DAY 1 OF THE SEASON

In the past I can remember getting out to ski at Thanksgiving and battling the hordes of people who want to get out for their first or second time early in the season and to be honest as I have gotten older as much as I like to get out going to Killington and fighting the hordes of people trying to ski 3 trails on top of the glade chair was like putting your life in someone else’s hands. Now this was well in the past and I guess I just wanted to give it a try one more time.

skiing on Sunway

skiing on Sunway

The day was Last Saturday Nov 29th, a nice mild sunny day My grandson, brother and sister in laws and myself went up to Gore . Surprisingly the parking lot was not full (although it did fill up as the time got later) but I have heard stories of the weekend before it was really busy. It had snowed over Thanksgiving so any snow that was on the trails from snowmaking had some fresh topping on it. Both the Gondola and the new Adirondack Express chair were running.

The Express was put up this summer to replace the old triple that went up to the Saddlebrook Lodge. It is a 7 minute ride to the top on a soft cushioned quad chair. Very fast and very nice.  Now it isn’t like riding the gondola however does not have a lift line and if the gondola is busy ( which often times  it does) this is a great alternative. In addition when they installed the lift the new design comes in a little lower at the top and has eliminated the steep ramp on the old triple. Nice Fix!

There were about 12 trails open but basically 3 trails combined rom the 10 to make 3. The beginner’s trails were open also to add a few more. I would have not expected any more this early in the season. What was open was fantastic skiing.  We had fresh groomed snow on a good base that held up all day. That is saying a lot with few trails and lots of skiers on them.

From the gondola to ruby run or foxlair to sunway to quicksilver was one way to get down or you could also go all the way down sunway top to bottom ( which was the way to go) or showcase to upper sleigh ride where features were already being put in place. We tried them all and all were in great shape.

Now, this was my first day out and I had lunch and could not get up to go out again I was beginning to worry that turning 71 was starting to catch up with me but it turned out I was getting sick and spent the rest of the afternoon getting comfortable trying to sleep on the circle disc seats of the lunch tables in the lodge. God I wish there was a couch to stretch out on. As a matter of fact the reason I have not written this until now was that there was zero energy in me till today and I still am questioning today.

Everyone else with me had a fantastic time and the snow quality held up right to the end, could you have imagined if there were more trails open. I would expect that there will be more this weekend and some snow is supposed to be in the way.

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Take the I LOVE NEW YORK Bus Skiing

New York State’s I LOVE NEW YORK has several winter bus tours this winter that combine transportation, lift tickets and rentals and lessons for those who need them.

The I LOVE NEW YORK Bus will take you there, operated by Hampton Jitney, an industry leader in motor coach travel.ILoveNYBus2

Both single and multi day trips are being planned.Each trip departs from three pick up locations:
– NYC – 44th Street and 3rd Avenue
– Long Island – Calverton 253 Edwards Avenue
– Huntington/Melville LIE Exit 49 Park and Ride.

All trips include: Ticket package of your choice, I LOVE NEW YORK ear band, light snacks, beverages, on board escort, deluxe round trip transportation.

The first trip is Saturday – December 13, 2014 to Windham Mountain in the Catskills.

PrintWindham Mountain – the Northeast’s premier alpine lifestyle in New York’s Catskill Mountains.  Located in the northern section of the Catskill Mountains, it has 46 trails and 9 lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads, one from the bottom to top of each peak.

Ski Windham offers a real mountain adventure with slopes and trails spanning two mountain peaks. There’s literally something for everyone: a separate learning terrain for beginners, groomed cruising runs for all levels, and moguls and steeps for experts. Alternative terrain includes snow parks, glade skiing and snow tubing.

The Hampton Jitney, I LOVE NEW YORK Bus offers three packages.

  • Package 1 includes your round trip deluxe motorcaoch transportation and one lift ticket. ($89.00pp)
  • Package two adds a Beginner Lesson and Equipment Rental to the Lift Ticket (Lift Ticket for Lower Mountain Only). ($109.00pp)
  • Package 3 is for those who need to rent equipment and includes Ski or Snowboard Rental & Lift Ticket. ($119.00pp)

Pick the package that meets your needs. Select your pickup location and packages below.

Depart:
-5:00 AM Riverhead/Calverton Hampton Jitney Terminal – 253 Edwards Ave.
-6:00 AM Huntington Exit 49 Park & Ride – North Service Rd, West of Pinelawn Rd / East of Route 110 (at the bus shelter)
-7:00 AM New York City E. 44th Street & SW Corner of 3rd Avenue

Arrive Windham Mountain:
9-9:30 AM

Return from the Mountain:

4:30 PM Departure
6:30 PM Arrival at E. 44th Street & SW Corner of 3rd Avenue, NYC
7:30 PM Arrival at Exit 49 Park & Ride, Huntington
8:30 PM Arrival at Hampton Jitney Terminal, Calverton

Tour package includes: Ticket package of your choice, I LOVE NEW YORK Earband, light snacks and beverages, an on-board escort, and deluxe round-trip transportation. Not included: Gratuities for motor coach driver and tour escort. All gratuities are up to your discretion.

