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Snowmaking Temps Make Northeast Appearance

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Killington snowmakers doing what they do best. (Killington)

A window of snowmaking temperatures appeared last week in the Northeast, allowing the snow guns to whiten the slopes at Vermont’s Killington and Maine’s Sunday River.

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Sunday River Holiday Pass Flash Sale

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Fresh pow turns taken Christmas week last year. (Sunday River)

In a bold step that should make your holiday planning easy, Maine's Sunday River will hold a flash sale on a new Holiday Pass. If you’re an adult who plans to ski and snowboard during the holidays, it is the equivalent of paying $30/day to ski every day from December 23, 2017 until January 1, 2018.

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Savoring Every Sip At Northeast Mountain Brewfests

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The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is back for its 23rd year. (Mount Snow)

Craft brews, music and fun are on tap as we transition into fall in the mountains of the Northeast. In addition to some tasty frosty beverages, resorts will be featuring local food treats and live music, along with special events.

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Learn From The Experts On Guided Maine Adventure

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Discover stand-up paddle boarding on the waterways of Western Maine. (Sunday River)

The mountains of Maine have plenty to offer summer visitors, from the myriad mountain trails to quiet waterways to wildlife viewing opportunities. With local knowledge from a guide, guests can maximize fun and adventure on their trip to Vacationland.

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Tee Up Disc Golf For Mountain Fun

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Going for the basket at Gore Mountain. (Gore Mountain)

Want to add a little friendly competition to your mountainside hike? Disc golf at your favorite Eastern resort is a great way to get outside with your buddies, perfect your throw and explore the mountain from a new perspective. Scoring is the same as golf - count the number of throws needed to get the disc in the basket.

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Northeast Keep Lifts Turning In To May

Northeast Keep Lifts Turning In To May

 Sunny spring days ahead at Sugarloaf. (Sugarloaf)

Soft spring bumps and goggle tans are still calling many to the mountains in the Northeast, and a stormy March has left a handful of resorts in great shape to make it to May for those who aren’t ready to trade the skis for bikes and boats.

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New Spruce Peak Triple Chairlift Coming To Sunday River

New Spruce Peak Triple Chairlift Coming To Sunday River

More laps on Spruce Peak next winter. (Sunday River/David McLain)

Sunday River will break ground on a new Spruce Peak Triple chairlift in May.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: A Battle of Seasons In The Forecast

SnoCountry SnoCast: A Battle of Seasons In The Forecast

Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine is loving this Spring so far with a fresh 5-10" of snow from Tuesday-Wednesday this past week. A good base depth is essential to keep the lifts turning into this second week of April (Sugarloaf/Twitter)

Spring keeps on springing surprises at us! In this week’s SnoCast, Old Man Winter makes a return to western US, while Mother Nature insists Spring is on the way in the east.

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Kick Back On Outdoor Decks Across The Country

Kick Back On Outdoor Decks Across The Country

Catchin' some rays at Crested Butte (Crested Butte/Facebook)

One of the perks that comes with sticking out the ski and snowboard season to the end is a great sun tan – and lots of party time in the sunshine.


Most mountain resorts make space for sun-worshippers to engage in their favorite apres-ski activities, and SnoCountry took a look around to find some of the best.

Purgatory. Look out, or you might ski right into Purgy's at the base of the southern Colorado resort. Hit up the outdoor bar for craft beers, order an appetizer, and lounge in the deck chairs for some of the best people-watching locales around.

Park City. Mid-Mountain Lodge once served more than 1,000 miners a day. Now, it's the 10th Mountain outdoor grill at the base of the Pioneer and McConkey's Express lifts. Lodge has two-tiered decks and hosts weddings during summer.

Luxury on the mountain at Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley. Take the tramway to High Camp halfway up the mountain. Even if the pools are empty, there's tons of deck chairs and plenty of choices for a nosh – and the views of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe will amaze.

Lutsen Mountains. Summit Chalet at the top of Moose Mountain lays out food, drink and spectacular views to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Menu offers wraps, soups, burgers and pizza -- including local fave walleye sandwich.

