March 16, 2017
Wow! What a difference from the start of the week. At high elevations we’ve received close to 50 inches of snow, with more like 2-3 feet falling at lower elevations and in town. That’s enough snow to completely change the conditions for BC skiing, snow biking, Nordic, and just about every other kind of snow-related outdoor activity.
We’ll start with the BC ski terrain. There’s a ton of snow out there and it all fell really quickly. That means hazards like tree wells and streams may be partially covered, but they’re still there. Please use caution when exploring out backcountry terrain. 50 inches of snow seems like it will completely bury everything out there, but don’t be fooled, there are still hazards. It is, however, some of the deepest snow we ever get around here, so get out there and enjoy it. We just want to emphasize safety as these kinds of snow depths can be incredibly fun, but also come along with their fair share of dangers.
We’re back in business for Nordic skiing after this recent snowfall. Before this storm we were lacking some snow coverage in key spots, which caused some extensive trail closures. Three feet of snow does a pretty effective job building back coverage on any trail network in town. Trapp Family Lodge is back open and is getting close to 100%, conditions at the Stowe Nordic Center have drastically improved, and the Stowe Recreation Path will be groomed to perfection and should be ready for this coming weekend.
Snow biking trails will need to be packed down and re-groomed before they’re really rideable again. If you’re looking for something to do in Stowe, grab a pair of snowshoes and head out in Cady Hill Forest for a hike. It’s absolutely beautiful in those woods this time of year, and the local mountain bike community will be greatly appreciative that you’re helping to pack down our beloved trail networks. The snow quality is excellent, so after the trails are packed down the riding is going to be absolutely fantastic.
There’s a lot of snow out there, so get outside and enjoy it! If you’re travelling into the backcountry please don’t do so alone. It’s always best to travel in groups of three or more when venturing into BC terrain. Keep an eye on each other, make a plan, and have some fun out there!
See you on the trails
Off the Mountain Snow Report
50 inches in 48 hours at upper elevations!
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