Could this be it? Is This What We Have Been Waiting For?

It’s been a long time coming but it finally looks like we are going to get some snow.

December 27, 2012 Forecast Radar
December 27, 2012 Forecast Radar

After a substantial snow drought, and no appreciable in over a year in many areas of the Northeast, weather forecasters are tracking a Northeaster which should bring out some natural snow to resorts throughout New York and New England.

“A storm like this is certainly going to be welcomed and we’re pretty stoked about it” says Bonnie MacPherson from Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow Vermont. “There is nothing like champagne powder and it’s something we don’t see often here in the East” MacPherson said.

The snow is coming just in thing to augment the snow that has been available during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday week.

While many areas have made snow, which has provided a good base, the natural snow will allow new trails to be opened and provide for better conditions on those trails already open.

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.

Dispell the Backyard Effect

First snow of the season at my house in Upstate New York this morning.  The “Backyard Effect” is when people are more likely to ski and ride when there is snow in their back yard.  Just because there isn’t snow at your house it doesn’t mean that there isn’t good snow and great skiing and riding on the mountain.

1st Snow of 2012
1st Snow of 2012

Get out there and enjoy! Release your pent up desire to ski and ride!