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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Stowe

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STOWE, Vt. -

This is the kind of day skiers and riders like to see when they arrive at Stowe.

Keri Goldberg has been coming here for a while. "A long time -- 35 years," she said.

It's the wide variety of terrain and snow reliability that keep Keri and her son, Ben, coming back. They hit the mountain on a good day -- last week's rain is long gone.
At Stowe, Mother Nature is finally giving us some white stuff, and it's making a really big difference in conditions. Some folks are telling us it's the best they've seen this season.

"Oh, I love it. It's snowing out. We got the whole mountain open. Gondola is running. Little lines. It's perfect out here," said Noah Mostow of Akron, Ohio.

"It's awesome. Yeah, it's a great day," Goldberg said.

The fresh snow is making surfaces soft, but you still need to watch out for the occasional icy spot. "We were surprised there was this much powder today. There was a bit of iciness underneath, but it's really great," said Nick Schwartzstein of Wellesley, Mass.

A lot of folks on the mountain had the day off for Martin Luther King Day--they are making the most of it. Stowe currently has more than 75 percent of its terrain open thanks to a huge investment in snowmaking.  In the last year the resort put more than $8 million into it.

"On any given day, when you come in the morning there are certain trails that have huge whalebacks on them, and that actually comes as a surprise for our guests because we never had this capacity for our output before," said the resort's Jeff Wise.

Skiers and riders are noticing the difference. Snowmaking efforts will continue until there is an ample base. "Generally we stop snowmaking when we feel there's an adequate base on all the places that we want to sustain until we close middle to late April," Wise said.

This means there are still many weeks left in the season, and plenty of time to have a good time... and hopefully a few good snowstorms too.

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