(NECN: Jack Thurston, Bolton, Vt.) - The "lift closed" signs at Vermont's Bolton Valley Resort were a heartbreaker Thursday; the same day the resort woke up to about two feet of fresh snow.
Some lifts were halted because the day also brought high winds. Resort president George Potter told New England Cable News that winds were measured at 45-50 miles per hour or more depending on the elevation, and that made it unsafe to operate some lifts.
Some of Bolton's lifts were running, however, and skiers and boarders were loving the conditions.
"It's great," beamed snowboarder Dustin Hargy. "It adds so much excitement because if you fall, it doesn't even hurt."
Potter said the cold air should moderate by the weekend, and the winds should be at much more comfortable levels. He predicted an "all-star" weekend for skiing and riding at all of Vermont's resorts.
"A week or two ago, I was concerned about getting til April but now I don't see any problem getting to April or even to the middle of April," Potter said of his operation. "The snow's been fantastic for us!"
Potter said the big storm should help boost the sales of season passes for next ski season.