Snow brings holiday ski boost for Northeast

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm •  Published: February 14, 2013
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"I'm sure when the numbers come in this is going to be one good season compared even to average, let alone last year," Vazzano said. "The timing of the weather has just been terrific for them."

Vazzano said the next couple of weeks look good, with some light accumulation and enough cold weather to hold the snow. "It's a whole different feel this year," Vazzano said. "There's so much terrain open."

But the optimism isn't being universally felt across the region.

Doug Holler, general manager of New Hampshire's Dartmouth Skiway, north of Dartmouth College in Hanover, wasn't effusive about the season.

"It hasn't been fantastic, but it hasn't been terrible either," Holler said. The snow the blizzard dumped on his area last week was blown away by high winds that shut down lifts last Saturday, he said.

But Ski New Hampshire's Karl Stone said ski areas in the Granite State report increased guest visits of between 4 percent and 37 percent over last year.

"We're coming into a crucial two-week period and we're optimistic, given the winter storm we were just blessed with," Stone said. "The forecast looks good."

Business on Hunter Mountain in New York's Catskills has rebounded to nearly normal from the relatively snow-free 2011-2012 season, said Trista Chiarulli, the resort's marketing and communications manager.

It's helped that snow has fallen during some of the big holidays, she said, something also possible this weekend as a storm moves up the East Coast.

"We've been doing very well. It's definitely better than last year," Chiarulli said. "There was a lot of pent-up excitement."

Arin Ellis of Toronto was spending the week snowboarding at Killington with her husband. They arrived last Sunday, and once weather conditions improved earlier this week so did their fun.

"We're having an awesome time," Ellis said.

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Associated Press reporters David Sharp in Portland, Maine, Lynne Tuohy in Concord, N.H., and George Walsh, in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report.

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