3/14/17 — Winter Marches On

14 March 2017 — Winter storm Stella making a lot of people happy in the east…throwback Magic Mountain in Vermont expects to drop ropes and open all but one trail tomorrow; they’re saving the Black liftline for the Ski the East Freeride tour coming up this weekend…elsewhere in Vermont, Mad River Glen has been shuttered but it is snowing like, well like mad, and they plan to reopen tomorrow; see photo above…Taos NM sez snow has been so good, “we are going to extend the season and remain open Tuesday, April 4th through Sunday, April 9th. Monday, April 3rd we will be closed for our Annual Employee Ski Day.”…Montage PA closed today, they’re getting dumped on and it just isn’t safe for employees to get up the road to the mountain. They plan to open tomorrow with $30 tix…South Dakota’s Terry Peak sez they’re going to have enough snow to make it until March 26th, then bang it up. I suspect they’ll have enough to go longer, but usually the customers taper off by then so no sense in losing money…Wild Mountain Minnesota will be open daily through Sunday, after that they aren’t sure. Here I predict we’ll see at least a one-off weekend or two at the end of this month, possibly a rail jam April 1 or something like that…Alpine Valley OH reopened today amidst the fluffy flakes of snowstorm Stella. Peak has announced that Brandywine is done but they’re going to focus on Boston Mills, get that re-started. Boston Mills may be open today, stay tuned…Trollhaugen WI has had an up-and-down weather pattern. They’re shut down today but will reopen with plenty of goods Thursday…FIS World Cup white circus in Aspen CO for the season finals; downhill practice runs yesterday saw Austrian Vincent Kriechmayer fastest guy, German Viktoria Rebensburg fastest gal. Men this morning second training topped by Italian Peter Fill; ladies practice to come…confirming that Boston Mills OH is indeed open today. We report on these far-flung and sometimes humble ski hills to give you a “pulse of the season” sort of thing…Pac NW the freezing level has been rolling between 4,000 and 8,000 feet; higher-elevation areas where they are anticipating snow tomorrow and Thursday include Mount Baker Ski Area, Stevens Pass, and Crystal Mountain. Weather forecast calling for rain/ice/snow/slush until the weekend across much of the region.

Photo: Mad River Glen VT this morning