Resorts, Ski Towns Welcome Snow

Published 02/14 2014 06:24PM

Updated 02/14 2014 06:37PM

STOWE, Vt. - At Spruce Peak in Stowe Friday, skiers and riders couldn't contain their excitement after one to two feet of snow fell across the high terrain of New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

"It's awesome, conditions are great, snow's coming down and a lot of powder," said one skier at Stowe.

Resort spokesman Michael Colbourn can't either.

"A snow storm leading into one of the most critical holiday periods for us of the season, it's a perfect storm,” he said.

But in this case, a positive perfect storm. A fresh batch of snow just in time for Presidents’ Day Weekend.

"Traditionally it's been our busiest nine day holiday period of the season. Several of our guests opted to arrive early in the last few days knowing the storm was coming," Colbourn said.

Students visiting from Lancaster, Pennsylvania are among the early arrivals.

"Everyone at our hometown is snowed in, but we get to enjoy it up here,” said one student visiting.

"There's no doubt, when it's snowing all over New England, with the size of this storm, it’s just great for everybody, it’s great for the whole ski business in New England,” Colbourn said.

The flurry of business up at the mountain actually trickles down to the village too, adding an economic boost to local businesses.

Like the resort, Stowe's Green Mountain Inn is fully booked this weekend.

Front Desk Supervisor Paul Louviere says the storm prompted new reservations.

"Phone calls, they kept calling all the sudden, everybody is ready to come back, ski Stowe, know Stowe, and of course stay right here in Stowe," he said.

Many other nearby stores also expect a busy few days ahead, including Shaw's General Store.

"It's a great week for us, because the kids are on vacation," owner Sal Vespa said.

Shop owners say many visitors will come from New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. They expect lots of Canadians too.

"Great skiing, great looking town, I mean it's stowe, it's great," Louviere said.

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