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White Christmas can be a reality

Posted by Heather Burke  December 19, 2011 01:18 PM

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You may be wishing for a White Christmas, but wishing alone will not put snow in your yard. You may need to transport yourself to the mountains where they are making snow (now that it's finally cold enough for serious snowmaking) to get into the winter wonderland spirit. Ski resorts with big pumping power are making that snowglobe scene into a reality for your family. Sunday River will surely deliver a white holiday for you, they have promised to open a new trail each day now until Christmas, to add to the 137 acres of skiing and riding already open on Barker, Locke, Spruce Peak and South Ridge.

Our family makes a tradition of the holiday on the slopes. It gets us away to play together, and enjoy the true spirit of family and togetherness. Once the kids are on school break, you can get away before the holiday and enjoy midweek pre-holiday ski and stay rates, and no crowds on the ski trails as everyone else is shopping, baking and stressing before the big day.

Resorts like Loon, Okemo, and Killington have great midweek deals this week, and they are blowing a ton of snow, opening new terrain daily.

If you can't squeeze a ski getaway in before Christmas, then have your Christmas Eve at home, exchange gifts and feast on your favorite Christmas dinner, then plow through your stockings on Christmas morning and hit the road to go skiing. Christmas day on the slopes is special - few skiers and a fun atmosphere. Sunday River has a special ski free Christmas deal, when you buy one night's ski and stay package at The Grand Summit Hotel for Christmas, you'll get two days of lift tickets for Dec. 25 and 26.

It will be a White Christmas in ski country, given the forecast for frigid temps and ski operators' determination to blanket their slopes whether the Winter Warlock helps out or not. So the only question is will you have a white Christmas? The answer is in the mountains.

Photo by Greg Burke

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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