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Compiled by Bill Wallace
December 20, 1954
A late roundup of snow conditions in America from a picked group of local skiers
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December 20, 1954

Snow Patrol

A late roundup of snow conditions in America from a picked group of local skiers

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CO=corn snow; GR=granular; PO=powder; IC=icy condition; HP=hard-packed snow; W= wet; HB=hard base; SB=soft base; NS=new snow; BC=breakable crust; BS=bare spots; CL=trail or slope closed; DC=dangerous condition; UC=unbreakable crust.


Conditions improved across the nation this week as more snow came in, especially in the Northwest. But generally, the northern Rockies, the Northwest and the Midwest are having a late winter. Best skiing to date has been in Vermont, northern California and Utah

NEW ENGLAND: STOWE, VT.: Formal opening Dec. 18 will mark debut of new double chair on Spruce Peak. 4 PO on 15-24 HB with more expected. Skiing to date on T-bar trails has been good-excellent.

MAD RIVER GLEN, VT.: 4 PO on 10-20 HB, good so far. Full area operation commences Dec. 18 with only moderate crowds expected. Christmas-New Year's reservations available.

BIG BROMLEY, VT.: Unusual early-season conditions—meaning excellent skiing—continue here. Under 1 PO on 16-20 HB and sub-freezing temps. Lift-line waiting time only 5-9 minutes last Sunday despite crowd of 1,700. Regular daily operation begins Dec. 18.

NORTH CONWAY, N.H.: More snow would be a big help. 3-8 frozen GR, good on upper area but fair-to-no-skiing on lower. Daytime temps. around freezing or below.

FRANCONIA, N.H.: Daily operation starts Dec. 18. 3 PO on 4-27, good. Giant slalom and cross-country this weekend opens eastern competitive schedule.

JIMINY PEAK, MASS.: Rain settled 6 HB but a substantial snowfall is needed to open the area. Outlook was for light snow or light rain.

NEW YORK: BELLEAYRE: Fair-good on lower but you have to pick your way over upper trails due to thin cover. 1 packed PO on 1-6. There were 2,000 on hand last Sunday. Temps. just below freezing.

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