2008 WINTER

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

No need to drive to northern New England. There's skiing and boarding a-plenty at three popular areas in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills, with ample snowmaking to guarantee good conditions and new features this year to add to the fun.

At Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, Connecticut's oldest and largest area, for the first time women will be offered their own special weekend skiing clinic the last weekend in January and a snowboarding clinic the first weekend in February. Mohawk is also adding weekday sessions of their Snowhawk lessons for children starting at age five.

Skiers and snowboarders will find four big acres added to the Stinger terrain park at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, while Woodbury Ski, Skate and Tubing Park in Woodbury has redesigned Snowboard and Tubing parks and two new Magic Carpet lifts to service the beginner areas.

A DAY FOR EVERYONE

Every weekday holds a special lure at Mohawk Mountain. Mondays are Senior Days, with free coffee for older skiers all day long. The Snowhawk program for children age five to nine, previously available only on weekends, now is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. On Wednesday, Parent-Tot Discount Day, a half-day lift ticket for both parent and child and a morning or afternoon lesson is $50 instead of the usual $70. Friday is Women's Day, with a clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and a $65 fee that includes a lesson, lift and lunch. Night skiing on 12 trails is available every day except Sunday.

Mohawk is the perfect place for children to learn to ski or snowboard. Private lessons are available for skiers as young as age 3 and snowboarders at age 4. The Parent and Tot program is for 4 year olds and the Miniriders Snowhawks program is for 5 year old beginning snowboarders. It is an economical place for adult learners, as well, with beginner ski and snowboard packages including lift ticket, group lesson and equipment rental for $62. Mohawk offers 107 ski-able acres on 350 scenic acres of state forest, with a vertical drop of 650 feet. The slopes include 24 trails and six lifts, with snowmaking on 95 percent of the ski terrain. For more information, see or check the Internet at www.mohawkmtn.com.

A HAVEN FOR BOARDERS, ADAPTIVE SKIERS

The newly expanded Stinger terrain park at Ski Sundown will soon have a new name, thanks to a naming contest ending in December. Ski Sundown now has two dedicated terrain parks where boarders and skiers can practice their tricks.

Ski Sundown offers lessons and camps to learn and practice moves on a number of freestyle terrain features such as rails, boxes, and tables. New this year, Ski Sundown is a NASTAR mountain, welcoming the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. The series of new racing programs includes Race F.A.S.T. (focused advanced skill training) for teens and a Master Racing Program for adult master racers and high- level recreation skiers. Races take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Rounding out the offerings at Sundown is the popular Women in Motion program, now in its' 13th season beginning in January

With 65 acres of ski area, three triple chairlifts, one double chairlift plus a conveyer, Ski Sundown can accommodate over 8,000 skiers per hour, meaning short lift lines. The vertical drop is 625 feet; the longest trail, and snowmaking covers the entire mountain. Sundown is one of the select ski areas with instructors trained and certified in adaptive coaching, providing ski and snowboard lessons to students with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities of all ages and abilities. Instructors will assess, equip and teach special needs students one on one to meet their specific needs, abilities and learning styles. Check the Internet at www.skisundown.com. for more details on the new season

BIG FUN, SMALL COST

Woodbury Ski, Skate and Tubing Park is an economical family area with fun for all ages. Extensive snow-making makes it one of the first areas to open each season. Besides 18 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding and the newly designed terrain park, Woodbury boasts one of the largest tubing parks in New England, areas for snow shoeing, and both snow-making and grooming on their cross-country trails. Beginners will have a choice of two new Magic Carpet lifts, a 400-foot lift to the east servicing four ski runs and eight tubing runs, and an 184-foot lift to the west leading to two ski trails.

The popular after-school Learn to Ski program will continue this year, along with the President's Week Ski/Snowboard Camp from February 19th to 22nd. Find out about other programs at www.woodburyskiarea.com.

For more information on the skiing and other winter activities in the region, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com. The Visitors Bureau also offers a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills.