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Skiin' With Ian: Winter and summer sports collide

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"Skiing in warm conditions is good, but skiing in 72 degrees is something else," skier Ben Avery said.

The first week of spring on the slopes has felt more like skiing in the summer.

"Get out and enjoy it. It's been a lot of fun," said Steve Wry of Smugglers' Notch. "We didn't want to see it come this quickly, but we can't control the weather."

Record-breaking warmth may bring an earlier than expected end to the season, but it has also provided an unbelievable and unlikely stretch of spring skiing and riding.

"Vermont is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get!" skier Blade Shumway laughed.

Equipped with sunglasses, T-shirts and sun block, the connoisseurs of mashed-potato snow round out their season catching some rays on the soft surface.

"Corn snow and soft bumps are just wonderful. It's something that we don't get a lot of in the East, so it's great when it comes," Wry said.

Reporter Ian Oliver: How many days like this do you get in a year?

Brock Shumway/Skier: Usually, normally two or three. And now, hey! We got two weeks of it! Beautiful!

The beautiful weather the past week has brought the Lake Tahoe lifestyle right here to the North Country. You can ski nine runs in the morning and then head to the links and play nine holes.

"Last year we were actually plowing the driveway on the way to the course. This year, we're out here hitting the ball around, so it's a great start and we're very happy to be open," said Brett Clace of the Links at Lang Farm.

After record-breaking wet weather plagued golf courses much of last spring, golfers are making up for the lost time early this year.

"Last year of course, we didn't even get out until you know, May because it was so wet. We had so much rain in April and May so this is just a huge bonus," golfer Bill Wheeler said.

This brief overlap between the two sports is likely short-lived-- both at the mercy of the weather.

"We're open to the snow flies, whether it be next week or in November. We'll be here until the end," Clace said.

One season sliding to a close-- another already teeing off.

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