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Ski notebook

Notes: Powder Ridge ski area sale approved

$1 million bid gets the OK, next step is public hearing

The defunct Powder Ridge ski area in Middlefield, Conn., got a step closer to reopening last week when the Board of Selectmen voted, 2-1, to approve a $1 million bid to purchase the town-owned property.

The owners of nearby Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park want to incorporate the mountain into a year-round outdoor activities venture.

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“Powder Ridge in my mind did a phenomenal job in creating a place to learn to ski,’’ Brownstone managing director Sean Hayes told the Middletown (Conn.) Press. “It was the leader in Connecticut. Let’s get it back.’’

Powder Ridge operated for 47 years before going out of business in 2006. The town bought the property at a foreclosure auction in 2008. A similar proposal by a Pennsylvania company fell apart last autumn when Alpine Associates, LLC backed out of negotiations with the town. The next step is a March 6 public hearing.

Steals and deals

Ragged Mountain has an online coupon valid tomorrow and all weekdays next week entitling the bearer to a buy one, get second half-priced lift ticket deal . . . Okemo has dropped rates to $49 for online-only lift tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays . . . Starting in March, Attitash and Wildcat will move Friday pricing to $40 through the rest of the season . . . When you buy a Wachusett Mountain midweek ticket online, you now get a voucher good for two free runs on the NASTAR race course . . . On Leap Year Day, Waterville Valley will slash lift ticket rates in half, and Mount Snow will have $29 pricing (for online purchases only). At Ragged, you can ski for free next Wednesday if your birthday is Feb. 29 . . . The first Tuesday in March is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, and elementary, middle, and high school students can celebrate the statewide holiday March 6 with free skiing at Mad River Glen . . . Waterville Valley has brought back “Temperature Tuesdays.’’ On Mondays, the resort’s weather forecaster predicts what the temperature will be at the base lodge when ticket windows open for business on that Tuesday, and customers pay one dollar per degree based on that prediction. The forecasted price is posted the day before, and Waterville has capped the temperature/price range between 10-32 degrees/dollars.

Race days

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The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race returns to Mount Cranmore for the 16th year March 2-3, featuring a dual giant slalom race and associated activities to benefit the New England Ski Museum. The weekend kicks off with a Randonnée Night Tour - a climb on skis with Alpine touring or telemark gear - at 5 p.m. on Friday (demo skis, boots, and skins for the climb are available). Saturday’s head-to-head giant slalom race features age categories from 9 and under to 90 and over. Registration is open until March 1 for individuals ($75) or five-person teams ($375). Race entry includes a Saturday lift ticket, goodie bag, and social events. Details at . . . Black Mountain will have an up-and-down all-mountain race March 3. Telemark, Randonnée, and split-board trekkers are welcome to enter. Participants can ascend in any non-motorized fashion, then ski or board back to the base-area finish line. Registration will take place in the main base lodge from 9-11 a.m. for a noon start. Entry fee is $50 and includes a lift ticket . . . On March 4, Sugarloaf will host the cross-country Inferno, billed as Maine’s only Nordic downhill race. The course starts at the King Pine quad chair lift and proceeds down Stubbs glade, onto trail 21, to 7 blue, and onto 1 west, finishing in the stadium. Start time is 10:30 a.m., and the $20 entry fee includes a T-shirt.

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