MONTPELIER, Vt.-If it’s Friday (and it is) it must be dumping snow in the mountains of Vermont (and is it ever)! Vermont’s mountain resorts and ski areas are reporting up to a foot of snow already, and a total of 16-to-20 inches of snow is forecast to fall before the current storm subsides by Saturday morning. Vermont ski areas remain 100% open with what many say is the best late-season skiing and riding in memory.
“Jay Peak Resort has blasted their prior snow record and the 500-inch mark (and still counting); Stowe Mountain Resort has seen 364 inches of snow so far (not counting today’s snow); Killington Resort has received more than nine feet since March 1 and expects to reach 300 inches for the season before this storm ends. Other areas have received more than 300 inches of snow this season and there’s no sign of it letting up,” said Molly Mahar Kerr, Marketing Director for Ski Vermont, the Vermont Ski Areas Association. “On top of the three-foot storm last week and the major storm earlier this month, we’re literally burying records every day.”
It has snowed in the Vermont mountains virtually every day this week, with some areas receiving up to 10 inches per day. Weather forecasters are calling for weekend temperatures in the 30’s and the possibility for another major snowstorm on Tuesday. And like last weekend, while snow blankets the mountains and ski trails, state and local highway crews are keeping roads clear so euphoric skiers and riders can travel with ease to Vermont alpine and nordic ski areas.
Although the weather and conditions seem like mid-winter, Vermont’s ski areas have many special spring events on the calendar, including:
Okemo Slush Cup, March 31;
5th Annual Sunshine Daydream Weekend at Killington, March 31;
Spring Summit Celebration II at Stowe, March 31-April 1;
Mount Ellen Adventure Festival at Sugarbush, April 1;
3rd Annual Dummy Downhill at Mount Snow, April 1;
Spring Fling at Bolton Valley, April 7; Huck & Chuck Dummy Big Air Event at Okemo, April 7;
21st Annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge at Killington, April 7-8;
Spring Summit Celebration III and the 61st Annual Sugar Slalom at Stowe, April 7-8;
Pond Skimming & Sugarbush Triathlon at Sugarbush, April 7-8;
8th Annual Spring-Loaded Snowboard Pro-Am at Killington, April 14-15;
47th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Stowe, April 15;
Gala Easter Celebration at Okemo, April 15;
Pond Skimming at Killington, April 28;
May 1 Fun Slalom at Killington, May 1;
and the 11th Annual Killington Triathlon and Rage Weekend, May 26-28.
For more information about snow totals, snow conditions, special events and reservations, visit www.skivermont.com online, or call 1-800-VERMONT.