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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Get Every Drop Of Summer In At Whiteface

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New York's Whiteface may be a little biased when it comes to their favorite season (WINTER...of course), but this summer has been top notch too.

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$3.2 Million In Upgrades At Holiday Valley

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New York’s Holiday Valley is planning a $3.2 million upgrade this year that include expanded automated snowmaking, a new groomer, a conveyor lift on Slippery Streets, slope work including several “tree trails” for kids and a new shuttle van. 

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Go North: Hunter To Begin Construction On Hunter North Trails And Lift

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More skiing and riding terrain coming to Hunter. (Hunter/Facebook)

A $9 million expansion is a go at Hunter Mountain for the 2018-2019 season, adding five new trails and a high-speed six-person detachable chairlift.

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New Six-Pack And RFID Coming To Windham

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Riding in style at Windham next year. (Windham)

A new high speed, detachable six-passenger chairlift will be installed at Windham Mountain Resort this summer. The Doppelmayr lift will run from the base area to the summit, replacing the current Whistler Triple, better known as “F Lift.”

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Catskill Thunder Gondola Debuts At Belleayre

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Loading the new Belleayre gondi. (Belleayre/Facebook)

Skiers and snowboarders loading Belleayre's new 60-cabin Catskill Thunder gondola can now make it from the lower mountain's Discovery Lodge to the summit in seven minutes. The eight-person cabin can move about 2,000 people per hour, at a maximum speed of 1,000 feet per minute.

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Holiday Valley Boasts Improved Snowmaking, New Trails And Groomers

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Cruising towards the lodge at Holiday Valley. (Holiday Valley)

Western New York’s Holiday Valley has added to its automated snowmaking system, purchased two groomers, expanded the beginner’s area and accomplished a host of other projects for the 2017-18 winter season. 

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Northern Pattern Shift

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Whiteface Mountain on Thanksgiving week. (Twitter/Whiteface)

A changing weather pattern across the West will alter storm tracks across Canada, while several cold shots hit the East.

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Windham Invests In Keeping Winters Cold

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Looking forward to a white winter at Windham. (Windham/Facebook) 

New York’s Windham will be making and grooming snow more efficiently than ever with an increasingly automated snowmaking system and environmentally friendly grooming fleet, thanks to $2 million investments this year.

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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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Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre To Go 100 Percent Renewable

Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre To Go 100 Percent Renewable

Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface are the first Eastern resorts to partner with The Climate Reality Project I AM PRO SNOW Project. (Whiteface/Facebook)

On the heels of announcements for $28 million in investments at Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre, the three New York-owned ski resorts have pledged to be powered by 100 percent renewal energy by 2030, joining The Climate Reality Project I AM PRO SNOW 100% Committed campaign.

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$8 Million In Upgrades Coming To Belleayre

$8 Million In Upgrades Coming To Belleayre

Belleayre Mountain is just hours from New York City. (Ryan Lennox)

On the heels of last months’ announcement that New York will be investing in Gore and Whiteface, the state now plans to invest an additional $8 million for upgrades at Belleayre Mountain.

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Major Investments Announced For New York’s Whiteface and Gore

Major Investments Announced For New York’s Whiteface and Gore

New project will create state-of-the-art skiing, lodging, dining and retail and year-round activities at Gore and Whiteface Mountains. (ORDA)

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state will invest up to $20 million for major upgrades at Whiteface and Gore Mountains to attract more visitors and build on Northern New York’s bourgeoning winter tourism industry.

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Insider’s Guide to Whiteface

Insider’s Guide to Whiteface

The First Tracks program offers a free guided morning run. (Whiteface/ORDA)

New York's Whiteface Lake Placid boasts the greatest vertical drop of any resort east of the Rocky Mountains as well as the culture and mystique of having hosted two Olympic Games. The deep-rooted traditions and the Adirondack charm will make Whiteface a favorite.

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Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase Welcomes Winter

Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase Welcomes Winter

The BrewCentralNY.com Beer Garden has tastings from regional breweries for only $5 for five samples. (Mitch Wojnarowicz/Brew Central)

After more than five decades of bringing together skiers and riders with mountain resorts and snowsports retailers, the Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase returns Nov. 4-6 to Albany at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

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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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Mother Nature Keeps Big Tupper Closed For Season

Big TupperThe Adirondack’s Big Tupper announced last week they had to throw in the towel on skiing this winter. In a year that has found many Northeast resorts relying heavily on man-made snow, the volunteer-run ski area with no snowmaking capabilities has made the tough decision to not open.

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Vertical Express For Multiple Sclerosis Hits The Slopes

 

Vertical Express for MS (Can Do Multiple Sclerosis)Vertical Express for Can Do MS, the only national event series that combines skiing and fundraising to empower people with multiple sclerosis (MS), kicks off Feb. 6 with seven ski resort events across the country. This event supports lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners. 

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Hunter Mountain Legacy Handed To New Owners; Resort Impact Has Been Enormous

Orville and Izzy SlutskyThe “Snow Making Capital of the World,” Hunter Mountain in the Catskils of New York, has announced its sale to Peak Resorts, owners of a dozen resorts in the Northeast and Midwest. Hunter's impact has been enormous on the nation's skiing development.

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Peak Resorts To Acquire New York's Iconic Hunter Mountain For $36.8 Million

Hunter MountainPeak Resorts, Inc. announced Monday it has entered into an agreement to purchase Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains for $35 million plus the assumption of two capital leases estimated at approximately $1.8 million. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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