We’re not sure if it was Mother Nature or Santa Claus, but Vermont got a magnificent covering of white for the holiday week. The skiers and boarders are thrilled. The snowmobilers are thrilled. And those of us who are content to sit by the fire and gaze at the landscape are just as thrilled. Here’s what is being reported around the state.
From Burke Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom, the reports are all about snow. “Well the snow fell, then it fell some more accumulating 8 inches throughout the day yesterday. Boy-oh-boy was it a Christmas to remember and the great news, there is still plenty of powder to shred.
Today is a good day to pack the facemask and extra base layer as we prime our bodies for the arctic air to come. Today’s high will reach into the double digits but barely, with the rest of the week remaining in single digit territory.”
Smugglers’ Notch Resort in the Stowe-Smugglers’ Notch area reported on Christmas Day, “Santa must have put us on his nice list, because we’ve already received 108 inches of snow this season, 26 inches in the past week, 2 inches in the past 12 hours, and more snow is on the way! Snowmakers have also had some great snowmaking temps in the past 2 months.” (Photos thanks to Mike Chait, Smugglers’ Notch)
Not to be outdone, southern Vermont also reports significant snowfalls and excellent skiing. The Tuesday report from Bromley Mountain in Peru states, “Good Morning skiers and riders! Winter storm Ethan is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving! We’ve received over 10 inches of fresh power since Christmas Eve, so as you might have guessed, the mountain will be skiing like a dream this holiday week.
Today, we’ll be skiing and riding on 33 trails covering 130 acres. The primary surface will be immaculate packed powder corduroy on 22 trails, courtesy of our dedicated grooming team. Our natural snow trails are skiing great too; you might even find a fresh pow stash or two early this morning!”
Nearby Stratton Mountain echos the extraordinarily wonderful timing of storm Ethan. ” We must have been really good in 2017, because yesterday Santa brought us over 8 inches of fresh new powder for you to ski this holiday week. We are kicking off the final week of 2017 with 68 trails and over 337 acres of that deep, white powder.
The snowmaking team has been working on the Coca-Cola Tube park this week, with an opening date set for Friday. Between Winter Storm Ethan’s 8+ inches of fresh snow, and the wonderful job our snowmaking team has done throughout this holiday season, we are excited to share this week with you here at Stratton Mountain.
Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? If not, Stratton has you covered with options from Grizzly’s to Table 43.1 or family time in the Base Lodge. ”
Even Magic Mountain in Londonderry is ecstatic about the snow. “Santa gave us a 8″-10″ fresh snow present. It will be a powder day! Just about every trail and glade will be open.
The snow tubing lift will be open at 11am-7pm. Dress warmly and protect the face as temperatures will be around 14 degrees for the high today.”