Mogul Meister Ski & Snowboard Club
Westchester's Premier Ski Club with annual trips to Europe, the U.S. West and New England
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Sunday River built its enviable reputation on ski conditions, and it continues to win over skeptics with “the most reliable snowmaking and grooming anywhere in the East” (No. 6 in Grooming). Not only does the place make lots of snow, “they nurture it.” The River “skis like a Western resort and feels bigger than the stats would suggest.” That’s an understatement: The alpine terrain sprawls over eight lift-connected peaks, each etched with “beautiful, wide, fall-line trails.” To those, add tight glades, terrain parks, and “ungroomed double-blacks gnarly enough to make anybody think twice.”
And there’s always Kansas, the beginner trail easing across all the peaks—just be prepared to skate on its flats. With all this terrain, even on the busiest days you can find the Zen of Skiing: short lift lines and quiet trails. Two ski-in/ski-out hotels and a slew of mountainside condos make it easy to ski until you drop. The sleepy, Currier & Ives village of Bethel is the mountain’s counterpoint. “Sunday River is truly what you come to expect from a top-notch resort with small-town New England flavor.” — Hilary Nangle
READ MORE ... Ski Magazine, September 19, 2019... Click here
What About Travel?
Currently, travel remains the biggest unknown factor with borders closed, airlines grounded and mandatory two-week quarantine periods when people do cross borders. It is unclear how long some of these restrictions will stay in place but it does appear that they will be eased over the summer and autumn with airlines announcing the resumptions of flights and internal borders coming down in Europe through June and July easyJet and others have put flights on sale right through next winter much earlier than usual and often with seats at far lower prices so those prepared to risk booking now whilst not knowing exactly what will be the state of individual airlines and travel in general by next winter can often secure a good deal.Will Ski Resorts Get Booked Up?On the one hand, at present, there is a great deal of uncertainty about booking travel, but equally, there are signs that as restrictions ease, pent up demand will lead to a surge in bookings. Never mind, “will ski resorts open next winter?” – do we need to be asking whether resorts will get booked up?! Some ski tour operators InTheSnow spoke to said they thought next season could actually be a ‘boom winter’ … maybe… as they feel summer travel will be muted so next winter could be when everyone starts to feel free to travel again.If a vaccine is found over the coming months it might have been rolled out by then too, the thinking goes.If ski areas are also having to limit the numbers of people allowed in the resort this could actually create a scenario where resorts get fully booked, especially at peak times. That has already been the case at ski areas that have re-opened in April and May in Norway and the US, where people have not been able to get their hands on one of the limited numbers of lift tickets available each day as they sell out like tickets for a big pop concert. So those could be arguments for booking early, and securing your lift pass, although no one knows if that really will be the case!
What Deals Are There?
More and more resorts are offering deals to try to get people to book early.
These generally take the form of cheap lift passes or other initiatives. Zermatt and Arosa in Switzerland are among resorts offering a kind of holiday bond which may be worth considering if you plan to ski there. In Zermatt’s case, you buy their bond, like a gift voucher, and can spend it any time in the next 10 years. The perk is that when you spend it Zermatt add 10% top-up its value, so a 100 Franc bond is worth 110 Francs and a 1000 Franc bond 1,100 Francs for example. You can use the bonds on anything from accommodation or restaurant meals through to lift passes
Windham Mountain has announced that they have created a Red & Green Capacity Chart. To read more go to their website by clicking here:
In the Snow: An article put out by in the snow with details of the upcoming ski season and how we can play our part to keep everyone clean of Covid!
National Ski Association: Has announced their guidelines for the 2020 / 2021 ski season. Check out their recommendations by clicking this button. You can also find out more information by downloading the CoronaVirus update for 2020/2021 ski season:
State of Maine - Covid-19 Response - from the office of the Governor:
Keep Maine Healthy FAQs
The State of Maine, its communities, and its diverse tourism and hospitality industries know that visitors want to travel to locations that are safe and healthy, and they want to enjoy the communities, businesses and outdoor locations that make Maine so special.
To that end, Maine has launched the Keep Maine Healthy plan, designed to be a multilayered approach that aims to protect Maine people, protect visitors, and support Maine small businesses by reducing, to the greatest extent possible, COVID-19 risks associated with travel.
The plan relies on three cornerstones: 1) testing for the virus that encourages all visitors to “know before you go”; 2) screening for symptoms among travelers; and 3) engaging Maine communities to promote COVID-19-prevention best practices and public health education.
This multilayered approach builds off successful efforts to ensure Maine businesses are implementing added health and safety precautions through detailed COVID-19 Prevention Checklists, which require a number of measures from increased sanitation to physical distancing procedures.