Wax the skis and snowboards, dig out the ski boots and locate the goggles; it’s time to head to the slopes. Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area opened for the 2020-2021 season yesterday and is open daily into April, if all goes as planned.
Owners Aaron and Becky Maddox start their 11th season at the ski area with the unveiling of a significant upgrade. The Chute Lift, where once the old T-bar hauled skiers up the slope, now carries skiers and riders on two-person chairs through a corridor of pine trees. While the chairs are the same, as are the series of poles along the route, the difference is at the top.
Previously, the chairs went up a steep final rise to the top of the lift. At that point skiers and snowboarders hopped off, and slide down a short but often slick runout into a rather dished-out depression. Then