Here is an interesting fact: ski resort bars, restaurants and condos are equipped with TVs. Here is another reality: the Superbowl doesnít start until 6 pm on Sunday. One more factoid: the mountains have received fresh snow this week and the weekend forecast is for sun, blue sky, and low human count.
So here is a question: why are you not skiing this weekend? It finally feels like winter; at least the calendar says it is February. The Groundhog seeing his shadow has little meteorological accuracy, Punxsutawney Phil is correct in his prediction about 39% apparently. Despite Punxsutawneyís prediction of only six more weeks of winter, February and March are traditionally the snowiest months in New England for skiers and riders.
I will give the Groundhog a little credit for distracting the media from Gronkís ankle for a few moments. But his forecasting is just lame, and he is clearly not a fan of skiing.
Skiing on Superbowl weekend does not imply that you are not passionate about football or that you are not a serious fan. Quite the contrary, you can ski in your Pats jersey (not a Giants jersey Ė unless you are skiing at Hunter Mountain) and show your support publicly on the ski slopes. Sunday, you can ski until 1pm and be home in plenty of time, or better still, stay in ski country for what will be a very un-crowded afternoon on the slopes, then watch the game at some aprŤs ski spot. I will be at Stowe enjoying the snow and the game on the big screen at the Hourglass Bar in the lovely slopeside Stowe Mountain lodge. Go skiing. Go Pats.
Photos by Greg Burke
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 www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.