Ringing in the New Year with snow in the White Mountains
For years I've been going to New Year's celebrations at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, where I'd suit up in my long underwear and cold weather clothes to hang out at the base of the mountain in single digit temperatures. But despite the cold, there hasn't been decent snow in at least three years.
It looks like 2013's celebration will be a different story.
The nor'easter that tore through New England on the day after Christmas dumped 14 inches on the fun little mountain, raising its base depth to as high as 28 inches. As of Friday, December 28, eight lifts were running and 48 runs were open. That's already better than recent years and 2013 is still days away.
North Conway is expected to get another few snow showers on Saturday, which will be perfect timing for the 17 new trails and glades that opened on Friday. This could be a great chance to break out your skiing gear for the first time this season, and even if you have to battle lines, the never-ending festivities around town and on the mountain could make it worth it.
While the snow is obviously great for you, me and any other Northeastern skier fed up icy, rocky conditions, Cranmore's employees may be the happiest.
"It's fabulous," Cranmore marketing director Kathy Bennett told the Conway Daily Sun on Thursday. "We have about half a foot so far, and we expect the total accumulation over a foot, which comes on top of the foot we got last week."
And if they're happy, I'll be happy. Cranmore is also celebrating the grand opening of its new triple chair, which started running on Christmas Eve and has so far been getting rave reviews.
I'll be piling into my Jeep on Sunday with skis and board in the car rack ready to go, and hopefully the runs will match the hype.