Jay Peak is probably one of the best bets for skiing, with the Northeat Kingdom often receiving a bit more snow than most other areas. As of January 20, 2014, Jay Peak is reporting 4 to 6 inches of new snow with 65 of 78 trails and all lifts open. Many other ski areas are not quite as fortunate with much less natural snow to report and many more trails and lifts closed. The frigid temperatures can't be helping much either and it's certain that all ski areas are choping at the bit for a huge snowstorm (hold the ice and rain, please!).
Accidents and tragedies plague the Vermont ski areas each year as well. In January, 2014, Killington Ski Area experienced a fatal snowboarding accident, resulting in the death of Skylar Ormond, 23, of Canandaigua, N.Y. who was snowboarding with two friends. When in the area of Mouse Trap Trail, police say one of Ormond's friends fell in front of him. Ormond swerved to miss colliding with his friend, according to police, and apparently lost control and fell through a wooded area, striking a tree. He succumbed to internal injuries a few hours later.
Also in January, a 45-year-old New Jersey man died after he was injured while sledding with two friends on a ski trail at Stratton Mountain Resort. Lawrence Walck, of Pittstown, N.J. was injured after crashing into an object after his sled left the Lower Tamarac trial.