Crowds Of Skiers Kick Off The Holiday Weekend

Vermont ski and snowboard resorts embrace the return of winter just in time for the holiday weekend.

SMUGGLERS' NOTCH, Vt.- Vermont ski and snowboard resorts embrace the return of winter just in time for the holiday weekend.

Joy Duncan and her family drove from Massachusetts to ski in the Green Mountains.
“We come every year, usually Martin Luther King J.r. weekend,” said Duncan.
This year Duncan says she thinks it's pretty busy despite last week’s thaw.
“You know it's what Mother Nature gives you for the year and some years at this time there’s a lot of snow and other times there’s rain. So it’s not predictable, but they do the best they can with the equipment they have and it’s still great for the kids,” said Duncan.
At Smugglers Notch there was a long line waiting to hop the chair lift to hit the beginners slope.
“The mountains bounced back pretty quickly,” said Tommy Smith, the Sales and Promotion Coordinator at Smugglers Notch.
Smith says the ski season started off strong with a lot of snow in November and December. So while last week's weather wasn't ideal, it didn't destroy the base.
“There's no perfect time for rain- but if we were going to get it- we made it through the holiday season as far as with Christmas all the way through New Year’s. And then obviously Martin Luther King weekend is one of our bigger weekends of the year, so we were glad to see the temperatures dipping where we could make snow around the clock,” said Smith.
Crews are making snow to keep up the 12 to 18 inch base of natural snow that already exists.
“With the snow making capabilities we've been holding on just fine,” said Smith.
Smuggs has almost half their trails open this holiday weekend but Smith says attendance is still strong with much of the resort booked up.
And despite the lack of natural powder Duncan says her family still enjoys hitting the slopes.
“It needs a little bit more snow, but the trails are great - what they have open, great for the kids, so we are just getting our ski legs going this year,” said Duncan.

Other resorts are reporting a good start to the holiday weekend as well.
About 50% of the trails are open at Stowe; while 74% of the trails are open at Bromley Mountain.
But Mad River Glen isn't as lucky, the main resort is closed due to the lack of natural coverage.

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