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Ski Sundown


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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Residence Inn Hartford/Avon




Spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens, complete with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker.  Guests may enjoy a full American breakfast and Manager's Reception.  Hotel has a fitness center and whirl pool. 


Extra person charges may apply


$189 and up



Avon Old Farms Hotel



160 well-appointed guest rooms resonate classic charm with two- or four-poster beds,Complimentary hotel services include continental breakfast and Internet.  The hotel has an outdoor pool and fitness center.

Extra person charges may apply

$129 and up


Hampton Inn and Suites Hartford/Farmington


Convenient location with 124 rooms, offering complimentary breakfast and shuttle (within a 5 mile radius of the hotel).  The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center.

Extra person charges may apply

$129 and up





The Elephant Trail


Five Guys


Bombay Grill located at 320 W Main St (Route 44), Avon, CT

  • Additional dining options available in Avon and Farmington, Connecticut.




2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates


Ski Sundown

If you are new to skiing and riding, or an expert at the sport you can find terrain to challenge all of your abilities at Ski Sundown. Although Ski Sundown is located in Connecticut's snow belt, it boasts its 100% snowmaking coverage and offers the largest grooming fleet in the region. Ski Sundown offers a wide straight shot down Gunbarrel's 625 foot vertical drop, along with its base lodge offering a variety of amenities including: ski shop, repairs, cafeteria and lounge and a large sunny deck.

Snow making percent100%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
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Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
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Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts
Lifts-Total lift capacity8040/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1 mile
General-Base elevation450'
General-Vertical drop625'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds65 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Nice contained area. 4 hour anytime pass.

Cons: Small.

A nice little ski area.  Easily accessible from all corners of CT.

Gotta love their 4 hour pass.

My kids like the area because it can keep them occupied whether skiing or snowboarding.  I like it too.


Probably best for 1 or 2 day trip.  Anything over that, and you would not find any new trails to ski / snowboard.


Pros: Close (if you're in NW CT), good snowmaking, it's skiing, surprisingly "steep" for such a small hill, night skiing

Cons: Tiny, expensive for what it is, often open when it shouldn't be

This is where I learned to ski, where I skied after school through elementary school and middle school, and where I taught (PSIA level 1) in High school.


Now, don't get me wrong.  It's tiny.  625' vertical (they claim), longest run 1 mile (because 1/2 of it is dead flat and requires skating), and all the runs filter into a big mixing bowl of crazy at the bottom.  There's tons of glare ice (especially on Gunbarrel and NorEaster once it gets skied off), the bumps on Gunbarrel are always randomly placed icebergs.


That said, it's a great area to learn to ski - the instructors are mostly there because they love to ski (trust me when I say it's NOT for the money!).  It's steep enough and long enough that you can really work on your carving skills, but short enough that you can do things you can't do anywhere bigger - like leave one ski at the bottom of the hill and go for a few runs!


It's probably more expensive these days than when I taught there 7 years ago, and it's it was more expensive than it needed to be then - but it's not a bad day out as long as you're not expecting Vail.