With President’s Day coming up, Mother Nature picked a great time to dump some snow in the East. This past week, over three feet of new snow has fell at Sugarbush, 30 inches at Waterville Valley, 40 inches at Attitash, and Sugarloaf got over 4 FEET of snow. This made for some awesome skiing last week and setup a great Presidents Day weekend. Out west, things continued to get wild. Here is this week’s resorts in the news.
Jackson Hole Closure
The talk on the ski lift (even on the East Coast) was how Jackson Hole was closed. How could a ski resort with one of the snowiest seasons ever be closed in February? Word is they were closed for 5 days because they didn’t have electricity. Winds of over 90 miles an hour and more knocked down numerous power poles (reportedly 19 poles) in Teton Village. Everything is back to normal now and skiers and riders are enjoying the huge amounts of snow. Check out the latest video from Jackson Hole.
SheRide Snowboard Camp at Snowbird
Feb 24-26, Snowbird will be holding an all-women’s snowboard camp called SheRide. The camp is specialized for women to all levels of riders from beginners to double black riders ages 18 and up. The SheRide coaching team is a professionally certified, all-women team who concentrate on all aspects of snowboarding including the biodynamics of the body and the power of the mind. The camp runs February 24-26 at Snowbird Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah and then will run again March 24-26 at Telluride Resort in Telluride, Colorado.
Loveland Ridge Cat Now Open!
With all this new snow, Loveland is now able to open the Ridge Cat. If you’re not familiar with Loveland, it is located on the Continental Divide. The Ridge Cat gives skiers and riders complimentary snow cat rides to Loveland's most challenging terrain. It takes you up to a 13,010 foot elevation where you can catch some of the wildest runs such as Marmot, Rock Chutes and Golden Bear. To use the Ridge Cat, you do need a special pass (aka waiver to some extreme terrain), but it doesn’t cost anything extra on top of a regular lift ticket. If you are into extreme stuff, check it out.
Castlerock Extreme at Sugarbush
On Saturday, March 4, Sugarbush is inviting expert skiers and riders to compete on their cliffs and drops for Sugarbush’s 20th Annual Castlerock Extreme. This is part of the Ski the East Freeride Tour and there is a cash purse of $1,000 with awards going to the top three men and women competitors, and Big Air winner. Judging is based on SEFT/IFSA criteria. If you are interested, be sure to reserve your spot online. Registration closes on Thursday, March 2 at midnight. You must be 15 and older to compete.
Photography Outback Tour
We’re always interested in other things besides skiing and snowboarding when it comes to enjoying the mountains. One thing that caught our eye this week was a Photography Outback Tour taking place at Sugarbush. On Wednesday, February 22 – you can take part in their photography workshop where you can hike through the mountains and experience the beauty of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley.
Sunday River Specials for New Hampshire Residents
Sunday River has always been popular with New Hampshire residents. It’s only six miles from the state border and it has some of the best skiing in the east coast. If you are a New Hampshire resident, make sure you note that they offer New Hampshire residents $49 tickets every Tuesday (excluding Presidents' Week). That’s a great deal for a great mountain that has had a huge amount of snow lately. Tickets must be purchased online and pickup is at the mountain where you just need to bring proof of residency.
Past Resort Reviews
- Feb 9, 2017 (Vail Resorts, Loveland, Killington, Telluride, Mt Bachelor)
- Feb 2, 2016 (Stowe, Killington, Big Sky, Alta, Bromley, Mt Bachelor)
- Jan 26, 2017 (Snowbasin, Taos, Loon, Sugarbush, Bromley, Jackson Hole)
- Jan 19, 2017 (Snowbird, Sugarloaf, Grand Targhee, Aspen Snowmass, Brighton)
- Jan 12, 2017 (Aspen, Stowe, Alta, Taos, Killington, Loon Mountain)