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Mohawk Mountain enters its 75th season

CORNWALL — Good news for winter enthusiasts is that the Mohawk Mountain ski area opened on Friday, Dec. 3, welcoming skiers to its 75th anniversary year.

Plans are underway for an anniversary celebration event, probably in January, according to Cassie Schoenknecht, director of operations for the ski area. Her grandfather Walter Schoenknecht created and opened the ski area in 1947. He also invented the first snowmaking machine for use in his ski area, his granddaughter related during a conversation on Thursday, Dec. 2.

“We’re very excited,” Schoenknecht said, indicating that she has worked at the ski area all her life. “It’s quite a milestone.”

Snowmaking machinery has laid a base layer on the slopes that are being served by two lifts, Mohawk and Nutmeg.

Hours of operation to start the season will be Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. New this year is a way to purchase lift passes online through the Mohawk website, making it possible to go directly to the lift area.

While some of the pandemic precautions are a bit more lenient this year than last year, industry-wide standards remain in place. Visitors should still plan to use their vehicles for warming and for donning ski gear, Schoenknecht advised.

To keep everyone safe, visitors should consult the ski area’s website for COVID rules regarding use of the lodge facilities. Go to www.mohawkmtn.com  for details and to purchase tickets, or phone 860-672-6100 for information.

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