Camp III at Loon

Loon. Camp III, a log cabin in the former logging area on New Hampshire mountain, sits at the base of North Peak Express Quad. It's famous for its venison stew, bison burgers and daily specials – but if the sun's out, hit the expansive deck with a beverage and sun screen.

Foggy Goggle go-to at Sunday River.

Sunday River. Foggy Goggle, at the base of the Maine resort, is reputed to have the longest après ski party in the East. Also venue for Bud Light Music Series, with massive deck and tons apres-ski eats on the menu.

Crested Butte. The new Umbrella Bar atop the Prospect Lift gives novices and intermediates a place to catch some rays – if the weather's right. Retractable windows create open-air atmosphere for munchies and local craft beer – and eye-popping views of southern Colorado Rockies.



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Success At Sunday River World Pro Ski Tour

Success At Sunday River World Pro Ski Tour

Mark Engel (L) and Robby Kelley (R) fly off the first jump during the finals of the Pro Ski Challenge at Sunday River. (Lisa Mutz-Nelson)

The Pro Ski Challenge launched its comeback event at Maine's Sunday River March 11, the start of a full tour in 2018 that will include four to six stops across the U.S. and Canada.


 

The event was part of the rebirth of the World Pro Ski Tour, which has been dormant for 17 years. Racers from across the U.S. and Canada attended, with athletes coming from as far away as Argentina and France. 

David Chodounsky of the U.S. Ski Team skied through zero degree temperatures and high winds on Sunday River's Monday Morning Trail to win the $10,000 grand prize of a total $31,000 purse.

Sponsors, athletes, and fans bonded throughout the weekend during the Ski with the Pros Day and at parties in the area. Fans had the opportunity to mingle with Olympians, NCAA champions, and World Cup competitors.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to win this race," Chodounsky recalled. "It was amazing to race against these guys, I had a blast, so it feels tremendous to win. It was a good old-fashioned drag race."

Max Hall and Kieffer Christianson Pro Ski Challenge Sunday River

AJ Ginnis, who is ranked sixth in the U.S. in slalom, qualified in the top position for Saturday's final slightly ahead of first ranked Chodounsky, second ranked Mark Engel, third ranked Robby Kelley, and fifth ranked Michael Ankeny. Ginnis experienced a heartbreaking defeat as he slid on his hip past the final gates, shocking the spectators on the deck of the Sunday River base lodge. Despite the agony, he treasured the experience, "It was still an unbelievable event and I'll remember it forever."

The World Pro Ski Tour will immediately begin planning a calendar for the 2018 season, including Sunday River and other potential sites such as Vail, Colorado; Sun Valley, Idaho; Stowe Mountain, Vermont; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Bretton Woods, New Hampshire; and Boyne Highlands, Michigan.


 

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Winter's Not Done Yet

SnoCountry SnoCast: Winter's Not Done Yet

Sunday River is still loving the season with sweet corduroy turns and bluebird skies as of late. Sunday River has over 450 acres of open terrain to enjoy. (Sunday River/Facebook)

Each week, you have been (hopefully) enjoying our weekly "snow finding" weather blog, SnoCast with me, Kerrin Jeromin.  But, this week, I'm going to let a few other folks take the forecasting reigns to find out where the best ski and ride conditions will be for the week of March 8-13.

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Maine Hitting The Snow Jackpot

Maine Hitting The Snow Jackpot

Don't fill up on leftovers; there's a second helping coming tonight to Sugarloaf. (Sugarloaf/Facebook)

Although they say there are no friends on a powder day, you can bet friends will be rejoicing at the snowfall jackpot that has hit Maine’s Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Shawnee Peak.

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World Pro Ski Tour To Launch With Sunday River Event

World Pro Ski Tour To Launch With Sunday River Event

Competitor Robby Kelley from Burlington, Vermont. (WPST)

The World Pro Ski Tour will make its official return March 10-12, 2017, with the Pro Ski Challenge at Sunday River.

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Maine Resorts Revel In Holiday Snowfall

Maine Resorts Revel In Holiday Snowfall

Sunday River skier finds his happy place in the powder. (Sunday River/Facebook)

Maine’s Sugarloaf and Sunday River are reaping the benefits of a holiday week storm and the start to a very happy new year.

