Why Relocate to Connecticut – Winter Sports

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Why relocate to Connecticut? For us, this isn’t the real question.  The real question is “Why wouldn’t you relocate to Connecticut?”  Consider the American Human Development Index, which measures the 50 states and Washington D.C. in terms of life expectancy, access to knowledge, and standards of living.  Connecticut is, once again, number one on that list!  There is no state better!

But let’s set aside the fact that the AHDI is an “apples-to-apples” comparison of just how objectively awesome Connecticut is compared to everywhere else.  Today we’re going to discuss another reason why Connecticut is the place to be in winter–playing outside.

When you’re thinking winter sports, skiing and snowboarding leap immediately into mind, and Connecticut is the place to be for hitting the slopes.  As a great destination for skiers of all skill levels, it’s obvious why Connecticut attracts tourists from throughout the Tri-State area, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Connecticut Ski MapThe largest and oldest of Connecticut’s ski areas is Mohawk Mountain, in the northwestern town on West Cornwall, in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.  They have 25 ski trails, seven ski lifts and snowmaking coverage on 95% of the mountain. (By the way, Mohawk invented snowmaking; pretty cool!)  Plus, this family owned-and-operated resort offers night skiing every night save Sunday.

Heading over to Plantsville (near Hartford), you will find Mount Southington, which features fourteen trails and seven lifts, many of which are well lit and open until 10 p.m. most nights.

With over 150 dedicated staff who teach daily lessons to children and adults of all skill levels, Ski Sundown also has programs for the advanced and intermediate skier.  Located two miles northeast of New Hartford, they have five lifts and fifteen trails, fourteen of which are available for night skiing.

With the largest tubing park close to Manhattan, you can see why the Woodbury Ski Area is a big draw.  You’ve got 100 acres of ski-able property on twelve trails and five lifts, and five new tubing runs.  And like the other ski areas, plenty of night skiing is available.

For those who don’t necessarily feel the “need for speed,” Connecticut also has some of the best cross country skiing out there, including the thirteen-mile network of fully mapped runs in the Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center in Farmington Valley (just ten miles southwest of Hartford) and thirty-five miles of roads and trails at White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield.

Plus, there’s ways to be athletic for those who don’t want to strap boards to their feet.  The New Year starts with five runs on New Year’s Day, and January brings us two Boston Buildups in Norwalk (January 6th and 20th), a 5k run in East Hartford, an indoor triathlon in Enfield, a half marathon and marathon relay in Hartford on the 26th, and the Milford Winter Wonderland 5-miler on the 27th.  And that’s just January; there are so many running events year-round, you’ll wonder if any of us actually need our cars!

Connecticut is the place to be when it comes to being fit and fun in the outdoors and not just in the winter.  For all the opportunities for keeping fit, even in the winter, it’s easy to understand why Connecticut is in the top 10 of states with the lowest obesity rates.

Again we ask: Who wouldn’t want to relocate here?

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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