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MLK in the mountains

Posted by Heather Burke  January 9, 2012 09:56 AM

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Skiing isn’t a very diverse sport, the participants are rather homogenous, even the snow is white. But Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is a great time to ski. Hey, it’s a three day holiday weekend to celebrate freedom in the mountains.

Sunday River has a big weekend in store, with ski and stay packages in their slopeside condos starting at $109 per person including lodging, lift tickets and adult ski or ride clinics. They are bringing in a U2 tribute Band, Joshua Tree, to perform at the Foggy Goggle on Saturday night, no cover charge. There will be night skiing, fireworks and a special dinner at The Peak with top chefs from Portland’s acclaimed Vignola and Cinque Terre restaurants. So take the chondola to North Peak Saturday evening, while night skiers carve the slopes below, then enjoy these guest chefs’ specialty Italian dinner. You do need to reserve for Dining at the Peaks, it’s a $65 dinner, but the experience is extraordinary, how often do you ride a gondola to dinner at 2,100’!

See Sunday River's complete schedule of events here.

Sunday River continues to have some of the most skiing in the East with 321 acres of skiing and riding. Other big snowmaking resorts with sizeable ski acreage open, during this challenging winter, include Okemo with 384 acres, Stowe with 340 acres, and Killington with 297 acres.

Skiing and snowboarding are very freeing activities; flying down a snow covered mountain is the ultimate freedom. So celebrate MLKJ in the mountains where they have made plenty of snow.

Photo by Greg Burke Sunday River Obsession

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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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