Start Fun, Start Free – Intro to Ski & Ride FREE at Bromley

Last Sunday December 21st was the first learn to ski free day at Bromley mountain this season. If you are thinking of trying to ski or snowboard and you would like to try it? You can with no strings attached. Just join the Bromley Ski & Snowboard School in their newly sculpted Terrain Based Learning Zone for FREE on the two remaining dates this winter season!  This is open for anyone from age 6 and up.  This is a great opportunity to get the entire family out to try skiing.  The remaining dates are Monday, January 19, 2015 and Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Erica red tries out skiing Photo by Mike Roth
Erica red tries out skiing
Photo by Mike Roth
Kyle give the snowboard a try! Photo by Mike Roth
Kyle give the snowboard a try!
Photo by Mike Roth

Friends of mine took the lessons at total of 4 people, 2 tried skiing and 2 tried snowboards.  Of the 4 who tried it 3 were successful, the fourth was still unsteady on the snowboard. He admitted that maybe skiing would have been a better choice.  They received   a Learning Zone lift ticket (for the super fun and easy to ride covered magic carpet) Rental equipment package (your choice, skis or snowboard, boots & helmet) and Instruction from 10:30am until noon.

Brandon, just before he fell on his butt! photo by Mike Roth
Brandon, just before he fell on his butt!
photo by Mike Roth

The lift ticket and equipment rental were  good all day which allowed you to continue practicing what you learned from the lesson earlier in the day. The 2 who tried skiing were actually anxious to get up on the beginner hill lift (so they bought a Sunday afternoon pass for $32) and both were able to make it down that slope with flying color and both are planning to go out and ski  another day. The 2 who boarded we are not too sure? One probably should have skied instead of boarded ( he said that!) the other liked the boarding and practice all day and on the last run fell on his tail bone and it still hurts a week later., but he says he wants to try it again ( probably due to his snowboarding son who is egging him on).

The covered magic carpet Photo by Mike Roth
The covered magic carpet
Photo by Mike Roth

It was snow flurrying most of the day so the conditions were perfect for learning to ski, the only thing better aside from snow flurries would have been some sunshine.

If you are interested in trying out skiing or boarding, call the Bromley Ski & Snowboard School at 802.824.5522 x301 by 4pm the day before the event. To provide each participant with the best possible experience, each event is limited to the first 75 guests to register! Once you have signed up take a look at Bromley’s helpful hints page for suggestions on the best clothing choices for the day.

Also get a good night’s sleep the night before because you are going to need it. It may be one of the most strenuous days you have spent in the winter (aside from shoveling) but you will have a great time and crave for more, more, more.

mike and Erica on top of Bromley, it's winter Photo by mike Roth
mike and Erica on top of Bromley, it’s winter
Photo by mike Roth

Of course while the group was in their lessons there were 4 others of us that just skied the mountain. The conditions that we found the weekend before Christmas were spectacular. The snow and rain we had in the Albany area around Thanksgiving produce 16” of fresh powder at Bromley.  I only hope for their sake that the warm weather this Christmas holiday  week did not degrade the conditions much. Almost the entire mountain was open with machined groomed packed. Surprisingly there were not too many people on the slope due to the weekend before the holiday.

Bromley is one of my favorite mountains because of its south facing slopes and good choice of trails from top to bottom and great management of their trails surfaces.  I have never had a bad day at Bromley. I always try to get there once or twice during the season.

Check out their webpage for online ticket deals, and other great deals like Family Fridays:  Every full paying adult can purchase up to three teen/junior tickets for just $20 each with the purchase of an all-day lift ticket! The Family Fridays are good to go every Friday this winter season except during the holiday periods. Not valid with any other discount or special rate.

2-fer Tuesdays:  Buy one all day full priced lift ticket on our 2-fer Tuesdays and get a second free!  Valid every non-holiday Tuesday, except for 3/17 (There is another awesome deal that day).  Valid for two people, both must be present. Not valid with any other discount or special rate.

Again check out the Bromley website for these specials and many others that may suit you needs.

 

DAY 1 OF THE SEASON

In the past I can remember getting out to ski at Thanksgiving and battling the hordes of people who want to get out for their first or second time early in the season and to be honest as I have gotten older as much as I like to get out going to Killington and fighting the hordes of people trying to ski 3 trails on top of the glade chair was like putting your life in someone else’s hands. Now this was well in the past and I guess I just wanted to give it a try one more time.

skiing on Sunway
skiing on Sunway

The day was Last Saturday Nov 29th, a nice mild sunny day My grandson, brother and sister in laws and myself went up to Gore . Surprisingly the parking lot was not full (although it did fill up as the time got later) but I have heard stories of the weekend before it was really busy. It had snowed over Thanksgiving so any snow that was on the trails from snowmaking had some fresh topping on it. Both the Gondola and the new Adirondack Express chair were running.

