Posted at: 12/30/2012 11:08 PM
Updated at: 12/31/2012 11:16 AM
By: Lily Jamali
It's the ski season the Northeast has spent two long years waiting for.
"Today's been packed. It's actually been more packed than I've ever seen it today. So that's a good sign. There's definitely a lot of people coming here," said Shawn Maynard, a park ranger at Jiminy Peak.
Sunday night, skiers and boarders were happy to wait in the bitter December chill for the promise of a run down a freshly powdered mountain.
In the case of these locals from Pittsfield, Mass.s, it really was just one run.
"We just came down to take a breather for a minute. It's nice. It's cold out," said snowboarder Anthony Shufelt.
Carrie Phillips and two of her daughters made the trip from Hoboken, N.J. and despite a little trouble with their gear, they did eventually hit the slopes.
"It takes a while to get all your equipment on. That's the one thing I don't like about it," said Chelsea Piper.
While the holidays offered a boost, the large crowds were in large part thanks to the snow. Two major storms in less than one week dumped the stuff skiers hope for and resorts pray for.
"This year is definitely busier than last year at this time. I think we've had better weather. I think people know the skiing is good so they're coming," said Jim Mucci, the night operations manager at Jiminy Peak.
Last year's poor ski conditions loomed large in the minds of those who made the trip up for the holiday weekend.
"I skied last year but the conditions were really bad so it was kind of annoying to ski. It was like skiing in slush not snow," said Tommy Nicpon, a skier from Long Island.