Extreme cold snaps during peak weekend for ski resorts

BURLINGTON, Vermont (WVNY) — Martin Luther King Jr. weekend tends to be one of the busiest times for local ski resorts, but sub-zero wind chills are expected to hit Saturday. Some skiers prefer to stay indoors until Sunday, when temperatures are expected to rise.

Aubrey Carpenter of Milton, VT said, “We’ll sit down tomorrow. We’ll see how the weekend goes, we’ll try to be above zero.

“I think we’re just going to be hanging out in our condo, like playing games and stuff,” remarked Sophie McKenna from Middleborough, Massachusetts.

Bolton Valley marketing director Michelle Ramirez said some may actually be happy with Saturday’s conditions. “I don’t think the weather will completely put people off, I think their love for sport and the mountains, we always see a good turnout.”

Patrick Scavotto, a resident of New York says he has a habit of preparing for the cold. “I was at Gore Mountain last winter and the wind chill was -35 so I don’t care if it’s cold.”

For those who want to get outside in freezing weather, Molly Mahar, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, said there are some things to be aware of.

“Definitely, you want to check the snow report. You absolutely want to dress in warm layers. Covering all exposed skin is really important. You want to take frequent breaks, you want to eat well before you go, in order to be full of energy and ready to go.

Mahar says Sunday is usually the busiest day of the MLK weekend and the temperatures should also be better. “The forecast for Sunday is – although it is still cold – it is not as cold as it will be on Saturday and beautiful sunny skies are expected.”

Carol N. Valencia