One place the storm was popular was the ski resort in Stowe, Vt., which got about two feet of extra snow at the top of the mountain and 18 inches at the base. The snow was falling so fast Friday that workers grooming the trails were barely able to keep up. By Saturday, however, with the storm gone, the skiing was excellent.
Janet Bass of Bethesda was in Stowe for a long weekend with her husband and teenage daughter.
“We came up a day early [Thursday] to beat the storm, and it worked out great. Lots of powder . . . great ski conditions,” said Bass.
The 312-room Stowe Mountain Lodge was fully booked Saturday night and had only two rooms empty on Friday. Bookings for the rest of the season jumped.
“Typically what happens when we get a storm like this is the phone starts ringing immediately, and that’s what happened here, for future bookings,” said Richard McLennan, managing director of the lodge.
In the Boston area, many residents seemed to take the historic storm in stride, even as it buried their cars, shut down public transit and closed nearly all shops and restaurants.
“I grew up in Maine. I don’t have a nervous breakdown when this happens,” said James Woodman, 55, a music composer, as he paused from shoveling a path to his home in Cambridge.
He said he had stocked up in advance on four storm essentials: Triscuits, peanut butter, vodka and toilet paper. “I could last a week now,” he said.
Roads were nearly empty on Saturday, with only tow trucks, snowplows, city maintenance vehicles and the occasional van barreling through.
“It’s been 24 hours with no sleep,” said Louis Luciano of the Cambridge city traffic department as he paused in his truck from clearing parking lots and sidewalks.
Was he exhausted?
“We’re warriors!” he bellowed.
The drone of snowblowers filled the air as homeowners and maintenance workers struggled to carve paths through the snow. But amid the drudgery, there was also a sense of wonder at the magnitude and beauty of the snow.
At Harvard University, a few students were gliding across campus on cross-country skis. One stomped through drifts in snowshoes. Angela Zhang, 18, a freshman from Cupertino, Calif., was clutching a cafeteria tray and searching for the perfect hill.
“I’m from California,” she said. “This is the first one of these I’ve ever seen.”
Colum Lynch in New York; Mary Beth Sheridan in Cambridge, Mass.; and Robert McCartney in Stowe, Vt. contributed to this report.