I’ve never seen anything like it in March. 27C (80F) today and its been around 25c since Sunday.
Ski areas are closing at record pace, how many ski areas are still going to make it to April? Mad River Glen closed last Sunday and found out tonight that Whiteface and Sutton are closing this weekend. A bunch of others have already announced that their season is over. On the local scene, Vorlage, Ste-Marie, Fortune*, Edelweiss*, Cascades**, Calabogie and Parkenham are done. Many ski areas are in April mode with opening only on weekends. (it would seem that some are folding today)*
At this time (11:30am on March 22), only Cascades hasn’t announced yet.
Its midnight now and the Environment Canada website says it’s currently +14c at the airport. Normal temps for this time of the year: High 4c Low -7c. Forecast for tomorrow, for a 5 days in a row above 20c, is +25c. People are happy, cheerful folks on the radio. This is a disaster on some many aspects. For us skiers and winter lovers, for sugar farms (the season is over before it really started), for nature in general and for all things that make us northern folks.
This has been the shortest Winter I’ve witnessed. Just 3 months of skiing in the majority of ski areas.
Not sure how many areas while survived past this weekend. I’m reading some disturbing stuff on the ski forums.
I normally start on late season rundown on who’s still running lift in late March/early April. I’m afraid that the list is going to be easy to compile this year.
These are the first posts of the last to open seasonal threads with generally start sometimes in April. I’ll probably this season in about 10 days from now.
2011: Skiing toward Easter and May in the East
2010: Eastern closing thread – 2009-10
2009: Eastern closing dates thread 2008-2009
2008: Eastern Closing dates 2007-08
2007: Eastern closing dates 2006-07
I have a couple of TRs in draft mode, two from the last week. As I mentioned in the last one I published from last Friday at Edelweiss, it’s going fast and that is before we started beating smashing record temperature.
*updated on March 22.
** second update later on March 22.