Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing in Connecticut
CONNECTICUT OFFERS IDEAL WINTER SKI GETAWAYS
Connecticut’s ideal location in southern New England makes it a great weekend or one-day winter ski trip destination, especially for families and beginners learning to ski. Indeed, Connecticut takes its snow seriously and lets no winter weather go to waste; a little known fact, snow making was actually invented in Connecticut at Mohawk!
Within Connecticut, winter warriors can find five areas for skiers and snowboarders as well as two destinations that cater to those who prefer cross country skiing. Each locale is within reasonable driving distance for residents traveling from Pennsylvania, the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and Massachusetts.
“Connecticut is a great destination for skiers of all levels, which is why we attract many families comprising of different age groups,” said Randy Fiveash, Tourism Director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Our ski destinations are conveniently located in areas that are short drives from great historical and cultural attractions, as well as high-end boutique-style shopping, fine dining and live entertainment for continued activities off the slopes.”
Highlights of Connecticut ski areas include:
Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Ski Resort in Middlefield is Connecticut's newest. The Park is home to 20 feature-rich trails for all ski levels, complete with log-style rails, cascading jumps and the only full-size half pipe in Conneticut. Skiing enthusiasts enjoy the boarder and ski cross course, racing family and friends down a four-lane track pitting boarder against boarder and skier against skier complete with starting gates, timers and bibs. Visit www.powderridgepark.com or call 860-349-3454.
Mohawk Mountain, set in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, is the state’s oldest and largest ski area, located in the Northwestern Connecticut town of West Cornwall. This family owned and operated resort offers daily night skiing (except on Sunday) with 25 ski trails, seven ski lifts and snowmaking coverage on 95 percent of the mountain. Dress up like a pirate on February 10, 2014 and recover the pirate’s bootie from hiding places all over the mountain and receive great prizes during Mohawk Mountain’s popular tradition, Pirate Day. Mohawk also offers three free lift tickets this season to 4th graders from Connecticut and a free First Experience Day on December 21. Lodging choices in the area include The Cornwall Inn, Fife ‘n Drum in Kent, Breadloaf Mountain Lodge & Cottages in Cornwall Bridge and The Yankee Pedlar in Torrington. Visit www.mohawkmtn.com or call 860-672-6100 or 800-895-5222.
Mount Southington in Plantsville features ski and snowboarding on a choice of 14 trails and seven lifts on 51 acres of scenic property. Enjoy the mountain until 10 p.m. most nights with well lit trails. Visit www.mountsouthington.com or call 860-628-0954.
Ski Sundown is located two miles northeast of New Hartford with 15 trails (14 for nightskiing), allowing for 65 skiing acres from five lifts. Programs are offered for first timers, novices, intermediates and advanced skiers. The Snowsports School at Ski Sundown employs over 150 dedicated staff members who teach daily lessons to kids and adults of any skill level ages 4 and up. Night skiing until 10 p.m. Visit www.skisundown.com or call 860-379-SNOW.
Woodbury Ski Area in Woodbury is a unique, year-round ski destination that also offers snow tubing, snow boarding, cross country skiing and skateboarding. It is the closest Connecticut ski area to New York City and the largest tubing park close to Manhattan. Known as the first ski mountain to open in New England, the 100-acre property is ski-able on 12 trails from five lifts and has 20 tubing runs and four lifts, two of which are magic carpets.
The Woodbury Ski Area offers night skiing and provides plenty of nearby lodging, including Longwood at Merryvale and Curtis House, both in Woodbury; Crown Plaza and Heritage Southbury, both in Southbury; and Mayflower Inn in Washington. Visit www.woodburyskiarea.com or call 203-263-2203.
Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center is Connecticut’s full-service cross country ski center, nestled among 350 acres of forest and centrally located in the beautiful Farmington Valley, just 10 miles southwest of Hartford. The completely mapped, 13-mile network of groomed, gentle-rolling and wide, double-tracked trails provide cross country skiers, especially beginners, with hours of easy scenic traveling through prime woodland accented by bubbling brooks and spring-fed ponds. For non-skiers, Winding Trails offers sledding, ice skating and snowshoeing. The property’s Ski Center features a lodge with a continuous fire burning, as well as a rental and retail shop, a daily ski school and a snack bar. The season runs from mid-December through mid-March and hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For rates and other information, visit www.windingtrails.org or call 860-677-8458.
White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield features 35 miles of roads and trails located on 4,000-acres open to the public for free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The un-tracked and un-groomed trails range from easy to moderate. For more information, visit www.whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0957.
For more information about skiing and other things to do and places to stay, please click here or call 1-888-CTvisit (1-888-288-4748). Connecticut offers visitors a multi-faceted wealth of attractions, historical, cultural and recreational activities, diverse and beautiful natural landscapes, parks, beaches and wilderness sure to fulfill any getaway need.
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