Yes, Connecticut has ski areas! Though it might not rival Vermont or New Hampshire for steep slopes, Connecticut can be a suitable destination for a one-day or weekend skiing trip and a particularly good place to learn to ski.
Here's a quick guide to the ski and snowboard areas in Connecticut:
Located in the northwestern part of Connecticut in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, Mohawk Mountain has a long and interesting history. It was here in 1949 that Walt Schoenknecht invented snowmaking!
Quick Facts: 107 skiable acres, 25 trails (12 lighted), 7 lifts, top elevation - 1,600 feet, vertical drop - 650 feet, 95% snowmaking, instruction for all levels offered by the Snowsports Discovery Center at Mohawk Mountain.
Tidbit: Save money at Mohawk Mountain by purchasing a six-pack: six all-day, all-mountain weekend/holiday lift tickets for the price of five. All six tickets must be for the same age level (adult, junior or child), but tickets may be shared with others or saved: They never expire. Purchase a six-pack at least 24 hours before your first visit to the mountain online or by phone. Six packs can not be purchased on-site.
Directions: From Hartford, follow I-84 West to exit 39 for Farmington/Route 4. Follow Route 4 West to the mountain, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. More Directions
This family ski area is located close to Hartford in the central part of the state. It's a great choice for snowboarders--the Drop Zone terrain park and Turkey Turn Park feature big air rails, jumps, boxes and more, plus all ski trails are open to boarders.
Quick Facts: 51 acres, 14 trails (14 lighted), 7 lifts, top elevation - 525 feet, vertical drop - 425 feet, 100% snowmaking, private and group instruction for children and adults.
Tidbit: Mount Southington will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, January 11, 2014, with giveaways, games and prizes, music, displays on the evolution of snowmaking and ski gear and birthday cake for all patrons.
Directions: From Hartford, take I-84 West to Exit 30. Turn right off the exit and follow signs to Mount Southington. More Directions
Powder Ridge is back from the dead! Southern Connecticut's only ski resort, which operated for nearly 50 years until its 2007 closure, has new life as of the 2013-2014 ski season. New owner Sean Hayes plans substantial investment in this multifaceted winter destination for families. Powder Ridge has ski trails open and expects to add snowboard and tubing parks by the end of its first season.
Quick Facts: 75 acres, 16 trails, 7 lifts, top elevation - 750 feet, vertical drop - 500 feet, private and group instruction for children and adults.
Tidbit: For a limited time, save 50% off lift tickets purchased on-site for same-day use while Powder Ridge ramps up operations.
Directions: From Hartford, follow I-91 South to Exit 19, and turn left onto Baldwin Avenue. Continue onto Preston Avenue. In just over a mile, turn left onto East Main Street, and then take the ramp onto Route 66 East. Turn right onto Route 147, then proceed 1-1/2 miles to Powder Hill Road. Make a right on Powder Hill Road, and the ski area is 1/2 mile in. More Directions
Ski Sundown, located just west of Hartford County in the town of New Hartford, Connecticut, is a great place to learn to ski or board. The ski area will host the 2014 Connecticut Senior Winter Games on February 25.
Quick Facts: 65 acres, 15 trails (14 lighted), 5 lifts, top elevation - 1,075 feet, vertical drop - 625 feet, 100% snowmaking, adult and child group and private lessons available.
Tidbit: Give the gift of skiing by calling 860-379-SNOW to purchase Ski Sundown gift cards, or buy them online.
Directions: From Hartford, head west on Route 44 to Route 219 in New Hartford. Turn right on Route 219 North. Go 1.5 miles, turn right on Ratlum Road, and Ski Sundown is .5 miles on the right. More Directions
Woodbury Ski Area in western Connecticut has the distinction of being the state's first ski area to open each season--sometimes, it's the first to open in the country! A cross-country skiing area, lighted for night use, is located across the street; three tubing parks with 20 lift-serviced runs are fun for the whole family; and the indoor and outdoor skate park, which is open year-round, offers day and night skateboarding.
Quick Facts: 100 acres, 14 trails, glade skiing, snowboard park with 15 different features, 6 lifts, top elevation - 850 feet, vertical drop - 300 feet, 100% snowmaking, 20 tubing runs, lodge, group lessons are available weekends and holidays, private lessons by appointment.
Tidbit: Woodbury has free Wi-Fi Internet access so that you can check email, news and scores between runs.
Directions: From Hartford, take I-84 West to exit 17. Merge onto CT-64/Chase Parkway, then turn slightly right onto US-6/Main Street. Turn left onto Washington Road/CT-47. Woodbury Ski Area is 4 miles on the left. More Directions