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After the Eastern ski season ended with a splash last Saturday at Mont St-Sauveur, now it’s time to look further if you want to continue skiing. I’m taking a week off until continuing skiing elsewhere is this Ski World.

Lift served skiing at 33 ski areas in 6 continents this weekend and that numbers like increase as we get closer to the Southern Hemisphere’s Winter solstice. This weekend, lift served is available in almost continents from North America, Europe, Asia to Oceania and Africa. Only South American ski resorts aren’t yet running lifts as Mother Nature has a different agenda for the Andes.

I am not counting the indoor ski areas or dry slopes. So there is still plenty of options if you don’t know where to go skiing in June. And that is without talking about left over snow left on some mountains in East, West and all over.

North America : 10
Aspen, Colorado: June 16 (weekend only)
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : June 23 or more conditions permitting (Friday-Sunday only)
Snowbird, Utah : July (tentative) (Friday-Sunday until June 15 then weekend only until the snow is gone)
Boreal, California (Woodward Camp) : June 29 (weekly camp)
Beartooth Basin, Montana : June 15 to July 7 (daily)
Squaw Valley, California : July 7 (Friday-Sunday only plus July 3 to July 7 for July 4th weekend)
Blackcomb at Whistler, British Columbia : July 14 (daily)
Mammoth Mountain, California : daily until August
Copper, Colorado (Woodward Camp) : August 10 (weekly camp)
Timberline Lodge, Oregon : September 2 (daily)

Reopening
Avila/St-Sauveur, Québec : Akamp from June 28 to July 3 (camp)

Europe : 7
France
Val d’Isère : July 12
Tignes : from June 22 to August 4
Les Deux Alpes : from June 22 to August 25

Switzerland
Saas Fee : from July 13 to September 1
Zermatt : 365 days/year

Italy
Passo del Stelvio : November 3

Austria 
Hintertux : 365 days/year
Mölltaler Gletscher : from June 20 until next season
Kaprun : from June 29 to July 21

Norway
Stryn : September
Fonna : September
Galdhøpiggen : October 27

Sweden
Riksgränsen : reopening June 20-23

Asia : 1
Gassan, Japan : July

Southern Hemisphere and changeover into the other Winter
Late season in the North, early start in the South: there are already a few ski areas that have started their “Winter” season. Here is the list so far with many more to open in the coming weeks.

Australia/Oceania : 15
New Zealand 
North Island
Whakapapa: Open
Manganui : Open for the season – needs snow to reopen
Turoa : Opens June 28

South Island
Cardrona : Open
Hutt : Open
Remarkable: Open
Coronet Peak : Opens soon
Lyford : Opens June 19
Porters : Opens June 21
Treble Cone : Opens June 27
Turoa : Opens June 28
Ohau : Opens June 29
Roundhill : Opens June 29

Australia
Buller: Open
Baw Baw: Open
Dinner Plain: Open
Falls Creek: Open
Hotham: Open
Perisher: Open
Selwyn: Open
Thredbo: Open

Africa : 2
South Africa/Lesotho
Afriski, Lesotho: Open
Tiffindell, South Africa: Open

South America : later*
Nevados de Chillan : Opens June 21 (Fri-Sun only then daily staring June 28)*
The Andes ski in Chile and Argentina are still a few weeks away from opening for their Winter 2019.

* Update: June 15, 7pm

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 posts:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a
After the Deluge, What’s Left? Eastern Closing 2019: Week 4
Bad news, Good news: May is still a skiing month – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 5
Oh Mother (Nature)!!! Thanks for the continued season – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 6
May is the new April? Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 7
It’s almost June – Eastern Closing – Week 8
Skiing in June – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 9
Say What??? Still Skiing in the East – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 10

Don’t look now, but if you thought lift served skiing was over in the East after last Sunday’s celebration???

We are happy to announce that Sommet Saint-Sauveur’s water park will be open this weekend + you can SKI this Saturday June 8th, from 10am to 1pm!

Well Sommet Saint-Sauveur just pull a rabbit out of a hat. Remember what I said in the last post?

Skiing in June like it’s 1997!!!

That year was the last time more than one ski area was open in June. I heard that at the time there were skiing St-Sauveur and the same time that the waterpark was open. That will possible again this weekend as MSS is opening it’s waterpark for the season tomorrow. Killington also closed on June 22 which is actually in Summer.

