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Monday Powday Report

A look at the weekend winners & next week's place to be

This weekend, the New England region was the place to be. Smuggler’s Notch Resort, Vermont was the clear winner of the snowfall totals in the US on Sunday with 14” reported.

Jay Peak, Vermont also put up some sizable numbers for snow accumulation, although the Sunday snowfall did not arrive until after they closed.

It is worth noting that the Alps in Europe received almost four feet of snow over the weekend. They really have started off with a bang.

I am so excited to talk about one of my favorite resorts near me. This resort is a gem as it lies on the Canadian border of Vermont. In fact, you will find that your phone reminds you, as you traverse areas of this mountain, that you have ventured into Canadian territory. Yet, you do not need a passport for this visit. Keep in mind that your phone calls could be charged at international rates, but other than that, enjoy skiing and riding at the border.

The best part of the mountain, in my humble opinion, is the stashes of fresh powder hidden in the tree runs of this resort. There isn’t a time, especially after a big dump of fresh powder, I didn’t come across some untracked snow. The bitter cold and wind this resort can experience is far outweighed by the spectacularly fun terrain.

The resort also offers a waterpark and great variety of food choices on the mountain. When you can, stop by their Ramen hut that is essentially a retired tram car.

Next Week’s Powder

The West Coast is on tap for most likely to be visited by the snow fairies. California, Washington, and Oregon will hopefully all be seeing snow in their forecast. The Lake Tahoe region is blessed with numerous resorts for winter sports enthusiasts to choose from. Kirkwood is perhaps one to visit next weekend. Nestled into California’s Alpine County, Kirkwood commands fantastic terrain, especially for advanced skiers and riders. Check out the views, though. This part of the Sierras may seem remote, but for good reason. It is on one of the most beautiful mountain passes that remains open in the winter. Drive carefully and enjoy the scenic wonderland that is Kirkwood Resort.

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