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A snowy 2012 day at Whifeface Mountain (Photo:  ORDA)
A snowy 2012 day at Whifeface Mountain (Photo: ORDA)

Snow arrives just in time for North Country ski areas

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A flurry of snow arrived just in time for many North Country ski areas to open for holiday week. Downhill ski areas are open today from Titus Mountain near Malone to Gore Mountain near Johnsburg.

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Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

The latest winter storm advisory says there's a fifty percent chance of at least six inches of snow hitting by Friday.
It’s not exactly a snow bonanza – at least so far.  But most of the region’s downhill ski areas are open today, usually with a third to half of their trails open. 

A lot of manmade snow has been supplemented by 3 to 6 inches of natural snow in many areas. 

Two exceptions to a surprisingly good holiday ski week are Big Tupper in Tupper Lake, which didn’t reopen this season, and West Mountain in Queensbury, which is closed for Christmas. 

But that leaves plenty of downhill runs, from Whiteface in Wilmington to Oak Mountain in Speculator. 

Winter conditions have been bleak for other snow- and ice-dependent sports, but the forecast is calling for a big dump of snow this week, with the National Weather Service calling for 14 to 18 inches through Friday. 

That’s great news for cross country skiers and snowmobilers eager to hit the trail – and for the hundreds of businesses that rely on those visitors.

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