The Express was put up this summer to replace the old triple that went up to the Saddlebrook Lodge. It is a 7 minute ride to the top on a soft cushioned quad chair. Very fast and very nice.  Now it isn’t like riding the gondola however does not have a lift line and if the gondola is busy ( which often times  it does) this is a great alternative. In addition when they installed the lift the new design comes in a little lower at the top and has eliminated the steep ramp on the old triple. Nice Fix!

There were about 12 trails open but basically 3 trails combined rom the 10 to make 3. The beginner’s trails were open also to add a few more. I would have not expected any more this early in the season. What was open was fantastic skiing.  We had fresh groomed snow on a good base that held up all day. That is saying a lot with few trails and lots of skiers on them.

From the gondola to ruby run or foxlair to sunway to quicksilver was one way to get down or you could also go all the way down sunway top to bottom ( which was the way to go) or showcase to upper sleigh ride where features were already being put in place. We tried them all and all were in great shape.

Now, this was my first day out and I had lunch and could not get up to go out again I was beginning to worry that turning 71 was starting to catch up with me but it turned out I was getting sick and spent the rest of the afternoon getting comfortable trying to sleep on the circle disc seats of the lunch tables in the lodge. God I wish there was a couch to stretch out on. As a matter of fact the reason I have not written this until now was that there was zero energy in me till today and I still am questioning today.

Everyone else with me had a fantastic time and the snow quality held up right to the end, could you have imagined if there were more trails open. I would expect that there will be more this weekend and some snow is supposed to be in the way.

EARLY SEASON SKIING SEES RED IN SUNDAY RIVER, MAINE

This ski season started early with a trip to SundayRiver Ski areas in Bethel, Maine on December 6, 7, and 8. There have been years in the past that I have started to go skiing that early and have had a bust with maybe 1 or 2 trails open. Actually, a few years back another trip to SundayRiver produces 1 run on the last day and we played a lot of pool. One time we went to JayPeak and there was one trail open which turned out to be a disaster and we ate and drank wine all weekend instead of ski. But not this time!

 Although there was little snow on the ground the weather had been cold enough to make significant snow. The quality of snow today in so much better than in years past and there were at least 35 trails available to ski. Granted it was not the entire mountain but there was plenty to ski. Friday the temperatures were above freezing so the snow was soft and nice to ski. the next morning the temperature had dropped and we had machined groomed corduroy  which lasted most of the day and that was because there were not to many skiers that day. Sunday was another thing the conditions were again great but all I could see was red! Santa Clauses were everywhere!

Santa's arriving at Sunday River
Santa’s arriving at Sunday River

It was the 14th annual celebration to welcoming the winter with the arrival of 250 Santa Clauses on the slopes. This is an annual fundraiser put on by Sunday River for the Bethel Rotary Christmas for Children Program. The way it works is if you make a donation ($10 or more) and come to the mountain dressed in full Santa regalia ( that is red suit with white trim, beards, hats and belt) and you get to ski  for free as well as get a return pass to ski Sunday River before Dec. 24th 2013. the rotary children’s program received a check for approximately $2500.00. It was quite a sight seeing all 250 Santa’s standing in the lift line and skiing (sort off together) in mass down the slope.

Santa's in mass on slope
Santa’s in mass on slope

 

SundayRiver had another reason to celebrate and that was the opening of their latest trail on the mountain T72. Why T 72? That was the last trail number on their master plan that was determine many years ago. This trail has terrain features including a 500 foot long half pipe built into and onto the ground thus eliminating volumes of snow that have to be created in order to build the feature. The trail has gigantic jumps, 3 in succession that I saw skiers and boarder going off one after the other (sometimes too close to one after the other) not sure how someone doesn’t get hurt? There are other terrain features further down the slope and there is a lift that serves that area as well. Check out videos of T72 on youtube

first day on T 72
first day on T 72

Since we have been celebrating I cannot forget to mention the Bethel Inn Resort which is where I stayed while at skiing at Sunday River. It is a mere 6 miles from the ski area and even though there are plenty of beds at the mountain the option of staying in this historic inn, within the historic town of Bethel, is a good one.

