Nor’easter snow extends ski season across East
Published 7:56 am, Thursday, March 16, 2017
And some people said - or hoped- winter was over.
Less than a week before spring begins, a nor’easter blessed Northeast ski areas with nearly three feet of snow. Vermont areas like Jay Peak saw 35 inches and Mad River Glen with 26 inches. Other Vermont areas like Okemo, Killington, Stratton, Bromley, Mount Snow and Stowe picked up about two feet.
The big snow boosted trail counts gave a much-needed build-up to the snow base that will likely extend the season well into spring. It also comes at a time when Vermont resorts are lowering lift ticket prices and offering spring passes that allow unlimited skiing and snowboarding at a fraction of the price. For details, visit skivermont.com
Areas in New Hampshire also got pounded with an average 18 inches of powder.
Over in New York state, the biggest snowfall was at Windham (N.Y.) Mountain Resort with 30 inches, Hunter and Whiteface with 26. Just over the border from Danbury, Thunder Ridge checked in with 18 inches.
Over two days, Jiminy Peak in northwestern Massachusetts got a whopping 41 inches; almost unheard of in March.
The snow gods also smiled down on Connecticut’s four ski areas on Tuesday.
Because of a travel ban, all of Connecticut’s ski areas did not open Tuesday. There was also concern over high winds and potential power outages.
Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall got two feet, allowing it to open nearly all its 25 trails.
Mount Southington and Ski Sundown both got 18 inches allowing the areas to open all of their trails.
It’s not often you hear of a powder day at Connecticut ski areas, but that happened on Wednesday. For the powderhounds Sundown kept Gunbarrel, Nor'easter and Satan's Stairway ungroomed.
The lowest prices at Sundown are a $34, two-hour ticket or $38 ticket good from 6 to 10 p.m.
Mount Southington also instructed its grooming team only groom beginner terrain (including Dom's Way) and any flat terrain.
On Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, Southington will sell lift tickets for 17 bucks “and our bar will open early,” it posted.
Powder Ridge Park in Middlefield will hold its fourth annual Slush Cup event.
Maybe, they should change the name to the Snow Cup because of few more inches of snow is forecast.
On the last weekend of winter, the weather will be winterlike in northern New England. Daytime temperatures will be around freezing with a chance for snow showers on Saturday.