Northern New England, Quebec Resorts Piling On The Holiday Snow
If you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, you’ll find it in Northern New England and Quebec, where up to three feet of snow has fallen over the past few days.
Le Massif, QC, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River north of Quebec City, has received 35 inches of snow over the past few days. Nearby, Mt. Sainte-Anne has picked up almost two feet of fresh.
In New England, many resorts saw a mix of snow, sleet and rain over the past few days. However, further north at Vermont’s Jay Peak and Maine’s Sunday River, the precipitation remained mostly of the snow variety.
“The latest blanket was a pleasant surprise as it seemed to be raining in most of the state,” said Jay Peak's JJ Toland, which has picked up a foot of fresh snow this week. “With this shot of snow, cold temps, and another storm on the radar, we should have close to 40 trails open for the Holidays.“
Jay Peak also plans to open the Tram on Saturday and provide top-to-bottom skiing and riding for the first time this season. However, if you’re looking for “room at the inn,” Jay Peak has no vacancy for the Holiday Week.
“We expect all of the new natural snow to cause an increase in day traffic, but as to overnight bookings, we can't take any more people,” Toland said. “Most of our lodging properties have been sold out for the Holiday period since late November.”
Following three days of snow, and continued snowmaking, Sunday River is primed for the Holiday Season, and has plenty of “room at the inn” with holiday ski and stay packages starting at $139 per person, per night.
“We’ve definitely seen an increase in holiday bookings this week,” said Sunday River’s Sarah Devlin. ”As the weather turned to snow, people started noticing that we had the most open terrain in New England and the phones started ringing. Snow in the forecast gets people even more excited for the holidays.”
Sunday River has received more than a foot of new snow this week, and more is on the way this weekend.
“We currently have over 300 acres of skiing and riding and 57 trails, but that count continues to grow because when temps allow, we do continue to make snow,” Devlin added. “Plus, it looks like we might be getting a little more snow in the coming days.”
Elsewhere in New England, the following resorts are reporting new snowfall for the past three days (Monday through Wednesday):
Saddleback, 30 inches
Sugarloaf, 26-36 inches
Burke, 10 inches
Bolton Valley, 10-11 inches
Killington, 7 inches
Smuggles Notch, 8 inches
Sugarbush, 12 inches
Stowe, 7-11 inches
Black Mountain, 13 inches
Attitash, 11 inches
Bretton Woods, 7-8 inches
Cannon, 7-8 inches
Cranmore, 9 inches
King Pine, 8 inches
Loon Mountain, 8 inches
Wildcat, 22 inches
Photos: Top, Sugarloaf has received up to 36 inches of snow this week / Sugarloaf photo
Le Massif has picked up 35 inches of snow over the past few days. / Le Massif photo
More than a foot of fresh snow has fallen at Sunday River this week. / Sunday River Photo
Thanks to more than a foot of new snow this week, the Tram opens Saturday at Jay Peak / Jay Peak photo