Ski Ward Ski Area, located in Shrewsbury, Mass., made news recently after testing its new, all-weather snowmaking system. Admittedly though, it might take some time before you’re able to make some turns.
The ski area piled up 10 feet of snow after four days of running the Latitude 90 system, which can make snow when outdoor temperatures are below 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Ski Ward plans to fire snowmaking back up toward the end of September/early October and open on Nov. 1 with a preseason lesson program.
However, if you can’t wait that long to snap back into your bindings, there’s a new solution arriving soon north of the border.
Beginning Aug. 18, Canada’s Mont Tremblant will offer summer skiing on a synthetic surface in the learning area. Two types of surfaces will be available; one mat will offer a softer feel, allowing for wider turns, while another presents a firmer surface which gives more room for braking techniques and control. No, it isn’t going to deliver the same sort of feel as a powder day might, but it’s probably not the worst you’ve ever skied in August either.