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Vt. skiers, riders celebrate the snow day

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WARREN, Vt. -

For most of the night, one of the only vehicles that could get you anywhere in this storm was a snow groomer.

But the sun came out and the dedicated skiers wouldn't let a few feet of snow stop them from enjoying Mother Nature's gift. They came in packs and waited in long lines, all for a chance at first run on this hallowed powder ground.

It's meant back-to-back snow days for most kids in Vermont, and they know how to make the most of them.

"I've been playing in the snow and snowboarding. It's awesome," said Liam Devereaux of Waitsfield.

These are the kind of lines usually seen on weekends, but for these conditions this is the price you have to pay.

"There is a ton of powder. Enough so you do not go super-fast, but not too much so you don't go anywhere. You can throw it around. It's awesome," Devereaux said.

Spring is only a week away, but Mother Nature makes her own plans in March. And ski industry experts say these late storms can make or break a season. Last year, Vermont saw its second highest skier visits in state history, so this season has big snow shoes to fill.

"We have closed the gap really nicely since we had some hiccups in the early part of January," said Parker Riehle of Ski Vermont. "So, now we are just a few percentage points off of last year in terms of skier visits to date, and again, the month of March was always going to decide if we would end the season strong or below average."

Some riders say we could have used this snow back in January, but better late than never.

"I wish we had more of them earlier, but it's we are having them now, too," said River Haberle of Waitsfield.

Despite all the fun, skiers and riders also had to contend with some lifts being shut down for high winds and frigid temperatures.

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