get it while you can (that is lift served skiing). killington has announced the cancelation of the trialthon and a may 1 closing. this will be the earliest close since 1973-74 when they closed april 30. it is possible that bretton woods who have said they intend to stay open into early may could beat killington which would be the first time in my memory that that has happened. anyway from the k website read it & weep:
Due to snow and trail conditions, we regret that the 16th Annual Killington Triathlon scheduled for May 13th has been cancelled for this year.
Killington Resort, which averages 250 inches of natural snowfall annually, has only received 191 inches of snow this season. In addition, Killington usually receives more than 60 inches of snow after March 1st and this season has only brought 24 inches ? the lowest amount in the past 20 years.
The final day for skiing and snowboarding at Killington Resort this season will be Monday, May 1st conditions permitting.
Global warming! In 10 years, replace “May 1” with “April 1.” In 20, “March 1.”
Or maybe it’s just a fluke. Doubt it, but I’ll hold out hope.
Well, at least I know the K will be open this weekend, when I’m going.
Thanks for the news.
It’s not global warming, they had worse years in the past. ASC just didn’t make much snow this year.
Don’t blame ASC so fast. St.Sauveur mentioned that they were closing late April, they have been closing in May for the last x amount of years. Ah yes, Sunday River (okay, so there ASC) closed today.
Yes, the snow total might not be that bad, HOWEVER something that isn’t mentioned is that all the snow that was lost during the numerous warm spells.
From my personal Eastern experience since I’ve been old enough to drive around to get my last season turns (1981-82):
1) There have always been a few ski areas opened in May. Okay, some areas might be cutting back (but that not all it). The opening of the season was later that usual, forget that freak snowstorm in October.
2) Most areas in the past (except K and St.Sauveur) have been closing with great coverage due to lack of skier, not this year. I’m amazed that Whiteface was open this weekend. If you were smart, you add to remove your skis a few times at the bottom. I was at Tremblant today, I rarely seen so little coverage this time of year.
Yes, it’s been a bad year. Unfortunately the evidence point to the fact that the Earth climate is warming up, especially in our part of the continent and the northern and southern latitudes.
Posted on : Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:32 pm
during the 1991-1992 season, kmart received a season total snowfall of 198″ (only 7″ more than the current season) but managed to stay open until June 14th.
previously, kmart did not allow a bad winter to effect them. they are now choosing to play by mother nature’s rules and blaming mother nature when in fact they are blowing less snow.
I find your comments toward K a bit harsh.
We have debate to topic to death here in the past and I’ve often been critical about K.
But in this case, they have a point. THIS was a BAD winter. Yes, they can blow more snow, however it has to be cold enough to make snow.
I skied Killington on June 1st and 11th in that 1991-92 season. I also skied 4/5 of Sherburne trail on May 7, definitely not possible this year. Currently only the upper 1/3 of it’s is open…2 1/2 weeks before my May 92 trip. I also skied in the Laurentians in mid-May that year, that will not happen this year. If I remember correctly, Spring ’92 was cold and surfaces didn’t melt that quickly. That winter wasn’t abnormally warm.
The snowfall numbers only tell part of the story. If the snow doesn’t stay and melts away, the snow total isn’t really useful, check the extra 4ft that Wildcat got in October. The weather has to be cold to either kept the snow and/or make snow.
In this case (closing debate), the Mount Mansfield stake data would be more reliable.
Comparison between 1991-92 and 2005-06 (snowdepth on April 12 was similar to May 1).
Originally posted on Posted on : Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:11 pm on firsttracksonline