Ski resorts across New England have been pumping out the snow at every cold-enough opportunity. This weekend is a good chance to get your ski legs under you if you haven't yet. A trip to the mountains always trumps a day fighting the crowds Christmas shopping at the mall.
A look across the New England snowscape shows that Sunday River has the lion's share of terrain open, 32% with 41 trails and 190 acres for your skiing and riding pleasure. The River has even peppered in 16 terrain park features.
Killington and Stratton are not far behind with over 30 trails and 170 acres each. In New Hampshire, Loon leads the pack of the 12 ski areas open, Loon has 38% of its terrain open, 23 trails encompassing 155 acres.
I am heading to Okemo for some fresh made snow and a chance to demo new ski gear at the 4th annual December Super Demo. It is still early December, but the big dogs are open, 22 of New England's ski resorts are ready and waiting with white carpet.
See you on the slopes.
Photos of Sunday River and Okemo Mountain Resort 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.