This Nov. 15, 2012 file photo shows skiers hiking up the mountain at the Stowe resort as snow guns make fresh snow in Stowe, VT. The ground might be bare, but ski areas across the Northeast are making big investments in high-efficiency snowmaking so they can open more terrain earlier and longer. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

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This Nov. 15, 2012 file photo shows skiers hiking up the mountain at the Stowe resort as snow guns make fresh snow in Stowe, VT. The ground might be bare, but ski areas across the Northeast are making big investments in high-efficiency snowmaking so they can open more terrain earlier and longer. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
This Nov. 15, 2012 file photo shows skiers hiking up the mountain at the Stowe resort as snow guns make fresh snow in Stowe, VT. The ground might be bare, but ski areas across the Northeast are making big investments in high-efficiency snowmaking so they can open more terrain earlier and longer. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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