The Inn is celebrating their 100th year of hospitality. It all started in 1913 as an “out-patient” facility of Dr. John Greorge Gehring, whose therapy include psychiatric treatment along with strenuous physical workload like tending the garden an building the golf course. Wealthy clientele came to the Inn to restore their bodies and psyches in the Maine mountain air. They came and stayed for 3 months at a time.

Now it is just an Inn and no work parties are organized. It has been restored and partially condoized with many year round vacation options for their visitors. For the winter season the amenities offered include 2 restaurants, a 35km cross country ski and snowshoe center, a health club with outdoor heated pool, spa services, ice skating and horse drawn sleigh rides.

The Millbrook Tavern and Grill on the lower level made me a Pittsburg cooked (beyond rare) burger just the way I like it. It was delicious. In the evening the tavern also offered drinks and music for your après ski indulgences.

For their 100th celebration they are even offering a centennial package for $100 includes accommodations, full breakfast and a four course dinner. There are also other offers fro a 2 night stay. Contact the Inn for more information.

Cartoon by Mike Roth / Photos provided by Sunday River

ANOTHER SKI AREA TO MY LIST!

mike wearing his ski pin hat and ski patch jacket
mike wearing his ski pin hat and ski patch jacket

Over the years that I have skied areas totaling over 127 around the world, I am sure that the total is even larger because I can’t remember all the names of the ones that I have skied in Europe.

On Sunday December 29th I visited another area to add to my list. Believe it or not it was right in my back yard. I am not sure why I have never gone there before but I am glad that I did. Usually when we go to ski we head to the north and the east to areas like Gore, Mount Snow, Killington, Bromley, whiteface and the like in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. This time I went to the south and headed to the New YorkMassachusetts border to ski Catamount. The trip over was a bit depressing since when I left Clifton Park there was snow on the ground and when I got to The Mass Pike there wasn’t any, until I got to Catamount that is.

Catamount sits in the Berkshire Mountains with approximately 1000 feet vertical which is equal to other local ski areas such as Windham, Jiminy Peak and West Mountain. Each of these local areas is just about 1 hour from the capital district and an easy drive on relatively good roads.

Catamount seems to cater to the families who come over from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Southern New York State. There trail system is very nice with long trails (1.25miles) from the top for intermediates and a totally separate beginner area on the eastern side of the area. The snow cover was amazing for not seeing any snow on the way over to well groomed snow covered trails from top to bottom created from an good old snowmaking system which appears to have been around for quite awhile. About half of the mountains trails were open the others had no snow.

Oldie but Goodie snow making machine!
Oldie but Goodie snow making machine!
snow making trail vs trail with no snow!
snow making trail vs trail with no snow!

The temperature was above freezing so the trails were soft machine groomed corduroy the only problem we had was that at noon it started to rain but it did not put a damper on the skiing public though. It was predicted to see a change over later in the day. Not sure if it did after we had left?

Now, again this was holiday week and there was not a lift line more than 2 minutes at any point during the day. We were told by the courteous staff that even on the busiest day which would be 900 cars in the parking lot that the lift lines do not exceed 5 to 10 minutes. Now all their lifts ( a quad, a triple, 2 doubles and 2 magic carpets) are fixed grip slower type, there are no high speed chairs like you would find at a bigger area but with no lift line and a longer ride up. It’s not much different than a long lift line and a faster ride up. I welcome the slower ride since I can then give my legs a longer rest and actually ski longer into the afternoon

There are lots of local school children who frequent the area through the many school learn to ski programs and racing program on the mountain, which make this a great feeder area for kids to learn to love the sport of skiing. For more information about Catamount go to their website at www.catamountski.com

I certainly will return to Catamount especially when I see that some of these coastal storms don’t make it to the capital district but do hit the southern tier. (They usually get a total snowfall of 100 inches annually). Plus I forgot to purchase a pin and patch for my hat and coat!

photos by Mike Roth / Erica Johnson

TIME TO BREAK OUT THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AND GO TO GORE

Normally I would avoid going skiing over the holiday weeks at most ski areas, but it seem that I have been missing out on some good skiing opportunities over the past few years because of that attitude.

First of all the Christmas holiday is early in the winter season and with the way the weather trends have been  there has been little snow in the in the forecasts but there is skiing in the mountains. Thank god for snow making, which has been improving in leaps and bounds over the past years to give us a great snow quality to ski on.

