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Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing in Connecticut
CONNECTICUT OFFERS IDEAL WINTER SKI GETAWAYS
Connecticut is an ideal destination for winter sports activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing. If you’re looking for a day trip, weekend or longer getaway, Connecticut has fantastic options for ski enthusiasts of all levels, from the advanced to the novice. And, there are many family-friendly winter ski destinations, offering activities for kids and adults. Grab your gear and get ready to hit the slopes this winter in Connecticut!
Connecticut ski areas include:
Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Ski Resort in Middlefield is Connecticut's newest. The Park is home to 20 feature-rich trails for all ski levels, complete with log-style rails, cascading jumps and the only full-size half pipe in Connecticut. Skiing enthusiasts enjoy the boarder and ski cross course, racing family and friends down a four-lane track pitting boarder against boarder, and skier against skier complete with starting gates, timers and bibs. Powder Ridge also offers snowboarding and tubing as well as private and group sport lessons. Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Ski Resort offers a listing of local accommodations for overnight stays. Visit www.powderridgepark.com or call 860-349-3454.
Mohawk Mountain, set in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, is the state’s oldest and largest ski area, located in the Northwestern Connecticut town of Cornwall. This family owned and operated resort offers daily night skiing (except on Sundays) with 25 ski trails, seven ski lifts and snowmaking coverage on 95 percent of the mountain. Dining is offered at the Pine Lodge Restaurant and in the Main Lodge on Mohawk Mountain. Lodging choices in the area include The Cornwall Inn in Cornwall Bridge, Fife ‘n Drum in Kent and The Yankee Pedlar in Torrington. Visit www.mohawkmtn.com or call 860-672-6100.
Mount Southington in Plantsville features ski and snowboarding on a choice of 14 trails and seven lifts on 51 acres of scenic property. Enjoy the mountain until 10 p.m. most nights with well-lit trails. Lessons and programs are offered for young learners! Mount Southington provides a listing of area lodging and accommodations for overnight stays. Go to www.mountsouthington.com or call 860-628-0954.
Ski Sundown is located two miles northeast of New Hartford with 15 trails (14 for night skiing), providing 65 skiing acres from five lifts. Programs are offered for first timers, novices, intermediates and advanced skiers. The Snowsports School at Ski Sundown employs over 150 dedicated staff members who teach daily lessons to kids and adults of any skill level ages 4 and up. Night skiing until 10 p.m. Greater Hartford-area accommodations include The Simsbury Inn, Simsbury and Residence Inn Hartford Avon, in Avon. Visit www.skisundown.com or call 860-379-SNOW.
Woodbury Ski Area in Woodbury is a unique, year-round ski destination that also offers snow tubing, snow boarding, cross-country skiing and skateboarding. It is the closest Connecticut ski area to New York City and the largest tubing park close to Manhattan. Known as the first ski mountain to open in New England, the 100-acre property is skiable on 12 trails from five lifts and has 20 tubing runs and four lifts, two of which are magic carpets.
The Woodbury Ski Area offers night skiing and provides plenty of nearby lodging, including Longwood Country Inn and Curtis House Inn, both in Woodbury; Crowne Plaza Southbury and Heritage Hotel, both in Southbury; and Mayflower Grace in Washington. Visit www.woodburyskiarea.com or call 203-263-2203.
Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center is Connecticut’s full-service cross country ski center, nestled among 350 acres of forest and centrally located in the beautiful Farmington Valley, just 10 miles southwest of Hartford. The completely mapped, 13-mile network of groomed, gentle-rolling and wide, double-tracked trails provide cross country skiers, especially beginners, with hours of easy scenic traveling through prime woodland accented by bubbling brooks and spring-fed ponds. For non-skiers, Winding Trails offers sledding, ice skating and snowshoeing. The property’s Ski Center features a lodge with a continuously burning fire, as well as a rental and retail shop, a daily ski school and a snack bar. The season runs from mid-December to mid-March. Nearby accommodations include Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/Farmington and Courtyard Hartford Farmington, both in Farmington. Visit www.windingtrails.org or call 860-677-8458.
White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield features 35 miles of roads and trails located on 4,000 acres open to the public for free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The un-tracked and un-groomed trails range from easy to moderate. Overnight options include the Litchfield Inn, Litchfield and Days Inn Torrington, in Torrington. For more information, visit www.whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857.
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