Winter Sports in the Litchfield Hills Last Updated: February 2021
Litchfield Hills is an ideal destination for outdoor winter sports activities such as downhill cross-country skiing, tubing, ice skating and sledding, as well as indoor fun like laser tag, target paintball mini golf and more. So why spend a winter weekend kicking around the house when you can be exploring so much of what Litchfield Hills has to offer instead? Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours may change due to COVID-19.
Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, Cornwall
Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall is the oldest and largest ski area in Connecticut, with a summit elevation of 1600 feet with 25 trails spread over 107 acres of skiable terrain and a 650-foot vertical drop. Mohawk provides night skiing on 12 trails and has snowmaking on 95% of their terrain. There is dining at the mountain base lodge as well as lodging and dining in the town of Cornwall. Popular with skiers and snowboarders alike, Mohawk also offers snow tubing plus rentals and repairs at their full-service ski shop.
Shepaug Dam, Southbury
Bald eagles winter in several locations in Connecticut, and the Shepaug Dam in Southbury is one of them. The observation area is scheduled to open in February 2021 and offers viewing on certain days until early March. So, bundle up and head out on the trail to see one of these majestic birds in flight – it will make your heart soar!
Ski Sundown, New Hartford
Ski Sundown in New Hartford offers day and night skiing and snowboarding until 10pm, seven days a week, from early December through late March. Four lifts and one conveyer service 16 trails (15 lit for night skiing), with varied terrain choices for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Ski Sundown has 100% snowmaking coverage and twice-daily grooming for the most reliable conditions in the region. Two terrain parks, a designated mogul trail and free NASTAR racing on Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights (with lift ticket or pass). Snowsports School offers group, private and multi-week lessons for kids ages 3+, teens and adults. Full-service rental and repair shop, ski shop, spacious modern lodge with two self-service food courts, apres-ski lounge and mountain view decks.
White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield
Enjoy the exhilaration of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield, which features 35 miles of roads and trails located on 4,000 acres open to the public for free. The untracked and un-groomed trails range from easy to moderate.https://www.ctvisit.com/listings/white-memorial-foundation
Sledding and Tubing
Sledding and Tubing on local hills never gets old – and you don’t need a Flexible Flyer to do it. Some next-generation “sleds” are little more than shaped and molded pieces of plastic; and if all else fails, the ole’ cafeteria tray works just fine. No matter — it’s the hill that does all the work. And there are some great ones in the Litchfield Hills, including: