Skier carving turns at Sugarbush on Tuesday, December 6. Photo: John Atkinson/Sugarbush

As of December 6, Sugarbush boasts the most open acreage on the East Coast. The resort opened Castlerock for hiking access this week and is now open top to bottom. Sugarbush currently has 38 trails open and has seen 30 inches of new snow in the last seven days. That brings this season’s snowfall total to 79 inches, a number that wasn’t seen until February last season.

At Mad River Glen, marketing director Eric Friedman said the resort would open as soon as possible. He said that before snow fell on Monday and again later in the week, the slopes were still bare at the bottom. This year Mad River Glen is focusing its snowmaking on the main mountain versus the Practice Slope as it has done in the past.

“The forecast looks good,” Friedman said.

At The Valley's two cross-country ski touring centers, things are looking good. According to Lenord Robinson of Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center in Warren, all 18 miles of trails have been open for two days. "It's good skiing," he said.

At Ole's Cross Country Center at Warren-Sugarbush Airport, 3 kilometers of trails have been groomed. The Runaway Loop has been groomed as well as an inner loop on the "Green Grass."