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Skiin' With Ian: Spring skiing starts early

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WILMINGTON, N.Y. -

"Really March is one of our biggest months," said Bruce McCulley of Whiteface Mountain.

In some years, March can be the snowiest month of the winter.

"We could still get some big storms. We just don't know. March is that way," McCulley said.

But in a month that usually features a little of everything weather-wise, winter has been nowhere to be found.

"It's been an eternal March-- we never had winter!" skier Chuck Barletta said.

The record-breaking warmth in the Northeast this past week has been more typical of April and May than mid-March, ushering in an early start to the spring skiing season.

"It's a bit premature. That's why we get here every single day," skier Snake Goddeau said.

"We usually go really strong right through March into April," McCulley said. "People still want to get out and enjoy some good March skiing."

Some people wait all season to enjoy the soft snow of the spring. It's important to make the most of it because you never know how long it will last. The past week has featured some perfect spring skiing; warm sunshine and comfortable temperatures, with some rain mixed in as well. Trail conditions have become soft and variable.

"T-shirts and a lot of sun tan lotion because the sun was hot!" Goddeau laughed.

"Well it's good if you have 50-day legs. Spring skiing can take a lot out of you quickly, but it's a lot of fun," Barletta said.

It will be an uphill battle to keep natural trails from losing their snow in what looks to be another week of mild temperatures. Even so, Whiteface hopes to remain open through mid-April.

"It's definitely our plan, but everything is weather permitting when you get to April," McCulley said.

For spring skiing enthusiasts, these next couple of weeks may just be the best of the year. Enjoy it while you can!

"Oh, I'll ski until the lifts quit turning," Barletta said.

"Rock and roll," Goddeau said.

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