It's only a few months late, but winter has arrived at several of the Northeast's snow-starved resorts. And it didn't just show up, it straight puked on Vermont's northern peaks leaving nearly 40 inches of snow in its weekend wake. Folks returning to work this week will be cursing Mother Nature's name, plotting the perfect sick day excuse to head back to the mountains, while those just starting their school vacation week are rejoicing the loads of fresh powder that await.
Taken Saturday, Feb. 25 at Smuggs. Photo Courtesy of Smugglers' Notch Resort.
The storm left two feet on Vermont's Smugglers' Notch, Bolton Valley and Burke Mountain, three feet at Stowe, and nearly four feet at Jay Peak—where the seven day snow total now sits at just over 50 inches. Not too shabby for late February. Along with the snow, the weekend storm brought enough high winds on Saturday to keep many chairs on hold, preserving deep, untouched stashes for Sunday's bluebird free-for-all.
Jay's legenday glades on Sunday, Feb. 26. Photo Courtesy of Jay Peak.
While Vermont's northern-most resorts recorded the highest accumulation totals, several peaks across New Hampshire and Maine also faired well as the system tracked east. Glade enthusiasts finally found themselves diving between the trees at Loon Mountain and the ropes dropped on Sugarloaf's newly cut Brackett Basin for the first time this season.
Sugarloaf snow reporters had an easy job Saturday thanks to 10 inches of fresh. Photo Courtesy of Sugarloaf.
The National Weather service is tracking another possibly major snow storm to come through the Midwest in the middle of the week and make it's way to the Northeast with some love left to give. Vacation skiers and riders may be looking at another line up of epic days ahead.
Here's some more photos from the weekend fun.
Photo Courtesy of Burke Mountain.
Photo Courtesy of Bolton Valley.
Photo Courtesy of Loon.
8 inches of powder is nothing to sneeze at. Photo Courtesy of Sunday River.