I sort have gotten off the beaten track with regard the title of Christmas presents so I will tell you a little more about that.

AJ in new gifts
AJ in new gifts

My grandson AJ, who I mentioned in an earlier blog post has been begging for ski stuff for Christmas. Well he got the mother load with a new Scott Jacket and, Gortex Marker pants,( I’ve never had Gortex anything!) ski lock, Scott goggles and other little ditties to complete the package. Granted he is skiing on my skis and using my boots which he keeps reminding me to get new stuff so he can have my not quite as old gear.

So Thursday morning we left at 6:30 to get to Gore and hopefully beat the crowd, when we got to the mountain there was a line of cars driving up to the access road but we were the first 30 cars in the lot, and as the day progressed it turned out not to be that crowded at all.

We were at the Northwoods Gondola at 8:30 with no lift line at all; as the day progressed the lift line grew to no more than 2 minutes. A quick ride up to the top of Bear Mountain and down Foxlair to Sunway for a warm-up run. We basically had the run to ourselves. So a fashion photo was taken of the new gear. Our second run we decided to take Ruby Run and do a little pushing (there’s a little flat spot and you need to pick up some speed to make it!) to get to the Saddle Lodge area so we could ski Showcase. Again, there were very few people on the trail. After the pushing we decided to take the Adirondack Express Quad at the bottom of Showcase which avoids Ruby Run and Foxlair. If there is no wind,  the quad is a viable alternate to the gondola when it gets crowded.

Whales on Pine Knot
Whales on Pine Knot

To my surprise the North Quad was running so we took a couple runs down Sleeping Bear which is a tighter trail than most on the mountain and fun to ski. Then we decided to take a run down towards the Topridge triple to check out Hawkeye, now AJ is a very careful  skier and doesn’t like to ski double diamond or even single diamond ( not that he can’t do it).  Skiing down Pine Knot to get to the triple, we encountered snow making whales that were created probably the night before. The conditions on that trail were great but the trail instead of being a blue intermediate trail became a black diamond. AJ handled it really nice. I am not sure what his apprehension is?

We never got up to the top of Gore mountain but we did have some great runs and as the day progressed it did get crowded on Wild Air and Showcase due to the lack of trail choices so we switched to Quicksilver which is a trail that is less traveled of off Sunway.

My favorite trail at Gore, Twister was not open as yet and the snow guns were blasting all day long I am sure to get ready for this weekend. When on Sunday there will be a demo day.

The only problem we encountered on the mountain was that no-one adheres to the skier code anymore especially when passing someone. How hard is it to announce that they are going to pass you? The skier ahead of you has the right of way. This is not a singled out problem at Gore but happens everywhere. It certainly is less of a problem on wider trails and less popular trails so when you pick the trails that you want to ski. be selective if you want to avoid the passing skiers.  I can’t wait till we get more natural snow so the entire mountain will be opened which spreads out the people and gives you many choices of trails to ski.

For AJ’s first day out, we were both tired by 2:30 and decided to quit. It was a great first day for him.

photo by Mike Roth

 

 

GEARING UP FOR THE SEASON

In the past I had always wanted my kids to love skiing as much as I did and when I took them early in life, I never heard the “dad, it’s snowing out, let’s go skiing! Yahoo!”I kept on trying and It all started 11 years ago when I took my grandson AJ to Okemo for a winter weekend. The first few times were trying and when I fell down on him as skied with him between my legs to keep him from taking off down the mountain. He stormed down the mountain with his skis in his arms saying that he was never going to ski again! I thought it was over.
Every year since then we have gone skiing and he has joined the ski club at school but never did I hear the phase mentioned above. Or should I say not until this year.
Last year was the learning to snowboard year. We had an opportunity to go over to Wachusett ski area near Worchester, Mass. While we were there, AJ took as many as 7 snowboard lesson in the 2 days we were there. He even took advantage of the night skiing too. By the end of the weekend he was actually coming down from the top on an intermediate trail with lots of confidence. I am not sure that he is a convert yet though.

