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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Jay Peak

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JAY, Vt. -

Elijah Racusin of Montgomery has been boarding for a long time.

"Yeah, since I was 2," he said.

When he first started coming to Jay Peak, it was a no frills mountain. No fancy base lodge, minimal restaurants, just skiing. That's not the case today.

"It started out just that building and now I play hockey here, and I can surf here, and just the terrain is unbeatable," Racusin said.

Since 2008, more than $300 million have been invested into the resort. Racusin thinks all the changes are worth it.

"Yeah, I do," he said. "It's bringing more jobs and some people may grumble that it's taking up space, but there's something for everyone."

Despite all of the development, Jay Peak says it's managed to keep lift ticket prices reasonable.

"We've actually decreased our lift ticket price over the last two years by 15-20 percent," said J.J. Toland of Jay Peak.

With 100 percent of the mountain open, a lift ticket grants you access to a lot of terrain.

Jay Peak received a lot of snow in February, more than 5 feet. And if you look closely there are still some stashes of powder to be found.

Jay Peak has been developing its inbounds woods skiing for more than 20 years.

"We ski a lot of... all of the glades. And just go on some of the different ridge lines. When the snow is right, which is right now, it's well covered up here," said Jon Merz of Carlisle, Mass.

Back on the groomed trails, snow surfaces are a mix of packed powder and hard pack-- nice conditions for carving.

"Very great. The trails were very nice. Lots of snow. No ice," said Natalie Courval of Montreal.

"It's hardpack and fast, but it's nice. We got some snow yesterday. And yeah, it's great snow conditions," Racusin said.

Part of that reason that the snow is so fast-- cold temperatures. But the cold doesn't always feel quite so bad this time of the year, thanks to the strong March sun.

"If it was windy and cloudy it would not be fun, but it's sunny and not too windy," Racusin said.

And if we have a little more patience, eventually the mercury will begin to rise. Then we'll see the soft snow that makes spring skiing so great.

"It's just an all-around good time," Racusin said.

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