The White Stuff
The traditional snow sports still have plenty to offer blizzard-watchers. Here are some of the improvements you’ll find at the Valley’s ski and snowboard resorts:
New this winter is a state-of-the-art Wintersteiger TuneJet tuning machine, as well as a streamlined reservation service that allows you to order pre-tuned and fitted rentals on-line.
The mountain added 70 new pieces of snowmaking equipment during the off-season, including 23 snow guns on the lower portion of the Wing N’It trail alone. That means more snow, no matter how finicky the winter weather gets.
The terrain park has relocated to a more accessible part of the resort, and is now equipped with new frames, rails, and better snowmaking capabilities.
Big changes are going down at the state’s oldest operating ski area: the infamous rock at the base of the mountain is out, and a glass-enclosed heated pavilion is in. Gone, too, are the free skiing lessons, which now require a small fee. In their place, however, is something arguably better: a guarantee that you’ll learn how to ski in just one day — or you’ll get your money back.
A newly constructed outdoor fire pit keeps skiiers and snowboarders nice and toasty.