Well when I posted last week’s update it rained where I was: now it’s snowing from where I’m posting (not in the East).
I’ve copied some of the post from last season as I’m currently out in Banff, Alberta. Only the text and format are copied, the information and data are current.
LIST OF 11 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. Only 3 areas spinning daily
Quebec : 5
Vermont : 3 (2 daily)
Maine : 2 (1 daily)
New Hampshire : 1
Gallix QC – April 30 (weekend only)
Ste-Anne QC – April 30 (weekend only)
Sugarbush VT – May 1 (tentative – weekend and Monday only)
Sunday River ME – May 1 (weekend and Monday only
Sugarloaf ME – May 1 (tentative – daily)
Wildcat NH – May? (tentative – weekend only)
Comi QC – May 7 (weekend only)
Jay VT – May 7 (daily)
St-Sauveur QC – May 14 (weekend only)
Killington VT – June? (Tentative – daily until May 1 then Fri-Sun only)
Miller QC – TBD (weekend only)
What do I mean by “May continue skiing”?
a) Ski area might open this weekend
b) Ski area might go beyond this weekend and some are just adding extra day Monday to end in May
c) Skiing into May
d) Lifts aren’t an end to all means.
e) All of the above
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, I’ve never in the last 12 years that I have kept track on the Eastern Closings has there hasn’t been at least one ski area spinning their lift for the skiing public. Next weekend will not be the exception, currently 8 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 : 1 time
5 ski areas : 1 time
4 ski areas : 3 times
3 or less ski areas : 3 times.
Here was the status of what was happening at the same time in previous years:
Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Daily until May:
2017 tentative : 11* : 9 / 3 (*April 30: May)
2016 : 7 / 1 MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Comi
2015 : 9 / 2 Wachusett, Sunday River, Miller, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, Sugarbush, Jay, MSS, Killington
2014 : 6 / 3 Comi, MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf
2013 : 4 / 2 MSS, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Killington
2012 : 1 / 0 MSS
2011 : 7 / 2 MSS, Miller, Jay, Sugarbush, Killington, Sugarloaf, Saddleback
2010 : 3 Jay, Sugarloaf & MSS
2009 : 5 Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS
2008 : 4 Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS
2007 : 4 Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat & MSS
2006 : 2 Bretton Woods & Killington
We have the familiar actors in the May skiing skimming pool. A few ski areas closed last weekend, some had enough coverage to continue later. Some of these areas, especially in Eastern Quebec (Mont Édouard, Le Valinouet, Val d’Irène, Mont Comi) could have continued their season, but other factors are taken into account.
Ski areas that have spinning in May since 2006 including this year’s recent tentative closing dates)
Jay VT : 8 times (67%) – last 4 years
Wildcat NH : 3 times (18%)
Sunday River ME : 3 times (18%)–last 3 years
Comi QC : 3 times (18%) 3 of the last 4 years
Miller QC : 3 times (18%)
Bretton Woods NH : 1 time (8%)
Wachusett MA : 1 time (8%)
Saddleback ME : 1 time (8%)
Quebec : 11 times (92%)
Vermont : 11 times (92%)
Maine : 9 times (75%)
New Hampshire : 4 times (33%)
Massachusetts : 1 time (8%)
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 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2
Heading for late Easter skiing – Eastern Closing Update 2017 – Week 3
What’s left? Weekend after Easter – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 4