"I said we're going skiing," said Rowan Beck of Charlotte.
That was the first thought that crossed Beck's mind when she looked out her window Friday morning. Why? That fresh blanket of white.
"We made our plans and were out here at 8 a.m.," Beck said.
Others got out early, too, in a rather unique fashion.
"I'm just really excited to wear my pink onesie on Valentine's Day," said Elizabeth Fuccillo of Burlington.
Finally ski areas got a big dump of snow overnight. As much as a foot and a half of snow is being reported in some areas. That means it's time to break out the big, fat powder skis. We're being told that it's some of the best conditions this season.
"They're incredible," Beck said. "I mean there is so much snow everywhere. You have fresh tracks everywhere, and what? It's after lunch."
"It's definitely the best day we've had so far this season," said Scott Walters of Burlington. "You know anytime you get almost a foot of snow it makes for soft landings and good tree runs."
For much of this season, going off trail in bounds hasn't been a good idea-- namely because of a lack of natural snowfall. But this storm has changed that.
"Tree skiing is my favorite part because my littlest one just loves it. She has no fear," Beck said.
As an added bonus, skiing the in-bound trees blocks the wind on a blustery day.
Whether in the woods or on the trails, skiers at Bolton Valley displayed a renewed energy on Friday in an otherwise lackluster winter.
"You can go on a mountain on a normal day and you might see some people not smiling or whatever. But literally everyone has a smile on their faces today," Walters said.
Smiles were aplenty, but lift lines were not. That could soon be changing.
"This is perfectly timed heading into President's Day Weekend. It's a good three-day weekend. We couldn't ask for better timing on this storm," said Josh Arneson of Bolton Valley.
This weekend thousands of skiers will be making turns at Vermont resorts. They'll be doing it on lots of natural snow.
"Oh my God, we so deserve this," Beck said.
Now we're just waiting for even more of those flakes to fall.
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