5 inches of snow still remained on June 5 at the snowstake on Vermont’s highest mountain, Mt Mansfield. If you want to see how crazy 1997 was? They had 33 inches back in 1997. 1997 and 2019 are the only time this late in the season has there been snow at the stake in over 45 years.

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SKIING IN THE EAST THIS WEEKEND:
St-Sauveur QC – June 8 (Saturday only)
Lift : L’étoile
Time : 10am to maybe 1pm

Besides St-Sauveur, where can I ski this weekend?

There is still snow left on Mt. Washington, the Chic Chocs if you’re willing to really earn your turns. You want to ride a lift and ski? A few ski areas are opening this weekend.

Canada West:
Blackcomb (Whistler) is opening tomorrow for it’s Summer season.

US West:
Aspen and Breckenridge (Colorado) are reopening for one extra weekend. Arapahoe Basin (Colorado), Snowbird (Utah), Squaw (California), Mammoth (California), Timberline (Oregon) are other weekend options. The Montana’s Summer only ski area is having some technical difficulties with the lift, but is suppose to open later next week.

Plus if you include the Woodward Summer camps at Copper (Colorado) and Boreal (California). St-Sauveur versant Avila has it’s own AKAMP ski camp week, but it doesn’t start until June 28. So there are still many weekends of skiing left out West.

Rest of the Northern Hemisphere:
While Oregon’s Timberline on Mt. Hood and Whistler’s Horstman glacier on Blackcomb are the only summer glacier ski areas in North America, Europe has many more options in the Alps and in Norway. So there are still many options for skiers with snow addiction. Zermatt (Switzerland) and Hintertux (Austria) are open year-round. Italy’s Summer skiing area on Stelvio glacier is open. Val d’Isère’s Pisaillas glacier (France) opens tomorrow June 8, the three Summer glacier while Stubai (Austria) closed on June 10. A few more ski options in the Alps open later in June or July, places like Saas Fee, Kaprun, Mölltaler, Tignes et les Deux Alpes.

Norway has three areas summer areas that are open all summer long: Stryn, Fonna and Galdhøpiggen. Above the Arctic Circle there is Sweden’s Riksgränsen always reopening for the Summer Solstice weekend for anyone that wants to ski under the midnight sun.

And then there is Gassan in Japan which closes generally in July.

Southern Hemisphere:
Winter is just around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere. Most of Australia’s ski areas generally aim to open for the Queens Birthday Holiday weekend. This season is no exception, with the all the ski areas open except the smaller ones in Tasmania. South Africa and Lesotho’s two ski areas are on the verge of opening; Afriski is opened today June 7 while Tiffindell is scheduled to open on June 9. New Zealand’s Whakapapa and Cardrona were already open for their 2019 Winter season. Hutt and Remarkables was opening today Friday June 7 or tomorrow June 8. BTW, it’s already the weekend in Australia and New Zealand. The most of the New Zealand, Chile and Argentina’s ski areas generally open later in June or July.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

GO SKIING!!!!

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TO RECAP LAST WEEK’s POST.

Turning off the chairlift one last time in 2019…
Le Valinouet QC – April 27
Ste-Anne QC – April 28
Vallée Bleue QC – April 28
Sunday River ME – April 28
Wildcat NH – April 28
Big Boulder PA – May 4
Sugarbush VT – May 5
Jay VT – May 5
Sugarloaf ME – May 5
Killington VT – June 2
St-Sauveur QC – June 8

Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 – Killington
2016: May 29 – Killington
2017: June 1 – Killington
2018: May 27 – MSS
2019: June 8 – MSS

Latest per ski area since 2006:
St-Sauveur QC : June 8, 2019
Killington VT : June 2, 2019
Jay VT : May 15, 2011
Sugarloaf ME : May 9, 2011
Sugarbush VT : May 6, 2007
Wildcat NH : May 6, 2007
Bretton Woods NH : May 5, 2006
Mont Miller QC : May 3, 2015
Mont Comi QC : May 1, 2016
Saddleback ME : May 1, 2011

BUT the East has seen skiing later than the May days above. If we go back to the previous century, in this case the 1990s, at least 5 Eastern ski areas have offered liftserved skiing in JUNE: Sugarloaf (1997?), Sunday River (1995), Mont St-Sauveur (1997), Tremblant (1997), but only Killington has offered it numerous times: 15 times (1982-88, 1992-97, 2002, 2017). Killington is also the only ski area in the East to offer skiing in Summer, twice, JUNE 21, 1984 and JUNE 22, 1997. Only a handful of North American ski areas has offered Summer skiing without a natural glacier, all of them being in the West.

