Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
SMUGGLER'S NOTCH, VT -
Friday won't just be a big day for shoppers in Vermont but skiers.
Thanksgiving Day wasn't ideal for snow but many of the ski slopes are already covered and some skiers and snowboarders are taking advantage of them even before the lifts start running.
Kalin Bucholz and Les Wetmore weren't set on just skiing Smuggler's Notch on Friday, when the official season kicks off.
"I've been waiting for this for so long," Bucholz said.
So today the two snowboarders strapped on their boots and started marching upward, following the trail of the Sterling lift. Wetmore has been skiing the slopes here for years. It's Bucholz first time.
"I'm really excited to show this guy the ropes," Wetmore said.
They took a couple of short runs down the base of the mountain, getting practice for the first time in months, before trudging towards the top. Five different trails are waiting up there for skiers and snowboarders.
"We're set to go for the season," Sales and Promotional Manger Tommy Smith said.
Smith says they've covered their bases at Smuggler's Notch this year after last season's lackluster snow fall.
"The biggest thing last year is we had to open up late and close a little early," Smith said.
This year Smuggler's Mountain Operation team took snow into its own hands by investing more than $1,000,000 in snow making equipment. They also purchased 150 additional snow guns that have been slinging out snow since November 12th. Soon the guns will be moved to other slopes where they'll work on lining the trails with the man made powder.
"People want more snow and that's why we decided to go with those enhancements and we're going to give them a great product," Smith said.
Other options are available too. Mount Snow opened today. Along with Smuggler's Notch, Jay Peak and Bromley Mountain all open Friday.
But some people aren't willing to wait any longer.
"It's definitely worth at least the hike up. The ride down is going to be ridiculous," Bucholz said.
To see the status of the ski resorts you enjoy to ride at visit the SkiVermont web page by clicking on the link.