No need to drive to northern New England. There’s skiing and snowboarding a-plenty at three popular areas in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, with ample snowmaking to guarantee good conditions and new features this year to add to the fun.
This is the earliest that Connecticut's largest ski area, Mohawk Mountain located on 46 Great Hollow Road in Cornwall has opened. Mohawks boasts 107 skiable acres, on 350 scenic acres of state forest that has 25 trails and 7 lifts including the new Arrowhead Triple Chair lift. The area's full Schedule Operating Hours are: M-F, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Sun., 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For information on events, snow conditions and special deals www.mohawkmtn.com.
A new feature being offered this year at Mohawk Ski Area is "Mohawk Money". This is a unique gift card/ credit card that allows purchasers to preload any amount of money on a magnetically coded card, allowing customers to be "wallet free" and still able to conveniently purchase items at Mohawk Mountain. The cards are available online through the express line or by calling 800-895-5222 or 860-672-6100. Mohawk Money is easy to use to purchase lift tickets at the areas ticket windows, rental equipment or lessons, food in the main lodge and gear and clothing in the gift shop.
Ski Sundown located on 126 Ratlum Road in New Hartford is also open for the 2013-2014 winter skiing season. According to the ski area’s operations manager, all the chairlifts are running and the 15 trails are optimal with full snow coverage. In addition over a mile of features for skiers and snowboarders are available in two terrain parks – one advanced park on Stinger and one intermediate park on Tom’s Treat. The area is open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. weekdays, check the website for holiday hours from Dec. 23-31, Jan. 1, 20 and Feb. 17-21.
New to the park this year is the installation of a 300 -foot long conveyor “carpet” lift in the learning area, a reconfiguration of trails and the revival of the S’noWay trail, that adds intermediate terrain to the learning area. There is also a new beginner terrain park. Ski Sundown is located at 126 Ratlum Road, off Routes 44 and 219, in New Hartford. For lift ticket and rental rates, lesson and event information, visit www.skisundown.com.
Woodbury Ski, Skate and Tubing Park located on 785 Washington Road in Woodbury are an economical family area with fun for all ages. Extensive snowmaking makes it one of the first areas to open each season. Besides 18 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding and the newly designed terrain park, Woodbury boasts one of the largest tubing parks in New England, with 15 dedicated snow- tubing trails serviced by four lifts. Night tubing on trails designed in accordance with National Ski Association guidelines is also available here. The area is open daily 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
In addition to down hill skiing and snow tubing there are areas for snow shoeing, and groomed cross-country trails. Beginners will have a choice of two new Magic Carpet lifts, a 400-foot lift to the east servicing four ski runs and eight tubing runs, and an 184-foot lift to the west leading to two ski trails.
For current snow condition, lessons and event information visit: www.woodburyskiarea.com.
For area information www.litchfieldhills.com