Flake news: Eastern ski areas get up to 6 feet of snow
Updated 7:47 am, Friday, February 17, 2017
More than six feet of snow? No, not in Lake Tahoe, but in New England?
New England? Ayuh, New England.
And what a epic snowfall week it’s been been for Northeast ski reports. Check out these totals from snocountry:
Sunday River (in last nine days): 71 inches.
Cannon Mountain, New Hampsire: 55 inches.
Jay Peak, Vermont: 53 inches.
Sugarloaf, Maine: 47 inches.
Stowe, Vermont: 42 inches.
The huge totals come comes from a series of snowstorms, squalls and snow showeers that have dumped several inches nearly every day.
So, what are you waiting for? Skiing and snowboarding in the Northeast doesn’t get any better than this.
From Connecticut to Maine to New York, skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing over the best conditions in years.
Even in Connecticut more than a foot of show fell, giving the state’s four areas a nice bump in businesses, just in time for the President’s Day holiday.
The snow wiped away the painful memories of last winter when below average snowfall and warm temperatures sent the season into a downhill tumble.
Nearly all ski areas have 100 percent of their trails open with the most common surface of power and packed power surfaces.
It was the biggest snowfall of the season for Vermont ski resorts with up to an nearly an incredible three feet of snow at such areas as Killington amd Smuggler’s. Average accumulations across the Green Mountain State were between 15 and 20 inches.
With nearly three feet of snow this month, Killington said “we capitalized on that fresh snowfall by opening gladed trails that haven’t seen ski or snowboard traffic in more than a year, like The Stairs and Devil's Den. With our 745 acre Natural Woods Area now open and more than 1.400 total acres of skiing and riding.”
Even Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall and Mount Southington got dumped on with snow totaling 19 to 22 inches during two snowstorms last Thursday and Sunday.
Ski Sundown in New Hartford, said the new snow and snowmaking has created a base between 30-50 inches.
Yes, all ski areas are not enjoying peak conditions of the season. What’s also important is the big dump deepens bases that will extend our season well into March and into April!
For those who haven’t hit the slopes this season, this is the time to go.
A powder day excuse form
Not sure many employers would except this excuse, but with a powder days why not try?
On Monday, Killington in Vermont offered a “prescription” form for “powder flu” from Mike Solimano, D.S. The form had boxes to check off for excuse absences from work, school or other “to take additional time to shred deep, fresh powder at Killington and the rest.” It added, “additional rest may be necessary in case of apres” ski.
Holiday week prices
Although many Connecticut school districts no a long February recess, higher holiday prices will be in effect all week.
Those looking to ski at Connecticut ski areas will find the cheapest prices from late afternoon and in the evening.
It’s also wise to check a ski resort’s web site and buy tickets in adavance for a few dollars less online. For example, Mount Snow was selling a one-day ticket for next week for $69.99, a 26 percent savings off the ticket window price. Tip: You need to act quickly; the number of discounted tickets are limited.
Remember, you never get any price break at the ticket window.
Tragedy on a Connecticut ski slope
For the first time in years, there was a death on a Connecticut ski trail last Saturday night.
Lisa Kelly, 46, a skier from Brookfield, was killed in a collision with a snowboarder on one of Mohawk’s 22 trails.
State Police, who are continuing to investigate the accident, have released few details on what exactly what led to the collision. The snowboarder, who was not identified, was uninjured.
According to the National Ski Areas Association, there were 39 skier and snowboarder fatalities last season, a rise from 35 the previous year. It says based on the 52.8 million visits last season, the fatality rate converts to less than one fatality per one million skier visits.
Of the 2015-16 fatalities, 31 were male and eight female. Equipment also plays a role in fatality data, with skiers accounting for 31fatalities compared to seven snowboarder fatalities
“It’s always tragic to report fatal ski and snowboard incidents,” said NSAA President Michael Berry. “We recognize that the fatality rate fluctuates slightly each year; however, one’s chance of having a fatal accident on the slopes remains less than one in a million.”
Berry pointed out that resorts continue to emphasize the importance of personal responsibility and that safety remains a top priority at ski areas.
The last skier death at a Connecticut ski area was in January 2001 when a 14-year-old girl attempted to jump off a chairlift before it reached the unloading area at the top of the hill. The accident at the Powder Ridge ski area. She died of asphyxiation after her helmet got caught between the chair and the safety bar.