Today is the official start of winter as a look out any Vermont window will affirm. Snow continues to come down every day or so and the ground remains covered with a blanket of white. What a perfect scene as we head into the holiday week. Visitors coming to ski during vacation week should be pretty happy with what they see!
Laura Malieswski from Burke Area Chamber of Commerce informs us, “Not much additional snow this week, but we have a nice blanket out there. Snowmobile trails in Burke are not quite ready yet, but Burke Mountain is open with 30 trails and Santa will be at the Mountain on Saturday morning. Click here for other mountain events to keep the kids and adults busy.”
Jessica from Sterling Ridge Resort in Jeffersonville, near Smugglers’ Notch reports “It’s a winter wonderland here in Jeffersonville, Vermont! At Sterling Ridge Log Cabins, you don’t have to go far for a winter adventure. Smugglers Notch ski area is only a short drive from your very own log cabin. Happy Holidays.” (Photos by Addie B.)
Hugh Johnson, who posts a blog for Smugglers’ Notch, reports today. “Winter officially arrives today at 11:28 AM. Today is the calm before the storm. Today’s forecast is calling for skies to become mostly sunny with a high of 17 degrees. The storm moves in tomorrow with periods of snow 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow night’s forecast is calling for snow and sleet; we could see a storm total of up to 8 inches of new snow by Saturday.” Sounds perfect for the holiday weekend!
Julie from the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville states, “Living in this daily winter wonderland, it’s hard to remember that areas further south are still not snow covered. It’s beautiful in the Okemo Valley! Whether you prefer downhill skiing (74 trails open at Okemo Resort!) or snowshoeing (so many trails to choose from), or maybe you’d like to try something altogether different (dogsled rides at Great River Outfitters?! SO COOL!), there is certainly something here for you. If you can find a way to escape your hectic world, even if just for a day or two, we’d love to welcome you at Golden Stage Inn in Vermont.”
Savannah Strom from Bromley Mountain in Peru let us know, “This Holiday week we have Live music in the Wild Boar Dec. 23 -31(excluding Dec. 25), Cookie Decorating, dancing, carolers, a Telemark Skiing clinic and a variety of skiable terrain beginner to expert!”
Stratton Mountain‘s daily snow report states, “We’re expecting an incredible day on the mountain today. The snow guns have been blasting, and grooming teams have been putting in the overtime in anticipation for the coming holiday week.
It should begin getting cloudy in the afternoon and we may see some fresh snow by evening. With winter making its official debut today, we are keeping our eye on Dylan, the first named storm of the season which is expected to move in Friday night with more fresh snow for the holiday.
Looking for a last minute holiday gift, check out the Holiday Gift Guide including a $99 lift ticket good for 2 consecutive days, a Strattitude or Youth Spirit Pass just $369 through 12/24 and the Spare Room for that spontaneous powder seeker in your life which is only available through 12/24.”
Magic Mountain in Londonderry also has good news for the upcoming weekend. “It’s a chilly start to the day with temperature of 14 degrees under sunny skies. The good news is that 6-8″ is now forecasted during the day on Friday so more trails and powdery conditions on a solid base will soon be here. The Snow Tubing Park re-opens on Friday at 3p-7p for afternoon & evening tubing, then 11a-7p on Saturday and 11-4p on Sunday. During the holiday week, snow tubing and the new terrain park will be available until 7p under the lights every day.”
And, finally, it’s a true winter wonderland at home in Woodford. Here’s what it looked like first thing this morning with the sun rising over the pond. What a perfect way for winter to begin!