Early Winter Conditions Put Vermont Among the Top Ski States for Open Terrain

By AlpineZone News |
Dec 04 2008 - 04:25 PM

MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont’s ski and ride season has not only started strong, but weather forecasts also point to a snow-filled December. Nearly 230 trails are open at 10 Vermont ski areas, with more resorts and terrain set to open this weekend on the heels of snow showers forecasted to blanket the entire state.

“We’re off to one of the strongest starts in years with the trail count rising daily,” said Ski Vermont President, Parker Riehle. “In addition to being among the top three states leading the nation in open trails, we have also seen increased early-season sales and inquiries, especially from the Northeast driving population. Vermont’s close proximity within an easy drive of major metropolitan areas made for strong Thanksgiving business, and our skiers and riders have been very encouraged by the fact that our open terrain has matched last year’s start to a stellar snow year.”

Vermont ski areas are lining up to repeat last year’s early season snowfall that skyrocketed the statewide openings to more than 90% by Christmas holiday. This week’s forecast has optimum temperatures and up to five days of powdery precipitation.

Terrain Open Year-to-Year:
12/3/08: 18%
12/3/07: 23%
12/3/06: 2%
12/3/05: 14%
12/3/04: 12%