Recent storms closed highways and wreaked havoc on residents not eager for winter but for local skiers and riders, the output of white was literally heaven-sent. "It has been tough for a lot of the areas out here and this is nice to see," said boarder Jeremy Bryne. "Winter got a late start this year, I'm hoping we can catch up." Boston Mills and Brandywine both reported four inches of natural snowfall, with Mad River and Alpine Valley each reporting two. Cold weather enabled other local areas to make their own snow as temperatures dropped into the 20s and stayed there.