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.
NUMERALS REPRESENT INCHES OF SNOW
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.