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Spring's peaks: A guide to the upcoming ski season

My wife questioned my appearance last Friday afternoon when I threw on a pair of khaki shorts. After all, the temperature had reached an abnormal 70 degrees in the Boston area. ’Tis the season … or something like that.But even that shift in the weather did not sway her from changing out of her...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:05pm

A family's February break leads to ski revelations

As the headline of Saturday’s Conway Daily Sun boasted upon greeting visitors to New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley: “Best vacation week ever!”Hard to argue.After more than 3 feet of snow fell upon one of the Northeast’s most popular skiing destinations over the previous two weeks, nearly...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 5:08pm

Family ski deals, events for February break

Among the few critical periods for the New England ski industry every season, this year’s February vacation break comes on the heels of what the resorts might call the best advertising they can get. The mountains have been getting hammered with snow, but it’s the recent pair of storms in the...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:17pm

Don't let the temps fool you — there's still plenty to be had

Does our current lack of snow have you down? Don’t fret — yet.Despite what the general public among us might believe, ski season BEGINS in February. No ifs. Buts. Or whatever other adverse term you want to employ. Begins.Got it?OK, so the hype begins in October or November, and builds to a...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:30pm

An introductory (and hesitant) glide into tree skiing

As previously noted in this space, one of my new year ski resolutions in 2017 was to immerse my children in their own ski lessons more frequently this winter, something I haven’t managed to do in more than 25 years.No matter what your age, odds are that most among us face some sort of trepidation...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:00am

Skiers: We're facing the dreaded thaw

It certainly didn’t take too long to turn early-season optimism into a January malaise. Warm temperatures and rain put a damper on the landscape last week, just in time to prepare for the MLK holiday weekend, which greeted guests with icy conditions across New England.It wasn’t good news for local...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00am

The best ski deals for the month of January

My birthday lands in January, which meant for years it was a date I would trek to Wildcat Mountain, in Pinkham Notch, N.H., where they used to hand out free lift tickets to skiers and riders on their birthdays. Alas, that practice ended some years back when Peak Resorts purchased the mountain,...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:19pm

Why 2017 should be the year you learn how to ski

It’s a time for new beginnings, so it’s no surprise that this month includes the opportunity to discover them on the slopes as well. Kick off the new year with a new passion. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, the skiing industry’s annual push to introduce the sports to new visitors. Ski...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 4:57pm

We may finally be getting the ski season we deserve

It’s OK to admit it. We deserve this.“We’re definitely owed a good year after last season,” sad Sarah Wojcik, director for marketing and communications at Ski Vermont, the Green Mountain State’s skiing trade group.One year after one of the worst skiing weather seasons in recent memory, the 2016-17...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 5:00am

Ski resolutions for 2017

Enough of “someday.”In the midst of another ski season, it can become all too easy to remain complacent with our skiing and riding adventures. Then again, with a new year upon us, perhaps it’s time to dedicate ourselves to some resolutions to create a different winter environment than we might...

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 3:22pm

Last-minute gifts for the skier in your life

Time may be a’ ticking, but you still have (some) time to get a gift for the skier or rider on your Christmas list.I spent a good 30 years or so searching for the perfect ski sock until I got my hands on may first pair of Darn Tough socks ($23-$24, darntough.com). I now own about a dozen pairs of...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 9:07pm

How to spend winter break on on the slopes

Thanks to consistent snowfall all across New England, we’ve got some of the best December conditions in recent memory right now for skiers and riders, helping to set the stage for the industry’s biggest week of the year between Christmas and New Year’s Day.Princeton’s Wachusett Mountain kicks off...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 2:18am

The Egan brothers to join the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Perhaps the thing that surprises Dan Egan the most about being inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame next spring is that he and his brother, John, will, fittingly, be inducted together into a group that boasts fewer than 450 members, only a handful of whom have left their impact on...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 3:30pm

Where you can still find the 'soul' of skiing

Truth is, it’s easy to discover the soul of skiing no matter where you go, that connection we experience in the outdoors that spurs us in our passion for the mountains during winter.There are just some places though where the spirit flows more naturally.Not to bemoan the five-star restaurants, posh...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 4:15am

Your weekly ski weather report: Winter is coming

Hey skiers, get ready for the coldest outbreak in almost a year!Ski conditions will be improving significantly right through the weekend, matter of fact it looks like the rest of December could see an abundance of fresh snow and snowmaking machines will be in full operation mode as temperatures...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 3:30pm

The Downhill Report: Openings and expansions to look forward to

As ski areas and resorts across the region open for business with a smooth coat of snowmaking magic (or as was the case in Stowe, Vermont, over the weekend, 18 inches of the natural stuff at the summit of Mount Mansfield), it’s an entirely different story in western Maine, where folks in the...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 3:32am

Your weekly ski weather report: New England, this could be your weekend

Thanksgiving Eve has arrived, and if you're a skier champing at the bit — this holiday marks the official launch of the season here in the Northeast. Now, granted this all has to do with the weather gods and what they'll bestow upon us.Good chances ski buffs' adrenalines are starting to pump as...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 3:30pm

All eyes on Killington ahead of this weekend's World Cup

Fresh off her win in the first Women’s World Cup slalom of the season 11 days ago in Finland, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin made a pit stop in Vermont last Monday, taking the opportunity to inspect the site of her next challenge — this weekend’s World Cup races at Killington Mountain Resort, the...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 3:30pm