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    Long Ski Season for Northeast, Midwest and Rockies

    By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather staff writer
    March 20, 2014, 7:16:38 AM EDT

    Winter continued to whiten the mountains in the Northeast with quick bursts of snow in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Maine and Vermont. The latest fresh snow combines with 2 to 3 feet of fresh snow that fell late last week and over the weekend at Stowe and Smugglers Notch in northern Vermont and Saddleback in Maine. They have deep strong snowcover on 100% of their terrain including natural snow trails with steeps, chutes, glades and moguls. Many northern mountains should ski well into April and perhaps make Easter on April 20 this year. Sunday River, Maine, and Killington, Vt., set their sights on May.

    Moving south, softer spring conditions are surfacing at Wachusett and Catamount in Massachusetts and Mountain Creek, N.J. Spring conditions usually involve snow that is firm and groomed after a chilly night. That snow becomes soft and easy when it warms up during the day and could get heavy if it gets very warm in the late afternoon. Snowshoe kicked off the week with a foot of fresh snow in West Virginia. They plan to stay open until April 6.

    Midwestern mountains remain in the grips of winter for the most part, especially this weekend. They ski well groomed loose and frozen granular with virtually every trail and terrain park open with some of their strongest snowcover all season.

    Modest snowfalls for Monarch this week in Colorado. They still have deep packed powder and kayak races on snow this Saturday on a dual course with jumps, banks and a pond at the finish. Alta picked up nearly 2 feet of fresh snow since the weekend in Utah and Deer Valley got a foot. Groomed trails are smooth, soft and quiet. Ungroomed terrain has deep, powdery coverage and it softens with warm sunshine.

    California Sierra resorts have a classic spring skiing weekend with snow that softens in warm, golden sunshine at Squaw Valley, the host of the U.S. Alpine Championships through Sunday. Crystal Mountain picked up 1.5 feet of snow this week in Washington.

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