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Snowstorm, Cold Temps Set Stage for Great Holiday Conditions at Vermont Ski Areas

Bromley Mountain received nearly two feet of fresh snow as of Thursday morning, with more still falling. (Photo courtesy Bromley Mountain)
Magic Mountain had received more than 19 inches of fresh snow as of Thursday morning, with more still falling. (Courtesy Magic Mountain)

A snowstorm carrying abundant fresh powder set up a great holiday period of skiing and riding at Vermont ski areas.

A winter storm moving eastward drop some significant natural snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Ski areas in the southern and central parts of the state reported between 10 and 20 inches of fresh powder from the storm, with more continuing to fall.

Okemo Mountain Resort ended up getting the proverbial perfect storm in terms of accumulation, with more than 40 inches - and counting - as of 3 p.m. on Thursday.

"It's a lot of snow, but we know what to do with it," said Communications Manager Bonnie MacPherson. "It's going to be a really great weekend here at Okemo."

Bromley Mountain reported 33 inches of fresh snow as of Thursday afternoon.

"WOW, thank you snow dancers," read a post on Bromley's Facebook page.

Mount Snow Resort received more than two feet of fresh snow as of midday Thursday, allowing mountain crew to open additional terrain.

"Still snowing with 25” on the ground so far," read a social media post from Mount Snow. "Patrol is dropping ropes, including Lodge, Challenger, and Plummet, with more to come."

Magic Mountain posted a photo on social media shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday showing a 19-inch accumulation from the storm, while Stratton Mountain Resort posted a similar photo showing nearly 20 inches. Photos from nearby South Londonderry showed locals digging their cars out from under two feet of fresh snow by mid-morning.

Killington Resort reported 25 inches of fresh snow as of 3 p.m. on Thursday. Pico Mountain got a welcome helping of powder just ahead of its opening this weekend.

"As we prepare for Opening Day - this Saturday, December 19 - we’re adding shovel to our to-do list. Lots and lots of shoveling," read a post on Pico's Facebook page. "Mother Nature dropped a foot and a half of snow at Pico, and it’s still snowing!"

Though the storm shifted south from its original forecasts, it still overperformed for some ski areas further north. The fresh coat of light fluffy, snow provided an awesome top layer over the manmade snow laid down during a recent sustained stretch of cold temperatures. Weekend skiing and riding is expected to be great across the state.

Anyone planning to come skiing or riding at a Vermont ski area is urged to know and comply with all regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, including interstate travel regulations for those coming from outside Vermont. Complete information on those regulations can be found at https://skivermont.com/trip-planning-and-covid-19.

For the latest information on conditions at Vermont ski areas, visit https://skivermont.com/conditions.

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