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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Stratton

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Even though wet weather isn't music to skiers' ears, some are trying to make the most of it.

"I'll get out there, do as much as I can until I'm so wet that I look like a drowned rat. Then I'll head back into the bar and have a couple of drinks," said Henry Lynn of Valley Stream, N.Y.

It's positive attitudes like this that are keeping skiers on the slopes at places like Stratton. The rain and relatively mild temperatures have softened up the snow.

"Conditions are pretty good. A little heavy and a little wet, but there's plenty of carving material and you can really get out there and cruise," Lynn said.

"More spring. The snow is a little heavy today because it's been raining. It's nice and loose. It's not that bad," said Vanessa Valentin of Falmouth, Mass.

Surfaces are very edgeable, but some snow is going down the drain.

"They're getting some bare spots going on but they'll be alright. I think it's starting to harden up top a little bit," said Whitney Callahan of Dallas, Pa.

"When it gets cold a day later that's when it gets hard and we have to deal with it. It can turn around quickly with a lot of snowmaking and the right grooming efforts," said Craig Panarisi, vice president of mountain operations at Stratton.

Efforts that will soon be going in full force, in preparation for the busy Martin Luther King weekend.

The waterlogged snow indicates that unfortunately it's been raining a little bit. But there's good news-- temperatures will be dropping and that means Stratton's 800+ snow guns will be working before too long.

"We will certainly be firing up at approximately 26 degrees and running as long as we can to build a base depth and resurface trails that we have open," said Kevin Booth of snowmaking operations at Stratton.

Despite the challenging weather, Stratton still has more than 80 percent of its terrain open. That's part of the reason skiers aren't giving up on this season just yet.

"I definitely feel optimistic. I mean any day you can get out here is a good day. It's just fun. It's not gonna be perfect conditions every time," Valentin said.

A notion that New England skiers and riders are all too familiar with, but we're still hopeful that powder days will soon return.

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