(photo from Mount Snow)
(photo from Mount Snow)
Friday December 28, 2012

DOVER -- There is a lot of joy spreading around Mount Snow from skiers and snowboarders two days after Christmas.

"It's great," said Mount Snow Communications Manager Dave Meeker. "The timing of the storm is fantastic. People on winter break can actually enjoy all of the mountain."

As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, the mountain had 17-inches at the base and at least 19-inches at the summit, Meeker told the Reformer.

Seventy-three trails out of 80 are now open with 545 acres of ski-able terrain. Seventeen out of 20 lifts were also running.

On Wednesday, there was only 31 trails open with only 242 acres.

"Only a few trails aren't open," Meeker said.

Ripcord, a double black diamond on the North Face, is still closed, along with Second Thoughts, which weaves down into Ripcord.

On the Main Face, Exhibition and South Pole aren't open yet. South Pole is an extremely wide trail that is difficult to completely cover with snow, while the ground on Exhibition has trouble maintaining a snow cover when there is a lot of wind.

Meeker said the forecast was looking good for the mountain as well, not only for snowmaking temperatures, but for potential snowfall.

"We could be looking at more snow Friday into Saturday, which is exciting."

He mentioned that he looked at the National Weather Service map, which showed that Mount Snow was right in the middle of where officials were calling for the most snow.

"The forecast was true. It keeps piling up!"

A new feature at the mountain, which allows skiers and snowboarders to practice doing big tricks off a large ramp then land on a large, soft airbag, was put away on Thursday after it was set up all day on Wednesday.

The airbag is "a touring airbag" that is owned by Peak Resorts. It's been set up at several other mountains this season, but will stay at Mount Snow until Jan. 1. The airbag will return again on some future dates during the winter, Meeker said.

On Friday, there will be the annual Torchlight Parade along with a fireworks extravaganza.

On Sunday, there will the first Grommet Jam of the season, which allows kids who are 12 years and under to ride small terrain park features and get advice from staff.

"It'll be all little jibbers out there getting coaching. The competition is super-friendly."

The sponsors of the event will be giving out products and merchandise to all the kids who participate.

The halfpipe at Carinthia, one of the mountain's most coveted areas for skiers and snowboarders looking to get off the ground, has been getting snow but does not have a scheduled date for opening.

"The halfpipe requires a lot of snow to get going. We'll see what happens with the weather" Meeker said. "There's fan guns parked there and it's already pretty well-loaded. It's part of the infrastructure over at Carinthia. We're trying to get it open as early as possible."

Jason Evans, pro-snowboarder and former X-Games medalist, will be working with Mount Snow this year to help shape the halfpipe.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.