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A winter gift: Storm dumps over a foot of snow across the region

Central Vermont skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers rejoiced Sunday morning when they saw that 12-16 inches of fresh snow had fallen with more coming down. Rutland and Windsor Counties were among the heaviest hit by the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington, with towns along the spine of the Green Mountains posting the highest depths: Shrewsbury claimed 17 inches, Killington 16 and Rochester 14. Killington, Pico and Okemo resorts posted more conservative numbers Sunday morning, but by  Tuesday the resorts posted that  20-25 inches had falled total.
The snowstorm was dubbed "Electra" by the Weather Channel.
"It's that time of the year and Mother Nature is in the giving mood. On top of the 13" she gifted us with this weekend, last night another 5" showed up on our doorstep," stated Killington Resort on their conditions report Tuesday, Dec. 17.
After the weekend, Okemo lead the East with the most open acreage, posting over 478 acres of skiing and riding on 91 trails. Killington followed with 83 trails and 352 acres of ski terrain.
Looking ahead to the holiday weeks, Killington is concentrating its snowmaking efforts on the Bear Mountain and Skyeship Base areas. The resort expects Bear to open as early as Wednesday, Dec. 18, and Skyeship Base by Friday, Dec. 20. Okemo is hoping to have its Amp Energy Superpipe open the Saturday following Christmas.
Although snowmobilers had to wait to ride until the season opened Monday, Dec. 16 (after the last day of hunting), they were ecstatic as the snow greatly increases the acres open.