2/14/17 — Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 February 2017 — Photo above from the top of the Teton lift at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this morning, official statement today from JHMR: “On behalf of everyone at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, we wish to thank our visitors, passholders, locals and employees for your patience after an unprecedented weather event last week in the Tetons. After five days without power, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Village businesses have now re-opened for the season”…Looks like Sugarloaf ME was the big winner is the northeast snowfall sweepstakes, averaging 22″+ around the mountain; similar deal at northern locales like Jay and Burke in VT, Wildcat NH, it’s all good…and season moving along nicely down in Londonderry, where Magic Mountain delivering stellar conditions during the holiday week. Magic Prez Geoff Hatheway reports “black lift undergoing load testing and inspection late this week. But no guarantee on the outcome. Lots of time and money spent to get the 2nd summit lift back.” For those who aren’t familiar with this venerable Vermont ski area, it has had an up-and-down history through the years. Despite the fact that some of the lifts are down, Magic is definitely moving up. For more info check our listing….Regular reader Dave Duma forwarded a fun read from the Burlington Free Press; seems Vermont Governor Phil Scott declared yesterday an official state-wide Powder Day! Scott sez “while I can’t grant official pardons out-of-state, I certainly hope all will be granted a snow day pardon”…Intrawest reports revenues up 16.6 percent for the quarter ending Dec 31, crediting a 27.1 percent increase in skier visits primarily at the company’s Eastern resorts…update on the death of 26-year-old Ricardo Cohen at Breckenridge we reported yesterday, we now know he was on the Volunteer trail on Peak 9. The coroner’s office says his head, despite wearing a helmet, simply slammed too hard on the snow…one more fatality from the weekend, seems 26-year-old James Meyers of Toms River, New Jersey, was snowboarding at Killington VT when he went off a trail and hit a tree…between yesterday’s report and this latest news seems we have the most resort fatalities in a single weekend that I can recall. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with all the friends and family members heartbroken by these losses…World Cup Championships team competition today in St Moritz, France claimed gold, followed by Slovakia and Sweden. Team USA finished in a 7-way tie for last…weekend looking good in northern California; mucho rain dashed a lot of hopes but it was followed by mucho snow. Yosemite, Dodge Ridge and Mount Shasta — all three of which have little or no snowmaking — are serving prime conditions right now…

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