Much For Your Money

Hermitage Club, VtLooking to ditch lugging your gear and long lift lines on the weekends? You invest a lot in making skiing a lifestyle, whether it’s with your buddies or the groms, so why not make the most of that time and money for a first class, no hassle experience?

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Cannon Aerial Tramway Evacuated; No Injuries, But 'Brrrrr'

Cannon tram evalNew Hampshire's Cannon Mountain lift mechanics and ski patrol were alerted to an unplanned stop on Cannon’s Aerial Tramway Sunday at 1:50 p.m. The evacuation was completed in the top car by 3:45 p.m. and the bottom car by 4:45 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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Telemark Events, Clinics Bring Freeheelers To Bromley, Crotched

Bromley TelecastTelemark skiing may be considered old school, but racers coming to Vermont and New Hampshire this winter will be showing off a combination of the giant slalom turns of alpine racing, the distance jumps of ski jumping, and the endurance of Nordic skiing into one format which tests skill, stamina, power and grace. Proponents hope to one day make Telemark racing an Olympic sport.

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Cranmore Plans $50 Million Base Expansion, Condo Development

Canmore renderingCranmore 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.

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