In the middle of January, it is easy to let the doldrums take over and throw us into a funk when it feels that spring and summer will never make a reappearance.
Well, as they say when you can’t beat them, join them, so the best practice is to dress warm, get excited and pledge to enjoy the white stuff to the very fullest.
The first thought in everyone’s minds (after building the obligatory snow-man) is of course skiing, and Connecticut offers various interesting options.
Located, as it is in southern New England, Connecticut is ideal for day or weekend ski trips, even for out-of-state visitors. The birthplace of snowmaking at Mohawk, snow activities are serious business in Connecticut, with options for skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers!
Après ski activities include visiting historical and cultural attractions, high-end shopping, fine dining and live entertainment within easy driving distance.
Day and night skiing and snowboarding is available from early December through late March. The resort features 15 trails, 5 lifts and snowmaking facilities over terrain suited to all categories of skiers and snowboarders. It offers a full spectrum of services from rental, repair, sports shop, private and group lessons, accommodation, boarding and viewing decks.
Mohawk Mountain, skirting the foothills of the Berkshires, is the state’s oldest and largest ski area. This family owned and operated resort offers daily night skiing (except on Sunday). 25 ski trails, 7 ski lifts and snowmaking coverage, and several lodging choices in the area make this venue a very attractive winter destination.
Mount Southington Ski Area
396 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Phone: (860) 628-0954, (860) 628-SNOW
Mount Southington in Plantsville features ski and snowboarding on a choice of 14 trails and seven lifts on 51 acres of scenic property. Skiing is possible until 10 p.m. most nights on flood-lit trails.
Woodbury Ski Area
785 Washington Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
Woodbury is an exceptional all-year ski destination and also offers snow tubing, snow boarding, cross-country skiing and skateboarding. It is popular with aficionados from nearby New York City. The first ski mountain in New England, the 100-acre property features 12 trails, 5 lifts, a new lodge, 20 tubing runs and 4 four lifts.
Night skiing and plenty of convenient lodgings are available.
Connecticut’s only full-service cross-country ski center is located in 350 acres of forest in the beautiful Farmington Valley. The network of trails is completely mapped, and traverses verdant woods scattered with babbling brooks and spring-fed ponds.
Non-skiers too find plenty to do with options for sledding, ice-skating and snow shoeing. The Ski Center includes a lodge with an inviting fire, a rental and retail shop, a daily ski school and a snack bar.
This nature-based environmental and educational center features 35 miles of roads and trails located on 4,000-acres open to the public. Main activities are cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The unmapped and unattended trails range from easy to moderate.
Apart from skiing Connecticut has a wealth of exciting winter wonderland fun. Call 1-888-CTvisit (1-888-288-4748) or click on www.ctvisit.com to find a multitude of attractions and activities to make the season memorable instead of miserable.