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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Stowe

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Locals and out-of-towners are drawn to Stowe.

"We come every year to ski," said Hyla Cooper of New York City. "We love it here. We come every year for a week. Much better then skiing in New York."

Stowe Mountain Resort includes part of Mount Mansfield which, at almost 4,400 feet, is Vermont's highest peak. It also happens to house the WCAX transmitter.

The large vertical drop coupled with almost 40 miles of terrain gives the mountain an impressive feel.

"There's the wow factor for the boys to see something this large on the East Coast. They haven't skied a mountain this size," said Christopher Freeman of Nantucket, Mass.

The resort also has some incredible views.

"Fantastic," said Rick Carrick of Stowe. "I always like it when you can see Lake Champlain from the top of Mount Mansfield. You can't quite today. But we've got Bolton, Camel's Hump is starting to come out of the clouds. Maybe we'll get Mount Washington later in the day."

Despite Stowe's elevation, the mountain has still had to cope with some variable weather this season.

"It hasn't been a killer snowfall year. It's been timed very well, but we owe our success this winter to our new snowmaking system," said Dave Merriam of Stowe.

The extensive snowmaking in combination with last week's snow event is keeping skiers happy.

"Conditions are good. There's a ton of snow, a huge base and the softness of the snow is really just fun to ski in. No ice at all," said Mike Sweet of Albany, N.Y.

"Today it's soft, it's very edgeable," Freeman said. "We'll probably cover a lot of the mountain today over the course of the day."

With more than 100 open trails, there's no shortage of terrain. At Stowe there are plenty of groomers, bumps and even some tree skiing. But for those seeking an additional thrill, they even have one of Vermont's only half-pipes. We caught up with a few riders who were pulling off some impressive tricks in the half-pipe and in the terrain parks; they told us Stowe does a remarkable job of maintaining their features.

"Stowe is the most on top of their features I've ever seen. Sometimes you actually have to wait for the terrain park crew to fix the rails and jump and it's always prime," Sweet said.

With Stowe and many other area ski resorts in great shape, winter enthusiasts are looking forward to March and all the soft snow and comfortable temperatures that often come with it.

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