Killington, Vermont, Sunday River, Maine and Mont Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, took advantage of unseasonably cold weather in the Northeast that brought snow squalls across the region and a window of snowmaking temperatures to jump start the 15-16 ski and ride season.
Skiers and riders can travel to Stratton Mountain on the Stratton Jitney beginning in January without having to get behind the wheel.. The premium Ambassador Coach departs from New York City each Friday and returns Sunday evening, allowing guests to enjoy a weekend in Vermont's Green Mountains without the hassle of driving.
The big news at Vermont's Jay Peak this winter is trash. Specifically, the 40 tons of food scraps that instead of winding up in Vermont’s only landfill, will be diverted by the resort and turned into compost for the numerous gardens found around Jay Peak. It’s part of a statewide initiative that Jay Peak’s helping to show others how simple it is to “close the loop.”
Crisp autumn air and moderate temperatures make for the perfect time to head to your favorite resort for some al fresco dining. Here are SnoCountry’s favorites for a fall trip to take in the colors and enjoy a cocktail or meal on the deck.
Mount Snow is excavating a 120-million gallon snowmaking water reservoir called West Lake this summer, which will increase the resort’s water capacity by more than 500 percent. With this resource, Mount Snow will be able to move forward with the goal of eventually having 100 percent snowmaking coverage.
Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4 -7) means one very important thing to skiers and snowboarders: sales. There will be a number of mountain and city ski and sports shops hosting sales on equipment, clothing, and accessories.
Vermont’s Bromley Mountain is looking to make getting on the snow even easier for kids this winter. New for 2015-16 is a learn to ski or ride package called the Super Duper 6-Pack that comes with free skis or a snowboard.
The Town of West Windsor, Vt., Selectboard has approved the creation of a steering committee that will establish Mt. Ascutney Outdoors, a non-profit group that will manage and maintain the assets and recreation opportunities of the West Windsor Town Forest.
Vermont’s Killington Resort has kicked off its 2015 summer season with a $3.5 million expansion of new summer attractions at the Snowshed Adventure Center. Summer fun is available to a wide range of tastes, from Segway tours to a four-story ropes course to mountainside disc golf.
Okemo Mountain Resort has added lift-serviced mountain biking to its lineup of summer and fall amenities. The South Ridge Quad A will provide access to more than three miles of trails in the resort’s Clock Tower base area as the first phase in the development of the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo will be open for the July Fourth weekend.
Sugarbush Resort has seen significant reductions in energy and waste since last year. The resort invested in 351 Snow Logic, HKD, and Ratnik low-energy snowguns last summer to help reduce energy consumption.
Farm to Fork Fondo - Vermont will combine a beautiful bicycle ride through Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest and enduring farmland with hundreds of cyclists from beginners to professionals, aid stations with treats straight from local farms, and a post-ride farm-to-fork feast.
When the chairlifts no longer turn and bare ground shows up on the trails, it’s time for winter resorts to shift into summertime mode – specifically, golf.
Unseasonably cool temperatures and more precipitation in the Northeast will keep the ski and snowboard season open at least through the weekend.
Sugarbush Resort skiers and boarders rode the Valley House double for the last time Sunday, April 5. The chairs and haul rope began to come down Monday. The resort plans to replace the lift this spring with a new Doppelmayr fixed-grip quad.
Bits and pieces of winter will sprinkle across the country for the next week, with Front Range Colorado getting the bulk of new stuff while New England’s winter weather gods just don’t seem to want to let go.
Mountain folk know how to party, and if there’s a time when things go truly uncorked, it’s the spring. Who’s not ready to shake their rumpus under in the sun after a long winter stretch of short days, cold nights, and heavy snow. There’s a lot of music set to go off in the mountains this spring, here’s five of our favorite springtime ski area concerts where you’re sure to see some freak flags flying.
We may have had a taste of spring this week in the Northeast, but cold temperatures are back and with several feet of snow blanketing the resorts this January and February, that snowpack isn’t going anywhere soon. The last official weekend of winter is looking to offer a few more inches of white gold.
A storm headed our way from the southwest this weekend will mean some mixed precipitation for some resorts, but could be all snow for higher elevations.
“The further north you can go and the higher up in elevation, the better with this one. My picks for parts of New England that are most likely to see the most accumulation and also stay all snow would be Western Maine and Northern Vermont. Specifically, resorts like Sugarloaf and Saddleback in Western Maine, and Jay, Stowe, and Smugglers' Notch in Northern Vermont,” OpenSnow.com's Brian Clark told SnoCountry.com
“With up to six inches of fresh snow in the forecast, I'd say it's going to be a great weekend. We're not desperate for new snow, but it would be nice to recover the handful of the more exposed natural terrain we've had to close. With the cold nights and warmer days in the forecast, I'm looking forward to morning hero runs and soft afternoon bumps,” Sunday River’s Sarah Devlin told us.
Snow dancing isn't over just yet at Sugarloaf, either. “We expect this weekend to be fantastic. Preliminary forecasts are calling for upwards of six inches on Saturday which will make for great spring skiing on Sunday,” Sugarloaf’s Noelle Tuttle told us.
Great snow conditions and moderating temperatures have created the template for optimum mountain conditions at Stowe, where they have received over 20 feet of natural snow this winter.
Pack that together with fun events and ticket specials, you'll get the best time of the season to ski and ride. Take advantage of special ticket rates such as the $59 St. Patrick’s Day Ticket on March 17 and the $72 Stowe ByPass Special on March 18 & 19.
Photo: Top -- Another stunning day at Stowe, where the snowpack is now starting to bury their trail signs. (Stowe); Saddleback snowpack will look just like this for the weekend (Saddleback/Facebook)
Freeskiers will take on the double-black-diamond Madonna Liftline, the most challenging lift-accessed terrain at Smugglers’ in the open Extreme Skiing Challenge freeskiing competition at Smugglers’ Notch March 8. Now in its third year, competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique and style.