Remember where we were in December?
It wasn’t exactly a rousing start to the 2020-21 skiing and riding season, at least weather-wise. Aside from a mid-month Nor’Easter that spread across the region, it was a tepid month, one also certainly more highlighted by the Christmas warm-up that seriously affected the holiday period.
As of early January, skier visits to Vermont were down 30-70 percent this season, a number that coincided with Vermont’s strict pandemic travel restrictions, as well as the dearth of natural snow. As of mid-January, only 49 percent of the state’s alpine terrain had been open. The five-year average for the same week is 77 percent of alpine terrain open.
Well, here we are, on the cusp of February school vacation, and we have a much different scenario. Snow has almost been a daily consistent in some spots, and temperatures have finally matured enough to provide the environment for proper snowmaking. As Cannon Mountain general manager John DeVivo told me earlier this week, the ski area had been forced to make snow with temperatures in the 20s during January. Ordinarily they would be snowmaking with temps in the teens or single degrees.