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Finally, that “at last” moment for New England skiers

Can I just say that I am so excited because finally, at last, the big snow storm is coming to Boston?

According to Boston.com, parts of eastern Massachusetts could get 6 inches of snow tomorrow, and other areas up to 10 inches. The more northern parts of the state are expecting more. But even so, it’s exciting to finally get that one snow storm that brings the city to a halt, cancels school and work and all sorts of events, falls silently in the early morning and then over the happy shouts of children playing in the snow as the afternoon approaches.

More than a snow day, though, is the joy of fresh snow on the slopes for skiers. Temperatures are supposed to climb back up into the 40s and 50s this weekend, so it looks like a great time to go skiing.

Over at Boston.com’s The Ski Guru blog, ski blogger Heather Burke calls March “the ski month” – with an emphasis on “the,” since the ski season’s been rather lackluster in New England thus far. She writes,

March is often the snowiest in the mountains, with the most sunlight, the best events, and some of the best deals as ski resorts try to keep you in the ski mood (and keep you away from biking, golf and spring sports). Ski areas in northern Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are finally registering mid-winter conditions of packed powder and decent base depths after some late February snow storms to counter the balmy bust of a January.

In addition, a ton of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine resorts have trails 100 percent open. Look to ski the entire mountain at Jay Peak, Stowe, Smugglers Notch, Sugarbush and Saddleback, with a significant chunk of trails open in Attitash, Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Sugarloaf and Sunday River.

Though March is usually the beginning of the end, a start to spring skiing, it looks like it’s the time to ski this year. Perfect timing for a Northeastern student such as myself, as spring break starts this Friday, and I will be spending my time on some slopes!

Illustration (cc) Wikimedia Commons user Parhamr and republished here under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

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