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Extraordinary weather conditions in the USA over the past week have left much of the country blanketed in snow. While the snowfall has caused travel chaos in many states, some ski resorts are celebrating some of the best conditions they've had in years.

In the east coast state of New Hampshire, the five ski resorts covered by the Five-Mountain Passport lift pass have all received major dumps after a storm swept across the area last week. Wildcat Mountain in the National Forest recorded depths of 20 inches (50 cm), while Loon Mountain, which overlooks the town of Lincoln, received 19 inches (48cm) in two days. Cannon Mountain got the best of the white stuff however, with 24 inches - over half a metre - of snow falling on its slopes in just 48 hours.

Miles Breakwell, representing the New Hampshire Ski Group USA in the UK and Ireland, says that this all adds up to some fabulous skiing and snowboarding conditions. 'All five mountains get regular snowfall throughout each winter season and have an average of 95% of their terrain covered with highly-efficient snow-making capability, but this new snow-storm is fantastic news.

'Groomers and snow management teams are hard at work preparing the long, tree-lined cruising trails for which the region is renowned,' he added, 'and those who prefer to test their skills off the piste should find some fun-spots in the glade-skiing areas in amongst the trees over the next few days.'