“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir
This quote always conjures images of distant snowy peaks, dotting the horizon of Colorado’s famed Front Range– a skier’s paradise. But lovers of powder and turns do not have to voyage out west to satisfy their craving for a day on the slopes. Our region is home to our own beloved ski resorts, making the perfect winter outing for the adventurous.
The art of skiing dates back to over 8,000 years ago when the early inhabitants of Scandinavia would use flattened boards as a means to navigate their mountainous terrain. Cave paintings from 3000 B.C. confirm the widespread use of this bizarre yet innovative discovery. For centuries, skiing continued to evolve, growing into the preferred mode of travel for military members across Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. In the late 1600s, skiing made its debut as a recreational activity on the slopes of Austria, drawing fascination and tourism from around the world. By the 1900s, it had come to America, and we were quick to add our flair to this winter sport. Sun Valley, in Idaho, created the first chair lift, making skiing accessible for adventurers less fond of the uphill climb and more partial to the downhill thrills. Our own Mohawk Mountain developed the first snowmaking system to be used at a resort, opening the doors to more powder, more fun, and longer seasons.
The love for skiing remains strong here in our region. Our local resorts — Butternut, Catamount, and Mohawk — are the perfect escape for all levels of skiers, snowboarders, and snow enthusiasts. For those looking for a bit more thrill, every February Salisbury plays host to Jumpfest, a celebration, and exhibition of the exhilarating ski jump. This event offers audience members the opportunity to witness one of the world’s most daring sports, where local competitors fly through the sky and take a shot at glory. From experienced to beginner, skiing has something for everyone.
So pack up your parka, grab your favorite pair of gloves, and we will see you out there! Whether you’re there for the turns or to enjoy a delightful aprés ski, a day on slopes is a perfect way to experience that magic that is winter in the Litchfield Hills and beyond.