After Loon NH stopped its lifts for the season on Tuesday April 10, the number of ski area still in the game of spinning or looking to spin lifts was down to 9.
If some people thought the season was over, think again. 🙂 A snowstorm hit Vermont with 16 to 19 inches of snow on the open resorts to enable to reopen some terrain, normal April weather is continuing after that heatwave a few weeks ago and some of the surviving ski areas are committed to try last a few more weekends plus. For the people who are able to free themselves have been taking to the hills, open or closed and making their own tracks the last two days. Snow fell to a lesser extend at the open ski areas from New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec City.
Two thirds of the areas below should be passing beyond the mid-April mark on Sunday and make it to the following weekend. Weather is a huge factor. The fat lady hasn’t started singing yet, so we might have skiing into May after all which generally isn’t non-issue of a few areas. Mont St-Sauveur is optimistically writing down a May date in their pricing schedule for the rest of the Spring. 🙂
Geographically, Montreal skiers can either head 60km north to St-Sauveur or drive 90 minutes to Jay Peak. All the other areas, except Le Valinouet in the Saguenay, are within a 3 1/2 hr drive. Bostonian can reach all the remaining areas in New England within the same long-range drive.
Mont St-Sauveur : May 13 (if possible / weekends only) 2 or 3 trails – $20
Mont Ste-Anne : April 29 (everyday until the 15th, then weekends) – 30/67 trails
Le Valinouët : April 15 – closed midweek, reopens on Friday – $20
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR:
Smokey Mountain : April 15* (edit: finally received confirmation that it was still open)
Jay Peak : TBD (everyday) – 37/77 trails + 15 inches of snow. Reopened 18 trails.
Killington : TBD (everyday / if possible, until end of April) – 47/140 trails + 19 inches – $49. Reopened 42 trails.
Wildcat : (
if possible, reopens this weekend)* 16 runs / confirmed
Saddleback : (Reopen on Saturday – weekends only) 20/66 trails – $39 ($29 with season pass)
Sunday River : April 15 (everyday, Ski Mania on the 15th – free) 30/132 trails – $49 / free on Sunday.
Sugarloaf : TBD (everyday). 22/153 trails – $59
Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2012 posts:
Part 1: Eastern Ski Disaster and Winter Hating Heatwave
Part 2: Around the corner : Surviving the Heatwave or the End of the 2012 Eastern ski season?
Part 3: It ain’t April Fool – not much skiing for this year