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Powder pennies from Heaven

Posted by Heather Burke  January 12, 2011 12:04 PM

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All those New England school kids that wore their PJs inside out and prayed to the snow gods last night got their wish. Cancelations are widespread and snowbanks are mounting. This snow is like pennies from heaven for New England ski resorts just prior to the three-day MLK weekend.

Even though this storm is providing more snow for the coast than the mountains, it stimulates the suburban brain to think "skiing" and prompts skiers and riders to pack up the Suburban for a weekend on the slopes. Resort operators call it the "backyard effect," an impetus to the infrequent skier psyche. Normal folks (not like me who obsess about skiing) don't think about snow sports when their yard is brown, so this whitener will have many making plans to ski. And it's looking like a powder day at Camden Ski Bowl on the Maine Coast if you don' have plans yet. See you on the slopes.

Photo by Greg Burke For more of Heather's family ski tips go to www.familyskitrips.com

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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.

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