With the first day of winter behind us, the weather seems to have settled into unseasonable cold. We have seen alternating periods of cloud and sun, with occasional breaks from icy temperatures. The good news – there’s plenty of snow and it’s not going anywhere with more on the way today. Avid outdoor enthusiasts haven’t let the weather stop them from enjoying some excellent skiing and boarding. And, those of us who like a warm fire and a hot drink are content to stay inside and enjoy the season in a less active manner.
Here’s what our Snow Spotters report from around the state this week.
Laura Malieswski of the Burke Chamber of Commerce in the Northeast Kingdom reports, “Temps over here have warmed up to double digits and the snow is holding out with more expected in time for the weekend. Burke Mountain has 45 out of 50 trails open, Kingdom Trails is up and running for fat-biking and Nordic Skiing. Snowmobile trails are groomed and in good shape thanks to all the volunteer groomers. Extra layers are still required, but conditions are great for outdoor fun.”
In the Stowe-Smugglers’ Notch area of Vermont, Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers the following from Hugh Johnson’s blog, “The Winter Storm Warning goes from noon today (Jan 4) until 7 am tomorrow morning. We could see up to 11 inches of new snow by Friday night. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.”
A little further south, snow is still plentiful. Paul from Bromley in Peru, Vermont offers the same enthusiastic report, “We’re currently sitting here basking in the warm double digit temperatures, just waiting for that bomb cyclone to drop. The strangely named meteorological phenomenon is expected to start bombarding us with heavy snow some time this morning, which may add up to 6-10 inches by this time tomorrow! That should mean fluffy turns with free refills today, and full on deep powder runs tomorrow morning!
Planning ahead? Don’t forget to buy your lift tickets online in advance to save up to 50% off window rates! The earlier you buy, the more you save!”
Nearby Stratton Mountain also reports fresh snow and excellent skiing, “Winter Storm Grayson has just made landfall on Stratton Mountain, as the snow will be falling all morning into tonight, bringing you 3-5 inches of fresh powder on 81 trails, 564 acres, for today served by eight lifts. With comfortable temperatures today in the lower 20s, and winds up to 20 miles per hour, you don’t want to be that person who missed out.”
If you’re heading to Magic Mountain in Londonderry you can expect some wonderful opportunities today with colder temps moving in over the weekend. “It’s a Throwback Thursday with our famous $29 tickets. It’s going to be a great one with 3″ + of snow for the morning, starting around 8am, and then another 3″+ in the afternoon. Storm totals are expected at around 6-12″. There will be significant wind and cold temps in the low teens but the Red Chair is protected so we don’t expect any wind holds. (Protect against frostbite by covering all skin.) With almost all trails and glades open, it’s going to be a growing powder day as we get past Noon. Go to work if you have to in the morning, but take a long lunch!”
And, from my home in Woodford, I can report, “Snow covers frozen Big Pond in Woodford. The snowmobilers are having a great time zooming across the pond, day and night. With last week’s full moon, they almost didn’t need headlights.”