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Skiing in Vermont this weekend?

This has been a nerve-racking time for New England skiers. The weather has been like a yo-yo since the first snow fell on Vermont ski resorts on October 1. Yes, back in October! Then again on October 12. But since then, it hasn't been pretty. Changing temperatures have brought snowmaking crews on and off the mountains.

We had a nice mountain snow dump last weekend, followed by warm weather again. So, resorts have been setting and changing their opening dates almost as fast as Lindsey Vonn skis a downhill course. (That's pretty damn fast.)

It's been tough to keep my <link post when-do-vermont-ski-resorts-open external-link-new-window vermont ski>list of Vermont ski resort openings up to date, but I continue to do so. And if you look now you will see that you should have as many as eight options for skiing in Vermont this weekend!***PM Update***Make that about four resorts possible. They keep moving their dates.***

Can I get an "Amen"!?

Yes, colder temperatures are returning and snowmaking fans and guns are blasting. Check that <link post when-do-vermont-ski-resorts-open external-link-new-window vermont ski>blog post to see when you can get on the snow at your favorite Vermont resort. Some resorts are targeting Saturday, while others are shooting for Sunday to open, and some Tuesday.

This mountain forecast is encouraging:

RECREATIONAL FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
302 AM EST FRI DEC 4 2009

THE HIGHER SUMMITS FORECAST FOR VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW YORK...

(Higher Summits = 3,000 feet and up)

TODAY...CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS...MAINLY THIS AFTERNOON.HIGHS IN THE UPPER 20S. WEST WINDS 25 TO 40 MPH...BECOMINGSOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND CHILL VALUES AROUND10 ABOVE..

TONIGHT...CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS. LOWSAROUND 20. WEST WINDS 15 TO 30 MPH..

SATURDAY...CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE MID 20S. SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND15 MPH...BECOMING NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

If you are into weather watching, you might like this new "beta" mountain point forecast tool. Check it out:

<link http: www.erh.noaa.gov btv mountain point>

www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/mountain/point/

And if you do hit the slopes this weekend, give a snowmaker a hug and a big thank you! They are working extra hard so you can get on the mountain!

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