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Ski areas challenge baseball for attention

MONTPELIER —Vermont’s ski resorts are reporting much higher than average snowfall totals for the season, due in part from late season April snowstorms.

The late-season snow has been so persistent that a recent poll found one-third of respondents were confident that "the snow will never go away."

“We've had some very memorable snowstorms this season, starting with the Valentine's Day Blizzard and continuing through this past weekend's nor'easter," said Parker Riehle, president of Ski Vermont. “This winter started slowly, but since mid-January, conditions have changed dramatically and the snow's showing no signs of slowing. Now in mid-April, many resorts have extended their season due to the incredible mid-winter snow conditions."

Here is a sample of resort conditions:

• Jay Peak Resort reports mid-winter conditions and expects to continue to have 100 percent of their terrain open this weekend.

• Killington Resort has more than 100 trails open now. Their annual pond skimming contest on Saturday where participants compete for prizes in best overall skim, best splash, best costume and the mysterious judges' award.

• Stowe Mountain Resort extended their season through April 29, thanks to more than seven feet of snow over the past two weeks.

• Sugarbush Resort has received more than seven feet of snow in April and is 100 percent open at Lincoln Peak.

• Okemo Mountain Resort's closing day is Sunday.

For more information on trail counts, snow conditions and events, go to www.skivermont.com.

“Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness” nears completion

UNDERHILL CENTER — Vermont maple syrup, donated by producers all around the state, will soon be on its way to Vermont troops in Iraq.

During the past three months, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association has been soliciting donations from sugarmakers throughout the state with the goal of collecting 1,000 gallons of pure maple syrup. Despite a mixed season, producers and packers are donating syrup for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The pint containers will be packaged at Dakin Farms in Ferrisburgh, Vermont on May 9. The syrup containers will be stamped with a special label before being distributed to thousands of troops by Memorial Day as a simple gesture of appreciation.

“This is a small token of sincere appreciation for the supreme dedication that our men and women in uniform are making on behalf of all of us,” stated Sam Cutting, IV, chairperson of the committee. This year’s project is a partnership between the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, Vermont Maple Foundation, Vermont Maple Industry Council, and many other individuals and businesses.

This is not the first time that Vermonters have been away from home in the military nor the first time that Vermont maple producers have sent maple to troops. In the Civil War, Vermont maple syrup producers sent maple sugar to their soldiers. In World War II, maple sugar cakes were sent to soldiers overseas.

There is still time to donate syrup or to make a cash contribution for shipping costs. Syrup can be donated until April 29 at the drop-off locations listed on www.vermontmaple.org.

For more information about sponsorships call Sam Cutting IV at 425-3971, and for syrup donations call Rick Marsh at 644-5482.

To make a cash donation send it to: Mary Croft, Treasurer, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, 491 East Barnard Road, S. Royalton, VT, 05068.

Posted April 19, 2007

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