Winters in New England can be painfully cold. And while many New Englanders wait in anticipation for the cold winter months to end, the rest pray for even just a few extra weeks on the slopes. Whether you ski or board when it comes to mountains, New England offers a great variety of options. Although the majority of mountains are a good three to five hours away, most are worth the trek. Luckily for Bryant University we have a great Ski and Snowboard Club that makes a number of affordable (usually between 40 and 60 dollars) trips that include a pass and transportation. Four of my personal favorite ski resorts include Killington, Sugarbush, Mount Snow, and Stowe. And luckily for me the Ski and Snowboard Club has either already visited or plans to visit each of these mountains!
February 9th this upcoming weekend Bryant’s Ski and Snowboard club will be taking its first trip (excluding Killington college week) to Stowe. With two mountains and six terrain parks there is plenty of skiing and boarding to be had. The four and a half hour ride to northern Vermont is well worth it. February 9th also just happens to be the last day of Stowe’s Rail Unveil Series. Every event has a custom rail, there will be DJs, they will be giving out prizes and the best part is that it’s free! .Make sure you catch the Ski and Snowboard Club in the rotunda this week to get your spot on the Stowe trip!
The second Ski and Snowboard trip of the year will be Mount Snow on February 23rd. Mount Snow is only three hours away and is also located in the green mountain state of Vermont. The mountain is popular amongst freestyle skiers and boarders for its terrain parks. In fact with 10 parks Mount Snow has the largest compilation of terrain parks on the North Coast. If you can’t make it on the 23rd a day pass is normally $83, but if you purchase your ticket 7 days in advance you’ll save 10%!
The following trip, which also happens to be my favorite mountain to visit, is Sugarbush. Bryant Ski and Snowboard Club has a Sugarbush trip planned for March 3rd. The mountain is located in Vermont and is around five and a half hours from Bryant. As of Saturday morning the mountain reported that 66 of 111 trails are currently open. If you prefer to tear up the parks, visiting Mt. Ellen is a must. Sugarbush Parks located on Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen has over 70 features spread out over three different parks. The mountain even has a chairlift specifically designated for the parks. Sugarbush is one of the more popular mountains amongst University of Vermont Students. I myself have a number of UVM friends with Sugarbush season passes. I highly recommend a UVM/ Sugarbush weekend getaway if you have the contacts and the time. If you can’t borrow someone else’s pass for the weekend, a weekend day pass is $84 but purchase 2 days in advance and save 10%! If you missed this year’s Killington College Week trip over winter break I highly suggest marking it in your calendar for next year. Besides the superior quality and quantity of skiing that Killington offers, the trip itself is an absolute steal. For just $270 we received lodging and a ski pass for the week!
The pass itself is worth more than that! Killington or “the Beast of the East” is New England’s largest resort with seven different mountains to ski. With seven parks, not including the superpipe and a vast number of exceptional glades, it’s a great option for the experienced skier. But for those with less experience do not fear, I brought my highly inexperienced but extremely ambitious housemate out this year during college week! She had a great time pizza-ing her way across the mountains and by the end of the trip she even found her way down a black diamond or two! A weekend day pass is $88, but if you haven’t skied Killington this season or ever, I highly recommend the investment.
Other than the above mentioned trips the Ski and Snowboard Club will also be hosting their second annual Rail Jam scheduled for March 23rd. Besides being an all-around fun time the event also raises funds for Relay for Life! If you’re interested in participating or want to help out, contact Norris Johnson at Njohnso2@bryant.edu.