While we have been enjoying winter here in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, local ski areas have been enjoying winter as well as they have been hard at work to get their mountains open for the season. Snow guns have been going day and night at all of the local ski areas, as they continue to add to all of the natural snow that has been falling all week-long. Skiers, such as myself, have been anticipating the opening of the local ski areas ever since the first flakes fell back in late October. Many resorts to our north, like Killington Resort in Vermont, have been open since November and have been enjoying the early season conditions. Around here, however, we are just getting things started as many of the local ski areas anticipate opening this coming weekend, even with the news of slightly warmer temperatures on the way.
Mohawk Mountain, in Cornwall, plans to open bright and early Saturday morning, December 11th, at 8:30AM according to its website, though they stress that you should check their website often for the latest updates on its opening. Mohawk is packed with wonderful terrain for skiers and boarders alike, and with 95% of its terrain equipped for snow making, you’ll have no problem finding snow. Mohawk’s base elevation is 960 feet above sea level, but it’s summit elevation is 1,600 feet above sea level, making it Connecticut’s highest elevated ski area. Mohawk also offers night skiing, perfect for those who are looking to do some skiing after school or work. Personally, Mohawk brings back many memories for me every time I am there as it was my first job growing up. I worked in its base lodge serving food to the guests, but after work it was right out to the slopes to enjoy the very sport I love.
Ski Sundown, in New Hartford, will also be opening this weekend according to reports on its website. Join them on Friday, December 10th, at 9:00AM as they greet those waiting to get first tracks on it’s 1,075 foot mountain with a 625 foot vertical drop. Ski Sundown is certainly Connecticut’s most popular ski area as it offers not one but two terrain parks! With a total of 15 trails, and 14 trails lit at night, you’ll have plenty of ways to enjoy the views of the surrounding Litchfield Hills as well. Like Mohawk, Sundown also brings back some memories for me as it was the place that I first learned how to ski, way back when of course. Ski Sundown has a great beginners program and their instructors are always more than happy to make sure you get things off on the right foot.
For skiers and boarders, this a great time of year for all of us. We wait anxiously all year-long to catch first tracks on the slopes. This is perhaps the best time of year to live in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills as we are not only in close proximity to all of the best ski areas in Connecticut, but also close to the ski resorts to our north in nearby Berkshire county,MA and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Have a great season everyone. Think snow!