Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Connecticut is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsMohawk Mountain Ski Area, in Cornwall, Connecticut, is in the northwestern part of the state, just over an hour from Hartford, Bradley International Airport and Poughkeepsie, New York; it's about 2 1/4 hours from New York City. Opened in 1947, the small but venerable resort is family-friendly and boasts a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. It does not offer any expert runs. Reviewers give it high marks for friendly staff, lessons for beginners and short wait times for lifts.
The MountainMohawk Mountain rises to a peak of just more than 1,600 feet, with a vertical drop of 650 feet. The ski resort is near the Mohawk State Forest and Mohawk Mountain State Park, which offers a wildlife sanctuary and black spruce bog, as well as trails that can be enjoyed by cross-country skiers. Mohawk Mountain opens in mid-December for 110 days, closing in late March or early April. The annual snowfall is 92 inches on average. Mohawk Mountain is famous as the site where "aircraft engineers-turned-ski-makers" Wayne Pierce, Art Hunt and Dave Richey tested their newly invented snowmaking machine in 1950. Today Mohawk Mountain continues to make plenty of snow to supplement what falls naturally.
Trails And LiftsWith 172 skiable acres containing 24 trails, Mohawk Mountain has 20 percent beginner trails, 60 percent intermediate trails and 20 percent advanced trails. The longest run is 1 1/4 miles long. The resort has seven lifts, with four triple chairs, one double chair and two surface lifts. Skiing at night is possible from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In The NewsMohawk Mountain Ski Area features a number of special events, including the American Cancer Society's fundraiser "Hope on the Slopes." Theme days cover everything from the '60s to Yetis to Mohawk Madness, a beach party at the resort. On College Nights students receive a discount. And if skiing doesn't offer enough exercise, enthusiasts can combine snow sports and yoga on special Snowga days.
CostLift ticket prices vary, with midweek eight-hour flex tickets priced at $30 for adults and $15 for children younger than 5; weekend eight-hour flex tickets are $54 for adults and $15 for children younger than 5. A Friday or Saturday "Stargazer" ticket, good from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., costs $26 for adults and $15 for children younger than 5. Specials include a "Six Pack," which offers six tickets for the price of five. The "First Experience Day" on the opening day at Mohawk Mountain gives first-timers free equipment rental, a lift ticket and a lesson for skiing or snowboarding on the beginning slope (a package that would normally cost $70); participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Torrington chapter of Fish Inc., a homeless shelter. Season pass holders are entitled to a 10 percent discount on full-price items. A premier tuneup of skis goes for $60 and a basic tuneup is $25.
Apres-SkiMohawk Mountain Ski Area features the Pine Lodge Restaurant with chili, New England clam chowder, burgers, sandwiches and daily specials. Mohawk's location in the Berkshires means that there are plenty of restaurants and lodging options in nearby towns such as Lakeville, Cornwall and Southbury. The Berkshires are a popular tourist destination and museums, concerts and special holiday celebrations can be found both in northwestern Connecticut and just over the border in southwestern Massachusetts.
WATCH: Mohawk Mountain Ski AreaExperience skiing at Connecticut's Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in this skier's eye video of a downhill run.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the resort has a terrain park, but it does not.