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 posts:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a
After the Deluge, What’s Left? Eastern Closing 2019: Week 4
Bad news, Good news: May is still a skiing month – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 5
Oh Mother (Nature)!!! Thanks for the continued season – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 6
May is the new April? Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 7
It’s almost June – Eastern Closing – Week 8
Skiing in June – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 9

Skiing in June like it’s 1997!!!

Last time Mont St-Sauveur was open in June.
Last time a ski area from Québec was open in June.
Last time an Eastern ski area was open past June 1st.
Last time an Eastern ski area other than Killington was open in June.
Last time more than one Eastern ski area was open in June.
Last time Killington was open on June 2nd.
Last time Killington Operating Skiing Days was 211 or greater.

The answer is 1997.

Mont St-Sauveur announced a few days ago that June 2nd was going to be their last day. Kiilington just made it official today. I was actually waiting the Mount Mansfield snowdepth graph to be updated, but it hasn’t been updated since my last post. The snowdepth in 1997 was really exceptional. Killington operated for 233 days and had a few trails open on June 1. They remained open until an incredible June 22, a record. Sugarloaf, Mont St-Sauveur and Tremblant were also made it to June that year.

Mont St-Sauveur and Killington have been the only game in town for the last four weekends. Mountain operations and management at both hills made tremendous effort with the help of Mother Nature which kept the Spring exceptionally cool Spring to make this happen. The last few seasons MSS and K have been pushing the season and the snow into trying to reach June.

After trying for a few years, Killington was finally successful in 2017. It wasn’t pretty, but they did it. Mother Nature has been leading a hand with a cool Spring. The skiing isn’t going be as deep as June 1997, but it’s been a long time. Just ask the St. Louis Blues fans to return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

There are a few other ski options left, but like the Winter snow, the options are melting away. You either have to hike for the snow on Mount Washington, Chic Chocs or go West if you want to ride lifts. This weekend Mont St-Sauveur is the only ski resort in Canada that will be open. Whistler’s Summer ski season starts on June 8 and will last until July 14. Aspen (Colorado) are reopening for this weekend only. There are a few other remaining after this weekend, but they are much further, these include Arapahoe Basin CO, Snowbird UT, Beartooth Basin MT, Mammoth CA, Squaw CA and of course, Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, Oregon. Plus Australia and New Zealand ski season is starting this coming weekend with Chile and Argentina’s season not far behind. More on these outer Eastern options on next week posts.

Keep your skis tuned and Stay tuned.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

GO SKIING!!!!

BACK TO THE EAST:
LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS OPEN THIS WEEKEND

An important note to remember, this information can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, prices, deals, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

St-Sauveur QC – June 2 (weekends only)
Trails: Hill 70 West, Upper Nordique and Silver Park (to be confirmed)
Lift : L’étoile
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $45.99CDN for 4 hours / $52.99CDN (full day)(discount when reloading GoPasse)

Killington VT – June 2 (Friday-Sunday)
Trail: Superstar
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Time : 9am to 5pm (8am to 5pm Sat & Sun)
Cost : $30US lift tickets.

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Turning off the chairlift one last time in 2019…
Le Valinouet QC – April 27
Ste-Anne QC – April 28
Vallée Bleue QC – April 28
Sunday River ME – April 28
Wildcat NH – April 28
Big Boulder PA – May 4
Sugarbush VT – May 5
Jay VT – May 5
Sugarloaf ME – May 5
St-Sauveur QC – June 2
Killington VT – June 2

Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 – Killington
2016: May 29 – Killington
2017: June 1 – Killington
2018: May 27 – MSS
2019: June 2 – MSS & Killington

Latest per ski area since 2006:
Killington VT : June 2, 2019 May 29, 2017
MSS QC : June 2, 2019 May 26, 2018
Jay VT : May 15, 2011
Sugarloaf ME : May 9, 2011
Sugarbush VT : May 6, 2007
Wildcat NH : May 6, 2007
Bretton Woods NH : May 5, 2006
Mont Miller QC : May 3, 2015
Mont Comi QC : May 1, 2016
Saddleback ME : May 1, 2011

BUT the East has seen skiing later than the May days above. If we go back to the previous century, in this case the 1990s, at least 5 Eastern ski areas have offered liftserved skiing in JUNE: Sugarloaf (1997?), Sunday River (1995), Mont St-Sauveur (1997), Tremblant (1997), but only Killington has offered it numerous times: 15 times (1982-88, 1992-97, 2002, 2017). Killington is also the only ski area in the East to offer skiing in Summer, twice, JUNE 21, 1984 and JUNE 22, 1997. Only a handful of North American ski areas has offered Summer skiing without a natural glacier, all of them being in the West.

