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Finding Nemo

Posted by Heather Burke  February 9, 2013 10:39 AM

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ian_powder.jpgHaven't we all accused The Weather Channel and overzealous meteorologists of snow storm hype. But Nemo delivered as warned, with so much snow its being compared to the Boston blizzard of 1978. The dilemma is how to get to the mountains, since you have to shovel out your car and driveway first. Folks on the coast got pounded, Connecticut, Eastern Mass and Coastal Maine have over 30 inches of snow - enough to bury cars.

For ski resorts, the big snow from Nemo is at Woodbury and Mohawk ski resorts in Connecticut at almost three feet, and Yawgoo Valley in Rhode Island. Butternut and Wachusett got dumped on too with two feet of snow.

The smart skiers hit the road on Thursday night, knowing school would be cancelled Friday, to arrive in snow country before Nemo.

In New Hampshire, Gunstock, Ragged, and Pats Peak are reporting up to two feet of snow while the White Mountain region received over a foot of fluff at Loon, Waterville Valley, Attitash, Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Black and Cranmore.

Vermont ski resorts got about a foot of snow from the fish called Nemo. Maine's Sunday River, Shawnee Peak and Mt Abram got over a foot of freshies, while Saddleback and Sugarloaf picked up about 8 inches, and still snowing. Trail counts will see a big bump from this dump.

Of course, Nemo Thunder Snow also brought high winds to the wintry mix. Watch out for lift holds as the blowy snow fish moves out. And remember when shoveling to bend the knees so you don't throw your back will need that core strength for skiing in the predicted sunshine tomorrow.

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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