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Month: November 2015

Where to ski now!

The west is getting their rewards this November – and we East coasters are happy for them. Check out these early season openings!

blizzard-heatherIn Colorado, Wolf Creek is 100% open, Steamboat has received 3.5-feet of snow already. Winter Park, Eldora, Monarch and Vail all opened  on Nov. 20, followed by Aspen, Snowmass, Purgatory, and Steamboat on Nov. 21.

In California, Mammoth has a four foot base depth, Kirkwood,  Heavenly, Squaw, Mountain High,  Siera at Tahoe, and Snow Summit are all open, as is Bear Mountain in central Cal.

In Utah, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and Solitude are open. The new Park City openeds Nov 21 –  which encompasses the Canyons, all under the Park City name now, as the largest ski area in the US eclipsing Vail and Big Sky.

Grand Targhee is open in Wydaho, Big Sky opened last Sunday in Montana.

In Canada, Whistler Blackcomb opened Nov 19, Lake Louise Sunshine and Norquay are open, as is Quebec’s Mont Sainte Saveur, and Mont Sainte Anne – celebrating 50 years this season.

okemo-skiing-sceneIn New England, perennial early season ski resorts,  Killington & Sunday River both opened October 19 with a cold jump start, but closed as weather warmed, they are both back open now, along with Bretton Woods which opened for one day Nov 18. Before Thanksgiving, Loon and Stowe opened. It has been mild in the East, but its early my eager ski friends – anything before December is a bonus.

So to quote John Snow, #winteriscoming, and we should all #thinksnow.

As for me, I’m not breaking out the boards to ski just yet, I’m a wait til it gets good kinda girl, at least a dozen trails please, then I keep skiing when everyone quits in April & May. But soon I will see you on the slopes.

Top Early Season Ski Resorts – East
Top Early Season Ski Resorts – West
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Snow Dance @ Boston Ski Show?

hot-chocolate-beerI love the annual Boston Ski Show, its my pre-season pump up. Call it après ski before ski season as I get to see all my ski friends from ski resort reps to gear techs and my ski fashionista friend Kathy Benharris who puts on a fantastic ski fashion runway show.

The 34th annual Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo opens Thursday Nov 12 at 3- 10pm, Friday 3-10pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 10am – 6pm, at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

boston-ski-show-glen-plakeRumor has it  Glen Plake and his gorgeous model wife Kimberley will be there along with Seth Wescott, Pam Fletcher, and the Boston.com ski blogger (wink).

Among the exhibits you will find a Nordic Village, Skyriders Trampoline Show, A Burton Riglet Snowboard Park, Country Ski & Sports Fashion Spectacular runway show and the Long Trail Beer Garden. Every ski resort worth its snow guns will be there promoting what’s new and improved at their ski area.  Last year Gunstock was actually making snow at the expo, and Ski Vermont had delicious cheddar cheese samples.

boots-ski2016Tickets to the Boston Ski Show are $15, kids 12 and under are free. You can save $3 with this coupon here, and your admission buys you a subscription to Ski or Skiing magazine for a year and a $10 gift card to Liftopia for discounted lift tickets. You will likely also win swag, discounted lift tickets, ski trips and lodging deals from ski resort exhibitors.

See you at the Boston Ski Show, perhaps given the mild November temps we should organize a snow dance in the beer garden at the Expo…

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