Now is the time to ski/snowboard this weekend
For the first time this season, some ski resorts in northern New England are close to having 100 percent of their trails open this weekend.
The sweet spot for the most snow that fell this week was in central to northern Vermont; Burke in northern Vermont got pounded with 32 inches, pushing its trail count to 47 of 50 trails.
“Whew, what a day on the slopes,” Burke posted on its Facebook page. “Snow kept falling giving free refills all day. Rest those legs, more snow is accumulating with the heaviest rolling in this evening. Fingers crossed for another 6-8 inches by first chair.”
The fresh snow - averaging more than two feet - have Stowe, Jay Peak and Sugarbush just a few trails shy of the 100 percent mark.
Farther south, snowfall was 19 inches at Killington, 15 at Okemo and about a foot at Stratton and Mount Snow. More snow is expected later in the week.
On Wednesday, The Beast dropped the ropes on nearly 30 trails, including Killington favorite powder day targets like Anarchy, Julio, Double Dipper and Downdraft.
In New Hampshire, Loon, Cannon and Bretton Woods had nearly two feet; the rest of Granite State had between more than a foot of snow.
Farther south, ski areas in southern New England were lucky if they had just a few inches of snow. Jiminy Peak in northwest Massachusetts got just 5 inches.
For the latest snow conditions (you’re going love it) and open trails click here
On the downside, Connecticut areas got nothing.
If it wasn’t for snow making the state’s wouldn’t even be open. The salvation has been below freezing evening temperatures that allowed snow makers to freshen up their slopes.
In the past four weekends, it rained on at least one weekend day in Connecticut.
The month-long thaw that began in mid-December not only saw little natural snow, but temperatures that were more than eight degrees above normal in late December and early January.
The warmest day was on Dec. 21 - the first day of winter - Connecticut’s high temperature was 62 degrees, the low 45 degrees.
With snow farther north, good temperatures for snow making and sunny skies, this weekend, overall, will be the best of the season.
Check out the NWS’s cool Mountain Peak Forecast for Vermont and upper peaks in New York here.
One of my other favorite sites is the no BS Single Chair Weather Blog, by Josh Fox at Mad River Glen in Vermont. Want to know when the snow is coming - or not - go to Josh here.
Temps across the East this weekend will be below normal. Northern ski resorts will have sunny skies and temperatures in the teens Saturday and Sunday.
Temperatures in southern New England will be below freezing in the 20s.
If you can’t get up farther north this weekend, take some runs at your local ski area. They’re all open and having been working really hard to provide the best conditions possible.
On Saturday night, Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall will help celebrate the return of winter weather with its Glow Night from 4 to 10 p.m. with a torch parade, free glow sticks, an outdoor barbeque music. There’s also a $49 package that includes a rental equipment, a lesson and lift ticket.
Remember to pray for snow.