VT Cross-Country Skiing Industry Needs More Snow

By Staci DaSilva | sdasilva@nexstar.tv

Published 01/29 2014 06:18PM

Updated 01/30 2014 06:02AM


You may be one of those people who is dreading the next snow storm. But for mountain-lovers and those who make money off of mountain-lovers, they're hoping for lots more snow this season.

It's hard to enjoy winter fun without the winter white stuff.

“It's kind of been a bit of a back and forth battle on the trails this year. This year, on the Nordic side, we've seen a lot less traffic coming through,” said Bolton Valley’s Josh Arneson.

That's because snow levels are down everywhere. Our SkyTracker Weather Team says in Burlington, snow amounts are 6 inches below average and 1 foot below average on mountain tops.

“For our Nordic skiing, it's everything. We don't have any snow making on the Nordic trails. So we 100% rely on the natural snow,” said Arneson.

Smooth trails require under a foot of snow but if it gets rocky, it's best to have up to 2 feet.

“In the past, there's always been enough coverage, it's been a little thin for some of our events, but there's been enough coverage. This year, it's been quite challenging,” said Greg Maino with Catamount Trail Association.

Catamount Trail Association has postponed plenty of events this season because of the lack of snow.

And if it's not that, there was the ice storm.

“The day of our event, we had freezing rain and treacherous roads. We ended up canceling the event,” said Maino.

Now those ski-lovers are forever the optimists. They say things are getting better and are hoping for a snow-filled weekend.

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