Thursday brought a Big Surprise. A much-needed shot of unexpected SNOW crushed many mountains across the region. Some of the big winners are reporting over a foot in the last 24 hours and have picked up 20+ inches in the last 48.
Those are real numbers that will equal good weekend skiing.
Friday: The wind was a problem today. I imagine that even if lifts were spinning, skier and rider traffic was meager. If you made the move on your weekend early and have Friday off you just hit a jackpot.
Q: Friday Night will provide the following?
d. Cold air
e. All of the above
Saturday = SNOW! Many parts of New England will have a plowable event. As of posting time, the storm track will have the greatest impact on the Southern Ski Mountains. It also looks to be slowing down, may not really begin until Saturday afternoon.
Note - things will change in 36 hours. Location aside, 100% confidence there will be some fine skiing out there.
Saturday Night = Still snowing…
Sunday = Hopefully, Still snowing…
S.G. Destination: Killington, VT
Prediction: As seen on the Sunday morning Snow Report. 48 hour total = 16 inches.
I will say this, feeling good about Killington as a location this weekend. Even though the heart of the storm tracks south the higher elevation Greens will be squeezing extra flakes out of the air well into the day on Sunday…
It will be a good weekend to ski. We are into January. It is time to start making turns and getting ready for the great days ahead.
Coming soon to a mountain near you = Powder Snow Skiing!
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.