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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Sugarbush

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There's still a lot of bare ground in the Burlington area. But just a short drive away, Mother Nature has created a very different scene. Down in the Champlain Valley this recent storm has given quite a bit of rainfall, but when you add some elevation to the mix, we go below freezing and you can see in the mountains there's lots of natural snow. Over the past few days, several inches of natural snow have fallen at Sugarbush. Skiers and riders are enjoying the white stuff.

"It's pretty great," snowboarder Chelsea Tetreault said. "It's nice to have some fresh powder. It's a little wet out there, but since the last time we came it's a lot better."

"It's a little soft and, you know, it's new snow, a little damp. It's varying depending where you go, but it's terrific," skier Jim Rogler said.

If you like to ski or ride, you should consider making the trip into the mountains.

"Take the drive, it's worth it," Tetreault said. "This morning we came from Burlington and we were a little unsure of the weather, but as soon as we got here and saw snow on the sides of the road we knew it was gonna be a great day."

Skiers and riders tell us they enjoy Sugarbush for multiple reasons.

"I love all the people I run into here, a lot of friends on the mountain. The terrain is excellent and I just like the way the mountain is laid out," skier Suzie Lowe said.

Sugarbush has two mountains in one.

"It's two separate mountains, so if you wanna ski at Lincoln Peak, you can-- or Mount Ellen, you can do that, as well," Rogler said.

Currently there are at least 22 open trails, all of which are on Lincoln Peak. However, Mount Ellen will open by Friday or Saturday, making for a total of around 30 open trails for this upcoming weekend. Snowmaking will play a big part in the added terrain.

"We'll be making snow at every opportunity adding to Mother Nature's already 7 inches this week. So, we are excited for the weekend and ready for the holiday week," said Patrick Brown of Sugarbush.

Sugarbush and many other area ski resorts have numerous events planned for the holidays. And with an active weather pattern continuing, more snowfall may arrive in time for Christmas week.

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