Aj is now is 14, and a typical 14 I might add, with a shrug of the shoulder when asked how are you doing, and a “whatever” for an answer whether appropriate or not. As well as the typical cell phone posture of head down, fingers moving on the keyboard and mind in lala cyber land. However when it came to gearing up for skiing and snowboarding this year he has been planning since September. Where are the sharpening tools, what kind of wax are you going to get me, where are the extra pair of skis, and will you get me twin tips? He has grown to the point that he is now in my size 13 ski boot. ( I hope he doesn’t grow that foot any bigger?)
He has taken over my new shop in the garage. There are skis everywhere, 3 pair are sitting up against the wall and they are all sharpened, holes filled with ptex and waxed. There are wax shaving all over the floor, ptex drippings there too. The vise table is right where it was set up and basically everything is still where he left it in the middle of the floor. Not a complaint, I am happy that he is willing to do it!
Every day it has snowed over the past two or three weeks he has come to me saying let’s go skiing, So, this coming holiday week will be his first time out and he is chomping at the bit, he has been warned that skiing will be earned with good grades especially for special ski trips. But it is the holiday week and since he is off. I think we will get out for a couple days of skiing. Now the big decision is where to go?

DON’T PASS BY JIMINY PEAK

As we evolve to be skiers we go through times when work overshadows play. That usually happens in the early years of skier development or at least it has for me since I did not start to ski till I was 26 years old. When college was over and I was then gainfully employed. The early years of skiing amounted to getting  away whenever I could on the weekend, which wasn’t easy with 2 young kids and a wife who did not want to ski. So whenever there was an opportunity I took advantage of it.

I hear people complaining about night skiing and it’s too cold, bad visibility, etc. I say to them they are crazy. It is a great way to get out when it is not possible any other way or you want to beat the crowds on the weekend.

It all started at Brody Mountain, long gone since it was purchased by Jiminy Peak and closed down. We used to go over there every Tuesday night for years going past Jiminy Peak. We chose Brodie over Jiminy even though they both had night learn to ski packages. Brodie offered 8 weeks of skiing and 1 free night at the end with 1 ½ hour group lesson. Jiminy had the same but for 7 weeks. So I guess it was the better deal that drove the decision. Of course gas was not an issue in the 60’s so driving by Jiminy was never an issue. Maybe it was the Blarney Room? Who knows? Anyway, night skiing was the choice then and I always liked it because it was my way of getting out to ski at least once a week.

 Why nights you ask? It was always colder but almost always the wind dies down at night, the lights always made the ski surface more defined rather than in the daytime you can get very flat light and not see the surface at all and it feels like you are skiing blind. Of course night skiing has fewer people on the slopes; however we have fewer trails available to ski as in the daytime. As far as I was concerned as long as I am on the snow the number of trails available to me is never an issue.

Let’s jump forward to this past holiday weekend, Saturday night December 29th to be exact. We went over to Jiminy Peak for 4 hours of night skiing, we could have gone for twilight 3 – 10 for a few dollars more but the timing just wasn’t working out. Remember this is the holiday week and I heard that there were 4800 skiers on the mountain during the day and the annex parking lots were full. The lift lines at the 6 pack hi speed Berkshire Express wasn’t any more than a 10 minute wait and the other lifts were much less, as a matter of fact when there is a long lift line at the high speed chair you can get to the top quicker on the fixed grip chairs where you usually don’t have to wait. I am going to test that theory next time I go to the mountain on a crowded day.

The skiing that night was absolutely wonderful, especially after having 5000 people on the slopes all day long you would expect it to scratch up and become a firm frozen granular surface. Instead it lightly snowed all evening and the trails never degraded. I think Jiminy tries to run groomer up the mountain when the trails do degrade around twilight time to help keep the mountain skiable for the customer, that is good customer relations!

We found trails that we barely touched which were off the beaten track. People are creatures of habit and keep taking the same and more popular trails so if you look for the side trails and hidden trails sometimes you can find some freshies even late in the day. The 2 favorite trails on the mountain at night are West Way to Grand Slam and Left Bank a 2+ mile run for the learning skier to come down from the top but even for me it is still a fun run. A few surprise trails to look for are upper and lower slingshot and John Hancock, both a little tucked away and easy to miss but quite nice with little traffic. I always believed in seeking out the less popular trails to find better conditions on any mountain also to ski the harder trails early and the easier trails later in the day where the conditions hold up longer and you are exhausted.

Their lodges and accommodations are always immaculate, which is hard to do at a ski area! J.J’s Lodge always has a fire burning outside the front door for a quick warm-up and the cafeteria food line is quite up to date with offerings. There is always music being piped into the lodges and I must commend them as to the choices of music being played.

If you have not been to Jiminy in a while it is worth giving them a second look. They have some great promos by going on line and finding their e tickets and many other deals. Remember it is one of the closest ski area to the capital district, under an hour to get there even from Clifton Park!

