Mount Southington Ski Getaways
Set in the rolling rural hills of central Connecticut just 15 minutes from Hartford and 20 minutes from Waterbury is Mount Southington, a popular destination for skiers and boarders alike. It's a full service area with a large professional teaching staff, an active race program, nighttime operation, plenty of rental equipment, and a spacious base lodge. The lodge features a cafeteria and the Mountain Room Restaurant and Lounge, overlooking the race slope. The Lounge is a popular place on nights when the adult race leagues meet.
All 14 trails are covered by snowmaking, and are served by eight lifts. A triple and a double chair run to the summit; two T-bars go up to mid-mountain, and a J-bar and handle tow serve a beginner area that's semi-detached from the rest of the trails.
Dom's Way is the longest trail and wends its way down all 425 vertical feet of the mountain for nearly a mile. For a more direct route down try Liftline to Avalanche, a blue square combo, or Steeplechase to Thunderbolt, two of Southington's four black diamond trails (including the Alpine Park). A snow tubing area adjacent to Whoopee features its own handle tow and just below that is the carpet lift for the first-timers.
The Mount Southington Ski Team, a youth racing academy for skiers eight to 18, operates from the Jerry Donavan Alpine Training Center. The mountain also hosts the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League (CISL), comprised of girl's and boy's ski teams from both public and private schools. The CISL is a statewide program with training and racing at ski areas across the state. The ever-popular adult racing leagues include the Connecticut Ski Council Club races on Monday nights and the Connecticut Industrial Council League, which holds races on Tuesday nights.