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Friday the 13th is lucky for skiers

Posted by Heather Burke  January 13, 2012 08:45 AM

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That snow dance finally took effect, and alpine ski resorts throughout New England saw some real snow yesterday.

Maine resorts Shawnee Peak and Saddleback got over a foot each, while Sunday River and Sugarloaf are nearing that number with more snow (and perhaps some mixed precipitation) coming in today. New Hampshire ski resorts picked up a good six to nine inches. Vermont resorts received half a foot, to a foot of fresh at Jay Peak. Trail counts should increase a bit as ski patrol get out and survey the snow situation. Potential wind holds today may keep the snow fresh for you weekend warriors.

This three-day MLK weekend looks to be cold, with real winter temperatures more appropriate for January – in the 20’s and blustery, so plan on face protection and your warmest gear (likely located in the bottom of your ski bag from last February). If you have been whining and waiting for winter, it’s finally here. Put away your golf clubs and go ski. You can ski all day Saturday and still catch the much anticipated Tebow Brady showdown – a good Patriots game makes for perfect après ski.

Photo by Greg Burke

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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 and


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