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Wintry holiday weather leads to prime skiing in Vermont

A snowboarder on the slopes during opening day

A snowboarder on the slopes during opening day at Killington Resort, Vt. (Oct. 29, 2011) (Credit: AP)

If the holidays were any indication, 2013 is going to be a great winter for skiing in Vermont.

Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak in northern Vermont, said his resort was already in good shape between Christmas and New Year's Day, with more than a foot of natural snow and excellent weather for making more. Stenger said a big storm hitting the state made for superb conditions as the New Year's weekend approached.

Many Vermont resorts are reporting that most or all of their skiing and riding trails are open.

Jaclyn Mazzola, 22, of East Williston, travels to Vermont's Mount Snow each year after Christmas.

"Usually, the snow gets better mid-late January and is the best in February because of the base buildup, but this year they got hit with a good amount of snow right before we left," Mazzola said. "Compared to last year, when less than one quarter of the mountain was open, it was 93 percent open. Conditions were great and we even had a powder day."

According to skivermont.com, Jay Peak had 28 inches of snow on Dec. 28,  and Killington Resort, Mad River Glen and Pico Mountain gathered about 18 inches. 

Timing could not have been better for the resorts, as the holiday week is a prime time for travelers looking for a quick escape. The snow is also expected to be a boon to cross-country ski areas, after a tough winter last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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