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Hit the Slopes: CT’s Best Ski & Snowboard Areas

December 3, 2011 9:00 AM

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By Dani Frank

The satisfying snap of ski boot meeting ski binding. The slice of a snowboard edge carving through fresh powder. While days at the beach have been replaced with frosty mornings shuffling to work, winter brings with it enough adrenaline-racing activities to draw any indoor mopes outdoors to Connecticut’s slopes. Connecticut’s original slope, Middlefield’s Powder Ridge Ski Area, is unfortunately no longer operational, but Connecticut is still a powder-filled playground for winter sports. Head to these four local mountains for a day of mogul-jumping or snow-plowing every snow enthusiast in your party can enjoy.

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Mount Southington
696 Mount Vernon Road
Plantsville, CT
203-261-7662
Hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Weekends: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/44993-Mt-Southington-Ski-Area

For the boarder or skier starting to feel comfortable in their boots, Mount Southington is the perfect intermediary between a gentle hill and a mogul-covered slope. Offering six blue square trails, a step above your basic green circle and a step below a daunting black diamond, the Plantsville ski area allows for visitors to ease into the winter sport of their choice, at their own pace. If you’re feeling daring, the slope’s two expert trails will keep you on your toes, while easier trails are only a lift away, the Northstar Double to be exact. Make sure to stop in for one of Southington’s fun, themed days at the slopes, such as Retro Gear day!

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Mohawk Mountain
46 Great Hollow Road,
Cornwall, CT 06753
1-800-895-5222
Hours: Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Weekends: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
http://www.mohawkmtn.com/default/default.html

For those who admire the speed of a skier or snowboarder zipping down the mountain from afar, Cornwall’s Mohawk Mountain is the place to take you from the bunny slopes to black diamond trails, at your own pace. Ski rentals and lessons are available, as well as a Nutmeg pass that will make traversing the bunny slope a cinch. A magic carpet lift, the newly instated Nutmeg triple chair lift and two additional lifts allow new skiers and boarders their fill of the mountain. Best of all, when visitors feel they’ve surpassed the green circle runs, upgrade your pass to an “All Mountain” pass for only $10! Switch from the easier Lower Mohawk to the winding Arrowhead for a chance to raise your adrenaline and skill level.

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Woodbury Ski Area
785 Washington Road,
Woodbury, CT 06798
203-263-2203
Hours: Weekdays: 9 am to 9 pm, Weekends: 9 am to 9 pm
http://www.woodburyskiarea.com/winter/index.html

If the first snowfall has you itching to slip on some goggles and grab your poles, Woodbury Mountain, in the town of the same name, is at the disposal of any eager snow bunnies. Claiming the title of the first ski slope open for the Connecticut ski season, Woodbury will keep you skiing, snowboarding and tubing into the late spring. Visit the “legacy mountain,” Woodbury West, for trail options ranging from the gentle Cubby’s Slope, to the extreme Steiny’s Drop, crowned a double diamond and advised for only the most experienced daredevils. If the idea of relaxing on a gentle trip down sounds preferable to a swift ride, head to Woodbury East and hop into an inflatable tube for a ride town Tapowingo Boob Tube Run. However, if you would like to travel from the peak to the base, Woodbury has a method of transportation.

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Ski Sundown
126 Ratlum Road
New Hartford, CT 06057
(860) 379-7669
Hours: Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Weekends: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
http://www.skisundown.com/

Boasting two terrain parks, 15 trails, 14 of them with lighting to accommodate night skiing, and five lifts Ski Sundown is the full package; this mountain will keep you in motion from an early morning start till the beautiful sundown. Settled in New Hartford’s Litchfield Hills, the versatile mountain has something for every snow sport enthusiast. Barrel down the curving Stinger trail, or gracefully glide down the scenic route on Papoose for an easier ride. Ski Sundown offers two triples to allow groups of three to ride from the base all the way to the top. Link to the mountains five other lifts on the way down, for a full exploration of all that Ski Sundown has to offer.

Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton, Connecticut. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, she is most happy when traversing the East Coast and beyond and documenting it all for curious readers. Read her further work at http://offmanhattan.com/author/danielle-frank/

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