Winter managed to rebound from its midseason thaw, just in time. Last month was one of the snowiest Januarys in Vermont in a decade, a remarkable accomplishment considering the soggy doldrums of the holiday stretch. As January came to a close, northern New England ski areas such as Saddleback, Bretton Woods and Pats Peak were skiing and riding on 100 percent of their terrain.
Meanwhile, in the majority of southern New England, winter was but a hazy shade, where nor’easters were more apt to deposit rain and sleet before snow. Try running a ski area in that.
Sean Hayes has for more than a decade. The Connecticut native purchased Powder Ridge ski area in 2012, when it had been closed for nearly eight years prior, with the intention of turning the property into a 12-month business, offering a variety of activities in addition to those that require snow. Located in Middlefield, Conn., Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort is the southernmost ski area in all of New England.
So, when the likes of far-north locales such as Jay Peak and Sugarloaf are having droughts of snow, imagine what it’s like 30 miles south of Hartford.