Early snow good for Crotched Mountain’s opening this Friday 

  • Opening day at Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride in 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/2/2019 5:31:05 PM

Monday’s snow is a boon to the start of the ski season at Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride, which kicks off on Friday. 

“We don't have to start from scratch,” said representative Megan Myhaver. “It's given us more snow to create a very good base.”

She said the mountain has plenty of snowmaking to do over the next 72 hours, but the natural snow could mean that they could start the season with more trails open.

“We were going to open with at least four,” she said, but natural accumulation could mean six or eight trails open on Friday. 

Opening day was made official last week in light of the encroaching storm, Myhaver said. She said the evening features a season kickoff event in the bar, with the latest telemark equipment from the Fey Brothers, who run telemarkdown.com and Fey’s Ski Shop in New Boston.

“We’re gonna be partying like it’s 1999,” Erik Fey said. “We're just excited to get the season started.”

He said visitors will have an opportunity to see the 2020 designs for Summitcone, the business’s own telemark ski line, as well as the latest in alpine touring equipment.

Telemark skiing is a style that incorporates elements of both alpine and Nordic skiing. The mountain boasts a rental fleet of telemark gear as well as a superlative amount of telemark instructors.  Fey said his business has been working with Crotched Mountain since the mountain reopened.

“It's a great way to make a smaller mountain exciting,” he said of the telemark skiing technique, “it doesn't matter whether you're at Vail or Crotched.”

Myhaver said this is on the earlier end of Crotched Mountain’s opening date range, which depends on the natural snowfall and temperatures conducive to snowmaking in a given year. She said she heard there were people out on the mountain to hike the trails and ski down on Monday, and said that the mountain allows uphill traffic during the ski season. 

On Friday, the ski area will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. Hours are set on Dec. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 9 through 13. Myhaver said Midnight Madness begins on Dec. 27, when the trails are open to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


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