East Coast Conditions Report – Jay Peak Takes an Early Lead

Robin Azer |
Jay Peak - December 4, 2016. Credit: JayPeak.com
Jay Peak – December 4, 2016.
Credit: Jay Peak

The East Coast ski scene is gaining momentum with more terrain opening up every day. With recent snowfall accumulations the skiing keeps getting better.  This conditions report is a mere sampling of the offerings available so far this season.  The photos and conditions reports are all recent accounts.

Jay Peak, VT:

We’re just a knuckle hair away from TWO AND A HALF FEET of new snow just this week. Another 2-4” came down after last chair and through the night, bringing our 48 hour total to 11”of natural, and our season total to 53”. You may notice that differs slightly from our website’s count, and we apologize. Feel free to shake your fist at our technological overlords; they are working on the problem now, and all will be well in the world shortly.

Jay Peak 

Killington, VT:

Killington - December 5, 2016 Credit: Killington
Killington – December 5, 2016
Credit: Killington

11:32 am 12/06/16–Well that was a pleasant surprise! 4.5 inches of unpredicted snow greeted us Monday morning. We slashed that pow up pretty thoroughly, as I’m sure you can imagine, but it will still make for beautiful packed powder skiing and riding on Tuesday.


Smuggler’s Notch Resort, VT:

Smuggler's Notch - December 5, 2016 Credit: Hugh's Blog at Smuggler's Notch
Smuggler’s Notch – December 5, 2016
Credit: Hugh’s Blog at Smuggler’s Notch

We received 4 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 17 inches in the past 4 days. The snow is getting deeper and the trail count is on the rise. The conditions are just fantastic. The snow that we received Friday and Friday night we a little heavier and made for a good base. The snow on top has been lighter because of the colder temperatures. Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Pipeline Escape, and Lower Bootlegger from Thomke’s are all open now.

Hugh Johnson, Hugh’s Blog at Smuggler’s Notch

Whiteface Mountain, NY: 

Whiteface Mountain
Credit: Whiteface Mountain

Based off information from the Whiteface website: The primary surface conditions are reported as packed powder with the year-to-date snowfall total of 57 inches. Whiteface has picked up 8 inches of fresh powder in the past 24 hours. The average base depth is around 16 inches allowing for 11 out of 80 trails to be operational so far. There’s more snow in the forecast and the snow guns are blasting.

Stowe, VT: 

Welcome to Pow Town Stowe, VT - December 5, 2016 Credit: Stowe
Welcome to Pow Town Stowe, VT – December 5, 2016
Credit: Stowe

It is a beautiful day at the mountain, as the summit has been above the clouds this morning, though we now have partly sunny skies in the base area too. We have received a dusting of new snow overnight, with 5-6” falling in the last 24 hours. In the last 5 days we’ve picked up 28 inches of snow in the higher elevations and the skiing & riding is awesome right now!

Thanks to all that snowfall, we are expanding our open terrain today. So far Ski Patrol has dropped ropes on trails like Nosedive & Cliff Trail, and they hope to add some additional trails by the end of the day. Chin Clip and Liftline are on the list. As of 12pm we now have 46 open trails totaling over 17 miles of skiing & riding.



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