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Warm spells affecting Eastern ski areas

Vermont's Jay Peak is making snow this week in an effort to stay open. Courtesy of Jay Peak

Just three weeks ago northern New England was reveling in the biggest storm of the year with some resorts receiving upwards of 50 inches of snow. But now, East Coast ski areas are recovering from a record-breaking warm spell that resulted in several consecutive 80-degree days and a significant loss of snowpack. Several ski resorts are now blowing snow -- which is very unusual for March -- to salvage and extend the ski season.

Currently only a few ski resorts remain open in New England: Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Saddleback, Wildcat, Loon, Bretton Woods, Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush, Waterville Valley (which is offering free skiing through April 1), and Killington. From those still able to cling on to their snowpack, Jay Peak, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon, Saddleback, and Wildcat will all be blowing snow this week.

"We thought we owed it to our season pass holders," says Steve Wright, vice president of marketing at Vermont's Jay Peak Resort. Wright added that this winter pass holders didn't get a normal Jay winter, and with tourist groups scheduled to visit during the Easter holiday they needed to make sure they had ample terrain open. "It's also in our DNA to push things a bit, so we are blowing snow on a half dozen trails."

Jay Peak is looking to continue to stay open through Easter and perhaps beyond -- last season Jay Peak outlasted its fellow New England resorts, closing on May 15.