Finally, Mother Nature decided to help ski areas out with a little natural whitener. Northern New England ski resorts are reporting meaningful fresh snow this morning. In Maine, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Shawnee Peak and Saddleback received 5 to 8 inches and it's still snowing.
The White Mountains of New Hampshire have seen 3-7 inches with the biggest yields of snow at Cannon and Wildcat reporting 7 inches so far.
In Vermont, most ski areas are reporting 3-5 inches in the past 24 hours. This is a great boost to the manmade snow efforts that resorts have been pumping for over a month a now. It may be a good time to do a snow dance and think cold thoughts - it would be nice if this wave of snow stayed as snow in the mountains - and didn't turn over to another four letter weather word.
With the holiday week approaching, and skiers wanting to hit the slopes for the first time with their families, a little white goes a long way to set the stage. New England skiers and riders are due for a White Christmas. That's what's on my wish list (my perennial request).
See you on the slopes.
Sunday River photo by Greg Burke
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.