Maine’s Sunday River was one of the first to open in the country last October, and they’re not throwing in the towel any time soon. With snowmaking temperatures forecast overnight for Friday, Saturday, and perhaps Sunday, they’ll be firing up the guns on Barker and White Cap this weekend.
For one night only, skiers will have the opportunity to ski under the lights at Sugarloaf as part of the WinterKids Downhill 24. The 24-hour ski challenge fundraiser is March 11-12, 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. WinterKids will set up lights along the Whiffletree trail, allowing for night skiing for the first time in Sugarloaf’s storied history.
Smugglers’ Notch has joined the six-stop flagship Ski The East Freeride Tour (STEFT) series for the 2016 season, a competition that offers freeskiers a consistent platform for showing off the best in Northeast extreme skiing.
Maine’s Sugarloaf has worked throughout the summer and fall to replace the King Pine Lift bottom terminal. Assuming snow conditions cooperate, the resort expects the lift to be ready for operation in late December. A rollback incident took place on the lift last March.
Sugarloaf, Maine will kick off its season Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 a.m. The resort will open with 1,750 vertical feet of skiing on Kings Landing and Candyside, serviced by the SuperQuad chairlift.
Saddleback 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.
Whistler Blackcomb is going where many winter resorts have so far only touched upon: a completely smoke-free environment.
Officials at the British Columbia resort have decided that tobacco smoking conflicts with what skiing and snowboarding is all about, and have enacted a property-wide smoking ban. Signs are going up this summer, and visitors next season should expect the rules to be tightly enforced.
Although Northeast resorts aren’t breaking records for total average snowfall, persistent storms and temperatures that held on to the snow throughout the season are making for expansive spring skiing and riding.
Unseasonably cool temperatures and more precipitation in the Northeast will keep the ski and snowboard season open at least through the weekend.
With 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.
Mikaela 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.
Giant 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.
Top 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).
The 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.
It'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.
Halley O'Brien brings us this week's SnoCountry Snapshot from Sugarloaf Mountain, home to Olympic Champion Seth Wescott. Plus, the latest snow conditions from across the U.S.
Hopefully there’s going to be some new ski gear waiting for you under the tree this year, and if you are lucky enough to be able to celebrate Christmas on the slopes this year, you’ll find some great deals and fun activities as well a some quieter runs before the vacation week starts.
It came down hard and wet, the perfect base-building snow, and more is on the way.