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List of Killington Seasons since 1966-67
*** 2012/2013 : Appreciation Day for one October weekend, reopened on November 5. K record states season as “October 13-15, Nov 5 – May 26”
** 2005/2006 : Open for one weekend after huge October storm, reopen on November 19. K record states season as “October 29-30, Nov 19 – May 1”
* 2008/09 : Nov. 2-6, Nov. 19-May 2

Season Open – Close / Total Snowfall / Ski Days
2018/2019 October 19 – June 2 / 233” / 211 (tentative)
2017/2018 November 8 – May 26 / 233” / 187
2016/2017 October 25 – June 1 / 252” / 201
2015/2016 October 19 – May 29 / 81” / 189
2014/2015 November 3 – May 24 / 197” / 192
2013/2014 October 23 – May 18 / 196” / 199
2012/2013*** October 13 – May 26 / 208” / 195
2011/2012 October 29 – April 22 / 152” / 176
2010/2011 November 2 – May 1 / 263” / 179
2009/2010 November 7 – April 25 / 230” / 153
2008/2009** November 2 – May 2 / 283” / 169
2007/2008 November 16 – April 20 / 282” / 157
2006/2007 November 23 – May 6 / 294” / 165
2005/2006* October 29 – May 1 / 191” / 166
2004/2005 November 9 – May 15 / 206” / 188
2003/2004 November 10 – May 12 / 215” / 184
2002/2003 October 25 – May 26 / 291” / 204
2001/2002 November 6 – June 1 / 192” / 202
2000/2001 October 29 – May 27 / 316” / 202
1999/2000 October 25 – May 29 / 209” / 205
1998/1999 October 22 – May 25 / 186” / 204
1997/1998 October 1 – May 25 / 242” / 205
1996/1997 October 4 – June 22 / 301” / 233
1995/1996 October 17 – June 10 / 307” / 224
1994/1995 October 3 – June 4 / 182” / 214
1993/1994 October 1 – June 9 / 279” / 243
1992/1993 October 1 – June 1 / 300” / 229
1991/1992 October 21 – June 14 / 198” / 226
1990/1991 October 27 – May 28 / 206” / 214
1989/1990 October 10 – May 28 / 249” / 208
1988/1989 October 13 – May 21 / 202” / 211
1987/1988 October 12 – June 1 / 238” / 227
1986/1987 October 10 – June 3 / 233” / 224
1985/1986 October 1- June 3 / 198” / 224
1984/1985 November 3 – June 2 / 220” / 212
1983/1984 October 20 – June 21 / 238” / 246
1982/1983 October 17 – June 16 / 197” / 240
1981/1982 October 20 – June 15 / 268” / 225
1980/1981 October 14 – May 27 / 257” / 226
1979/1980 October 10 – May 23 / 138” / 221
1978/1979 October 16 – May 22 / 292” / 219
1977/1978 October 24 – May 23 / 341” / 195
1976/1977 October 27 – May 15 / 346” / 201
1975/1976 October 30 – May 5 / 232” / 173
1974/1975 October 19 – May 12 / 307” / 190
1973/1974 November 5 – April 30 / 193” / 177
1972/1973 October 20 – April 15 / 267” / 184
1971/1972 November 9 – May 18 / 323” / 192
1970/1971 November 18 – May 21 / 334” / 184
1969/1970 October 24 – May 4 / NA” / 178
1968/1969 November 9 – May 10 / NA” / 183
1967/1968 November 5 – April 7 / NA” / 154
1966/1967 November 4 – May 2 / NA” / 180

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 posts:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a
After the Deluge, What’s Left? Eastern Closing 2019: Week 4
Bad news, Good news: May is still a skiing month – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 5
Oh Mother (Nature)!!! Thanks for the continued season – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 6
May is the new April? Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 7
It’s almost June – Eastern Closing – Week 8

Mont St-Sauveur and Killington going head-to-head again this season and both have mentioned that they no longer have a closing date and are looking to June skiing. Snowdepth at St-Sauveur and Killington are still going strong. Don’t believe it, checkout the snowstake at the top of Vermont highest mountain, Mount Mansfield.

