Finally, some natural snow

Things are getting a lot sweeter in the North County: some good, old-fashion natural snow!

Andthat has set he stage for some good skiing and snowboarding this weekend.

Enjoying some fresh pow-pow at Jay Peak on Thursday.

Stowe in northern Vermont got nearly a foot in the last 24 bringing with it with powder and packed powder conditions. And with temperatures in the single digits this morning it seems like January. On its glowing report today Stowe reported: We continue to increase our open terrain thanks to the hard work of our snowmakers and the 21 inches of natural snow that has fallen at the summit this past week! Today, we plan to open the Nosedive, Gulch, and Tyro trails with snowmaking in progress on some portions of those trails. Looking ahead to tomorrow, we plan to open the Sunny Spruce Quad with skiing & riding on the Side Street and Lower Smugglers trails. So for this weekend, we will have plenty of skiing & riding for all ability levels on 25 open trails (9.5 miles of terrain), serviced by 6 lifts!

Over the mountain at Smuggler’s Notch, two feet also fell this week providing a much needed lift on building up bases.

Also in northern Vermont, Jay Peak has the Snow Gods on their side with the first of the big snow dumps bringing up to two feet in the last five days. But before packing up the car, check out the snow report. Friday morning Jay was reporting less than a dozen trails open. But that could change.

Snowfall amounts decline as you head south in Vermont; Sugarbush checks in with 11 inches in the last five days, Killington got 4″ and Mount Snow 2″ of scene-setting snow.

The wait is over this is real skiing and snowboarding! Sweet packed powder and some stashes in the trees.

Cold weather has not only allow ski resorts to increase trail counts, but offer terrain for beginnings.

For the latest info, visit Ski Vermont.

Ski areas in New Hampshire also picked up some fresh snow this week; about six inches.

Mount Sunapee kicks off its season today with a few top to bottom trails. Check out Ski New Hampshire for conditions and the best lift ticket deals.

It will be another week before Mohawk Mountain and Ski Sundown kick off their seasons.

The same thing for southern Massachusetts areas like Butternut and Catamount.

The best bet closest to home remains Jiminy Peak in northwestern Massachusetts. Its report: “We will have 15 trails open (adding Left Bank, Upper & Lower Fox, Exhibition East, Grouse Run and Winding Brook) for 62 acres of open terrain. Grommetville terrain park will be open and we are also working on Alex’s Park. Lift tickets will be $52 for adults (or $47 for those with a reloadable Axess Jiminy card.”

In New York, Hunter Mountain will open Saturday. It will have top-to-bottom terrain on the Hellgate, 7th Ave., Kennedy Drive and Fifth Avenue route, serviced by the Kaatskill Flyer six-passenger chairlift.

Jim Shay