News Roundup

Weather creating a mixed bag across the country…California Sierras pounded by snow, so much that a lot of operations are still digging out. Squaw Valley hit with four feet, they’ve been digging out and opening lifts, looking good right now…photo above is the base right now at Mammoth Mountain; up high they’re blasting for avy control…meanwhile it’s raining in much of Michigan; Cannonsburg shut down for the day until the wet stuff subsides…this just in from the slalom hill in Flachau AUS, Petra Vlhova won the event, edging Mikaela Shiffrin by .15 seconds, Sweden’s Anna Svenn Larssen rounding out the podium…in Utah, Snowbird hit with 10″ of fresh yesterday, 20″ the day before, they’re serving up about 80% of their terrain…New Hampshire news, Attitash has their summit triple running once again. Seems a wayward squirrel caused trouble with the electrical systems and things went haywire from there…checking in with our friends at New England Ski Industry website, we have word that another New Hampshire area may not even open this season. That’s Granite Gorge in the SW part of the state, near the town of Keene to be precise. Their tubing and nordic operations are up and running, but the lifts are spinning and aren’t expected to…move south a bit and we find that venerable old Bousquet Ski Area is up and running finally, today. Bousquet’s hadn’t been running anything through the holidays, word has it that it was a snowmaking problem. Anyway they’re spinning as of today, which is great to see. In case you’re wondering if “Bousquet’s” is (actually was) related to our favorite banana belt correspondent Woody Bousquet, the answer is yes…[editors note:  addition] Regret to report that 17-year-old Connor Golembiewski, of Flemington, New Jersey, died after falling off a chairlift at Blue Mountain Pennsylvania on New Year’s Day.