Pristine powder and freshly groomed corduroy await at New England ski resorts this weekend as optimal winter weather settles across the Northeast's higher terrain.
No disruptive storms are expected into early February, allowing comfortable skiing under plentiful sunshine. Early season snowfall through December provided a solid base now topped with regular light snow, setting the stage for exceptional skiing and riding.
Favorable Conditions for Snow
The favorable ski forecast comes despite a warm January across the region, where temperatures averaged up to 6 degrees above normal.
However, consecutive winter storms in November and December dropped over a foot of dense snowpack at many resorts. This base proved sufficient to open the majority of the terrain.
Since then, frequent smaller systems have contributed periodic fresh accumulations to refresh the slopes.
One such opportunity comes Friday as a weak clipper system swings through. It carries the chance for minor snow bursts and slick travel across interior locales. Higher peaks like Vermont's Killington and New Hampshire's Loon Mountain have the best odds of picking up a few inches.