Unseasonably warm temperatures and a lack of snow in the Northeast have prompted some of the region’s popular ski resorts to close temporarily.
Northeast Saw many record temperatures To start the new year, a large portion of the ice melted in the region.
Vermont ski resorts. Warm temperatures continued To reduce snow mass and impede any chances of natural snow or man-made snow.
said Spencer Spellman, senior editor at On the snow.
The precipitation they’re getting along with the warmth in the Northeast has only hurt the mountains, Spielman said.
“That’s in addition to a combination of rain and warmer temperatures that have melted a lot of the snow out there,” he said.
Because Unbelievable warmth And the inability to make snow, many ski resorts suffer.
“Many ski resorts in New England have had to temporarily close,” said Spielman. “Mad River Glen and Camden Snow Bowl are among them, but they are expected to reopen as soon as conditions allow.”
Mad River Glen, a ski resort in Waitsfield, Vermont, hopes to put its ski lifts into operation once the weather gets cooler.
“After an amazing period of snowboarding during the off week we had to suspend operations,” Mad River Glen Books.
About 40 miles to the northeast, the popular ski town of Burlington saw temperatures 25 degrees above normal ahead of the new year. Temperatures are still about 10-15 degrees above average at the beginning of the year.
The cold is not the only thing we lack. Vermont ski resorts also suffer due to insufficient snow.
“Popular ski resorts like Killington and Stowe have seen about 50 inches of snow, while their seasonal averages are closer to 200,” said Spellman. “So, they’re at a disadvantage in January.”
With temperatures returning to normal this weekend, Ski Vermont’s Brian Rivard hopes some of these popular resorts will start allowing skiers and boarders back.
“Vermont’s ski areas are used to operating with choppy weather and will be able to expand open terrain quickly once temperatures drop,” Rivard said. “This is one of the benefits of Vermont having some of the most powerful snowmaking systems in the world—they can take advantage of any windows of cold weather to build their bases and surface terrain.”
According to Rivard, several of Vermont’s 18 major alpine resorts plan to reopen this weekend, and one of them will likely reopen next week.
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