Central Vermont skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers rejoiced
Sunday morning when they saw that 12-16 inches of fresh snow had
fallen with more coming down. Rutland and Windsor Counties were
among the heaviest hit by the storm, according to the National
Weather Service in Burlington, with towns along the spine of the
Green Mountains posting the highest depths: Shrewsbury claimed 17
inches, Killington 16 and Rochester 14. Killington, Pico and Okemo
resorts posted more conservative numbers Sunday morning, but
by Tuesday the resorts posted that 20-25 inches had
The snowstorm was dubbed "Electra" by the Weather Channel.
"It's that time of the year and Mother Nature is in the giving
mood. On top of the 13" she gifted us with this weekend, last night
another 5" showed up on our doorstep," stated Killington Resort on
their conditions report Tuesday, Dec. 17.
After the weekend, Okemo lead the East with the most open acreage,
posting over 478 acres of skiing and riding on 91 trails.
Killington followed with 83 trails and 352 acres of ski
Looking ahead to the holiday weeks, Killington is concentrating its
snowmaking efforts on the Bear Mountain and Skyeship Base areas.
The resort expects Bear to open as early as Wednesday, Dec. 18, and
Skyeship Base by Friday, Dec. 20. Okemo is hoping to have its Amp
Energy Superpipe open the Saturday following Christmas.
Although snowmobilers had to wait to ride until the season opened
Monday, Dec. 16 (after the last day of hunting), they were ecstatic
as the snow greatly increases the acres open.