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

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


Warm and sunny weather in the West has brought hints of spring skiing. Eastern areas expecting traditional big crowds for Washington's Birthday weekend.

NEW ENGLAND: PICO PEAK, VT.: Snow tractor worked overtime packing 14 new PO. Pico has had a great winter, with 75 operating days.

MAD RIVER GLEN, VT.: 6 PP On 26-50 HB. There is not a rock or an icy spot showing on the whole mountain. All trails rate excellent.

BIG BROMLEY, VT.: Skiing has been a delight, thanks to a foot of PO which fell last weekend on a 7-25 HB. Erratic weather recently ranged from shirt-sleeve sunshine to rain, then snow.

STOWE, VT.: IC plagued many trails last week. 4 windblown PO on 24-40 icy base. Thermometers hit 10 below last weekend.

FRANCONIA, N.H.: 1-2 PO on 7-58 base, with spring skiing prospects excellent. Recent temp, range went from 60 above to 20 below.

NORTH CONWAY, N.H.: Area could use 2 W or 3-4 PO to put all trails in shape. Present cover is 1 CO on 6-12 HB with some IC. A few trails have been reserved for weekends with good results.

BERKSHIRE MTS., MASS.: Up to 12 PO fell at Jiminy Peak last week and trails are in good shape with 2-12 HP base. Watch out for icy spots. Otis Ridge has 2 PP on 2 HP and Catamount, N.Y. opened for the first time last weekend with 0-6 PO.

QUEBEC: LAC BEAUPORT: 6 PO over 40 HB. Worst storm of winter temporarily closed roads last weekend.

MONT TREMBLANT: 6-12 new PO over 32-54, conditions excellent. Roads are open.

NEW YORK: TURIN: Excellent signs are still out with 8 PO on 23 base.

PENNSYLVANIA: LIGONIER: 8 new PO on 4-15 base with temps, around zero. Penn State championships scheduled here on Feb. 19-20.

MIDWEST: RIB MT., WIS.: 3 PO on 10 HB. Skiing excellent; temps, around minus 10.

BOYNE MT., MICH.: 2 NS on 4-12 PP. Despite heavy traffic, slopes are holding up well because of zero cold.

TERRY PEAK, S.D.: 5-7 NS with base now up to 30-36. Despite excellent conditions, there have been no lift lines lately.

ROCKY MTS.: BERTHOUD PASS, COLO.: 22-32 HB. Clear skies and warm days have produced near-perfect skiing. Low accident rate attributed to lack of ruts and bumps on trails.

WINTER PARK, COLO.: 3 NS on 23-35 HP with IC. Over-all outlook fair-good. More NS would help.

ASPEN, COLO.: All trails and slopes boast PP over 20-38 base. No waiting lines either.

SANTA FE, N. MEX.: 4 PP on 30-36, but racers are hoping for more snow before winter carnival, Feb. 19-20. Recent crowds have been heavily sprinkled with snow bunnies from Texas.

ALTA, UTAH: 6 PO on 80 HP, and skiing still great. Area has had heavy out-of-town play and advance reservations are recommended.

JACKSON, WYO.: 4 NS on 20 HP, everything is open and skiing is grand. Roads are open.

BANFF, ALBERTA: 14 NS has provided good skiing for almost the first time this winter. However, another 10 would help.

SUN VALLEY, IDA.: Base is 11-30. Best snow is in the bowls atop Baldy.

NORTHWEST: GROUSE MT., BRITISH COLUMBIA: Upper areas have 25 NS on 81 HB, 22 NS on 60 HB at village. NS is on heavy side. Weekend line-ups for chair lift continue but midweek—especially Wednesday—is fine.

MT. HOOD, ORE.: GR surfaces over 116 HB at Timberline, 52 HB at Govt. Camp. Temps, around 30-34. Skiing rates fair-good.

MT. BAKER, WASH.: 2 NS on 136 HP. All runs good with north face of Panorama the best. Bring auto chains.

STEVENS PASS, WASH.: 2 NS on 94. Car chains required. Northwest intercollegiate championships scheduled here, Feb. 19-20.

FAR WEST: SQUAW VALLEY, CALIF.: Some CO on 60-108 HP with all runs excellent. Daytime temps. 30 to 60. Crowd hit 2,500 last weekend but there were no waiting lines.

MT. BALDY, CALIF.: 20-30 HP spring snow on upper areas. Some lower areas CL because of BS.

EDELWEISS, CALIF.: 30-52 HP. Everything is open and all trails excellent.

SUGAR BOWL, CALIF.: Total cover here measures 84-120, best snow conditions so far this year.

RENO, NEV.: Cover is down to 40-60 HB. There is plenty of skiing left but NS is needed to hide some stumps and rocks.