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January 2, 2013

Outdoors: Skiing is great!

All around New England the skiing is great for this time of year. The snowfall has varied depending on location as the big storm swept through, but all northern resorts are open on a great deal of new powder snow. Given the disaster of last year, everyone was hoping for a good season but no one was predicting the amount of snow that has already fallen.

For example, Stowe in Vermont has received over 100 inches of snow so far this year with over 60 inches in the last 15 days with new light powder falling as I write this column. And, because the temperature is right, they are making snow as fast as they can to build the base. They have 106 trails and five terrain parks open. There is 45 inches of snow at the Mt. Mansfield stake.

Jay Peak has received over 7 inches in the past 48 hours. 49 inches of new snow in the past week, and a season total so far of 109 inches! All 9 lifts are open with 74 of 78 trails available.

Cranmore got a whopping twenty inches in the big fall and then a bit more this past couple of days for a total of 29 inches so far. They are making snow and expect most of their trails to be open on Wednesday. They have 7 lifts running. The big news at Cranmore is the new lift.

Last spring, Cranmore removed its historic East Double Chairlift, which was installed in 1957 and serviced 6 trails on the east side of the mountain. Named in honor of Herbert Schneider who passed away in June 2012, the new Schneider Triple chairlift will increase the uphill lift capacity and additional vertical to the southern slopes of the resort. It will also give skiers a third summit access lift. This new lift represents a $1M investment.

“This new lift is not just a replacement of the old East Double Chair, which served only a handful of trails. We have relocated the lift line to the south so that it services a whole new area of skiing on 11 trails. It adds 300 feet of vertical when you compare the old lift to the new lift. The Schneider Triple will give skiers easier access to Cranmore’s best advanced terrain including Ledges and Koessler, plus intermediate favorites like Artist Falls,” stated Cranmore GM and President, Ben Wilcox.

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