Peak conditions greet holiday weekend skiers
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one for area ski resorts, given the fresh powder combined with increased snowmaking efforts. Resorts have also planned unique events for the three-day weekend that should please adults and kids alike.
Here’s a look at conditions around New England through photos and information provided by area representatives.
This morning’s snow squalls left 2 inches of fresh powder in a short period of time.
A Nashoba representative said one hundred percent open, with 17 trails and 11 lifts.
Jay Peak Resort
The resort expected close to two feet of snow this week, and more on Sunday. Approximately 72 to 78 trails will be open, and all nine lifts will be running.
For the holiday weekend, Killington will have more than 700 skiable acres, thanks to over 5 fresh inches of snow since Monday, and maximum snowmaking production all week. Freestyle skiers and riders can enjoy a halfpipe for the first time this season, located in Timberline on Ramshead.
The resort received 2 to 4 inches of snow on Monday, which supplemented the week’s snowmaking efforts.
Cranmore Mountain Resort
Cranmore has a full schedule of events planned for the long weekend, ranging from a magic show, fireworks, guided mountain tour, and a Patriots party. The resort is also extending its lift hours to 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday.
A Bolton Valley representative said that “Mother Nature has come through for us.” The ski area received more than a foot of snow in the last seven days, making for some of the best skiing and riding of the season.
The ski area has some special events planned for the long weekend, including a local artisan market, a moonlit ski or snowshoe tour, and a kids cooking class.
Loon Mountain Resort
Loon has 53 trails, 335 acres and 4 terrain parks open this weekend. They will be offering a skiing torchlight parade, slopeside fireworks, live music, and more.
Approximately 4 to 6 inches of snow accumulated on Cannon Mountain this week. A representative said Cannon expects to have nearly 60 runs open this weekend.
Ski Butternut is 100 percent open with machine groomed packed powder conditions all across the mountain. Butternut also has two terrain parks open.