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

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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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PAX Pacts a Wallop

Up and down the Eastern Seaboard Winter Storm PAX has created havoc.

Not at Stratton Mountain Vermont though.  The precipitation that has caused power outages and traffic tie-ups from Georgia to Maine has many in Vermont areas seeing green from the white.

Those who were lucky enough to get to resorts ahead of the storm, and there were many of them, are being treated to some of the best snow of the season, perhaps the best in several seasons.

Dan Healy from Albany New York Making a Turn at Stratton

Dan Healy from Albany New York Making a Turn at Stratton

And it’s just in time for the President’s Day weekend and the week that follows.

Many patrons interviewed said they looked at the forecast on Tuesday and made plans.   For many that meant taking their kids out of school.  There were families all over the mountain taking advantage of the powder.  It was a smart thing to do because most schools were closed Thursday and Friday.  The academic rigor in the midst of the storm and leading up to a vacation week was probably just not there.

Snow Fell All Day Thursday

Snow Fell All Day Thursday

Families were not the only ones taking advantage of the dump from PAX.  Several other patrons said they called into work and got out ahead of the storm.  A couple of riders from Manhattan said they left Wednesday night arriving at Stratton at 2:00 AM so they could be on the lifts when they opened on Thursday.

The great skiing and riding day on Thursday led to a quite a bustle in the shops and restaurants at Stratton.  The wait at the Fire Tower was said to be two hours at the height of the dinner hour.  The wait at Mulligan’s was much less and the trick seemed to be go later around 7:30 PM.  The buzz at Mulligans was all about the day everyone just had and what they were looking forward to Friday.

Patrons at the Bar at Mulligans

Patrons at the Bar at Mulligans

There was up to a foot of luscious powder on the ground by the end the day on Thursday and it was still dumping on Friday morning. Conditions only got better during the day overnight another foot came down.

Storms like PAX only come too infrequently in Northeast, at least for those who love to be outside.  Being in the right place at the right time is something to embrace.

PAX was Still Dumping FrIday Morning

PAX was Still Dumping FrIday Morning

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A Reminder of Home at the Fairmont Tremblant

Do you miss your pooch when you’re away on vacation? Mt.Tremblant’s Fairmont Hotel has the solution. Their Canine Ambassador, Umi, is there to greet you, make you feel at home and even accompany you on walks through the pedestrian village.

Umi is a large, friendly black lab who hangs out in the hotel lobby during the day welcoming guests as they check in or pass through the lobby. He makes  himself available to all for cuddling and petting. Umi was originally in training with the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. But during his time there it was observed that on busy roads he was fearful of heavy traffic. He was so friendly and playful it was obvious that he was better suited to the role of Canine Ambassador. And so he arrived at the Fairmont Tremblant.

Umi relaxingThe Pedestrian Village

In addition to lying in his bed between the registration and concierge desks looking cute and observing the passing scene or patrolling the lobby greeting folks, Umi is available to go for a walk through Tremblant’s pedestrian village with hotel guests. The charm of the pedestrian village, with its shops, restaurants and cafes, is surely enhanced by walking it with a canine companion who is ready and willing to spark the start of a conversation with any passerby. He’s quite busy, so an appointment is necessary. He has a weekly schedule which allows for down time as well as regular interaction with hotel guests.

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Great Snow and Sunshine at Mount Snow in Vermont

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Luging at La Massif in Charlevoix Quebec

Growing up in the northeast sledding was a common winter activity. We would sled after school and on weekends often coming home with our cheeks rosey and our fingers and toes numb from the cold. The weather was different then. It seemed – better.

While recently in Le Massif in the Charlevoix region of Quebec I was offered the opportunity to go on a luge ride. My mind immediately jumped to visions of Olympic lugers sliding down a massive a refrigerated high banked course of ice and snow. The run would be over in a fast minute I thought and I would shake from the experience.

Kristin Lummis and Greg Snow on their Luges

Kristin Lummis and Greg Snow on their Luges

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