Well, elevation means everything this week in Vermont. While many towns and villages and base lodge areas have seen rain and sleet, there's been a mix of snow, sleet and rain up higher on the mountains.
Yesterday morning 2 to 5 inches of new snow were being reported at many Vermont ski areas. And this morning a couple more inches were being reported at the tops of some peaks. Middlebury Snow Bowl, Sugarbush, Stowe, Jay, Bolton, Burke and Killington were among those reporting snowflakes this morning.
But some ski areas are receiving quite a bit of rain as well. Bromley is not opening today because of it. Mount Snow had to do some lift de-icing this morning before opening.
Cooler nighttime temperatures will likely bring some more snow accumulation.
I like the way the Sugarbush snow reporter put it this morning: “Two common Eastern snow phrases apply today: ‘net gain’ and ‘it's good for the base’.”
Skiing discounts from the Catamount Trail Association
Have you seen the list of discount coupons available to you when you purchase a Catamount Trail Association membership? It's impressive, check it out on their website.
There are 94 coupons for great discounts at 27 Nordic skiing and biking centers, 7 alpine resorts, 22 sport retailers, and 18 other health-oriented businesses, restaurants and lodging. More than $1,000 in value.
Memberships are $35 for an individual (one coupon booklet) or $50 for a family (two coupon booklets). And your funds will help preserve a Vermont treasure: the 300-mile-long Catamount Trail!