Our region here is home to many 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, becoming the preferred mode of travel for military members across Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. In the late 1600s, skiing became 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 quickly added 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 allows audience members 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.
Whether you’re there for the turns or to enjoy a delightful aprés ski, a day on the slopes is a perfect way to experience the magic of winter in the Tri-State region.