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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Mount Snow

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WEST DOVER, Vt. -

Brennan Bower has been skiing since he was 2.

"I've lived here since for 21 years now. I'm a local and I ski here, and I love it," he said.

Mount Snow is a special place for Bower. He especially enjoys the terrain parks, an offering that the mountain has had for a while.

"Mount Snow was actually home to the first terrain park in the East, back in 1992, called Un Blanco Gulch," said Dave Meeker of Mount Snow.

Mount Snow dedicates an entire mountain face to parks like these, called Carinthia. Here you can find eight different terrain parks with a total of more than 130 features. The newest terrain park is called the Farm-- for good reason.

"Most terrain parks are urban, with metal rails, wall rides, things like that. But Vermont is not an urban place, so we built one that's indicative of the surrounding area," Meeker said.

The Farm includes items like a repurposed horse trailer, sugar shack and even a small barn. Bower tells us it's pretty cool.

"It's actually my favorite part about the mountain right now-- that they put all of those natural Vermont-style features in the park. It's a great idea and I'd like to see more of that," Bower said.

Carinthia also boasts a half-pipe, something that 11-year-old Griffin MacFayden of Barboursville can't get enough of.

"It's a nice sport. It's really fun," he said. "It's like flying in the air. You feel like an eagle... it's awesome."

Mount Snow is more than just parks and pipes; it's also a breeding ground for Olympic athletes. Athletes like Kelly Clark; she's a favorite to win gold in Sochi.

"I'm hoping that one day I could go where Kelly goes. You know, to the Olympics and X-Games," said Aly Hsueh, a student at Mount Snow Academy.

While most skiers don't dream of being Olympians, most do dream about making some good turns. Right now, surfaces are very edgeable.

"They are excellent today. Nice sunny skies and I got some good corduroy this morning. Now it's nice and firm and I haven't hit any ice all day," said Jeff Marr of Bridgeport, Conn.

Any firm spots will soon be getting a lot softer. Mother Nature has been pretty rough for skiing this season, but the high clouds we saw at Mount Snow mean we have another storm on the way. Some areas could see a significant amount of snowfall. Skiers are really excited about it.

"Oh, yeah," Griffin said. "I'm so pumped."

"I feel great. I'm ready for a pow day. We haven't had a good one yet this season," Bower said.

The new snow will likely allow many ski areas to start dropping ropes. But Bower would still be on the mountain, even without the fresh snow.

"I'm probably gonna be skiing for the rest of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way," he said.

And for those of in love with the sport, we couldn't agree more.

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