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December 29, 2012

Roads cleared, skiers happy

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State Police reported Livingston Bailey, 54, of Essex was the driver of the pickup, while Ryan Waite, 38, of Crown Point was the train engineer.

There were no injuries or damage to the train, officials said, and the truck had some front-end damage. 

Lewis-based State Police were investigating.

MORE SNOW COMING

Friday, Peru crews cleared town sidewalks.

“... we pushed all the banks back so we have room” for further snow accumulation, Farrell said.

Another, much smaller storm was forecast for today, Taber said.

Two to 4 inches are expected by Sunday morning, with a couple more inches possible in higher elevations, he said.

“This will be a skier’s delight with the big fluffy (snow),” the meteorologist said.

Jon Lundin, spokesperson for Whiteface Mountain and the Olympic Regional Development Authority, agreed.

Traditionally, the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s is one of the ski industry’s busiest, he said.

“It couldn’t come at a better time for us,” Lundin said. “It’s been a long time coming for a big snow dump.”

‘PERFECT TOPPING’

He said 24 inches fell on Whiteface over the course of the storm.

Mount Van Hoevenberg, Whiteface’s cross-country-skiing facility, took on 22 inches of packed powder.

“The snow is really as good as it can get,” condition-wise, Lundin said, and it provides a perfect topping for the man-made base of snow that was already in place before the storm.

More than 2,500 skiers were on the slopes Thursday at the height of the storm, he said.

“Those people took in a great powder.”

Skiers will travel from the New York City area and New Jersey to take advantage of the new snowfall, Ludin said.

“They’re going to come here to enjoy everything this area has to offer.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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