 

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Resolve To Ring In The New Year At A Mountain Resort

Resolve To Ring In The New Year At A Mountain Resort

It's party time on the shores of Lake Tahoe at Heavenly Valley on New Year's Eve. (TahoeSouth/Facebook)

The annual celebration of the new year at a ski and snowboard resort signals that the season is in full swing – and looking forward to tons of snow in the coming months.


Mountain resorts traditionally feature torchlight parades, fireworks, festive food and hearty drink on the evening of Dec. 31. Many add twists to the holiday activities – for kids, VIPs and just regular folk.

Here’s a preview of some of what will be happening in the across the country as 2016 turns into 2017 up in the hills:

South Lake Tahoe shuts down Main Street for Heavenly Valley visitors to party with music, food and drink before famed Gondola Ball Drop (ala Times Square) to signal in new year.

Crystal Mountain fireworks

Crystal Mountain lays out buffet and prix fixe dinners, separate parties for teens and adults, and torchlight ski and ride down the Cheers trail for 16 years or older.

Grand Targhee gets going early with glowstick parade for 5-14 year olds with basic turning and stopping skills. Adults parade at 5:45 p.m. with roadside flares (wear an old parka), and then fireworks.


Breckenridge fireworks

Breckenridge starts out with a glowworm parade on the slopes for the kids, then an adult version later. Many hike up Boreas Pass for best view of nighttime fireworks.

Sunday River features evening ride up Chondola for fancy meal at mid-mountain Peak Lodge. Back at base, the music is nonstop until midnight.

Stowe goes all day on Dec. 31 with face-painting, handbell concert, champagne tasting and free s’more before torchlight parade and fireworks cap off the year.

Sugarbush dog parade

Sugarbush honors a human’s best friend with annual Dog Parade in the afternoon at base of Lincoln Peak, followed by the usual evening festivities.



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180 Sliding Santas Spread Cheer At Sunday River

180 Sliding Santas Spread Cheer At Sunday River

Skiing Saint Nicks raised $2,845 during Santa Sunday. (Sunday River)

Sunday River Resort in Maine got into the holiday spirit Dec. 4 with its 17th Annual Santa Sunday. In the name of charity, 180 skiing and snowboarding Santas rode the Barker Mountain Express to join together in an epic group schuss down the resort's Ecstasy and Sunday Punch trails, raising some cheer and $2,845 for the Sunday River Community Fund (SRCF).

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Northeast Openings Coming Fast And Furious

Northeast Openings Coming Fast And Furious

Thanks to a mix of natural and man-made snow, Sunday opens Nov. 23. (Sunday River)

A mild fall kept many Northeast skiers and riders fearing we might face another winter like last year, but the temps have dropped, snow has arrived and opening days are happening across the region.

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Killington World Cup A Go; Tentative Openings Continue

Killington World Cup A Go; Tentative Openings Continue

Killington grooms out Superstar in preparation for the first World Cup in the East in 25 years. (Killington)

Vermont's Killington Resort received the official approval from the FIS (Internal Ski Federation) for the Thanksgiving weekend Audi FIS Ski World Cup women's giant slalom and slalom events. Meanwhile, resorts across the country struggle to open for the 2016-17 season due to warm temperatures and lack of natural snowfall.

 

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Where To Go To Get Very First Turns Of Season

Where To Go To Get Very First Turns Of Season

Snowmaking at Killington begins at the top. (Killington/Facebook)

Opening day is on the minds of skiers and snowboarders already, and brace of resorts have turned on snow guns – and turned eyes to the skies -- in hopes of being the first to open in 2016-2017.

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Snowmaking Underway At Loveland, A-Basin, Copper Mountain

Snowmaking Underway At Loveland, A-Basin, Copper Mountain

Colorado's Loveland Ski Area started making snow on Monday, October 3. (Photo Dustin Schaefer / Ricoh Imaging)

It’s snow time!

Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain Resort have all started making snow in preparation for kicking off the 2016-17 ski and snowboard season, and to welcome to U.S. Ski Team and back home.

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