After all the lifts stopped turning on Sunday, some were shutdown for the season like Killington or planning to re-open like MSS or had wait-and-see attitude like Jay. Snow feel in Ottawa and some parts of the East.
With about one foot of snow Seven Springs in Pennsylvania decided to open for one day only on April 24 after being closed for over one month.
Mont St-Sauveur :
2 runs / Nordique and 1 run: 70 West. Skiing 9 to 5. Lift tix $20. For those curious, the website state that they received 215cm this season, however not sure if they update it religiously.
Received 3cm this season, +1c and light snow on Friday. Sun in the forecast and +7c and a good freeze at night at -10c. This cold spell has helped maintain what little of sights of winter left.
Jay Peak : 2 runs / Haynes and Jet. Lift tix $25. $49 with a combo to the waterpark. Also great deals to the Hotel. Snow? 638cm.
So Jay gets more snow than MSS isn’t a surprise and they are a few inches in the forecast, maybe 20cm on Friday with temps not passing the freezing mark until Sunday. 32F on Saturday and 37F on Sunday with mid-teens overnight. Sunny both days.
Temperatures for both regions are supposed to more to normal range for early next week. Better take advantage of it if you can, no rain this weekend then raising temps. I’m still someway optimistic about the odds that someone will spin in May.
This Spring Skiing versus Last Spring
Last year at this time we had 7 ski areas still open and heading into the April 30-May 1 weekend compare to 2 this season: Eastern Season is washing away….May turns this weekend
Last year’s list (closing date 2011/2012) (order by 2011 closing):
Mont Miller QC – May 1 / March 18 (-44 days) – 100% natural snow in the Gaspe
Sugarbush VT – May 1 / April 8 (-23 days)
Saddleback ME – May 1 / April 15 (-16 days)
Killington VT – May 1 / April 22 (-9 days)
Sugarloaf ME – May 9 / April 16 (-23 days)
Jay Peak VT – May 15 / still going
Mont St-Sauveur QC – May 22 / still going
The most dramatic in last year’s May spinners was Mont Miller situated in the Gaspe Peninsula. The Quebec Natural snow areas in remote area like the Gaspe were hard hit by the March Heatwave. Mont Miller closed 44 days prior to last year. Other areas on that May list closed 2-3 weeks earlier with the exception of Killington which only closed 9 days off last year date. Jay and MSS are currently within the 2-3 weeks range respectively. One more weekend and Jay will only be off by the same amount of K. MSS has to reach May 13 to get to that point which happens to be their “shot at a target” closing date.
So this weekend get out there if you can, these hills need your business and spinning this time of year is a hard.
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
Part 4: And some people thought the ski and snow season was over : Eastern Closing 2012 – Part 4
Part 5: Monday morning math: 10 – 5 = 5 – Eastern Closing 2012 Thread Part 5
part 6: “May” not ski and ride lifts for long in the East – East Closing Thread 2012 – Part 6
Part 7 : Monday morning April snow … but no one is spinning this morning – East Closing Thread 2012 – Part 7