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    Welcome Fresh Snow for the Pacific Northwest, Midwesterm Mountains in Prime Shape

    1/15/2014 8:33:26 AM

    There's a shift in the action for ski resorts around the country. Last week, Eastern mountains enjoyed fresh powder skiing thanks to two big snowstorms. This week, Northwestern mountains anticipate a weekend full of powder skiing that filters to the Rockies. Eastern resorts are now in recovery mode.

    Northeastern ski resorts dealt with rain and a deep freeze to start the week. They're in the process of resurfacing their trails with snow making and grooming. The snow coverage on the trails is still very strong so the process of snow making and grooming is done to improve the slopes from the hard packed conditions that came with Tuesdays arctic cold. Snow surfaces becomes more smooth and loose after several nights of extensive grooming. Snow making trails including groomed cruising runs, terrain parks and snow tubing venues are open and well covered and in good shape. Natural snow trails took a hit this week so natural terrain is limited at alpine resorts but was preserved and groomed at cross country venues. There is some packed powder skiing in Western New York where some mountains picked up lake effect snow. West Virginia mountains like Snowshoe and Canaan Valley got fresh snow this week.

    Midwestern Mountains are happy to say goodbye to the arctic cold. Many areas picked up fresh snow in Northern Michigan with upwards of a foot at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Crystal Mountain the last few days. Along with Wisconsin and Minnesota, these mountains have experienced the most consistent packed powder skiing throughout the ski season with ample snow and cold weather.

    Rocky Mountain ski areas in Colorado and Utah has seen small to moderate snowfalls throughout the holiday period and the New Year, enough to maintain packed powder surfaces and enjoy the majority of their big mountain slopes and terrain parks. More substantial snow appears to be on the horizon. That means a weekend of powder skiing may be coming.

    Northwestern resorts in Washington, Oregon and Idaho are getting their first substantial snowfall in awhile and it will keeping falling into the weekend at many places. So they may experience some of the best powder skiing so far this season in the Northwest. California resorts are still waiting for that big snowstorm that has eluded them all season so far. There is still limited skiing on groomed cruising trails and in learning areas and some terrain park features are available too. Some mountains are making snow again to resurface trails and open more terrain.

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