New England Areas Opening, Updates In Free* Skiing For Seniors, X-C Correctly, And More.

Bretton Woods is making world-class snow. This shot is from 11/11/17. The resort opened on the 10th. Credit: Bretton Woods

It’s happening.

The Western ski resorts are getting snow, especially in the Pacific North West. New England areas are opening, too. Bretton Woods in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is spinning lifts, the first to open in the state.  Other NH resorts are making snow, and for some in the Granite State, it’s the earliest they’ve ever done that. Cannon and Cranmore plan to open over Thanksgiving with others soon following.

Vermont’s Mt. Snow opened on 11/11/17.
Credit: Mt. Snow

Across the Connecticut River in Vermont, Stowe will be open this weekend followed by Stratton, Smuggler’s, and Bromley over Thanksgiving. Killington is hosting the Audi FIS World Cup for the second Thanksgiving Weekend in a row. And, what was the first resort to open anywhere in the East? Killington on Nov. 8. Our friend and colleague, the Ski Diva, reports Okemo is open right now.

In Maine, Sugarloaf and Sunday River are already open with limited skiing.  Most other Maine resorts will be starting soon after Thanksgiving.

Wooo-Hooo! Many million dollar investments in snowmaking are really paying off.

Last week, we published our list of 111 ski resorts where seniors can ski for free or virtually free.  It didn’t take long for our readers to comment on errors and additions.  Thank you, readers, for helping make this project more accurate.  So now, we have a list of 112 ski resorts where seniors can ski for free or very nearly free.  It resides under the COMMUNITY menu pick at the top right of the page under SUBSCRIBER-ONLY CONTENT. If you are not a subscriber, please join us.  It’s free and we’re on your side.

Also, we hear from an expert ski instructor on advice for senior Alpine skiers venturing to the Nordic skiing world.  His bottom line: “It’s easy to do it wrong.”

SLC Correspondent Harriet Wallis reports from the Ski Archives Gala where Rossignol ski executive Ron Steele was presented with the Joseph Quinney Award for his contributions to the industry.

Finally, here’s an unabashed plug for the New England Ski Museum’s really nice gift catalogue.  It’s filled with gift ideas for skiers and winter outdoor enthusiasts. And purchases go to help support the ski museum.

We are featuring it because there are really wonderful, hard-to-find items like historic ski posters, books with an winter outdoor spin,  DVDs, jewelry and belts, hats, accessories, etc.

If you know of other ski museums which have interesting gift catalogues, please let us know.  We’re sure they’re out there.

Meanwhile, let’s get going.  Time to get out into the cold.

Thanks for reading  Remember, folks, there are more of us every day and we aren’t going away.










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