For more information and online booking see:

https://reservations.hamptonjitney.com/ilny/NYWIND20141213.asp

 

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Okemo Mountain Cares and Shares Event – December 7, 2014

Okemo Mountain in Ludlow Vermont will be holding their Annual Cares and Shares Event on Sunday December 7, 2014.

Those donating at least five non-perishable food items, a new child’s toy or new clothing item, will be able to purchase a full-day lift ticket $39.   The ticket is only good for that day.

Look for Okemo Mountain Ambassadors collecting the donated items in the Clock Tower base area and Jackson Gore base area between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. The donated items distributed to needy families in time for the holidays by volunteers from the Black River Good Neighbor Services Christmas Basket Program.

“This is a great way for our guests to share the holiday spirit with their winter-season community,” said Okemo Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “And it’s a pleasure for Okemo to reward its guests for assisting local families in need this holiday season.”

The Okemo Summit Sunburst Six

The Okemo Summit Sunburst Six. Photo by Okemo

Okemo is looking to open Jackson Gore this weekend which will add 11 additional trails and a 10 lifts including the Summit Sunburst Six.  This will bring to total to 45 runs for skiers and riders.

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A Better Drive to Vermont this Season

Skiers and riders heading to southwestern Vermont will have a better drive this winter.

The New York State Department of Transportation had 31 miles of NY Route 7 resurfaced over the summer. The project, which cost more the $8 Million, actually began before the season was over in the spring. Work crews were out conducting prep work in late March.

Drivers will find a much smoother drive from just west of the Tomhannock Reservoir to Route 22 in Hoosick. With the completion of this project there is largely a smooth ride from Troy all the way to the Vermont border. The remaining sections have been resurfaced in the last few years. The roads in Vermont seem to have been in better condition.

NY Rt7 Near the Hoosick River Plain

NY Rt7 Near the Hoosick River Plain

The resurfacing is especially welcome in the curvy section around the Tibbetts State Forest, near the Man of Kent Tavern. Those who are familiar with this section will recognize this.

None of the curves were straightened with this project although some of the shoulders were widened.

The speed limits are the same as they have been in recent years with sever sections at 45 MPH with some 40 MPH sections in larger hamlets.

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Spring Skiing: Fast in the Morning, Buttery in the Afternoon

I love skiing in the winter. The crisp mornings with fluffy powder are delightful. It is great to get out on the weekend, or even mid week, after being cooped up for days on end. The freedom of gliding down the slopes is a joy.

Spring skiing is a different experience from start to end. For daytrippers, which is what I mostly , the day starts after sun up even though daylight savings has started. There is sun on both ends of the trip, driving to and from the mountain in daylight. The long low shadows of mid winter are replaced with rays from a higher angle.
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There are Few Signs of Spring at Killington

Except for the higher sun, longer days and great deals there are few signs of spring at Killington in Central Vermont.

There was a two foot dump two weeks ago and with the cold temperatures there has been little melting going on.

David Sartwell from Florida wizzes by

David Sartwell from Florida wizzes by

“It’s essentially still mid-winter conditions” said David Sartwell from Bradenton Florida. The snow is all powder and the trails are still well covered. The nightly grooming activities with over seventy trails being groomed midweek according to Michael Joseph, Killington’s Communications/PR Manager.

There are plenty of bumps for those looking for a challenge while the steeps like Cascade and Ovation have plenty of snow to carve on.

Spring is actually a great time to learn to ski and Killington. The “Max 5 Program” guarantees a maximum of five people per class. It includes a 2-hour lesson each day, equipment rental & a learning area lift ticket on days 1 & 2. Day 3 & longer, your lift ticket is upgraded to a full mountain lift ticket.

FREE SKIS! Add the 4-day or longer Elan Learn To Ski program to your package, and on completion of your 4th day, you’ll get a free pair of Elan skis! The deal ends April 6th so don’t delay.

 

Carvable Snow

Plenty of Carvable Snow at Killington

Another storm is creeping up the coast today and and a few more inches of the white stuff is expected.

There will be good skiing and riding into May at Killington and April promises to be a good month as well with below average temperatures forecasted.

Although baseball and golf has started –  keep in mind – THE SEASON IS NOT OVER!!!