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Graph 1: Snowdepth 2018-19 at the top of Mount Mansfield versus 65-year average
Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

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Graph 2: Comparison in Snowdepth since 2006 at the top of Mount Mansfield
Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

Snowbase on Victoria Day hasn’t been so deep since I’ve been keeping track of the Eastern Closing in 2006. The depth was 38″ which is two feet about the average on that day. What are the odds of June turns in the East? I would say that, based on those numbers, they are a certainty. But will someone run a chairlift? I would think that the odds are pretty good. A lot can happen to the remaining snow in the last ten days left in the month of May, but there is no real hot days forecast from here to June at both ski areas. The last time Killington opened in June in 2017, there was only 5″ of snow left on Mansfield. I know that snowmaking is also part of the story, but if it remains fairly cool at night, the snow is going to last longer. On the third graph of snow depth at the top of Mount Mansfield, it included the sixteen seasons that Killington’s closing dates were in June (see list below). Only the 1996-97 season is way above the rest with 72″ (closing June 22), with the exception of 1995-96 (June 10 closing) which is virtually tied with this season at 38-39″, all the other June closing seasons are at least 10″ short of this season’s healthy snowpack.

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Graph 3: Comparison in Snowdepth for seasons that Killington closed in June
Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

St-Sauveur confirmed it last week that they have “no closing date” and officially eyeing for June 2 or even maybe June 8, on their Waterpark opening day. A June opening would be first in Quebec in over 20 years: MSS, Tremblant, Sugarloaf and Killington’s seasons all ended in June 1997, Killington closing on an incredible June 22. Since 1997 Killington has made it to June 1st in both 2002 and 2017.

However it isn’t the first time that June has been on radar, so important not to take your June ski days for granted, better ski now and June is still very far away.

Keep your skis tuned and Stay tuned.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

GO SKIING!!!!

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LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Open DAILY : 0

An important note to remember, this information can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, prices, deals, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

St-Sauveur QC – June 2 or more (weekends only)
Trails: Hill 70 West, Nordique and Silver Park (to be confirmed)
Lift : L’étoile
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $45.99CDN for 4 hours / $52.99CDN (full day)(discount when reloading GoPasse)

Killington VT – June or until the snow is gone (Friday-Sunday + Memorial Monday only)
Trail: Superstar
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Time : 9am to 5pm (8am to 5pm Sat & Sun)
Cost : $70US lift tickets (advance discount online).

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Often people ask me where can I find skiing in May? The answer isn’t far from home. I’ve listed below the 5 ski areas that have consistently closed in May (averaging a May closing date) since Spring 2006. Even if we had a weird season which gave us a strong thaw in late February, followed by an Miracle March snow wise and unSpring like April. The season is back on track with Spring skiing finally showing up in late April/May after many ski areas have already closed for the season.

Finding skiing in June is a bit more work and often further from home. Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere. I forgot to mentioned, it has just snowed in some New Zealand ski areas.

Previous years:
St-Sauveur, Québec
Average closing date May 14 (13/14 in May)

2006: April 30
2007: May 6
2008: May 11
2009: May 3
2010: May 2
2011: May 22
2012: May 6
2013: May 19
2014: May 19
2015: May 10
2016: May 23
2017: May 13
2018: May 27
2019: June tentative

Killington, Vermont
Average closing date May 12 (11/14 in May/June)

2006: May 1
2007: May 6
2008: April 20
2009: May 2
2010: April 25
2011: May 1
2012: April 22
2013: May 26
2014: May 18
2015: May 25
2016: May 29
2017: June 1
2018: May 26
2019: June tentative

Jay Peak, Vermont
Average closing date May 3 (10/14 in May)

2006: April 22
2007: April 28
2008: May 4
2009: May 3
2010: May 2
2011: May 15
2012: April 29
2013: April 28
2014: May 11
2015: May 3
2016: May 1
2017: May 1
2018: May 6
2019: May 5

Sugarbush, Vermont
Average closing date May 1 (11/14 in May)

2006: April 30
2007: May 6
2008: May 4
2009: May 3
2010: April 18
2011: May 1
2012: April 8
2013: May 4
2014: May 4
2015: May 3
2016: May 1
2017: May 1
2018: May 6
2019: May 5

