Snow? Vt. ski areas say early season looking good

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 8:49 am •  Published: January 2, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state's ski areas say the early season is looking good, despite some rain, with the slopes full of skiers, many of whom are staying in area hotels and eating in local restaurants.

Even though northern Vermont is expected to get only a dusting of snow in a storm forecast to hit southern New England and parts of New York on Thursday and Friday, snow down-country boosts interest in skiing, sending people north to the slopes, said JJ Toland, a spokesman for Jay Peak ski resort, just south of the Canadian border.

"We could definitely see some day traffic because God knows we don't have any beds left," Toland said on Wednesday. "It's wondrous chaos up here."

Toland said the business at Jay Peak is up 24 percent over last year, but comparing this season to last isn't perfect because the resort has 930 more beds than it did a year ago through the construction of a new hotel and 100 condominiums.

At Killington, farther south in central Vermont, the story was similar. As of just before Christmas, business was about 9.5 percent ahead of the same point in the 2012-13 season and the slopes have been full, spokesman Michael Joseph said.

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