view of Adirondacks from Lake Placid
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The storm that drifted through the region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning left behind about a foot of snow and came just before one of the key holiday weekends of the winter season.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the DWI arrest of Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello. The pair also discuss local ski slopes, and what ski conditions over the holiday week mean for the rest of the season.

Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington VT on November 26, 2017
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Killington Resort in Vermont prides itself on opening first and closing last each ski season.  This year it opened, albeit with only a few trails, the earliest in the Northeast on October 19th.  That was also important to prove to the International Ski Federation, or FIS, that the resort would be able to satisfy requirements ahead of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup this weekend. Killington Director of Marketing and Sales Rob Megnin says the ski season has started strong and they are very excited to host the slalom and giant slalom competitions.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Ski Vermont

A professor at the University of New Hampshire has released a report concluding winter sports resorts need to adjust to warmer winters caused by climate change.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Ski Bum For A Day

Mar 3, 2018
Cable car on Czarna Góra, top station (Śnieżnik Mountains, Sudetes, Poland)
Marek Tomaszewski, Barlinek / Wikimedia Commons

Of all the days to go skiing we had to pick the one last week where the conditions more closely resembled those on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe (I’m using Guadeloupe but feel free to insert a different tropical locale) than they typically do this time of year in northern Vermont. That’s where we happened to be heading.

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John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

The Vermont Ski Areas Association is celebrating a comeback season in which almost 3.9 million skier visits boosted the industry after a weak season last year.

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The Northeast ski season, for the most part, has ended and people are now focused on planting gardens and swimming.  The season began strong, tapered off and then saw a resurgence of natural snowfall. Looking back, experts say the ski season appears to have been better than average for the region’s resorts.

Stratton Mountain
Stratton Mountain

Colorado's Aspen Skiing Company and a private equity firm will buy the parent company of Vermont's Stratton Mountain.

Skiing at Whiteface during 3/14/17 snowstorm
ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid

Although the blizzard warning has been canceled, a winter storm warnings and advisories remain in effect across Vermont and New York’s North Country.  One to three feet has already fallen throughout the region — and that’s good news for winter skiing enthusiasts.

Snowgun near Whiteface ski lodge
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York's three state-owned ski resorts are pledging to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Ski Vermont

With the snowfall earlier this month ski mountains across the area built a strong base for the Presidents Day holiday.  Many resorts are expecting record attendance when final numbers come out.

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John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

While there have been mild temperatures the last couple days, overall it’s been a cold and snowy start to the winter season.  Local ski areas are experiencing a much better start to the season than last year, when record low snowfall occurred. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of this holiday week for the region’s ski industry.

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John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

The first East Coast World Cup skiing event in decades was held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Vermont.  The successful women's giant slalom and slalom races have regional officials hoping more such events will occur soon.

Snowgun at Whiteface Mountain
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally the opening weekend for most major ski areas across the region.  Excitement peaked this week as multiple inches of natural snow fell, adding to the base of manmade snow already on the slopes.  Snowmaking operations can be crucial throughout the season. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at Whiteface Mountain this week to see what it takes to keep the mountain white.

Ski helmet
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Young people are not required to wear helmets when skiing or snowboarding on New York slopes. A bill that would require children 14 and under to do so was recently passed by the state Senate, but has failed to move in the Assembly.

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The state-run ski centers in the Adirondacks are firing up the snow guns to extend the ski season after a winter with little natural snow.

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While some are welcoming the mild December temperatures with open arms, area ski resorts are not so happy with the mercury level.

It is the transitional season as winter begins to intrude on autumn.  The colors of fall foliage linger as temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall from trees.  Occasional snow flurries tease cold weather to come.  This past weekend as early snow dusted Northeast mountains, some ski areas scrambled to be the first, and earliest, to open trails.

Jay Peak Resort/Ski Vermont

It’s been a banner year for Vermont’s ski areas and — and it hasn’t ended for some of the biggest resorts. Ski Vermont reports that with seven- and-a-half feet of snow remaining on the state’s highest peak, the largest resorts are staying open.

For most, warmer temperatures cannot come soon enough after a frigid winter. That’s even true for ski resorts.

About one hundred intrepid athletes will celebrate the storied history of the Thunderbolt Ski Trail on Mount Greylock Saturday. Unlike a typical ski race, it’s a race to the top – then the bottom – twice.

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John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

With New England buried in snow, ski resorts are expecting skiers and riders to flock to the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for rare powder as the region heads into the mid-winter school break, a prime tourism draw.

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New York officials have announced that two state-owned ski centers will open on Sunday.

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Olympic gold medal skier Mikaela Shiffrin was in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Wednesday meeting fans and ski enthusiasts.

Matthew Shields was just one in the line of people twisted around the confines of Plaine’s Bike, Ski & Snowboard shop and out the door.

“Can you sign this, a postcard and my arm?” Shields asked Shiffrin, who obliged.  

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There have been several deaths at ski areas across the region this season. But is it an unusual number?

A unique ski race on Mount Greylock Saturday celebrates the history of those who braved the mountain’s trails years ago.

Art Bourdon grew up skiing the Thunderbolt Trail on Mount Greylock in Adams, Massachusetts.

“It’s a rough trail and when we were skiing it, the equipment we had was practically nothing, you know?” Bourdon said chuckling. “Just a strap around the ski.”

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State Senator Betty Little is leading an effort to establish a museum showcasing the history of skiing in New York in the town of North Creek, home of Gore Mountain.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Senator Little about the ongoing effort.

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John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

A record number of ski areas in the region have opened before Thanksgiving this year. And it’s not just alpine areas. Nordic ski centers are among the resorts capitalizing on early winter conditions.

John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

It may be mid-October, but the ski season is beginning. Resorts in the Northeast are announcing that trails will be open this weekend.

Ski NH

An association representing New Hampshire's ski resorts says they hosted more than 2.5 million skier, snowboarder and snowtubing visits last winter.