Sugarloaf, Maine
Average closing date May 1 (11/14 in May)

2006: April 16
2007: April 29
2008: May 5
2009: May 4?
2010: May 3?
2011: May 9
2012: April 16
2013: May 5
2014: May 4
2015: May 3
2016: May 1
2017: May 1
2018: May 6
2019: May 5

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Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 – Killington
2016: May 29 – Killington
2017: June 1 – Killington
2018: May 27 – MSS

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List of Killington Seasons since 1966-67
*** 2012/2013 : Appreciation Day for one October weekend, reopened on November 5. K record states season as “October 13-15, Nov 5 – May 26”
** 2005/2006 : Open for one weekend after huge October storm, reopen on November 19. K record states season as “October 29-30, Nov 19 – May 1”
* 2008/09 : Nov. 2-6, Nov. 19-May 2

Season Open – Close / Total Snowfall / Ski Days
2018/2019 October 19 – June ??? / 233” / next ski day is 205
2017/2018 November 8 – May 26 / 233” / 187
2016/2017 October 25 – June 1 / 252” / 201
2015/2016 October 19 – May 29 / 81” / 189
2014/2015 November 3 – May 24 / 197” / 192
2013/2014 October 23 – May 18 / 196” / 199
2012/2013*** October 13 – May 26 / 208” / 195
2011/2012 October 29 – April 22 / 152” / 176
2010/2011 November 2 – May 1 / 263” / 179
2009/2010 November 7 – April 25 / 230” / 153
2008/2009** November 2 – May 2 / 283” / 169
2007/2008 November 16 – April 20 / 282” / 157
2006/2007 November 23 – May 6 / 294” / 165
2005/2006* October 29 – May 1 / 191” / 166
2004/2005 November 9 – May 15 / 206” / 188
2003/2004 November 10 – May 12 / 215” / 184
2002/2003 October 25 – May 26 / 291” / 204
2001/2002 November 6 – June 1 / 192” / 202
2000/2001 October 29 – May 27 / 316” / 202
1999/2000 October 25 – May 29 / 209” / 205
1998/1999 October 22 – May 25 / 186” / 204
1997/1998 October 1 – May 25 / 242” / 205
1996/1997 October 4 – June 22 / 301” / 233
1995/1996 October 17 – June 10 / 307” / 224
1994/1995 October 3 – June 4 / 182” / 214
1993/1994 October 1 – June 9 / 279” / 243
1992/1993 October 1 – June 1 / 300” / 229
1991/1992 October 21 – June 14 / 198” / 226
1990/1991 October 27 – May 28 / 206” / 214
1989/1990 October 10 – May 28 / 249” / 208
1988/1989 October 13 – May 21 / 202” / 211
1987/1988 October 12 – June 1 / 238” / 227
1986/1987 October 10 – June 3 / 233” / 224
1985/1986 October 1- June 3 / 198” / 224
1984/1985 November 3 – June 2 / 220” / 212
1983/1984 October 20 – June 21 / 238” / 246
1982/1983 October 17 – June 16 / 197” / 240
1981/1982 October 20 – June 15 / 268” / 225
1980/1981 October 14 – May 27 / 257” / 226
1979/1980 October 10 – May 23 / 138” / 221
1978/1979 October 16 – May 22 / 292” / 219
1977/1978 October 24 – May 23 / 341” / 195
1976/1977 October 27 – May 15 / 346” / 201
1975/1976 October 30 – May 5 / 232” / 173
1974/1975 October 19 – May 12 / 307” / 190
1973/1974 November 5 – April 30 / 193” / 177
1972/1973 October 20 – April 15 / 267” / 184
1971/1972 November 9 – May 18 / 323” / 192
1970/1971 November 18 – May 21 / 334” / 184
1969/1970 October 24 – May 4 / NA” / 178
1968/1969 November 9 – May 10 / NA” / 183
1967/1968 November 5 – April 7 / NA” / 154
1966/1967 November 4 – May 2 / NA” / 180

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 posts:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a
After the Deluge, What’s Left? Eastern Closing 2019: Week 4
Bad news, Good news: May is still a skiing month – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 5
Oh Mother (Nature)!!! Thanks for the continued season – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 6
May is the new April? Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 7

Duelling it out towards late-May and June.

Cooling down…a cool Saturday skiing in Laurentians which didn’t feel like the accustomed temperatures that we normally get skiing in May. The snowdepth on the top of Mansfield is holding strong at 47″ which is a slight drop from last week’s 56″. At this moment the 2019 Snowpack is still the deepest compared to this blog’s comparison years. And this is even without taking into the account significant snow accumulations received last night across the Appalachian North and South of the border. Carry on Ullr!!!

This weekend:

Victoria Day weekend has, for many years,  been traditional ski weekend for diehards Canadians, St-Sauveur, Killington, Tuckerman Ravine or at the now defunct Gray Rocks,. This Victoria Day weekend marks the seventh consecutive season (8 of the last 9 years) where at least one lift span.

Mont St-Sauveur and Killington are the only game in town (if you have to ride lifts) for multiple weekends in May and are now looking into continuing it for a few more weekends.

…and Beyond:

Having finally skied in May this year, I noticed that the Snowdepth at St-Sauveur on Hill 70 and Nordique was still going strong and I was truly wondering if the scheduled MSS May 20th closing date was going to the extended like last season? Well St-Sauveur confirmed it today with the announcement that they have “no closing date” confirming that they will be definitely open for one extra weekend (May 26-27) and maybe even longer to June (June 1-2 even later if possible). A June opening would be first in Quebec in over 20 years: MSS, Tremblant, Sugarloaf and Killington’s seasons all ended in June 1997, Killington closing on an incredible June 22. Since 1997 Killington has made it to June 1st in both 2002 and 2017.

However it isn’t the first time that June has been on radar, so important not to take your June ski days for granted, better ski now and June is still very far away.

Keep your skis tuned and Stay tuned.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

GO SKIING!!!!

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LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Open DAILY : 0

An important note to remember, this information can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, prices, deals, trails, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing. Killington didn’t open last friday due to the rain, so call ahead.

St-Sauveur QC – June 2 or later (tentative – weekends only and Victoria Day Monday plus night skiing this Saturday).
Trails: Hill 70 West, Nordique and Silver Park *
Lift : L’étoile
Time : 9am to 5pm (10pm exceptionally this Saturday)
Cost : $45.99CDN for 4 hours / $52.99CDN (full day) / $25CDN from 4pm to 10pm with a Coors Light (+18) or Powerade (plus taxes) (discount when reloading GoPasse)

Killington VT – June tentative (Fri-Sun and Memorial Monday only)
Trail: Superstar
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $70US lift tickets (advance discount online).

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Previous years:
Here was the head-to-head showdown since the Beast came back in town.
2013:
May 26 – Killington
May 19 – MSS
2014:
May 19 – MSS
May 18 – Killington
2015:
May 25 – Killington
May 10 – MSS
2016:
May 29 – Killington
May 23 – MSS
2017:
June 1 – Killington
May 13 – MSS
2018:
May 27 – MSS
May 26 – Killington
tentative 2019:
June? – Killington
June? – MSS

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Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 – Killington
2016: May 29 – Killington
2017: June 1 – Killington
2018: May 27 – MSS
2019: Tentative June – Killington and MSS

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a
After the Deluge, What’s Left? Eastern Closing 2019: Week 4
Bad news, Good news: May is still a skiing month – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 5
Oh Mother (Nature)!!! Thanks for the continued season – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 6

Mother’s Day skiing … anyone?

The snowpack and the list of ski areas spinning is melted fast since last weekend, however there is always someone somewhere spinning lift… and remaining snow to be found.

This week the highest summit in Vermont lost 21″, more than 53″ in the last three weeks. The snow depth is still well above average and is at the deepest year since I’ve started keeping track on closing dates back in 2006.

The slope of the snowdepth graph is getting steeper, the big question is, until when can that K and MSS can remain open?

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Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

To repeat what I said the last two year,

For the seventh sixth fifth consecutive season, the same last two ski resorts in the East open for Mothers’ Day weekend (i.e. 2nd weekend in May). As people often ask me, there is still skiing? Skiing on Mothers’ Day isn’t even uncommon in the East as it has happened at K and MSS for a seventh year in a row.

