The weekend prior to Christmas is my personal favorite for fresh snow and very few people on the slopes. Yesterday at Sunday River, those that went skiing instead of shopping were rewarded with freshly made snow, sunshine, and an appropriately wintry scene. First tracks on American Express and Right Stuff were talcum powder textured snow with a stunning sunrise over the mountains. The River did an amazing job resurfacing trails. Its never dull for ski areas, they just can't predict what Mother Nature has in store, 30 inches of snow last week followed by a warm wet spell Friday for example, but snowmakers are always ready to respond and guarantee a very White Christmas with or without natural snow. Families arriving at New England ski resorts for the holiday week are being greeted with a White Christmas and snowy slopes.
Guess who else was skiing at Sunday River this weekend? A certain retired Red Sox catcher decided to learn to downhill ski. Jason Varitek went vertical this weekend, and the All -Star catcher was caught learning to turn and riding the magic carpet at South Ridge. His wife Catherine Varitek even tweeted about his fall line follies. The 'Tek family also enjoyed après ski at the Foggy Goggle. Varitek is no big threat to the US Ski Team, as his time was mostly spent on the magic carpet, still it's great to see a career athlete try alpine and enjoy the winter wonderland with his family.
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.