SnoCountry's Best Bets For Thanksgiving Turns

Bretton Woods snowmakingOn Thanksgiving Day, there are always plenty of things to be thankful for – including the opportunity to carve out a few arcs at a nearby ski and snowboard resort before carving up the turkey. Early-season snow conditions can be an iffy affair, dependent as they are on a stretch of below-freezing temperatures for snowmaking and a couple of late autumn snowstorms to lay down a solid base.

 

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Northeast Season Blasts Off -- Killington Plans To Stay Open; Sunday River To Re-Open Next Weekend

Sunday River opening daySunday River and Killington will have to share first in the Northeast for opening day for the 2014-2015 season. Although coastal Maine received over nine inches of snow over the weekend, it was cold temperatures and advanced snowmaking technology that made this early-November opening possible. Sunday River plans to re-open for next weekend. Vermont's Killington opened Monday (Nov. 3) for passholders and opens to the public Tuesday Nov. 4. Killington officials said they plan to remain open for the season.

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Sunday River Tabs Sarah Devlin For Communications Chief

Sarah Devlin Sunday River

Sunday River Resort has appointed Sarah Devlin as its new Director of Communications. 

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Cold Temps Allow Sunday River To Test Snowmaking System

Sunday River SnowmakingThe temperature bottomed out at 29-degrees Friday morning (Sept. 19) at Sunday River Resort in Maine, so they did what most ski areas usually do when it gets cold - turn on the snowmaking system.

 

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Sunday River Improvements Include Chair Upgrade, More Snowmaking, New Glade

Sunday River

Sunday River Resort skiers and riders will benefit from $5 million in capital improvements for the 2014-15 winter. Parent company Boyne Resorts will have invested more than $40 million in the Newry, Maine resort since 2007. Here’s what’s on tap:

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Obstacle Course Racing Fever Hits Northeast Resorts

Sunday River Tough Mountain Challenge

Adventure obstacle course racing has found a fitting venue at ski areas across the Northeast this summer and fall. A resort’s natural terrain and unique features have made for an increasingly popular sport for veteran obstacle course racers and beginners alike.

 

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Winter Pushes Spring Well Into April In The Northeast

Bristol Mt.

Nirvana continues for skiers and riders up and down the east coast as the seemingly never-ending winter forges on toward a supposed conclusion. The irony is that most resorts will have ample snow when they quiet their lifts for the season.

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Presidents’ Week Shapes Up In East; Events, Deals

SnowshoeIt all begins Valentine’s Day, but consider spending your entire Presidents’ Week at ski resorts throughout the East. Better act right away as its one the busiest times of the year. Here’s a sampling of offers:

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Major Snowstorm Stokes Holiday Season For Northeast Resorts

Loon Mountain Powder Day

The first major snowstorm of the 2013-14 winter season rolled through the Northeast this past weekend, dropping up to two feet of snow on ski areas from Pennsylvania through Maine. 

 

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Loon Mt. To Open Friday For Weekend; Ski/Ride Killington, Sunday River, Too

Loon snowmaking 11/5

Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, N.H. to open this Friday (Nov. 8) with more than 37 acres and two miles of top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Loon Peak. This will be one of the earliest opening days in the resort’s history. 

 

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Celebrate Fall With Columbus Day Weekend Events In East

Hunter Mountain's Oktoberfest

Many mountain resorts and towns throughout the east will be hosting a variety of events and activities Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 12-14. Here is a sampling.

 

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Several Midwest Season Passes Also Have Eastern, Western Connections

Boyne Resorts

Many season passes add extra value through discounted rentals, food, ski shop apparel, and other perks, but several Heartland season passes also include alliances with western and eastern ski resorts. Check them out. There are some good benefits if you’re planning a ski vacation outside the Midwest this winter.

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Sunday River Adds 75 Acres Of Double Black Glades, Terrain Park

Simon Dumont Sunday River

For all those who want to venture off the trail into double black diamond glades or into a new terrain park, Maine's Sunday River has added 75 acres of terrain just for you for the new season.

 

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$5.7 Million In Sunday River Upgrades Underway; Snowmaking, Hotel, More

Sunday River

As Sunday River Resort closed the books on a banner season, the Newry, Maine ski area has embarked on $5.7 million in upgrades prior to the 2013-2014 winter.

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School’s Out On East Coast; Let Mountain Summer Begin

Windham Mt. Street Race

It’s time to talk about summer fun now that high school graduations are behind us in the east. There’s no shortage of it in the mountains no matter where you are located, and with ample rain the past few weeks, the landscape is verdant everywhere you look.

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Sunday River Season Ends April 20-21; Improvement Plans Announced

Sunday River

The curtain drops on the 2012-2013 season April 20-21 at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, but not before announcing  $5.7 million in capital improvements for next season.

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Lincoln’s Missing, But Fun’s Not During Presidents Week

WinterFest Snowcano, Bethel, Maine

Despite the popularity of the recent movie “Lincoln,” U.S. presidents don't seem to be a big feature at ski and snowboard areas across the country for Presidents Week. But, fun tops the agenda everywhere.

 

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Eastern Resorts Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21

Sunday River, Maine

Every third Monday in January is a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. His “day” is usually part of a weekend celebration at many ski areas with special events, lodging, and ski/snowboard packages.  

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Northern New England, Quebec Resorts Piling On The Holiday Snow

Sugarloaf

If you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, you’ll find it in Northern New England and Quebec, where up to three feet of snow has fallen over the past few days.

 

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Between Semesters You Deserve A Winter Break, So Take A College Ski Week

College Week

That fall semester was tough. Then you scrambled home for Christmas. Bought presents as stores were closing on Christmas Eve. You graduate in May and your parents are on your case about starting a career. You need an escape. Enter college ski week. 

 

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