Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Ski New England!
It's February and it's time to ski. It's that simple. A lot of people spend a lot of money to ski in the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, the Alps and so on. What a lot of people tend to forget is that New England is full of skiing and the people out here can't get enough of it. Welcome to New England. We don't mind winter at all and we have a lot of great places for you to ski. I didn't really pay much attention to the whole ski thing before, because it's not a particular interest of mine, but my son went to work at Mohawk Mountain Ski Resort in Cornwall, CT this year, and I've gotten a real taste of what that culture is like. Needless to say, this is currently my favorite resort in Connecticut, but it's mroe than just my opinion. It's the largest mountain we have here for skiing and it's a very popular spot for New Yorkers out for the weekend. It's a great place to spend some time with around 20 runs and 3 restaurants. It's a day resort with no hotel, but it's a great place to get away.
Now, that being said; I have some favorites of my own, not because I ski, but because I have friends who ski and because I've still been to most of the resorts even though I don't ski. So, many people favor Killington in Vermont and Sugarloaf in Maine. They are both huge and they are both part of incorporated areas that revolve around the ski resorts. Both have festivals and activities throughout the year as well. They are a great place to get away to even if you don't ski. Killington also has a fabulous view in the fall for the foliage and a gondola ride that is unmatched for that time of year.
Mount Snow is one of ny favorite spots. It's in southern Vermont just outside of Wilmington. Wilmington is one of my favorite small towns no matter what time of year it is. If you ride a motorcycle, southern Vermont is the place to be in the summer or fall. If you stop in to ski at Mount Snow, make sure you get a lunch at Dot's Diner and pick up a little something to read from Bartelby's Books.
Just down the road from Cannon is Loon Mountain. The two together round out my favorite resorts around Lincoln, New Hampshire. This area is great all year round. The foliage in the fall is spectacular. In the summer there are ice caves on the top of this mountain. There is Clark's Trading Post for the kids. There are scenic train rides and local car racing. There is even a little car museum in the back of a local souvenir shop in Woodstock. The hiking is amazing with Franconia Notch and Lost River. The Appalachian Trail makes an appearance in the area. There is also Mount Washington with it's cog railway and famous moutain road. Don't count on Mount Washington in the winter though. That mountain is famous for having some of the worst weather on Earth.
On the other side of Mount Washington you will find the resort of Attitash. This place is huge and has great conditions all through the winter and into spring. The elevation is high there and the skiing is amazing I hear. Now, that being said, they have a great summer resort as well with alpine slides, mountain coasters and water slides. I should probably mention here that Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts also has these things in the summer minus the water slides plus and adventure park, zip lines and Segway tours.
But let's not forget Maine. It's always winter up there unless it's summer. They really only have two seasons. In between they just have moose. Big Squaw Mountain is one of my favorite spots. They don't do much in summer, but the simple fact is that this place is in my favorite places in the country. It's in Greenville, Maine which is the coolest town in the United States. The people are special and friendly, the place is laid back, and you cannot be in a bad mood when you're there. They have more moose than people around there. The best part about Greenville is that not only can you ski there in the winter, but they have festivals. They have a chocolate festival and a memorial snowmachine ride up to the crash site of the B-52 airplane that crashed on Elephant Mountain in the 1960's. They also have one thing that you won't get just up the road from any other ski resort. In the winter, they race cars on Moosehead Lake by Kelly's Landing. You can't miss that.
So, enjoy winter. Come to New England. We love winter. We know how to have fun. And trust me, people here love to ski. Enjoy!