News Roundup 1/13/17 — Eastern feast and famine

13 January 2017 — Beautiful conditions across much of the west, check out the latest photo sent our way by Anthony Lakes Resort in Oregon, above. Don’t let the blue skies fool you, it’s cold on that mountain, they awoke to temps around five degrees this morning…but that’s a lot better than whatever the heck is going on in the east, where we’ve got venerable Mad River Glen closed today, and the weekend looks ghastly. MRG plans to have half of the practice slope open. Yikes. Keeping a close watch on how Liftopia handles this. I’ve been a promoter of that operation for quite a few years now, and while I understand weather and limited operations, this isn’t really an opening so we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted…northeast areas with snowmaking, on the other hand, will be fine this weekend. Those with the most powerful systems — your Killingtons, Strattons, Okemos, etc. are knocking it out of the park, considering the weather. New Hampshire’s Attitash, which has a relatively low base elevation, is looking very strong and plans to drop ropes on a couple of additional trails this weekend. Sister resort Wildcat, up the road but at substantially higher elevation, has virtually all of their regular terrain open, although they are experiencing some wind holds this morning…sadly need to report a fatality earlier this week at Shawnee Mountain in Pennsy. Juliette Dajani, 15, from Singapore, apparently lost control and smashed into an orange safety fence Monday night. She died that evening at a hospital. Dajani was a freshman at the prestigious Blair Academy boarding school nearby in New Jersey and was at Shawnee as a member of the Blair ski team.

Photo above courtesy Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort