A late December Northeaster that dumped almost a foot of snow throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine added to the natural and machine-made base at many areas. The snow coupled with the holiday crush brought out the skiers and riders. Better than last year conditions continues to bring people to the mountains.
On the final Friday of 2016, the eve of New Year’s Eve, one day after the storm passed, the pent up demand from last season manifested itself in hundreds of snow seekers getting out and on the slopes.
All over the Northeast resorts were reporting the best single day in years.Alm
Almost resorts were geared up with most all lifts and much of the terrain open. Skiers and riders exercised patience in managing holiday week lift lines.
At Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vermont ines at the ticket windows busy with patrons exchanging pre-paid tickets for day passes. Many were picking up their seasons passes.
While waiting in line Assistant General Manager, Michael Van Eck approached a cashier and said that the Ski School phone was ringing off the hook and asked for more help. This is a great sign.
One skier from Long Beach, New York remarked, “What a difference a year makes?” He continued on saying that last year on this day it was raining and they gave up after a run or two and took off for other pursuits. This year he was hanging on the mountain while his under ten kids traversed the mountain with their instructor.
Despite a two-hour wind hold on the Sun Mountain Express Quad, visitors dispersed throughout the mountain. Lift operators worked to ensure that lines were moving and were orderly.
There was almost a foot of un-groomed natural powder on some of the eastern trails, including Corkscrew, were getting bumped up after a few hours.
Although it was a bit breezy temperatures were in the twenties and those who were prepared were able to stay out on the mountain and enjoy the end of 2016.
Once the Sun Mountain Express Quad came off of wind hold the crowds began to disperse throughout the mountain and lift lines decreased. Still, it was crowded but manageable and skiers and riders were having an enjoyable time.
Mountains across the Northeast are hoping that interest continues as they look forward to and prepare for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and the rest of the season.