Southern Vermont powder on March 2, 2018, courtesy Stratton.
Vermont Business Magazine March came in like a friendly lion at Vermont ski resorts with some ski areas receiving over a foot of snow on Friday March 2nd. The snowy forecast looks like it could be a trend this month with another 6-12 inches of snow expected to reach Vermont’s Green Mountains later this week and more snow in the long-range forecast. Historically, March tends to be not only the snowiest month in Vermont, but also the busiest, with many events to entertain guests on ski area and resort calendars. Longer days and great deals add to the fun and festivities.
“This March is shaping up to be one for the record books with 14” to start, and another 12” on the way for this week,” said Jamie Storrs of Mount Snow. “Winter is back and better than ever, right in time for our spring festival season that sees Mount Snow play host to festivals every weekend from now through early April.”
Geoff Hatheway of Magic Mountain reported lots of stoke at the southern resort after 14 inches graced their slopes March 2nd. “The parking lots were full and the conditions were off the charts!”
“Fourteen inches of new snow showed us that skiers and riders are excited that March came in like a lion,” said Myra Foster of Stratton Resort. “This storm was the first of the season to be followed by moderate temperatures, low winds and lots of smiles.”
Vermont’s famous snowmakers won’t let Mother Nature do all the work this month. With 80% snowmaking coverage across Vermont’s terrain, the snow guns will be doing their part to keep conditions in tip top shape. Adding to the snow depth will also help ski areas stay open longer so skiers and riders can enjoy the snow and spring sun well into April and beyond.
“Stowe will continue to make snow as temperatures allow this week,” said Jeff Wise of Stowe Mountain Resort. “The goal is to fortify the base depths on our primary trails, so we can have quality snow surfaces deep into April.”
“After February’s milder-than-normal weather, skiers were thrilled with the return of winter and snow once the calendar flipped to March. With more snow forecast at least into the middle of the month plus the classic milder days and below-freezing nights March brings, this is a favorite time of the season for many skiers and snowboarders to maximize their time on the slopes – and there is plenty of pent up demand,” said Ski Vermont President Molly Mahar. “Our ski areas’ snowmaking capabilities paired with additional natural snow will ensure that skiers and riders can enjoy great conditions around the state well into April.”
Up-to-date conditions for the 20 alpine ski areas, and 30 cross country ski centers, can be found daily at skivermont.com.
Source: Ski Vermont 3.6.2018