Ski areas in the Northeast had to temporarily close due to unusual heat

Ski resorts in the Northeastern United States have been forced to close at what is reportedly “high season” time of year due to a lack of snow coupled with unusual warmth.

The Northeast was bracing for several record highs of around 60F early in the New Year after some of the coldest days of this winter were recorded around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In Vermont, warm temperatures have meant bad business. Thin snow falling within state lines has made it almost impossible for skiers to enjoy the Green Mountains that are part of the Appalachian Mountains.

“Lately it just hasn’t been cold enough for a lot of ski resorts to make snow effectively,” Spencer Spellman, editor-in-chief of On The Snow, told Fox Weather.

High rainfall and a mix of warmth and humidity have not helped the mountains regain their true winter colors of late.

Ski resorts in Vermont and elsewhere in the Northeast have recently had to close due to unseasonably warm weather and a lack of snow. Only Jay Peak has more than two inches of snow in the state

Ski resorts in Vermont and elsewhere in the Northeast have recently had to close due to unseasonably warm weather and a lack of snow. Only Jay Peak has more than two inches of snow in the state

Only patches of snow can be seen above the ski lift

Muddy ground and hardly any snow seem to be on the agenda this year

Several Vermont resorts are struggling with snow banks due to high temperatures as residents are battered by this year’s relatively warm winter

Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vermont, had to close for a few days after the start of the year due to a lack of snow

Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vermont, had to close for a few days after the start of the year due to a lack of snow

Other major ski areas in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut have also had to close temporarily.

“Mad River Glen and Camden Snow Bowl are among them, but are expected to reopen as soon as conditions allow,” Spellman added.

“After an incredible ski run over the holiday week, we were forced to close operations,” Mad River Glen said on Sunday. The resort is located in Waitsfield, Vermont.

“Today’s temperatures look set to land in the mid 20’s but the return of some clear blue skies and sunshine will be a welcome improvement on the recent weather trend. We are waking up once again to find some light fresh snow pollination on the ground in the base area and while it is still not enough to measure we are taking incremental steps to improve our conditions.’

Other ski resorts in various parts of New England, including Maine and Massachusetts, are also suffering from the current climate collapse

Other ski resorts in various parts of New England, including Maine and Massachusetts, are also suffering from the current climate collapse

A man in Vermont's Mad River Valley snapped a photo of melting snow on a hiking trail and said it

A man in Vermont’s Mad River Valley snapped a photo of melting snow on a hiking trail and said it “feels, sounds and looks more like spring than winter.”

Mad River Glen, a popular ski resort in central Vermont, was forced to close certain days due to a lack of snow

Mad River Glen, a popular ski resort in central Vermont, was forced to close certain days due to a lack of snow

In Vermont’s normally snow-capped capital city of Burlington at this time of year, weather conditions reached temperatures that were 25 degrees higher than the average forecast by the New Year.

Beginning Sunday, Burlington will see temperatures peak at 34F, which is 10-15 degrees higher than in January last year.

Aside from cold weather, New England ski resorts also lack sufficient snow cover to stay open until the end of winter.

“Famous ski resorts like Killington and Stowe show about 50 inches of snow while their seasonal averages are closer to 200,” Spellman said. “So they are at a disadvantage in January.”

Vermont is usually a popular state for skiing in the US due to the abundance of snow each winter. Pictured: A ski resort in Vermont in early 2022

Vermont is usually a popular state for skiing in the US due to the abundance of snow each winter. Pictured: A ski resort in Vermont in early 2022

With temperatures reportedly returning to normal levels after the first weekend of the New Year, some are hoping this is the first of many signs that winter has just officially crept in.

“Vermont ski resorts are used to working with unpredictable weather and will be able to quickly expand open terrain once temperatures drop,” Bryan Rivard, director of communications at Ski Vermont, told Fox Weather.

“That’s one of the perks of Vermont having some of the strongest snowmaking systems in the world — they can take advantage of any cold-weather window to set up their bases and recoat the terrain.”

Several popular ski areas in Vermont are planning to reopen this weekend, including Okemo, Sugarbush and Bromley, while several others will reopen next weekend, according to Rivard.

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Emma Colton

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