With much of New England waking up to fresh snow on Monday morning, the region’s ski resorts wasted no time in celebrating.
While Boston saw snow change largely to rain as the day progressed, ski areas received multiple inches of new powder. Places such as Stratton Mountain in Vermont reported eight inches, with others noting similar amounts. Though far from a record-setting snowfall, the storm comes at an optimal time for resorts prepare for the holiday season.
And in comparison to the dismal winter of 2015-2016, the new season is on a much better pace for the ski and snowboard industry. According to data from OnTheSnow.com, New Hampshire resort Loon Mountain has already outstripped its meager snowfall totals from November and December of 2015 (26 inches in 2016 vs. 11 inches in 2015).
The same is true for virtually every other New England resort, including Killington Ski Area. Based in Vermont, Killington reportedly experienced only four days of natural snowfall in November and December of 2015. In 2016, the resort says it has measured more than 66 inches of snow so far, with storms of varying size on 14 different days.
Here are a few updates from New England ski areas following Monday’s snow:
— Stratton Mountain (@StrattonResort) December 12, 2016
Mother Nature dropped 3 more inches of fresh snow on the mountain last night!https://t.co/wWVHeZje5f
— Wachusett Mountain (@Wachusett) December 12, 2016
Its another beautiful morning at Stowe! Most open terrain in the East right now and more snowfall on the way over the next 36 hours. pic.twitter.com/RavXcJglOA
— Stowe Mt Resort (@StoweMtResort) December 11, 2016
— Sunday River (@sundayriver) December 12, 2016
And Ski Vermont, a not-for-profit organization, posted a video explaining the coincidental number of sick days after the snow reports came in: