Bagging the last leaves, I can’t help but start humming the Christmas song, “Let It Snow,” hoping it’ll help bring down the white stuff. It can’t come soon enough for me so I can get out and hit the slopes.
Lucky for us living in the Nutmeg State, we don’t have far to go to enjoythese winter sports. There are four great winter resorts right here in our state.
Mohawk Mountain, part of the Mohawk State Park, has 24 trails offering something for every level of skier and snowboarder. Established in 1947, the park’s creator, Walt Schoenknecht, also invented snowmaking,.
With a top elevation of 1600 feet and a vertical drop of 650 feet, the park operates seven lifts. The 350 acre park has 107 skiable acres and the largest beginner ski section in the state.
Part of the Southern Berkshire Mountain range, they offer a variety of packages including Senior Day, Ladies Clinic and a Friday Morning lift ticket for only $20. Rentals, lessons and night skiing are all available.
Food is mostly hot dogs and hamburgers. And, because it is a state park, no alcohol is sold. Not to worry, there are several fine casual restaurants nearby to grab a beer after a day on the slopes.
Though not affiliated with Mohawk Park, there is ample area for snowshoeing and cross country skiing at the top of the mountain.
It may be small, but Mount Southington still has a mighty punch when it comes to the wintery sport. With 14 trails, seven lifts, the top elevation is 525 feet, with a vertical drop peaking at 425 feet.
One of the highlights are their two all terrain parks. The beginner park, Turkey Turn, features a 12-foot rainbow, 16-foot rail and a small jump. For the more experienced, give the Drop Zone a try. Some of the elements include a 20-foot down rail, two 30 feet jumps and a 16-foot round bar.
For those who want to forgo the skis and boards, snow tubing is an option.
They offer lessons, as well as rentals. Night skiing is an option.
Their unique flex and set time lift tickets are a way to help ease the strain on visitors wallets.
The food is limited; but with the town of Southington nearby there are plenty of choices.
Considered to be the prime choice for snowboarders in the state, Ski Sundown is also touted as the most challenging ski zone in the state. It has 15 trails, 14 with lighting for night skiing.
The park has 65 skiable acres and a 1,075-foot summit, with a vertical drop of 625 feet, all being serviced by four lifts.
Like all the others resorts, packages, passes, lessons and rentals are available.
The fare is pretty standard, and they have a nice, but little lounge area.
Woodbury Ski Area
Home to Connecticut largest snow tubing park, Woodbury offers three tubing parks boasting over 14 different courses, they have four lifts solely dedicated to them.
The summit reaches 850 feet, with a vertical drop of 300 feet. Woodbury Ski Area has 100 acres of skiable fun. Lifts reaching the summit include a double chair, a rope tow and a magic carpet.
New this year is an all terrain park with such features like a 20-foot jump, rails, grinds and c-boxes.
Camps, racing, rentals and lessons are offered. Night skiing, boarding and tubing is allowed.
For those not wanting to travel downhill, cross country skiing is a part of the package.