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It was a big powder fall throughout New England, and the snow continues to come down.

Pam Fletcher ripping up the pow!

It’s been a long time since we have had this much snow so early in the season here in New England. This last storm pounded the region and the skiing and riding is as good as it gets.

Remember the basics when it comes to being out in the cold weather. Dress in layers, wear mittens, and use hand and foot warmers. Neck gators and face masks are a must, and take breaks after two or three runs. No need to be a hero in these cold temps and high winds.

As always, I’m a big fan of the small resorts close to home. The price is right, the trails are short, the snow is great, and for a few hours you can have a blast skiing, snowboarding and tubing. A few runs before the NFL playoff games will be worth the trip. Up north, you’ll find great conditions and decent temps starting on Sunday, and the long range forecast looks promising for the upcoming Martin Luther King Day weekend.

Get on the bus! Pats Peak Bus Service from Boston


Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination, announces its two options for bus services from Boston on Saturdays.

BRS Transportation provides a bus service direct from Boston on the following dates: January 15; February 3; February 15; February 19; March 15. The cost is $69 per person and the package includes round trip bus and lift ticket (8:30am-4pm). To reserve a seat and find out about pick-up locations and times, go to their website here.

Pats Peak will also resume its successful bus service on Saturday afternoons to for the 2018 ski season starting on January 6, 2018 with Boston Common Coach. They will also pick up at any metro Boston location with 15-person minimum and 48 hours advance reservations. The Bus Trip and Lift Ticket Combo is only $85 per person. Trips includes round trip transportation, Saturday night Pay-One-Price (POP) lift ticket, which includes a night lift ticket (3-10pm), snowtubing ticket (5-10pm), lesson tips (4-6pm), rental equipment, and entertainment. Advanced reservations must be made by calling Boston Common Coach toll free at 1-877-723-3833 or local at 617-773-2784.

Learn to Ski and Ride in 2018!


Many New Hampshire ski areas are celebrating Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month this January by offering a $39 lift, lesson and rentals beginner package for downhill skiing and riding, and a $19 trail pass, lesson, and rentals beginner package at cross-country ski areas. Taking a lesson for your first time on skis or a snowboard can make all the difference in the world in terms of having a great experience, and the Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month special is a great and affordable way to try a new sport.

Plus, deals will be added for Bring a Friend Weekend on January 5-7, 2018 and for World Snow Day on January 21, 2018! Stay tuned.

Each resort’s availability and restrictions for this program varies, so you should click on the resort links or call the resort of your choice for availability and additional information. Remember, this program is designed for Level 1 students: that is, people who have never been on skis or snowboards before. If you want to improve your skiing, lessons are available for all levels of ability!

Log onto for more information. Click on the resort name to link to their Learn to Ski registration page or call the number listed to make your reservation.

And don’t forget! Edging the Xtreme airs Friday nights at 7 on RadioBDC, presented by Killington, Elan, Nashoba Valley, and Dalbello Ski Boots.