SnoCast: New Snow for the Turn Into Spring

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Can you believe it? The final days of winter have come. As spring officially arrives Saturday, we’ll enjoy mild turns in the East, while winter refuses to let go in the West. Forecast details in this week’s SnoCast.

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Staying Close To Home at Berkshire Resorts

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One of the consequences of New England’s restrictive COVID-related interstate travel mandates is altered, long-held habits for skiers and riders. The result is that winter sports enthusiasts are discovering (or re-discovering) new stomping grounds and creating opportunities for properly positioned ski resorts.

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How Will Skiing Will Be Different In The Berkshires This Winter?

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Ski mountains across the Berkshires are gearing up for a season full of social distancing and capacity limits, but also “magical moments” at revamped après ski areas designed to fit the times.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Recent Pattern Sets Up Nice December

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Thanks to a stormy and snowy Thanksgiving week, we are in prime position for a great start to December!

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Kids Getting Active At Summer Mountains

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Willy Booker, head of Burke Mountain Academy which hones some of America’s finest ski racers, bemoans that kids are less active and athletic today and don’t get outdoors enough. 

One way to remedy that is to have fun at a mountain resort this summer.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Multiple Nor’easters Keeping The Snow Around

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Excitement for this snowy March continues at Okemo. (Okemo/Facebook)

How about this start to March? We’ve already had two nor’easters to kick off the month and another may be around the corner.

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‘Thunder’ And ‘Bolt’ Add To Berkshire East Trail Count And Views

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New trail Thunder cruises under the mountain coaster. (Berkshire East/Facebook)

Now with the most terrain in Massachusetts, Berkshire East cut two new trails last summer that bring sweeping views of the Berkshires, accessible for even the resort’s newest skiers and riders.

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Get Ready To Fly: Mountain Resorts Wired For Zipline Thrills

Get Ready To Fly: Mountain Resorts Wired For Zipline Thrills
Top of the Rockies zipline claims its the only cable that soars over a railroad. (Top of the Rockies)

About one-third of American ski and snowboard resorts have strung ziplines to keep the mountain thrills going through the summer.
Hundreds of thrill-seekers hook up and slide every offseason, choosing from full-speed rides (60 mph in some cases!) to more leisurely flights using hand brakes. Many combine with suspension bridges and other aerial challenges for a tour. Most ziplines have age and height restrictions – and require parents or guardians for youngsters.

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Keep The High-Speed Thrills Going With Summer Alpine Coasters

Keep The High-Speed Thrills Going With Summer Alpine Coasters

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Since the mid-1990s, summertime alpine coasters have sprung at winter resorts all over the country. The wind-in-your-face speeds, high-speed turns and mountain vistas mimic the sights and sounds what skiers and snowboarders feel during the snowy times. 

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Gravity Logic Designed Thunder Mountain Bike Park Now Open At Berkshire East

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Twelve miles of gravity-fed, lift accessed downhill mountain biking are now open at Massachusetts’s Berkshire East. Gravity Logic, the company that built Whistler’s bike park, the largest of its kind in the world, designed the park for Berkshire East.

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Berkshire East Opens Mountain Coaster Columbus Weekend; Plans Downhill Mountain Biking

 

Berkshire East Mountain CoasterBerkshire East’s new Mountain Coaster is set to open Columbus Day Weekend, offering a mile-long ride, the longest in North America.
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New England Will See Big-time Weekend Freshies

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UPDATE 2/8: Guess it wasn’t all hype this time. The widespread blizzard (dubbed Nemo) that has been top of the news all week is here. Governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have already declared state of emergency conditions.

 

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