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Recent snow gives skiers more options — at the resort and elsewhere!

Posted Sunday, January 23, 2022
— Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Catamount Nordic, Cochran's, Pico, Smugglers' Notch
Snowy woods

January 20: Low-angle, snowy woods in northern Vermont this week.

Cross-country skis in a track at twilight

January 21: Twilight Nordic skiing on cold, squeaky snow at Catamount Family Outdoor Center.

A snowy sledding hill with a big mountain in background

January 22: Families enjoy a sledding hill with Mt. Mansfield in the background.

Snowmaking whales

January 23: Fresh snowmaking at Cochran's Ski Area. Photo from Cochran's Facebook page.

View looking up a wide ski slope with skiers

January 23: Late-afternoon snowflakes and skiers at Pico Ski Resort, where all trails are now open and snowmaking continues. Photo captured from Pico's webcam.

The MLK Day snowstorm brought much-needed snow to ski resorts. Vermont ski areas opened more lifts and trails, and skiers and riders rejoiced!

At Smugglers' Notch Resort, for example, the snowstorm helped get the Upper Chilcoot and Catwalk trails open, which led to the season premiere of the Madonna I lift to the summit. On January 18, Freefall, Robin’s Run, Upper Liftline and Upper FIS (expert trails off the summit) were also opened.

The new snow also allows us to explore woods and meadows that previously only had meager amounts of snow. Add some bright sunshine like we had on Saturday, and that makes for a great time out on the snow!

Keep in mind that there are only 34 inches of snow at the stake near the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. The average is 45 inches for this time, as averaged over many years of reporting. This means we need more snow for our natural snow ski trails and our backcountry zones.

We're doing mellow ski tours on low-angle terrain until we get more of a base. But it's still super-fun to be in the fluffy white stuff!

We saw snowflakes late Sunday afternoon, and some ski areas kept pumping out the snowmaking. The temperatures look cool or cold for the coming week. Sounds good! Now let's add a little more snow into the mix, Mother Nature!

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And keep getting boostered, masking up and social distancing so we can be done with this !*!$%# Covid spike and get back to "normal" soon!

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