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Hercules Flexes His Muscles As Storm Blasts Eastern Seaboard

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Winter Storm Hercules hit the east coast with all the strength of the mythological Greek figure, and eastern resorts are enjoying the wallop.

It will all be good once skiers and boarders get the roads plowed to their favorite resorts. The tri-state area around New York City was particularly battered, and that was good news for Mountain Creek in N.J., which is just 60 miles from the world’s largest city.

“We’re all very excited here for Winter Storm Hercules,” Mountain Creek spokesman Hugh Reynolds told SnoCountry.com. “Forecasts are calling for up to a foot snow at the resort by Friday afternoon with the skies clearing and temperatures warming for the weekend.  It’s going to be amazing, a top five of the year weekend to get out and ski.” 

From the population centers of the east, Hercules was headed up the coast to start 2014 off on the right foot with that much and more in powder.

Vermont’s Mount Snow Resort picked up more than a foot and a half of snow. Ragged Mountain in N.H. reported eight inches of snow before nightfall Thursday.

Bromley in Vt., Gore, Hunter and Willard mountains in New York all had nine inches.

Nashoba Valley and Wachusett Mountain, both in Mass., boasted six and four inches, respectively, but their weather event was just beginning.

HoliMont, 50 miles south of Buffalo, N.Y., a private ski resort that is open to the public, was getting it from both directions – the coastal storm from the south and lake effect from the west. Dash Hegeman, HoliMont’s marketing director, saw it as a double shot of gold.

“It’s been non-stop the past few days,” Hegeman told us. “We’re up to nine inches (Thursday morning) and it’s also been cold. That’s been our theme this season. We’re taking advantage of the cold spell with snowmaking.”

The resort, which welcomes the public Monday through Friday with the exception of the Christmas holiday, has a 16 to 36 inch base.

Neighboring Holiday Valley was also pushing about a foot of the fresh.

In the central New York Tug Hill Plateau snowbelt region, which is a veritable Bermuda Triangle for winter conditions, Snow Ridge and McCauley Mountain had been visited earlier by a lake effect system that dropped more than 12 inches in both locales. Hercules was coming next.

Meanwhile, Snow Ridge was telling snowmobilers to stay on marked trails. With the combination of heavy snow and biting cold wind chills, that was also a good message for skiers and riders.

Photo courtesy of Mount Snow.

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