Skiers and riders braving the adverse road conditions after the storm to take advantage of spectacular mountain conditions found themselves in traffic jams stretching across the state. Sections of Interstate 78 were backed up over 50 miles, prompting Governor Ed Rendell to call the debacle "totally unacceptable."
Snow at eastern and northern Pennsylvania ski areas measured anywhere from 10 to 24 inches, bolstering base counts and opening previously closed trails. Alpine Mountain had around a foot and a half of powder and was leaving the slopes un-groomed for a unique natural terrain experience.
In the wake of the epic storm, many PA resorts such as Jack Frost in Monroe County are reporting the best conditions of the season, just use caution on those mountain curves.
For future reference, mountain enthusiast looking to blast through the fresh stuff soon after a storm subsides should first check www.visitpa.com for up to date traffic conditions.
Run by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, snow conditions are updated on an hourly basis.
Tech savvy Keystone-staters can also enter Visitpa.com/snow into their Web-enabled cell phones to receive weather updates and ski conditions and even check out live feeds from nine webcams at various resorts across the state.