The holidays brought me back to my hometown of Pacific Beach in San Diego, California for the holidays, and while basking in the sunshine at some of my favorite spots like Kate Sessions Park and the sandy shores at Pacific Beach Drive, I was receiving snow alert after snow alert: 22”+ at Sugarloaf, 15”+ at Killington. As I made my return trip back to the Old Port in Maine, I started a mental list of the things I needed to do to get myself up to the mountains ASAP: sharpen my skis, charge my boot warmers, put gas in the car. I can’t believe we’re getting this much snow!
After an entire 2011-12 ski season without a solid snowstorm in the mountains, it seems as though the Snow Gods have finally heard our plea. Two (almost three, now) weekends in a row have proven to the residents of New England that winter is here – and it’s here to stay. With record snowfall in several states - including Maine, with nearly five feet of snow at Sugarloaf since mid-December - it’s no wonder ski mountains are hustling and bustling to get trails groomed and the base lodge prepped for après skiers. Events and live music lineups are bringing life to the nights at Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback, and College Snowfest Week is fast approaching.
If you’re headed to Sugarloaf this weekend, there is a good chance you'll see snowfall. With a high of 12 degrees on Saturday and 18 degrees on Sunday, temperatures are low, and luckily, the air is dry. Sugarloaf reports 136 open trails, 55 of them groomed, so there will not be a lack of terrain to play on.
Start the New Year off right, and enjoy the white, powdery goodness that surrounds us! Cheers to a snowy, ski-filled 2013.