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Northern Vermont Snags Big Snow at High Elevations, Occasional Snow and More Sun in Rockies

By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather staff writer
January 22, 2015, 5:39:13 AM EST

The crazy storm that spread through the Northeast on Sunday of MLK weekend dropped everything from ice to heavy rain in most places but shifted over to snow at elevations of 2000 to 4000 feet in Vermont's Green Mountain, where much of the skiing is. Snowfall amounts were big enough to deliver powder days to start the week at Killington, Pico, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Stowe Jay Peak and Q Burke Mountain in Vermont. Natural trails without snowmaking got a big boost including many steeps chutes and glades.

Many Northeastern mountains were not as fortunate but rain and recovery is a story ski areas know very well in the Eastern US. They have such a deep base of machine snow because January has been such a cold snowmaking month and groomers can process the ski trails and improve them on a daily basis. Most ski areas have strong coverage on 100% of their snowmaking trails and terrain parks and they're built to last the whole winter. Wildcat and Attitash, NH honor our nation's defenders during the military salute weekend Active and retired military receive free skiing all weekend at both mountains. Attitash hosts special military events including a special flag parade Saturday at 1 p.m. led by an honor guard from the top of Attitash Peak to the base concluding with the National Anthem. All skiers and snowboarders are welcome to take part in this special parade. There's also a fireworks display Saturday night and a "battle of the branches" military ski and snowboard race Sunday.

Midwestern mountains are boasting a consistent strong winter season with virtually every mountain at 100% and skiing and riding packed powder. The city of Boyne in Northern Michigan celebrates Winterfest with snow sculptures around town, a chili cook off, wine tasting and horse drawn sleigh rides. Indianhead on Michigan's U.P. hosts their 9th annual "Brewski" with samples of 20 of Michigan's best craft beers and ales.

Snowfall has not been as potent lately in Colorado's Rocky Mountains as it was earlier this winter but bases are strong with a four foot average snow pack and Ski Cooper got 7 inches of snow early in the week. Snow depths at Utah mountains are running at 4 to 5 feet and groomed packed powder trails are in terrific shape for a sunny week. Many Utah skiers may be feeling "due" for another snowstorm.

Northwestern ski areas had one of their better weeks with anywhere from 1-1/2 to 2 feet of fresh snow bringing the soft packed powder conditions back to Schweitzer, Idaho and Crystal Mountain, Washington. California mountains are hanging in there. Some ski areas are holding onto much more terrain than others. They need big snow to reach their full potential and it has been awhile in another slow snow year.

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