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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Updated: February 10, 5:37 PM ET
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Galin Foley at Jay Peak, Vermont, last week. Want more proof of Eastern powder? Launch Gallery »

If you live in New England, you get used to hearing the dreaded scrape of steel edge on blue ice, that awful acoustic that has given the East Coast nicknames like the "Ice Coast" or the "Least Coast." But this year's been different.

From Bolton to Cannon to Mount Southington to Jay, storms that would make any West Coaster stand in line for first chair have been smoking the East with astonishing regularity. Starting right after Christmas, eastern shredders have been blown away by reports calling for 34 inches in places like Bretton Woods, N.H, and central Connecticut, and with a high-pressure ridge sitting over the northern part of the region for much of January, locations south like Vermont's Mount Snow and Magic Mountain and Massachusetts' Jiminy Peak have been counting foot-plus dumps on more than one hand.

The Vermont backcountry has been all-time, with Wasatch-like blower blanketing the region for much of the past month (but admittedly, last weekend saw a mix of wet, heavy snow with a hint of sleet and rain).

After spending the summer in Argentina on crutches, watching storm after storm dump powder on Cerro Catedral while sitting inside manning the office at South America Snow Sessions, I was sure I wouldn't be seeing my best turns until next July. But La Niņa, El Niņo's less macho and seldom-acknowledged younger sister, has delivered not only the goods to places used to it like Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, and Silverton, but even to that corner of hard-scrabble rolling rock and trees known as New England.

Everyone from the Meatheads crew to the die-hards on TGR's East Coast Roll Call thread have been getting after it. Check out the photo gallery and if you're east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon, get to the mountains because you never know what next week will hold.

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