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Skiin' With Ian - Dec. 14, 2011

December 14, 2011

Despite a less than ideal start to the season, the lifts began turning at Smugglers' Notch last Sunday.

After a very mild fall season, the past week has featured temperatures more favorable for snow making. Some light accumulations of snow have pitched in as well.

"It always helps. The natural snow gets everyone excited and it helps mixing in with the manmade snow," said Steve Wry of Smugglers' Notch.

Although there aren't many open trails for now, the snow report is better than you might expect-- a good base with plenty of coverage; soft in the morning, a bit faster and more slick later on in the day.

"It's been picking up, it's doing pretty good. They're doing a good job with the snow making. The sides of the trails are doing really good," snowboarder Brad Sawyer said.

We've certainly been a bit spoiled in terms of snowfall for the last decade. Seven of the last eight winters have been above average, including the last five in a row.

"I think skiers and riders are really excited because last year was such a great year. There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm. The people that are out, they know it's early season. They're just excited to get out on their skis and boards, make a few turns. They know it's going to come," Wry said.

But just a little help from the weather could really get this season rolling.

"I think one more storm. They got a pretty good base going so one more storm and we're in business. We'll be good to go!" Sawyer said.

"It would be great! Hopefully the snow that's coming down now will help bring a bit more this week and help get them ready for the holiday season," skier Donna Vose said.

One big snowstorm atop the holiday wish list of skiers and riders all over the region.

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