Record Snowfall from Winter Storm Elates Vermont Skiers

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Ski and snowboard enthusiasts are exuberant about the record-breaking snowfall that has covered Burlington, Vt. in powder this month, making the most recent winter storm the region's largest in March and the fifth largest ever, according to the National Weather Service.

"The record's been broken, stomped on and ground into dust," J.J. Toland, director of communications for Jay Peak Resort, told AOL Travel News.

"We just came in from measuring this storm's total and we're at 40 inches, and it's still pounding snow. The storm has set a 24-hour snow total record for us with 32" falling between 1:30 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. today [Monday]."

Motorists, emergency crews and utility companies have been less enthusiastic about the nearly two feet of snow that blanketed the area, causing disruptions in services and transportation throughout the region.

Nevertheless, ski industry experts are optimistic that visitors will brave the road conditions to take advantage of the fresh snow from the winter storm. "Skiers are a hardy bunch, and they tend to make the trip no matter what, especially from our core markets in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York," says Jen Butson, director of public affairs for Ski Vermont, adding: "By the weekend, people will be completely comfortable getting up to the mountain."

"Folks are just starting to arrive for the weeklong Mardi Gras celebration," said Toland. "Boston visitors are telling us it only took them about four hours [to reach Jay Peak], and that the roads have been cleared."

Butson predicted the winter storm will not impact the Tenth Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, set to take place throughout the state March 19 and 20, when visitors can watch syrup being made and taste the products.

"[Maple producers] know how to operate in snow, and the taps are above the snow level," Butson explained.

Although more precipitation may be in store later in the week, "Tomorrow is predicted to have sunshine, bluebird skies and 25 degrees," Toland said. "Not a bad way to start March."

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