Nobody escaped the powerful East Coast storm that pummeled all of New England on Dec. 18, delivering up to six inches of rain in some areas with wind gusts at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour. Communities throughout the Northeast suffered damages due to high winds and localized flooding. Skiers watched in anguish as the region’s tremendous early season snowpack went dribbling into the valleys below.
All this only one week prior to the all-important holiday period for the ski industry.
Even those ski areas that managed to open the Monday morning when the storm hit, one week before Christmas, shut down early. Jay Peak, Killington and Sunday River were among the local ski areas that were forced to suspend operations during the day. Others, such as Cannon, Pico and Gunstock, didn’t even bother running the lifts with the grim forecast.
Flooding became a major concern in Vermont, where residents of Moretown Village were told to evacuate their homes and businesses after heavy rain on snow in the mountains caused the Mad River to jump its banks.