Improvements are being made at ski areas in western Connecticut, as the cold weather season gets under way in the state.
This includes the opening of Connecticut’s steepest ski trail at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, an expanded children’s area at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, and redesigned snow tubing trails at Woodbury Ski Area.
These three ski areas in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut have extensive snow making.
Satan’s Stairway at Ski Sundown
Steep, deep and filled with moguls from top to bottom, the new Satan’s Stairway trail at Ski Sundown is a Double Black Diamond trail that dares expert skiers.
Like most of the area’s 16 trails, it will be lit for skiing until 10 p.m. every night. The entire mountain at Ski Sundown has 100% snowmaking coverage.
For those not ready for Double Diamond trails, 50% of Ski Sundown’s 70 skiable acres is devoted to easier trails — for beginners to intermediates.
Ski Sundown is in New Hartford; learn more at www.skisundown.com.
Larger kids’ area at Mohawk Mountain
The oldest and largest ski area in Connecticut, Mohawk Mountain is ready to encourage a new generation to learn the sport.
The amount of dedicated space at the Hawk’s Nest Learning Area for children at Mohawk has been increased by 50%, and a new state-of-the-art rope tow specially designed for young skiers and boarders has been installed.
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Mohawk Mountain has a summit elevation of 1,600 feet.
Hawk’s Nest also has added colorful cubs, arches, snow snakes and other fun learning aids for young visitors.
Mohawk has a summit elevation of 1,600 feet, 25 trails spread out over 107 acres of skiable terrain, and a 650-foot vertical drop. It is known as “the home of snowmaking” for its pioneering efforts to ensure good snow conditions at all times.
Mohwak Mountain is in Cornwall; learn more at www.mohawkmtn.com.
Tubing to skiing at Woodbury Ski Area
Woodbury Ski Area in southern Litchfield County is making a name for itself as a snow tubing mecca. The Whoop de Doo trail is the longest snow tube run in New England.
No experience is needed to enjoy three separate snow tubing parks with over 20 different tubing courses. Four lifts bring tubers to the top. When the sun sets, the Tapawingo Boob Tube trail is lit and open nightly until 9 p.m.
The courses are redesigned by snow engineers every summer. Woodbury has extensive snowmaking, and often is the first ski area to open.
Woodbury Ski Area — open to downhill and cross country skiers, snow boarders and snow shoers as well as tubers — is in Woodbury, not far from Interstate 84; learn more at www.woodburyskiarea.com
For more information
For more information about outdoor activities in western Connecticut and a free copy of Unwind, a full-color, 152-page booklet detailing what to do and see, and where to stay, shop and dine in the Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County, contact the Western Connecticut Visitors Bureau at 860-567-4506, or go to www.litchfieldhills.com.
— as edited by Brad Durrell for the Shelton Herald