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Storm Brings Powder For St. Pat’s Day Deals

courtesy of Wildcat photo courtesy of Wildcat

Wednesday’s storm has brought plenty of new snow to northern New Hampshire just in time for some great deals being offered for St. Patrick’s Day. Attitash, Bretton Woods, Ragged Mountain, Waterville Valley and Wildcat are all offering $17 lift tickets on Monday, March 17. For Ragged you must purchase tickets on line in advance. Also available at Ragged are $17 tubing tickets on Sunday, March 16. These areas have received 8 inches or more of new snow as of Thursday morning and it’s still snowing! Wildcat tops the list with 18 inches of the fluffy white stuff with Bretton Woods not far behind with over a foot. With mid winter conditions in store, every skier is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so get out and take advantage of the deals and the conditions.

Wednesday’s storm has brought plenty of new snow to northern New Hampshire just in time for some great deals being offered for St. Patrick’s Day. Attitash, Bretton Woods, Ragged Mountain, Waterville Valley and Wildcat are all offering $17 lift tickets on Monday, March 17. For Ragged you must purchase tickets on line in advance. Also available at Ragged are $17 tubing tickets on Sunday, March 16. These areas have received 8 inches or more of new snow as of Thursday morning and it’s still snowing! Wildcat tops the list with 18 inches of the fluffy white stuff with Bretton Woods not far behind with over a foot. With mid winter conditions in store, every skier is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so get out and take advantage of the deals and the conditions.

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photo courtesy of Omni Mt. Washington Resort

 

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FUN EVENTS RULE THE CALENDAR THIS SPRING AT WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN PRINCETON, Ma.

With some of the most fun special events and promotions of the year on tap in March and April, this spring season promises to be one of the best ever at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.   And, with the mountain still enjoying midwinter conditions nearly one week into March, the last month of the season should be more memorable than ever.

Monday, March 10 — Daylight Savings Ski Time – More daylight skiing & riding and lower night ticket prices as mountain closes at 8 p.m.  Sunday through Thursday nights.  Adult ticket prices go to only $39.

Friday, March 14 – Northeast Meltdown – Final Terrain Park event of the season.  New night event and an increased cash purse up to $2,000.  Great prizes.  $35 Pro; $25 Amateur

Monday, March 17 – Green Day Celebration – Start the day with WAAF Radio’s Greg Hill doing his special St. Patty’s Day morning show live from the mountain.  St. Patrick’s Day festivities including special online pricing; Irish food and beer specials; Kid’s ‘Dig for Gold’;  Sugar on Snow at Bullock Lodge and live music by Stone Clovers from 4-6 p.m.

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New York “Celebrate Winter Day” – March 6, 2014

ISki&RideNY LogoOn Thursday March 6, 2014 seventeen ski areas in New York State will be participating in the first annual “Celebrate Winter Day”. This day is intended for skiers and riders as well as those who want to learn to ski or snowboard to enjoy the slopes and celebrate all the splendor of winter. “Celebrate” will feature discounted lift tickets, most for sale at $12 and learn to ski packages, starting at $33, for all to enjoy. You can purchase your “Celebrate Winter Day” vouchers here for the discounted lift ticket or learn to ski or snowboard packages. Purchases can be made through Midnight March 4th 2014 after that there will be no more available, don’t delay, buy today!

Vouchers can only be purchased through ISKINY and not at the ski area.

The areas participating are:

Catamount – Starting at $12.00
Dry Hill Ski Area – Starting at $12.00
Holiday Valley – Starting at $24.00
Kissing Bridge – Starting at $12.00
Mount Peter – Starting at $12.00
Oak Mountain – March 7th – Starting at $12.00
Peek n’ Peak – Starting at $12.00
Swain – Starting at $12.00
Thunder Ridge – Starting at $12.00
Titus Mountain – Starting at $12.00
Toggenburg Mountain – Starting at $12.00
Tuxedo Ridge – Starting at $12.00
West Mountain – Starting at $12.00
Belleayre Mountain – Starting at $24.00
Whiteface Mountain – Starting at $24.00
Catamount – Starting at $33.00
Dry Hill Ski Area – Starting at $33.00
Holiday Valley – Starting at $36.00
Kissing Bridge – Starting at $33.00
Labrador Mountain – Starting at $33.00
Mount Peter – Starting at $33.00
Oak Mountain – March 7th – Starting at $33.00
Peek n’ Peak – Starting at $33.00
Swain – Starting at $33.00
Toggenburg Mountain – Starting at $33.00
Thunder Ridge – Starting at $33.00
Titus Mountain – Starting at $33.00
Tuxedo Ridge – Starting at $33.00
West Mountain – Starting at $33.00

To buy tickets go to http://iskiny.ltibooking.com/#all

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Ski or Ride Free In March at Catamount

Catamount on the New York, Massachusetts border is offering free skiing and riding in March for those who purchase a season’s pass for the 2014-2015 season.

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Sale prices begin March 1, 2014.  2014-15 seasons passes are $345 for adults, $295 for Juniors and $125 for kids.  See http://www.catamountski.com for more information

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