Should I go skiing or not? Will my mom or wife agree to this? You don’t want to have to choose? Bring your mother/wife with the kids skiing with you and celebrate Mothers’ Day on the hill.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all skiing and none skiing mothers.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

Numbers from previous seasons on Mothers’ Day weekend: Total:
2019 : 2 (Killington & MSS)
2018 : 2 (Killington & MSS)
2017 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2016 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2015 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2014 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2013 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2012 : 0
2011 : 2 (Jay, MSS)
2010 : 0
2009 : 0
2008 : 0
2007 : 0
2006 : 0

LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Open DAILY : 0

St-Sauveur QC – May 20 (weekend only and Victoria Day Monday)
Killington VT – June (tentative – Friday-Sunday & Memorial Day Monday)

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 posts:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a
After the Deluge, What’s Left? Eastern Closing 2019: Week 4
Bad news, Good news: May is still a skiing month – Eastern Closing 2019 – Week 5

Breakdown and fast melt, that is the story for ski areas. From where I stand, the most important factor is the torrential rain combine with the important snowpack left up North which is giving us the highest water level on the Ottawa River and other tributaries beating the record flood level from 2017.

Regarding the snow depth at the summit of Vermont:

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Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

Bad news: We lost over 10″ in one week, almost 3 feet in the last two weeks.
Good news: At 76″, the snow depth is still above 2 feet from average. Spring 2019 snowpack is still second deepest since I’ve started keeping track on closing dates back in 2006.

LIST OF 6 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OFFERING SKIING THIS WEEKEND
Only 2 areas spinning daily

Sorted by closing date

Big Boulder PA – May 4 (Saturday only)
Sugarbush VT – May 5 (weekend only)
Jay VT – May 5 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf ME – May 5 (Daily)
St-Sauveur QC – May 20 (weekend only)
Killington VT – June (tentative – Daily until May 5 then Fri-Sun only)

MAY

What do I mean by “May continue skiing”?

People always wonder; Where is their skiing in May? May skiing is greatly very possible even if you live in the East. Good year, bad year, for at least 45 years, they always been one ski area spinning their lift for the skiing public in May. This May will not be the exception, currently 6 ski areas are planning to spin, but as it is always this time of the season, you can’t take it granted.

Frequency of number of ski areas spinning in May

7 or more ski areas : 4 times
6 ski areas : 3 times
5 ski areas : 1 time
4 ski areas : 3 times
3 or less ski areas : 3 times.

Previous years:

Here was the status of what was happening at the same time in previous years.

Total / Daily until May:
2019 : 6 / 2
2018 : 9 / 2 – MSS, Killington, Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Whiteface, Big Boulder, Bristol, Craigleith
2017 :  6 / 3 – Killington, MSS, Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sunday River
2016 :  7 / 1 – MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Comi
2015 : 9 / 2 – Killington, MSS, Jay, Miller, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, Sugarbush, Sunday River, Wachusett
2014 : 6 / 3 – MSS, Killington, Jay, Comi, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf
2013 : 4 / 2 – Killington , MSS, Sugarloaf, Sugarbush
2012 : 1 / 0 – MSS
2011 : 7 / 2 – MSS, Jay, Sugarloaf, Miller, Sugarbush, Killington, Saddleback
2010 : 3 – MSS, Jay, Sugarloaf
2009 : 5 – Jay, MSS, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Killington
2008 : 4 – MSS, Sugarloaf, Jay, Sugarbush
2007 : 4 – Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat, MSS
2006 : 2 – Bretton Woods, Killington

Ski areas that have spinning in May since 2006 including this year’s recent tentative closing dates)

Mont St-Sauveur QC : 13 times (93%) – last 13 years in a row
Killington VT : 11 times (79%) – last 7 years
Sugarbush VT : 11 times (79%) – last 7 years
Sugarloaf ME : 11 times (79%) – last 7 years / 11 of the last 12 years
Jay VT : 10 times (71%) – last 6 years

Sunday River ME : 3 times (21%)
Miller QC : 2 times? (14%)
Big Boulder PA : 2 times? (14%)
Wildcat NH : 2 times (14%)
Comi QC : 2 times (14%)
Bretton Woods NH : 1 time (7%)
Wachusett MA : 1 time (7%)
Whiteface NY  : 1 time (7%)
Bristol NY : 1 time (7%)
Craigleith ON : 1 time (7%)
Saddleback ME : 1 time (7%)

By Provinces/States:
Quebec : 13 times (93%)
Vermont : 13 times (93%)
Maine : 11 times (79%)
New Hampshire : 3 times (21%) if no lift are spinning, you can always ski on Mt Washington.

Pennsylvania : 2 times? (14%)
Massachusetts : 1 time (7%)
New York : 1 time (7%)
Ontario : 1 time (7%)

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a
After the Deluge, What’s Left? Eastern Closing 2019: Week 4

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