Drivers may not have had the easiest day on the roads, but on the sledding hills, Thursday's snowfall was a sight for sore eyes.
"This morning in the hotel she told me it was snowing and I literally jumped out of the bed and ran to the window," said Liana Alford, who is visiting Vermont. "I was like, 'oh my God, it's so beautiful!'"
It was also a beautiful sight for Rick Sharp, who owns Sharp Park in Milton.
"Biggest snow storm in two years," Sharp said. "Can't go snow tubing without snow."
Last year's weather left their brand new tubes unused.
"It was terrible," Sharp said. "We only had two weekends. We only did two birthday parties last year."
And this new snow isn't ideal; it's still a bit too soft, and visitors had to pack it down a bit themselves.
"We had to make our own trails, so the four of us, the snow was unpacked. So we had to walk up that hill, then we had to drag each other down in a path just to make one," Alford explained.
But once the paths were set, it was like being on a slide.
For many, tubing is something they've done from a young age. But for some of us, it's our first time. It was my first time snow tubing and I learned the only thing harder than staying in control of the tube while going down is getting it up the hill in the first place. But it's an experience that even this California girl could learn to love.
And many Vermonters say they are looking forward to a good old-fashioned winter.
"There's some nostalgia to get back to the old days in Vermont where we used to have these kinds of winters with a lot of snow," Sharp said.
"Just enjoying being out in the cold weather and having the snow to play in and having fun," Kristin Winer said. "Feels like we're kids again, which is a lot of fun."
Sharp says he hopes pent-up demand from a lackluster winter last year means a boom in business this holiday week.
Friday, May 24 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:13:09 GMT
Over the river and throught the woods isn't just the way to grandma's house, its the way a lot of people are having to travel just to make it to their front door. Dormant brooks and sleepy streams turnedMore >>
Strong rains Thursday flooded roads in Essex.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 09:38:41 GMT
Vermont State Police say the following roads have been closed due to flooding:UNDERHILL: VERMONT ROUTE 15, CILLEYHILL POKER HILL ROAD NORTH UNDERHILL STATION ROAD PAIGE ROAD DAUDLIN ROAD BROWNS TRACE,More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:04 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:04:15 GMT
Four people behind bars this morning, charged with kidnapping and burglary. Brattleboro police say just before 1 p.m. Thursday, a group of people forced two women into a car at gunpoint. Police caughtMore >>
Four people behind bars this morning, charged with kidnapping and burglary.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:00 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:00:21 GMT
A Massachusetts man is dead after an ATV crash in Concord. Police say just before 10 p.m. Thursday night, 42-year-old Frank Baker Junior was driving an ATV off of Leonard Hill Road when he lost controlMore >>
A Massachusetts man is dead after an ATV crash in Concord. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:47 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:47:11 GMT
Many Vermont roads turned to rivers Thursday night. Flash flooding made it difficult to get around. Route 15 in Underhill became a dead end -- between Poker Hill Road and Cilley Hill Road. Gushing waterMore >>
Many Vermont roads turned to rivers Thursday night. Flash flooding made it difficult to get around.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:21 GMT
New developments in a WCAX News investigation into a land deal between Gov. Peter Shumlin and an East Montpelier man. Jeremy Dodge's kids say the governor took advantage of their dad and they now planMore >>
New developments in a WCAX News investigation into a land deal between Gov. Shumlin and an East Montpelier man. Jeremy Dodge's kids say the governor took advantage of their dad and they plan to fight the governor for the property.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:00:29 GMT
Steve Stitzel is a lawyer with three decades of tax sales experience. His firm represents towns from Bennington to Newport. He says in recent years towns have gotten tough on tax collections. "BudgetsMore >>
There are several steps before a home is sold in a tax sale. Once it is sold, homeowners still have a year to try to get back their property. And many do find a way to pay their back taxes and stay put.More >>