Jay Peak has received around two feet of snow in the past week. This, in combination with the cold temperatures and snowmaking, is making for some nice snow surfaces.
"It was groomed with a little bit of powder on top. Very carvable and turny," said Larry Leonids of Conway, N.H.
"Conditions are great," said Stacey Tyler of Brooklyn, N.Y. "It was even better than yesterday. Yesterday was really windy and cold. Today there's a bit more powder and a lot less people in the trails, so we've been really enjoying it."
Jay Peak is currently skiing and riding on at least 70 percent of their terrain. However, with a dangerously cold arctic air mass in place, there are precautions that should be taken.
"First and foremost you want to make sure there's no exposed skin. A lot of times you're exposing your cheek and your nose, as these are the most important, as they're the most exposed. You need to keep that stuff covered," said Bryan Smith of Jay Peak.
It's also a good idea to layer up in high-tech, non-cotton fabrics.
There are warning signs to watch out for as frostbite sets in.
"Frostbite is definitely first seen with the first signs of white on your nose, on your cheeks," Smith said.
From there, the frostbitten area can start burning and turn red. If you notice any signs of frostbite, head inside and warm up.
Thankfully, skiers and riders tell us they are prepared to safely go out in the cold.
"I have hotronics, I have battery-powered gloves, I have two neck warmers," Leonids said.
"Yesterday I only had one pair of pants under my ski pants; today I have two. Extra flannel, extra tissues and lots of layers," Tyler said.
Jay Peak has eight lifts and one 60-passenger tram. But with the cold temps, the lifts were pretty empty. Instead, most skiers and riders elected to use the enclosed tram.
"I won't even go on the lift," said Jessica Williams of New Jersey.
The tram is a whole lot warmer and certainly a good option to avoid getting too cold.
While there are ways to keep warm in these arctic temps, skiers and riders will be happy to hear that the weather will start to moderate in time for the weekend. This will make those packed powder surfaces even more enjoyable.
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