 

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! IT IS SNOWING!

Again, another day of rain in the capital district, but as I have said before and it bears repeating. There is snow in the mountains and the rain here many times produce snow at the ski resorts. Here are some examples:

 

new snow 12-21-21 photo from Killington files

 

 

Killington reports Pow pow, powdah, cold smoke, white gold – no matter how you say it, it’s the first POWDER day of the season at The Beast of the East! 

They received seven inches in the last 24 hours, giving us 14 inches of fresh SNOW since Sunday! Fresh snow means we’re dropping the ropes, including North Star, Vagabond, Great Bear, Upper Conclusion and more

 

Stowe  picked up 4-6 inches of new snow overnight & this morning, with 21 inches of snow falling on the upper mountain in the past 6 days! Currently, snow has changed to light rain in the base area, but the upper mountain is still seeing a wintery mix

 

Stratton

Let it snow! They received 4-6” last night, way more than expected! Perfect timing for the coming holiday week. Preparations are being made to expand open trails including another terrain park with two jumps and six rail or box features. Expanded snow making and lift service is also in the works for the coming holiday week to ensure the best possible experience. Think of these snow storms as the icing on the cake!

Adult lift tickets are $69 allowing you access to 4 lifts (American Express, Gondola, Ursa Express and Cub Carpet), 194 skiable acres and 41 trails. American Express spins until 4pm today providing lift service for lower mountain skiing and riding.

Bromley

Received 4″ of new snow last night , and even though some rain is forecasted we still expect a great day on the mountain. This new snow was pretty unexpected, and sets the stage for an awesome holiday week.  Temperatures will be in the mid-30’s with high winds expected.

Bromley Mountain is expecting to operate the Alpine Chair to mid-mountain and the Star Carpet today with 7 trails open. Please note that high winds may affect lift operations and if weather allows we will add more lifts and open more terrain.

Lift ticket rates for today are Adults and Teens $49, Junior’s $39.

Our Family Friday special is available to all parents! Mom or Dad can purchase an All Day lift ticket for $49 then pay just $15 for each kid, up to three kids! What a deal! Kids aged 17 and younger eligible.

 

Gore

8 fresh inches of heavy base-building snow fell last night , look for Pine Knot & Tannery opening on Saturday!   Interestingly enough the storm did not track high enough to reach Whiteface where there was no new snow today or last night.

 

Safety Tip:
Know the code. Space, not speed! Be sure to allow plenty of room between you and other skiers and riders on the hill. Safety is not done by accident. Play Safe, Play Smart and Enjoy the Mountain.

This should be even more evident now when mountains are not in full operation and feeding more people on fewer trails.
Trail and lift status and snow conditions may change throughout the day due to weather and skier/rider traffic.

 

 

 

 

 

There is Snow in Maine

There is snow in Maine, photo from Ski Maine

Even Though we have had rain over the past few days, that rain did produce snow at higher elevations. Below you can see what came down at the ski areas in Maine. So always check your favorite ski area when it rains here in the Capital District

Although the official start of winter is Friday, December 21, Maine ski areas were buried this week by an early winter storm. The Snow began falling at 2:00 pm Sunday and is expected to end after 72 consecutive hours of accumulation.  The storm remained snow throughout inland Maine and at the higher elevations dumping nearly three feet of snow on Sugarloaf and Saddleback Mountains.

Here’s a sampling of current Snowfall totals:

Saddleback and Sugarloaf are approaching 30″ of new snow.

Bigrock Mountain in Mars   Hill – 8″

Sunday River – 14″

Mt. Abram – 12 – 14″

Shawnee Peak – 9″

Hermon Mountain, just outside of Bangor 8″

According to Greg Sweetser, Executive Director of the Ski Maine Association, “these coastal storm tracks are powerful snow makers. There is so much moisture that taps into the cold air mass, we see these deep snow totals as a result. The frustrating thing is that the temperature gradient is so pronounced on the east side of the low pressure compared to the west side, the coast can receive substantial rain. This highlights the perennial challenge of convincing people of mountain snow cover when there is little or no snow in their back yards.”

 

The extended forecast is calling for a similar storm later in the week and winter like temperatures for the Holiday Week.  All of Maine’s alpine ski areas and a majority of the Nordic Centers are scheduled to be open for the all-important school vacation week.

 

Daily updates, events, and snow reports are available on the Ski Maine Association web site, www.skimaine.com.